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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018
© 2018 WSCE
Republican
report on
Russia finds
no collusion
House committee
says Kremlin didn’t
intend to help Trump.
Democrats question
the conclusions.
By Chris Megerian
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
MARTINS BEACH , south of Half Moon Bay, was accessible to the public for decades before Silicon Valley
businessman Vinod Khosla bought 89 acres of neighboring land. The only road to the beach is on his property.
Beach battle could undo
a landmark coastal law
Billionaire property owner turns to Supreme Court
secluded crescent-shaped
stretch of sand and bluffs, to
himself. On the other,
generations of beachgoers
demand continued access
to a path long used by the
public. The squabble has
spurred a spate of lawsuits
that now focus on whether
Khosla needs state permission to gate off the road —
and a string of California
courts has said he does.
Unwilling to back down,
Khosla is now appealing to
the U.S. Supreme Court over
his right to shut out the
public. His latest argument
not only challenges the constitutionality of the Coastal
[See Martins Beach, A9]
By Rosanna Xia
The California Coastal
Act for decades has scaled
back mega-hotels, protected
wetlands and, above all,
declared that access to the
beach was a fundamental
right guaranteed to everyone.
But that very principle
could be dismantled in the
latest chapter of an all-out
legal battle that began as a
local dispute over a locked
gate.
On one side, property
owner and Silicon Valley
billionaire Vinod Khosla
wants Martins Beach, a
WASHINGTON — After
a yearlong investigation
marred by bitter partisan divisions, Republicans announced Monday that the
House Intelligence Committee had found no evidence of
collusion between President
Trump’s campaign and Russians who used social media
and hacked emails in an effort to influence the 2016
election.
A draft 150-page report
will be shared on Tuesday
with Democrats, who have
pressed for a more aggressive investigation than Republicans would allow, and
who complained Monday
that the panel’s work was incomplete.
The Republican report
concludes that the Russian
government’s
extensive
meddling in the campaign
was not intended to help
Trump beat Hillary Clinton.
That puts the House Republicans at direct odds with the
nation’s intelligence agencies, which assessed last
year that the Kremlin specifically sought to undermine
Clinton and assist Trump.
Guided in part by the aggressive committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (RTulare), the investigation
largely broke down in crude
partisan infighting, marking
By Matt Pearce
and Jen Yamato
AUSTIN, Texas — Residents of a home on the eastern edge of Austin rose Monday to find a package that
they weren’t expecting outside the front door.
In this era of internet
shopping, such brown boxes
are ubiquitous. So they took
it inside to the kitchen.
That’s when, according to
police, it exploded.
Someone had placed a
bomb inside. The blast killed
a 17-year-old boy and injured
a woman.
A few hours later, about
five miles south, a 75-yearold woman found a similar
package on her porch. When
she picked it up, it detonated, sending her to the
hospital with life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Investigators quickly realized that the bombings
strongly resembled a March
2 case involving a package
that exploded and killed a
man in his northeast Austin
home.
As hundreds of thousands of visitors are swarming Austin for the annual
South by Southwest festival,
which began Friday and
runs through March 17, police said they had linked the
three package bombings —
raising fears that someone is
trying to terrorize the Texas
capital during the city’s biggest event of the year.
Police have not said the
bombings pose a threat to
the festival. “The substantial security operation already in place for SXSW has
been instructed to be extra
vigilant,” a festival representative said in a statement.
Police also have not identified a suspect or given a
possible motive as federal officials joined the investigation.
“We are not ruling any[See Texas, A8]
A suggestion
for Trump’s visit
Robin Abcarian writes
that the president needs
to see the real border
problem: raw sewage
from Mexico that spills
into the Tijuana River.
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
SAMUEL Maury-Holmes, 20, uses a virtual reality
rig at a computer science show at Occidental College.
Liberal arts aim
to give computer
science a reboot
By Rosanna Xia
CALIFORNIA, B1
Live coverage
Join us online for the
president’s visit.
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President scuttles
Qualcomm deal
Associated Press
H E WAS FRENCH COUTURE
Hubert de Givenchy, who created a global empire
and designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” has died at 91. Above, the
designer at his Paris shop in 1952. CALIFORNIA, B5
Citing national security
concerns, Trump issues
an executive order
blocking Singaporebased Broadcom from
acquiring the San Diego
company. BUSINESS, C1
Weather: Showers.
L.A. Basin: 67/54. B6
TRUMP
RENEGES
ON GUN
CONTROL
PROMISE
The president, who
ridiculed others for
fearing the NRA,
won’t seek to raise the
age limit to buy rifles.
By Brian Bennett
Deadly Texas package
blasts appear connected
Two people killed and
two injured by bombs
left on Austin porches.
The city is on edge
during SXSW festival.
a rare breach of decorum
and tradition on a panel that
conducts oversight of the
nation’s intelligence community to prevent government abuses.
“This is the first time you
really see one party using the
gavel going after the intelligence community itself for
partisan purposes,” said
Mieke Eoyang, a former
committee staff member
now at Third Way, a Washington think tank. “That is
going to set back intelligence
oversight for decades.”
The Republican conclusion gives Trump valuable
political cover because it is
the first congressional committee to support his repeated denials of any collu[See Committee, A7]
In an upper-level seminar
on artificial intelligence, Occidental College professor
Justin Li started a discussion outside the realm of a
typical computer science
class.
Should a self-driving car,
if unable to brake in time, be
programmed to steer into a
wall to avoid crashing into
pedestrians — perhaps
killing a single person in the
vehicle in order to save five
on the street?
One question led to another. Is it morally OK to
choose five lives over one?
How about 10? Who gets to
make this decision anyway
— the programmer, the gov-
ernment, the person who
can afford a self-driving car?
Occidental established a
computer science major this
fall, one of numerous liberal
arts colleges to do so in recent years. They’ve popped
up at Reed College in Oregon and Whitman College in
Washington state.
These schools better
known for teaching history
and philosophy are shaping
their programs to draw on
their strengths. They don’t
just focus on the vocational
or on abstract algorithms.
As artificial intelligence and
automation increasingly enter everyday life, their
courses push students to examine
how
modern
technology both changes
[See Major, A12]
WASHINGTON — President Trump is pushing forward with a plan to arm
teachers and improve background checks for gun purchases, but has retreated
from his promise to raise the
age limit to buy certain
kinds of weapons, a move
many see as caving to the
National Rifle Assn.
Trump wrote on Twitter
on Monday that there is “not
much political support (to
put it mildly)” for raising the
age limit from 18 to 21 to purchase powerful rifles like the
one used to kill 17 people at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland,
Fla., last month.
During a meeting with six
students and families from
the high school in the White
House last month, Trump
pledged to be strong on increasing the age limit. A recent CNN poll found broad
support for the idea, including among Republicans.
But Trump backed off
that stance in recent weeks
after a White House meeting
with NRA officials.
Rather than push for the
comprehensive gun legislation he urged Congress to
pass just last month, Trump
now wants state and local officials to take the lead in setting age limits and other issues.
“States are making this
decision,” Trump wrote
Monday, making an apparent reference to Florida Gov.
Rick Scott’s decision to sign
a state law requiring gun
buyers to be 21 and imposing
a three-day waiting period
on most purchases.
The Florida law also allows school staff to carry
firearms, an idea Trump has
championed but one that is
opposed by the National Education Assn., the largest
teachers lobby in the country, and other groups.
“Highly trained expert
teachers will be allowed to
conceal carry, subject to
State Law,” Trump wrote on
Monday.
The Trump administra[See Guns, A7]
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BACK STORY
Is there a stage big enough?
For Trump-Kim talks, the venue would have to be secure and fancy
By Jessica Meyers
BEIJING — In less than
three months, President
Trump is supposed to reset
history by becoming the first
sitting U.S. president to
meet with a North Korean
leader. But there’s still one
key omission in this momentous undertaking: where
they will meet.
Mongolia and Sweden
have offered to host the president and Kim Jong Un, the
young ruler Trump calls
“Little Rocket Man.” Seoul
advocates
the
“Peace
House” between North and
South Korea. Beijing could
get its chance as a global mediator. There’s always neutral Switzerland, where Kim
attended public school. How
about a ship in international
waters? Why not Guam?
Let’s face it: This isn’t a
typical situation. Kim hasn’t
stepped foot outside North
Korea since taking power in
2011. And yet a Trump visit to
isolated Pyongyang portends logistical chaos. It’s
difficult enough when he’s in
New York.
The two leaders spent recent months vowing to destroy each other; these are
not men for quiet, understated events.
“Both have a flair for melodrama and grand statements and big stages,” said
Euan Graham, director of
the international security
program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia.
“The whole point of this is to
gain attention.”
Here’s a look at potential
sites:
Washington
Optics matter when it
comes to planning historic
events. North and South
Vietnam argued about the
shape of the negotiating
table during the 1968 Paris
Peace talks. (They settled
for two square tables separated by a round one.)
Kim wants the world to
see his country as the
United States’ peer, and he
may see a trip to Washington as validating that status.
“Every North Korean
leader has wanted to meet
the U.S. on equal footing,
and being recognized in the
U.S. is the highest level of
recognition,” said Tong
Zhao, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for
Global Policy in Beijing, who
studies North Korea.
Trump, as a presidential
candidate, did say he would
consider inviting Kim to the
Unite d States to discuss
nuclear weapons over hamburgers. But even if Kim
feels safe to travel, North
Korean airplanes don’t
cover long-haul distances.
He would need to take a
foreign aircraft.
Gary Ambrose For The Times
SOUTH KOREAN soldiers in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.
One researcher questioned whether the DMZ is “grand enough” for the talks.
“I don’t think Kim would
want to travel too far and
leave his home without its
sole leader for too long,”
said Duyeon Kim, visiting
senior research fellow at the
Korean Peninsula Future
Forum, a nonpartisan think
tank in Seoul. “But, who
knows, they’re both such
unconventional leaders,
they might shock us all. The
location is everything for
optics and optics is everything for politics.”
Pyongyang
Former Presidents Clinton and Carter both visited
the North Korean capital to
soothe relations, although
not while in office.
A presidential visit to
Pyongyang might give Kim
greater legitimacy, an aspect the Trump administration aims to avoid. And
presidents don’t travel
lightly. His security detail
would need to do advance
work and figure out how to
secure a city few diplomats
can even visit.
“Can you imagine Secret
Service running security in
Pyongyang?” said Robert
Kelly, a political science
professor at Pusan National
University in South Korea.
“Can you even do that in 10
weeks?”
A neutral country
in Asia or Europe
China, North Korea’s
only ally, has hosted negotiations involving the reclusive country before. A meeting in Beijing would allow
officials to keep tabs on
decisions.
North Korea’s former
leader and Kim’s father,
Kim Jong Il, visited the
country on several occasions. Trump also likes
Chinese President Xi Jin-
ping, whom he calls “a good
man.”
But China irked Kim by
agreeing to United Nations
sanctions and denouncing
the country’s development
of nuclear weapons. Xi on
Monday met with South
Korea’s top national security advisor, not a North Korean official.
“I don’t believe China is
eager to insert itself into a
high-stakes, high-risk event
that so far involves a lot of
impulse decision-making
and little strategic planning,” said Yanmei Xie, a
China policy analyst for
Gavekal Dragonomics, a
research firm in Beijing.
Former Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
tweeted an offer to meet in
his country, “the most suitable neutral territory.”
Mongolia shares friendly
relations with both countries, but may lack the
grandeur the leaders seek
for the occasion. Does anyone know where Ulan Bator
is?
Some analysts are
pulling for orderly Singapore, which coordinated a
2015 summit between Xi and
Taiwan’s president at the
time, Ma Ying-jeou. “It’s a
neutral venue where both
could be happy with the
security, and it would be
organized and run very
reliably,” said Graham, the
Lowy expert.
Europe, a traditional
meeting place for neverforget summits, offers further options. Sweden communicates with Pyongyang
but also stands in as a consular office for Americans in
North Korea. Neutral Switzerland is where Kim, who is
in his 30s, spent part of his
youth.
But Kim, a man who
hasn’t left his country in
seven years, would need to
travel nearly a day to reach
these locations. The southeastern Russia town of
Vladivostok is closer. His
father, after all, was born in
a Russian fishing village —
one of the few other countries where the elder Kim
traveled.
Expect advisors to
Trump — who is caught up
in an investigation over
Russian meddling in the
U.S. election — to scratch
that one off the list.
No man’s land
That leaves the most
likely choice: the “truce
village” of Panmunjom. Top
officials from North and
South Korea plan to hold
their own historic talks
there in April.
The Peace House, where
Trump and Kim would
probably meet, sits in the
demilitarized zone between
the two Koreas and rings
with symbolism. This region, now a line of division,
was the site of the 1953 armistice that halted the Korean
War.
The DMZ challenge “is
whether the setting is grand
enough for the president
and Kim Jong Un,” said
James Kim, a research
fellow for the Asan Institute
for Policy Studies in Seoul.
“It’s very spartan.”
South Korea’s southern
resort island of Jeju is another possibility.
The dilemma over location underscores the precariousness of the summit,
Kim added.
“People don’t know the
answers about how, and if
they don’t know, then how is
it really going to happen?”
There’s still Guam.
Meyers is a special
correspondent.
1,000 WORDS: KATMANDU, Nepal
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DOZENS KILLED IN PLANE CRASH
A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing
and erupting in flames as it landed Monday at Tribhuvan International Airport in Katmandu, Nepal’s
capital, killing at least 50 people, officials and witnesses said. A top airport official said the pilot of USBangla Airlines Flight BS211 did not follow landing instructions from the control tower and approached
the airport’s one runway from the wrong direction. “The airplane was not properly aligned with the runway. The tower repeatedly asked if the pilot was OK and the reply was ‘yes,’ ” said Raj Kumar Chetri, the
airport’s general manager. But a recording of the conversations between the pilot and air traffic controllers indicated confusion over which direction the plane should land. The exact number of dead and injured
remained unclear amid the chaos of the crash and the rush to get badly injured people to nearby hospitals.
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Kaung Htet For The Times
ERIC ROSE, above in Yangon, opened Myanmar’s first U.S. law firm in 2013. His departure last month underscored how Myanmar has lost its luster for U.S. investors.
U.S. law firm quits Myanmar
Exit is a blow to promise of foreign investment offered by transition from military rule
By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India — In
2013, Eric Rose opened the
first American-owned law
firm in Myanmar and invited
500 diplomats, politicians
and business leaders to a
luxury hotel to celebrate.
The country had long
been one of Asia’s most isolated economies, but a transition from military rule to
democracy held the promise
of major investment by U.S.
companies — and plenty of
legal work to guide those
transactions.
That promise has been
slow to materialize, and last
month, after nearly five
years, Rose handed off his
clients, closed shop and let
employees take home the office furniture.
Rose’s departure was the
latest sign of how Myanmar
has lost its luster for U.S. investors, who say the military
has relinquished little power
and Aung San Suu Kyi’s
democratically elected government has failed to loosen
the grip that army generals
and their cronies retain over
key industries.
Regional countries with
deeper ties to Myanmar
have gobbled up most of the
opportunities: Businesses
from China have invested
$5.7 billion and Thailand
nearly $1 billion over the last
four years, according to government statistics, while
U.S. companies have officially spent just $133 million,
although that does not include
money
funneled
through branches in Singapore.
The army’s massacres of
Rohingya Muslims, which
have sent nearly 1 million refugees fleeing into neighboring Bangladesh since August, have added a severe
reputational risk for Western companies, Rose said.
“The unfortunate reality
is Americans aren’t coming,”
Rose, 63, said from his house
in Washington. “I just don’t
see light on the horizon.”
The independent Myanmar
Times
newspaper
called the withdrawal of his
firm, Herzfeld Rubin Meyer
& Rose, “a vote of no confidence” in the economy. The
nation’s growth rate slowed
last year from 7.3% to 6.5%
largely because of a decline
in foreign investment, according to the World Bank.
“Eric was more bullish
than anyone on Myanmar,”
said Murray Hiebert, a senior associate in the Southeast Asia program at the
Center for Strategic and
International Studies in
Washington.
“Here’s this 52-millionperson economy that had
Manish Swarup Associated Press
ROHINGYAS find shelter in Bangladesh. Their persecution in Myanmar has clouded the investment picture.
been pretty closed off and
now there’s an opportunity.
But it was getting clear, even
early on, that this was going
to be a tough place to do
business.”
After ruling Myanmar,
also known as Burma, for
nearly half a century, the
army in 2011 began democratic reforms that paved
the way for Suu Kyi, the
long-jailed opposition activist, to lead her party to victory in national elections
four years later. The generals pledged to reduce state
control of key industries and
opened the economy to
more foreign investment.
President Obama responded by lifting longstanding U.S. sanctions “to
ensure that the people of
Burma see the rewards from
a new way of doing business,
and a new government.”
Many in Myanmar say
the U.S. failed to live up to
that promise.
The Treasury Department still subjects financial
institutions in Myanmar to
extra reporting requirements under the Patriot Act,
a demand that applies to
only three other countries:
Cuba, Iran and North Korea.
The measures, which aim to
fight money laundering and
terrorism financing, entail
so many additional costs
and risks that most international banks that deal in dollars won’t finance trade and
investment in Myanmar, or
allow U.S. companies to
transfer profits back home.
Rose said he and his U.S.
partners did not take earnings out of Myanmar, instead using the money to
train local attorneys and
staff.
It wasn’t supposed to be
this difficult, especially for
someone who built a career
on shepherding Western
companies
to
difficult
places.
Born in communist Romania, Rose was a self-described student radical who
moved to the United States
in the 1970s and earned his
law degree. He returned to
Romania two decades later
to help establish the first
American law firm after the
Iron Curtain fell.
He became a specialist in
“frontier economies,” roughand-tumble
countries
emerging from conflict, dictatorship and diplomatic
isolation.
Working for American
Standard, the venerable
maker of plumbing fixtures,
he traveled to Bulgaria,
where his local partners employed
leather-jacketed
bodyguards strapped with
machine guns. In Vietnam,
negotiating to open the first
U.S. factory since the end of
the Vietnam War, he
schmoozed with a top Communist Party official over
glasses of rice wine mixed
with serpent blood.
“I have done things in my
life that may have been
slightly crazy,” Rose said.
“But I always believed in the
purpose of what we were doing.”
Rose began exploring a
venture in Myanmar —
where he had helped American Standard sell sinks and
faucets in the 1990s before
U.S. sanctions were imposed
— when the military freed
Suu Kyi from house arrest in
2010.
With the New York firm of
Herzfeld & Rubin as equal
partners and a personal investment of $250,000, Rose
set up shop in a tan-andwhite condo building in Yangon, the commercial capital.
He recruited senior Myanmar attorneys, including a
former ethnic rebel, a lawyer
who had defended Suu Kyi
when she was a political prisoner and an advisor to the
army-led party then ruling
the country.
“It was an exciting time,”
Rose recalled. “A number of
U.S. sanctions had been suspended, there was a new
can-do attitude in both the
Myanmar and foreign business communities…. Myanmar was again on the move
and we were the first American lawyers to try to help the
country develop.”
The needs were immense. Myanmar had once
been among the richest
countries in Southeast Asia,
but military rule had hollowed out its farm economy
and
education
system.
American companies saw
opportunities in building
roads, brewing beer, sourcing factory-made clothes,
selling
insurance
and
drilling for oil and natural
gas.
From the start, the military-led government, unwilling to lose its monopolies in
key industries, was slow to
ease restrictions on foreign
investment. Then the Treasury Department revised its
sanctions rules, adding to
the long list of Myanmar
companies that U.S. compa-
nies couldn’t partner with.
One of Rose’s clients,
Holloman Corp., a Houston
oil and gas company, abandoned Myanmar and a $2million initial investment in
2015 after becoming frustrated with the pace of
change to investment laws,
he said.
Optimism resurfaced the
following year after Suu
Kyi’s party took power and
pledged to pump money into
infrastructure and agriculture. But her government —
largely made up of aging former activists and political
prisoners with little administrative experience — failed
to enact the changes that
foreign companies wanted,
including intellectual property protections and overhaul of a beleaguered court
system.
A long-awaited corporate
reform law, which would allow foreign investors to own
up to a 35% stake in Myanmar companies, passed in
December 2017 but is still
months away from being implemented.
“Almost none of what
they pledged has happened
in the last two years,” Rose
said. “There have even been
some steps backward.”
Rose hosted dozens of
small and midsize companies that were interested in
Myanmar. But only about 1
in 6 established an office, he
said.
In December, the German consultancy Roland
Berger released a survey of
Myanmar executives that
found only 49% expected the
business climate to improve
over the next 12 months,
down from 73% a year earlier.
The Rohingya crisis has
clouded the investment picture further. The Trump administration has blacklisted
the army general who it said
commanded the offensive,
and some in Congress are
pushing for broader sanctions against Myanmar’s
military.
A small group of shareholders in Chevron, which,
along with Coca-Cola, is the
largest U.S. company in Myanmar, has asked the oil giant to consider ending its involvement in a pipeline project and offshore gas fields
because of the violence
against the Rohingya. If the
company rejects the request, shareholders could
appeal the decision to the
Securities and Exchange
Commission.
In recent months, according to Western officials
briefed on the decisions, the
European Union suspended
talks on an investment
agreement with Myanmar
over human rights concerns,
and representatives of the
U.S. insurer MetLife, which
had been scouting Myanmar
since 2013, gave up on plans
to sell life insurance there
because the Myanmar government had delayed lifting
limits on foreign investment
in the sector.
Some who dealt with
Rose, who split his time between Yangon and Washington, said he didn’t fully
understand Myanmar and
tended to alienate people
with a style that could be
abrasive. Others said his
relatively small office, with
local lawyers who were more
accustomed to political
cases, lost out to multinational firms that came in after him.
“Myanmar is a really a
hard place, and sometimes
the first-mover advantage
isn’t advantageous and you
end up being the sacrificial
lamb,” said Erin Murphy,
founder of Washingtonbased Inle Advisory Group,
which advises investors in
Myanmar.
Rose’s office shrank from
15 employees to six, and his
investment evaporated. In
February, the firm closed the
Yangon office, calling it “a
necessary change of strategy in line with our priorities.”
Rose flew back to Washington, where he said he has
new priorities of his own: his
four grandchildren.
“I believe if you want to do
something, you go in with
both feet and stay as long as
you possibly can,” he said.
“In this case, it may have
been a bridge too far.”
shashank.bengali
@latimes.com
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Britain links Russia to poisoning
Moscow is ‘highly
likely’ responsible for
attack on ex-spy, the
prime minister says.
By Christina Boyle
LONDON — British
Prime Minister Theresa May
said Monday that the recent
poisoning of a former spy
and his daughter in the city
of Salisbury was “highly
likely” tied to Russia.
May, speaking to British
lawmakers, called the poisoning a “reckless and despicable act” and said “it is
highly likely that Russia was
responsible for the attack.”
The prime minister said
the poison was a “militarygrade nerve agent of a type
developed by Russia.”
Although May’s government had been reluctant to
point the finger without adequate evidence, given the
myriad similarities between
this case and the poisoning
of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006,
there had been rampant
speculation that Moscow
was responsible and that
firm action needed to be taken.
Sergei Skripal, 66, is a retired Russian military intelligence officer who was convicted and jailed for being a
double agent for the British
intelligence service MI6. He
was released in 2010 during a
prisoner swap and had been
given refuge in Britain,
where he reportedly kept a
low profile but was not using
a different identity.
Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning
of Skripal and his daughter,
Yulia, 33.
But May said it is clear
that Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with part
of a group of nerve agents
known as Novichok.
She said that based on
the assessment of leading
experts and on “our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this nerve
agent and would still be capable of doing so, Russia’s
record of conducting statesponsored assassinations
and our assessment that
Russia views some defectors
as legitimate targets for assassinations, the government has concluded that it is
highly likely that Russia was
responsible for the act
against Sergei and Yulia
Skripal.”
May said there were two
plausible explanations: “Either this was a direct act by
the Russian state against
our country. Or the Russian
government lost control of
its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent
and allowed it to get into the
hands of others.”
Whether Britain’s response would include sanctions against Russia remained unannounced Monday. May said the Russian
ambassador had been called
Andrew Matthews Associated Press
INVESTIGATORS remove a van as part of the British inquiry into the March 4 attack in Salisbury. Prime
Minister Theresa May said the poison used was a “military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.”
upon to answer questions on
how the nerve agent ended
up being used on British soil.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, advised Britain to get things
clear with the poisoning before discussing the matter
with officials from his country, Russia’s Tass news
agency reported.
Putin spokesman Dmitry
Peskov said the Skripal case
had nothing to do with Moscow.
“In any case, this is not
our affair at all,” Peskov said.
“The aforesaid Russian citizen had worked for one of
Britain’s secret services.
The incident occurred in
British territory. By all
means this is not an affair
that concerns Russia, let
alone Russia’s leadership.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders said the U.S. condemned the use of a nerve
agent in the United Kingdom. She did not acknowledge Russia as the suspected source of the attack.
“The attack was reckless,
indiscriminate and irresponsible,” she told reporters. “We offer the fullest condemnation, and we extend
our sympathy to the victims
and their families, and our
support to the U.K. government.”
Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson expressed confidence in Britain’s investigation and its assessment that
Russia was probably responsible for the poison attack.
“Russia continues to be
an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting
with open disregard for the
sovereignty of other states
and the life of their citizens,”
Tillerson said in a statement.
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It was unclear why it took
a week for public health
warnings to be issued to the
approximately 500 people
who visited the restaurant
or the pub where the former
spy and his daughter spent
time March 4 before being
found slumped unconscious
on a bench in the quiet ca-
thedral city of Salisbury.
On Sunday, the government issued an advisory saying any member of the public
who frequented the restaurant Zizzi or the Mill pub
should wash their clothes,
double bag any items for dry
cleaning and wipe any jewelry or cellphones with wet
wipes to prevent possible
contamination.
It was described as a
purely precautionary measure, but residents reacted
with a mixture of apathy and
incredulity to the fact that
authorities took a week to
provide that advice.
“Why it took them so long
to release that advice is
really strange,” said Sam Peters, 40, who lives a few miles
outside the town center.
“You’d think something like
this would trigger advice; it’s
an obvious common-sense
thing to do.”
A table inside Zizzi,
where Skripal and his
daughter ate lunch, has been
destroyed after traces of poison were found on it, officials
said.
Ben Smith, manager of
the Avon Brewery a short
distance from the Mill, said
he was not concerned and
felt the investigation was being handled well.
Smith said business was
down compared with the
same week a year ago.
“This certainly is something that hasn’t happened
here before and never in a
million years would you
think it would happen,” he
said. “Maybe that’s why
there was a slow response
time.”
Police are treating the
case as an attempted murder. Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition in a hospital; a police officer who first responded to
the incident and subsequently became sick is
now listed in stable condition and is sitting up in bed
and talking, officials said.
Boyle is a special
correspondent. Special
correspondent Sabra Ayres
in Krasnodar, Russia,
contributed to this report.
Vote sets back ex-FARC rebels
Colombian candidates
vowing to curtail
peace deal take lead.
By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia —
Colombia’s fragile peace
deal was under pressure after candidates who have
vowed to dismantle portions
of the historic accord made
strong showings in weekend
congressional and presidential primary elections.
Former president and
now center-right Sen. Alvaro Uribe won the largest
number of votes in his successful reelection bid while
his party’s presidential candidate, Ivan Duque, crushed
other conservative contenders in the primary portion of
the voting.
Both have said the peace
deal signed by the government and the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia,
or FARC, is too generous to
the rebels, particularly justice provisions that set minimal terms for the most
heinous of war crimes.
Followers of Nobel laureate and President Juan Manuel Santos and candidates
of a rebel party fared poorly.
The election marked the
first time members of the
rebel party had run for office.
Former Bogota Mayor
Gustavo Petro also scored
big Sunday in his presidential primary. The former
M-19 rebel is running as an
outsider promising to shake
up the political order. Petro’s strength at the polls is a
clear sign of Colombian voters’ increasing disenchantment with old-style politics
and a seemingly endless
string of corruption scandals, said Bruce Bagley, a
professor of international relations at the University of
Miami.
Uribe was president from
2002 to 2010 and remains a
powerful presence on Colombia’s political scene,
though he is ineligible for another term as president.
Uribe founded and leads the
Democratic Center faction,
which after gains Sunday
now has the most seats of
any party in the Senate and
the second most in the
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COLOMBIAN presidential candidate and former Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro,
shown arriving to vote in Bogota, scored big in Sunday’s primary elections.
Chamber of Representatives.
The left-of-center candidate Petro generally supports the peace agreement
and has promised to advance social programs to reduce the nation’s social and
economic imbalances. Uribe
and Duque have accused
him of favoring a Hugo
Chavez brand of socialism
while Petro has countered
with accusations that Uribe
sponsored right-wing paramilitary violence when he
was president.
Duque and Petro lead the
polls ahead of the May 27
first round of presidential
voting. The top two finishers
will meet in a June 17 runoff.
No candidate among the
dozen expected to run is
likely to get a big enough
chunk of the votes — 50%
plus one — to avoid a second
round.
Two other presidential
candidates, Sergio Fajardo
of the Green Alliance and
German Vargas Lleras of
Radical Change, were not on
the ballots Sunday but still
have a chance of making the
June 17 runoff, Bagley said,
depending on the alliances
they forge and their campaigns’ effectiveness.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the balloting was the
poor showing by candidates
running under the banner of
Santos’ Social Party of Na-
tional Unity. Despite the sitting president’s international prestige for having
been awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize in 2016, he is unpopular at home because of
a sluggish economy and rising drug violence. His signature peace agreement was
opposed by more than half
the population in an October 2016 referendum.
The Santos bloc lost seven seats in the Senate and 12
in the lower chamber, falling
to fifth and fourth place, respectively.
Meanwhile, candidates of
the FARC, the same initials
as the rebel army but now
standing as Spanish initials
for the Common Alternative
Revolutionary Force, made
a miserable showing. Its
candidates attracted fewer
than 90,000 votes, compared
with the 500,000 that Senate
candidate and party spokesman Carlos Antonio Lozada
set as a goal.
Rebranded now as politicians, the former rebels have
had difficulty escaping the
long shadow left by half a
century of killings, kidnappings and extortion, said political analyst Ariel Avila. He
said many left-leaning voters chose other candidates
they perceived as having
better chances of winning.
Terms of the peace deal
signed in November 2016
guaranteed the disarmed
FARC at least 10 congressional seats — five in the
Senate and five in the Chamber — in the 2018 and 2022
Congresses. The former insurgents insisted on fielding
a slate of candidates this
year to demonstrate the
grass-roots support they believed they enjoyed.
The FARC’s campaign
was also hurt by the withdrawal last week of presidential candidate Rodrigo
Londono, who is also known
as Timoleon Jimenez, or Timoshenko, who suffered a
heart attack and underwent
emergency surgery.
Turnout was 49% of 35
million eligible voters. Colombia’s Defense Ministry
declared it the most violence-free election in half a
century, largely because the
FARC was now part of the
political process and not an
outside agitator.
“This is the first time in
my life that I am voting and I
am doing it for peace,” Senate candidate Pablo Catatumbo said Sunday. He
along with Lozada, Ivan
Marquez, Victoria Sandino
and Sandra Ramirez, who
was the partner of late
FARC founder Manuel Marulanda, will occupy the five
Senate seats assigned to the
former rebels by the deal.
vertently omitted that he
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charged with felony vandalism and possession of tools
to commit vandalism or
graffiti. The incident involved the spray-painting of
several cars, fences and
buildings
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Berkeley.
Chamu denies involvement
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month.
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Porn star offers to return money
Stormy Daniels says
she wants to speak
freely about her
affair with Trump.
By Michael Finnegan
Porn actress Stormy
Daniels offered Monday to
give
President
Trump
$130,000 if she is released
from her deal to keep quiet
about the sexual relationship she says she had with
him in 2006.
Daniels, who received
$130,000 from a company set
up by Trump’s lawyer as
part of the confidentiality
pact, has sued Trump in an
effort to void the deal.
The
Trump
lawyer,
Michael Cohen, says the
hush money came from his
own home-equity credit line,
but has left unclear whether
the president reimbursed
him. Daniels’ proposal to return her $130,000 to Trump,
regardless of where the money originated, was part of an
offer to settle a lawsuit she
filed last week against
Trump.
The settlement, outlined
in a letter from Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti of
Newport Beach, would let
Daniels talk freely about her
relationship with Trump
and the attempts to silence
her.
It would allow Daniels to
make public any of her text
messages, photos or videos
that involve the president.
Under the confidentiality
deal, reached days before
the 2016 election, she was required to turn over all such
material to Trump.
The settlement would
bar Trump and his representatives from seeking a
court order to block CBS
News from airing a “60 Minutes” interview that Daniels
did last week with Anderson
Patrick T. Fallon For The Times
STORMY DANIELS in North Hollywood in February. Daniels received $130,000 from a company set up by
Donald Trump’s lawyer as part of a confidentiality pact. She’s suing Trump in an effort to void the deal.
Cooper. The offer, first reported by the New York
Times, expires at 9 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday.
The proposal was sent to
Cohen and another Trump
attorney, Lawrence Rosen.
Neither responded to an
email seeking comment.
Daniels’ lawsuit, filed
March 6 in Los Angeles, accuses Cohen of using “intimidation and coercive tactics”
to keep Daniels from going
public with her story. She
says Cohen surreptitiously
initiated a bogus arbitration
proceeding that yielded a
temporary restraining order
requiring Daniels to honor
the confidentiality agreement. The suit argues that
the deal is invalid because
Trump did not sign it.
Trump’s alleged pursuit
of extramarital sex is causing him growing legal troubles, starting with the hardball tactics that Daniels has
used to escape the constraints of her hush-money
deal. Though avoiding direct
public remarks about the alleged affair, Daniels is capitalizing on all the publicity
with a “Make America
Horny Again” tour of strip
clubs from coast to coast.
Avenatti has been less
coy, stating bluntly on national television that his client had sex with Trump.
Common Cause, a nonpartisan ethics group, has
filed complaints with the
Justice Department and
Federal Election Commission alleging the hush money was paid to influence the
election. It accuses the
Trump campaign of breaking federal law by failing to
disclose the payment as a
campaign expense.
On Monday, Common
Cause amended its complaints to accuse Trump and
Cohen personally of violating federal election law.
“If the allegations prove
true, it is hard to argue credibly that hush-money payments to cover up an affair
between a presidential candidate and an adult film star,
weeks before the election,
were not intended to influence that election,” said
Paul S. Ryan, the group’s
vice president for policy and
litigation.
“Hush money may be
commonplace in some businesses, but when it is spent
to influence a federal election it must be disclosed —
without exception.”
Cohen, who used his
Trump Organization email
to make bank arrangements
for the $130,000 payment in
October 2016, denies any
campaign laws were broken.
Like Common Cause,
Daniels alleges in her lawsuit
that Trump’s effort to silence her was meant to sway
the election.
Daniels, 38, whose real
name is Stephanie Clifford,
says that she met Trump in
2006 at a Lake Tahoe golf
tournament. In 2011, she told
In Touch magazine that she
had sex with Trump that
weekend, which was just
months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son,
Barron. Daniels says she
continued
seeing
him
through much of 2007, including an encounter in a
bungalow at the Beverly
Hills Hotel.
In the closing weeks of his
campaign, more than a dozen women accused Trump of
sexual misconduct. Daniels
says that after Trump was
heard on an “Access Hollywood” tape boasting that he
could grab women by the
genitals because he was a celebrity, she wanted to speak
publicly about her relationship with him. But Cohen,
Trump’s longtime fixer,
pressured her into signing
the confidentiality agreement, she says.
One of the other women,
Summer Zervos, has filed a
defamation suit against
Trump in New York. A few
weeks before the 2016 election, Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” accused Trump of trying to force himself on her in
2006 in a bungalow at the
Beverly Hills Hotel. After
Trump called her a liar, she
sued him, demanding a retraction or apology.
Trump has denied Zervos’ allegations.
In another case, Karen
McDougal, Playboy’s 1998
playmate of the year, says
that she too had sex with
Trump during the 2006 Lake
Tahoe event. In a 2016 confidentiality deal that bars her
from discussing her relationship with Trump, McDougal received $150,000
from American Media Inc.,
publisher of the National
Enquirer,
which
never
printed her story.
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AMERICANS should “arm themselves against Russian attempts to influence our
REPUBLICANS on the committee have “placed the interests of protecting the
elections,” said Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), who has led the inquiry.
president over protecting the country,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said.
Republicans give cover to Trump
[Committee, from A1]
sion with Russia. Like the
president, the GOP-led
panel also blamed former
President Obama for what it
calls a “lackluster” response
to the Russian hacking and
interference during the campaign.
The White House still
faces the special counsel investigation led by Robert S.
Mueller III, and that shows
no sign of ending anytime
soon. Mueller’s team already
has filed criminal charges
against 19 people, including
four former Trump campaign aides, and several are
cooperating with federal
prosecutors.
Two other congressional
inquiries into Russian meddling also are underway.
The Senate Intelligence
Committee has generally
acted with bipartisanship
and is working on a report
about safeguarding U.S.
elections.
But the Senate Judiciary
Committee has faced partisan hurdles with squabbles
between Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat, and Sen.
Charles E. Grassley of Iowa,
the Republican chairman.
Feinstein has issued her own
requests for information
from Trump associates and
even released an interview
transcript without committee approval.
Republicans
on
the
House Intelligence Committee argued that their report
would allow authorities to
boost defenses against future outside meddling in
U.S. elections, including the
midterm election this November.
“We will now be moving
into the next phase of this investigation,” said Rep. K.
Michael
Conaway
(RTexas), who has led the inquiry. “It’s important that
we give the American people
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WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP met with students from Parkland, Fla., last month, he promised to be strong
on raising the age limit to buy certain weapons. But the White House now says that such a bill won’t pass.
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tion wants to help states
provide teachers with rigorous firearms training, a
White House official said
Sunday night during a call
with reporters describing
the administration’s efforts
to prevent school shootings.
But it was unclear whether
that meant offering new federal funding.
“The point is that schools
should have this tool if they
choose to use the tool,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on NBC’s “Today”
show. “Communities should
have the tools, states should
have the tool, but nobody
should be mandated to do
it.”
DeVos will lead a new
commission on school safety
to study ways to prevent
school shootings and make
specific recommendations,
the White House announced
Sunday.
When asked whether her
commission will consider
raising the age limit on guns,
DeVos said the group would
look at it, but she was noncommittal about what may
emerge.
The commission will also
look at how violent movies
and video games are rated,
how the media cover mass
shootings, and whether an
Obama-era program to “rethink” school discipline
should
be
dismantled,
among other things.
Trump’s creation of another commission was surprising, given his comments
Saturday at a campaign
rally in Pennsylvania where
he derided the usual Washington practice of creating a
“blue-ribbon committee” to
“talk, talk, talk” about problems, rather than take decisive action.
In addition to the commission, the White House is
backing a bill designed to
improve the federal background check system used
for gun store purchases, and
a separate piece of legislation to authorize grants for
violence prevention training
in schools.
But the White House considers a bill that raises the
age limit on gun purchases
to be unlikely to pass.
The president has decided to focus first on “pushing through things that have
broad bipartisan support”
such as background checks,
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Age limits on guns
are “one of those things that
will be reviewed,” she said.
“He hasn’t backed away
from these things at all,”
Sanders said. “We are focused on things we can do
immediately.”
The Justice Department
is pushing through new
regulations to ban the sale of
“bump stocks” that make rifles fire like automatic weapons, a product used by a
gunman to kill 59 people
from a window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in October.
Trump has also ordered
the department to help local
police provide firearms
training for school staff
when requested, the White
House said. And he wants to
encourage retired law enforcement officers and military veterans to find work in
schools.
Trump’s backsliding on
guns echoed his seesawing
on the immigration debate.
Last fall, Trump told lawmakers he would “take the
heat” on an immigration
proposal that protected socalled Dreamers from deportation. But days later, he
refused to support a bipartisan compromise that paired
border security spending
with a legalization program
for people brought to the
country illegally as children.
It’s also a sign that
Trump, even though he has
chastised others for being
scared of the NRA, isn’t willing to push too hard against
the politically powerful gun
owners lobby.
“President Trump has
completely caved to the gun
lobby,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said.
At the White House last
month, Trump needled Republican Sen. Patrick J.
Toomey of Pennsylvania
and Democratic Sen. Joe
Manchin III of West Virginia
for being “afraid of the NRA”
and not increasing the gun
purchase age limit in their
bipartisan bill to strengthen
background checks on gun
sales.
Trump called the NRA
“great patriots” in the Feb.
28 meeting but went on to
say “that doesn’t mean we
have to agree on everything.
It doesn’t make sense that I
have to wait until I’m 21 to
get a handgun, but I can get
this weapon at 18.”
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the information they need to
arm themselves against
Russian attempts to influence our elections.”
Democrats described the
Republican conclusions as a
smokescreen intended to
protect the president.
“The majority has placed
the interests of protecting
the president over protecting the country, and history
will judge its actions
harshly,” said Rep. Adam B.
Schiff (D-Burbank), the
ranking Democrat on the
committee.
Schiff said the committee
should investigate allegations of Russian money
laundering. “If the Russians
do have leverage over the
president of the United
States, the majority has simply decided it would rather
not know,” he said.
Although completion of a
draft report was announced
abruptly Monday evening,
Republicans had signaled
for weeks that they were
ready to wind down the investigation. They said the
committee had conducted
73 interviews, mostly behind
closed doors, and collected
more than 300,000 documents.
Democrats will probably
release their own report on
the investigation, a reflection of the rancor that has
defined the House investigation for months.
At one point, Republicans even discussed putting
up a physical wall in one of
the committee’s secured
rooms to divide Democratic
and Republican staff members. The plan was abandoned, according to sources
with knowledge of the idea, a
decision that had more to do
with logistical concerns
than any cooling of partisan
animosity.
Lawmakers repeatedly
accused one another of
breaching confidentiality
rules by leaking bits of
closed-door testimony to
skew public views of the evidence.
And the committee spent
more than a month consumed by controversial allegations, advanced by Republicans and rebutted by
Democrats, that federal law
enforcement had improperly eavesdropped on a former
Trump campaign foreign
policy advisor, Carter Page,
shortly before the election.
The committee’s work
was troubled almost from
the beginning after Nunes
claimed in March 2017 that
names of Trump associates
were inappropriately revealed in classified reports.
Nunes was embarrassed
when it was revealed that he
learned of the allegations
during a secret visit to the
White House complex.
Nunes, who served on
Trump’s transition team,
stepped aside from the Russia investigation while the
House Ethics Committee examined whether he inappropriately disclosed classified
information. He was cleared
of wrongdoing in December,
but he already was investigating allegations of wrongdoing by the FBI and the
Justice Department.
The resulting four-page
GOP memo argued that law
enforcement
inappropriately included opposition research funded by Democrats in an application for a
surveillance warrant. The
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which conducts
its business in secret, approved the warrant and renewed it three times.
Trump’s allies used the
memo to argue that the Russia inquiries, including the
Mueller investigation, have
been tainted by partisanship from the start. The
president claimed the GOP
memo “totally vindicates”
him and hailed Nunes as “a
man of tremendous courage
and grit” who “may someday
be recognized as a Great
American Hero.”
Democrats later released
their own 10-page memo rebutting the Republican allegations, saying the FBI and
Justice Department handled the warrant appropriately and the surveillance
court was told there were political motivations behind
the opposition research.
Partisan tension flared
again when Hope Hicks, the
outgoing White House communications director, testified behind closed doors this
month. Rep. Tom Rooney
(R-Fla.) said leaks from the
testimony, which he blamed
on Democrats, showed it
was time to end the House
investigation.
“We’ve gotten to the point
now where we’re literally
bringing people in for nine
hours just so the Democrats
can leak to the press something as ridiculous as ‘white
lies,’” he told CNN, referring
to how Hicks reportedly admitted to fibbing on the
president’s behalf.
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Package bombs terrorize Austin
[Texas, from A1]
thing out at this point,” Police Chief Brian Manley said
at a televised news conference. “We’re imploring the
community, if you know anything about these attacks, it
is imperative that you come
forward and let us know. We
have innocent people getting hurt across this community.”
On Monday, authorities
reclassified the death of Anthony Stephan House, 39,
who was killed in the first
package bombing, from suspicious to homicide.
With little information on
a possible motive or suspect,
officials told residents to be
especially wary of any unexpected packages on their
doorsteps.
Manley suggested that
residents call 911 if they find
anything suspicious, and
leave their homes or wait in
the rear until officials arrive.
“We will respond,” Manley said. “It make take a little
while to get there because we
are getting several calls.”
The packages don’t appear to have been sent
through traditional delivery
services such as the U.S.
Postal Service or United
Parcel Service and were left
without ringing the bell, said
Manley, who declined to give
details about the explosive
devices but suggested they
came in cardboard boxes.
“These devices can explode in many ways, either
by being moved or being
opened,” said Manley, also
cautioning that the bombs
“can be hidden in many different ways.… There is a certain level of skill required to
put a device like this together successfully.”
Austin investigators are
being assisted by the FBI,
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Postal Service.
Rick Hahn, a retired FBI
special agent and counterterrorism consultant, said
investigators would probably take a close look at the
components used in each
bomb to see whether any
unique parts can be traced
back to a seller or manufacturer, which might lead au-
Ricardo B. Brazziell Austin American-Statesman
AUTHORITIES at the site of a bombing in Austin, Texas. The parcels don’t appear to have been sent through traditional delivery services.
thorities to the killer or killers.
“There’s
oftentimes
unique factors amongst the
components that will narrow down distribution, sales
point, that sort of thing,”
Hahn said. If the bomb used
particular types of wires or
batteries, “all that becomes
investigative leads for us to
track down.”
The victims of the first
two bombings were black,
raising fears early Monday
that they had been targeted
because of their race. But
the next victim was a Latina,
after which police declined
to speculate on a possible
pattern.
“We have no specific
ideology or victimology behind this, and it will remain
an ongoing investigation
while we pursue any and every lead,” Manley said.
“We do not know yet
whether the victims are the
intended targets,” he said,
adding that some homes
had multiple residents and
the bomber may have also
targeted the wrong addresses.
The Oldfort Hill Drive
bomb attack, where the
teenager was killed, occurred less than a mile from
several churches.
Lamont Tucker, a longtime resident of the neighborhood who knew the woman injured in the explosion,
heard the blast in the early
morning.
“I heard the bang, but I
didn’t think much of it, because somewhere around
here they have a shooting
range, so I hear gunshots all
the time,” Tucker said.
He said his “heart is
breaking” for the 17-year-old
victim, and that “we’re going
to have to be cautious and
watch our surroundings, because people are getting outrageous.”
The second blast Monday occurred on Galindo
Street, a compact residential area filled with families
and children.
A perimeter was set up,
with residents going in and
out of restricted streets cordoned off by police tape.
A woman who gave her
name only as Ruby said she
lives on the street behind
Galindo and was home with
her mother at the time of the
blast.
“We heard this loud
noise,” Ruby, 18, said. “It was
a loud bang, like something
hitting something else.”
She said residents were
on high alert — made nervous even by packages addressed to them.
“My mom was scared to
pick up the mail,” Ruby said.
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Pearce reported from Los
Angeles and Yamato from
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MARK MASSARA , a lawyer for the Surfrider Foundation, which sued billionaire Vinod Khosla over Martins Beach, passes a locked gate at the entrance in 2016.
Coastal law faces legal challenge
[Martins Beach, from A1]
Act — if taken up by the
nation’s highest court, it
would put into question
long-established land use
procedures and any state’s
power to regulate development anywhere.
“It’s bold, it’s arrogant,
it wants to strike at the core
of our society,” said Joe
Cotchett, lead attorney for
the Surfrider Foundation,
which sued Khosla in its
fight for public coastal
access. “This is so much
bigger than a little beach in
San Mateo County. It’s a
steppingstone to every
coastline in the United
States.”
Khosla, not short on
money nor shy on tactics,
has tapped a new lawyer
uniquely suited to overcome
the long-shot odds of bringing this argument before the
nation’s nine top justices.
Now leading his legal team is
Paul Clement, who served as
U.S. solicitor general under
President George W. Bush,
clerked for the late Justice
Antonin Scalia and “argued
more Supreme Court cases
since 2000 than any lawyer in
or out of government,” according to his professional
bio at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
He has defended a
number of conservative
positions, such as arguing
against same-sex marriage
and leading the legal challenge to President Obama’s
Affordable Care Act.
In his 151-page petition
to the Supreme Court,
Clement described California’s coastal policies as
“Orwellian” and made the
case that private property
should not be taken for
public use without just
compensation: “the Coastal
Act cannot constitutionally
be applied to compel uncompensated physical invasions of private property.”
Clement and Khosla’s
team of Bay Area lawyers did
not respond to requests for
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NOWADAYS, the gate to Martins Beach is sometimes open, sometimes closed.
Lawsuits have focused on whether Khosla needs state permission to close it.
Karl Mondon Mercury News
KHOSLA has sued the
Coastal Commission, the
State Lands Commission
and San Mateo County.
comment. Khosla declined
to comment for this article.
The Supreme Court will
probably decide in the next
three months whether to
take up the case. Chances
are slim: Of the thousands of
appeals filed each year, only
about 100 are granted review.
But
with
conservative
interpretations of property
rights gaining prominence
and President Trump’s
recent appointment of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, having
the right lawyer and a wellcrafted argument might just
be enough to win the four
Supreme
Court
votes
needed for the case to move
forward, legal experts said.
Khosla’s
arguments,
while ambitious, are “artfully drafted in an effort to
capture the attention of at
least four justices,” said
Richard Frank, director of
the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at
UC Davis.
“This petition is targeted
directly at the conservative
wing of the United States
Supreme Court, and it certainly is plausible that the
court could grant review in
this case given the quality of
representation and the issues involved.”
The issues date back
to 2008, when Khosla, a
co-founder of Sun Microsystems, bought the 89-acre
property south of Half Moon
Bay for $32.5 million.
The Deeney family that
sold Martins Beach had, for
almost a century, maintained a public bathroom,
parking lot, even a general
store. Surfers, fishermen
and picnickers paid 25 cents
to enter. The fee eventually
went up to $10.
Khosla, in legal filings,
said he “was willing to give
the business a go, and continued to allow members of
the public to access the
property upon payment of a
fee. But [he] soon faced the
same problem the Deeneys
had faced: The business was
operating at a considerable
loss, as the costs of keeping
the beach, the parking lot
and other facilities in
operable and safe condition
significantly exceeded the
fees the business generated.”
So he shut the gate, hired
security and posted “do not
enter” signs.
A number of public interest groups have since sued
Khosla. He, in turn, has sued
the
California
Coastal
Commission, the State
Lands Commission and San
Mateo County, over what he
considered an interference
of his property rights.
But a San Mateo County
Superior Court judge dismissed his case, saying that
he had to go through the
commission’s permit process or enforcement proceedings before he could resort to
a lawsuit.
The case that could be
heard by the U.S. Supreme
Court began when Surfrider
sued Khosla on the grounds
that he failed to apply for
the development permit
required to change public
access to the coastline. A
local court sided with
Surfrider and a state
appeals court upheld that
decision, ordering Khosla to
unlock the gate while the
dispute continues. Khosla
appealed again to the state
Supreme Court, which
declined to hear the case.
Nowadays, the gate is
sometimes open, sometimes
closed. Sheriff ’s officials
have said they would not
arrest members of the public
for trespassing. The Coastal
Commission last fall began
the formal process of
notifying Khosla of public
access violations, which
could amount to fines of as
much as $11,250 per day per
violation.
The commission, not an
official party to the Surfrider
suit, said it is reviewing
Khosla’s appeal to the
Supreme Court. The state
attorney general’s office said
it was aware of the petition
Haley says U.N. failing on Syria truce
By Tracy Wilkinson
WASHINGTON — The
U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations, Nikki Haley,
blamed Russia and its allies
Monday for violating a humanitarian cease-fire in Syria, and excoriated the U.N.
Security Council for failing
to guarantee the truce.
Haley also warned that
the Trump administration
“remains prepared to act,”
as it did last April when U.S.
missiles were fired at a Syrian government air base that
was used to drop nerve gas
on civilians.
“It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have
demonstrated we will take,
and we are prepared to take
again,” Haley told the Security Council, which met in
special session. “When the
international community
consistently fails to act,
there are times when states
are compelled to take their
own action.”
On Feb. 24, the 15-member Security Council, including Russia, voted unanimously to demand a monthlong cease-fire across Syria
to allow for humanitarian
deliveries and medical evacuation. The resolution was
largely ignored in Syria,
where fighting erupted in
several areas.
Syrian President Bashar
Assad’s military, which is
backed by Moscow, continued to bombard the besieged rebel-held east Ghouta enclave, killing hundreds of people. The government says it is targeting
terrorists in east Ghouta
who had shelled Damascus,
the capital.
Trump administration
officials have said they were
investigating reports that
Assad’s forces have used
chlorine gas in the government offensive.
U.N. Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres briefed
the council Monday on the
failure of the latest cease-fire
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“IF WE CAN’T act when children are dying, we
have no business being here,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki
Haley said during a special Security Council session.
effort.
“Despite some limited
convoy deliveries, the provision of humanitarian aid
and services has not been
safe, unimpeded or sus-
tained,” Guterres said. “No
sieges have been lifted.... To
our knowledge, not one critically sick or wounded person
has yet been evacuated.”
Haley blamed Russia,
but she also said the U.N.
failure to guarantee even a
temporary
truce
was
shameful.
“If we can’t act when children are dying, we have no
business being here,” Haley
said.
“If we can’t save families
that haven’t seen the sun for
weeks because they have
been hiding underground to
escape barrel bombs, then
the Security Council is as impotent as its worst critics say
it is,” she added.
Activists who monitor
the fighting in Syria say progovernment forces have
used the pretext of a ceasefire to make advances and
have now taken about half of
east Ghouta.
An estimated 350,000
people are said to be trapped
in the enclave without adequate food or medical care.
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and provided no additional
comment.
Khosla is not the first
wealthy landowner to challenge coastal regulations.
Many still recall the 22-year
fight with music producer
David Geffen to unlock his
Malibu gate. (Geffen eventually handed over the keys.)
But not all fights have
ended in public victory.
When the Coastal Commission demanded in the 1980s
that James and Marilyn Nollan allow the public to walk
on their beachfront in Ventura in exchange for obtaining a building permit to enlarge their house, the
Supreme Court ruled the
agency had gone too far.
In handing down the 1987
Nollan vs. California Coastal
Commission
decision,
Scalia
compared
the
commission’s tactics to “an
out-and-out plan of extortion.” The first of a number
of rulings in which the court
tilted the law toward protection of property rights, it
dramatically scaled back
the commission’s power to
require public access ways to
the coast.
“Nollan had a catalytic
effect, and I expect any decision in the Martins Beach
case … would have a similar
sweeping and catalytic
effect on public access law
and property rights more
generally,” Frank said. “It’s
one of those landmark
foundational cases that is
cited all the time throughout
the
nation
and
has
prompted more litigation.”
Ralph Faust, who was the
commission’s general counsel from 1986 to 2006, said a
striking difference between
the Nollan case and Martins
Beach is that Khosla is challenging the Coastal Act “as
written, not as it’s applied.”
Nollan applied for a permit but didn’t like the stipulations the commission required, so he challenged
them, Faust said. Khosla is
skipping that step altogether and arguing that the
requirement to seek a permit — as well as the state
court injunction to maintain
the status quo of keeping the
gate open while the matter is
being decided — violates his
rights as a property owner.
“That’s a pretty stunningly broad attack on state
government,” Faust said. “If
he were to win on that and
just get a declaration that
the Coastal Act could not
possibly be constitutionally
interpreted to require a
permit for that kind of
development — that would
be just huge.”
The Nollan case unfolded
in unexpected ways and to
this day affects the way
access rights are argued and
how land should be set aside
for the public, Faust said.
Should the Supreme Court
take up Khosla’s appeal, the
implications are beyond
imaginable.
“Just because you think
you know what the situation
is when you’re talking about
a case, doesn’t mean that’s
how it’s going to look if the
Supreme Court actually
decides something,” he said.
“These things take on a
life of their own.”
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A timid response to shootings
The real outrage about the nation’s
gun problem is Congress’ abject
failure to do anything about it.
n Oct. 1, 2017, a gunman used a
device known as a bump stock
to convert his semiautomatic rifles into de facto machine guns,
killing 58 people and wounding
441 more at an outdoor Las Vegas Strip concert venue. The widespread outrage over
that massacre fueled calls for a federal ban
on bump stocks and related devices, which
have no purpose whatsoever other than to
circumvent an existing federal ban on most
automatic weapons.
That political moment passed quickly,
though. A month later, a former U.S. airman
killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland
Hills, Texas, using firearms that his criminal
past should have barred him from owning —
the Air Force had failed to submit his domestic violence conviction to the federal
database used in background checks for
gun purchases. Again, there were calls for
reform, but no real action beyond the introduction of a modest bill to incentivize better
reporting.
Then last month came the Parkland,
Fla., school shooting, which left another 17
bodies in its wake. The rage and frustration
felt by students who survived the massacre
has turned into organizing, resulting in a
nationwide school walkout planned for
Wednesday as a sign of disgust and solidarity in demanding gun reform.
So finally, might there be some action?
Sort of.
Citing the need for students to be safe in
schools, President Trump — who had been
securely in the NRA’s holster — initially put
his weight behind some limited changes in
gun laws. But by Monday he had backed
away from most of them, opting instead for
a Federal Commission on School Safety,
just the kind of commission he disparaged
at a rally Saturday. He also suggested using
federal money to help train local teachers
and other school employees who volunteer
to have a weapon at work, and said he would
“support the transition of military veterans
and retired law enforcement into new careers in education,” all in an effort to “harden” schools “just like our airports, stadiums
and government buildings.”
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So the answer to school shootings —
which, as awful as they are, occur rarely — is
to make every school in the country a minifortress, with armed school personnel ready
to open fire should something happen? It
doesn’t take much of an imagination to see
looming disasters, from teachers making lethally wrong decisions to police rushing in
and shooting the wrong armed person, and
from students getting hold of the firearms to
school employees themselves committing
violence. Adding firearms to schools seems
like an extraordinarily shortsighted plan.
Trump has embraced a couple of considerably better ideas. He said states should
adopt laws that make it easier for law enforcement to take firearms from people
deemed at risk of violence, as California has
already done. And not long after the Las
Vegas shooting, he directed the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
to find a way to ban bump stocks and similar
devices. They should be outlawed, but unfortunately, the ATF previously determined
that federal law does not give it the authority to do so, so a new ban by the same agency
would likely face a legal challenge from the
NRA. Congress needs to solve this problem
itself. But, well, that isn’t about to happen,
even on so flagrant a circumvention of the
law as bump stocks.
That’s the real outrage. Again. Although
the conscience of the nation is shocked by
these repeated scenes of slaughter, Congress is apparently unmoved. The grip of
the gun lobby — led by the National Rifle
Assn. — evidently matters far more in Washington than the voice of ordinary Americans, who have expressed overwhelming
support for universal background checks
and for bans on assault-style rifles and highcapacity magazines that enable more people to be murdered faster. And if Congress
fails to act, polls suggest voters would hold
Republicans most responsible. So even facing that political landscape, the party that
controls both houses of Congress and the
White House can’t see it’s way clear to take
solid steps to resolve one of the nation’s
most pressing public safety issues.
Is it cowardice? Some blind loyalty to an
out-of-the-mainstream vision of gun culture
— only about one in three U.S. households
owns a gun — concocted by the gun lobby?
It’s hard to say, and in the end the reason
doesn’t really matter. It’s the failure that
counts, and voters need to make sure those
who have failed are held to account.
Let it go, Tony Mendoza
He quit the state Senate to avoid
potential expulsion, but now he
wants voters to send him back.
ony Mendoza resigned from
the California Senate last month
rather than face expulsion by his
colleagues after an independent
investigation concluded that he
most likely engaged in a pattern of sexual
misconduct involving six women, four of
whom worked in his office, over the course of
a decade. The Senate was expected to take
action on his case later that day.
His resignation triggered a special election to fill the seat for the remaining time
left in his term. That election is to be held on
June 5, and guess who plans to run?
That’s right. Tony Mendoza. The same
man who skulked away from Sacramento
just weeks ago rather than stand before his
peers and make a case for why they should
not kick him out of office is now asking voters to return him to the job for the remaining
months of the term.
It hardly seems possible, but democracy
doesn’t always make sense. Still, this much
is clear: It’s both unseemly and unfair of
Mendoza to ask the people of his southeastern Los Angeles County district to join his
quixotic and self-serving campaign to show
up his former colleagues in the Senate. One
of the chief arguments against his kooky
plan is that even if he were to win, he would
very likely find himself in the same tight
spot — facing expulsion — that led to his
resignation in the first place.
Mendoza, a Democrat from Artesia, has
been defiant since the first allegation surfaced last year, strongly denying he did anything wrong. He refused to take a leave
when the investigation began and only did
so under threat of a suspension vote by the
Senate. Mendoza filed a lawsuit claiming
lack of due process after the Senate voted to
extend his leave.
Nor did Mendoza concede anything in
his resignation letter. He said he was stepping down because he didn’t think he could
get justice from the Senate during an election year, adding that Senate President Pro
Tem Kevin de León wouldn’t rest until he
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had Mendoza’s “head on a platter” to appease the #MeToo movement. Never mind
that an independent investigation by two
outside law firms interviewed 47 people and
found that Mendoza, who is married, “more
likely than not” made inappropriate advances on young women even after he was
warned twice to stop doing so.
The timing of Mendoza’s resignation in
the last year of his Senate term means that
there will be both a special election and a
regular election for the 32nd Senate district
on the same ballot on June 5. The winner of
the special election will serve until the current term expires, and the winner of the
regular election will take over on Dec. 3.
Mendoza said in a statement Friday that he
plans to run in both races.
If he truly cared about the interests of his
district, Mendoza would bow out of both
races now and leave the field open for less
compromised, less polarizing candidates.
There are very few scenarios in which this
doesn’t end badly for the people of his district, and maybe even for Mendoza and his
family. Does he really want to stir up more
controversy about the advances he allegedly
made on a 19-year-old intern as he fed her
alcohol in a hotel suite during a trip to the
party convention?
And if Mendoza receives enough votes to
return to the Senate without the support of
his party (delegates at the state convention
last month chose not to endorse him), what
happens then? Perhaps Mendoza thinks
that the national outrage over sexual harassment by men in power will have waned.
Or maybe he believes that having the support of some of the voters in his district will
inoculate him from any further punishment
by the Senate.
What seems most likely is that if Mendoza somehow claws his way back into the
Senate, those same colleagues would simply
bring up the expulsion vote again, possibly
triggering another costly special election.
How does that help anyone?
He has lost sight of the fact that serving
in the Legislature is about representing the
interests of the people most effectively, not
merely about soothing his own bruised ego
or undoing the raw deal he seems to believe
he got from his colleagues.
Mendoza needs to let it go, and then go
away.
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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IN SEOUL, a TV news report talks about a meet-
ing between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.
Trump’s chance
Re “Trump already hands Kim a victory,” analysis,
March 10
Does anything really change because President
Trump’s acceptance of an invitation to meet with North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un gave a “propaganda victory”
to Pyongyang?
The fact is that this meeting represents a historic
opportunity for face-to-face discussions to address a
major world threat: North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
For decades, under Presidents Clinton, Bush and
Obama, the United States has been gamed by North
Korea, as we have totally failed to stop the development
of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. The
bureaucratic protocols and diplomacy of the past have
not worked.
Maybe it’s time to try the unorthodox, direct
approach favored by Trump. Let’s give peace a chance.
Glynn Morris
Playa del Rey
Why does our government demonize a country
that, during the Korean
War, was utterly destroyed? Our Air Force
went so far as to bomb
dams, taking out the
north’s electricity supplies
and ruining rice crops.
The North Koreans
have very good reason to
want a deterrent to protect
themselves from the
United States, which has
invaded, intervened and
destroyed countries that
could not adequately defend themselves. Consider
Libya, a country that gave
up its nuclear program
only to be bombed and its
government overthrown
with the help of our government.
Joseph Tillotson
Redondo Beach
::
Kim truly is delusional if
he thinks meeting with
Trump will bring him
recognition as a world
power.
Some countries with
similar leadership may
appear to give him what he
wants, but the rest of the
world will continue to view
him as an unstable dictator
of a small, impoverished
country who has no regard
for human life.
Arline George
Reseda
::
Times reporter Barbara
Demick believes that since
no other sitting United
States president has had
the intestinal fortitude to
attempt an ice-breaking
communication with a
particular adversary, it is a
“victory” for the other
leader.
Is not any attempt to
remove the current threat
posed by a major war a
good action, even though it
involves Trump? The
meeting between Kim and
our president may never
take place, but even the
possibility of an opening of
communications to end
the Korean War deserves to
be celebrated.
Bob Curran
Hollywood
::
This one-upmanship
between Kim and Trump
reminds me of mock world
leaders Charlie Chaplin (as
Hitler) and Jack Oakie (as
Mussolini) battling each
other by pumping their
barber chairs higher in the
1940 film “The Great Dictator.”
Let’s hope the TrumpKim faceoff turns out to be
a comedy as well.
Terry De Wolfe
Monterey Park
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Stop sinking
money now
Re “Cost for bullet train
jumps sharply,” March 10
Cost estimates for
California’s high-speed
train will continue to climb.
The good news is that
we need not finish the
project. The money we
have already spent is gone
— we cannot get it back.
This should have no bearing on whether we should
spend more. All that matters is what we can expect
to achieve for the huge
costs that remain.
The train cannot operate without a subsidy,
which Proposition 1A,
passed in 2008, prohibits.
Public resources are
needed for much better
projects.
We should stop work on
the train now, even if we
must repay the $3 billion
given to California by the
U.S. Department of Transportation for the project.
The sooner we stop spending, the less money we will
squander, and the better
off Californians will be.
James E. Moore II
Los Angeles
The writer is director of
USC’s transportation
engineering program.
::
The bullet train project
reminds of how those of us
who live in the west San
Fernando Valley were sold
on the Red Line subway.
I was told that I would
be able to commute from
my home to downtown L.A.
Instead, over the years I
watched a rail line open
between downtown and
Culver City, which was
later extended to Santa
Monica. In the Valley, all we
got was the Orange Line
busway, which makes the
trip to the North Hollywood station slower than I
can drive there in my car.
The bullet train is following the same course as
the Red Line: Promises are
being made that can never
be kept.
Miles Hodge
West Hills
::
I went to Japan 35 years
ago, and it was amazing to
see the bullet trains as I
had only read about them,
but had never seen or
ridden one.
On my bullet train ride
from Tokyo to Kyoto, I
remember thinking to
myself, “The United States
will have this very, very
soon for routes from Los
Angeles to Las Vegas and
San Francisco, and from
New York to Boston.”
Was I ever wrong!
Steve Shaevel
Woodland Hills
When Tylenol or
Advil won’t do
Re “Doubt cast on benefits
of opioids,” March 9
This article could lead
to serious misunderstanding as to the relative pain
control of opioids versus
more common medications like Tylenol and
Advil.
First off, the study
involved a very limited
number of patients served
by the Department of
Veterans Affairs with solely
musculoskeletal pain, like
pain in their backs, knees
or hips.
I agree that the study
has good intentions of
fighting the escalating
opioid crisis, but the majority of people with serious, unbearable pain
should not have to suffer
while a well meaning, inexperienced doctor tries out
the effects of ibuprofen and
acetaminophen before
prescribing stronger medication.
If we are serious about
fighting opioid abuse, we
need simply go after the
immoral doctors and pharmacists who over-prescribe these feel-good
drugs to their hapless
users. Jail time is called for
in these cases, not some
monetary fine or loss of
license. That’s how serious
“crimes” are punished if we
want to rid our society of
this menace.
Jim Harley
Banning
::
A year and a half ago,
after freakishly injuring my
shoulder, I became the
proud owner of the following permanent structures
in that shoulder: two
screws, eight staples and
four stitches. If I somehow
forgot to take my Oxycodone, my pain went to a 9
or a 10 on the common
10-point scale.
If anyone is prescribing
an opioid for a pain level of
4 — well, therein lies the
problem. This warrants
Tylenol or Advil, not an
opioid.
No flipping wonder we
lose 115 people a day in this
country to opioid use.
Stacy Mason
Redondo Beach
Gun laws vs.
arming teachers
Re “Schools chief calls out
Trump,” March 9
I have heard and read
lots of discussion about
teachers being allowed to
carry a concealed firearm
on campus after being
properly trained.
The goal of arming
“some” teachers is not to
make them the primary
security for their students,
but rather the “backup”
plan when law enforcement falls short, as was the
case in the recent Florida
school shooting.
We already have armed
police and plainclothes
officers around our children at concerts, shopping
malls and colleges. What
makes our K-12 schools any
different? If police officers
can be trained to handle
firearms properly, then so
can those teachers who are
willing, capable and not
afraid to be “that person.”
Passing more gun laws
will not provide our children with a strong response to those unwilling
to obey our laws, nor will it
make the 320 million-plus
guns in circulation miraculously disappear.
Our children’s safety at
school must be more important than our political
views on guns or our fear of
them.
Rod Guyton
Torrance
::
Let’s arm teachers! This
may have prevented the
mass killings at a theater in
Aurora, Colo., or a workplace in San Bernardino.
One advantage is that
most teachers are available
during the summer break
and could freelance as
security guards at hotels in
Las Vegas or churches in
Texas.
Alternatively, Congress
could just realize that the
mass killings in this country are due to the easy
availability of assault
weapons, and take action
to prevent their sales. The
only conceivable use of an
AR-15 is to kill a maximum
number of people in the
shortest possible time.
Betty C. Duckman
Long Beach
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Who in the world will
defend democracy?
By Stein Ringen
n Beijing sits Xi Jinping,
the Red Emperor. His
project is to make totalitarianism work. Already
in complete control at
home, his global influence increases by the day. Other nations are falling over each other
to pay tribute to the People’s
Republic.
Beijing does not impose its
political model on others, but
demands something else: silence. If you want to collaborate with China you are not allowed to say anything unfriendly. Crossing the regime
risks retribution or expulsion.
After the Nobel Peace Prize
was awarded to the human
rights activist Liu Xiaobo,
China cut ties with Norway for
six years. To normalize relations again, Norway last year
had to promise, in writing, to
undertake no action that could
disturb the new harmony.
Since then, Norway’s government — whose identity in the
world rests on its championship of democracy and human rights — has had not a
word to say about human
rights abuses in China. Likewise, activist groups like
Greenpeace, the World Wide
Fund for Nature, and Conservation International stay silent
on China’s environmental destructions in the South China
Sea.
In Moscow sits Vladimir
Putin, a would-be modern-day
Czar. He has less power to play
with than his friends in Beijing.
He can, however, make himself
admired for promoting Russia’s greatness up against a
Western world that Russians
are told is hostile to them.
Unlike Xi, Putin cannot aspire to domination, but he can
be a spoiler and sow discord in
democratic countries. This is
done by using social media to
whip up enmity among population groups and undermine
trust and democracy. After the
Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory
Stoneman
Douglas
High
School in Florida, it took only
an hour for a flurry of posts
from Russia-linked Twitter accounts to set Americans
against each other on the issue
of gun control.
In Washington sits Donald
Trump, absentee leader of the
free world. Himself a man of authoritarian instinct, he seems
to admire leaders like Xi and
Putin for their virility of power.
Rather than stand up to their
assaults on the foundations of
liberty, he directs his anger
against those same foundations. His attacks on the news
media have become normal.
He uses lies as a political in-
I
Kevin Frayer Getty Images
XI JINPING worked to abolish presidential term limits in China.
Alexei Druzhinin Associated Press
VLADIMIR PUTIN sows discord among democratic countries.
Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
DONALD TRUMP lacks the instincts to defend democracy.
strument. He chips away at respect for the rule of law.
In Brussels sits an uneasy
coalition of European democracies, distracted by Brexit,
populism and internal EU tensions. It is in stand-off with
Russia, on which it depends for
energy. Trade and capital top
other interests on China. On
separate occasions in 2017,
Hungary withheld its signature from an EU letter denouncing torture of human
rights lawyers, and Greece
vetoed an EU statement to the
United Nations Human Rights
Council criticizing China’s human rights record.
In the squeeze between dictatorship and democracy sit
leaders of smaller countries, in
bewilderment. Australia and
New Zealand are on the forefront of China’s campaign of influence in media, politics and
universities. Their governments are struggling to respond, but are getting more indifference than support from
friends.
In Central Europe, countries with as yet weak democratic cultures take inspiration
more from authoritarianism
than liberty. Poland has passed a law forbidding free discourse, even in scholarly history, of the Holocaust. In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban is forging a one-party soft
autocracy where people are
fearful of speaking their minds.
The Czech Republic, mired in
political cheating, is being described as “a democracy without democrats.”
It is not surprising that liberty has enemies. The tragedy
now is that the defense of liberty is absent where it should be
vibrant. We are being let down
by America, by the likes of
Hungary and Poland, even by
the European Union, even by
Norway.
There is such a thing as the
free world where citizens enjoy
liberty, rule of law, and mutual
trust. That world is now adrift
in self-doubt. Democracies
need to come together in defense of liberty, but they are not
finding their voice. The European Union should lead but is
divided and unable. America
should lead but is retreating
into narrow self-interest. The
energy is on the side of assertive autocracy. That needs
to be confronted, but who will
do it?
Stein Ringen is a visiting
professor of political economy
at King’s College London
and the author, most recently,
of “The Perfect Dictatorship:
China in the 21st Century.”
He writes at
ThatsDemocracy.com.
Insurers are fossil fuel hypocrites
By Jacques Leslie
espite being part of
an industry predicated on anticipating
risk, American insurance companies seem
distinctly muddled about climate
change.
In the investments and underwriting that insurers lavish on fossil fuel companies, they act like climate deniers, ignoring the scientific evidence that the emissions
they finance are producing a slowmotion cataclysm.
Insurers know better. In fact,
European insurance companies
began sounding the climate
change alarm as early as 1973,
when Munich Re, the world’s largest re-insurer, published a report
describing climatic “processes
such as, for example, the rising
temperature of the earth’s atmosphere” that makes “glaciers and
the polar caps recede … and ocean
temperatures rise.” Since 2015, 15
large foreign insurers, including
industry giants Allianz, AXA,
Swiss Re and Zurich, have either
divested or agreed to divest about
$22 billion from coal companies,
and three have stopped or limited
coal underwriting.
No major U.S. companies have
made similar moves, according to
an online scorecard kept by Unfriend Coal, a coalition of environmental activists. Cynthia McHale,
insurance director at the sustainability nonprofit Ceres, told me
that climate change is such a
charged topic in the U.S. that insurers here don’t even like to use
the phrase. But they incorporate
climate change data into the computer risk analyses they draw up-
D
on to deny coverage or raise premiums for homeowners threatened by fires, floods and other climate-related disasters.
That’s what has been happening, for example, in the 24 California counties deemed most at risk
of wildfire. Thanks in part to
drought and hotter temperatures
brought on or exacerbated by climate change, fires in these predominantly mountainous regions
have proliferated and intensified
in recent years.
A study of homeowner policies
published in December by the
state Department of Insurance
showed a 15% rise in insurer-initiated non-renewals in a single year
in those counties. “It’s a growing
problem,” Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones told me.
But none of this appears to
have prompted major American
insurers to reconsider their stake
in fossil fuels. A Ceres study of insurance companies’ investments
found that in 2014 the 40 largest
U.S. insurers owned a higher proportion of oil and gas bonds than a
typical bond index would. Three
insurance groups — Ameriprise,
Lincoln National and Voya Financial — held more than double the
median concentration in the oil
and gas sector.
Insurers could play a crucial
role in halting coal mining and
coal burning. Coal-fired power
plants are the leading global
source of greenhouse gas emissions. Although some large coal
companies might be able to selfinsure if their mining operations
lost coverage, others would be
forced to close. And utilities would
be forced to close some coal plants
if insurance weren’t available.
Insurers’ recklessness in supporting fossil fuels is dangerous
not just for the planet but for the
companies themselves. No doubt
their investments are profitable
now, but as the price of renewable
energy drops — it is already lower
than coal’s cost and is close to rivaling natural gas’ — fossil fuel
businesses will lose some of their
moneymaking allure. And as the
world’s nations move, fitfully so
far, to restrict the use of coal, oil
and gas, the chance is growing
that extractive companies will be
forced to take losses on “stranded
assets.”
On the underwriting side, insurers could be on the hook for
claims related to accelerating climate-related disasters, such as
California’s fires last fall, and lawsuits that target fossil fuel companies as some of the world’s largest
greenhouse-gas emitters.
Michael Gerrard of Columbia
University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law points out that
these companies have yet to pay a
penny arising from litigation
claiming climate change damage,
but eight new lawsuits filed recently could change that. One of
them, brought by California cities
and based on public nuisance law,
seeks to hold Exxon, BP and other
oil companies accountable for
flooding caused by sea level rise.
Californians can take a small
measure of solace from knowing
that, as in many other climate battles, their state is in the lead in
pressuring insurance companies
to change their fossil fuel ways.
Two years ago, Insurance Commissioner Jones required that
large insurers doing business in
California disclose their invest-
ments in oil, gas and coal, becoming the nation’s first insurance
regulator to make such a demand.
In response, one governor and
12 attorneys general, from such
fossil-fuel producing states as
Oklahoma and Texas, wrote a letter to Jones denouncing his move
as “misleading, alarmist, and fiscally irresponsible” and threatening to sue. Since then, hundreds
of insurance companies have provided the information — now
posted on the Department of Insurance website — and no lawsuits have been filed.
The emergence of something
as accurately predicted, voluminously documented and potentially catastrophic as climate
change inevitably reflects the simultaneous failure of many institutions, from its perpetrators, notably fossil fuel industries, to a
long list of abettors, including
Congress and the Trump administration.
Insurers like to think of themselves as cautious and controversy-averse, but they’re entangled in climate change whether
they like it or not. Until they take
action against it, they belong on
the abettors list.
Jacques Leslie is a contributing
writer to Opinion.
FOR THE RECORD
ESPN: A March 1 op-ed article
about labor conditions at Disneyland referred to losses related to
ESPN. The sports channel has
lost subscribers, but its unit
within Walt Disney is profitable.
His Royal
Trumpness
skips O.C.
GUSTAVO ARELLANO
o President Trump will
visit our state this week.
Ain’t that a hoot? He’s
already declared war on
California’s middle class
with a punitive tax code, sicced
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on our
pro-marijuana and immigrant
policies, and insulted many of our
fine representatives, including
Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank),
Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco)
and Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) — but strangely enough, never
Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), who’s so pro-Russia
he makes Boris Badenov look like
Captain America.
We see this jaunt for what it is:
The emperor wants to inspect his
new lands and show the world he
can make the conquered natives
bend the knee. It’s taken a while,
though; no president has taken
longer to visit California after his
election since Franklin Delano
Roosevelt in 1936. The reason for
the delay? His Trumpness has no
clothes. He’s terrified of us. He
wants nothing but adulation and
glory and doesn’t dare meet anyone who’ll offer any bit of criticism.
That’s why his only two scheduled appearances so far are a
fundraiser with the One Percenters in Beverly Hills and a
review of prototypes for his beloved border wall. And that’s why he’s
skipping Orange County. No rally,
no fundraiser, no nada.
This development is big — Big
One big. Orange County has
served as the Republican Party’s
emotional-support animal for
generations. Barry Goldwater
once famously quipped that the
only states he carried during his
disastrous 1964 presidential run
were Arizona and Orange County.
It’s where rising conservative stars
used to test their material before
party elders and wealthy donors,
where angry suburban voters
reliably voted GOP in the name of
liberty and fewer Mexicans.
Trump did hold a raucous rally
at the Pacific Amphitheatre in
Costa Mesa in April 2016. He
bragged to his audience that 31,000
people were there — never mind
that the Amphitheatre only holds
8,500. He returned that May to a
far-smaller crowd at the Anaheim
Convention Center, then ignored
O.C. and hasn’t even texted since.
It seems even Trump is capable
of learning. He must’ve realized
that this isn’t the Orange County
of old.
We’ve been majority-minority
since at least 2004. Activists have
created progressive pockets from
Laguna Woods to Santa Ana and
beyond. GOP registration has
fallen precipitously as young voters have either sided decline-tostate or Democrat. Then Hillary
Clinton took O.C. in the general
election, the first time a Democrat
did so since FDR in 1936.
Of course it wasn’t just activists
and demographics that helped
Clinton along — it was Trump. I
know a lot of GOPers who despised their candidate so much
that they either didn’t vote for any
president or wrote in someone
else. Jon Fleischman of the Flash
Report, a man so conservative he
probably doesn’t do left turns
while driving, announced on social
media that he voted for Vin Scully
as president.
Trump did the political equivalent of USC losing to Fresno State
in the Freedom Bowl. (Look that
one up, sports-hating lefties.) And
what’s happened in Orange
County ever since should give the
rest of the country hope. At the
positive extreme: Invigorated
activists have harangued O.C.’s
congressional GOP base, pushing
two long-timers, Reps. Ed Royce
of Fullerton and Darrell Issa of
Vista, into early retirement. In
1990, the GOP held a 22 point lead
over Democrats in voter registration; at last count, it was down
to 2.8 thanks to young people and
Latinos.
The media and political sharks
have taken note. National correspondents from the Wall Street
Journal to CNN to even Curbed
have parachuted in to proclaim
that this isn’t John Wayne’s Orange County any more. (Pro tip:
Even John Wayne wasn’t John
Wayne — all his children are halfLatinos.)
One almost feels sorry for
Trump that he can’t get a hero’s
welcome in Orange County. In
1984, Ronald Reagan kicked off his
reelection campaign at Mile
Square Park in Fountain Valley to
an audience of 50,000, with 15,000
people turned away. This is when
the Gipper told reporters the
quote that local conservatives
bragged about for decades: that
Orange County was where “all the
good Republicans go to die.”
Now, thanks to Trump, O.C.
has turned into the GOP’s graveyard. Enjoy the Golden State, 45,
and don’t let the California burritos hit you on the way out.
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Going beyond the algorithms
[Major, from A1]
and challenges society.
In Maine, Bates College
started a multidisciplinary
Digital and Computational
Studies program, with aims
including “to interrogate the
values and assumptions of a
digitized world” and “increase understanding of the
power and limitations of
computers in solving problems.”
At Occidental, where a
young Barack Obama discovered political science,
teaching students how to
code is the straightforward
part, said Li, a cognitive science professor who led the
design of the major. Classes
also push students to grapple with the inequalities and
philosophical
dilemmas
that technology is creating
out in the world. Such social
discussions are woven into
every lesson.
“The goal is to make students consider the realworld implications of what
they are doing — that their
code is not just abstract
problem-solving but may
have positive or negative impacts on real people,” Li
said.
Stephanie Angulo, a junior, says it was that approach that drew her to Occidental rather than an engineering school. She hopes to
break glass ceilings one day
as a tech leader and wanted
to study somewhere that
would also teach her how to
write better.
“You have to think about
how you communicate your
ideas or how you think about
problems,” said Angulo, who
has interned at Facebook
and is studying computer
science and philosophy. “My
friends and I talk about
these issues pretty much every day, whereas I’ve noticed
the people I’ve worked with
who are more engineeringfocused don’t tend to think
about these questions as
much.”
The broader way of looking at computer science also
has the benefit of perhaps
drawing new people in to
help narrow tech’s muchdiscussed diversity and gender gaps, said Andrea Dany-
Photographs by Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
OCCIDENTAL students show off their work. Many liberal arts schools are designing computer science majors with a philosophical bent.
luk, a Williams College professor and member of the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium. “We have the
art major who needs to take
a science course or a history
student who discovers this is
actually kind of cool,” she
said.
As more multidisciplinary programs emerge, some
in the field caution against
taking too much focus away
from the fundamentals of
computer science. “You
need a very solid core,” said
Kim Bruce, who started the
departments at Williams
and at Pomona College.
A number of East Coast
liberal arts colleges have
long-standing traditional
programs based in math
and computation. But Occidental wanted its new major
to break the mold.
“Our goal isn’t to emulate
Stanford or MIT in terms of
engineers,” President Jonathan Veitch said. “Our goal is
to graduate students who
are versed in the ways in
which technology’s impacting their life socially, culturally as well as politically —
and to play some kind of
thoughtful role in high tech.”
Choosing Li, whose field
of expertise is multidisciplinary, to shape the major
was the first step.
He looked at what other
campuses were doing and
found that many lacked
classes that directly addressed ethics. He also
noted the diversity issues.
Across the nation, more
than 80% of computer science majors are men. Of the
1,780 doctorates granted in
the field in 2015, just 1% went
to black students, 1.7% to
Latinos and less than 19% to
women, according to the
Computing Research Assn.
“Starting a new department is a rare chance to
tackle these issues from
scratch,” Li said.
Occidental’s major includes a more traditional
track, a mathematics pathway and a “CS + X” option in
which students are free to
choose the X, whether it be
integrating gender studies,
economics or music. They
can pursue projects about
anything that interests
them — segregated housing,
language patterns, whether
there’s racism in census
data.
Kathryn Leonard, the department’s
chairwoman,
who majored in English and
math in college, encourages
students to use their broad
liberal arts educations to
think about the role of humans in technology.
“If we’re the ones building the machine, then we
have to be very careful about
putting our own biases into
the machine and, furthermore, putting in biases that
we aren’t even aware of,” she
said. “In order to have that
kind of awareness, you need
an exposure to a broad range
of perspectives.”
Junior Chloe Zeller is
double majoring in computer science and cognitive science and minoring in math.
She was worried that com-
ON HIS LAPTOP , Yimbo Gao, left, demonstrates to deGrasse Schrader a pro-
gram created to search for and identify sheet music for particular songs.
‘The goal is to
make students
consider the
real-world
implications of
what they are
doing.’
— Justin Li,
a cognitive science professor
who led the design of the
computer science major at
Occidental College
puter science would be too
hard, but says the way Occidental teaches the material
helped her find ways to
make it her own. She’s been
studying gender bias and inequity in computer programs. She’s inspired by the
diversity both of her classmates and of their interests.
“CS is situated in a lot of
different places now. It’s not
just this discrete thing that’s
by itself in a little box,” she
said. “In my very first class,
there were a variety of math
people, science people. I had
a politics major in my class, a
psych major.”
That diversity helped
draw
in
junior
Luis
Figueroa, who was intimidated because his high
school in San Luis, Ariz.,
didn’t teach computer science. Now he’s double majoring in it, along with math.
He’s interned at NASA’s Jet
Propulsion Laboratory and
hopes one day to return to
his hometown to teach kids
early in their education that
“computer science really can
be connected to everything.”
At a recent computer science show and tell, dozens of
students crowded around to
see what the new major was
all about.
At one table, Allie Brenner described the neural
network that she and a
classmate had built to recognize and distinguish between tweets from President
Trump and former President Obama. One challenge,
she said, was teaching a
computer to detect sarcasm
— which was key because
Obama and Trump often
have used similar words in
different ways.
“The hardest part for us,
we were actually joking
about it the other day — it’s
no longer the coding that’s
intimidating,” said Brenner,
who is double majoring in
computer science and psychology. “It’s the theory and
the thought process behind
it all.”
rosanna.xia@latimes.com
Twitter: @RosannaXia
Parkland video to be released
Media groups win suit
seeking footage filmed
outside Stoneman
Douglas High during
the mass shooting.
By Rafael Olmeda
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.
— The public should be allowed to see the security video filmed outside Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High
School during last month’s
shooting, a judge ruled Mon-
day.
The South Florida SunSentinel and other media
organizations sued the
Broward County Sheriff ’s
Office last month for access
to the video, arguing that it
is crucial for the public to analyze law enforcement’s response to the shooting.
Deputy Scot Peterson,
the school’s resource officer,
resigned after Sheriff Scott
Israel criticized him for waiting outside the school as a
gunman fired on students
inside. The Sheriff ’s Office
is investigating allegations
that other deputies also
waited outside.
Broward County Circuit
Judge Jeffrey R. Levenson
signed an order authorizing
the video’s release but immediately delayed the order
until Thursday to give the
Sheriff ’s Office and the
school board a chance to appeal.
The video reportedly
does not show the gunman
or any of the victims of the
Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17
people.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been
indicted on charges of murder and attempted murder.
He is being held without
bond at the Broward County
main jail and is due in court
Wednesday for arraignment.
His attorneys have said
he is not denying guilt but is
holding off on a guilty plea in
the hopes that prosecutors
will not seek the death penalty.
School district officials,
including an assistant principal from Stoneman Douglas, argued in court last week
that releasing the video
would expose the limits of
the cameras mounted at
various positions on campus, creating a security risk.
The Sheriff ’s Office indicated that Israel was in favor
of releasing the video to the
public but did not believe he
had the authority, because it
is part of an active criminal
investigation and an internal affairs investigation into
Peterson.
Dana McElroy, attorney
for the media organizations,
including the Miami Herald
and CNN, argued that the
video’s release is essential
for a thorough and transparent analysis of the law enforcement response.
Olmeda writes for the
Sun-Sentinel.
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‘Lock
up your
guns,’
Feuer
says
City attorney charges
parents of teens who
threatened violence.
By Joseph Serna
Hayne Palmour IV San Diego Union-Tribune
JUST NORTH of the border fence, a man uses a water hose at Goat Canyon, the site of a catch basin that is a fetid pool of muck.
Bigger wall, bigger mess
If Trump really wants to fix border, he should visit sewage pools
ROBIN ABCARIAN
reporting from otay mesa, calif.
On Sunday, I
stood at the end of
a barren cul-desac overlooking a
field on the U.S.
side of the border,
staring toward
Mexico.
President Trump’s border wall
prototypes were off in the distance, about a mile away. This area
— the ironically named “Free
Speech Zone” — was as close as
the public can get to the prototypes. (If you are on the Mexican
side of the border, however, you
can get a lot closer.) In anticipation of protests, temporary signs
were posted on street poles, prohibiting the possession of firearms, daggers, slingshots, sticks,
bats, pepper spray and other
“implements of riots.”
The 30-foot-tall segments
stood out, like Cadillacs stuck in
the desert floor. One day, perhaps
they will be a reminder of a particularly hysterical American
political moment: Trump’s Folly.
The wall, which began as a bit
of campaign trail hyperbole, is an
act of hostility toward Mexico and
a sop to Trump’s base. You can
argue all you like about the integrity of national borders, but the wall
is the physical manifestation of the
racism that Trump has so often
expressed toward the Mexican
people, who, through no fault of
their own, are not Norwegian.
It is a waste of time, space and
money. It also is an affront to the
environment.
I understand, though, that the
wall is thrilling to people who think
the country has suffered from
illegal immigration, or feel that
people who violate the rules
should be punished, even as they
put food on your table, build your
houses and clean your homes.
While I was peering at the prototypes, a few people pulled up next
[See Abcarian, B4]
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
OLIVIA MEDINA attends a rally with immigration activists in Beverly Hills. President Trump
will attend a fundraiser in the area Tuesday, his first visit to California since he took office.
Be it protests or clashes,
police ready to handle it
By Richard Winton
Law enforcement officials are bracing for multiple protests Tuesday as President Trump swings
through Southern California, but the extent of demonstrations remains a wildcard.
Trump has a famously antagonistic relationship
with California, clashing on issues such as
immigration, climate change and women’s rights.
The state has become the epicenter of the “resistance,” with several huge demonstrations since he
took office.
Authorities in San Diego and Los Angeles said
they are not sure what to expect when Trump visits
California for the first time in his presidency, but are
preparing for whatever comes.
Law enforcement will be dealing with several issues: security, crowd control and traffic control.
“We are prepared for anything,” said Los Angeles
Deputy Police Chief Horace Frank, who oversees the
counterterrorism and special operations bureau.
Frank said though no permitted protests in the form
of marches are planned, authorities do expect to see
protesters and Trump’s supporters out in numbers
during the president’s visit.
As with all presidential visits, Los Angeles County
Sheriff Jim McDonnell said
[See Protests, B4]
Will Trump make America wait again?
With few details from feds
on president’s visit, L.A.
struggles to plan for traffic.
By Laura J. Nelson
Will Trumpjam replace Obamajam?
A presidential visit to Southern
California can strike fear into the
heart of even the most traffic-hardened Angelenos, who know too well
that detours and closures for a
White House motorcade can turn
rush hour into chaos on the Westside.
Former President Obama’s frequent visits to Southern California
created traffic tie-ups so ugly, they
earned their own moniker.
As President Trump prepares
to make his first visit to California,
a lack of details from federal officials on whether he will use a
motorcade or a helicopter to travel
across town has left commuters
and officials uneasy — as has the
threat of rain in the forecast for
Tuesday night.
After a visit to San Diego to see
prototypes for a border wall,
Trump will land in Los Angeles at
3:30 p.m. Tuesday. He is scheduled
to attend a fundraiser in the Beverly Hills area, then head to the Hotel
InterContinental in downtown for
the night.
With enough advance warnings,
[See Traffic, B4]
The Los Angeles city attorney on Monday announced charges against
two parents who kept unsecured guns in their homes
and whose children threatened violence against their
schools and peers, officials
said.
City Atty. Mike Feuer
filed the charges last week
against San Fernando Valley
parents Robert Christy and
Dazo Esguerra, accusing
both fathers of keeping firearms easily accessible to
teenage sons who made
threats in February, Feuer’s
office said.
“For goodness’ sake, lock
up your guns. There’s no excuse not to,” Feuer said Monday in a prepared statement.
“Locking up firearms saves
lives and it’s the law. Incidents like these are potential school shooting tragedies waiting to happen. My
office will continue taking
swift, decisive action against
parents who don’t safely
store their guns.”
Christy, 59, is charged
with three misdemeanor
counts of unlawful storage of
a firearm. He faces up to six
[See Guns, B2]
Officer
guilty of
sexual
assaults
Israel Sanchez of the
Monterey Park police
faces 11 years in prison.
By Marisa Gerber
A Monterey Park police
officer was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting
three women during traffic
stops, a streak of misconduct in which prosecutors
say he forced women to expose themselves and in two
cases groped them.
Israel Sanchez committed the string of assaults in
the summer of 2014 against
female drivers who were
ages 19 to 28, prosecutors
said.
A jury in a downtown Los
Angeles courtroom convicted Sanchez, 41, who is
currently on unpaid administrative leave from the Monterey Park Police Department, of five counts of sexual
battery by restraining, five
counts of assault under the
color of authority, three
counts of false imprisonment by violence and one
count of soliciting a bribe. (A
[See Officer, B6]
Brown prods
the president
On eve of Trump’s
visit, governor urges
him to consider state’s
bullet train efforts. B3
Not in drinks
or on rinks
Rare type of ice found
trapped in diamonds
in Earth’s crust. B2
Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP plans to attend a fundraiser in the Bev-
erly Hills area Tuesday before heading downtown for the night.
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SC I E N C E F I L E
Not the ice in drinks and on rinks
Trapped in diamonds
deep in Earth’s crust
is a form of frozen
water not seen before.
DEBORAH NETBURN
Scientists have discovered, trapped in the rigid
structure of diamonds
formed deep in Earth’s
crust, a form of water ice
that was not previously
known to occur naturally on
our planet.
The finding, published
last week in Science, represents the first detection of
naturally occurring ice-VII
ever found on Earth. And as
sometimes happens in the
scientific process, it was
discovered entirely by accident.
Ice-VII is about 1 1⁄2 times
as dense as the regular ice
we put in our drinks and
skate on in winter, and the
crystalline structure of its
atoms is different as well.
In normal ice, known as
ice-I, the oxygen atoms
arrange themselves in a
hexagonal shape. In ice-VII
these atoms are arranged in
a cubic shape.
Oliver Tschauner, a
professor of geoscience at
the University of Nevada,
Las Vegas, said there are
several known phases of
water ice that form under
different pressure and temperature conditions.
That’s unusual. Generally, when you subject a
solid phase of matter to
increasing amounts of pressure, the space between the
chemical bonds will decrease a little, and the bonds
will tilt toward one another,
said Tschauner, who led the
new work. That’s called
compressibility.
But water ice has very
low compressibility. When it
is subjected to too much
pressure, the atoms don’t
scooch together. Instead,
they rearrange themselves
into different patterns.
For example, if you press
down hard enough on ice-I,
it will transform into ice-II,
which has a rhombohedral
structure. Increase the
pressure once again and the
atoms will rearrange themselves into ice-III, then IV, V,
VI and VII.
Unlike the other phases
of ice, however, ice-VII remains fairly stable even as
the pressure increases.
Scientists believe that
ice-VII may be found in
great abundance in the
solar system, perhaps in the
interior of ice moons such as
Enceladus and Europa, or
as part of the ocean floor of
Titan. But they did not
think it could naturally
occur on Earth.
The pressures ice-VII
requires to form can be
found on our planet, but
they exist only deep in the
mantle where the temperature is too warm for this
form of ice to be stable.
Previous work has shown
that ice-VII can be synthesized in the lab, but the
new study revealed that
small amounts of the material can also form naturally
on Earth, thanks to the
peculiar properties of diamonds.
Diamonds can form very
deep in Earth’s mantle, as
much as 400 miles beneath
the crust. As part of their
formation process they will
occasionally encapsulate
bits of the chemical environment around them in what
are called inclusions.
The natural convection
of the mantle will eventually
transport a portion of these
diamonds to Earth’s surface. When that happens,
they also bring up other
deep-Earth materials in the
form of these inclusions.
What’s special about
inclusions in diamonds is
that the material entrapped
within them remains under
the same pressure as it was
during the time it was encapsulated.
“The diamond lattice
doesn’t relax much, so the
volume of the inclusion
remains almost constant
whether it’s in ... Earth’s
mantle or in your hand,”
Tschauner said.
Because of this property,
diamonds are the major
source of samples from deep
inside Earth, said George
Rossman, a mineralogist at
Caltech who worked on the
study.
“Usually the extremely
deep minerals that come up
to the surface are not stable
once they experience low
pressures,” Rossman said.
“They crack and whatever
inclusions they had in them
are lost. But if a diamond
comes up fast enough, it
doesn’t change.”
Diamonds that form in
Earth’s mantle don’t originally capture ice-VII. As
you’ll recall, the mantle is
too warm for ice-VII to exist.
However, as the authors
discovered, diamonds can
trap small bubbles of extremely dense pressurized
water when they form.
Then, as the diamond
moves up through the mantle, the water inclusion is
subjected to cooler temperatures while remaining
under the same pressurized
conditions. In that very
specific case, ice-VII can
occur.
Tschauner candidly
admits that he and his team
did not intentionally set out
to look for ice-VII in diamonds. Instead, they were
hunting for an unusual
phase of carbon dioxide.
Thanks to their discovery, ice-VII has been recognized for the first time as a
mineral by the International
Mineralogical Assn.
Rossman said that finding ice-VII, even by accident,
was a thrill for the whole
team.
“Water in diamonds is
not unknown, but finding
this very-high-pressure
form of water ice intact, that
was really fortuitous,” he
said. “That’s what you call
discovery.”
deborah.netburn
@latimes.com
Twitter: @DeborahNetburn
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images
A BUYER checks a diamond at a show in Israel. A new study reveals that ice-VII
can form naturally on Earth, thanks to the peculiar properties of diamonds.
PUBLIC SAFETY
Taking steps to curb gun
violence in L.A. County
Leaders may ask legal
team to analyze the
possibility of imposing
tighter weapons limits.
MELISSA ETEHAD
The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote
Tuesday on a motion that
aims to impose stricter gun
control laws in unincorporated parts of Los Angeles
County.
The proposal, written by
Supervisors Sheila Kuehl
and Mark Ridley-Thomas,
asks the county’s legal team
to analyze the feasibility of
ordinances that would ban
.50-caliber handguns and
impose additional restrictions on the sale of firearms
to people younger than 21.
It also asks the legal
team to analyze challenges
that might arise from ordinances that toughen safe
storage requirements and
impose zoning regulations
preventing gun vendors
from selling firearms near
schools and daycare centers.
Kuehl, building off the
momentum of people who
have called for stricter gun
control legislation since 17
students and instructors
were killed last month in a
shooting at a high school in
Parkland, Fla., said it’s
important to take “every
possible action” to curb gun
violence.
“We’ve had enough moments of silence, of praying
for slain co-workers, schoolchildren and neighbors,”
Kuehl said in a statement.
“We want to prepare a comprehensive plan to ensure
that every man, woman and
child in this county is free
from violence.”
California, which has
some of the strongest gun
laws in the country, recently
received an “A” from the
Giffords Law Center to
Prevent Gun Violence’s gun
law scorecard.
But a report made in the
wake of the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack and released to the supervisors in
June 2017 found that other
counties and cities across
California have adopted gun
control regulations stricter
than L.A. County.
The motion also seeks to
address gun violence
through a public health lens
by creating a gun violence
prevention program within
the Department of Public
Health.
melissa.etehad
@latimes.com
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
A REPORT found that other California counties have stricter gun controls than
L.A. County. Above, Georgia Davis-Bonk, 13, at a No Guns rally in Studio City.
Parents are charged
[Guns, from B1]
months in jail and a $1,000
fine for each count, officials
said. Prosecutors say that
on Feb. 5, Christy’s 16-yearold son made threats to
other students that he was
going
to
shoot
up
Chatsworth Charter High
School and had made “numerous references” to his
parents’ guns.
On Feb. 17, three days after a gunman killed 17 people
at a high school in Florida,
Los Angeles school police
searched the teen’s home
after a parent reported his
previous threats, officials
said.
Investigators found two
revolvers and a semiautomatic handgun unsecured
in a bag behind a dresser in
the home’s master bedroom,
along with 90 rounds of ammunition. An unsecured rifle was found in the bedroom
closet, authorities said.
In Esguerra’s case, police
were following up on reports
that his 17-year-old son had
made threats involving a
gun to a student at Granada
Hills Charter High School
and had made social media
posts that included a firearm.
Officers searched the
boy’s home and found
a loaded semiautomatic
handgun in a bag in Esguerra’s closet along with a
loaded magazine.
Esguerra, 50, faces one
count each of criminal storage of a firearm and unlawful
storage of a firearm and
faces up to six months in jail
and $1,000 in fines for each
count.
Both parents are scheduled to be arraigned April 2,
Feuer’s office said.
“School safety begins at
home, and so does the potential for school tragedies,”
City
Councilman
Paul
Krekorian, author of the
city’s safe storage mandate,
said in a statement. “Parents who own guns must
lock them up to prevent
them from falling into the
wrong hands. It is intolerable for us as a government
or society to allow young
people to be endangered in
the very places they should
feel secure, which is why the
City of Los Angeles is doing
everything in its power to
curb gun violence.”
joseph.serna
@latimes.com
Twitter: @JosephSerna
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CITY & STATE
Death row conviction is overturned
State justices cite false
evidence in case of a
Delano man accused
of murdering toddler.
By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO —
The California Supreme
Court, citing false evidence,
decided unanimously Monday to overturn the conviction of a Delano man sent
to death row more than
two decades ago for murdering and sodomizing a toddler.
The action by the state
high court, which upheld the
man’s conviction and death
sentence in 2005, was extremely rare.
Lawyers for Vicente Benavides Figuero, a former
farmworker who is now 68,
demonstrated that medical
testimony and an autopsy
result used to convict him
had been inaccurate.
Most of the experts who
testified against him have
since recanted.
“The
evidence
now
shown to be false was extensive, pervasive and impact-
Jeff Chiu Associated Press
“THE EVIDENCE now shown to be false was extensive, pervasive and impactful,”
Justice Carol A. Corrigan, above in 2011, wrote for the California Supreme Court.
ful,” Justice Carol A. Corrigan wrote for the court.
State prosecutors had
agreed the evidence presented at trial had been
wrong but urged the court to
simply reduce his conviction
to second-degree murder.
The court declined.
The case will now return
to Kern County, where prosecutors will have to decide
whether to retry Benavides
in the death of Consuelo Verdugo, 21 months.
Benavides had been
babysitting Consuelo in 1991
when he said she somehow
got outside the Delano
apartment. Her older sister
had gone out to play with a
friend. Benavides said he
discovered the toddler injured near a carport.
Her mother, who had just
left for work and was dating
Benavides, returned home
immediately, and the child
was seen at three different
medical centers before she
succumbed to her injuries.
Benavides’ defense lawyer argued that she might
have been hit by a car when
she was outside, but a forensic pathologist listed her
cause of death as “blunt
force penetrating injury of
the anus.”
In his habeas corpus
challenge,
Benavides
showed
that
Consuelo
showed no signs of sexual assault when examined at the
first hospital where she received care.
Medical experts now attribute her injuries to repeated and failed efforts to
insert an adult-sized catheter into her, rectal temperature taking, a paralytic medication and physical examination.
Nurse Anita Caraan Wafford, who helped treat Consuelo at the first hospital,
declared that no one there
noted any anal or vaginal
trauma.
Dr. William A. Kennedy
II, an expert in pediatric
urology, said he believed “to
a high degree of medical certainty” that Consuelo had
not suffered anal or vaginal
penetration.
“Consuelo’s lack of rectal
tone, initially attributed to a
penetrating injury, was instead the likely result of
paralytic medication she
had been given, along with
her extensive treatment
and surgeries,” Corrigan
wrote.
Michael J. Hersek, interim director of the Habeas
Corpus Resource Center,
which represented Benavides, said he has consistently maintained his innocence.
“We are hopeful that the
Kern County district attorney will dismiss all charges
against our client soon after
the Supreme Court’s decision becomes final,” Hersek
said.
Benavides served a total
of 27 years behind bars, 24 of
them on death row.
A spokeswoman for the
Kern County district attorney’s office said Monday’s
ruling was being reviewed,
and no decision has yet been
made on whether to retry
Benavides.
maura.dolan@latimes.com
Twitter: @mauradolan
Brown prods
Trump to aid
state’s efforts
on bullet train
By John Myers
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
C OLUMBINE SURVIVOR MEETS FEUER
Richard Castaldo, left, who was shot eight times in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, leaving
him paralyzed from the chest down, greets L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer on Monday at City Hall.
SACRAMENTO — Seeking to capitalize on President Trump’s pledges to focus on the nation’s infrastructure, Gov. Jerry Brown
is urging the president to
consider California’s highspeed rail efforts as part of
his first official visit to the
Golden State.
“You have lamented that
‘we don’t have one fast train’
in our country,” Brown wrote
in a Monday letter to Trump.
Pomona cop’s accused killer due in court
By Emily Alpert Reyes
and Alene
Tchekmedyian
A man suspected of
shooting two Pomona police
officers, one fatally, is scheduled to appear in a Pomona
courthouse Tuesday morning, records show.
Isaias De Jesus Valencia
was arrested after a 15-hour
standoff that began with a
pursuit late Friday.
Police received a call
about a reckless driver, and
when the suspect refused to
stop, he led police on a chase
that ended when he crashed
into a parked car. The man
then ran into an apartment
building, where he fired at
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
ISAIAS De Jesus Valencia is accused of shooting
two officers, one fatally.
officers from behind a door
of a unit, police said.
He was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and is be-
ing held without bail, according to Los Angeles
County Sheriff ’s Department jail records.
Before the shooting, Valencia had a history of arrests in the Pomona area, according to public records.
Nearly three years ago, he
was sent to state prison for
illegally possessing a firearm
and ammunition and discharging a gun in a school
zone, as well as destruction
of jail property, according to
California Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Vicky
Waters. He was out on probation about a year later.
Valencia had suffered
from depression and drug
addiction, said Amos Young,
an acquaintance who knew
him through the Pomona
church Kingdom of God
Revelation Ministries.
Young also said Valencia
had served in the military.
Those who knew him had
tried to offer him help without success, he said.
“He’d say, ‘I’m fine, I’m
fine,’ ” Young said. “No one
could force him to go to TriCity [Mental Health]. No
one could force him to contact a rehab.”
On Sunday afternoon,
detectives were still examining the crime scene on Palomares Street, where residents had been evacuated.
Later Sunday evening,
hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil for
the fallen officer outside the
Pomona
police
headquarters. Police officers
wore black mourning bands
with the number “16,” Officer
Greggory Casillas’ badge
number, over their badges.
Casillas, a 30-year-old father who had been on the job
for six months, was on his
last day of field training
when he was killed.
A second officer who was
shot in the face trying to save
him was released from a hospital and is recovering from
his wounds.
emily.alpert@latimes.com
Twitter: @AlpertReyes
alene.tchekmedyian
@latimes.com
Twitter: @AleneTchek
Proposal targets firms tied to border wall
State lawmaker wants
to deny tax breaks to
companies that profit
from building barrier.
By Jazmine Ulloa
SACRAMENTO — On
the eve of President Trump’s
first visit to California since
he took office, a state lawmaker says he wants to deny
state tax breaks to companies that contract or subcontract to build the proposed wall along the U.S.Mexico border.
Assemblyman Phil Ting
(D-San Francisco), who
wields substantial influence
in the creation of state tax
policy as the Assembly
budget committee chairman, has been among the
vocal opponents to the border wall, calling it counterproductive to the state’s
economic growth and “a
symbol of weakness and
hate to the world.”
He presented his proposal Monday to an Assembly
committee, and the bill is expected in print next week. It
would prevent companies
that profit from the wall’s
construction from receiving
some tax credits, such as
those given for hiring new
employees, buying or using
certain manufacturing and
research equipment or for
promoting alternative energy and advanced transportation.
Trump is expected in San
Diego on Tuesday to inspect
prototypes for the wall.
Ting’s proposal has been
one of several attempts to
slow or stop its construction
in a state that has billed itself as home to a resistance
movement against Trump’s
hard-line immigration policies.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra in September
filed a lawsuit alleging that
Trump’s proposal to ex-
pedite construction of the
wall violates laws protecting
the environment, though legal experts have said such
challenges face a slim
chance of success. Another
pending bill by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would ban state government contracts for any
company that helps build
the wall.
Ting, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella)
and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (DSan Diego) introduced
separate legislation last year
that would require California’s pension funds to divest
from any company involved
in the creation of the barrier.
It died in committee.
Ting said lawmakers
need to address the concerns of Californians. A September 2017 poll from the
Public Policy Institute of
California found 73% of all
adults in the state oppose a
wall along the border with
Mexico.
“California
builds
bridges, not walls,” Ting
said. “At a time when we
need critical infrastructure,
spending $20 billion on a wall
that won’t work is a waste of
taxpayer money.”
jazmine.ulloa@latimes.com
Twitter: @jazmineulloa
“Well, Mr. Trump, in California we are trying to fix that.
We have a world-class train
system under construction.
We invite you to come
aboard and truly ‘Make
America Great Again.’ ”
Trump’s visit Tuesday is
scheduled to focus on a review near San Diego of
prototypes for his promised
border wall, followed by a
Beverly Hills fundraiser for
the Republican National
Committee. A spokesman
for Brown said the governor
is not planning to greet the
president on his arrival or
accompany him on the border wall inspection.
‘We have a
world-class train
system under
construction. We
invite you to
come aboard and
truly “Make
America Great
Again.” ’
— Gov. Jerry Brown,
in a letter to President Trump
But the Democratic governor, who last week lashed
out at the Trump administration for filing a lawsuit
against California’s new immigration laws, is trying to
capitalize on the presidential visit for a chance to
pitch the train project. Last
week, officials at the agency
responsible for building the
bullet train system released
a new business plan that
raised the cost estimate to at
least $77.3 billion.
“I invite you to head
north to the Central Valley
— the heart of California,”
Brown wrote. “Here in cities
like Fresno and Madera
more than a dozen bridges
and viaducts are being built
for the nation’s first and only
High-Speed Rail line.”
Brown’s letter, which also
noted the history of past inaugural presidential visits to
California, took aim at the
central premise of Trump’s
promise to crack down on illegal immigration.
Reminding the president
of the state’s creation of almost 3 million jobs since the
recession, Brown wrote that
“our prosperity is not built
on isolation.”
john.myers@latimes.com
B4
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MORE THAN 100 people from an array of groups attended a news conference and rally in Beverly Hills on the eve of President Trump’s visit to Southern California.
Solvable problems are being ignored
[Abcarian, from B1]
to me to check them out.
Most, like an aerospace
industry salesman named
Don Johnson, approved.
“I think the wall should
have happened 30 years
ago,” said Johnson, 52, who
lives in Chula Vista. “I’m a
fan of what Donald Trump
is trying to do. We need to
know who is in our country.”
Baron Partlow, 55, who
had arrived with two
friends, agreed. “I really
welcome President Trump’s
‘Make America Great Again’
platform,” said Partlow, a
loquacious industrial marine painter and environmental activist who lives in
Nestor, a residential neighborhood 1.8 miles north of
the border. “Any way into
the United States needs to
be secured, especially in this
day and age.”
I found these sorts of
comments ironic. There is
already a double fence separating this part of California
from Mexico. It’s 14 miles
long and runs from Otay
Mesa into the Pacific Ocean.
It’s a scar on the land. Walls
— or fences — like these
create more problems than
they solve.
Last week, my colleague
Cindy Carcamo wrote a
story about a wall that was
erected on the U.S.-Mexico
border near the town of
Jacumba Hot Springs as
part of the “Operation
Gatekeeper” border fortification and immigration
crackdown of the 1990s. The
man in charge of that operation, Mark Reed, now retired, told her that the wall
had unintended consequences.
In decades past, seasonal workers had been able
to cross back and forth with
relative ease. But after
President Reagan granted
2.7 million immigrants
amnesty in exchange for
tighter border security in
1986, the border became less
porous and migrant workers were effectively locked
inside the U.S. They smuggled their families in, laying
the groundwork for later
backlashes against illegal
immigration.
“Instead of a single man
making his way up, now you
brought the whole family up
and you stayed,” Reed said.
“That didn’t work out too
well for us. Now we really
created a mess.”
That’s right. Bigger wall,
bigger mess.
::
The problem with focusing on Trump’s pipe dream
of a wall is that real border
problems that can actually
be solved are being ignored.
The Tijuana River, for
instance, which crosses the
international border before
reaching the ocean on the
U.S. side, is said to be one of
the most polluted waterways in the world. Untreated sewage flows from
Mexico into the river valley,
fouling the estuary, beaches
and surf all the way up to
Imperial Beach.
For a huge chunk of the
year, the water is too polluted to swim in.
As I chatted with Partlow, I learned that he is the
founder of one of several
environmental groups
fighting to get the U.S. and
Mexico to fix the mess. His
group has the catchiest
name: Stop the Poop. He
took me into the Tijuana
River Valley to show me how
awful the problem is.
A few miles west of Otay
Mesa, we visited Smuggler’s
Gulch and Goat Canyon,
just north of the border
fence. Both are the site of
catch basins that are fetid
pools of muck. An expensive
wastewater treatment plant
was built on the U.S. side to
handle Tijuana wastewater
in the late 1990s, but the
sewage spills have continued unabated.
Partlow said he was not
politically engaged until one
particularly disgusting day
in February 2017, when he
went to the beach to bodysurf and was overcome by
the smell of poop. “I couldn’t
breathe,” he said. “Couldn’t
even get close to the water.”
A massive spill had sent
143 million gallons of raw
sewage into the Tijuana
River, which forced the
closure of beaches from the
border all the way up to
Coronado.
Last week, the Trump
administration filed a lawsuit against California,
challenging the constitutionality of laws designed to
protect immigrants.
A week earlier, a group of
California officials sued the
federal government. In their
complaint, representatives
from Imperial Beach, Chula
Vista and the Port of San
Diego allege the feds have
violated the Clean Water
Act by failing to take effective action against the water
pollution that has ruined
our state’s southernmost
beaches.
The San Diego UnionTribune reported that the
local Border Patrol union
has also considered suing
after some of its officers
experienced respiratory
problems and infections it
blames on the toxic runoff.
One former Border Patrol
officer, Joshua Willey, said
last week that he’d nearly
lost his arm in 2010 after
contracting an infection
caused by flesh-eating
bacteria in the water off
Coronado during a training
exercise.
Don’t count on any intervention from Trump. Dealing with stinky sewage and
toxic sludge may be critical
to human health. It just
doesn’t excite his base.
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@latimes.com
Twitter: @AbcarianLAT
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Is Trumpjam the Preparing for whatever comes
new Obamajam?
[Traffic, from B1]
presidential street closures
are miserable but manageable, residents say. But local
officials have not received a
plan from the Secret Service
detailing which streets
would need to be closed to
accommodate a motorcade.
“We’re waiting and wondering why it hasn’t come
through yet,” said Los Angeles Police Officer Luis Garcia
on Monday afternoon. “We
usually have it by now. We
wish it was already at our office, so we could send it out.”
Before past presidential
visits, the Secret Service has
typically provided a list of
potential street closures
about two days in advance,
then provided more specifics close to the time the president arrived, Garcia said.
Secret Service spokesman Shawn Holtzclaw said
in an email that any L.A.
street closures will be released “when deemed appropriate.” He said that the
Secret Service “does not
comment specifically or in
general the means and
methods of our protective
operations.”
One of the ugliest Obamajams occurred in 2010,
when Obama attended a
fundraiser at the Hancock
Park house of a Hollywood
producer. His motorcade’s
path through L.A. at rush
hour sparked hours-long
commutes.
Palms resident Chris
Bezenah spent more than
three hours fighting his way
through traffic to reach a
meeting in Hancock Park,
not far from the fundraiser.
Since then, he said, he’s been
careful to look out for information on closures.
“This time, it’s kind of a
void,” said Bezenah, who
works in Marina del Rey. “It’s
anyone’s guess right now
what’s going to happen.”
When Trump’s plane
lands at Los Angeles International Airport, travelers
should expect some brief
road closures, lasting about
10 minutes, said Los Angeles
Airport
Police
Officer
Robert Pedregon.
During most presidential
visits, officers block off Sepulveda Boulevard between
Imperial Highway and Lincoln Boulevard, Pedregon
said. The Secret Service will
share more detailed street
closure plans with LAX officials on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s just a real quick closure for the arrival and departure,” Pedregon said.
“Most people won’t even notice it.”
laura.nelson@latimes.com
Twitter: @laura_nelson
[Protests, from B1]
his deputies will be involved
in supporting the U.S. Secret Service and ensuring
public safety. So far there
are no formal protests
planned, McDonnell said,
but he expects “more spontaneous” actions driven by
social media.
Police officials say they
will enforce laws that require
protesters to stay off the
streets and private property,
and will keep supporters
and protesters from engaging in physical confrontations. In the past, large immigration marches and
anti-Trump protests have
seen clashes between supporters and opponents of
the president.
In the event of trouble, officers will be ready to deploy
to potential protest hot
spots but will aim to keep a
low profile unless needed, officials said.
Trump’s itinerary
Though
details
of
Trump’s
visit
remain
cloaked in secrecy, he is
scheduled to attend an evening fundraiser for his reelection campaign. Earlier
in the day, Trump will inspect prototypes for a border wall, a key component of
his campaign platform on
immigration, in San Diego
County.
He is also expected to
meet with military personnel.
Though the fundraiser is
being described as taking
place in Beverly Hills, police
officials there on Friday said
the president is not scheduled to visit the city. Often
areas adjacent to Los Angeles are described as Beverly
Hills because they use a Beverly Hills postal code. Several key Trump fundraisers
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
STATE SEN. Kevin de León speaks at a Beverly Hills rally Monday. Police expect
spontaneous, social media-driven demonstrations during President Trump’s visit.
who actively participated in
his presidential campaign
live in those areas.
Donors will contribute up
to $250,000 each to Trump’s
campaign and various Republican National Committee accounts to attend the
event.
The fundraiser is being
hosted by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel,
national finance chairman
Todd Ricketts and deputy
national finance chairman
Elliott Broidy.
What police expect
LAPD officials said no
one has taken out permits
for formal marches to coincide with Trump’s visit.
At least one protest is
planned in the Beverly Hills
area between 4 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, according to a
Facebook group, Trump Not
Welcome in LA.
The LAPD is preparing
for additional protests of
various sizes on the Westside.
“I anticipate many more
once his itinerary is known,”
said LAPD Deputy Chief
Dennis Kato, who oversees
the department’s West Bureau.
The
political
group
Union del Barrio’s Los Angeles chapter is organizing the
Beverly Hills protest.
Ron Gochez, a political
secretary with the chapter,
said more than 1,000 people
were following the Beverly
Hills protest Facebook page
even though he was still unclear about where the pro-
test would take place.
“He cannot step foot in
this state and not expect an
organized response to denounce him,” Gochez said.
Whether supporters or
protesters see much of the
presidential motorcade remains to be seen. Exactly
how Trump plans to get to
the fundraiser remains
under wraps as is usual for
the U.S. Secret Service.
President Obama, who
regularly made the trip to
Hollywood
fundraisers,
drew criticism for repeatedly
causing traffic jams on the
city’s Westside. On some occasions, Obama used a helicopter to travel to events.
richard.winton
@latimes.com
Twitter: @LAcrimes
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L AT I M E S . C O M
Lionel Cironneau Associated Press
THAT STYLE, THAT SAVOIR FAIRE
Hubert de Givenchy, shown in 1995, was praised for making women look beautiful. The dresses Audrey Hepburn wore in films such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” reflected the French designer’s clean, fresh glamour.
H UBERT DE GIVENCHY, 1927 - 2018
Symbol of Parisian chic
Elegant designer who dressed Audrey Hepburn created global empire
By Mary Rourke
ubert de Givenchy, the elegant designer
who
dressed
Audrey
Hepburn for seven of her movies
and once shipped a black
dress overnight to Jacqueline Kennedy when she requested it for the funeral of
her husband, has died, the
fashion house announced
Monday. He was 91.
The house of Givenchy
paid homage to its founder
in a statement, calling him
“a major personality of the
world of French haute couture and a gentleman who
symbolized Parisian chic
and elegance for more than
half a century.”
“He revolutionized international fashion with the
timelessly stylish looks he
created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and
muse for over 40 years,” the
house of Givenchy said. “His
work remains as relevant today as it was then.”
Clare Waight Keller, who
has been at the helm of the
brand since last year, said on
her official Instagram account that she was “deeply
saddened by the loss of a
great man and artist I have
had the honor to meet.”
“Not only was he one of
the most influential fashion
figures of our time, whose
legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also
was one of the chicest, most
charming men I have ever
met,” she wrote.
Bernard Arnault, chief
executive of Louis Vuitton
Moet Hennessey, which
bought the brand in 1988,
said he was “deeply saddened” by Givenchy’s death.
“He was among those designers who placed Paris
firmly at the heart of world
fashion post-1950 while creating a unique personality
for his own fashion label,” he
said in a statement.
One of the first French
fashion designers to create
an international empire
under his signature, Givenchy had a statuesque
physique, perfect grooming
and Old World manners. He
lent refinement to the
roughhouse world of fashion. He could make a courtly
bow or the kiss of a woman’s
hand seem perfectly natural.
At work in his Paris atelier, “Monsieur,” as his staff
addressed him, wore a white
lab coat, the French couturier’s uniform. But from the
time he opened his business
in 1952 he followed his own
fashion formula. At the core
of a woman’s wardrobe, he
placed a sheath dress — a
column of subtle curves that
became the basic item for
many socially prominent
women through the 1960s.
Before his business was
10 years old Givenchy had
made his mark with dresses
that were destined to become icons of their era in
part because Audrey Hepburn,
Givenchy’s
close
friend, wore them in her
movies. An embroidered
white organdy dance dress
Hepburn wore in “Sabrina”
(1954) and the sleeveless column dress she made famous
in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
(1961) became international
fashion symbols of Givenchy’s clean, fresh glamour.
“Givenchy
was
the
quintessence of post-World
War II French couture,” said
H
fashion historian Valerie
Steele, director of the museum at New York’s Fashion
Institute of Technology. “His
clothes were very elegant
and intended to make women look beautiful. He is best
known for his designs of the
’50s and early ’60s for Audrey
Hepburn.”
He met Hepburn in 1953
when she visited his Paris atelier to ask about wearing
his designs for “Sabrina.” He
agreed to meet with her only
because he thought the
other Hepburn, Katharine,
was calling.
“Immediately we had this
great sympathy together,”
Givenchy told the Los Angeles Times in 1995 of the first
time he met Audrey Hepburn. “She was a dancer and
she knew perfectly how to
walk and move. I remember
how beautiful I thought her
smile was.” He won an Oscar
for costume design for his
contributions to “Sabrina.”
From then on he designed
his collections with Hepburn in mind.
She invited him to Hollywood in 1963 during the filming of “My Fair Lady” to give
him a close look at the period-piece costumes that
won Cecil Beaton an Academy Award. She referred to
Givenchy as “my beautiful
Hubert.” He marveled at her
devotion, especially as she
became more famous. “Her
loyalty was fantastic,” he
told The Times in 1995. “She
helped me tremendously in
my work.”
Most of the outfits Hepburn wore on screen were
from the ready-to-wear collections sold in a rising number of Givenchy boutiques.
By the late 1960s, Givenchy’s
label was carried in 10 American retail stores, including
Bullocks Wilshire in Los Angeles, where he arrived at the
opening in 1969 dressed in a
red trench coat over navy
blue slacks, shirt and loafers.
Fashion as a look
and a lifestyle
In every city where he did
business, Givenchy got to
know his best customers.
“Givenchy understood
the lifestyle of his key customers,” said Rose Marie
Bravo, formerly an executive
of Saks Fifth Avenue, which
carried the Givenchy label.
“He observed how they lived
and designed clothes that
complemented their lives.”
“Monsieur
Givenchy
knew how to make a woman
look beautiful and alluring,”
she said. “He exuded class. If
he did something a certain
way it had instant credibility.”
His social ease made him
an effortless pioneer of the
“lifestyle” marketing that
caught hold in the 1970s. “He
was one of the first to develop his image not only by his
fashion sense but by his impeccable manners and by
the chic he brought to all
that he touched,” Bravo
said.
His chateau in the Loire
Valley, his Paris apartment,
his rose gardens and Louis
XIV antiques, and the black
Labrador retrievers that
trotted beside him at home
helped sell his image. He invited the media to his home,
and they featured him in fullpage color magazine layouts.
“He lived very grandly,”
said Jody Donohue, Giv-
enchy’s New York press
agent during the 1990s. “He
was the first person I ever
met who had a separate,
summer wardrobe for his
furniture. He covered everything in white duck cloth.”
As a designer he had a
gift for putting his own touch
on other peoples’ best ideas.
He made no secret of his
debt to his mentor, Cristobal
Balenciaga, the Spanish designer who settled in Paris
and set trends in the 1950s.
“Givenchy saw Balenciaga as his master,” Steele
said. “But while Balenciaga
was a profound, artistic designer who could be more extreme in his designs, Givenchy was never as stark or
severe.”
Givenchy met Balenciaga soon after he opened his
own atelier in 1952. Over the
years, a number of Givenchy’s designs were so similar to Balenciaga’s that he
was seen by some as a copycat.
Balenciaga didn’t seem
to mind. When he closed his
couture house in 1968, he escorted several of his best
customers to Givenchy’s salon and personally made the
introductions.
At an early point in his
fashion career Givenchy
borrowed from women’s
sportswear, an American invention, for his collections.
His “separates” — a skirt,
blouse and cardigan sweater
for day, and a two-piece evening gown — notched up the
sophistication level of the
American innovation.
His dream from
an early age
Born
in
Beauvais,
France, on Feb. 21, 1927, the
son of a marquis, Givenchy’s
favorite boyhood memories
included time spent with his
grandfather’s collection of
rare textiles. “I’d look at
them and touch them for
hours,” he told People magazine in January 1996. “I think
that is where my vocation
began.”
His parents chose law as
his profession and Givenchy
attended the University of
Paris. But at age 17, with a
few of his design sketches to
show, he visited couture
houses in Paris looking for
work.
His first call was at the atelier of Balenciaga, already
his idol, but he was turned
away. He had better luck at
the atelier of Jacques Fath,
who gave Givenchy his first
job in couture. He later
worked as an assistant designer for Elsa Schiaparelli.
He was 24 when he showed
his first solo collection. He
had known he wanted to be a
designer since age 6.
Three years after he
opened his own business, he
designed
a
low-priced
sportswear collection for
young women. The massproduced sportswear line
was produced by a U.S. manufacturer and sold in U.S. department stores. Glamour
magazine showed a sweater
on its December 1955 cover.
“Young chic,” the caption
declared. “For when they
want to look casual in a
worldly way.”
It was his first step
toward the licensing agreements with manufacturers
that expanded his empire to
global
reach
by
the
mid-1970s. Givenchy’s signature adorned shoes, belts,
sunglasses, purses, a mens-
wear collection and other
items. Licensing agreements pushed his annual
sales to more than $100 million.
That and a fragrance division that was headed by
Givenchy’s only sibling,,
Jean Claude, made the designer a multimillionaire.
But just as his business
peaked, fashion trends were
turning in a new direction.
More adventurous designers experimented with lighter construction, more relaxed shapes and new flexible fabrics. Givenchy stayed
his course and suffered for it.
Before he sold his business in 1988, he told friends
he was losing money. The
French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH bought
him out, with the rights to
his name, for $46 million. He
continued for nearly 10 years
as the chief designer.
Givenchy’s association
with Hepburn kept his name
in the news. She presented
an Oscar at the 1992 Academy Awards wearing a deep
pink Givenchy gown.
In April 1993, several
months after Hepburn died
of cancer, Givenchy created
a small collection of 20 cocktail and evening dresses for
Barneys, the New York specialty store, inspired by the
“Audrey” look. The collection did well and several
more followed.
Los Angeles businesswoman Rosa Nava opened
the Givenchy Hotel and Spa
in Palm Springs in 1995,
modeled on the original Givenchy spa at Versailles, near
Paris. She owned the operation and Givenchy sold his
name to the project and designed several of the staff
uniforms. “I tried to maintain Hubert de Givenchy’s
understated
elegance,”
Nava told The Times in 2003.
Two years later she sold the
spa and Givenchy’s name
was removed.
In 1995, after rumors that
the new owners of the Givenchy
fashion
empire
wanted a younger image for
the label, British designer
John Galliano was hired for
the job — a trendsetter half
Givenchy’s age.
Givenchy learned the
name of his successor when
it was announced after one
of his last fashion shows. He
was shocked, gracious and
uncomplaining during the
interviews that followed.
“You have to know when to
stop; that is wisdom,” he told
Time magazine in 1996. Privately, he told friends he had
been forced out.
At his final sendoff in
1996, he stepped onto the
fashion runway to take a
bow. Sean Ferrer, Audrey
Hepburn’s son, presented
him with flowers from the 60
rose bushes Givenchy gave
her on her 60th birthday.
After he retired, Givenchy was more outspoken
than usual.
“Fashion today is ugly,”
he said in an interview with
People magazine in January
1996. “There’s no elegance to
it. No one is discreet.”
But he said he had no regrets for making a career of
it.
“To have lived your
dream is very rare in life,” he
said. “I have been so fortunate.”
Rourke is a former Times
staff writer. The Associated
Press contributed to this
report.
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Police officer found
guilty of sex assaults
[Officer, from B1]
spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said
that the trial prosecutor argued that the defendant told
one of his victims, “If you do
this for me, I won’t tow your
car.”)
During closing arguments, Sanchez’s attorney,
Michael Goldfeder, questioned the credibility of the
victims, telling jurors they
made up allegations to retaliate against his client, who
previously had arrested one
of the women on a drug
charge.
“There’s no untoward
conduct taking place,” he
said. “There are no crimes in
this case.”
But L.A. County Deputy
Dist. Atty. Hyunah Suh told
jurors that Sanchez had
a habit of needlessly insisting on searching women
during traffic stops and of
using a specific word —
“nice” — to describe their
body parts. He also used his
flashlight to “ogle at women,” Suh said.
The prosecutor shot
down the defense’s claim
that the women tried to
frame Sanchez in a move
of reprisal, telling jurors
that the women were strangers.
“They all told similar
stories,” Suh said. “These
women are telling the
truth.”
The investigation began,
the prosecutor said, after
one of the victims — the
daughter of a California
Highway Patrol officer —
came forward. The other
two women, Suh said, “had
to be tracked down.”
Before playing part of a
video recording of Sanchez
interacting with one of his
victims, Suh told jurors the
officer ought to have followed his own advice. “Fate
should have it,” the officer
says in the clip, “that if you’re
doing bad things you’re going to get caught.”
In
court
Monday,
Sanchez sat with his hands
pressed together and his
head bowed. The courtroom
quieted as the clerk read the
verdict for the first charge:
“Guilty.”
Whimpers came from
the audience, where members of Sanchez’s family sat
holding hands. As the clerk
read the 13 remaining
“guilty” counts, Sanchez
sighed and rested his head
on the table. He then swiveled in his chair and looked
at his family. “I’m sorry,” he
mouthed.
Moments later, the judge
looked at Sanchez and said,
“He is remanded.” As two
bailiffs took Sanchez into
custody, the officer waved to
his family. A woman wailed
in the audience.
Sanchez, who faces up
to 11 years in prison, is
scheduled to be sentenced
April 24.
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@latimes.com
Twitter: @marisagerber
Times staff writer Alene
Tchekmedyian contributed
to this report.
L AT I M E S . C O M
Former NBA star pleads guilty
Hall of Famer and
ex-Laker Dennis
Rodman is sentenced
to informal probation
for driving drunk.
By Hannah Fry
Basketball Hall of Famer
Dennis Rodman pleaded
guilty Monday to two misdemeanor
drunk-driving
charges and was sentenced
to three years’ informal probation.
Rodman, 56, pleaded
guilty to one count of driving
under the influence of alcohol and one count of driving
with a blood-alcohol level
above the legal limit of 0.08%,
according to Orange County
Superior Court records.
He was ordered to complete a nine-month alcohol
program and pay $390 in
fines, court records show.
According to police, Rodman was pulled over for a
traffic violation about 11 p.m.
Jan. 13 in the 4500 block of
West Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
Police said he failed a
breath test at the scene and
was arrested.
Prosecutors said his
blood-alcohol level was
0.21%, nearly three times the
legal limit.
His attorney, Paul Meyer,
said after the arrest that
Rodman had entered a residential treatment program
and committed to long-term
outpatient treatment.
“He recognizes the prob-
Mark Schiefelbein Associated Press
DENNIS RODMAN, shown in Beijing last June, pleaded guilty to two drunk-
driving charges. He was ordered to complete an alcohol program and fined $390.
lem and is working hard,”
Meyer said at the time. “No
one questions his big heart
and care for others. In recent
months he completed his
community service obligation by donating many
hours in long-term-care facilities and making a real difference in people’s lives. I
think the responsible way
that Dennis is facing his cur-
rent situation will be an inspiration to many others.”
In February 2017, Rodman was sentenced to three
years’ informal probation after pleading guilty to three
misdemeanor charges in
connection with a wrongway crash on the 5 Freeway
in Santa Ana.
Rodman,
nicknamed
“The Worm,” is a former
power forward and five-time
NBA champion who played
for the Detroit Pistons, San
Antonio Spurs, Chicago
Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers
and Dallas Mavericks before
retiring in 2000.
hannah.fry
@latimes.com
Fry writes for Times
Community News.
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BuSINESS
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Broadcom’s
Qualcomm
bid blocked
Trump cites national
security concerns in
decision to thwart the
$117-billion acquisition.
bloomberg
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
THE PROJECT, known as Palisades Village, is envisioned as more of a walkable Main Street than a ritzy
shopping center similar to the Grove. Above, executive Michael Gazzano at the site in Pacific Palisades.
Palisades center
books Amazon
In the latest example of
his tough stance against foreign takeovers of U.S.
technology
companies,
President Trump on Monday blocked Broadcom Ltd.
from acquiring Qualcomm
Inc., scuttling the proposed
$117-billion deal on national
security grounds.
The president issued the
executive order on a recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in
the United States, which reviews acquisitions of American firms by foreign investors. The decision to
block the deal was unveiled
hours after Broadcom Chief
Executive Hock Tan met
with security officials at the
Pentagon in a last-ditch effort to salvage the transaction.
“There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Broadcom Ltd.” by
acquiring San Diego-based
Qualcomm “might take action that threatens to impair
the national security of the
United States,” Trump said
in the executive order.
Trump’s order came after an investigation by
CFIUS, which had said the
proposed deal by Singaporebased Broadcom would
undermine
Qualcomm’s
leadership in so-called 5G
wireless technology, opening the door for China’s
Huawei Technologies Co. to
become dominant.
Qualcomm and a host of
other big technology companies are racing to build a 5G,
next-generation nationwide
network with download
speeds that could be 100
times faster than what most
consumers experience now
on their wireless service.
Once deployed, a high-definition movie could load instantly on a smartphone.
The capabilities of connected devices at work and
home would vastly expand.
Cable-quality service could
even be provided over the
air, instead of via a wire line
connected to a house.
In September, Trump
blocked the sale of Lattice
Semiconductor Corp. to a
Chinese-backed investor.
That was just the fourth
time in a quarter-century
that a U.S. president
stopped a foreign takeover
of an American firm on national security grounds. At
least half a dozen technology
deals have collapsed during
the Trump administration
in the face of concerns raised
by CFIUS.
The Treasury Department, which leads CFIUS,
[See Qualcomm, C3]
Store will be among changes in $200-million redo
By Roger Vincent
Spencer Platt Getty Images
AMAZON Books will arrive years after the commu-
nity lost its Village Books. Above, a store in New York.
Just a few years ago it was said that Pacific Palisades’ tiny commercial center had the beaten-down
aura of a Midwestern Main Street where the momand-pop shops have been driven out by Walmart —
only there was no Walmart.
“It was a little village with one or two streets of
stores and restaurants,” said actor Billy Crystal, who
moved there with his family in 1979. “Over the years it
sort of faded and faded.”
The impression that the Palisades had been
somehow left behind was always misleading, because it is home to some of the highest-priced residences in Southern California. Now, the tony Westside community is getting not only a new town center
from shopping center mogul Rick Caruso — but also
online retailer Amazon’s second Los Angeles bricksand-mortar bookstore.
Caruso envisions the $200-million redevelopment
known as Palisades Village as more of a walkable
Main Street than a ritzy shopping center like his
Grove or Americana at Brand developments. The
125,000-square-foot complex on Swarthmore Avenue
bordering Sunset Boulevard will include a movie theater, community space, grocer and retail shops.
There will also be eight apartment units.
It’s a rare case of a
[See Amazon, C5]
Trump watchdog puts banks first
DAVID LAZARUS
Unlike most
people, Seal
Beach resident Tom
Hazelleaf
took the
time to read
the contract
when he
recently
received a new MasterCard.
The card, issued by
Capital One, includes the
benefit of being compensated “for losses you incur
as a result of identity fraud,”
which the agreement declares clearly and seemingly
definitively.
But if you keep reading,
you come to a lengthy series
of exceptions that will not be
covered. These include
“indirect or direct damages
or losses of any nature.”
Waitaminnit. Losses you
incur are covered, but not
losses of any nature?
“It seems to me they’re
saying that if they don’t
want to pay you, they don’t
have to,” Hazelleaf said.
[See Lazarus, C4]
Elise Amendola Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in its latest
report, says there is “a positive picture for consumers in the credit card market.”
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
QUALCOMM and other firms have had to acquiesce
to Beijing’s demands for technology and censorship.
Tech’s cozy ties
to China at risk
Trump’s blocking of
Qualcomm deal puts
Silicon Valley firms in
a precarious position.
By David Pierson
Thanks to its breathtaking market size and unparalleled manufacturing
base, China has long held
sway over U.S. technology
companies.
But the Trump administration’s unusual decision
Monday to block a foreign
hostile takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm could limit the companies’ ability to
continue accommodating
Beijing.
In an executive order, the
White House rejected the
bid by Singapore’s Broadcom because “it might take
action that threatens to impair the national security of
the United States.”
The concern was that a
sale of San Diego’s Qualcomm would result in the
U.S. ceding ground to China
in semiconductors and burgeoning
5G
mobile
technology, two areas crucial to national security and
business profits.
Taking a more confrontational approach with Beijing
puts U.S. tech firms in a precarious position. To gain access to China’s market, com-
panies have had to acquiesce to Beijing’s demands
for technology and censorship.
For years, that approach
has gone largely unchallenged, creating conditions
in which companies such as
Apple have little choice but
to submit to China’s calls to
store customer data on its
soil, and IBM and Intel to
share technology with Chinese partners.
But the latest protectionist move from the White
House — which last week announced tariffs on imported
steel and aluminum — could
signal a reshaping of Ameri[See Silicon Valley, C6]
Late changes
to banking bill
Equifax and other
firms get some lastminute benefits in a
bill originally meant
to punish them. C4
Satellite launch
defied the FCC
Swarm Technologies
apparently sent four
devices into orbit
despite being denied
permission. C3
Technology ............... C3
Market Roundup ... C6
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BUSINESS BEAT
3 lenders are fined by state
The businesses are
accused of steering
borrowers into
high-interest loans.
By James Rufus Koren
High-cost lender Advance America will pay refunds to hundreds of California customers after a state
regulator accused the firm of
charging illegally high interest rates topping 100%.
The settlement, announced Monday, comes a
few months after the Department of Business Oversight took actions against
two similar lenders, Check
Into Cash and Quick Cash
Funding. The state accused
all three of duping consumers or taking other improper
steps to avoid complying
with state interest rate caps.
The Department of Business Oversight, which regulates private finance companies, said Advance America
improperly added fees to
customers’ loans, which increased their size and
pushed them into a category
of loans without rate caps.
The Spartanburg, S.C.,
company will pay fines and
refunds of $160,000 to settle
the state’s allegations. As
part of the settlement, Advance America did not admit wrongdoing.
“California consumers
deserve a zero-tolerance
policy when it comes to lender practices that cause borrowers to pay higher interest
rates than they should
under state law,” said Department of Business Oversight Commissioner Jan
Lynn Owen, who added that
her agency plans to remain
aggressive with high-cost
lenders.
California law bars lenders from charging more than
a 30% interest rate on loans
of up to $2,499, but above
that amount there’s no limit
on how much interest can be
charged.
In 2016, the most recent
year for which state data are
available, more than half of
all loans of $2,500 to $5,000
carried interest rates of 100%
or more.
The Department of Business Oversight accused Advance America, Check Into
Cash and Quick Cash Funding of pushing their loans to
$2,500 or more by tacking on
improper fees, using baitand-switch tactics or simply
lying to borrowers.
In the Advance America
case, the Department of
Business Oversight specifically targeted the firm’s
auto-title loans, which allow
the lender to seize a borrower’s car if the borrower fails
Sempra
CEO
to step
down
A ‘trailblazer,’ Debra
Reed is among the few
women running a
major corporation.
By Rob Nikolewski
challenged in its efforts to
draw young viewers who
have been turning away from
cable and linear television
watching in general.
Disney, A&E and 21st
Century Fox are investors in
Vice Media. A+E did not respond to a request for comment on Dubuc’s discussions with Vice.
Dubuc did not mention
Vice in a statement issued
about her departure from
A+E.
“Anyone who knows me
well knows I am an entrepreneur, creator, rebel and disruptor at heart,” Dubuc
said. “I have a famous neon
sign in my office that blares
‘Who dares wins.’ After 20
years at A+E, the hardest
thing will be to leave the people and company I love. But,
as a creative executive and
leader, and to stay true to my
personal mantra, I need my
next dare and my next challenge.”
Just days after Sempra
Energy wrapped up the largest acquisition in the company’s history, Debra Reed
announced Monday that she
will be stepping down as
president and chief executive of the San Diego company.
Reed, 61, who has led
Sempra since 2011, is one of
the few women running a
major corporation and one
of the few women at the top
of a major energy company.
“She’s had a tremendous
career and she has been a
trailblazer for women at the
top of electric utilities in the
United States,” said Gary
Ackerman, executive director of the Western Power
Trading Forum, an organization in Sacramento whose
90 members in the West buy
and sell power.
Sempra’s board of directors elected finance chief Jeff
Martin to assume Reed’s
CEO role and Joseph Householder, group president of
infrastructure businesses,
to take over as president.
Reed will retain her CEO
and president duties until
May 1 and will stay on until
Dec. 1, serving as Sempra
Energy’s executive chairwoman. She did not give a
reason for her retirement
but in a statement Monday
morning alluded to having
spent 40 years “in the Sempra Energy family of companies.”
Late last week, Sempra
completed the final steps to
acquire Oncor, the largest
utility in Texas, for $9.45 billion. The transaction greatly
expands Sempra’s reach
into one of the biggest energy markets in North America and, with subsidiaries
San Diego Gas & Electric
and Southern California
Gas, creates a utility holding
company with the largest
customer base in the U.S.
Sempra also has assets in
Mexico and South America
and, along with international partners, is building a
liquefied natural gas facility
in Louisiana and has plans
to build another in Port
Arthur, Texas.
Reed started with SoCalGas in 1978, shortly after
graduating from USC with a
degree in civil engineering.
Within 10 years, she became
the company’s first female
officer. Reed assisted in the
$6.2-billion merger that created Sempra in 1998.
Under Reed, Sempra Energy’s market value more
than doubled, reaching
nearly $29 billion. According
to filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission,
Reed’s salary in 2016 was
$1.39 million and she received a $1.83-million bonus.
With restricted stock that
vested in 2016, Reed’s compensation was $16.66 million.
In 2015, the largest methane leak from a natural
gas storage facility in U.S.
history occurred at the Aliso
Canyon site operated by SoCalGas. The leak led to the
evacuation of thousands of
residents in the Porter
Ranch subdivision in L.A.
In 2007, deadly wildfires
broke out in San Diego
County that killed two people, injured 40 firefighters
and forced tens of thousands to seek shelter at
Qualcomm Stadium. Investigations showed that the
fires started when power
lines ignited nearby brush.
The California Public
Utilities Commission last
November rejected a request from SDG&E to pass
on to ratepayers $379 million
in costs related to the fires,
agreeing with a pair of administrative law judges at
the commission who concluded SDG&E did not reasonably manage and operate its facilities.
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
Nikolewski writes for the
San Diego Union-Tribune.
Rick Loomis Los Angeles Times
ADVANCE AMERICA will pay fines and refunds of $160,000 to settle allegations that it charged illegally high
interest rates topping 100%. Above, Sadia Garcia at an Advance America branch in Los Angeles.
to repay.
The agency said the company would offer loans to
borrowers who owed fees to
the state Department of Motor Vehicles. The company
would pay those fees on a
borrower’s behalf and add
the cost of the fees to the
loan.
But the Department of
Business Oversight said
state law prevents such
charges from being added to
a loan — and without the
fees, many loans would have
been for less than $2,500. In
2016, all of the company’s
auto-title loans charged interest rates that would be illegal for loans of less than
$2,500, and more than half
charged at least 100%, according to a regulatory report filed by the company.
Jamie Fulmer, a spokesman for Advance America,
said that the Department of
Business Oversight action
related to “technical issues”
and that the company’s
practices were “not an attempt to avoid any interest
rate cap.”
In December, the Department of Business Oversight took an enforcement
action against Check Into
Cash. The agency said the
Cleveland, Tenn., company
lied to customers, saying it
was prohibited by California
law from offering loans of
less than $2,500.
The agency’s action
against Quick Cash, also in
December, required the San
Jose company to pay partial
refunds to customers who
made big payments on their
loans within three days of
borrowing — behavior that
suggests customers asked
for smaller loans but were
improperly up-sold into
loans of $2,500 or more.
Executives at Quick Cash
and Check Into Cash did not
respond to requests for comment.
All three companies will
have to pay refunds, though
relatively small ones. Quick
Cash and Check Into Cash
agreed to pay back 40% and
50%, respectively, of the excess interest borrowers
paid. That’s about $58,000
for Quick Cash and $122,000
for Check Into Cash.
Advance America, meanwhile, will not have to pay
back excess interest and
agreed only to repay about
$82,000 in DMV fees it tacked
onto loans.
The average refunds
range from $138 to $175 in the
three cases. Even at the high
end, that’s not enough to
cover a single month of interest for a loan with a tripledigit annual interest rate.
Advance America’s website, for instance, advertises
a $2,510 loan at 124% interest,
with 12 monthly payments of
$375. In each of the first five
months, interest payments
alone are more than $200.
Graciela Aponte-Diaz,
California policy director for
the advocacy group Center
for Responsible Lending,
said she is glad to see the Department of Business Over-
sight going after lenders for
steering customers into
large, high-cost loans, but
also noted that the group
would like to see higher refunds going to customers.
“That’s
money
that
should have gone to pay
their rent and other expenses,” she said.
Department of Business
Oversight spokesman Tom
Dresslar called the refund
amounts “appropriate given
the facts of each case and the
relative egregiousness of the
violations” and said he believes the agency’s actions
will serve as a deterrent. “We
are not done fighting on this
front by any means,” he said.
james.koren@latimes.com
‘Idol’ draws 10.3 million
Revival on ABC posts
strong Nielsen rating
but doesn’t approach
glory days on Fox.
By Stephen Battaglio
“American Idol,” the
singing competition that
was a ratings juggernaut for
most of the 15 years it aired
on Fox, returned Sunday on
ABC to 10.3 million viewers,
according to Nielsen.
The figure is down 6%
compared with the last
“Idol” premiere in January
2016 and does not approach
the heights of the show’s
glory days when it was the
biggest prime-time hit in all
of television. But compared
with the diminished ratings
of most other network programming due to competition from streaming and
on-demand viewing, the first
outing for the new “Idol” was
relatively strong.
Overall, “Idol” was the
most-watched program of
the night. Among viewers in
the 18-to-49 age group most
important to advertisers,
“Idol” scored a 2.3 rating,
topping ABC’s internal estimate.
ABC staved off a gambit
by Fox to counterprogram
the “Idol” premiere with
a previously unseen 2006
interview with O.J. Simpson,
in which Simpson presents a
supposedly
hypothetical
case of how he could have
murdered his ex-wife Nicole
Brown and her friend
Ronald Goldman.
“O.J. Simpson: The Lost
Confession?”
averaged
4.4 million viewers, airing on
Fox directly against “Idol”
from 8 to 10 p.m.
Fox dropped “American
Idol” after the 2016 season as
the series was no longer
profitable. ABC picked up
the show despite a high price
tag for its talent — singing
star Katy Perry is reportedly
getting $25 million to serve
as a judge on the show —
because executives believe
the franchise can still draw
a mass audience and boost
overall viewing of the
network.
ABC executives have
maintained that the show
can turn a profit despite
claims by rivals, including
Fox, that the costs are too
high.
Perry joined a new panel
of judges that includes
singer-songwriter
Lionel
Richie and country star
Luke Bryan. Ryan Seacrest
returned as host. The format
of the early episodes, in
which the judges travel to
several cities to audition
singers who are brought to
Hollywood to compete in live
shows, has not changed.
The “Idol” season premiere gave ABC its largest
audience for a series program on Sunday since 2014.
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
Twitter: @SteveBattaglio
CEO leaving A+E Networks
Nancy Dubuc, after
20 years at the firm, is
reportedly in talks to
lead Vice Media.
By Stephen Battaglio
Nancy Dubuc is stepping
down as president and chief
executive of A+E Networks
and is reportedly in talks to
head Vice Media.
A+E Networks’ owners,
Walt Disney Co. and Hearst
Communications Inc., announced Dubuc’s departure
Monday. Abbe Raven, who
ran the group of cable networks for 33 years, is taking
over as chairwoman in an interim capacity until a permanent successor is named.
Dubuc has spent 20 years
at A+E Networks. She was
recently a candidate to take
over the top programming
job at Amazon Studios, a position that went to Jennifer
Salke, the former president
of NBC Entertainment.
Numerous outlets reported that Dubuc is in talks
to head Vice Media, the millennial-friendly digital media company that is in the
market for seasoned leadership. The discussions were
first reported by Variety.
Dubuc would replace
Vice’s freewheeling founding
chief
executive,
Shane
Smith, who has said publicly
that he could step aside as
the company evolved.
Vice Media has been considered a candidate for a corporate makeover since being
rocked by reports in December of systemic sexual harassment and having a culture that is not hospitable to
women.
The company hired a new
HR executive and stated a
commitment to have a 50-50
split of male and female employees.
Vice’s cable channel Viceland has been part of
Dubuc’s portfolio at A+E
Networks, which also includes History, Lifetime and
FYI. The channel has been
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TECHNOLOGY
Satellite launch defied FCC
Company apparently
sent four devices into
orbit despite being
denied permission.
Dropbox IPO
target falls short
of private value
bloomberg
By Samantha Masunaga
In December, smallsatellite company Swarm
Technologies Inc. received
word from the Federal
Communications Commission that its request to
launch and operate four tiny
satellites was denied.
The agency said in a letter that it denied the application because the satellites
— which measured less than
4 inches on one side — were
too small to be tracked by
the U.S. Space Surveillance
Network, which is supposed
to catalog all man-made
objects that orbit the Earth.
That would make it hard to
ensure the satellites weren’t
going to hit other spacecraft
in orbit, the FCC said.
But according to the
FCC, the Menlo Park, Calif.,
firm apparently went ahead
and launched four satellites
anyway.
Industry analysts say
this may be the first time a
company in the U.S. has
operated a satellite despite
not receiving approval from
the FCC. It could be a sign of
conflict between government regulatory efforts in
space and the onslaught of
new small-satellite endeavors, they said.
An FCC spokesman said
that the agency was “aware
of the situation” with Swarm
Technologies and that while
it looks into the matter, it
has shelved the company’s
application for permission
to conduct another operation related to the satellites.
An email dated March 7
from an FCC official says the
agency set the application
aside “in order to permit
assessment of the impact of
the applicant’s apparent
unauthorized launch and
operation of four satellites …
on its qualifications to be a
Federal Communications Commission
THE FCC had withheld authorization because the satellites — less than 4 inches
on one side — are too small to be tracked by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network.
‘The FCC budget
for overseeing all
these applications
is going to have to
increase. They’re
going to have to
increase their
workforce.’
— Marco Caceres,
space analyst at Teal Group
Commission licensee.”
The news was first reported by engineering and
tech
news
site
IEEE
Spectrum.
Swarm Technologies did
not respond to a request for
comment.
The company is led
by Chief Executive Sara
Spangelo, a former Google
employee. It was incorporated in Delaware in May 2015,
according to paperwork
filed with the California
secretary of state’s office.
A filing last month listed
Swarm Technologies’ business as “space networks.”
In an FCC filing this
month, Swarm Technologies said its tiny communications satellites measured
about 4 inches long, 4 inches
wide and 4 inches tall.
Like many other new
companies in its field,
Swarm Technologies’ plans
center on the use of small
satellites for jobs such as
Earth imaging or providing
broadband internet. Such
satellites can be the size of a
mini fridge or a loaf of bread.
Companies
such
as
SpaceX and OneWeb have
already proposed constellations of hundreds or thousands of small satellites, and
analysts have predicted that
thousands of satellites could
be launched in the next few
years.
As these new players get
their plans in order, they’ll
have to file applications with
the FCC to get permission to
operate their satellites,
which could bog down the
agency, said Marco Caceres,
senior space analyst at Teal
Group.
“The FCC budget for
overseeing all these applications is going to have to
increase,” he said. “They’re
going to have to increase
their workforce.”
But companies and regulatory agencies will have to
find a middle ground, especially since low-Earth orbit
is becoming more crowded,
said Bill Ostrove, aerospace
and defense analyst with
Forecast International.
“I think they’re going to
have to work something out
where, yes, you want to move
quickly, yes, you want to develop quickly, but you also
have to respect the fact that
there are other companies
and other organizations
that are also operating in
that environment,” he said.
samantha.masunaga
@latimes.com
Twitter: @smasunaga
Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP , shown Saturday, issued his executive order on a recommendation by the Committee
Silicon Valley darling Dropbox Inc. is aiming to go public at a valuation well below the $10 billion it clocked in at
after its last private funding round, despite posting healthy revenue growth and turning cash-flow positive in the
intervening four years.
The file-sharing company is targeting a public market
capitalization of $6.3 billion to $7.1 billion in its initial public offering, according to a filing Monday. Including restricted stock units, that range is $6.7 billion to $7.6 billion.
The San Francisco company is one of a class of wellfunded, closely watched technology companies that have
achieved a private valuation of more than $1 billion. Investors wanting to get their hands on the next big thing
piled into these “unicorns” in recent years, helping drive
up valuations.
The gap between private valuations and public market
aspirations highlights the disconnect between the premium that private investors put on potential innovation,
and the financials-based analysis that public market
shareholders are focused on.
Dropbox is aiming to raise as much as $648 million in
its U.S. IPO, marketing 36 million shares of Class A common stock for $16 to $18 apiece, according to the filing with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. At the
high end of its offering size, it would be the third-biggest
U.S. IPO by an enterprise technology company in the last
three years.
Dropbox also agreed to sell $100 million in stock to
Salesforce.com Inc.’s venture capital arm in a private
placement concurrent with the IPO, the filing shows.
Drew Houston, co-founder and chief executive of
Dropbox, will hold 22% of the shares outstanding after the
offering, or 24% of the voting power, according to the filing. Arash Ferdowsi, co-founder and director, will hold
8.8% of the shares.
The pair started Dropbox in 2007. Sequoia Capital, one
of Dropbox’s early investors, will own a 21.1% stake.
Apple buys digital
magazine service
bloomberg
Apple Inc. said it is acquiring Texture, a digital magazine service that lets users subscribe to more than 200
magazines for $9.99 a month.
Texture, offered via the app stores of Apple, Google
and Amazon.com Inc., bolsters Apple’s efforts in online
services and media. The Cupertino, Calif., company aims
to top $50 billion in annual services revenue by 2021, and a
magazine subscription service would probably contribute to that.
The deal may help Apple boost relations with news
outlets that have become wary of Facebook Inc. and
Google. Some publishers reported losing online traffic
from Facebook after the social media network recently refocused on content from users’ friends and relatives.
Texture’s magazine catalog includes Entertainment
Weekly, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Bloomberg
Businessweek. The app is currently run by Next Issue Media, owned by a group of publishers and other companies
including Hearst Corp., Meredith Corp., News Corp. and
Rogers Communications Inc. In 2014, private equity firm
KKR invested $50 million in the company.
Apple made its first big push to integrate magazines
and newspapers into its devices with an application
called Newsstand in 2011. It replaced that with the more
comprehensive Apple News service a couple of years ago.
Apple typically doesn’t formally announce acquisitions of smaller companies, but executive Eddy Cue, who
oversees its media efforts, is speaking at the South by
Southwest conference this week in Austin, Texas.
“We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an
impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s
leading publishers,” Cue said in a statement.
Apple didn’t say how much it paid for Texture.
Model 3 output
briefly suspended
on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews acquisitions of American firms by foreign investors.
Tie-up ‘threatens to impair’
national security, Trump says
[Qualcomm, from C1]
had said the Qualcomm deal
raised red flags because it
threatened
Qualcomm’s
leadership in developing the
next generation of wireless
technology. The government said it feared Broadcom would cut investment in
research and development
to increase short-term profits. That could enable Chinese companies to become
the dominant supplier, the
U.S. said.
Trump’s order came as
Broadcom was in the midst
of moving its headquarters
from Singapore to the U.S. It
was seeking to gain majority
control of Qualcomm’s
board to advance its hostile
takeover. CFIUS ordered
the shareholder vote be
postponed to investigate the
transaction.
Broadcom
recently
moved to speed up the relocation of its corporate headquarters — a move that
Trump himself announced
last November in a meeting
at the White House with
Tan, the company’s CEO.
The move raised questions
about whether CFIUS even
had jurisdiction to investigate a Broadcom-Qualcomm deal. But in speeding
it up, Broadcom violated
terms of an order by CFIUS,
the regulator said.
Broadcom’s
headquarters relocation was
originally scheduled to be
completed by May 6. But after CFIUS began an investigation of the hostile takeover effort, Broadcom began
efforts to speed up the relo-
cation to April 3 — two days
before Qualcomm shareholders were to vote on
whether to hand control to
Broadcom
by
putting
Broadcom-backed candidates on Qualcomm’s board
of directors.
In a letter to both companies dated Sunday, CFIUS
accused Broadcom of failing
on three separate occasions
to provide five business
days’ notice of its efforts to
accelerate the headquarters
relocation. Qualcomm filed
a copy of the letter with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on
Monday morning.
Broadcom’s Tan met
Monday with CFIUS officials to make his case that
his company should be allowed to pursue an acquisi-
tion of Qualcomm. But
those talks apparently failed
to change the regulator’s
stance.
In regular trading Monday,
Broadcom
shares
jumped 3.6% to $262.84 after
reports late Friday that rival
Intel Corp. might try to acquire Broadcom if the Qualcomm deal seemed likely to
go through. Intel shares fell
1.3% to $51.52. Qualcomm
shares edged down 0.3% to
$62.81. In after-hours trading, after Trump issued his
order, Qualcomm shares
sank more than 4%, and
Broadcom and Intel shares
each rose more than 1%.
San Diego Union-Tribune
staff writer Mike Freeman
and the Washington Post
contributed to this report.
bloomberg
Tesla Inc. temporarily suspended production of the
Model 3 electric sedan at its lone auto plant for a week in
late February, a planned breather that ultimately may
help increase output of the closely watched vehicle.
Model 3 production was idled Feb. 20-24 before resuming at the company’s assembly plant in Fremont, Calif.,
Tesla confirmed Sunday. The automaker currently
makes the Model S sedan, Model X sport utility vehicle
and Model 3 at that site, and batteries at a plant known as
the Gigafactory east of Reno.
“Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of
planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1,” a
Tesla spokesman said in an emailed statement. “These
periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production
rates. This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this.”
Tesla’s Model 3 is the linchpin of Chief Executive Elon
Musk’s plan to bring electric vehicles to the masses, but
ramping up production has taken longer and been more
challenging than originally anticipated. Tesla is now targeting a weekly Model 3 production rate of 2,500 by the
end of this month and 5,000 by the end of June.
In its latest letter to shareholders, Tesla asked for patience as both buyers and investors wait for progress on
deliveries, saying the Model 3 rollout has “demonstrated
the difficulty of accurately forecasting specific production
rates at specific points in time.”
Tesla’s weekly Model 3 production rate has been an
endless source of fascination for fans, customers, reservation holders, suppliers and investors alike. The potential
for the Model 3 to widen Tesla’s customer base has helped
drive Tesla to a stock market value of $55.3 billion, more
than General Motors Co. or Ford Motor Co.
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Changes in bank bill help Equifax
A late amendment
gives the credit firm
legal protection and
other benefits.
By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON
—
Equifax Inc. was publicly excoriated by senators last fall
for its massive data breach.
Now, the company and other
credit reporting firms are in
line to get some last-minute
benefits in a banking deregulation bill that originally was designed to punish
them by adding new consumer rights.
The bipartisan Senate
bill includes requirements
that Equifax and the other
credit reporting companies
allow people to freeze and
unfreeze their files for free
and provide free credit
monitoring for active-duty
members of the military.
Those provisions were in
direct response to the outrage over a data breach revealed in September that
the company says affected
147.9 million Americans.
Consumer advocates generally support those changes.
But as the bill nears final
approval in the Senate this
week, its main sponsor, Sen.
Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), has
proposed an amendment
with provisions that would
offset some of the new requirements for Equifax and
the other two major credit
reporting companies, Experian and TransUnion.
Crapo’s
amendment,
which included numerous
other revisions to the bill,
passed a procedural hurdle
in the Senate on Monday by
a 66-30 vote.
The amendment would
prohibit active duty military
from suing credit-reporting
companies regarding any
problems with the free credit
monitoring.
Chi Chi Wu, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, said that,
if approved, the provision
would be the first time federal law would prohibit a
consumer’s right to sue re-
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A BANKING bill would require Equifax and other credit firms to let people freeze and unfreeze their files for
free. But the bill’s main sponsor has proposed an amendment that would offset some of the new requirements.
garding their credit reports.
“It’s especially a bad
precedent given that this is a
right being given to service
members,” she said
Sen. Sherrod Brown (DOhio), a leading opponent of
the legislation, said he could
not understand the change
to the bill.
“Americans are furious
with Equifax, as they should
be, but this amendment ...
for reasons I can’t fathom includes provisions designed
to help Equifax,” Brown
said.
He called free credit
monitoring for service mem-
bers “a small gesture to the
people who serve our country” but one that was too
much for Equifax and Republicans.
“In exchange for this token benefit, they demanded
that consumers and service
members give up their right
to take Equifax to court,” he
said. “So Equifax is willing to
do a little bit for people, just
a little bit, but damn it, you
can’t sue us then.”
An Equifax spokeswoman said in a prepared statement that the company supported the free credit freezes
but did not address the
amendment providing immunity from lawsuits on
credit monitoring.
Equifax also could get another benefit in an arcane
change to the bill designed
to open competition for
credit scores used for mortgages purchased by Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac, which
are under federal government conservatorship.
Crapo’s
amendment
would insert a provision proposed last summer by Sens.
Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and
Mark Warner (D-Va.) that
would require the Federal
Housing Finance Agency,
which regulates Fannie and
Freddie, to create a process
to validate and approve new
credit scoring models.
Equifax, Experian and
TransUnion jointly own
VantageScore, a competitor
to San Jose’s Fair Isaac
Corp., the company behind
the FICO score now used by
Fannie and Freddie.
Consumer
advocates
have called for updated
credit scoring models that
are fairer to minorities. But
they noted that FHFA in December issued a formal request for input on the agency’s credit score requirements and the Senate bill’s
proposed provision could
upend that process.
“It appears to be an attempt to set up a better runway to help them take over
the credit-scoring market,”
Mike Litt, consumer campaign director for the U.S.
Public Interest Research
Group, said of the credit reporting companies.
An FHFA spokeswoman
declined to comment.
Brown is suspicious of
the last-minute change. “Instead of allowing FHFA to
take the time it needs to get
it right, this bill ignores that,
and it sets up its own process,” he said. “I have my
hunch, though, as to who is
pushing for it. Guess who is
one of the biggest beneficiaries of this change? …
Equifax, of course.”
Rachel Cohen, a spokeswoman for Warner, said the
provision “will encourage
more innovators to update
their credit scoring models
or invest in alternative credit
scoring models, which have
the potential to make homeownership a reality for more
qualified borrowers who
lack access to traditional
forms of credit.”
Scott’s spokeswoman,
Michele Exner, said “a handful of Senate Democrats”
who opposed the banking
bill are trying to use misleading claims to derail it, including singling out a provision
that “outside of this bill
would be lauded as a bipartisan solution to helping minority families reach new opportunities.”
Warner has been an outspoken critic of Equifax. In
January, he joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in
proposing “massive and
mandatory” fines for data
breaches at credit reporting
companies, starting at $100
for each consumer whose
sensitive information is
compromised.
Warner also is one of the
main Democratic co-sponsors of Crapo’s deregulation
bill, which backers say is intended to provide relief to
small and midsize banks.
Warner was among a bipartisan group on the Senate
Banking Committee that
drafted the bill and told reporters last week he was disappointed the bill wasn’t
tougher on Equifax. For example, he said, he was unable to get Republicans to
agree to include the databreach fine proposal.
Litt said the U.S. Public
Interest Research Group
supports free credit freezes
for consumers, but he’s not
happy with the bill because
of the other provisions.
“For all this talk about action after the Equifax
breach, Congress hasn’t
done anything in six months
but now is moving to make
things worse,” he said.
jim.puzzanghera
@latimes.com
Credit card firm’s doublespeak
[Lazarus, from C1]
“That seems to make their
identity fraud reimbursement basically useless.”
This latest adventure in
fine print comes as the
Trump administration
systematically rips apart
the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau, making
it a watchdog in name
only.
The bureau is charged
with managing the Credit
Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure
Act, a.k.a. the Card Act,
signed into law by thenPresident Obama in 2009.
The purpose of the Card Act
is to “establish fair and
transparent practices relating to the extension of credit.”
Needless to say, the
approach to credit card
issuers under Trump is
markedly different than it
was under Obama.
When the CFPB issued
its first report on the effects
of the Card Act in 2013, it
credited the law with creating “a market in which
shopping for a credit card
and comparing costs is far
more straightforward than
it was prior to enactment of
the act.”
However, the agency still
found a number of areas of
concern requiring further
scrutiny, including add-on
products such as identity
theft protection, which
CFPB said are “frequently
sold in a manner that harms
consumers.”
A second report in 2015
reiterated concerns over
practices “that still create
risks to consumers.”
The latest report — the
first under Trump’s watch
— was released in December. It has no concerns
about the credit card market.
Rather, it says “the market shows significant innovation” and, overall, there’s
“a positive picture for consumers in the credit card
market.”
Yes, kids: Banks are your
friends!
This is, of course, foolish.
While the Card Act has
helped make the market for
plastic more transparent, I
can’t imagine any consumer
thinking there’s no need for
vigilance.
“The problems from the
earlier reports did not disappear overnight from the
marketplace,” said Linda
Sherry, a spokeswoman for
the advocacy group Consumer Action. “This latest
report is just willfully ignoring them.”
A CFPB spokesman said
the December report was
just as thorough as past
efforts. “The contents of the
report should not be used to
infer a lack of concern regarding any unlawful conduct the bureau is authorized to address,” he said.
Be that as it may, things
are different.
Since Mick Mulvaney,
who also serves as White
House budget director, took
over in November as interim
chief, the order of the day
has been to scale back regulatory oversight and enforcement as much as possible.
Under Obama, the
CFPB’s top goal was to
“prevent financial harm to
consumers while promoting
good practices that benefit
them.”
Mulvaney rewrote that
mission statement. The
CFPB’s main goal now is to
“ensure that all consumers
have access to markets for
consumer financial products and services.”
The White House also
has called for slashing the
bureau’s budget by 23% and
eliminating rules “that
unduly burden the financial
industry.”
Not that banks are having a hard time making piles
of money.
According to the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp.,
the U.S. banking industry
would have pocketed a
record $183.1 billion in profit
last year if it wasn’t for onetime charges related to the
Republicans’ tax bill. As it
stands, banks had to make
do with profit of $164.8 bil-
lion.
Meanwhile, total household debt is at a record
$13.15 trillion, according
to the Federal Reserve.
Consumers were carrying a
total of $834 billion in credit
card balances as of the end
of last year.
The latest CFPB report
notes that “consumer credit
card debt now exceeds its
pre-recession peak,” but it
has nothing to say on potential hazards to borrowers,
such as harm to credit
scores through delinquencies and defaults.
An air of detached blandness permeates the more
than 350-page document, as
if a government entity called
the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau can’t be
bothered to interpret credit
card data from a perspective of safeguarding consumers’ best interests.
As for that amazing
credit card that both
reimburses and doesn’t
reimburse for identity-theft
losses, it took Capital One a
few days to come up with an
explanation.
Amanda Landers, a
spokeswoman, said that
when the card agreement
says people won’t be reimbursed for “indirect or direct damages or losses
of any nature,” what it
means is that you won’t be
compensated for “certain
types of legal damages that
may be awarded in civil
actions.”
Then why doesn’t it say
that?
Landers said I’d need to
take that up with MasterCard.
Sarah Ely, a MasterCard
spokeswoman, told me “the
policy does not include
payment for damages,
direct or indirect, that may
be awarded as a result of any
lawsuit.”
But, again, that’s not
what it says. What it says is
that cardholders won’t be
repaid for “indirect or direct
damages or losses of any
nature.” There’s no mention
of lawsuits.
If anything, the ambigu-
ous language creates a huge
loophole that, theoretically,
would allow MasterCard or
Cap One to ignore any
losses it pleases — which is
exactly what worried Hazelleaf.
Moreover, what kind of
damages are we talking
about?
Ely said cardholders may
be covered for “attorney fees
or court costs associated
with civil suits brought
against the cardholder as a
result of identity fraud,”
even though the contract
says there’s no coverage for
“an act of fraud, deceit,
collusion, dishonesty or
criminal act by you or any
person acting in concert
with you.”
That suggests coverage
only in cases of mistaken
identity, in which the fraud
victim is left holding the bag
for the I.D. thief ’s mess.
However, it’s hard to
imagine any court making a
cardholder financially accountable in such circumstances, so I’m still scratching my head over what sort
of “damages” MasterCard is
worried about. If they mean
legal defense costs, they
should say legal defense
costs.
Ely finally thanked me
for bringing this to the
company’s attention. She
said MasterCard is “actively
working to clarify the terms
in future iterations of the
original cardholder details
you referenced to help alleviate confusion.”
A small thing perhaps,
but with potentially large
ramifications.
Under other circumstances, this might have
been the sort of thing the
CFPB could have straightened out.
But it sees no reason to
worry.
David Lazarus’ column runs
Tuesdays and Fridays. He
also can be seen daily on
KTLA-TV Channel 5 and
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[Amazon, from C1]
developer remaking a hamlet’s main drag after it fell on
hard times, which is a little
hard to fathom given how
seaside Pacific Palisades is
one of the most prosperous
neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with a healthy dose of celebrities and a median income over $150,000.
Among the casualties
over the years was Village
Books, which the community fought in vain to save. Resident Tom Hanks was
among the fundraisers, autographing books and CDs
in the rain for three hours in
December 2013.
“The Village bookstore
was so loved by the community,” said Crystal, who acts
as honorary mayor along
with his wife, Janice. “You
could bring your child or go
in for readings by authors
who came by. They just
couldn’t compete anymore.”
Of course, one of the big
reasons small bookstores
have struggled for survival is
because it’s hard to compete
with Amazon, but the Seattle giant stands to open shop
in the Palisades as a welcomed neighbor.
The only other Amazon
Books in Los Angeles is in
the Westfield Century City
shopping center.
Amazon bookstores are
typically far smaller than
those of big chains such as
Barnes & Noble, but offer selections based on perceived
tastes in the area, customer
ratings and popularity.
Books are placed face-out
on the shelves “so each can
communicate its own essence,” according to an Amazon statement.
A representative of Amazon Books, which is set to
open with the rest of Palisades Village on Sept. 22,
said the store would fit into
the neighborhood.
“We created Amazon
Books to be a place where
customers discover books
and devices they’ll love,”
said Cameron Janes, vice
president of Amazon Books,
who said company data
show that Pacific Palisades
is “in an area that we know is
full of readers.”
Caruso
THE 125,000 -square-foot complex on Swarthmore Avenue bordering Sunset Boulevard will include an Ama-
zon Books, movie theater, community space, grocer and retail shops. Above, a rendering of the redevelopment.
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
DEVELOPER Rick Caruso said Palisades Village is
80% leased. The center will be heavily dependent on
residents of the affluent but small neighborhood.
Crystal said he hopes
Amazon will interact with
the community and schools.
“I want to see more kids read
instead of text and Instagram,” he said.
Caruso, founder and
chief executive of the company that bears his name,
purchased the property in
2014 and received approval
for the project two years later.
With the addition of Amazon, Palisades Village is
80% leased, the developer
said. The store is to open on
Swarthmore Avenue.
Another long-gone community landmark, the Bay
Theater, will be resurrected
as an outpost of Cenepolis
Luxury Cinemas, which operates upscale theaters in
which viewers sit in reclining
leather chairs and can have
food and cocktails delivered
by waiters during the show.
There will be seven
restaurants with bars in the
Village, including in the theater, a noteworthy increase
in potential libation from the
old days when Pacific Palisades had only one place to
get a drink.
The developer said his
goal is to create a range of
options for people to dine at
different price points and
hang out in a quaint commercial district with the flavor of an old resort town.
He started choosing tenants after holding public
meetings to see what the
neighbors wanted. “Localism is a huge trend in retail
right now,” he said. “People
want something close to
home that serves them.”
Along with a bookstore
and theater, locals unsurprisingly wanted ice cream,
coffee, a bakery, beauty shop
and groceries, all of which
are coming.
The Village will be far
smaller than Caruso’s major
shopping centers including
the Grove in Los Angeles
and Americana at Brand in
Glendale, but it will have
about the same number of
stores at 40 to 50.
“The difference is the
scale
is
much,
much
smaller,” he said. The Grove
is about 18 acres and Palisades is about 3 acres.
Like Caruso’s other retail
centers, Palisades Village
will have parking (in this
case underground) and outdoor spaces for leisure.
The comeback of the
commercial heart would elevate the Palisades, said resident Drew Planting, a real
estate developer who is not
involved in Caruso’s project.
“If you look around Los
Angeles, the successful
neighborhoods and communities are the ones with a
town center,” he said, such
as Larchmont Village, Old
Pasadena and Abbot Kinney
Boulevard.
“As the city gets more difficult to navigate from a traffic perspective, those neighborhoods get ever more
valuable,” said Planting, cofounder of GPI Cos. “You’re
not going to drive from Pasadena to Venice to eat dinner.”
The risk for Caruso and
his tenants is that they will
be heavily dependent on locals because Pacific Palisades is comparatively remote and previous businesses failed in part because
they didn’t have enough customers, Planting said.
“The challenge is that the
Palisades is not the most
densely populated spot in
Los Angeles,” he said. “It’s
going to be incumbent on
the community to support
the center. You’ve got to use
it.”
roger.vincent@latimes.com
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L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
Tech’s
China
ties get
a jolt
[Silicon Valley, from C1]
ca’s tech relationship with
China. A key driver of that
change is an obscure federal
committee that has been
sounding warning bells
about the Broadcom bid.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the
United States — made up of
officials from the departments of Treasury, Justice,
Homeland Security, Commerce, Defense, State and
Energy — is charged with
scrutinizing foreign mergers
and acquisitions for national interests. The committee, better known as
CFIUS, ordinarily weighs in
after a deal has been finalized. But the bid for Qualcomm proved too sensitive
to ignore.
A bipartisan bill is under
consideration that would
expand CFIUS’ powers to
address China’s competition for cutting edge
technology.
The U.S. trade representative
is
also
investigating whether China’s policies are threatening
American intellectual property and innovation.
“Five years ago, approving this deal would have
been a no-brainer,” said Jim
Lewis, a senior fellow at the
Center for Strategic and
International Studies. “But
it hit three of today’s top
pain points: it’s semiconductors, it’s 5G and it’s China.”
American lawmakers are
increasingly concerned that
U.S. firms are helping China
gain the upper hand in crucial new technologies such
as artificial intelligence.
That risk is heightened
now that China is sliding further back into authoritarianism by stifling all forms of
dissent and moving to eliminate term limits so that
President Xi Jinping can remain in power indefinitely.
That gives U.S. companies
little room to dictate terms
in a market that’s so important to their bottom lines.
If CFIUS is given broader
MARKET ROUNDUP
Gregory Bull Associated Press
Tech stocks climb
but industrials fall
QUALCOMM and other U.S. tech companies have spent years cultivating busi-
ness in China, sometimes at the expense of user privacy and security standards.
powers by Congress, it could
restrict the ability of U.S.
companies
to
transfer
technology to Chinese partners, which is often the price
of entry into the world’s second-largest economy.
And if CFIUS makes it
harder for Chinese companies to buy U.S. technology
firms, Beijing would almost
certainly respond in kind
when it comes to Silicon Valley companies seeking more
access to the Chinese market.
That would be a blow for
U.S. companies such as Apple, Microsoft and even
Qualcomm, which have
spent years cultivating business in China, sometimes at
the expense of American
standards for user privacy
and security.
That was the case last
year when Apple had to comply with Beijing’s request to
remove apps that helped
users circumvent Chinese
censorship. It happened
again in February when the
iPhone maker agreed to
store its iCloud keys in
China, giving authorities
there easier access to users’
accounts, including those of
dissidents.
Apple says it has not
abandoned its values, but
has to comply with Chinese
laws. About 20% of the company’s net sales last year
were derived from a region it
calls Greater China, composed of China, Taiwan and
Hong Kong.
Google has also quietly
ramped up its presence in
China even though it shut
down its search engine there
in 2010 after taking what appeared to be a principled
stand against Beijing over
censorship.
Microsoft partnered with
a state-owned Chinese defense company to build an
exclusive version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government. IBM partnered
with a high-ranking official
previously charged with the
cybersecurity of China’s
strategic missile arsenal to
develop high-end servers
and software.
And Qualcomm, the
company that fought to preserve its independence from
a foreign takeover, has long
been a dominant player in
China, where it sells its chips
and licenses its technology.
The company was chastened in 2015 when it was
fined $975 million by the Chinese government, which
charged the firm with unfair
pricing.
Qualcomm has since invested millions to help Chinese
partners
develop
drones,
supercomputers
and even its bread-and-butter chips. It has also invested
in a Chinese AI start-up
that’s developing facial-recognition software already
being tested by Chinese authorities for surveillance
purposes.
Given Beijing’s plan to
make China self-sufficient in
technology, experts say U.S.
firms are only expediting
their demise in the Chinese
market by sharing valuable
know-how.
“These companies are on
life support” when it comes
to operations in China, said
Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International
Studies. “The Chinese intend to force non-Chinese
suppliers out of the market.
All these guys are on limited
time. They know it, but they
may not say it.”
The tech industry isn’t
ready to give up.
For one, there’s still an
expectation that China will
live up to its obligations
under the WTO to allow reciprocal trade if pressured
the right way.
Industry officials want
Washington to persuade
Beijing to loosen its market
for cloud computing and
widen access to consumer
data, partly to inform AI
technology.
By the U.S. building a coalition with allies such as
Japan and Germany, “China
can be persuaded that it has
to act consistent with global
norms and rules they agreed
to when they joined the
WTO,” said Dean Garfield,
president of the Information
Technology Industry Council, a trade group that represents the tech sector. “At the
same time, companies can
compete globally, including
in China. We can walk and
chew gum at the same time.”
Garfield said U.S. tech
firms aren’t rolling over for
China. Behind the scenes,
they’ve successfully resisted
attempts to transfer top-ofthe-line technology.
“There are times when
the Chinese ask companies
to make certain concessions
to engage in business and
the companies do say ‘no,’ ”
Garfield said. “They’re not
capitulating to every single
request. And so the thought
that it’s shortsighted for a
company to compete in
China
because
they’re
undermining their success
in the long term may not be
true. Only history will prove
that out.”
david.pierson@latimes.com
Twitter: @dhpierson
associated press
U.S. stocks ended split
Monday — technology companies continued to climb,
but Boeing and other industrial companies gave back
some of the ground they won
Friday. The Standard &
Poor’s 500 index and Dow
Jones industrial average
both fell, but the Nasdaq
composite rose to a new
record high.
Companies such as Apple and Alphabet, Google’s
parent company, and chipmakers including Micron
Technology have led the
market’s recovery in recent
weeks. Retailers including
Amazon and Starbucks also
made headway. The market
was coming off its biggest
gain in a month; Friday’s
jump followed the February
jobs report.
Inflation has been the
market’s dominant concern
over the last six weeks. Two
more measuring sticks of
inflation will be reported
this week: The Labor Department is scheduled to
disclose data on consumer
prices Tuesday and producer prices Wednesday.
The Federal Reserve is
gradually raising interest
rates to keep inflation in
check, and it expects to
boost rates at least three
times this year. JJ Kinahan,
chief market strategist for
TD Ameritrade, said investors are looking at a lot of
data but are really just wondering how quickly the Fed
will raise interest rates.
Optical communications
company Oclaro surged
27.5% to $10.01 on Monday after it agreed to be bought by
optical networking company Lumentum Holdings.
The deal values Oclaro at
$9.99 a share, or $1.69 billion.
Lumentum rose 4.4% to $72.
Industrial companies —
which have bounced around
since President Trump said
he would order tariffs on
imported steel and aluminum — fell Monday, losing
about half of what they
gained during their Friday
rally. Boeing slid 2.9% to
$344.19. Lockheed Martin
fell 2.2% to $333.10. Construction equipment maker Caterpillar slipped 2.4% to
$154.50.
Goldman Sachs rose 1%
to $273.38 after it said David
Solomon will become its sole
president and chief operating officer, clearing the
way for Solomon to become
the firm’s next chief executive. Solomon and Harvey
Schwartz had shared both
job titles, but the company
says Schwartz will retire
next month.
Deckers Outdoor sank
7.4% to $90.28 after Marcato
Capital Management, which
had owned an 8.5% stake in
the shoe company, said it no
longer owns any Deckers
stock.
Benchmark U.S. crude
fell 68 cents to $61.36 a
barrel. Brent crude, used
to price international oils,
fell 54 cents to $64.95 a barrel. Wholesale gasoline fell 1
cent to $1.89 a gallon. Heating oil fell 2 cents to $1.86 a
gallon. Natural gas climbed 5
cents to $2.78 per 1,000 cubic
feet.
Bond prices edged up.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury note fell to 2.87%
from 2.90%.
Gold fell $3.20 to $1,320.80
an ounce. Silver fell 7 cents
to $16.54 an ounce. Copper
fell 1 cent to $3.12 a pound.
The dollar fell to 106.35
yen from 106.77 yen. The euro
rose to $1.2336 from $1.2313.
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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Sisterhood
shines forth
after match
There’s praise all
around after Venus
defeats Serena at BNP
Paribas Open.
HELENE ELLIOTT
Michael Owen Baker Associated Press
UCLA boosted its resume by beating Elijah Stewart and USC twice this season, but the NCAA tourna-
ment committee was only mildly impressed, assigning the Bruins to their first-ever play-in game.
WHAT A LONG,
STRANGE TRIP
UCLA’s whirlwind season
started with big trouble in
China, wound up in another
foreign land: a play-in game
By Ben Bolch
Steve Alford was watching game
footage in a hotel ballroom in
China, preparing for a season
opener only a few days away, when
everything changed.
The UCLA men’s basketball
coach was informed that a few players had been spotted on surveillance cameras stealing items from a
mall near the hotel where the team
was staying. Authorities were questioning players.
The jolting development touched off a mad four-month scramble that involved more than the suspension of the three UCLA players
who admitted shoplifting. There
was a high-profile defection by one
of them, LiAngelo Ball, following
tweets from President Trump; a
travel schedule featuring roughly
23,500 air miles flown for nonconference games; the cancellation of a
home game because of wildfires; a
[See UCLA, D4]
TODAY’S
FIRST FOUR GAMES
EAST REGIONAL
11 UCLA
11 St.
vs.
Bonaventure
at Dayton, Ohio
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16 LIU Brooklyn
16 Radford
vs.
at Dayton, Ohio
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TODAY’S LOCAL
NIT GAME
FIRST ROUND
1 USC vs.
8 UNC Asheville
at Galen Center
TV: ESPN2, 8 p.m.
INDIAN
WELLS —
The opponent Serena
Williams least
wanted to
face in the
third round of
the BNP Paribas Open — or
any round, for that matter
— was the person she knows
best. Venus Williams is
Serena’s role model as well
as her older sister, the
grown-up version of the
sensitive and generous
10-year-old who soothed an
unhappy 8-year-old Serena
by handing her the trophy
from their first competition
even though Venus had
earned it.
Because they have been
so good for so long, Serena
with 23 Grand Slam event
singles titles to her credit
and Venus with seven, they
had not faced each other
Simple rules
make for
easy pickin’
BILL PLASCHKE
The NCAA basketball tournament is
many wonderful
things. But if you
want to win your
office pool, you
must focus on
what it is not.
It is not a Cinderella story.
Despite all the highlights of
buzzer-beating tears, obscure
dancing mascots and little fellas
leaping off the ends of benches, this
is not a tournament for lowerseeded teams and longshots.
Since the seeding began in 1979,
the top four seeded teams have
made the Sweet 16 more than all
the other seeded teams combined.
At least two No. 1-seeded teams
have made the Final Four the
[See Plaschke, D3]
John G. Mabanglo European Pressphoto Agency/Shutterstock
VENUS WILLIAMS returns a shot by sister Serena
Williams on the way to a straight-sets victory.
Seager seems
to have good
elbow room
N CA A WO M E N ’S B A S K E T B A L L T OU R NA M E N T
EAGER TO GET ROLLING
Shortstop makes
throws without a
problem in a Dodgers
minor league game.
By Andy McCullough
The UCLA women are ready
to get down to business on
Saturday against first-round
opponent, 14 seed American.
PHOENIX — For five innings Monday, Dodgers
shortstop Corey Seager
stood on the infield dirt beneath the sun during a minor league game. He shifted
his positioning between batters, swept his feet across
the ground and mostly
waited for something to do.
Only twice, in the second
inning against the Chicago
White Sox, a baseball actually went his way.
Both times, Seager performed one of baseball’s
By Sam Farmer
From coast to coast Monday, the
best teams in women’s college
basketball huddled around TVs as
the NCAA tournament brackets
were gradually revealed. At viewing
parties, the vast majority of the 64
teams erupted in cheers and highfives upon learning of their firstround opponents.
That wasn’t the case in Westwood,
however, because most of the UCLA
players were in class at the time.
Their schedule happens to work out
that way. Not only that, but this is an
experienced group that has reached
the Sweet 16 the last two years. While
the third-seeded Bruins are excited
to play host to American University
in the first round, they’re also taking
a very businesslike approach.
“I’m just ready to play,” UCLA forward Monique Billings said. “I wish
[See NCAA women, D5]
this early in a big tournament since their first professional meeting in the second
round of the 1998 Australian
Open.
But because Serena is
newly back from maternity
leave and playing her first
competitive event since the
2017 Australian Open, she
was not seeded here, and
the draw put them on a
collision course that led
them to Stadium 1 on Monday on a warm, spring-like
night.
When their 29th professional head-to-head meeting was over, after Venus
had quashed a valiant
comeback attempt by her
sister and had completed a
6-3, 6-4 victory, they met at
the net and embraced
briefly. They had studiously
avoided eye contact or any
signs of sisterly affection
during the match but they
were no longer bound by
that unspoken agreement.
Venus did her trademark
pirouette and waved to the
crowd. Serena, carrying her
gear and a mental list of the
improvements she intends
to make, walked to the
locker room and waved to a
[See Elliott, D9]
most basic gestures, an activity given added importance because of the uncertainty about his right elbow
and because he had yet to do
it in a game this spring: He
picked up the baseball and
threw it to first base.
Seager completed both
throws without much difficulty. On the second, he bobbled the ball, which forced
him to use more energy on
the peg. He assisted the putout on both chances. Neither throw looked particularly challenging. Seager
greeted the endeavor with
essentially a shrug.
“Wasn’t really worried
about that,” Seager said. “I
was more just worried about
getting into some games and
getting into the flow of
things.”
[See Dodgers, D8]
Elaine Thompson Associated Press
SENIOR MONIQUE BILLINGS, part of the nation’s No. 1 recruit-
ing class in 2014, has helped UCLA go 94-43 over those four years.
THE LOCAL TEAMS
KANSAS CITY REGIONAL
3 UCLA vs.
14 American
Saturday at Pauley Pavilion
TV: ESPN2, 12:30 p.m.
SPOKANE REGIONAL
16 Cal
State Northridge
vs. 1 Notre Dame
Friday at South Bend, Ind.
TV: ESPN2, 2 p.m. PDT
NHL
NFL
Kings hungry
team, Ducks not
Big names are
changing places
Jonathan Quick shuts
out Vancouver;
Anaheim is listless
against St. Louis in
third straight loss. D2
Dolphins are going to
release Ndamukong
Suh while quarterback
Case Keenum is set to
sign with Broncos. D10
D2
S
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
PRO CALENDAR
TUE.
13
WED.
14
DENVER
7:30
SpecSN
at Golden
State
7:30
SpecSN, ESPN
LAKERS
THU.
15
FRI.
16
SAT.
17
MIAMI
7:30
SpecSN
at Chicago
5
Prime
at Houston
5
Prime
at Arizona
7
FSW
DETROIT
7
NBCSN
at Okla.
City
5
Prime
CLIPPERS
NEW
JERSEY
1
FSW
KINGS
DETROIT
7
FSW
VAN.
7
Prime
DUCKS
NEXT: MARCH 24 AT VANCOUVER, 7, SPECSN
GALAXY
˜
NEXT: MAR. 31 AT GALAXY, NOON, CH. 11, YOUTUBE TV
Reed Saxon Associated Press
LAFC
KINGS FORWARD Tobias Rieder is surrounded by a trio of Vancouver Canucks, pipe-hugging goaltender
Anders Nilsson among them, as he reaches for the puck in the second period of the Kings’ 3-0 victory.
Shade denotes home game
Quick shutout for Kings
TODAY ON THE AIR
TIME
EVENT
BASEBALL PRESEASON
10 a.m.
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia
1 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (split squad) at San Diego
4 p.m.
New York Mets (split squad) at Washington
COLLEGE BASEBALL
5 p.m.
Arkansas vs. Texas
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
3:30 p.m. NCAA, Long Island Brooklyn vs. Radford
4 p.m.
NIT, Northern Kentucky at Louisville
4 p.m.
NIT, Wagner at Baylor
5 p.m.
NIT, Vermont at Middle Tennessee State
6 p.m.
NCAA, St. Bonaventure vs. UCLA
6 p.m.
NIT, Hampton at Notre Dame
6 p.m.
NIT, Florida Gulf Coast at Oklahoma State
8 p.m.
NIT, North Carolina Asheville at USC
COLLEGE GYMNASTICS
7 p.m.
Women, San Jose State at UCLA
HOCKEY
5:30 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota
7 p.m.
Kings at Arizona
ON THE AIR
TV: MLB
TV: MLB
TV: MLB
TV: SEC
TV: TruTV
TV: ESPN
TV: ESPN2
TV: ESPNU
TV: TruTV R: 1150
TV: ESPN
TV: ESPN2
TV: ESPN2 R: 830
TV: Pac-12
TV: NBCSN
TV: FS West
R: 790
PRO BASKETBALL
4 p.m.
Minnesota at Washington
5 p.m.
Clippers at Chicago
7:30 p.m. Denver at Lakers
TV: NBA
TV: Prime R: 570
TV: SpecSN,
SpecDep R: 710,
1330
SOCCER
Noon
Italy, Juventus vs. Udinese
12:30 p.m. Champions League, Manchester United vs.
Sevilla
TENNIS
11 a.m.
BNP Paribas Open
TV: beIN2
TV: FS1
TV: Tennis
NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
Vegas
San Jose
KINGS
DUCKS
Calgary
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
Nashville
Winnipeg
Minnesota
Dallas
Colorado
St. Louis
Chicago
W
45
37
38
34
34
30
25
22
W
44
41
39
38
36
37
30
L
19
23
26
24
26
34
36
35
L
14
18
23
25
24
27
32
OL
5
9
5
12
10
4
9
11
OL
10
10
7
6
8
5
8
Pts
95
83
81
80
78
64
59
55
Pts
98
92
85
82
80
79
68
GF
235
203
200
195
197
193
183
163
GF
222
229
216
198
215
191
199
GA
187
189
173
193
206
221
228
219
GA
173
182
198
180
202
182
207
Note: Overtime or shootout losses worth one point.
Metropolitan
Washington
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Columbus
New Jersey
Carolina
NY Islanders
NY Rangers
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Florida
Detroit
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
39
40
35
37
35
30
30
31
W
48
43
40
34
26
25
24
22
L
23
26
24
28
26
28
29
32
L
17
16
22
26
32
32
33
35
OL
7
4
11
5
8
11
10
7
OL
4
8
7
7
11
12
11
12
Pts
85
84
81
79
78
71
70
69
Pts
100
94
87
75
63
62
59
56
GF
209
229
205
193
204
184
222
201
GF
253
226
228
205
180
175
186
165
GA
202
211
205
195
208
212
245
224
GA
191
172
197
212
211
219
236
224
RESULTS
AT KINGS 3
VANCOUVER 0
ST. LOUIS 4
AT DUCKS 2
AT N.Y. RANGERS 6
CAROLINA 3
VEGAS 3
AT PHILADELPHIA 2
AT WASHINGTON 3
WINNIPEG 2 (OT)
AT COLUMBUS 5
MONTREAL 2
OTTAWA 5
AT FLORIDA 3
AT SAN JOSE 5
DETROIT 3
Jonathan Quick made 35 saves for his fourth shutout of
the season, putting the Kings back into playoff position.
Ivan Barbashev led the Blues, who have won consecutive
games after losing nine of 10, with a goal and an assist.
Jimmy Vesey scored three times, Mats Zuccarello had two
goals and the Rangers stopped a three-game slide.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves to become the 13th
goalie in NHL history with 400 victories.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach 600 goals and
Evgeny Kuznetsov had the overtime winner.
Seth Jones scored two first-period power-play goals, and
Columbus won its fifth straight game.
Matt Duchene scored twice, including the go-ahead goal
with three minutes left, to lift the Senators.
Eric Fehr scored his first goal with the Sharks, who
handed the Red Wings their seventh straight loss.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
KINGS at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Montreal, 4:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Edmonton at Calgary, 6 p.m.
Boston at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Colorado at Minnesota, 5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
Vancouver at DUCKS, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at New York Rangers, 5 p.m.
New Jersey at Vegas, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Toronto, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY’S GAMES
Detroit at KINGS, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Montreal, 4:30 p.m.
Chicago at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
Nashville at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Washington at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.
Toronto at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Boston at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Colorado at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
WILD-CARD RACES
Besides the top three teams in each division (P-Pacific; C-Central; A-Atlantic; M-Metropolitan) qualifying for the playoffs, the next two teams with
the most points in each conference qualify as wild-card team. The races:
Pts.
EAST (Division)
Pts.
1. Dallas (C)
82
1. Columbus (M)
79
2. Colorado (C)
80
2. New Jersey (M)
78
3. DUCKS (P)
80
3. Florida (A)
75
4. St. Louis (C)
79
4. Carolina (M)
71
5. Calgary (P)
78
5. N.Y. Islanders (M)
70
6. Chicago (C)
68
6. N.Y. Rangers (M)
69
WEST (Division)
Goaltender stops 35
shots in blanking
Canucks to lift L.A.
into playoff position.
KINGS 3
VANCOUVER 0
By Curtis Zupke
The questions of how the
Kings would align their forwards and which goalie
would start were not answered at their morning
skate Monday.
The optional practice
was just that — optional —
with few veterans on the ice.
Those questions were answered, definitively, in the
evening when the Kings
played
the
Vancouver
Canucks, who were no
match for a fully engaged
and aggressive Kings attack
in front of Jonathan Quick in
a 3-0 Kings victory at Staples
Center. The Kings jumped
into third place in the Pacific
Division with their fifth win
in seven games.
Quick’s 48th career shutout wasn’t much in question
as the Kings clicked with
new lines and goals by Tyler
Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and
Tanner Pearson.
“It’s good to get the win
here, and in a good way too,”
Pearson said. “We had a
good solid defensive game
and when we’re that way, we
create a lot of stuff going the
other way. We’ve just got to
keep looking at this as a positive game.”
Kopitar’s second-period
goal summed up the Kings
offensively. His shot from
the corner was deflected
into the net by Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher, but
everything leading up to it
demonstrated how well the
Kings clicked: Alec Martinez
dived to poke the puck forward to Drew Doughty and
Doughty whipped the puck
up to Kopitar to start a rush.
Pearson, reunited with
linemates Toffoli and Adrian
Kempe, finished an outstanding game with a drive
to the net to score against
Vancouver’s Anders Nilsson.
“I was really happy for the
Kempe line tonight,” Kings
coach John Stevens said. “I
thought Ty really skated
tonight, Tanner made a
really strong power move
coming out of the corner. We
talked to that line on just
how much we needed them
to play like they did … earlier
in the year. It could really
balance out our attack, and I
thought they did tonight.”
Fading Ducks can’t
shake the Blues
ST. LOUIS 4, DUCKS 2
By Mike Coppinger
Not this. Not now.
With the playoffs hanging
in the balance, the Ducks
looked flat Monday night,
the bounce in their step
missing for most of the 60
minutes they skated against
the St. Louis Blues.
The Ducks played loose
with the puck in their own
zone, and they were sitting
back there most of the game.
Vladimir Tarasenko and
Co. skated circles around
the Ducks, and despite Anaheim’s third-period rally to
make it a close game on Derek Grant’s goal, the Blues
closed with a 4-2 victory before 16,312 at Honda Center.
“They played a little bit
harder than we did,” said
Corey Perry, whose 15th goal
cut it to 2-1 in the second period. “We just weren’t sharp
early, and that’s too bad.
“You can’t let it [snowball
into the second period], but
it does and you gotta come
in, you gotta regroup. You
look at the goals, we gave
them a couple of them.”
It’s a third straight setback for the Ducks, who
were flying high heading into
last week’s two-game trip,
the playoff prospects bright.
A return home didn’t offer any respite, and they no
longer control their fate. The
Colorado Avalanche, with
two games in hand, are tied
with the Ducks for the final
wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
The San Jose Sharks and
Kings, with wins Monday,
jumped ahead of the Ducks
in the Pacific Division.
Anaheim has another
three games left on the
homestand to right the ship.
“It’s a tough loss,” Kevin
Bieksa said, “but we’ll
bounce back.”
The veteran defenseman
lamented the number of
turnovers the Ducks committed (17 to nine for the
Blues) against a hard-charging squad that pressed and
pressed and pressed.
The Blues were feistier
from the opening faceoff,
their legs churning on every
forecheck, the desperation
evident. They needed this
game as much as the Ducks,
and they’re the club that
showed up.
St. Louis set up shop in
the Ducks’ zone and cycled.
The defensemen encountered trouble when they attempted to push the puck to
the forwards to exit the zone,
and instead met with more
pressure.
When they did make it to
the neutral zone, the Ducks
were confronted by trapping
Blues skaters.
Down 2-0 in the second
period, the Ducks finally responded off a beautiful Ryan
Getzlaf cross-ice feed to
Perry, who was sitting backdoor for the effortless score.
The momentum was
short-lived, though. The
Blues continued to outhustle and outwork the
Ducks all over the ice in a
showing coach Randy Carlyle could hardly fathom.
“These are the dog days
of the season,” Carlyle said.
“You’re left to scratch your
head on some of the performances that you get from
your hockey club.”
sports@latimes.com
BLUES 4, DUCKS 2
St. Louis ..................................1
DUCKS ....................................0
2
1
1 — 4
1 — 2
FIRST PERIOD: 1. StL, Bortuzzo 3 (Pietrangelo,
Schenn), 17:30. Penalties—None.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. StL, Barbashev 7 (Pietrangelo,
Soshnikov), 3:00. 3. DUCKS, Perry 15 (Getzlaf, Montour), 4:17. 4. StL, Sobotka 10 (Barbashev, Schmaltz),
16:50. Penalties—Jaskin, STL, (hooking), 4:53. Beauchemin, ANA, (tripping), 12:43.
THIRD PERIOD: 5. DUCKS, Grant 9 (Kelly, Lindholm),
6:15. 6. StL, Berglund 9 (Brodziak), 11:28.
Penalties—None.
SHOTS ON GOAL: StL 10-9-4—23. DUCKS 7-7-8—
22. Power-play Conversions—StL 0 of 1. DUCKS 0 of 1.
GOALIES: StL, Allen 21-20-2 (22 shots-20 saves).
DUCKS, Gibson 25-17-6 (23-19). Att—16,312 (17,174).
T—2:16.
The Kings’ embarrassing
7-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues
last Saturday, their worst
home defeat in a decade,
prompted changes. Tobias
Rieder returned from a twogame benching and played
on a line with Jeff Carter and
Trevor Lewis.
Carter was stopped on a
two-on-one and on the
power play in the first period
as Nilsson looked like he’d
make life difficult for the
Kings. But the Kings
grabbed the game tightly in
the second period and broke
through with Toffoli’s breakaway goal. Jake Muzzin hit
Toffoli in stride with a 90foot breakout pass from the
corner and Toffoli snapped
the puck past Nilsson’s glove
for his 22nd goal.
Vancouver went into the
game with a young lineup
because of various injuries.
But the Canucks still had
Daniel and Henrik Sedin,
the former stopped by Quick
with an extended leg save
late in the second period.
Doughty relished the
Kings’ last game against the
twins this season.
“When I play against
them, it’s a mind game,” he
said. “They’re definitely very
good passers and good
shooters. But they’re not
physical. They battle hard
but they’re not like a physical presence out there.
They’re thinking the game
ahead of everyone, so I have
to try and think ahead of
them. That’s why I like
playing against them. It’s
just a mental battle.”
TONIGHT
AT ARIZONA
When: 7.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: Arizona coach Rick
Tocchet is on leave because
of a family illness and assistant John MacLean will take
over in the interim, the Coyotes
announced.
Darcy
Kuemper got his first shutout with Arizona on Sunday.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
KINGS 3, CANUCKS 0
Vancouver ................................0
KINGS .....................................0
0
2
0 — 0
1 — 3
FIRST
PERIOD:
Scoring—None.
Penalties—Forbort,KINGS, (high sticking), 6:37.
Muzzin, KINGS, (interference), 8:23. Gagner, VAN,
(holding), 9:14. Hutton, VAN, (hooking), 14:07.
SECOND PERIOD: 1. KINGS, Toffoli 22 (Muzzin,
Kempe), 1:57. 2. KINGS, Kopitar 28 (Forbort, Doughty),
14:54. Penalties—None.
THIRD PERIOD: 3. KINGS, Pearson 13 (Toffoli,
Kempe),
10:53.
Penalties—Iafallo,
KINGS,
(interference), 1:40. Dowd, VAN, (roughing), 15:32.
Phaneuf, KINGS, (roughing), 15:32. H.Sedin, VAN,
(hooking), 16:19.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Van. 5-13-17—35. KINGS 8-1015—33. Power-play Conversions—Van. 0 of 3. KINGS 0
of 3.
GOALIES: Van., Nilsson 7-13-3 (33 shots-30 saves).
KINGS, Quick 27-25-2 (35-35). Att—18,230 (18,230).
T—2:28.
WHAT WE LEARNED
IN THE NHL
What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL:
In the eye of the Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes owner Thomas Dundon drew criticism
for demoting Ron Francis from general manager to director
of hockey operations, but although Francis assembled a lot
of talent, he never put the Canes over the top and into the
playoffs. They won’t be in the postseason for the ninth consecutive season and they’re at the bottom of the NHL in percentage of seats filled after playing to an announced 71.8% of
capacity through 34 home games. Francis had budget limitations, but big spending doesn’t always lead to big success.
And when you can’t spend much, you’d better spend well,
which he didn’t do when he signed goaltender Scott Darling
to a four-year, $16.6-million contract last summer. Oddly,
Francis is the only general manager who has lost his job this
season. No coaches have been fired — yet.
Capitals’ McLellan gets job security
Brian McLellan signed a multiyear extension to continue as
Washington’s general manager, but coach Barry Trotz remains in the last year of his contract. Trotz’s coaching future
will depend on the Capitals’ playoff performance. After three
consecutive second-round exits, the last two after Washington had the NHL’s best regular-season record, his job security might need the boost of a long postseason run.
NHL puts perception over reality
According to Canada’s Sportsnet network, NHL executives
are weary of hearing players and coaches complain about the
inconsistency of goaltender interference calls and reviews,
and they will urge general managers to tell their personnel to
stop publicly questioning the rule. Instead of quashing dissent, the NHL should come up with clear definitions of goalie
interference and stick with them. It shouldn’t be as hard as
the league has made it.
Scoring goals is back in fashion
Only three players scored 40 goals or more last season —
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Toronto’s Auston Matthews and
Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov — but two players have reached 40 this season and several others are close. Winnipeg’s
Patrik Laine, riding a nine-goal flurry during a five-game
goal-scoring streak, tied Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin
for the league lead at 40 on Saturday. Ovechkin scored twice
Monday and Laine once in the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime victory
over the Jets. Ovechkin reached 600 career goals. Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (39), Minnesota’s Eric Staal (37), Dallas’ Tyler Seguin (36), Vegas’ Bill Karlsson (36) and Kucherov
(34) looked likely to join them. So might late-surging Connor
McDavid of Edmonton (33).
Knights are still Golden
Anyone waiting for Vegas’ season to turn sour is still waiting.
The Golden Knights aren’t maintaining their early pace but
that’s to be expected, especially since injuries sidelined Nate
Schmidt and James Neal. On Saturday at Buffalo they
earned their 20th road victory, breaking the record of 19 road
victories by an expansion franchise set in 1993-94 by the
Mighty Ducks. The playoffs will be new territory, but they
also don’t have any bad history to hold them back.
— Helene Elliott
S
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
D3
NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT
YES, VIRGINIA
In columnist Bill Plaschke’s bracket, there really is an NCAA title
waiting for you at the end of this tournament
East Regional
South Regional
Second round
First round
1
Virginia (31-2)
Friday, 6:15 p.m.
Regional
finals
Regional
finals
Regional
semifinals
Regional
semifinals
CHARLOTTE, N.C.
8 Creighton (21-11)
Creighton
Friday, 3:45 p.m.
Notes:
8 All times Pacific
8 The second games
start about 30 minutes
after the first games end
8 Printable bracket:
latimes.com/sports
Sunday
Virginia
9 Kansas State (22-11)
March 22
Saturday
Villanova
Virginia Tech
Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
16 LIU-Brooklyn
PITTSBURGH
8 Virginia Tech
Thursday, 6:15 p.m.
9 Alabama
March 23
5 West Virginia
5 Kentucky (24-10)
Thursday, 4 p.m.
Kentucky
12 Davidson (21-11)
BOISE, IDAHO
4 Arizona (27-7)
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Villanova
Virginia
Arizona
Wichita State
West Virginia
Sunday
Saturday
Wichita State
Arizona
Friday, 1 p.m.
12 Murray State
SAN DIEGO
4 Wichita State
Friday, 10:30 a.m.
13 Marshall
13 Buffalo (26-8)
ATLANTA
Thursday, Noon
11 Loyola-Chicago (28-5)
DALLAS
3 Tennessee (25-8)
Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
BOSTON
Villanova
Virginia
6 Miami (Fla.) (22-9)
6 Florida
11 UCLA
Saturday
Saturday
Tennessee
Thursday, 6:45 p.m.
UCLA
Loyola-Chicago
Tennessee
Texas Tech
Texas Tech
Cincinnati
Texas Tech
10 Texas (19-14)
NASHVILLE
2 Cincinnati (30-4)
Friday, 11 a.m.
3 Texas Tech
Thursday, 6:15 p.m.
March 23
March 22
7 Nevada (27-7)
Friday, 1:30 p.m.
DALLAS
14 Stephen F. Austin
14 Wright State (25-9)
Nevada
7 Arkansas
National semifinals
San Antonio, March 31
Friday, Noon
Purdue
Cincinnati
Butler
Sunday
Sunday
Purdue
Cincinnati
10 Butler
DETROIT
2 Purdue
Friday, 9:30 a.m.
15 Cal State Fullerton (20-11)
15 Georgia State (24-10)
West Regional
Virginia
Midwest Regional
Michigan State
First round
First round
1
First round
1 Villanova
Villanova
Virginia
16 UMBC (24-10)
Second round
1 Kansas (27-7)
Xavier (28-5)
Friday, 4:15 p.m.
16 Texas Southern
NASHVILLE
8 Missouri (20-12)
Friday, 6:45 p.m.
Kansas
Xavier
Saturday
Sunday
Missouri
National championship
Xavier
Kansas
San Antonio
April 2, 6 p.m.
9 Florida State (20-11)
Seton Hall
BOISE, IDAHO
4 Gonzaga (30-4)
Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Ohio State
Gonzaga
Clemson
Gonzaga
Clemson
Clemson
Sunday
Saturday
Gonzaga
Charleston
LOS ANGELES
WICHITA, KAN.
3 Michigan (28-7)
Thursday, 6:45 p.m.
Michigan
Houston
Texas Christian
Sunday
Saturday
Michigan
Michigan
Michigan
Michigan State
Michigan State
2 North Carolina (25-10)
Friday, 11:45 a.m.
Friday, 4:15 p.m.
Michigan State
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
11 Arizona State
DETROIT
3 Michigan State (29-4)
Friday, 6 p.m.
14 Bucknell (25-9)
March 23
March 22
CHARLOTTE, N.C.
4 Auburn (25-7)
6 Texas Christian (21-11)
7 Rhode Island (25-7)
7 Texas A&M (20-12)
10 Providence (21-13)
SAN DIEGO
OMAHA, NEB.
Michigan State
14 Montana (26-7)
Friday, 9:15 a.m.
Friday, 6:45 p.m.
12 New Mexico St. (28-5)
13 Charleston (26-7)
6 Houston (26-7)
11 San Diego State (22-10)
Thursday, 1:30 p.m.
5 Clemson (23-9)
13 NC Greensboro (27-7)
Thursday, 4:15 p.m.
8 Seton Hall (21-11)
March 23
March 22
12 South Dakota St. (28-6)
WICHITA, KAN.
9 NC State (21-11)
5 Ohio State (24-8)
Thursday, 1 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.
16 Penn (24-8)
Thursday, 9:15 a.m.
Providence
Sunday
North Carolina
15 Lipscomb (23-9)
Providence
First Four (at Dayton, Ohio)
Rhode Island
Game 1 (East)
Game 2 (East)
Game 3 (West)
Game 4 (Midwest)
Today, 3:30 p.m.
Today, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 6 p.m.
16 LIU Brooklyn (18-16)
11 St. Bonaventure (25-7) 16 N.C. Central (19-15)
16 Radford (22-12)
11 UCLA (21-11)
16 Texas So. (15-19)
11 Arizona State (20-11)
11 Syracuse (20-13)
Rhode Island
Saturday
Duke
10 Oklahoma (18-13)
PITTSBURGH
2 Duke (26-7)
Thursday, 11:45 a.m.
15 Iona (20-13)
Cavaliers are pick to wind up on top
[Plaschke, from D1]
majority of the time. The worst-ranked
team to win a national title was seeded
eighth. And, oh yeah, a 16th-seeded team
has yet to beat a No. 1 in 132 first-round
matchups. Don’t even think about it.
We know you’re dying to pick the 11thseeded San Diego State or Loyola Chicago
to pull a couple of upsets.
Don’t.
It is not a star search.
The nation’s greatest players rarely lead
their teams to national titles.
The college game just isn’t built that way
anymore. A team with a one-and-done NBA
lottery pick can often be neutralized by a
team with a handful of good college players
who have played together long enough to
figure out how to stop him.
Check out the last five Final Four most
outstanding players, a list bereft of any
future NBA All-Stars: Joel Berry II, Ryan
Arcidiacono, Tyus Jones, Shabazz Napier
and Luke Hancock.
Only five of the 33 Wooden Award winners played for national champions. Remember when Kevin Durant played for
Texas in the spring of 2007? His team didn’t
even make it to the Sweet 16. Despite his 30
points and nine rebounds, Texas lost in the
second round to USC.
Ignore this spring’s big stars that populate teams such as Duke and Arizona and
Kansas; pick the team that acts most like a
team.
It is not an NBA Saturday night.
The best dunkers don’t win this. The
best shooters don’t win this. The best dribblers often don’t win this. It is quite the
opposite of all of that.
The best defense usually wins this. In
four of the last seven national title games,
one of the teams scored fewer than 60
points. Only two scored more than 70.
The best teams will be the ones that can
make the big stops. The best teams are the
most boring teams.
Spoiler alert: This tournament’s dullest
team is also its No. 1 team.
It is not for kids.
If you’re stuck on a matchup, let the
roster break the tie. Pick the team that has
the most junior or senior impact players.
Two upperclassmen in the starting
lineup are golden. If they’re guards, even
better.
Berry and Kennedy Meeks led North
Andy Lyons Getty Images
SENIOR DEVON HALL has helped lift Virginia to the No. 1 seeding in the
NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers’ tough defense should take them far.
Carolina in scoring and rebounding in last
year’s title game. Both were juniors.
Two seasons ago, Villanova MOP Arcidiacono was a senior, rebound leader Josh
Hart was a junior and the game-winning
shot came from junior Kris Jenkins.
Yes, of course, there have been freshman
stars who have led their teams to titles,
most recently Duke’s Jones and Justise
Winslow in 2015. But that same Duke team
was also grounded in the effort of seniors
Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson.
When in doubt, stick with the programs
with the guys who have stuck around.
All these rules are a way of introducing
my pick to be the 2018 national champion.
It’s going to be Virginia. It can’t be anybody else. It’s not just that the Cavaliers are
seeded No. 1, as eight of the last 11 champions have been. It’s that their roster and style
of play fit all the championship guidelines.
They play the best defense in the country, doing things such as holding North
Carolina to 49 points, holding Clemson to 36
and allowing only two of their last 11 opponents to score more than 60.
They have two seniors playing big minutes in guard Devon Hall and forward Isaiah
Wilkins. They have three tough guards with
at least a year’s experience in Hall and sophomores Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome. They don’t
have any stars, yet all of them play together
like stars.
They will beat UMBC in the first round
because, well, see the rule above.
They will beat Creighton in the second
round because the Bluejays, who average 84
points a game, aren’t used to being slowed
down like this.
They will beat Arizona in the Sweet 16
because, no, no, I’ve been suckered by Arizona before, but not this time, even with Deandre Ayton. He’s the country’s greatest
player, but see the rule above. After the
Cavaliers focus on stopping him, Arizona
will be toothless.
They will face their toughest opponent in
the Elite Eight, a Cincinnati team that mirrors their approach, with one difference.
The Cavaliers’ offensive execution, for the
first time in several years, is as crisp as their
defensive routine. Virginia can score, Cincinnati cannot.
Virginia will meet surprising Michigan in
the national semifinals, the Wolverines
entering the tournament after winning nine
consecutive games and playing well enough
to upset weary North Carolina and vulnerable Xavier. But, like many others, Michigan
just doesn’t have enough weapons to handle
the defensive battle forced by Virginia, and
the Cavaliers will advance to the final.
Once there, they will play Michigan
State, a gifted team that lacks the experience for this test. They have two NBA lottery picks in freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and sophomore guard Miles Bridges,
but, again, see the guidelines above. They
just haven’t played together enough in
crunch time to finish the job.
On April 2 in San Antonio, Virginia will
be excessively slow, infuriatingly boring and
national champion.
It’s the rules.
bill.plashke@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
D4
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
USC, still reeling, braces for NIT
Left out of NCAA
tournament, Trojans
open against North
Carolina Asheville.
By Lindsey Thiry
The snub still stings.
On Monday, a day after
USC learned it was not
among the 68 teams selected
to compete in the NCAA
men’s basketball tournament, coach Andy Enfield
continued to express shock
and disappointment over
the Trojans’ exclusion.
“The feeling is the same,”
Enfield said after a brief
practice. “It doesn’t go away
in a day because we should
be in the NCAA tournament.”
USC (23-11) will play
North Carolina Asheville (2112) on Tuesday in a National
Invitation
Tournament
opener at the Galen Center.
Whether the Trojans will
be inspired to play remains
to be determined.
Players did not meet with
media Sunday after the
NCAA tournament selection show and Enfield declined to make them available Monday.
“Anything that comes
from our program needs to
come from the head coach
and that’s me,” Enfield said.
“So I’ll be speaking to the
media from here on out.”
USC placed second in the
Pac-12 Conference regularseason standings before
making a run to the conference tournament championship game.
Arizona (27-7) earned an
automatic berth to the
NCAA tournament after
winning the conference
tournament title game.
UCLA (21-11), which tied
for third in the Pac-12, and
Arizona State (20-11), which
Chris Pietsch Associated Press
COACH ANDY ENFIELD , left, says of the Trojans,
“We should be in the NCAA tournament.”
tied for eighth and lost in the
first round of the conference
tournament, were awarded
at-large bids.
With an RPI of 34, the
Trojans are the highest-ranked major conference team
to be left out of the NCAA
tournament since the field
was expanded to 68 teams in
2011.
“It’s unfortunate,” Enfield said. “It’s very disappointing and the heartbreaking thing is when you
look at the players.”
On Monday, Enfield had
yet to determine a lineup for
Tuesday’s game.
“We
really
haven’t
thought about how we’ll approach it,” he said, adding
that some players could be a
game-time decision as to
whether they play.
Junior forward Chimezie
Metu, who averages 15.7
points and 7.4 rebounds a
game, is projected as a firstround pick in this year’s
NBA draft.
It’s possible that Metu
could sit out the NIT to avoid
injury.
“Whoever says they want
to play, they’ll play,” Enfield
said. “I think there are certain risks but at the same
time we want to try to go
compete.”
TONIGHT
VS. NORTH CAROLINA
ASHEVILLE
When: 8.
Where: Galen Center.
On the air: TV: ESPN2; Radio: 830.
Update: USC earned a No. 1
seeding in the 32-team NIT.
The Trojans have won six of
their last eight games. North
Carolina Asheville, seeded
eighth, won the Big South
Conference regular-season
title but was upset in the
conference
tournament
semifinals. The Bulldogs,
who have won 10 of their last
13 games, are led by Ahmad
Thomas and MaCio Teague,
who average 16.6 and 16.5
points a game, respectively.
Thomas also averages a
team-high 5.7 rebounds.
lindsey.thiry@latimes.com
Twitter: @LindseyThiry
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTES
Romar set to
return as coach
at Pepperdine
staff and wire reports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea Getty Images
AARON HOLIDAY, right, and Chris Smith aren’t celebrating like this over the Bruins’ selection to a play-in
game, but they’re glad to be there. “We’re going out to play and win a championship,” Holiday says.
Bruins face St. Bonaventure
[UCLA, from D1]
three-game losing streak
and a last-ditch effort to
make the NCAA tournament.
Nothing has come easy
for the Bruins, including
their rushed travel arrangements after learning Sunday
that they were one of the last
teams selected into the field
of 68. UCLA was saddled
with an additional game
roughly 48 hours later just to
make it into the main draw.
“I gotta get done with you
all,” Alford told reporters
Sunday afternoon, “so I can
get to work.”
UCLA’s latest whirlwind
will deposit the 11th-seeded
Bruins (21-11) in Dayton,
Ohio, for a play-in game
against St. Bonaventure
(25-7) on Tuesday (6 p.m.
PDT, TruTV).
It’s foreign territory for
the Bruins, who have won 11
national titles and will make
their 49th NCAA tournament appearance but never
have had to win a game to reach the first round.
“I feel like it’s a tournament game,” point guard
Aaron Holiday said Monday.
“And it doesn’t matter if it’s
the ‘first four’ … we’re going
out to play and win a championship.”
If UCLA beats the Bonnies, it will hop on another
plane to Dallas, where sixthseeded Florida will await on
Thursday. The Gators have
continually produced March
sadness
in
Westwood,
knocking the Bruins out of
four NCAA tournaments
since 2006.
First the Bruins must win
a potentially epic battle of
the backcourts. Holiday, one
of the nation’s top point
guards who recently scored
34 points in consecutive
games, will have to contend
with
St.
Bonaventure
guards Jaylen Adams (19.8
points per game) and Matt
Mobley (18.5). Unfortunately
for UCLA, Holiday can’t defend them both simultaneously.
UCLA might be forced to
play inside-out with its front
line of 7-foot center Thomas
Welsh and 6-11 forward GG
Goloman holding significant size advantages over
St.
Bonaventure’s
6-10
Amadi Ikpeze and 6-6
LaDarien Griffin.
The Bruins had expected
HOW UCLA AND ST. BONAVENTURE MATCH UP
WHO: No. 11 UCLA (21-11) vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure (25-7).
WHAT: NCAA East Regional first-four game, Tuesday, 6 p.m. PDT.
WHERE: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio. TV: TruTV; Radio: 1150.
UPDATE: St. Bonaventure has a fairly proud tradition for a program that has not won an NCAA tournament game since
Bob Lanier led the Bonnies to the 1970 Final Four. The New York school has produced NBA players Andrew Nicholson,
Freddie Crawford, J.R. Bremer, Whitey Martin and brothers Sam and Tom Stith in addition to Lanier, a Hall of Famer.
Former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly also attended St. Bonaventure for one year. The biggest basketball newsmaker out of the school in recent years might be ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA journalist known for scooping
his competitors. Wojnarowski and his wife Amy, a fellow St. Bonaventure alumnus, donated $10,000 to fund student
travel and ticket costs for the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2012. The Bonnies have lost their
only two games against UCLA, in 1973 and ’74, but say they are emboldened by facing a school that has produced
NBA greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, among many others. “Our guys have grown up as underdogs,” St.
Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt told reporters. “They’re not going to look at UCLA like Bill Walton. They don’t even
know who Bill Walton is.” Schmidt said the status of junior swingman Courtney Stockard, who missed the Bonnies’
loss to Davidson in an Atlantic 10 Conference tournament semifinal after straining his hamstring, would be a gametime decision. Stockard averaged 23 points over the previous four games.
— Ben Bolch
STARTERS
ST. BONAVENTURE
Jaylen Adams
Matt Mobley
LaDarien Griffin
Idris Taqqee
Amadi Ikpeze
Ht
6-2
6-3
6-6
6-4
6-10
Wt
190
185
215
195
245
PPG
19.8
16.5
8.7
5.4
4.7
Courtney Stockard
Josh Ayeni
Izaiah Brockington
6-5
6-8
6-4
205
215
180
12.9
5.3
4.4
P
G
G
F
G/F
C
UCLA
Aaron Holiday
Prince Ali
GG Goloman
Kris Wilkes
Thomas Welsh
Ht
6-1
6-3
6-11
6-8
7-0
Wt
185
190
225
195
255
PPG
20.3
9.0
7.3
13.8
13.0
Jaylen Hands
Alex Olesinski
Chris Smith
6-3
6-10
6-9
175
220
200
10.1
4.4
4.1
RESERVES
NCAA First
Four schedule
AT DAYTON, OHIO
TV: TRUTV
TODAY:
8 16 LIU Brooklyn (18-16)
vs. 16 Radford (22-12),
3:30 p.m. PDT.
8 11 St. Bonaventure (25-7)
vs. 11 UCLA (21-11), 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY:
8 16 N.C. Central (19-15) vs.
16 Texas Southern
(15-19), 3:30 p.m. PDT.
8 11 Arizona State (20-11)
vs. 11 Syracuse (20-13), 6
p.m.
Note: Second games start
about 30 minutes after the
first games end.
to feature even more length
and athleticism before Ball
and forwards Cody Riley
and Jalen Hill went on the
November shoplifting spree.
The trio publicly apologized
upon returning to Los Angeles while thanking Trump,
who tweeted that the players were facing 10 years in a
Chinese prison had he not
intervened.
UCLA
officials
an-
G
F
G
nounced an indefinite suspension of the players — later made a seasonlong ban —
prompting Ball to withdraw
from school a few weeks later
so he could sign with a team
in Lithuania.
Meanwhile the Bruins
played on, making stops in
Kansas City, Mo., Ann Arbor,
Mich., and New Orleans.
Combined with the trip to
China, players had logged
nearly enough miles for premier airline status by the
end of December.
A rare breather came
early that month when wildfires that threatened the
UCLA campus and filled the
air with ash forced the cancellation of a home game
against Montana.
The elimination of a nonconference game against a
team that eventually made
the NCAA tournament —
and a chance for an accompanying RPI boost had
UCLA prevailed — looked
like it might hurt the Bruins’
chances. UCLA had not defeated anyone of note until
knocking off then-No. 7 Kentucky in late December, but
it provided only one line on
an otherwise barren postseason resume.
The Bruins temporarily
lost Welsh two weeks later
when he took an elbow to the
nose during a double-overtime loss against Stanford,
forcing him to wear a protective mask for more than a
month. Holiday could have
used an oxygen mask,
playing nearly every minute
of every game once his team
reached Pac-12 play.
UCLA’s NCAA tournament hopes appeared shaky
when it lost three straight
games in January. But the
Bruins probably clinched an
invitation when they opened
March with a victory over
USC and followed it with a
triumph over Stanford in the
Pac-12 tournament.
Alford acknowledged his
surprise upon learning his
team would have to open the
NCAA tournament on Tuesday as opposed to Thursday
or Friday, though it beat a lot
of the alternatives.
“Four months ago we’re
sitting in China and not
knowing what’s going on and
what’s happening,” Alford
said Monday. “And now
we’re in the NCAA tournament. And that’s a very good
accomplishment.”
Lorenzo Romar is returning to Pepperdine for a
second stint as men’s
basketball coach.
Athletic director Steve
Potts said Monday that Romar will be back in Malibu as
soon as Arizona’s season
ends. Romar is currently in
his first season as associate
head coach at Arizona and
the Wildcats are in the
NCAA tournament.
He previously guided the
Waves from 1996-99, going
42-44 in his first head coaching job.
Romar, 59, says he preferred to stay on the West
Coast and his comfort level
with Potts and university
President Andrew Benton
“played a huge role” in his
decision to return to
Pepperdine.
Romar left Malibu to become head coach at Saint
Louis and then spent 15
years in the same job at
Washington, where he was a
three-time Pac-12 coach of
the year.
He was an assistant at
UCLA under Jim Harrick
when the Bruins won the
1995 national championship.
His career head coaching
record is 391-284.
Romar, who is from
Compton, was a two-year
starter at Washington and
played five seasons in the
NBA with the Golden State
Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks
and Detroit Pistons.
Gottfried to CSUN
Mark Gottfried, a former
UCLA assistant and later
coach at Murray State, Alabama and North Carolina
State, is expected to be introduced Tuesday as the
men’s basketball coach at
Cal State Northridge.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN
first reported the hiring.
And Harrick, his former
boss, could be joining Gottfried, whose record as a
head coach is 401-241.
“I’m back in it,” Harrick
said Monday, declining to reveal specifics ahead of the
news conference.
Gottfried, like Romar,
was an assistant for UCLA’s
1995 NCAA championship
team.
CSUN last week fired
coach Reggie Theus and
athletic director Brandon
Martin.
— Eric Sondheimer
NCAA not limited
Federal prosecutors have
not asked the NCAA to refrain
from
penalizing
schools or individuals connected to the college basketball bribery and corruption
probe or to hold off announcing the results of any investigation.
“The Government has
neither the authority nor desire to influence the NCAA’s
determination of what, if
any, penalties to impose for
violations of its rules,” the filing last week in U.S. District
Court in Manhattan said,
“nor does the Government
have any knowledge of
whether the NCAA will impose penalties for the conduct alleged in the Indictment and, if so, what those
penalties will be.”
But people involved with
the case say the NCAA is delaying investigating the allegations — linked to at least
three NCAA tournament
teams and three bubble
teams that weren’t selected,
USC among them — until
the federal cases conclude.
The filing in one of three
cases federal authorities
brought against nine people,
including former USC associate head coach Tony
Bland, says that postponement isn’t the government’s
doing.
Federal authorities have
asked a variety of institutions, including the NCAA,
not to interview “certain witnesses” connected to the
case as the investigation
continues.
“While this might delay
the NCAA’s investigations,
the Government has no reason to believe it will have any
impact on the outcome of
those investigations,” the filing said.
The NCAA didn’t return
a request for comment.
Bland and the eight other
men charged have pleaded
not guilty.
— Nathan Fenno
Chris Pietsch Associated Press
ben.bolch@latimes.com
Twitter: @latbbolch
FORMER NBA PLAYER Lorenzo Romar was 42-
44 during his first coaching stint at Pepperdine.
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D5
WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT
Kansas City Regional
Albany Regional
First round
1
Second round
Connecticut (32-0)
Regional
finals
Regional
finals
Regional
semifinals
Regional
semifinals
Second round
First round
1 Mississippi State (32-1)
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.
16 Nicholls State (19-13)
16 St. Francis (Pa.) (24-9)
STORRS, CONN.
Monday
Monday
STARKVILLE, MISS.
8 Syracuse (22-8)
8 Miami (Fla.) (21-10)
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
9 Oklahoma State (20-10)
9 Quinnipiac (27-5)
March 23
March 24
5 Maryland (25-7)
5 Duke (22-8)
Friday, 9 a.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.
12 Princeton (24-5)
12 Belmont (31-3)
ATHENS, GA.
Monday
Sunday
RALEIGH, N.C.
4 NC State (24-8)
4 Georgia (25-6)
Friday, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
13 Elon (25-7)
13 Mercer (30-2)
ALBANY, N.Y.
6 South Florida (26-7)
March 25
March 26
KANSAS CITY, MO.
6 Iowa (24-7)
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
11 Creighton (18-12)
11 Buffalo (27-5)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA.
Monday
LOS ANGELES
Monday
3 UCLA (24-7)
3 Florida State (25-6)
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.
14 American (26-6)
14 Little Rock (23-9)
March 23
March 24
7 California (21-10)
10 Virginia (18-13)
COLUMBIA, S.C.
7 Arizona State (21-12)
National semifinals
Columbus, March 30
Friday, 2 p.m.
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
10 Nebraska (21-10)
Sunday
AUSTIN, TEXAS
Monday
2 Texas (26-6)
2 South Carolina (26-6)
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Friday, 4:30 p.m.
15 Maine (23-9)
15 N.C. A&T (23-8)
Spokane Regional
March 30
Lexington Regional
March 30
First round
1
First round
Notre Dame (29-3)
1 Louisville (32-2)
Friday, 2 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.
16 Boise State (23-9)
16 Cal State Northridge (19-15)
SOUTH BEND, IND.
Sunday
Sunday
8 South Dakota State (26-6)
8 Marquette (23-9)
National championship
Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 11:30 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
April 1, 6 p.m.
9 Villanova (22-8)
LOUISVILLE, KY.
9 Dayton (23-6)
March 24
March 23
5 DePaul (26-7)
5 Missouri (24-7)
Friday, 9 a.m.
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
12 Florida Gulf Coast (30-4)
12 Oklahoma (16-14)
COLLEGE STATION, TEX.
Monday
Sunday
PALO ALTO, CALIF.
4 Stanford (22-10)
4 Texas A&M (24-9)
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Friday, 11:30 a.m.
13 Gonzaga (27-5)
13 Drake (26-7)
SPOKANE, WASH.
6 Louisiana State (19-9)
March 26
March 25
LEXINGTON, KY.
6 Oregon State (23-7)
Saturday, 8 a.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.
11 Central Michigan (28-4)
11 Western Kentucky (24-8)
COLUMBUS, OHIO
Sunday
Monday
KNOXVILLE, TENN.
3 Tennessee (24-7)
3 Ohio State (27-6)
Friday, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
14 Liberty (24-9)
14 George Washington (19-13)
March 23
March 24
7 Michigan (22-9)
7 Green Bay (29-3)
Friday, 2 p.m.
Friday, 2 p.m.
10 Northern Colorado (26-6)
10 Minnesota (23-8)
EUGENE, ORE.
Sunday
Sunday
WACO, TEX.
2 Baylor (31-1)
2 Oregon (30-4)
Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 4:30 p.m.
15 Grambling (19-13)
15 Seattle (18-14)
UCLA women looking past the Sweet 16
[NCAA women, from D1]
Saturday were here tomorrow. It’s more so about the
game. I’m not trying to get
too caught up in the fairy
tales.”
Fellow senior Kelli Hayes
was getting a massage and
watching ESPN’s selection
show on her phone when she
learned the Bruins (24-7)
would play American (26-6),
the Patriot League champion.
“It was rather relaxing,”
said Hayes, who was getting
her calves worked on while
the rest of the women’s college basketball world was on
the edge of its seat. “When I
saw our name pop up, I was,
‘Nice.’ It wasn’t a rah-rah
moment, because we saw
during the course of the year
that it was our destiny to
make it.”
Billings and Hayes didn’t
disclose this in a cocky way,
but they know the capabilities of their team. Four
years ago, they were part of
the nation’s No. 1 recruiting
class, along with senior
guard Jordin Canada, and
the school has gone 94-43
since, with three consecutive
20-win seasons, its best fouryear stretch since 1976-79.
“What you need to know
about this team is how full of
faith they are,” UCLA coach
Cori Close said. “They
bought in to what we were
coaching.”
For the first time in three
years, UCLA is not in the
same bracket as powerhouse Connecticut, which is
32-0, has made the Final
Four in 11 consecutive years,
and is in search of its 12th national title. But the Bruins
do have Mississippi State in
their bracket, the team that
knocked off UConn in a
semifinal last year.
ESPN analyst Rebecca
Lobo said the Iowa-UCLA
matchup would be intriguing if both those teams were
to win their first-round
games; Iowa opens against
Creighton.
“But you also have to look
at the No. 2 seed [in that
bracket] in Texas,” Lobo
said. “Texas is a team that
played UConn closer than
anybody else. That’s a team
that’s similar in some ways
Ted S. Warren Associated Press
THE UCLA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM , including Monique Billings (25), walks off the court after defeating California 77-74 in
the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 women’s tournament in Seattle. The Bruins are seeded third in the NCAA tournament.
to UCLA, because they
really like to push it in transition. That’s their best offense, getting out and running. They’ve got some bigs
inside, and experience in the
backcourt. So it’s not just
Mississippi State you’ve got
to watch.”
Said Billings: “I just want
to play. That’s how I’ve been
every single year. I don’t care
what bracket I’m in. Just
give me the ball and let me
play. I’m a businesswoman,
and I’m trying to take care of
business.”
For the Bruins, that
means playing defense and
crashing the boards. UCLA
led the conference with 16.6
offensive rebounds per
game, an average of 2.6 more
than second-place Colorado.
“We’re going to force you
into one hard shot, and we’re
either going to turn you over
or we’re going to outrebound
you,” Close said. “We’re not
going to outshoot you, but
we’re going to get so many
more shots on the goal that
we’re going to be successful.”
It was a different kind of
rebounding that paved the
way
for
Cal
State
Northridge, the other school
from Southern California to
make the tournament. The
Matadors bounced back
from an 0-5 start to go 19-10
the rest of the way and win
the Big West tournament title for the third time in five
seasons.
Led by 6-foot-4 Channon
Fluker, the conference’s
women’s basketball player of
the year, Northridge will play
at top-seeded Notre Dame
on Friday.
Even though four of its
key players suffered seasonending ACL injuries, Notre
Dame lost only three games
this season, two of them to
Louisville, another No. 1
seed.
Still, Northridge coach
Jason Flowers has lofty expectations for his players.
“We’re not going to Disneyland to ride the rides,” he
said. “We’re going, just like
everybody else, expecting to
be the main attraction of the
parade coming down Main
Street. It’s not a deal where
we’re just happy to be there.
There are 64 teams left with
a chance for a national
championship, and we’re
one of those 64. We’re going
to try to take full advantage
of it.”
Fluker led the Big West in
rebounding (12.1), blocked
shots (2.7), double-doubles
(21), and free throws made
(158).
She was third in the
league in scoring (18.6), third
in
free-throw
shooting
(76.7%), and sixth in fieldgoal shooting (51.1%).
Also key for Northridge is
6-2 forward Tessa Boagni,
named the Big West Tournament’s most valuable player
after averaging 19.3 points,
8.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
sam.farmer@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
D6
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NBA
STANDINGS
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division
standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight
teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded
team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would
play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several
tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference
divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Houston
2. Golden State
3. Portland
4. Oklahoma City
5. New Orleans
6. Minnesota
7. CLIPPERS
8. Utah
W
53
51
41
40
38
39
36
37
9. Denver
10. San Antonio
11. LAKERS
12. Dallas
13. Sacramento
14. Phoenix
15. Memphis
37
37
30
21
21
19
18
L
14
16
26
29
28
29
29
30
30
30
36
46
47
49
49
PCT
.791
.761
.612
.580
.576
.574
.554
.552
GB L10
9-1
2
7-3
12 10-0
14
7-3
141⁄2 8-2
141⁄2 5-5
16
7-3
16
8-2
Rk.
S1
P1
N1
N2
S2
N3
P2
N5
.552
.552
.455
.313
.309
.279
.269
—
—
61⁄2
16
161⁄2
181⁄2
19
6-4
2-8
7-3
3-7
3-7
1-9
0-10
N4
S3
P3
S4
P4
P5
S5
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. x-Toronto
2. x-Boston
3. Indiana
4. Cleveland
5. Washington
6. Philadelphia
7. Milwaukee
8. Miami
W
49
46
39
38
38
36
36
36
L
17
21
28
28
29
29
31
32
PCT
.742
.687
.582
.576
.567
.554
.537
.529
GB L10
9-1
31⁄2 6-4
101⁄2 7-3
11
4-6
111⁄2 5-5
121⁄2 6-4
131⁄2 4-6
14
6-4
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
C2
S1
A3
C3
S2
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Atlanta
14. Orlando
30
29
24
23
21
20
20
36
38
43
43
46
47
47
.455
.433
.358
.348
.313
.299
.299
5
61⁄2
111⁄2
12
141⁄2
151⁄2
151⁄2
C4
S3
A4
C5
A5
S5
S4
3-7
5-5
1-9
3-7
2-8
2-8
2-8
x-clinched playoff spot
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
CLIPPERS
Denver
at Washington
at Philadelphia
Toronto
at New York
at Atlanta
at New Orleans
at San Antonio
at Utah
at Phoenix
Line
51⁄2
2
4
6
91⁄2
OFF
OFF
41⁄2
OFF
8
OFF
Underdog
at Chicago
at LAKERS
Minnesota
Indiana
at Brooklyn
Dallas
Oklahoma City
Charlotte
Orlando
Detroit
Cleveland
Time
5 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
7 p.m.
RESULTS
Rockets’ Harden is
back, takes control
HOUSTON 109
SAN ANTONIO 93
James Harden scored 28 points,
16 in the third quarter, and the host
Houston Rockets cruised to a 10993 victory over the San Antonio
Spurs on Monday night.
Harden scored eight points in a
16-4 run that extended Houston’s
lead to 82-57 with about 31⁄2 minutes left in the third quarter.
Milwaukee 121, at Memphis 103:
Khris Middleton scored 24 points,
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20
and the Bucks sent the Grizzlies to
their 18th consecutive loss. Marc
Gasol led the Grizzlies with 17
points.
at Oklahoma City 106, Sacramento 101: Russell Westbrook, who
scored 17 points, had his 20th
triple-double this season and 99th
of his career to lead the Thunder.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19
points for the Kings.
at Portland 115, Miami 99: Damian
Lillard had 32 points and 10 assists,
and Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and
16 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers win their 10th consecutive
game, the longest current winning
streak in the NBA.
— associated press
Jordan knows body, mind
like nobody’s business
Clippers’ 6-foot-11 center is
committed to fine-tuning all
aspects of his game to give
him the advantage.
It is 3:30 on Friday afternoon, four
hours before the Clippers will meet the
Cleveland Cavaliers, and DeAndre
Jordan already is at Staples Center
preparing for that night’s encounter.
The athletic marvel knows his
body is his business and it is important to keep it fined-tuned so he can
maximize his potential.
Part of Jordan’s now consistent
pregame ritual is to join personal
trainer Robbie Davis on the court for a
series of drills using elastic bands that
look like giant rubber bands.
Davis attached the band to Jordan’s right arm, allowing the 6-foot-11
center to flex and stretch up and down
and side to side with some resistance.
They alternated to the left arm, using
the same techniques, all of it being
done to activate Jordan’s body.
Once that was completed, Jordan
worked on his shooting and free
throws with Clippers assistant coach
Armond Hill and player development
assistant Chad Bell, a 7-footer whose
size allowed Jordan to work against a
center closer to his height.
He left the court to lift weights, get
a massage, eat his pregame meal and
to “go zone out” listening to his music.
Essentially, Jordan was syncing his
mind, body and soul for an engagement that required his all.
That is his daily grind fans are unaware of.
“I don’t think they know, but that’s
one thing I don’t really need them to. I
know what I do and people around me
know how hard I work,” Jordan said.
“It’s not only on the court but off the
court studying game film and studying players and play-sets and things
like that. I know how much time I put
into it.
“I look for any advantage I can get
and working on my body is what I do. A
lot of stuff is preventive. Anything I
can do to help myself, that’s something I’ll do.”
Jordan and Davis take the same
routine on the road, both knowing
how serious the Clippers’ big man is
about his craft.
Davis has worked with Blake Griffin, James Harden, Tyson Chandler,
Lamar Odom and other NBA players.
Few have impressed Davis with their
work ethic as much as Jordan has.
“When it comes to preparing his
body, he’s as good as anybody that I’ve
had,” Davis said. “I think he knows
he’s made his career around his body
at this point. So he knows, ‘This is my
business. My business is my body.’ He
has dedicated himself.”
Jordan has applied the same commitment to his free-throw shooting,
which has been his personal torture.
He worked tirelessly at it during the
summer with former Laker Sasha Vujacic and Davis, recalling his constant
exasperations.
But that work is starting to pay off
for Jordan. He’s making a career-best
61.5% of his free throws. Perhaps more
impressive, he’s making 68.8% of his
free throws after an intentional foul
has led to free throws.
“There were definitely days I was
extremely frustrated and those were
the days I felt I got better because I
had to get over the hump,” Jordan
said.
“Some days I would go in there and
make a ton of them and it would be
easy. But the days they were hard and
I was pissed off, those were the days
that I feel like I got better.”
Jordan is in his 10th season with the
Clippers, but he is the last man stand-
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ariza ..........30 5-9 2-2 0-5 1 2 15
Tucker ........20 2-4 0-0 0-7 0 2 5
Capela .......25 6-7 1-3 1-9 0 5 13
Harden.......28 6-17 14-14 2-6 6 3 28
C.Paul ........22 8-11 0-0 1-3 9 1 18
Johnson......25 0-3 0-0 0-3 4 2 0
Gordon.......23 0-7 1-2 0-1 2 1 1
MbhaMte....22 4-4 0-2 1-3 1 1 9
G.Green......20 5-14 0-0 1-9 0 2 14
Nene..........15 3-4 0-0 2-2 1 2 6
Black ...........4 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 3 0
Totals
39-80 18-23 9-50 24 24 109
Shooting: Field goals, 48.8%; free throws,
78.3%
Three-point goals: 13-44 (G.Green 4-11, Ariza
3-7, C.Paul 2-4, Harden 2-11, Mbah a Moute 1-1,
Tucker 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Gordon 0-6). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 15 (11 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Nene 2, Capela, G.Green). Turnovers: 15
(Capela 3, Gordon 3, Harden 3, G.Green 2, Ariza,
C.Paul, Johnson, Mbah a Moute). Steals: 6 (Tucker
3, C.Paul, Capela, G.Green).
San Antonio
21 22 24 26— 93
Houston
25 29 34 21— 109
A—18,092. T—2:13. O—Tiven, Foster, Taylor
Bucks 121, Grizzlies 103
MILWAUKEE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anttknmpo ..27 7-14 5-7 1-6 4 5 20
Middleton ...35 9-14 4-4 2-6 4 2 24
Henson ......26 5-8 1-4 1-7 0 2 11
Bledsoe......24 6-13 0-1 2-6 5 5 14
Snell..........30 4-7 0-0 0-0 4 3 12
Jennings .....23 5-9 3-3 3-8 12 1 16
Parker ........21 3-6 0-0 0-3 2 0 6
Zeller .........20 3-3 2-3 1-6 0 4 8
Brown ........19 5-6 0-0 0-4 2 0 10
Terry ............8 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Maker ..........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Wilson .........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
47-81 15-22 11-47 33 22 121
Shooting: Field goals, 58.0%; free throws,
68.2%
Three-point goals: 12-25 (Snell 4-6, Jennings
3-6, Middleton 2-3, Bledsoe 2-4, Antetokounmpo
1-3, Terry 0-1, Parker 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10.
Team Turnovers: 18 (30 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5
(Henson 2, Zeller 2, Antetokounmpo). Turnovers:
18 (Antetokounmpo 6, Bledsoe 3, Parker 3, Jennings 2, Middleton, Snell, Terry, Zeller). Steals: 6
(Bledsoe 2, Snell 2, Brown, Middleton).
MEMPHIS
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
CLIPPERS CENTER DeAndre Jordan is second in the NBA in both
shooting (64.2%) and rebounding (15.3).
ing from the big three of him, Griffin
and Chris Paul, and the core of Jamal
Crawford and J.J. Redick.
They had successful regular seasons, but failed campaigns in the postseason.
“We developed friendships,” Jordan said. “We went through a lot of ups
and downs and building of the organization throughout those times. Me being a loyal guy and the type of guy I am,
I think that it’s important that I’m still
here.”
Jordan has set the tone for the Clippers during an injury-ravaged season.
It’s more than just his 15.3 rebounds per game, which is the second
most in the NBA, his 64.2% shooting,
which also is the second most in the
league, and 36 double-doubles, which
is the eighth best in the league. He’s
averaging 11.9 points per game.
“I just think he’s grown all around,”
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s
just more serious. He’s still the funloving DJ, but he’s better in the locker
room. He has been great on the floor.
He’s prepared more and he’s been the
savior for us.
It’s not just his basketball, but his
maturity.”
“Obviously he’s one of the consistent guys who has been in this locker
room for years,” Lou Williams said.
“His voice is strong. His presence is
strong. Energywise, everybody kind of
follows his lead. He’s been that driving
force for us.”
The relationship between Jordan
and the Clippers has mostly been
strong. But when finances got involved this season, things become a
little strained.
Jordan wants an extension. The
Clippers are interested in giving him
one.
Both sides have had several discussions about a deal, but nothing could
be finalized.
Jordan has his one big decision to
make. He can opt in to a deal that pays
him $24.1 million next season or he can
opt out and become a free agent and
test the market.
“I want to be here. I don’t want it to
be based on the one-year option that I
have,” Jordan said. “Hopefully there
will be an offer that we both can agree
on and hopefully I’ll be here. But we’ll
figure that out when the time comes.”
Jordan even has met with Clippers
owner Steve Ballmer a couple of times
to discuss their futures together.
Though no deal was sealed, Jordan
walked
away
impressed
with
Ballmer’s vision for the Clippers.
“It’s different to be able to sit down
and talk to somebody man to man
about the potential of having a future
with the organization you’ve been
with for 10 years,” Jordan said. “Like I
said, the conversations haven’t gotten
anywhere. But I’m going to remain optimistic about this organization and
my chances of staying here because I
really love this team and obviously I
love our coach and the guys I’m
playing with.
“Like I said, we’ve got to figure out
if this is ultimately what the management wants to do and continue to
keep certain guys around. If they do,
then it’ll be great and we’ll continue to
build and keep this train moving. But
if not, then it’s still basketball and I’ll
love wherever I’m at.”
TONIGHT
AT CHICAGO
When: 5 PDT.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, Radio:
570, 1330.
Update: The Bulls are making only
43.8% of their shots, the second-worst
shooting percentage in the NBA. But
the Bulls are fourth in defensive rebounding, grabbing 35.3 per game.
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Green.........28 4-8 3-6 3-7 1 5 11
Martin ........29 6-11 3-4 1-4 5 3 16
Gasol.........30 8-17 1-3 2-7 3 2 17
Brooks .......30 7-13 0-0 0-0 1 2 16
Simmons ....26 4-8 0-0 0-0 5 3 9
McLemore...22 6-9 1-2 1-3 2 0 16
Rthn-Myes ..21 0-5 2-4 0-1 5 5 2
Davis .........17 5-7 0-0 3-7 3 2 10
Parsons ......16 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 3
Selden .......15 1-7 0-0 0-0 1 0 3
Johnson .......1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Rabb ...........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals
42-89 10-19 10-31 27 23 103
Shooting: Field goals, 47.2%; free throws,
52.6%
Three-point goals: 9-27 (McLemore 3-4, Brooks
2-5, Simmons 1-1, Martin 1-2, Parsons 1-4, Selden
1-5, Green 0-1, Rathan-Mayes 0-2, Gasol 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 9 (11 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 6 (Parsons 2, Gasol, Martin,
McLemore, Rathan-Mayes). Turnovers: 9 (Parsons
2, Rathan-Mayes 2, Gasol, Green, Martin,
McLemore, Simmons). Steals: 6 (Green 2, Brooks,
Davis, Gasol, Rathan-Mayes).
Milwaukee
32 32 26 31— 121
Memphis
24 26 23 30— 103
A—14,112. T—2:09. O—Mauer, Petraitis, Wood
Thunder 106, Kings 101
SACRAMENTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Jackson......27 6-10 0-0 0-2 1 1 15
Randolph....23 5-18 0-0 0-5 2 0 10
Koufos .......16 3-8 0-0 4-10 1 4 6
Bogdanovic .29 6-11 4-5 0-8 3 3 19
Fox ............33 4-12 2-3 0-1 10 3 11
Temple .......29 5-9 2-2 2-7 1 4 15
Cauly-Stein .28 4-7 1-2 4-7 0 3 9
Carter ........22 2-6 0-0 2-7 2 2 5
Hield..........14 1-6 0-0 0-1 0 0 3
Mason........14 2-6 4-4 1-1 1 2 8
Totals
38-93 13-16 13-49 21 22 101
Shooting: Field goals, 40.9%; free throws,
81.3%
Three-point goals: 12-33 (Temple 3-5, Jackson
3-6, Bogdanovic 3-7, Carter 1-3, Fox 1-3, Hield
1-4, Mason 0-1, Randolph 0-4). Team Rebounds:
8. Team Turnovers: 11 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6
(Hield 2, Carter, Cauley-Stein, Fox, Temple). Turnovers: 11 (Temple 3, Cauley-Stein 2, Fox 2, Mason
2, Bogdanovic, Koufos). Steals: 8 (Randolph 2,
Temple 2, Carter, Cauley-Stein, Fox, Mason).
OKLAHOMA CITY
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anthony......31 7-14 2-2 1-6 0 4 21
George .......38 7-18 3-4 0-6 5 3 21
Adams .......22 3-5 0-0 3-6 2 2 6
Brewer........32 4-8 7-7 1-6 1 1 16
Westbrook...36 7-19 1-3 0-10 11 2 17
Patterson ....20 1-5 0-0 0-7 0 1 2
Grant .........20 3-5 1-2 0-2 1 1 7
Felton ........15 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 0 7
Ferguson ....10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
Abrines ........6 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 6
Huestis.........3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
38-84 14-18 5-43 21 15 106
Shooting: Field goals, 45.2%; free throws,
77.8%
Three-point goals: 16-36 (Anthony 5-7, George
4-9, Abrines 2-2, Westbrook 2-3, Ferguson 1-2,
Felton 1-3, Brewer 1-4, Grant 0-1, Huestis 0-1, Patterson 0-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers:
10 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Adams 2, Anthony,
Brewer, Felton, Ferguson). Turnovers: 10 (George 3,
Anthony 2, Westbrook 2, Felton, Ferguson,
Huestis). Steals: 5 (Brewer 2, Anthony, Felton, Patterson). Technical Fouls: coach Thunder (Defensive
three second), 7:44 first.
Sacramento
16 24 39 22— 101
Oklahoma City
19 27 32 28— 106
A—18,203. T—2:07. O—Smith, Malloy, Orr
Bickering is part of the bonding process
Kyle Kuzma laughed when asked
what Lakers teammate Isaiah
Thomas says to him on the court.
“He yells at me a lot,” Kuzma said,
good-naturedly. “He’s just a veteran.
A guy you can count on. He’s been
through the wars. Been through the
playoffs. He knows what it takes to
win or whatnot. He’s just a great resource to have out there. He helps all
the young guys out for sure.”
Considering the Lakers’ youth, it’s
actually a quality that coach Luke
Walton appreciates. It speaks to
Thomas’ understanding of the game,
something much of the Lakers roster
is still working through. After Sunday’s game against the Cleveland
Cavaliers, Walton was eager to discuss Thomas’ impact.
“Everything that we’re yelling at
the players from the bench about,”
Walton said, “he’s actually on the
court telling them the same things as
far as getting them to the right spots.”
As Thomas familiarizes himself
with the Lakers roster, he has been a
boon to other players too. He and Julius Randle, who was the only Laker
SAN ANTONIO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
K.Anderson .14 2-6 2-4 1-1 1 2 6
Gay............23 6-15 0-0 2-5 0 3 13
Gasol .........14 1-5 2-2 1-4 1 2 4
Mills ............8 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 3
Murray .......19 3-7 1-2 1-4 3 0 7
B.Paul ........32 0-5 1-4 0-3 1 4 1
Forbes........24 4-8 5-5 1-2 3 1 14
Bertans ......20 4-8 0-0 0-3 1 2 11
White .........18 4-8 2-2 0-4 1 0 14
Lauvergne ...18 1-4 0-0 1-6 2 1 2
Parker ........15 5-6 2-2 0-0 3 0 12
Costello......14 1-1 0-0 0-2 2 2 2
D.Green......13 1-5 1-2 0-1 0 0 4
Totals
33-81 16-23 7-36 20 17 93
Shooting: Field goals, 40.7%; free throws,
69.6%
Three-point goals: 11-28 (White 4-5, Bertans
3-6, Mills 1-2, Gay 1-3, Forbes 1-4, D.Green 1-4,
K.Anderson 0-2, B.Paul 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8.
Team Turnovers: 13 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2
(B.Paul, White). Turnovers: 13 (Gay 4, B.Paul 2,
Lauvergne 2, Murray 2, Parker 2, Gasol). Steals: 5
(Costello 2, Bertans, Forbes, Murray).
HOUSTON
By Broderick Turner
LAKERS REPORT
By Tania Ganguli
Rockets 109, Spurs 93
to have a better game than Thomas
on Sunday night, developed strong
chemistry on screen-and-roll plays
throughout the game.
“At the end of the day, their defense has to pick and choose what
they want to take away,” Thomas
said. “And if there was one guy on me
I’m going to try to take it and make a
play.
“If there’s two guys on me, obviously somebody else is open and he’s
a hell of a basketball player so he
makes it easier for myself.”
Randle had a similar perspective
— that the attention Thomas draws
helps him.
“We just both play to our
strengths. ... In general I just love
playing with him,” Randle said.
Even with a young group, Thomas’ style can cause emotions to flare
during games.
In Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, cameras caught Kuzma
and Thomas yelling at each other after a defensive miscue.
“I told him to switch and he didn’t
switch,” Kuzma said. “Then he got
mad at me for some odd reason.
That’s what it was.”
But to Kuzma, Thomas’s experi-
Wear stays on
Denver, Jamal Murray irritated
them in one way or another.
On Dec. 3 he dribbled the ball
around Lonzo Ball as time expired,
after a game filled with less obvious
taunts.
Last Friday, he engaged in trash
talk that Walton found disrespectful.
After Friday’s game, both Ball and
Kuzma indicated that they looked
forward to seeing Murray again Tuesday.
On Monday Walton insisted he
would not talk to his team about Murray in advance of the game.
“No, we’re going to talk about
what we need to do to win a game,”
Walton said. “That’s it.”
The Lakers plan to bring back
Travis Wear for a second 10-day contract. Wear’s first 10-day deal expired
Monday. After two such stints, the
Lakers will have to either let him go or
sign him to a deal through at least the
end of the season.
Wear has played in five games and
contributed on offense and defense,
averaging 4.6 points and 10.4 minutes
a game.
TONIGHT
VS. DENVER
When: 7:30.
On air: TV – Spectrum Sportsnet,
Spectrum Deportes; Radio – 710, 1330.
Update: The Nuggets (37-30) still
have a legitimate shot to make the
playoffs. They are coming off a decisive 130-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
ence carries weight. And he doesn’t
mind going at it with a teammate in
the heat of the moment.
“I think we both bristle about it for
sure,” Kuzma said. “I’m a competitive
person. He’s really competitive. We
both want to win. It’s always a good
and a bad thing to get animated like
that because … it keeps you on your
heels more. It just helps you come together more.”
And Sunday?
“He didn’t yell at me yesterday, we
were all good,” Kuzma said. “Just
more excited because he was barking
at Cleveland’s bench the whole time.”
Murray awaits
In the Lakers’ last two games at
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Trail Blazers 115, Heat 99
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
J.Johnson....24 3-5 2-4 0-6 4 2 8
Richardson..16 2-6 0-0 1-2 1 4 4
Adebayo .....24 1-10 2-2 4-9 3 4 4
Dragic ........30 10-17 3-3 0-2 2 4 23
T.Johnson....34 6-15 1-2 0-3 2 2 17
Ellington .....30 4-12 0-0 0-3 0 3 11
Winslow......29 6-11 1-3 3-13 4 0 15
McGruder ...25 4-8 0-0 1-3 1 1 8
Olynyk ........23 3-7 2-2 1-5 7 4 9
Totals
39-91 11-16 10-46 24 24 99
Shooting: Field goals, 42.9%; free throws,
68.8%
Three-point goals: 10-31 (T.Johnson 4-7, Ellington 3-10, Winslow 2-3, Olynyk 1-4, J.Johnson 0-1,
Richardson 0-1, McGruder 0-2, Dragic 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 11 (9 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Winslow 2, Adebayo, McGruder). Turnovers: 11 (Adebayo 3, Dragic 2, J.Johnson 2, Olynyk
2, Ellington, Winslow). Steals: 6 (Ellington 2, Adebayo, Dragic, McGruder, Olynyk). Technical Fouls:
None.
PORTLAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aminu ........32 2-9 0-0 1-9 1 2 5
Harkless .....16 0-2 3-4 1-1 1 0 3
Nurkic ........30 12-18 3-5 5-16 3 5 27
Lillard ........37 8-19 9-10 1-5 10 0 32
McCllm.......32 5-11 5-6 0-2 5 3 17
Turner.........31 5-11 2-2 1-4 3 2 13
Davis .........17 1-1 1-1 0-7 0 2 3
Collins........16 3-5 2-2 0-4 0 1 10
Napier........13 1-6 0-0 0-2 0 0 2
Connghton ..13 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
Totals
38-83 25-30 9-50 23 15 115
Shooting: Field goals, 45.8%; free throws,
83.3%
Three-point goals: 14-36 (Lillard 7-14, Collins
2-3, McCollum 2-5, Connaughton 1-1, Turner 1-3,
Aminu 1-6, Harkless 0-1, Napier 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 12 (15 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Nurkic 3, Collins, Harkless, McCollum).
Turnovers: 12 (Lillard 3, Nurkic 3, Turner 2, Aminu,
Collins, McCollum, Napier). Steals: 5 (Turner 2,
Aminu, Harkless, McCollum). Technical Fouls:
None.
Miami
25 22 25 27— 99
Portland
34 25 29 27— 115
A—19,786. T—2:09. O—Ayotte, Richardson, Davis
LOS ANGELES TIMES
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018
D7
D8
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Jansen works one
spotless inning
Charlie Neibergall Associated Press
KALEB COWART , a first-round pick in 2010, is approaching 800 games and 3,000 at-bats in the minors. He
has had short stints with the Angels in each of the last three seasons, hitting .197 in 233 at-bats.
ANGELS REPORT
First-round pick Cowart
is still trying to hack it
By Jeff Miller
Angels 4, Cincinnati 3
It was a day when the Angels did little at the plate, finishing with only one run.
In five innings against the
Cubs’ Jon Lester, they had
the same number of strikeouts as hits, three apiece,
losing the spring-training
game last week 6-1.
Kaleb Cowart, however,
walked away feeling encouraged. He singled off Lester in
his
first
at-bat
and
grounded out sharply in his
second.
“He’s the ace of the Cubs,
right?” Cowart said. “I felt
pretty good about that. It
was a good day.”
There haven’t been many
of those with the Angels for
the 2010 first-round pick
Cowart, now 25, trying to
earn the final position-player spot on the opening day
roster.
In each of the last three
seasons, he has had short
stints in the big leagues, hitting .197 with a .575 on-baseplus-slugging percentage in
233 at-bats.
Cowart received his most
extended look after the AllStar break last summer
when the Angels started him
at second base for a stretch.
After a quick start — 12 hits
in his first eight games — he
cooled considerably.
“I’m just trying to improve at the plate, not swing
at bad pitches,” Cowart said.
“Trying to get my pitch and,
when I get it, do damage
with it. Just going out every
day and attacking.”
He is battling Jose Fernandez, Colin Walsh and
Nolan Fontana, who has
been slowed by shoulder inflammation.
The Angels likely will
keep someone who can back
AT THE PLATE: Ian Kinsler hit a home run in the first inning
and his baserunning netted another run two innings later.
Kinsler advanced from first base to third base by accurately
reading a Mike Trout sinking liner that fell for a hit. He
scored on a Justin Upton groundout, timing his break from
third and avoiding a tag at home with a clever slide. Albert
Pujols had two hits, including a double, and drove in two
runs.
ON THE MOUND: Starter Garrett Richards walked five
batters in 32⁄3 innings. He gave up two runs and three hits.
“It was one of those days I was battling a little bit,” he said.
“You are going to have days like that and you got to figure
out a way to get it done.” John Lamb walked one batter in
21⁄3 hitless innings. Lamb has a 3.24 earned-run average.
Reliever Jim Johnson struck out one batter in a scoreless
inning.
EXTRA BASES: Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano will pitch in
an intrasquad game Tuesday, a scheduled day off for the
Angels. … Jefry Marte (groin), Chris Young (calf) and Nolan
Fontana (shoulder) are the hitters scheduled to participate
in the game.
UP NEXT: Cleveland at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Goodyear, Ariz.
TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
— Jeff Miller
up second baseman Ian
Kinsler, though manager
Mike Scioscia said third
baseman Zack Cozart also
will appear at second before
spring training is over.
“You go out and fight for
those last bench spots,”
Cowart said. “That’s what a
few of us are trying to do. You
want to be in a position
where if something happens
during the season, you can
contribute when your name
is called.”
Cowart was drafted the
same year Bryce Harper
went No. 1 to Washington.
Players selected in the first
round after Cowart included
Christian Yelich, Noah Syndergaard and Nick Castellanos.
Cowart is approaching
800 games and 3,000 at-bats
in the minors. Once exclusively a third baseman, Cowart has played second, short
and first in recent years as
well.
“Whatever makes me
more valuable,” he said. “I
don’t mind playing wherever
they need me. We have a
great lineup here. Hopefully,
I can contribute any way
possible.”
Ohtani still
struggling
Shohei Ohtani had another hitless day in a 4-3 victory over Cincinnati on Monday.
He grounded out twice,
lined out to left field and
struck out looking. Ohtani is
two for 18 this spring.
“He just missed a couple
[Dodgers, from D1]
Seager did not view the
outing as a milestone worth
celebrating. He suspected
that if he had not gotten sick
this spring and sat out about
a week, he would have appeared in a game much earlier. He reiterated that he
does not feel discomfort in
the elbow, which bothered
him throughout the second
half of 2017. He plans to be
ready for opening day.
“Right now there’s nothing telling me otherwise,”
Seager said. “I don’t really
want to start thinking about
if and when or whatever. For
right now, pretty confident.”
The team’s medical staff
did not recommend surgery
for Seager in the offseason.
But he arrived at camp on a
restricted throwing program, designed to reduce
the unnecessary stress on
his arm and ease him into
the season. Seager had been
only a designated hitter in
games before Monday.
His next step involves a
seven-inning stint in the
field. That is scheduled for
Wednesday, Seager said.
The team has not determined whether it will occur
during a Cactus League
game or in a more controlled
minor league setting.
“It was nice to be in the
flow of the game, and not
just DH,” Seager said. “That
was really nice. Hopefully, I’ll
keep doing that some more.”
Despite a 10-day break to
protect his arm last season,
Seager appeared in 145
games. Manager Dave Roberts indicated the team will
continue to monitor Seager’s workload during the
season. Seager sparred with
team officials about restrictions on his activity in 2017.
“We’ll manage him week
to week,” Roberts said.
Asked whether he was on
board with any plan to reduce his playing time, Seager shook his head.
“No,” he said. “No. No.”
Jansen slides
through outing
Kenley Jansen devised a
novel strategy for his minor
league outing against the
White Sox on Monday. He
wanted to avoid the hitters
jumping on his cut fastball
early in the count. So Jansen
leaned on his slider, throwing it nine times in a 13-pitch
outing, he said.
“You’re not jumping me
today,” Jansen said.
Jansen induced a popup
and struck out two batters
for a spotless inning. Jansen
threw his slider only 8% of
the time in 2017, but intends
to use it more this season.
He was pitching for the
first time since March 9,
when he injured a hamstring
warming up before his first
scheduled appearance in
the Cactus League. That
outing is now slated for
Thursday. Jansen expects to
pitch once more after that
before the team breaks
camp.
Buehler is sent
to the minors
After five strikeouts in
two innings in his Cactus
League debut Saturday,
prospect Walker Buehler
was optioned to the minors.
The Dodgers trimmed
seven players from their
clubhouse: Buehler, infielder Rob Segedin and reliever
Edward Paredes were optioned out. Pitcher Manny
Banuelos, infielder Max
Muncy and catcher Will
Smith were reassigned to
minor league camp. The
team released veteran reliever Mark Lowe, a nonroster invitee to camp.
The Dodgers plan to give
Buehler a Cactus League
start this week. The team expects him to contribute to
the big league rotation at
some point during the season.
Buehler is not expected
to throw more than 150 innings this season after
undergoing elbow ligamentreconstruction surgery in
2015.
“We want to continue to
build him up, and he’s really
shone well,” Roberts said.
“He got a late start because
of not feeling well physically.
But his last outing was very
good.”
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pitches,” Scioscia said. “But
it’s just some timing.”
Because of his pitching
schedule, Ohtani has fewer
at-bats than the Angels’
other hitters. He’ll play
Tuesday morning in an
intrasquad game with a few
teammates
who
have
missed time because of injury.
His next pitching start is
set for 1 p.m. Friday when
the Angels play Colorado at
Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Trout debuts new
helmet
Mike Trout said he was
considering using a batting
helmet with a partial face
guard before Sunday. Then
he took a pitch from Texas
right-hander Erik Goeddel
off his head and the decision
became an even easier one.
So, Monday against Cincinnati, Trout debuted the
new helmet and went one for
two with a walk and scored
twice. He said he wasn’t sure
how long he would stick with
it.
Six-man success
Seventeen days before
their opener, the Angels
have seen decent results
from most of the candidates
for their six-man rotation.
More important, they’ve
seen all eight pitchers making starts on time and remaining healthy, which has
been a problem in recent
seasons.
“There are some important hurdles coming up for
all these guys,” Scioscia said.
“We’re very optimistic that
they’re going to hold and
start the season and be healthy and effective and remain
healthy and effective.”
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Matt York Associated Press
COREY SEAGER has been a designated hitter in
spring training but has begun testing throwing arm.
Milwaukee 7, Dodgers 6
AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers squeezed three runs out of
starter Junior Guerra in the first inning. After a double by
Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez walked with the bases
loaded to drive in a run. Hernandez is trying to expand his
role in 2018, aiming to face right-handed pitchers such as
Guerra more often.
ON THE MOUND: Clayton Kershaw struck out seven
Brewers in 32⁄3 scoreless innings in his third start of the
spring. He issued a leadoff walk to start the game. He exited
after giving up a two-out double in the fourth inning and
reaching his pitch count. “The last couple innings, I got into
a little bit better rhythm,” Kershaw said. “The slider was a
little bit better, actually a lot better, than the last one. That’s
important for me. Encouraging, I guess. Just another step
forward.” Manager Dave Roberts described Kershaw’s slider
as “the best he’s thrown” this spring.
EXTRA BASES: Rob Segedin, the utility infielder optioned to
the minors Monday, left the team in the morning to be with
his wife, who was going into labor. “I would assume he’s
taking the next couple days off,” Roberts said. “We’ll see him
on either Wednesday or Thursday.”
UP NEXT: Colorado at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Camelback
Ranch. TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570.
— Andy McCullough
Open Division gearing up for semifamiliar Final Four
Bishop Montgomery,
Sierra Canyon in
rematch; Fairfax faces
Etiwanda after upset.
By Eric Sondheimer
A high school basketball
season that began in November is down to its final
three weeks. There are four
teams left in the Southern
California Open Division
boys’ basketball regional
playoffs, setting up two
semifinal games for Tuesday.
Torrance Bishop Montgomery (28-1) will play
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon
(24-4) at Calabasas High,
and Fairfax (23-9) will play
at Etiwanda (29-3). Both
games begin at 7 p.m.
It’s rematch time for
Bishop Montgomery and Sierra Canyon. They played on
Jan. 5 and Bishop Montgomery won 65-62 without
three of its starters. They
played Feb. 24 and Sierra
Canyon won in double overtime 77-74.
Both teams match up
perfectly because of their
strong guard play and talented front-line players who
aren’t tall but can rebound
and play defense.
Gianni
Hunt,
who
started the year on crutches
with a broken ankle, is finally
healthy and ready for
Bishop Montgomery.
Fairfax is the surprise Fi-
nal Four team, having upset
No. 1-seeded Santa Ana
Mater Dei on the road last
week. The Lions are always
tough to beat when guards
Jamal Hartwell and Ethan
Anderson are at their best.
They are a dangerous team
for Etiwanda, which doesn’t
have much size but plays
great defense and has
Pepperdine-bound Kessler
Edwards.
In Division I, there’s a rematch of the Southern Section championship game,
matching Pasadena and
host Chino Hills. Pasadena
faces a familiar challenge:
trying to deal with 6-foot-9
Onyeka Okongwu. The
other semifinal has Temecula
Rancho
Christian
playing at Bellflower St.
John Bosco.
In Open Division girls,
Windward and Studio City
Harvard-Westlake
need
semifinal wins to set up a rematch in the regional final.
Etiwanda is at Windward
and Clovis West is at Har-
vard-Westlake.
Regional finals will be
held Saturday. Open Division and Division I finals will
take place at Long Beach
State beginning at noon for
girls’ Division I, followed by
boys’ Division I at 2 p.m.,
girls’ Open Division at 4 p.m.
and boys’ Open Division at 7
p.m. General admission
tickets will be $18 and good
all day.
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Twitter: @latsondheimer
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D9
TENNIS
COMMENTARY
Federer drinks from fountain of youth
The 36-year-old No. 1
player in the world is
defying odds while
remaining humble.
By Bill Dwyre
INDIAN WELLS — This
thing is getting ridiculous,
this Roger Federer thing.
It turns out that, when
Ponce de Leon was looking
for his fountain of youth, he
was looking in the wrong
place. Switzerland, Ponce.
Federer was back on the
main stadium tennis court
Monday afternoon at the
BNP Paribas tennis tournament at Indian Wells. He
has spent about as much
time there as Strom Thurmond spent in the U.S.
Senate. Federer is 36 years, 7
months and 4 days old. He is
remarkable, and those
words represent the ultimate understatement. He
remains a master in a sport
that eats the body and mind
quickly, especially when you
are at an age where most
with that kind of hard-court
mileage would be scheduling knee replacement
surgery.
There is almost nothing,
nor anybody comparable,
except, well, Serena
Williams. Maybe old Ponce,
having missed Switzerland,
should have made a stop in
Compton.
Federer has won the
men’s singles title here, in
this place and tournament
— where it always feels more
like a postcard than a real
place — five times. He is
ranked No. 1 in the world,
the oldest male to be so
since they started putting
numbers to players in 1973.
In Australia, at the first
major tournament of the
year, he won his 20th Grand
Slam event. That’s not only
a record. It’s a pipe dream.
Monday, in a 6-2, 6-1
practice session that will
actually be listed as a thirdround victory, Federer beat
a decent player named Filip
Krajinovic of Serbia. Krajinovic is No. 25 in the world.
He is also 26 years old. The
two had never met before, so
Federer needed to establish
who he was, just in case
Krajinovic didn’t quite
know. Krajinovic served
eight times and faced seven
break points. Federer tortured him with huge serves
(six aces) and half a dozen
dainty drop shots. He even
won two line-call challenges,
one on a break point. Old
eyes? Are you kidding?
In a sport where pressure and intimidation play a
huge role, Federer seldom
blinks. In his second-round
match here at the Indian
Wells Palace, aka tennis
stadium, he was struggling
in a second set. He managed
to get it into a tiebreaker,
then got himself into perfect
position. He led 5-4 and had
two serves. Stunningly, he
Crystal Chatham Associated Press
ROGER FEDERER returns a shot to Filip Krajinovic during the third round of
the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
lost both points. That is the
cue for most players to
crumble. Not Federer. A few
points later, he had won.
And then, just as he did
after beating Krajinovic, he
walked to the net, shook
hands, met the public address announcer to field a
few questions for the always-packed crowd, and
praised his opponent. The
question, after the Krajinovic match, was: “Well, 58
minutes. What took you so
long?” Federer quickly
turned it into an opportunity to say that his opponent
wasn’t having his best day
and is a really good player.
It is one thing being a
legendary player, altogether
another a decent person.
With three-quarters of
the Big Four of men’s tennis
now out of the Indian Wells
draw — Novak Djokovic lost
Sunday and Rafael Nadal
and Andy Murray are injured — Federer was asked if
he liked a draw with his
main opponents missing, or
liked it better with the challenge when they were there.
“It’s a bit of both,” he
said. “It is a different vibe
when none of them are
there.”
He quickly parlayed that
into an opportunity to call
Nadal “the greatest claycourt player in the history of
the game.”
The nice-guy stuff
doesn’t impede, in any way,
the competitive fires. The
absence of Djokovic, Nadal
and Murray — as well as
fellow Swiss star Stan
Wawrinka — doesn’t mean
Federer can’t be a bull when
there are red capes in view.
If he continues to win into
the semifinals, and 12thseeded Tomas Berdych of
the Czech Republic does the
same, Federer will see red.
They have played 26 times.
Federer has won 20. One of
the six still sticks in Federer’s craw.
That was 2004, the
Athens Olympics. Federer
had been No. 1 in the world
for about six months by
then. Berdych upset him.
Federer was so good and so
young and so unapproachable in tennis skills then,
almost as he is now, that a
gold medal was an assumption. That missing Olympic
gold medal in singles is the
only real glitch in his resume. He has won one in
doubles, with Wawrinka. He
has won every Grand Slam
tournament. He has done
everything in tennis except
that singles gold.
If asked, he would dismiss that Berdych match in
Athens as water under the
bridge. If they play — probably every time they play —
he remembers, if only for a
second. He also probably
thinks that, in 2020 in
Tokyo, he will just be turning 39.
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TENNIS NOTES
Resurgency has
Fritz disproving
the naysayers
By Helene Elliott
Mike Nelson European Pressphoto Agency/Shutterstock
THE WILLIAMS sisters meet at the net after Venus, right, defeated Serena 6-3, 6-4 at the BNP Paribas Open
in Indian Wells, Serena’s first competitive event in more than a year after taking maternity leave.
Venus makes it past Serena
[Elliott, from D1]
crowd that rose to its feet in
full-throated tribute.
“She played so well,”
Venus said in admiration
after she ended Serena’s
three-match winning streak
against her and narrowed
Serena’s lead in their career
confrontations to 17-12. “She
just kept roaring back. I’m
just lucky that I’ve played
more matches than her
right now.”
In Serena’s first two
matches here, against Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens,
she was rusty but managed
to win thanks to pure muscle memory and raw power
that had never vanished.
Venus, seeded No. 8 here
despite being the oldest
woman in the singles draw
at 37, was a far better opponent.
Against Diyas and
Bertens, Serena could get
away with errors in placement and timing and a lack
of the mental sharpness
that comes only with competing in pressure situations. She couldn’t get away
with those failings against
her sister.
“I think it’s just match
[play],” Serena said to
explain what was lacking in
her game. “You know, you’re
out there, and I can’t really
replicate the situation no
matter how much I do in
practice, or I make those
shots 10 times out of 10 in
practice. It’s just the nerves,
Featured matches
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Today at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (play begins
at 11 a.m.)
STADIUM 1
8 Simona Halep vs. Qiang Wang, first match
8 Venus Williams vs. Anastasija Sevatova, fourth match
8 Jack Sock vs. Feliciano Lopez, not before 7 p.m.
STADIUM 2
8 Amanda Anisimova vs. Karolina Pliskova, second match
8 Bob and Mike Bryan vs. Pablo Carreno Busta and David
Marrero, sixth match
STADIUM 3
8 Naomi Osaka vs. Maria Sakkari, third match
8 Sam Querrey vs. Yuki Bhambri, fourth match
the anticipation you feel
naturally. You know, it’s a
little bit of everything that
comes in a match that just
doesn’t normally happen.”
Yet, Serena displayed
occasional flashes of her old
brilliance, enough of them
to persuasively argue that
she can again be a top-10 or
top-five player. She has
already convinced Venus of
that.
“I think she’s going to be
speeding back to the seedings and to winning tournaments sooner than later,”
Venus said. “That’s all I see.
I think that’s what everybody sees.”
Serena fended off Venus’
first match point, in the
eighth game of the second
set, with a brilliant passing
shot and gained a break
when Venus double-faulted
to end the game. With Venus
leading 5-3, Serena held
serve with a game highlighted by a couple of nifty
forehands and an ace.
Serena had a break point
in the 10th game but came
undone by a succession of
faulty returns and Venus’
solid resolve.
“I think this is the best
she’s played in a while,”
Serena said. “She didn’t
make a lot of errors. She
served very consistently.
You know, she just did
everything great.”
This was the first time
they met in this tournament. They were supposed
to face each other in the 2001
semifinals but Venus withdrew shortly before the
match because of a knee
injury. Fans took out their
disappointment on Serena
two days later in the final,
relentlessly jeering her.
Their father, Richard
Williams, said he heard
racist taunts.
Serena didn’t come back
here until 2015 and was
greeted warmly; Venus
stayed away until 2016. Both
have been cheered and
cherished since they came
back. Venus said Monday “it
never crossed my mind”
that playing her sister Monday represented any sort of
closure.
Both are resolutely looking to the future. For Venus,
that means a round-of-16
match Tuesday against No.
21 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who was a
surprise 6-3, 6-3 winner over
No. 12 seed Julia Goerges of
Germany. Before the last
cheers had faded on Monday she had already shifted
her focus in that direction.
“Every match is hard.
Nobody gives it to you,” she
said. “It’s all a new challenge, each and every
match. Gotta earn it.”
For Serena, the immediate future holds a tournament at Miami next week
and as many chances to
improve as she’s willing to
create through hard work.
“You know,” she said, “it’s
good that I don’t have to say
that this is the best tennis I
have ever played and I lost.
My room for improvement is
incredible.”
helene.elliott@latimes.com
Twitter: @helenenothelen
INDIAN WELLS — The
grounds of the Indian Wells
Tennis Garden are familiar
territory to Taylor Fritz,
who often played here as a
child. Being in the round of
16 at the BNP Paribas Open,
though, is new territory for
the resurgent 20-year-old
from Rancho Palos Verdes.
Fritz put his thunderous
serve and powerful ground
strokes to optimal use on
Monday in a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(1)
victory over 34-year-old
Spanish veteran Fernando
Verdasco played before a
crowd that enthusiastically
chanted and rhythmically
clapped Fritz’s name. “It’s
an absolute dream come
true,” said Fritz, who was
visibly moved by the vocal
support. “I never thought I’d
be standing here doing this
in front of this crowd.”
Fritz, who started the
year ranked 104 and moved
to 74th before this tournament, had two match points
in the 10th game of the third
set but couldn’t capitalize.
He didn’t panic. “I tried to
just focus up on my service
game after I lost those two,
and I told myself to just
make him beat me in a thirdset breaker because that’s
my specialty,” Fritz said after improving his career
record in third-set tiebreakers to 11-1. “I think it
speaks to my strengths on
court, which is just being
clutch and playing my best
tennis in the big moments.”
Fritz, who will face 21year-old Borna Coric of Croatia on Wednesday, peaked
at No. 53 in the rankings in
August of 2016 but his play
dropped off later that year
and through 2017. Had he
flamed out before he had realized his potential? He
thought not, even if some observers declared him a failure. “It feels really good to
prove people wrong and do
what I know I have been able
to do this whole time, to finally do what I know I can
do,” he said.
Stephens’ wild ride
continues
Life hasn’t been the same
for Sloane Stephens since
she won the U.S. Open last
September, her first Grand
Slam title. Unfortunately,
neither has her tennis.
Stephens didn’t win another match in 2017 and
struggled this year. Two
wins at Acapulco gave her
hope she had reversed
course, but a 6-4, 6-3 thirdround loss to Daria Kasatkina of Russia on Monday led
her to reflect on how hard
she has come down from an
emotional high. “I wouldn’t
say it’s a crash, but I think
that there’s a lot that comes
with winning a Grand Slam
and I think there is a lot that
comes with winning a Grand
Slam as an American player,” said Stephens, who
couldn’t handle Kasatkina’s
topspin or her ability to get
so many shots back.
Kasatkina, 20, has never
won a Slam but has defeated
each of the four reigning
Slam titleholders. For her,
the key against Stephens
was simple.
“Fighting spirit, as always,” she said, smiling. “I
was just reading the game
pretty well today, moving,
and really fighting for every
ball.”
Kasatkina’s opponent on
Tuesday in the round of 16
will be Australian Open
champion Caroline Wozniacki, ranked No. 2 in the
world. Kasatkina, who beat
Wozniacki indoors in St. Petersburg, Russia, earlier this
year, doesn’t give that any
weight because of the difference in surfaces. “She won a
Grand Slam, so she’s a big
champion,” Kasatkina said.
“For sure it’s going to be a
tough match.”
Wozniacki, the No. 2 seed,
said she wasn’t nervous before she faced unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus but was wary of the
tricky nature of the hard surface. “I was feeling pretty
good but I feel like these
courts are really difficult to
play on,” she said. “I think
that’s also why you see a lot
of upsets. The ball bounces
really high and it goes extremely slow.”
Wozniacki needed time
to find her rhythm but prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. “I didn’t
really feel the ball off the
racket,” she said.
Etc.
Carla Suarez Navarro
upset No. 4 Elina Svitolina
7-5, 6-3 and will face wild card
Danielle Collins, who continued her run with a 6-4, 6-4
victory over Sofya Zhuk. No.
10 seed Angelique Kerber
defeated defending champion Elena Vesnina 7-5, 6-2
and will face No. 7 Caroline
Garcia, a 7-5 6-4 winner over
Daria Gavrilova.
helene.elliott@latimes.com
Twitter: @helenenothelen
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T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Dolphins to release Suh
staff and wire reports
The Miami Dolphins plan to
release
defensive
tackle
Ndamukong Suh before the
start of free agency, according to
Monday reports confirmed by
the Miami Herald.
The Dolphins plan to cut him
Wednesday, which would free up
$17 million in salary cap space.
Suh’s time in Miami seems to be
over just three years after the
Dolphins made him the highestpaid defensive player in league
history. He’s halfway through a
six-year, $114-million contract.
For that investment, he gave
them 181 tackles, 151⁄2 sacks, one
Pro Bowl appearance, one winning season but no playoff wins.
Miami agreed to trade Pro
Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry to
the Cleveland Browns last week.
The Dolphins also released veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons on Monday.
Quarterback Case Keenum
will sign with the Denver Broncos when free agency opens
Wednesday, according to reports. The former Rams starter
led the Vikings to the playoffs
last season. ... The Buffalo Bills
moved up nine spots in the draft
by swapping first-round picks
with the Cincinnati Bengals, who
also acquired high-priced left
tackle Cordy Glenn in a trade,
the Associated Press reported.
Buffalo moved up to No. 12 by
trading the first of its two opening-round selections, 21st overall. Buffalo also traded its fifthround pick (158th overall) for the
Bengals’ sixth-round selection
(187th). ... The Kansas City
Chiefs have released one of their
career sack leaders, Tamba Hali,
and safety Ron Parker. ... Cornerback William Gay, who has
spent 10 of his 11 seasons with the
Pittsburgh Steelers, announced
he has been released. ... The
Ravens signed offensive lineman
James Hurst to a four-year contract and released safety Lardarius Webb, who played nine
seasons in Baltimore. ... The Seattle Seahawks signed safety
Bradley McDougald to a threeyear extension and released defensive back DeShawn Shead. ...
New Orleans Saints right tackle
Zach Strief announced his retirement after 12 seasons.
SOCCER
Former Galaxy
stars on Hall ballot
Former Galaxy stars Carlos
Bocanegra and Juan Pablo Angel are among first-year eligibles
nominated for the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s class of 2018.
Other former Galaxy players
on the ballot include David
Beckham, longtime keeper Kevin Hartman, Gregg Berhalter,
Chris Klein, who’s currently
team president, Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis, Pablo Mastroeni, Clint Mathis, Brian
Ching, Tony Sanneh and Ante
Razov as well as former AEG
executive Tim Leiweke.
The Hall of Fame in Frisco,
Texas, will open on Oct. 20-21 and
feature induction ceremonies.
Minnesota United says midfielder Kevin Molino is not expected to return this season after
he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
ETC.
Ex-Raider Smith to
get jail in plea deal
Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith will plead
guilty Tuesday to a felony count
of assault with great bodily injury over an altercation in Pasadena last year, according to the
attorney for the alleged victim.
As part of the deal in Los Angeles County Superior Court,
Smith will be sentenced to a year
in jail and five years of probation.
Smith is accused of assaulting Christopher Woods, his sister’s then-boyfriend, on July 4.
The Raiders on Monday re-
leased Smith, who signed a fouryear, $40-million contract in 2016.
They also released right tackle
Marshall Newhouse.
— Nathan Fenno
Broncos defensive end Adam
Gotsis was charged with rape in
Atlanta, over an incident that allegedly happened in 2013 when
Gotsis played at Georgia Tech.
Police said he turned himself in
and was released on bail. ... Former NBA star Dennis Rodman
was sentenced to three years’
probation after pleading guilty
to two misdemeanors stemming
from a January DUI arrest in
Newport Beach.
NBA players expected to miss
the remainder of the season: Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley
Matthews (broken leg bone),
Boston Celtics rookie center
Daniel Theis (torn meniscus)
and Atlanta Hawks guard Kent
Bazemore (bone bruise in knee).
The
Oakland
Athletics
landed a new starting catcher, finalizing a $6.5-million, one-year
contract with Jonathan Lucroy.
... The New York Yankees and
second baseman Neil Walker
agreed to a $4-million, one-year
contract. ... Right-hander Lance
Lynn and the Minnesota Twins
finalized a $12-million, one-year
contract. ... Colorado finalized a
$5-million, one-year contract
with three-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. ... President Trump recognized the
Houston Astros at the White
House for their first World Series
title. ... The Baltimore Orioles
launched a new deal: Each adult
who buys a regularly priced upper-deck ticket can bring up to
two children, age 9 or under.
Tiger Woods and Ernie Els
will duel in the Presidents Cup
again, this time as captains, for
the 2019 matches in Australia,
the Associated Press reported. ...
The U.S. Golf Assn. and the
R&A, which governs the rest of
the golf world, announced the final version of modernized rules
which take effect in 2019.
Chargers keep Dzubnar, Davis
Club might be setting the
stage for more free-agent
signings by retaining the
two players.
By Dan Woike
The moves seem minor, but
the Chargers’ free-agent activity
Monday could set the stage for
bigger things down the road.
The team re-signed specialteams standout Nick Dzubnar
and receiver Geremy Davis. And,
according to a person familiar
with the Chargers’ plans, will
place a second-round tender on
restricted free agent Tyrell
Williams. The person who supplied the information requested
anonymity because they are not
authorized to speak on behalf of
the organization.
A
second-round
tender
means Williams can negotiate
with other teams, though the
Chargers have the right to match
any offer. If they chose not to, the
Chargers will receive a secondround pick as compensation.
Williams, a former undrafted
free agent, has developed into a
reliable deep threat on the outside, catching 114 passes for 1,877
yards and 12 touchdowns over
the last two seasons.
After a very strong 2017,
Williams’ production dipped because Keenan Allen was healthy
for the entire season.
With the team investing a
first-round pick in receiver Mike
Williams in last year’s draft,
Tyrell Williams could be an enticing trade candidate if the Chargers want to address needs at
other positions.
Davis, who spent time on the
practice squad, wasn’t part of
the receiver rotation last season,
though there’s optimism he
could develop into a contributor,
specifically if he can contribute
on the Chargers’ coverage teams.
He received a one-year deal.
Dzubnar, who has been with
the team since 2015, is one of the
most consistent special-teams
players in the league. He had 21
tackles on special teams last season, four more than anyone else.
He received a two-year deal.
The Chargers kicked off their
offseason Sunday, signing Pro
Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward to an extension.
The team still has to tender
other restricted free agents, including pass rusher Chris McCain and safety Adrian Phillips,
before Wednesday’s deadline.
Safety Tre Boston and tight
end Antonio Gates are the
team’s top unrestricted free
agents.
dan.woike@latimes.com
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
FIRST ROUND
Today's schedule
UNC Asheville (21-12) at USC (23-11), 8 p.m.
Wagner (23-9) at Baylor (18-14), 4 p.m.
N. Kentucky (22-9) at Louisville (20-13), 4 p.m.
Vermont (27-7) at Mid Tennessee (24-7), 5 p.m.
Boston Col (19-15) at W Kentucky (24-10),
5 p.m.
FGCU (23-11) at Oklahoma State (19-14), 6 p.m.
Hampton (19-15) at Notre Dame (20-14), 6 p.m.
Rider (22-9) at Oregon (22-12), 7 p.m.
SE Louisiana(22-11) at St. Mary's(28-5), 7 p.m.
Wednesday's schedule
Harvard (18-13) at Marquette (19-13), 4 p.m.
La. Lafayette (27-6) at LSU (17-14), 4 p.m.
Temple (17-15) at Penn State (21-13), 5 p.m.
Nebraska (22-10) at Miss. State (22-11), 6 p.m.
UC Davis (22-10) at Utah (19-11), 6 p.m.
BYU (24-10) at Stanford (18-15), 7 p.m.
Boise St (23-8) at Washington (20-12), 7 p.m.
COLLEGE INSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
FIRST ROUND
Monday's results
Central Michigan 94, Fort Wayne 89
Drake 80, Abilene Christian 73, OT
Liberty 65, NC A&T 52
San Diego 88, Hartford 72
Wednesday's schedule
Niagara (19-13) at Eastern Michigan (21-12), 4
p.m.
St. Francis (Pa.) (18-12) at UIC (17-15), 5 p.m.
UTSA (19-14) at Lamar (19-13), 5 p.m.
SECOND ROUND
Winner vs. Wofford (21-12), TBA
Winner vs. Northern Colorado (22-12), TBA
Winner vs. Portland State (20-13), TBA
Winner vs. Sam Houston State (19-14), TBA
COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
FIRST ROUND
Today's schedule
E. Washington (20-14) at Utah Valley (22-10), 6
p.m.
Wednesday's schedule
Miami(Ohio)(16-17) at Campbell(16-15), 4 p.m.
Jacksonville St(21-12) at Canisius(21-11), 4 p.m.
Rio Grande Valley (15-17) at N. Orleans (15-16),
5 p.m.
N. Texas (15-17) at S. Dakota (26-8), 5 p.m.
Colgate (19-13) at San Francisco (18-15), 7 p.m.
Mercer (18-14) at Grand Canyon (22-11), 7 p.m.
C. Arkansas (17-16) at Seattle (20-13), 7 p.m.
NCAA DIVISION II TOURNAMENT
REGIONAL FINALS
Monday's result
West
Cal Baptist 80, Western Oregon 76
Today's schedule
Atlantic
Shippensburg (25-7) vs. E. Stroudsburg (26-5),
4 p.m.
Central
Minnesota St Mankato (24-9) vs. St. Cloud St
(25-8), 5 p.m.
East
Le Moyne (26-6) vs. Bloomfield (24-7), 4 p.m.
Midwest
Ferris State (34-1) vs. Findlay (28-4), 4 p.m.
South
Eckerd (26-6) vs. Barry (22-8), 4 p.m.
Southeast
Lincoln Memorial (32-1) vs. Queens (NC) (30-3),
4 p.m.
South Central
West Texas A&M (29-4) vs. Texas Permian Basin
(27-5), 5 p.m.
MEN’S AP TOP 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’
final 2017-18 college basketball poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through
March 11, total points based on 25 points for a
first-place vote through one point for a 25thplace vote and previous ranking:
Rk
School
W-L
Pts. Pv.
1. Virginia (65) ............31-2
1625 1
2. Villanova.................30-4
1554 2
3. Xavier .....................28-5
1383 3
4. Kansas ...................27-7
1379 9
5. Michigan St. ............29-4
1304 4
6. Cincinnati................30-4
1230 8
7. Michigan.................28-7
1213 7
8. Gonzaga .................30-4
1199 6
9. Duke ......................26-7
1179 5
10. North Carolina........25-10
1100 12
11. Purdue ...................28-6
1047 10
12. Arizona ...................27-7
918 15
13. Tennessee ...............25-8
771 13
14. Texas Tech ...............24-9
716 14
15. West Virginia..........24-10
663 18
16. Wichita St. ..............25-7
604 11
17. Ohio St. ..................24-8
600 17
18. Kentucky...............24-10
528 —
19. Auburn ...................25-7
501 16
20. Clemson .................23-9
439 19
21. Houston..................26-7
430 21
22. Miami.....................22-9
134 24
23. Florida ..................20-12
102 23
24. Nevada...................27-7
93 22
25. St. Mary’s (Cal)........28-5
71 20
Others receiving votes: Arkansas 69, Loyola
Chicago 68, Rhode Island 66, TCU 40, Providence 22, New Mexico St. 15, Butler 9, St. Bonaventure 8, USC 7, Kansas St 6, Buffalo 5, Seton
Hall 5, UCLA 5, Creighton 4, South Dakota St. 3,
Middle Tennessee 2, Murray St. 2, San Diego St.
2, Virginia Tech 2, Davidson 1, Missouri 1.
TRANSACTIONS
FOOTBALL
Atlanta—Put second-round tenders on safety
Ricardo Allen and guard Ben Garland.
Baltimore—Signed offensive lineman James
Hurst to a four-year contract; released cornerback Lardarius Webb.
Chicago—Agreed to terms with offensive lineman Bradley Sowell on a two-year contact.
Kansas City—Released linebacker Tamba
Hali.
New Orleans—Announced the retirement of
offensive tackle Zach Strief.
N.Y. Giants—Signed linebacker Mark Herzlich
and guard Jon Halapio.
Oakland—Released cornerback Sean Smith
and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse; signed
defensive tackle Justin Ellis to a three-year contract and receiver Griff Whalen to a one-year contract.
San Francisco—Signed punter Jeff Locke to a
one-year contract and running back Raheem
Mostert to his one-year exclusive rights tender.
WOMEN’S AP TOP 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’
women’s college basketball poll, with first-place
votes in parentheses, records through Mar. 11,
total points based on 25 points for a first-place
vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and
last week’s ranking:
Rk
School
W-L
Pts. Pv.
1. Connecticut (32) ......32-0
800 1
2. Baylor.....................31-1
743 2
3. Louisville.................32-2
736 3
4. Mississippi St. .........32-1
720 4
5. Notre Dame.............29-3
656 5
6. Oregon ...................30-4
640 6
7. South Carolina.........26-6
616 7
8. Texas......................26-6
588 8
9. UCLA......................24-7
509 9
10. Ohio St. ..................27-6
482 10
11. Florida St. ...............25-6
463 11
12. Tennessee ...............24-7
426 12
13. Oregon St................23-7
419 13
14. Texas A&M ..............24-9
353 14
15. Stanford................22-10
347 15
16. Maryland ................25-7
296 17
17. Missouri..................24-7
292 16
18. Georgia...................25-6
273 18
19. South Florida ...........26-7
237 19
20. Duke ......................22-8
186 20
21. NC State.................24-8
172 21
22. Green Bay ...............29-3
131 22
23. Belmont..................31-3
109 23
24. LSU........................19-9
59 24
25. Mercer....................30-2
48 25
Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 16, Arizona St.
14, Iowa 14, Quinnipiac 12, DePaul 9, Minnesota
8, Oklahoma St. 7, Cent Michigan 6, Michigan 4,
California 4, Florida Gulf Coast 3, West Virginia
2.
TENNIS
$16.6-MILLION BNP PARIBAS OPEN
At Indian Wells, Calif.
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
MEN'S SINGLES (third round)—Jeremy
Chardy, France, d. Adrian Mannarino (20),
France, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. Roger Federer (1), Switzerland, d. Filip Krajinovic (25), Serbia, 6-2, 6-1.
Borna Coric, Croatia, d. Roberto Bautista Agut
(13), Spain, 6-1, 6-3. Pablo Carreno Busta (11),
Spain, d. Daniil Medvedev, Russia, 6-1, 7-5. Taylor Fritz, U.S., d. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 4-6,
6-2, 7-6 (1). Kevin Anderson (7), South Africa, d.
Nicolas Kicker, Argentina, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3).
WOMEN'S SINGLES (third round)—Caroline
Wozniacki (2), Denmark, d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Belarus, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Caroline Garcia
(7), France, d. Daria Gavrilova (26), Australia,
7-5, 6-4. Angelique Kerber (10), Germany, d. Elena Vesnina (24), Russia, 6-4, 6-4. Danielle
Collins, U.S., d. Sofya Zhuk, Russia, 6-4, 6-4.
Daria Kasatkina (20), Russia, d. Sloane
Stephens (13), U.S., 6-4, 6-3. Anastasija Sevastova (21), Latvia, d. Julia Goerges (12), Germany,
6-3, 6-3. Carla Suarez Navarro (27), Spain, d.
Elina Svitolina (4), Ukraine, 7-5, 6-3. Venus
Williams (8), U.S., d. Serena Williams, U.S., 6-3,
6-4.
HIGH SCHOOL
BASKETBALL
BOYS' BASKETBALL
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL
OPEN DIVISION
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#8 Fairfax at #5 Etiwanda
#3 Bishop Montgomery vs. #2 Sierra Canyon at
Calabasas
DIVISION I
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#4 Rancho Christian at #1 St. John Bosco
#7 Pasadena at #6 Chino Hills
DIVISION II
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m. unless
noted
#13 Birmingham at #1 Brentwood, 7:30 p.m.
#3 Cajon at #2 Crossroads
DIVISION III
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#8 Riverside Notre Dame at #4 Knight
#11 Murrieta Mesa at #10 Bishop Amat
DIVISION IV
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#13 El Cajon Christian at #1 Hillcrest
#15 King/Drew vs. #6 View Park at St. Mary's
Academy
DIVISION V
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#5 San Diego vs. #1 Santa Clarita Christian at
Master's U. (Santa Clarita)
#11 San Diego Southwest at #7 Van Nuys
Notes: SoCal regional finals, Saturday (Open Division and Div. I at Cal State Long Beach, Div. II-V
at higher seeds). State championships, Mar. 2324 at Golden 1 Center (Sacramento).
GIRLS' BASKETBALL
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL
OPEN DIVISION
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#4 Etiwanda at #1 Windward
#3 Harvard-Westlake at #2 Fresno Clovis West
DIVISION I
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#8 Granada Hills at #5 Ribet Academy
#6 Sierra Canyon at #2 Gardena Serra
DIVISION II
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#12 Westchester at #1 Redondo
#15 San Diego Cathedral at #3 San Diego
County San Marcos
DIVISION III
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#9 Chula Vista Mater Dei at #5 Tulare Mission
Oak
#15 Legacy at #6 Sunny Hills
DIVISION IV
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m. unless
noted
#4 Knight at #1 Brentwood, 5:30 p.m.
#6 Rolling Hills Prep vs. #2 Foothill Tech at Ventura College
DIVISION V
Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
#4 Grace Brethren at #1 Hanford Sierra Pacific
#3 Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian at #2 Hueneme
Notes: SoCal regional finals, Saturday (Open Division and Div. I at Cal State Long Beach, Div. II-V
at higher seeds). State championships, ar. 2324 at Golden 1 Center (Sacramento).
THIS DAY IN
SPORTS
1997—The America's Cup, the oldest trophy in
international sports and yachting's most coveted
prize, is all but destroyed by a Maori protester
who struck it repeatedly with a sledgehammer in
Auckland, New Zealand.
PRO BASEBALL
EXHIBITIONS
ANGELS 4, Cincinnati 3
Milwaukee 7, DODGERS 6
Baltimore 8, Pittsburgh
Washington 5, Detroit 4
Boston 6, Toronto 4
Kansas City (ss) 4, San Diego 0
San Francisco 6, Oakland 5
Cleveland 4, Texas (ss) 2
Colorado 4, Arizona 2
Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 0
Minnesota 2, N.Y. Yankees 1
Texas (ss) 5, Kansas City (ss) 2
Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle
BOX SCORES
ANGELS 4, REDS 3
Cincinnati
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
J.Wnker rf 2 0 0 0 Kinsler 2b 3 2 2 1
Kvlehan rf 1 1 1 0 Liriano rf
1 0 0 0
N.Snzel 3b 3 0 1 1 M.Trout cf 2 2 1 0
Blndino 3b 1 0 1 1 J.Blash lf
1 0 0 0
J.Votto 1b 1 0 0 0 J.Upton lf 3 0 0 1
B.Dixon 1b 1 0 0 0 C.Walsh ss 1 0 1 0
A.Dvall dh 2 0 1 1 A.Pjols 1b 3 0 2 2
Elzalde ph 1 0 1 0 K.Cwart 2b 1 0 0 0
Wlliams lf 3 0 0 0 Calhoun rf 3 0 1 0
Herrera lf 1 0 0 0 Frnndez 3b 1 0 0 0
Msoraco c 2 0 1 0 Z.Czart 3b 3 0 1 0
To.Cruz c 1 0 0 0 Yng Jr. pr 1 0 0 0
J.Praza ss 3 0 0 0 S.Ohtni dh 4 0 0 0
Swney ss 1 0 0 0 R.Rvera c 3 0 0 0
Hmilton cf 2 1 1 0 Fltcher ss 2 0 1 0
P.Ervin cf 1 0 0 0 C.Crter ph 1 0 0 0
Pngtn 2b 2 1 0 0
Gsslin 2b 1 0 0 0
Totals
29 3 7 3 Totals
33 4 9 4
Cincinnati
002 000 100 — 3
ANGELS
202 000
00x — 4
DP—Cincinnati 1, ANGELS 0. LOB—Cincinnati 7,
ANGELS 6. 2B—Kivlehan (1), Pujols 2 (2).
HR—Kinsler (1). CS—Senzel (1), Hamilton (3).
SF—Duvall (1).
IP H R ER BB SO
Cincinnati
Bailey L, 0-1
4 6 4 4 1 2
Garrett
2 2 0 0 0 0
Reed
2 1 0 0 0 3
ANGELS
Rchrds W, 1-0 3 2⁄3 3 2 2 5 2
Lamb H, 2
2 1⁄3 0 0 0 1 0
Wood H, 2
1 3 1 1 0 0
Johnson H, 3
1 1 0 0 0 1
Krol S, 1-1
1 0 0 0 1 1
WP—Bailey, Richards. T—2:33. A—6,376
BREWERS 7, DODGERS 6
Milwaukee
DODGERS
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
Broxton cf 2 0 0 0 A.Toles rf
4 0 1 0
L.Avles ss 1 0 0 0 Garlick rf
0 1 0 0
H.Perez 3b 3 0 0 0 J.Trner 3b 3 1 2 0
K.Hiura 2b 2 1 1 1 Thmpson lf 2 0 1 0
Santana rf 3 0 0 0 Ma.Kemp lf 3 1 0 0
T.Tylor lf
2 0 0 0 Verdugo cf 2 0 1 0
Ma.Pina c 3 0 0 0 Pderson cf 2 1 0 0
Bthncrt c 2 1 2 1 K.Frmer 3b 1 1 1 1
Aguilar 1b 2 1 1 0 Hrnndez 1b 2 0 0 1
Tr.Lutz cf
2 0 0 0 W.Smith c 1 0 0 0
O.Arcia ss 3 1 3 0 A.Brnes c 2 0 0 1
Cor.Ray rf 1 0 0 0 Rbinson pr 2 1 0 1
Phllips lf
2 0 0 0 C.Utley 2b 3 0 2 0
Gtewd 1b 0 0 0 0 Darvill pr 2 0 1 0
E.Sgard 2b 2 1 0 0 D.Slano ss 3 0 0 1
J.Hager 3b 1 0 0 0 M.Perez pr 0 0 0 0
J.Gerra sp 1 0 0 0 Kershaw sp 1 0 0 0
Ji.Choi ph 2 2 2 4 J.Peter ph 3 0 0 0
Totals
34 7 9 6 Totals
36 6 9 5
Milwaukee
000 014 101 — 7
DODGERS
300 001 011 — 6
E—Perez (2), Culver (1). DP—Milwaukee 1,
DODGERS 0. LOB—Milwaukee 7, DODGERS 10.
2B—Bethancourt (2), Aguilar (2), Arcia 2 (3),
Turner (2), Farmer (4), Utley (2). HR—Hiura (1),
Bethancourt (1), Choi (2). SB—Broxton (7).
CS—Broxton (2). SF—Farmer (1).
IP H R ER BB SO
Milwaukee
Guerra
4 2⁄3 4 3 2 2 4
Drake W, 1-0 1 1⁄3 1 1 1 1 1
Hoover H, 2
1 0 0 0 0 0
Williams H, 4
1 2 1 1 1 0
Barnes S, 1-1
1 2 1 1 2 2
DODGERS
Kershaw
3 2⁄3 2 0 0 1 7
Liberatore H, 3 1⁄3 2 1 0 2 0
Clvr L, 0-1 BS, 1 2⁄3 2 4 4 2 2
0-1
1
Jankowski
⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Cingrani
1 2 1 1 0 2
DeFratus
2 1 1 1 2 1
WP—Kershaw. T—3:15. Tickets sold—9,164
PRO SOCCER
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
WEST
W L T
Pts GF GA
LAFC..............2 0 0
6 6 1
Vancouver .......2 0 0
6 4 2
Houston .........1 1 0
3 5 2
San Jose ........1 0 0
3 3 2
Minnesota
1 0
3 4 4
United............1
GALAXY ..........1 1 0
3 3 3
Sporting KC.....1 1 0
3 4 5
FC Dallas........0 0 1
1 1 1
Real Salt Lake .0 1 1
1 2 6
Colorado ........0 1 0
0 1 2
Seattle ...........0 1 0
0 0 1
Portland .........0 2 0
0 1 6
EAST
W L T
Pts GF GA
Columbus .......2 0 0
6 5 2
NYC FC...........2 0 0
6 4 1
New York ........1 0 0
3 4 0
Philadelphia....1 0 0
3 2 0
New England ...1 1 0
3 2 3
Atlanta United .1 1 0
3 3 5
Orlando City ....0 1 1
1 2 3
D.C. United .....0 1 1
1 2 4
Chicago..........0 1 0
0 3 4
Montreal.........0 2 0
0 3 5
Toronto FC ......0 1 0
0 0 2
Three points for victory, one point for tie.
Saturday's schedule
Houston at D.C. United, 10:30 a.m.
Chicago at Minnesota United, 11 a.m.
Columbus at Philadelphia, 11 a.m.
Toronto at Montreal, noon
Orlando City at New York City FC, 12:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Atlanta United, 4:30 p.m.
San Jose at Sporting Kansas City, 5:30 p.m.
New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.mm.
Sunday's schedule
Seattle at FC Dallas, 2 p.m.
FIGHT SCHEDULE
Saturday's schedule
At Madison Square Garden Theatre, New York
(ESPN), Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam, 12, for the
vacant WBC World super-lightweight title; Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Mehdi Amar, 12, for vacant
WBC interim light-heavyweight title; Felix Verdejo
vs Antonio Lozada Jr., 10, lightweights; Christopher Diaz vs. Miguel Beltran Jr., 10, superfeatherweights.
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CALENDAR
T U E S D A Y , M A R C H 1 3 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
Teen
trope,
with
a twist
‘Thoroughbreds,’ with
its volatile lead friendship, is a dark take on
the typical teen tale.
By Mark Olsen
Teenage friendships can
run deep while also taking on
a skittish, volatile energy.
The new film “Thoroughbreds” explores one such
relationship that takes an
unusual turn to dark, dangerous consequences.
In the film, two high
school girls in an exclusive
East Coast enclave lead lives
of blank loneliness and a
desperate frustration for
something else. Amanda
(Olivia Cooke) has become a
social pariah and is set up to
study with an estranged
childhood friend Lily (Anya
Taylor-Joy).
The
mismatched
pair
becomes
increasingly drawn to one another and hatches a plan to
murder Lily’s stepfather,
Mark (Paul Sparks). The
scheme also involves a local
drug dealer (Anton Yelchin)
as a pawn in their game.
“Thoroughbreds,” which
premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and
opened in limited release
Friday from Focus Features,
is the debut of 29-year-old
New York-based playwright
turned filmmaker Cory Finley. Amid the barbed dialogue and tricky plotting,
Finley had a few essential
ideas he wanted to explore.
“It was certainly unpacking my own complicated feelings about social class and
privilege and wealth, and
then it was also about these
sort of core moral questions,”
Finley said. “There were certain moral questions and
moral inconsistencies about
human thinking that were
interesting to me. I liked the
idea of these two characters
who were very intellectually
sophisticated but still young
and had a very insulated
worldview.”
The earliest version of the
story focused on Lily’s
mother, now a tangential figure in the movie, but Finley
found himself more and more
drawn to expanding the
[See Teen, E3]
New ‘People,’
old formula
The familiar winning
formula in the new
Shondaland legal
drama “For the
People” on ABC might
be losing its power. E5
Comics ................... E6-7
TV grid ...................... E5
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
ORPHEUS , now a choreographer, is portrayed by tenor Maxim Mironov in a staging of Gluck’s opera at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
OPERA REVIEW
He’s deeply moved
Joffrey Ballet joins L.A. Opera for an ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’
that’s re-imagined as a dance-world tale of death and renewal
MARK SWED MUSIC CRITIC >>> Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eu-
rydice” may be based on the Greek myth of a singer capable
of beguiling even hell’s furies, but the opera has long been
catnip to choreographers. One of the defining early works of
Pina Bausch was her danced 1975 production, with the
cast’s three singers shadowing far more imposing lead
dancers.
The two major productions of the opera in Los Angeles in
the last two-plus decades have been Mark Morris’ gloriously fanciful one with the Boston Handel and Haydn Society at UCLA and Lucinda Childs’ enthrallingly austere one
at Los Angeles Opera. Silly or severe, they uniquely enchanted.
Now it’s John Neumeier’s turn. His new production in association with the Joffrey Ballet (first given at Chicago
Lyric Opera in the fall and co-produced by L.A. Opera)
reached the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night.
It’s all Neumeier. The celebrated American choreographer
and longtime head of Hamburg Ballet is also the stage director and the set, costume and lighting designer. He’s maybe
even the model for Orpheus: In Neumeier’s updated staging, the Greek singer here is a modern dance choreographer.
The result is opera on all levels in exquisite service of the
dance. Gluck wrote two versions of his opera. The first,
“Orfeo ed Euridice,” given its premiere in Vienna in 1762, began a movement of operatic reform. A tightly contained
drama, it simplified what had been the operatic convention
of extravagance, carefully integrating dance and diminishing spectacle. Twelve years later, Gluck allowed more indulgence, especially with added dances, for a French version,
“Orphée et Eurydice,” adapted to Parisian tastes. This is the
one Neumeier selects, although L.A. Opera sticks with the
English title.
Gluck’s opera begins with Orpheus grief-stricken at the
death of his beloved, Eurydice. Neumeier creates a back
story. During the overture Orpheus is seen rehearsing his
company. He argues with his wife, the principal ballerina,
who slaps the choreographer and angrily storms out only to
crash her car into a tree, from which [See ‘Orpheus,’ E3]
Everyday drama?
Take it onstage.
TELEVISION REVIEW
‘Rise’ hits high
notes mildly
ROBERT LLOYD
TELEVISION CRITIC
“Rise,” premiering Tuesday on NBC, is a season-long
backstage drama about a
high school production of
the musical “Spring Awakening.”
That it is inspired by a
work of nonfiction — Michael
Sokolove’s “Drama High:
The Incredible True Story of
a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of
Theater” — does not keep it
from being clichéd and
corny, and that it is clichéd
and corny does not mean
that it fails to do its job.
Created by Jason Katims,
who ran “Friday Night
Lights” and created “Parent-
hood” (both also on NBC),
and Jeffrey Seller, a producer
of “Hamilton,” it wants you
to feel, by gad, and feel you
will.
Like the network’s hit
weepy “This Is Us,” “Rise” is
a series in which people lead
more or less ordinary lives —
there are no murders to
solve, no monsters to slay, no
ballpoint tracheotomies to
perform — in a more or less
naturalistic setting while
feeling many things.
Josh Radnor plays Lou
Mazzuchelli (Mr. Mazzu for
short), who has been teaching English for 17 years in the
once-proud, now-decaying
fictional rust belt town of
Stanton, Pa. We meet him attempting to discuss “The
[See Review, E4]
In ‘Rise,’ creator Jason
Katims looks at life
through a school
theater group.
By Meredith Blake
Virginia Sherwood NBC
AMY FORSYTH portrays high-schooler and aspir-
ing thespian Gwen in the new NBC drama “Rise.”
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A
young man named Robbie
stands in the wings of a darkened theater, nervously
awaiting his big moment on
stage.
“You are going to be
amazing. Enjoy it,” whispers
his teacher, Lou, a bearded
fortysomething.
“I think you might have
changed my life,” says his
fresh-faced pupil.
“Right
back
at’cha,”
replies Lou, sending his pupil
off with an encouraging
nudge to the shoulder.
A few feet away, a
Steadicam operator films
the heartwarming exchange
for a climactic episode of
“Rise,” a drama premiering
Tuesday on NBC following
the season finale of “This Is
Us.”
The scene, performed by
Damon Gillespie as the student and Josh Radnor as the
teacher, is scripted, but the
creators of the series, which
follows the underfunded theater program at a small-town
Pennsylvania high school as
it attempts an ambitious
staging of “Spring Awakening,” hope that it plays
authentically.
Created by Jason Katims,
the writer-producer behind
“Friday Night Lights” and
“Parenthood,” “Rise” is filming on a Brooklyn soundstage where a 312-seat thea[See Katims, E4]
E2
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QUICK
TAKES
Beyoncé,
Jay-Z to
tour again
Rich Polk Getty Images
DJ KHALED heads out to accept hip-hop song of the year for “Wild Thoughts.”
POP MUSIC REVIEW
Their hearts weren’t
in this iHeart’s show
MIKAEL WOOD
POP MUSIC CRITIC
Even DJ Khaled appeared to throw in the towel
at the iHeartRadio Music
Awards.
More than his skills as a
songwriter or a producer, it’s
the hip-hop impresario’s
sheer enthusiasm that’s
made him a ubiquitous presence in pop over the last few
years. He’s a striver, a refuseto-quitter — a man for whom
success is no reason to rest.
Or at least he is under the
right circumstances.
Hosting Sunday’s show,
Khaled at one point was set
to introduce Jenna Dewan
Tatum when he evidently
decided the dancer’s name
was too difficult to pronounce.
“I can’t say his name
right,” Khaled said before
grabbing a surprised-looking stagehand and directing
him to read from the
prompter.
The moment gave you a
sense of how little effort folks
seemed to be putting into
this annual affair, broadcast
live on TBS from the Forum
in Inglewood.
Presented by the powerful radio conglomerate that
runs Los Angeles’ KIIS-FM,
among many other stations,
the iHeartRadio Music
Awards might be the loweststakes operation in an overcrowded field that also includes the Billboard Music
Awards and the American
Music Awards. As at those
shows, the prizes are based
on popularity, rather than
the whims of a voting group,
which means they offer zero
suspense. (Taylor Swift won
female artist of the year, and
Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”
was named song of the year;
other predictable winners
included the Chainsmokers,
Camila Cabello and Cardi
B.)
Kevin Winter Getty Images
EMINEM performs at
Sunday’s iHeartRadio
Music Awards. The event
was held at the Forum.
But because iHeartRadio took place the week after
the Oscars — when awards
season was supposed to
have reached its merciful
conclusion — the performances in this year’s production carried a whiff of fatigue.
There was Sheeran doing
his acoustic ballad “Perfect”
via video hookup from Melbourne, where the time difference meant he was
strumming away at 10:15
a.m., as he noted with apparent irritation.
There was Maroon 5
autopiloting through “Wait,”
the latest single from a
widely ignored 2017 album
that Adam Levine and his
band mates probably can’t
remember the title of.
And there was Bon Jovi,
which had shown up to receive a lifetime achievement
award but whose creaky renditions of “It’s My Life” and
“You Give Love a Bad Name”
argued only that the group
should be laid to rest.
Even reliably crafty performers took it easy, such as
Cabello, who did her hit “Havana” as a half-hearted riff
on Madonna’s “Material
Girl” video without making
clear what (if anything) connects that ’80s classic to
Cabello’s sensual ode to her
hometown.
Eminem started strong
with a fiery new introduction
to his song “Nowhere Fast”
in which he criticized what
he sees as the harmful influence of the National Rifle
Assn.
“They hold the strings /
They control the puppet,” he
rapped. “And they threaten
to take away donor bucks /
So they know the government won’t do nothing.”
But after that Eminem
lost his momentum; he
trudged through the rest of
“Nowhere Fast” with an expression of obligation that
he shared with Cardi B, who
earlier seemed to regret having chosen (or been asked)
to mash up her exuberant
verse from “MotorSport”
with an appearance by the
execrable G-Eazy to do their
“No Limit.” (Sensing perhaps that Sunday’s show
wasn’t exactly making news,
Cardi B took the opportunity to announce that her
much-anticipated debut album will be out in April.)
One exception to these
grim proceedings? Charlie
Puth, of all people, who did
an appealingly daffy version
of his slinky pop hit “How
Long.”
Dressed in a white Tshirt tucked into pleated
slacks (à la George Michael
circa “Wake Me Up Before
You Go-Go”), Puth was using the slickness of his music
to counteract a deeply eccentric performance filled
with vocal ad libs and awkward dance moves.
The kid looked like he
was deep inside his own
mind — clearly a sound approach in a room this uninspired.
mikael.wood@latimes.com
Twitter: @mikaelwood
Beyoncé and Jay-Z announced their On the Run
Tour 2 on Monday morning,
marking the power couple’s
first joint tour since 2014.
The new outing comes
four years after its eponymous predecessor and after
a tumultuous time for the
couple, detailed in their respective albums “Lemonade” and “4:44.”
The tour begins on June 6
in Cardiff, Wales, kicking off
a 15-city European leg, before returning stateside in
July with an L.A.-area stop
at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 22.
Tickets go on sale to the
general public March 19.
— Libby Hill
McGowan drug
case to proceed
A judge on Monday rejected Rose McGowan’s request to dismiss a felony
drug charge against her,
which means the cocaine
possession case will move
forward.
The court found insufficient evidence to support
the actress’ claim that cocaine was planted in her lost
wallet by operatives of Harvey Weinstein who allegedly
were trying to silence her
rape claims against the former studio head, according
to celebrity-news outlet the
Blast.
McGowan,
who
has
pleaded not guilty, said she
misplaced the wallet on a
red-eye flight that arrived at
Dulles International Airport
in early 2017. She was on her
way to the Jan. 21 Women’s
March on Washington.
— Christie D’Zurilla
Women’s summit
coming to L.A.
In 2016, the feminist organization the United State
of Women staged its first
summit in Washington, D.C.
Held in partnership with
the White House Council on
Women and Girls and
hosted by Michelle Obama
and Oprah Winfrey, the summit brought together 5,000
women, girls and allies to
discuss issues such as entrepreneurship and violence
against women.
The movement will reconvene in L.A. on May 5-6
and will focus on economic
empowerment, civic engagement, women’s health and
reproductive justice and human rights.
Speakers will include
Mayor Eric Garcetti, former
Teen Vogue editor Elaine
Welteroth, actresses Jane
Fonda and Rowan Blanchard and #MeToo founder
Tarana Burke.
— Sonaiya Kelley
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
E3
These gal
pals have
one killer
friendship
[Teen, from E1]
character of her daughter.
Once he transformed Lily’s
male friend into another
young woman, the story truly
clicked into place.
Written as a play, most of
the action took place with the
two young women seated on
a couch. As he realized he
wanted to move and explore
their physical space more,
Finley rewrote the script as a
screenplay.
“Thoroughbreds”
was
filmed over a month in 2016,
and Finley, Taylor-Joy and
Cooke found themselves reunited for press duties gearing up for the release. The
trio sat down for lunch recently in an upscale West
Hollywood hotel that was
perhaps a bit too hip for the
stuffy patrician world of the
film.
Both actresses had breakthroughs at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: the
U.K.-born Cooke, 24, with
“Me and Earl and the Dying
Girl,” and Miami native Taylor-Joy, 21, with “The Witch.”
Besides having appeared on
the TV series “Bates Motel,”
Cooke will also be seen in the
upcoming Steven Spielberg
film “Ready Player One.”
Taylor-Joy appeared in M.
Night Shyamalan’s “Split”
and will also be in his upcoming “Glass” as well as Marvel’s “The New Mutants.”
“Anya and I have both
played very innocent ingénues,” said Cooke. “We’ve
never had the chance to be
really wicked thus far in our
careers, the chance to play
with this really sharp dialogue and also to work out
the art of manipulation and
fakery and to work within the
parameters of this really obsessive relationship that I
think a lot of young women
have when they’re that age.”
“Sans murder,” interjected Taylor-Joy, while adding, “At its core, it’s essentially a really long conversation between these two girls
who are consistently usurping each other through dialogue, manipulating each
other through various degrees of transparency.”
Terrifying symbiosis
The film explores an unusual screen chemistry between the characters of Lily
and Amanda — initially not
so much an attraction as a
form of friction — as they
rub each other the wrong
way before finding the simpatico common ground of
a working dynamic.
“Each of them has attributes and qualities the other
desperately wants because
they feel like that’s what
would make them complete,”
said Taylor-Joy. “And together, they’re terrifyingly
unstoppable. They complete
one another. And so there’s a
sort of morbid fascination in
watching each other and desperately wanting that thing
that the other has.”
Not more Heathers
Right from when it premiered at Sundance, the film
has garnered comparison to
films such as “Heathers” and
“Cruel Intentions” for its unsettling depiction of teenage
life, along with the work of
Korean filmmaker Park
Chan-wook (“Oldboy,” “The
Handmaiden”) for its air of
chilly stylization.
While Finley is happy to
see the film compared to
modern classic teen films, he
said the goal was not “an entry into the murderous teens
genre.” Instead, the inspiration was something more
along the lines of the film
noirs his characters watch on
late night TV and classic
amoral murder stories such
as “The Postman Always
Rings Twice” or “Double Indemnity.”
“Even though it is, I guess,
a
psychological
thriller
genre-wise, the core thing
that you’re tracking is the relationship, and it is structurally almost a very perverse
romantic comedy,” Finley
said. “That’s the genre where
I feel like two characters can
be the two heroes and the two
villains of the film — they are
both one another’s chief obstacles and one another’s
chief goal in the movie.
“There is this whole murder plot, but, to me, that is
just this device to get into
what they really need from
one another, this weird tenderness that’s underneath,”
he added.
“Thoroughbreds”
is
among the final performances for Yelchin, who died in
June 2016 shortly after the
film finished shooting. Finley, Taylor-Joy and Cooke all
fondly remember him for his
curiosity and generosity, noting that he often stayed on
set even when he wasn’t
shooting.
“I just feel super grateful
to have had the chance to
have worked with him and
super grateful to be a part of
the incredible line of film-
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
CORY FINLEY , center, with lead actresses Olivia Cooke, left, and Anya Taylor-Joy, wanted “Thoroughbreds,”
his directorial debut, to look at some of the “core moral questions” around social class, privilege and wealth.
at Sundance last year, the
world was a much different
place, with the very beginning of a new presidential administration and months before the popular conversation around gender equality
had reached its current cultural volume.
(Bad) girl power
Claire Folger Focus Features
LILY (Anya Taylor-Joy), left, and Amanda (Olivia
Cooke) complete each other in terrifying ways.
makers he worked with over
the course of his career,” said
Finley. “He approached
everything he did with such a
seriousness of purpose but
such a playfulness of execu-
tion. We were all just big fans
and were all excited for him
to show up on set. It was a
wonderful experience making the movie with him.”
When the film premiered
“It is interesting how the
political climate and cultural
climate the movie is coming
into has changed so massively in the two years since
we made it,” said Finley. “It’s
interesting for me to keep revisiting it as each horrible
thing happens in the news
and as the culture shifts
around it.”
With its dark themes and
depictions of bad behavior,
“Thoroughbreds” isn’t exactly an exemplar of the
transformational energies of
empowerment that mark the
current moment. At its core,
it’s a chamber drama about
obsession and self-possession, but the film nevertheless finds two young women making big decisions with
weighty consequences.
“I will say that I don’t
necessarily see it as not
empowering; it’s just not necessarily empowering in that
way that people would like it
to be,” said Taylor-Joy. “It’s a
very dark thing to say, but
Lily would hate me if I didn’t
slip this in — in some of the
last scenes of the movie, I felt
this huge surge that she had
come into a place of intense
power. Not in a commendable way, but ... the girl gets
what she wants, and no one is
going to repress her ever
again.”
mark.olsen@
latimes.com
Twitter: @IndieFocus
This opera ventures into another realm
[‘Orpheus,’ from E1]
she is thrown and killed.
In a guilt-ridden breakdown, Orpheus imagines
himself to be, well, Orpheus,
who travels to hell to wrest
his wife from the Elysium
Fields. He is perhaps drawn
to the myth, since the ballet
he was creating was based
on Arnold Böcklin’s Orpheus-inspired
painting
“The Isle of the Dead.” She is
allowed to leave as long as
Orpheus doesn’t look at her.
She pleads, he looks. She
dies all over again.
Amour, the god of love,
and here Orpheus’ plucky
assistant, doesn’t as in the
opera bring Eurydice back
to life. Instead, she convinces her boss that his wife
will live on in his memory, a
ghost looking over his shoulder as he finally leaves his
hospital cell and returns to
work on the ballet.
The singers are believable as dancers.
Maxim Mironov proves
capable of handling the high
tenor tessitura while suavely
sashaying with his scarf.
(From a distance, he looked
a little like Peter Martins.)
Lisette Oropesa almost gets
away with faking a little
dance and brings worthy vocal opulence to Eurydice. Liv
Redpath is a sprightly, feisty
Amour.
That, though, is not
enough to compete with the
Joffrey. The dancers, as
dancers will, look fantastic
in Neumeier’s stylish cos-
‘Orpheus
and Eurydice’
Where: Los Angeles Opera,
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,
135 S. Grand Ave., L.A.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
March 21 and 24, and
2 p.m. March 25
Tickets: $16-$324 (subject
to change)
Info: (213) 972-8001,
www.laopera.org/orpheus
Running time: 2 hours, 30
minutes (with one
intermission)
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
MOURNING the loss of his love, Orpheus, sung by Maxim Mironov, seeks to resurrect her — in dance form.
tumes. The sets, mostly
movable units that would
suit a tasteful upscale modern house, provide poor
acoustical
support
for
voices. The appearance of
the chorus would surely
spoil this elegantly untouchable stage, and it is relegated
to the pit.
The orchestra may interest the choreographer more
than singers, since it supports the dancers. The pit is
raised to give the musicians
prominence, and music director James Conlon could
sometimes be seen reflected
on the shiny surfaces on
stage.
But who’s looking at him
when the Joffrey is such an
eyeful?
The company is in splendid shape, and Neumeier
finds consummate use for it.
The furies are beauteous
monsters. The blessed spir-
its among whom Eurydice
resides rise and float as if on
the puffy cloud of Gluck’s famous flute solo.
The composer tacked
dances on the end that mean
nothing and are cut by all
but the most self-indulgent
choreographers. Neumeier
gives them narrative reason.
Back in the saddle, a saddened Orpheus is once more
making his ballet. Böcklin’s
morose painting looms large
in the background. A veiled
Eurydice looks on as apparition.
The dancers don’t seem
to give a wit. Nor do we.
They’ve got Gluck’s conventionally pretty music, and
they’ve got their wings. And
that’s enough for all of us.
mark.swed@latimes.com
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Dropping into show creator’s world
[Katims, from E1]
ter, complete with fake cinder-block walls, has been
built from scratch and is
filled with background players pretending to be audience members.
Cameras capture their reactions, the performance onstage and other key moments in the wings. A hallway
offstage right is lined with
racks of costumes and posters for fictional productions
of “Godspell” and “Footloose.” On this particular set,
the proverbial “fourth wall” is
virtually impossible to locate.
“We really are doing a
show within a show,” says Katims, perched behind a monitor. “It’s really exciting, but it
was a much bigger undertaking than I probably realized.
It’s like a jigsaw puzzle — a lot
simpler to write than it is to
produce.”
Radnor stars as Lou Mazzuchelli, an English teacher
who volunteers on a whim to
take over his school’s drama
program. Instead of yet another
production
of
“Grease,” he decides to stage
“Spring Awakening,” Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s
Tony-winning 2006 musical
about sexually repressed
teenagers in 19th century
Germany. His decision raises
eyebrows in a depressed steel
town that values football
over the arts or academics.
Mazzuchelli also clashes
with Tracey Wolfe (Rosie
Perez), a teacher who’s been
involved in the drama program for decades and resents his interference, starting with his decision to cast
football star Robbie (Gillespie) and his crush, Lilette
Suarez (Auli’i Cravalho), as
romantic leads Melchior and
Wendla.
Lou’s fight to bring
“Spring Awakening” to the
stage is just one of the dramatic plots that unfurl in
“Rise,” an ensemble piece
that blends grown-up turmoil and adolescent angst
and takes on real-world issues like coming out, teen alcohol abuse and economic
uncertainty in Rust Belt
America.
It’s familiar ground for
Katims, a showrunner who
knows how to give viewers all
Virginia Sherwood NBC
CREATOR Jason Katims consults with director-producer Rosemary Rodriguez about high-school-set “Rise.”
the feels with his engrossing
intergenerational family dramas (“Parenthood”) and nuanced portraits of smalltown life (“Friday Night
Lights”).
“A really important thing
to me about ‘Rise’ is it’s not a
show about a drama program,” Katims says. “It’s a
show about this community,
about these characters,
about these people’s lives. It’s
what I’m invested in, and I’m
hoping that that’s what the
audience gets invested in as
well.”
The show has widely been
billed as “Friday Night
Lights” meets “Glee,” but
while there are plans to release a cast album, stylistically it is much closer to the
former show. No one breaks
into song spontaneously, and
“Rise” is full of the signature
Katims flourishes: a moody,
contemporary soundtrack
and lots of handheld camerawork “to make you feel like
you were dropped down into
this world,” he says.
The series is based on
“Drama High,” a nonfiction
book by Michael Sokolove
about the drama program at
Harry S. Truman High
School in Levittown, Pa.,
where Broadway producers
often workshop challenging
or provocative shows for use
by high schools across the
country. The program was
run for decades by Lou Volpe,
the loose inspiration for Radnor’s character.
Katims was instantly sold
on the material. “I was very
touched by the story of what
Lou did,” he says. “This was
in a small American town, a
place where they didn’t have
a lot of resources, and these
were not kids who were going
on to be Broadway stars.
They were kids that really
needed something in their
lives. They needed that mentor, whether they knew they
needed it or not.”
Katims is a native Brooklynite, raised about 10 miles
south of the “Rise” studio in
the middle-class Midwood
neighborhood, where he attended Edward R. Murrow
High School. Asked about
his affinity for shows set in
high school, he jokes, “My development is stunted at 16
years old.” Neither a jock nor
a theater geek, he discovered
a passion for playwriting only
in college. “Weirdly, that gives
me an advantage because it
makes me be able to come in
and really learn about the
world and see it for what it is
and embrace its beauty. I
wasn’t a football person, but
when I flew to Texas [for ‘Friday Night Lights’] and
started researching the
world of high school football,
I was in love. And I feel the
same thing about this.”
Radnor, on the other
hand, starred in high school
productions of “Oklahoma!”
and “Cabaret” (in the latter,
he played the MC) and performs as a duo with singersongwriter Ben Lee. (On the
“Rise” set, he can be found
strumming his guitar between takes.) He’s excited
that “Rise” has the potential
to bring “Spring Awakening,”
and musical theater more
broadly, to the masses.
“Broadway plays can only
hold so many people a night,
whereas many, many more
people will watch NBC on
Tuesday,” Radnor says.
After so many years as
Ted Mosby, the man-child
protagonist in the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your
Mother,” the 43-year-old is
excited to play a grown-up. “I
don’t have teenage children,”
he says, “but I do have some
graying temples.”
“Rise” arrives at a moment when popular interest
in musicals, particularly
among young people, is on
the ascent, thanks to the success of “Hamilton” and “Dear
Evan Hansen,” and boasts
the involvement of many
Broadway vets. Executive
producer Jeffrey Seller, who
took Sokolove’s book to NBC
Entertainment Chairman
Bob Greenblatt, has a long
list of theatrical credits, in-
cluding “Rent” and “Hamilton.”
Perez has deep ties to the
New York theater community and co-founded Urban
Arts Partnership, a nonprofit for students in underserved public schools. The
message of “Rise” struck a
chord with the actress, who,
like Katims, was raised in
Brooklyn.
“I believe that when you
introduce the arts to a child’s
life, it opens them up in ways
that you can never imagine,”
she says. “It worked for me.”
One of the challenges of
“Rise” is striking the right
aesthetic balance: Lou’s production of “Spring Awakening” has to look like something cobbled together by
high-schoolers on a shoestring budget, while also being something millions of
people will want to watch on
TV from week to week.
Gillespie, a former high
school quarterback who has
appeared in Broadway productions of “Newsies” and
“Aladdin,” had to play the
role of Melchior as jockturned-theater-star Robbie
would do it, not himself. He
focused on acting with his
voice, rather than his face or
body. During dance numbers, he remembered not to
point his toes. “We can’t be so
technical and so clean with
our performances,” he explains.
Cravalho has never performed on Broadway but is
known to millions as the
voice of the plucky title character in “Moana.” Still a student herself — she’s due to
graduate from high school in
a few weeks — she sees “Rise”
as a timely story about her
generation. “There’s something to be said about the
strength of students and
young people across America in just the last week or
two,” she says, referring to
the activists at Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High
School, “and the change that
can really be seen through
these students. Our show
touches on what some might
call controversial topics, but
they’re just real.”
meredith.blake@latimes
.com
Peter Kramer NBC
ROSIE PEREZ plays assistant director to Josh Radnor’s newly appointed head of theater in NBC’s “Rise.”
‘Rise’ runs mild with emotions
[Review, from E1]
Grapes of Wrath” with the
world’s most bored English
class, though he doesn’t
seem to be putting in much
effort either.
Feeling low, Lou jumps at
a vacancy and asks to run the
theater department. Despite not knowing his stage
right from his stage left, he is
given the job over longtime,
super-devoted, knows-herstuff
assistant
director
Tracey Wolf (Rosie Perez),
because the principal regards her as trouble. (There
will be drama in the drama
department, before there is
unity.)
“I feel like this is my
chance to get out from behind this desk and do something, make an impact,” says
Lou, forgetting that English
teachers can also make an
impact
teaching
“The
Grapes of Wrath.”
His first move is to cancel
a planned production of
“Grease” and instead mount
the 2006 Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening,”
whose subjects, we are told,
include abortion, teen suicide, child abuse and homosexuality, the latter of which
is still a hot topic in some
quarters. Also, it is sexy as
hell. (There will be drama in
the city of Stanton.)
Lou goes about stepping
on toes and putting out fires,
most of which he started
himself.
We are, I think, meant to
regard him as arrogant at
times and a bit of a baby but
ultimately justified in his vision and ambition and,
therefore, heroic. He’s on a
journey, too!
The characters and situations are familiar. The less
likely girl (“Moana” star
Auli’i Cravalho, as Lillette) is
cast as the lead over the class
star (Amy Forsyth as Gwen);
the tension between them is
only amplified by the fact
that Lilette’s mom (Shirley
Rumierk) has had an affair
with Gwen’s dad (Joe Tippett), who is also the football
coach. When the football star
(Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie) starts rapping at the
pep rally, you know he’s
bound for high school music
glory and that this will not go
down well with the team.
The casting is (more or
less) colorblind; race is not
an issue, though class is. Sexual identity is an issue for
certain characters, but not
for the community. A trans
character, Michael (Ellie Desautels), is briefly harassed
by a couple of dumb jocks essentially brought in for that
purpose, but he is presented
as one of the show’s more together people. Simon (Ted
Sutherland), whom we are
clearly meant to recognize as
gay, is in denial as to Who He
Is. (But even his priest is cool
with “Spring Awakening: “I
appreciate its message of the
‘Rise’
Where: NBC
When: 10 p.m. Tuesday
Rated: TV-14-L (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 14, with an
advisory for coarse
language)
perils of living in a repressed
society.”)
In spite of whatever controversial material “Spring
Awakening” contains, by
contemporary standards of
teenage drama, and drama
at large, “Rise” is on the mild
side and only superficially
engaged with the realities of
2018.
There is a minor sexual
harassment subplot and a
passing reference to the
town’s struggle with unemployment and opioid addiction. But there are no drugs,
not even soft ones, making
Stanton High’s theater department one of the country’s more unusual. Lou’s
son, Gordy (Casey Johnson),
has a drinking problem,
which comes and goes as the
writers deem necessary, but
it feels weightless, barely
troubling (though his family
yells about it a lot). Lou’s
homeless student/lighting
tech, Maashous (Rarmian
Newton), is similarly seen in
soft focus, though the actor
is charming.
That said, “Rise” is rife
with conflict — usually
played with melodramatic (if
often quiet) intensity. An
alien life form basing its impression of human high
school theater on the first
season of “Rise” would be
forgiven for thinking that it
was group therapy for lost
souls rather than something
that a well-adjusted or even a
maladjusted kid might do for
fun.
In spite of its faults, I
imagine some people will
love the stuffing out of this. It
flatters the teenage psychic
reality, in which everything
transpires at fever pitch, and
even boredom has an intensity to it. (There is much talk,
most of it from Mr. Mazzu,
about “being seen,” which
kids crave.) It is predictable,
sometimes down to individual lines; the title itself gives
the arc away.
But predictability is part
of what makes musical theater tick; it delivers the thrill
the crowd comes for. Just as
night follows day, the majorkey chorus follows the minor-key verse, and the drop
follows the break. When
opening night arrived, and a
talented cast gave their all,
there was a lump in my
throat, right on cue.
I’ll admit it, I’m not
proud.
robert.lloyd@latimes.com
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Ladies and gentlemen of the TV jury ...
It’s up to you to
decide, but you know
how this goes. After
all, ‘For the People’ is
a Shondaland show.
LORRAINE ALI
TELEVISION CRITIC
The new legal drama “For
the People” has all the ingredients of a successful
Shonda Rhimes series.
It’s a Shondaland production, it’s on ABC and it
follows a crew of sexy young
things on their journey into
the adult world, where they
make and break alliances,
compete for favor and sleep
with one another — all of it
accompanied by a bankable
soundtrack. The older folk
disapprove until the diverse
upstarts finally prove themselves under impossible circumstances.
But with “For the People,” which premieres Tuesday, the old winning formula
is starting to lose its potency.
Set in the Southern District of New York Federal
Court, the show focuses on
ambitious lawyers newly
sworn into their roles on different sides of the law. Three
become federal public defenders, three become prosecutors, and the fireworks
begin. But the display isn’t
all that impressive, mostly
because we’ve seen this
drama before in Shondaland: set in a hospital
(“Grey’s Anatomy”), Washington, D.C (“Scandal”), at a
university (“How to Get
Away With Murder”), etc.
It’s ironic, given that the
story’s protagonist, ambitious new lawyer Sandra
(Britt Robertson), bristles
at the pragmatic and methodical ways of courthouse
veterans like Tina, the unflappable clerk of the court
played by Anna Deavere
Smith.
The success of Rhimes’
shows runs parallel to the
proliferation of smart, risky
and unpredictable cable series — “Six Feet Under,”
“Homeland,” “Game of
Nicole Wilder ABC
“FOR THE PEOPLE’S” crew includes, from left, Sandra (Britt Robertson), Allison (Jasmin Savoy Brown)
and Jay (Wesam Keesh). But with series, that Shondaland winning formula is losing its potency, critic writes.
‘For the
People’
Where: ABC
When: 10 p.m. Tuesday
Rating: TV-PG-L (may be
unsuitable for young
children, with an advisory
for coarse language)
Thrones,” “Breaking Bad,”
“The Walking Dead.” But
now that Netflix and Hulu
and dozens more platforms
are in the mix, cautious series like “For the People”
have to add something new
to the game or risk irrele-
vance.
Judging from the first
four episodes reviewed,
there are few signs that the
series has much of anything
new to offer.
Days into the appointments of “For the People’s”
fresh-faced crew, they are inexplicably given some of the
most fraught and high-profile cases in the nation —
from terrorism to human
trafficking to a racially
charged murder at a neoNazi rally.
Sandra is tasked with defending a young American
Muslim accused of trying to
blow up the Statue of Liberty.
“I’m going to save Mo-
TV HI G HLI GHTS
SERIES
The Flash A DNA-exchanging enemy known as Melting Pot (guest star Leonardo Nam) inadvertently
transfers Barry’s (Grant
Gustin) speed to his wife,
Iris (Candice Patton), and
she uses her newly acquired ability to try to protect the city. 8 p.m. KTLA
The Middle The prospect of
a job promotion gives
Mike (Neil Flynn) mixed
feelings while Frankie
(Patricia Heaton) is having a rough week and
Brick (Atticus Shaffer)
thinks he’s being tormented by a teacher
(guest star Rose Abdoo)
who holds a grudge
against Axl (Charlie McDermott). Eden Sher also
stars in this new episode
of the comedy’s final season. 8 p.m. ABC
Fresh Off the Boat Louis
(Randall Park) is once
again the sole owner of the
restaurant but has doubts
about whether he has
what it takes to run it on
his own. Madame Xing
(guest star June Angela)
consults with him at Jessica’s (Constance Wu) request. 8:30 p.m. ABC
Bull Chunk’s (Christopher
Jackson) daughter (guest
star Jazzy Williams) seeks
Bull’s (Michael Weatherly) help for her journalism professor (guest star
Nikki M. James) who is accused of attempting to
steal proprietary information about a dating app. 9
p.m. CBS
This Is Us Mandy Moore,
Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling
K. Brown, Chrissy Metz
and Justin Hartley star in
the second season finale. 9
p.m. NBC
Black Lightning Anissa
(Nafessa Willaims) tries
to help Black Lightning
(Cress Williams) prove his
innocence while Jennifer
(China Anne McClain) becomes Lynn’s (Christine
Adams) intern in this new
episode. 9 p.m. KTLA
black-ish Awareness of Junior and Zoey’s (Marcus
Scribner, Yara Shahidi)
love lives forces Dre and
Bow (Anthony Anderson,
Tracee Ellis Ross) to examine their own feelings
in this new episode. Nicole
Sullivan guest stars. 9
p.m. ABC
Katie Yu The CW
IRIS WEST (Candice
Patton) gets the power of
speed in a new episode of
“The Flash” on the CW.
The Fosters It’s graduation
day for Brandon and Callie (David Lambert, Maia
Mitchell), but after some
upsetting news, the family
wonders if they will even
make it to the ceremony.
Teri Polo and Sherri
Saum also star in the season finale. 9 p.m. Freeform
Rise Josh Radnor stars as a
teacher who becomes the
supervisor of his school’s
theater department in the
premiere of this new series. 10 p.m. NBC
For the People Public defenders (Britt Robertson,
Jasmin Savoy Brown and
Wesam Keesh) and prosecutors (Ben Rappaport,
Regé-Jean Page, Susannah Flood) collide in this
new drama. 10 p.m. ABC
MOVIES
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
6 p.m. FXX
Wakefield (2016) 6:05 and
11:30 p.m. Showtime
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning Alan
Cumming; authors David
Corn and Michael Isikoff.
(N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Ricky Gervais; JJ
Johnson. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America Erin Andrews; Ben Rappaport and Britt Robertson.
(N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Whitney
English; Erik Rosete. (N)
7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Florida
school shooting victim’s
mother, Lori Alhadeff,
and five of the shooting’s
survivors; Damon J. Gillespie. (N) 9 a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Alan Cumming; Colin
Jost. (N) 9 a.m. KABC
The View Mindy Kaling;
Bernadette Peters; Victor
Garber. (N) 10 a.m. KABC
The Dr. Oz Show (N) 1 p.m.
KTTV
The Doctors Food trends.
(N) 2 p.m. KCBS
Steve
Jaime
Pressly
(“Mom”); Craig Bierko.
(N) 2 p.m. KNBC
Harry Dorit Kemsley. (N) 2
p.m. KTTV
Rachael Ray Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”);
Lucy Hale; Dan Harris,
ABC. (N) 2 p.m. KCOP
Dr. Phil Jon Taffer (“Bar
Rescue”). (N) 3 p.m.
KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Dana Carvey; Ronda
Rousey; 21 Savage performs. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC
The Real Ava DuVernay (“A
Wrinkle in Time”); Mel B.
(N) 3 p.m. KTTV
The Daily Show (N) 11 p.m.
Comedy Central
Conan Terry Crews; Robert
Reich. (N) 11 p.m. TBS
The Tonight Show Ricky
Gervais; Chris Sullivan;
Amy Shark performs. (N)
11:34 p.m. KNBC
The Late Show Angela Bassett; Jimmy O. Yang; Jack
Johnson performs. (N)
11:35 p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Andy
Samberg; Lena Waithe;
Buddy Guy performs. (N)
11:35 p.m. KABC
The Late Late Show Adam
Scott; Patton Oswalt;
Darren Criss; ZZ Ward;
Fitz. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS
Late Night Alan Cumming;
Christiane
Amanpour;
Beth Ditto performs;
Brendan Canty performs.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC
Last Call Eric Bana;
Matoma performs. (N)
1:38 a.m. KNBC
SPORTS
2018
NCAA
Basketball
Tournament LIU-Brooklyn versus Radford (3:30
p.m. TRU); St. Bonaventure versus UCLA (6 p.m.
TRU). 3:30 p.m. TRU
College Basketball NIT
Tournament Northern
Kentucky at Louisville (4
p.m. ESPN); Wagner at
Baylor (4 p.m. ESPN2);
Hampton at Notre Dame
(6 p.m. ESPN); Florida
Gulf Coast at Okla. St. (6
p.m. ESPN2); UNC-Asheville at USC (8 p.m.
ESPN2).
hamed Fayed,” says the
idealistic defender, who is
entirely unconvincing as a
driven legal eagle but who always manages to have really
good hair.
She argues that this man
who’s never done anything
wrong before was entrapped
by undercover law enforcement agents. The defense
argues that since terror is
now a domestic threat, it’s
law enforcement’s duty to
preemptively ferret out the
bad guys. She loses the case.
“This isn’t TV,” argues
her superior, Jill (Hope
Davis), after Sandra’s fumble. “You don’t get a Muslim
American kid off for trying to
blow up the Statue of Liber-
ty. You’re going up against
the government, the culture….”
And decades of TV series
that have reinforced the idea
that Muslims, even the nice
American ones like Mohamed, are easily corruptible. The effort this show
makes to be inclusive with a
multiracial cast and story
lines is commendable, but
it’s an effort undercut by its
ties to old TV tropes.
An interesting twist
would have been drawing
parallels
between
Mohamed’s case and a neo-Nazi
story line, given how many
terror acts are perpetrated
by
far-right
extremist
groups. But this opportuni-
ty to take things a degree
deeper, and other chances
like it, are passed over in favor of standard conflict and
romance among the main
characters.
Each hourlong episode
must give the cast — defense
lawyers Sandra, Allison
(Jasmin Savoy Brown) and
Jay (Wesam Keesh) and
prosecutors Kate (Susannah Flood), Seth (Ben Rappaport) and Leonard (RegéJean Page) — time to fall in
and out of love and/or bed
with one another, wrestle
their own demons and do
whatever it takes to win. After all, “there’s no place for
losers” is one of the show’s
mottoes.
If only the characters, or
actors playing them, were
more convincing. Instead,
the newbie lawyers, who are
supposed to usher viewers
through the inner workings
of the most prestigious
court in the land, lack the
charisma or gravitas to lead
the way. Jay is the exception,
perhaps because he exudes
the feeling of being utterly
out of his depth arguing
cases in an institution that
once housed Aaron Burr.
The cases they work are
interesting in a ripped-outof-the-headlines sort of way,
but they’re not given enough
attention to counter the predictable dramas enveloping
them.
Veteran law officers here
who serve as the voice of the
establishment and the ways
things have been done since
the Clinton era add a slightly
more interesting dynamic.
The head of the public defenders office, Jill (Davis),
and U.S. Attorneys Office
chief Roger (Ben Shenkman) throw opportunity
and roadblocks in the young
recruits’ paths. They admonish and give pep talks.
Baseball analogies are used
more than once.
Perhaps the show will
move into fresher territory
or find its feet as it moves forward, but the initial formulaic approach doesn’t make for
a winning case.
lorraine.ali@latimes.com
Twitter: @lorraineali
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
“I know that old advice
about having patience,” Unlucky Louie said. “ ‘Things
may get worse before they
get better.’ But whoever said
that was assuming things
have to get better.”
Louie ascribes his bad results to bad luck, despite all
the evidence. Declaring at
today’s five hearts, Louie
ruffed the first spade and
drew trumps with the A-K.
He took the ace of clubs and
led a second club ... and East
discarded.
That was bad, but when
Louie took his king and led a
diamond to dummy’s jack,
things got worse. East took
the queen and ace, and West
got the queen of clubs. Down
one.
Good and bad luck will
even out, but bad play won’t.
After Louie ruffs the first
spade and draws trumps, he
ruffs dummy’s last spade,
takes the king of clubs and
leads to dummy’s 10.
When East discards,
Louie has 11 tricks, but he
would be safe even if East
had the queen. East would
have to lead a spade, yielding
a fatal ruff-sluff, or give
dummy a diamond trick.
Question: You hold: ♠ K
Q 9 7 5 ♥ 8 3 ♦ 10 8 5 ♣ Q 8 6.
Your side is vulnerable. The
dealer, at your left, opens
three diamonds. Your partner doubles, the next player
passes. What do you say?
Answer: Your partner’s
double is for takeout, though
you might pass it occasionally
with
diamond
length and strength. He
should have a hand worth at
least 17 points. Jump to four
spades. You have a strong
five-card suit and a side
queen that should be useful.
West dealer
Neither side vulnerable
NORTH
♠J3
♥K94
♦KJ72
♣ A 10 9 3
WEST
EAST
♠KQ975
♠ A 10 8 6 4 2
♥83
♥76
♦ 10 8 5
♦AQ93
♣Q86
♣5
SOUTH
♠ None
♥ A Q J 10 5 2
♦64
♣KJ742
WEST
NORTH EAST
SOUTH
Pass
Pass
1♠
2♥
2♠
4♥
4♠
5♥
All Pass
Opening lead — ♠ K
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Services
ASK AMY
Sister keeps her distance
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
The French culinary term
“mise en place” refers to the
peeling, cutting and measuring of ingredients before it’s
time to use them. This approach will help your endeavors today.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): It’s important for people
to feel a sense of progress in
the early stages of a project.
Use this on yourself.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Too much compromise ruins the deal for all. Might
there be a better match elsewhere?
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
This is the time to consider
the goals that matter most
to you. You need to see your
endgame before you can design a method to achieve it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Listening well isn’t a natural
gift like athleticism or an ear
for music. It’s a skill to be
honed with practice.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
What do you need to learn to
put yourself at the top of
your game? The bigger questions will be answered with
small, incredibly detailed solutions.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
You’re so charming that you
could get by on just that if
you wanted to, but you’d prefer not to. You’ve a strong desire to contribute something
so useful it renders charm
merely optional.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
When the game is very hard,
it doesn’t do you any good to
stay at it and relentlessly
keep losing. Take breaks.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Be careful which
task you pick up. Some jobs
are like boomerangs that
will always swing back and
give you more to do.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): The one you love loves
you back. It still makes
everything you take on seem
lighter and brighter and easier and better.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You’ll learn something
new and prepare for your
challenges in a different way.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): It’s the social aspects of
the day that will make the
most impact. You’re an exciting force in the room.
Today’s
birthday
(March 13): Your positive attitude opens fresh avenues.
You’ll be welcomed into an
elite group next month. Singles fall in love. There will be
practicalities to work out in
May in order for domestic
life to hit a groove. Once the
personal realm settles in, a
huge project is your ladder
to your “next level” goals.
Capricorn and Aquarius
adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 33, 39, 2 and 14.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
latimes.com/horoscope.
Dear Amy: My sister is
three years older than me.
When I was little, she would
bully, undermine, belittle
and keep her distance from
me. She has never been married and (in her own way)
has punished me by being
unresponsive to my happy
marriage and disinterested
in my children.
She goes through periods
of noncommunication until I
reach out to her during
“safer” times. During those
peaceful periods, she will ask
me to emotionally support
her, and I do.
Finally, she ended all
communication with me
during the final years of my
mother’s life, when I could
have used some support in
her care.
Despite all this, I still feel
hurt that she won’t at least
be friendly with me. I have
known her to cut other people out of her life. I am now in
that category.
I have tried hard to include her in my family and
have done kind things for
her my whole life. I can’t
think of why I might have
caused her problems.
Why is she like this? And
why am I so sad?
No Sister
Dear Sister: I don’t know
why your sister is the way
she is. Possibilities are: life-
long jealousy, free-floating
emotional issues leading
way back to childhood and/
or undiscovered emotional
or mental imbalance.
You were the baby that
barged into her life when she
was 3. Perhaps your parents
didn’t promote bonding in
childhood or didn’t deal with
her challenges and behavior
effectively, setting both of
you up for a cycle of rejection. You didn’t cause her
problems.
Of course you feel hurt!
But — probably more often
than you realize, siblings are
trapped in a complex web of
attraction and rejection.
You feel sad because this
relationship represents a
lifetime of rejection. Also,
she was your heartbeat connection to your mother.
You feel guilty because all
of your efforts to fix this only
reveal your own powerlessness. Your life seems to have
turned out to be positive and
healthy, and yet she won’t
permit intimacy.
You should try to cultivate an attitude of compassion. Convey, “I wish we were
closer.” She would likely reject or deflect this. Your stating what you want should
help you to continue to release the grief for the relationship that never was.
Dear Amy: How should I
let my partner know that I
cannot wait forever on a
marriage proposal, without
sounding like I’m giving an
ultimatum?
My guy and I have dated
for 18 months. We are both in
our mid-30s. We don’t live together, but we spend two or
three weeknights together,
and every weekend.
I think two years is probably long enough to know
whether he’d like to marry
me.
I was clear to him from
the beginning that I expect
to get married at some point.
Perhaps I should have discussed a timeline in that
conversation, but I didn’t.
Might Cancel
Dear Might Cancel: If you
were clear with your guy
from the beginning that you
are geared toward marriage,
then you’ve already activated the “M-bomb.” It’s out
there.
You two are in your
mid-30s. Continue to talk
about your relationship, including where it is headed.
Bring it up — because this is
your life.
Set your own timeline,
then pop the question.
Send questions to Amy
Dickinson by email to
askamy@amydickinson
.com.
L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 13 , 2 018
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