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TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018
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Tariffs
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SERIAL
BOMBER
LEAVES
AUSTIN
ON EDGE
Police say latest attack
in Texas, involving a
tripwire, shows ‘higher
level of sophistication’
than earlier devices.
U.S. is criticized for
a hurried process.
Lack of clarity on
exemptions frustrates
firms, governments.
By Molly
Hennessy-Fiske
Jay Janner Austin American-Statesman
AUSTIN, Texas — Richard Herrington was near the
window in his television
room Sunday night when he
heard a sound in the distance that took him back to
his Army days: the “distinctive thump” of a mortar
detonating.
His first thought: “It’s the
bomber.”
He was right. The explosion was the fourth in a series of attacks this month
that authorities believe are
connected — and have many
in the Texas capital feeling
terrorized. But the latest
blast came with twists that
have increased anxiety, and
forced authorities to reconsider some of their hunches
in the investigation.
While the earlier devices
were package bombs placed
on doorsteps, this bomb was
apparently set for random
passersby, employing a tripwire that police said demonstrated a “higher level of sophistication.”
And the bombing occurred southwest of the city
in a predominantly white
suburb known as Travis
Country — in contrast to the
earlier blasts on the east
side, an area whose large minority population had suggested a possible racial motive.
The two people killed in
the earlier bombings —
[See Bombings, A10]
BOMB INVESTIGATORS work at the scene of an explosion in an Austin, Texas, neighborhood on Monday.
The blast, the fourth in a string of attacks this month in the city, wounded two men Sunday night.
O.C. city wants no part
of ‘sanctuary state’ laws
Will Los Alamitos ordinance start new resistance?
By Cindy Carcamo,
Anh Do and
Alene Tchekmedyian
With about 12,000 residents spread across a few
miles of suburban Southern
California, Los Alamitos is
better known for its good
schools and small-town
charms than political activism.
But the city now finds itself at the center of a rebellion against California’s
“sanctuary” policies, which
aim to protect immigrants
here illegally as President
Trump vows to ramp up deportations.
Los Alamitos leaders ap-
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
CATHERY CHEN hugs her daughter, Emy, 10,
after she spoke in favor of the state’s “sanctuary”
law at the Los Alamitos City Council meeting.
proved an ordinance that exempts their Orange County
municipality from Senate
Bill 54, a law that took effect
Jan. 1 and restricts local law
enforcement’s cooperation
with federal immigration
authorities. It marks a rare
effort by a city to challenge
the sanctuary movement,
which has wide support
among elected officials in
left-leaning California.
Many cities have faced
the ire of Trump and his administration for policies
they say are too lenient
toward those here illegally.
The president slammed San
Francisco over its sanctuary
law, which he said had al[See Sanctuary, A10]
Can Facebook users’
reality be distorted?
A firm tied to Trump’s
campaign allegedly
tried to ‘change their
perception of what’s
actually happening.’
Matthew Staver For The Times
REP. MIKE COFFMAN tours a lab in Aurora, Colo.
He’s a pro-gun and antiabortion Republican in a district that backed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
GOP lawmaker
tries to outrun
Trump’s shadow
By Michael Finnegan
AURORA, Colo. — When
Mike Coffman was growing
up in Aurora, it was a small
white military town on the
outskirts of Denver. In the
half a century since then,
wave after wave of immigrants and refugees have
transformed it into a vibrant, racially mixed suburb.
Coffman, a pro-gun and
antiabortion
Republican
congressman, managed to
defy the odds and win election even as his district
backed Democrats Barack
Obama and Hillary Clinton
for president.
How did he pull it off?
He took Spanish lessons
from a Colombian tutor. He
became a regular at Friday
prayers at a Denver mosque.
He joined Saturday gather-
By Don Lee
ings at a Chinese school. For
his next visit to a Sikh temple, Coffman, 63, wants to
grow a beard so he’ll look
presentable in a turban.
“Without the beard I kind
of look like an ugly old woman,” he said on the way to a
naturalization ceremony in
Denver for new U.S. citizens.
It was never going to be
easy this year for a conservative Republican to fend off
Democratic challengers in a
district centered in Aurora.
The question is whether
Coffman’s gestures are
enough to save his career.
Democrats, fighting to
seize control of the House,
see the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump as
the means to finally oust the
five-term congressman, one
of the most vulnerable
Republican incumbents in
the November midterm
[See Colorado, A7]
Think you ‘own’
info on Facebook?
Despite the terms of
service, the reality is you
don’t control your data
on Facebook, David Lazarus writes. BUSINESS, C1
By Tracey Lien
SAN FRANCISCO —
Many Facebook users rely
on the social network to figure out what’s going on in
the world. But what if the
world Facebook shows them
is wildly distorted?
That’s
the
question
raised after a former employee of a data mining firm
that worked for Donald
Trump’s presidential campaign alleged the company
used Facebook to bombard
specific individuals with
misinformation in hopes of
swaying their political views.
The accusations raised
alarm across the Atlantic on
Monday, sparking an investigation into the firm, Cambridge Analytica, by the
United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office.
In the U.S., Sen. Ron Wyden
(D-Ore.) sent a letter asking
Facebook Chief Executive
Mark Zuckerberg whether
the social media giant was
aware of other data violations on its platform, and
why it failed to take action
sooner.
The controversy drove
Facebook’s stock price down
nearly 7% on Monday, sug[See Facebook, A6]
WASHINGTON — As
the Trump administration
barrels ahead with its plan
to apply stiff tariffs on imported metals starting Friday, governments and businesses across the globe are
in a fog as to what is happening and are bracing for at
least a short-term hit because of what many criticize
as the administration’s slapdash process.
When President Trump
made his official announcement of the tariffs March 8 —
25% on steel and 10% on aluminum — he exempted
Mexico and Canada, at least
temporarily, and said that
other nations could negotiate with the White House to
get out of paying duties on
tens of billions of dollars of
imports.
But the administration
still has not spelled out in
any detail what trading
partners must do to secure a
country exemption. And
with just a few days before
the tariffs take effect, the
void has left many companies and governments frustrated and concerned that
the trade action could spiral
into a global crisis.
Trade ministers from Europe and other countries
have been scrambling to
meet with Trump officials in
recent days, even as they
and business groups in the
U.S. and abroad have been
waiting for the administration to clarify what it will
take for nations to get tariff
exemptions. “Clear as mud,”
one diplomatic official in
Washington said of the process.
“If we want to negotiate
something, we need more
time,” said Gabriel Felbermayr, director of Ifo Center
for International Economics
in Munich. Some people in
Germany, he said, are so baffled by what’s happening
that they hope the whole
undertaking by Trump can
be postponed.
“The entire process, the
tone, time schedules — all
these elements — are annoying people here and harming
the image of the United
States in an unnecessary
fashion,” he said.
It isn’t winning fans at
home, either. Late Sunday
night, Commerce Secretary
Wilbur Ross announced procedures on how U.S.-based
importers or users of foreign
[See Tariffs, A4]
Weinstein Co.
files for
Chapter 11
The bankruptcy
represents a stunning
downfall for the New
York studio, five months
after its co-founder
was accused of sexual
harassment and assault.
BUSINESS, C1
Uber halts robot
cars after fatality
Sunday’s death is likely
to slow deployment of
driverless vehicles as
policymakers monitor
the investigation and
assess public reaction.
BUSINESS, C1
Weather
Rain on the way.
L.A. Basin: 68/58. B6
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
UCLA women advance to Sweet 16
The Bruins’ women’s basketball team cruised past Creighton, 86-64, on Monday
to advance in the NCAA tournament. Above, UCLA’s Kennedy Burke pressures
Creighton’s Olivia Elger during the game at Pauley Pavilion. SPORTS, D1
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BACK STORY
Michael Henninger Washington Post
THE UNITED STATES ranks first in the number of CT scans and second in the number of MRIs compared
with other wealthy nations. A CT scan costs $896 in the U.S. It costs $500 in Australia and $97 in Canada.
Healthcare’s high cost:
U.S. versus the world
It’s no secret that the United States spends far more on healthcare
By Karen Kaplan
than the world’s other wealthy nations, yet we get far less bang for our bucks.
By many measures, we Americans are in worse health than our global peers. Infant mortality here (at 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births) is far above the average for a group of 11 rich
countries that includes the U.S. (3.6 deaths per 1,000 live births). More than 70% of Americans are either overweight or obese; among all 11 countries, the average is 56%. And our life
expectancy of 78.8 years is the lowest of any of the 11 countries, whose combined average is
81.7 years. How can this be when America spends 17.8% of its GDP on health — nearly 55%
more than the group as a whole?
Newly available data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Commonwealth Fund help answer this perennial question. Researchers
from Harvard University and the London School of Economics and Political Science
combed through the data to see whether common perceptions about the U.S. health system
were indeed true. They focused on how well we stacked up against 10 countries with high
incomes, high health spending, and “populations with similar demographic characteristics
that have similar burdens of illness,” they explained. The countries in this group were Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland
and the United Kingdom.
The results of the analysis were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Here’s a look at which items of conventional wisdom appear to be true and which
are not supported by the data.
Americans spend more on
healthcare because they
use more health services.
False.
Americans did rank at or
near the top in several categories of healthcare utilization. For instance, they
ranked first in coronary
artery bypass graft surgeries (79 per 100,000 people;
the average for all countries
was 54 per 100,000) and total
knee replacements (226 per
100,000 people; the average
for all countries was 163 per
100,000). They also got the
most CT scans (245 per 1,000
people; the average was 151
per 1,000) and the secondmost MRIs (118 per 1,000
people; the average was 82
per 1,000).
But overall healthcare
use was “relatively similar to
other high-income nations,”
the researchers found. Even
in the areas where the U.S.
was at or near the top, “this
utilization did not appear to
explain a large part of the
higher spending in the U.S.”
Americans spend more on
healthcare because they
don’t spend enough on
social programs.
False.
Among all 11 countries,
public spending on health
amounted to 8.3% of GDP —
and the United States was
just below that average.
Britain, Switzerland, Canada and Australia all spent
even less.
The difference was that
public spending made up
most of the health spending
in the other 10 countries, but
it accounted for less than
half of total health spending
here. In other words, the
United States was the only
country where the private
sector outspent the public
sector.
Even when the researchers looked at other forms of
public spending that might
have downstream effects on
health — including education, unemployment benefits and pensions for senior
citizens — the U.S. was on
the low side, but not by
much.
Americans spend more on
healthcare because they
have too many expensive
specialists and not enough
primary care doctors.
False.
Primary care doctors
Jeff Greenberg Getty Images
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS are far more expensive
justifies high levels of
spending is not clear.”
Americans spend too much
on healthcare because our
administrative costs are
through the roof.
True.
The costs of “planning,
regulating and managing
health systems and services” ate up 8% of total
health spending in the U.S.
For the sake of comparison,
the average for all 11 countries was 3%.
That might be related to
our unique health insurance
system, which depends on
people being insured
through their employers or
by purchasing individual
policies for themselves and
their families.
Overall, 55% of Americans had private insurance
as their primary policy.
Germany was a distant
second, at 11%. In every
other country in the study,
the number was either 0% or
the question of privateversus-public insurance was
“not applicable.”
The U.S. was also alone
in having a voluntary
enrollment system — in all
other countries, enrollment
in a health plan was either
“compulsory” or “automatic.” As a result, the
percentage of people with
health insurance in those
countries ranged from 99.8%
to 100%. In the U.S., it’s 90%.
in the U.S. than in comparable countries.
made up 43% of the physician workforce in the U.S.,
the same as the average for
all 11 countries.
There’s no sign that we
have a glut of doctors in the
U.S. The researchers tallied
2.6 physicians per 1,000
people here, compared with
3.3 physicians per 1,000
people in the 11 countries
overall.
The difference was that
American doctors were paid
far more than their international counterparts.
For instance, a “generalist” who made $86,607 in
Sweden or $108,564 in Australia earned $218,173 in the
United States. (The average
salary for generalists in all 11
countries was $133,723.)
Likewise, a “specialist”
who brought home $140,505
in Denmark or $153,180 in
France made $316,000 here.
(The average salary for
specialists in all 11 countries
was $182,657.)
Nurses, too, were paid
more in the U.S. ($74,160)
than in the countries as a
whole ($51,795).
The researchers noted
that the ratio of (cheaper)
nurses to (more expensive)
doctors was higher in the
other 10 countries than it is
here.
Americans spend too much
on healthcare because the
fee-for-service system
encourages doctors to
order too many tests,
procedures and checkups.
False.
The OECD and Commonwealth Fund data did
not back this up, the researchers said. Nor did they
support the idea that defen-
sive medicine — that is,
ordering services that are
medically unnecessary in
order to protect themselves
against future lawsuits —
added substantially to the
country’s overall healthcare
bills.
Americans spend too much
on healthcare because
prescription drugs are
more expensive here.
True.
And it’s not even close.
Overall, “U.S. spending on
pharmaceuticals was almost double the spending in
comparison countries,” the
study authors wrote.
They considered four
drugs that are used to treat
common conditions:
Crestor (which lowers cholesterol), Lantus (a synthetic form of insulin), Advair (which can prevent an
asthma attack or a flare-up
of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and Humira (which treats rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis and other autoimmune
diseases).
All four medicines were
more expensive in the U.S.
than anywhere else. In three
cases, the American price
was more than twice as
high as the next-highest
price.
Americans purchase the
most generic drugs — they
account for 84% of all medications used in the U.S. But
brand-name drugs add up
to more than 70% of the
country’s total medication
bill.
High drug prices “have
been viewed as critical to
innovation,” the authors
noted. “Whether innovation
Americans spend too much
on healthcare because
healthcare is just more
expensive.
True.
This is not a very satisfying conclusion, and there
were big gaps in the data
that prevented the study
authors from being as specific about this as they’d
have liked to be. But if
Americans aren’t using
more healthcare services
than their counterparts,
they must be paying more
for the services they’re
using.
Head-to-head pricing
data was only available for
certain procedures, and it
suggests this logic was
correct.
According to the International Federation of
Health Plans, the average
cost of a coronary artery
bypass graft surgery in 2013
was $75,345 in the U.S. but
only $36,509 in Switzerland
and $15,742 in the Netherlands. Likewise, a CT scan
cost $896 in the U.S. compared with $500 in Australia
and $97 in Canada.
Americans can bring their
spending in line with other
countries by cutting back
on wasteful healthcare use.
False.
“Efforts targeting utilization alone are unlikely to
reduce the gap in spending
between the United States
and other high-income
countries,” the study authors concluded.
Instead, “a more concerted effort to reduce
prices and administrative
costs is likely needed.”
karen.kaplan@latimes.com
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THE WORLD
Child safety raises taboo topics
British think tank Chatham
House. “The challenges are
the same — sanctions, isolation — but he sees himself as
having a mandate, even if
there are costs.”
The Russian government
sees its involvement in Syria
— a robust military intervention that turned the civil
war’s tide in favor of its client, Syrian President Bashar Assad — as a success.
From that perspective,
Putin managed to get the
U.S. to deal with him on the
Syria crisis even amid Western efforts to punish Moscow for its aggression in
Ukraine, which included the
2014 annexation of Crimea.
Russia, which in recent
years has staged a concerted
campaign of election meddling in the U.S. as well as
Western Europe, is also unlikely to be deterred in its efforts to interfere with future
elections, analysts said.
“We should expect election hacking everywhere, all
the time now,” said Anders
Aslund, a senior fellow with
the Washington-based Atlantic Council. “Putin is trying to split the Western alliance as much as possible,
and its great success has
been the utilization of high
tech.”
Although a stagnant
economy could engender
popular discontent, Putin is
buoyed by a splintered opposition that analysts said
was unlikely to challenge
him at a national level.
That discord was on clear
display on social media,
where Navalny quarreled
with Ksenia Sobchak, whose
presidential campaign he
called a Kremlin project.
Olga Oliker, the director
of the Russia and Eurasia
program at the Center for
Strategic and International
Studies in Washington, said
that historically, “the Russian opposition isn’t able to
get its act together, and isn’t
able to consolidate.”
Going forward, some observers said, the Russian
leader’s main asset may be a
proven commodity: unpredictability. “Putin’s great
strength is to surprise us,”
Aslund said. “We shouldn’t
think about what to expect,
except the unexpected.”
rights activist in Peshawar,
praised Punjab for taking a
positive step.
“I think it should be extended to other provinces
too,” Taker said. But resistance in more conservative
places is fierce.
In the northern province
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
which includes Peshawar,
Education
Minister
Muhammad Atif said the
provincial government has
started to explore how to include such material in the
curriculum for boys and girls
ages 5 and up. “But the government will not include material in textbooks that is in
conflict with our culture and
tradition,” Atif said.
Khwaja Yawar Naseer, director of a private elementary school in Peshawar, disagreed with teaching sex education.
“We organized a workshop for students and told
them to start crying if anyone except their parents
touched their sensitive
parts of body,” Naseer said.
“But it is very risky to discuss sex education in classrooms. It is unacceptable in
our society.”
Fazal ur Rahim Marwat,
a former head of the provincial textbook board in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said that
children
needed
more
awareness of sexual abuse
but argued that it should be
taught in an indirect way, using moral education and enlisting parents and community leaders, not just teachers.
“We have a conservative
society and such topics can’t
be discussed at the school
level,” he said.
The child protection advocacy group Sahil says that
millions of Pakistani children are vulnerable to
abuse, often from relatives
and educators. In July, a
principal was arrested on
multiple counts of sexual offenses, including forcing female students to engage in
sexual activity at school and
capturing the acts on cellphones and hidden cameras. He is currently on trial.
In 2016, Sahil documented 4,139 cases of child
sexual abuse nationwide —
roughly 11 a day, and an increase of 10% from the year
before. The group says that
although media coverage of
the problem has encouraged
more victims to come forward, few cases result in convictions because of a lack of
investigative
capacity
among police.
Mamtaz Gohar, a spokesman for Sahil, said the organization was providing
free legal aid to 209 families
of child abuse victims.
“This is an alarming situation,” Gohar said. “Our office in Islamabad” — Pakistan’s capital — “monitored
120 child abuse cases in the
15 days after the Zainab
Ansari case.”
He was referring to the
6-year-old girl whose rape
and killing sparked deadly
riots in the city of Kasur,
where 12 children were raped
within one year. Investigators took DNA samples from
dozens of people and faced
intense pressure from government officials to find the
culprit before arresting a 23year-old religious singer, Imran Ali, who eventually confessed to killing Zainab and
seven other children.
He was convicted by a
court that normally hears
terrorism cases and sentenced to death.
The weeks since Zainab’s
killing brought more cases.
A 4-year-old girl was abused
and killed in the town of Mardan, near Peshawar, her
body recovered from a sugar-cane field near her house.
Police arrested three people,
including a 15-year-old relative of the girl, on the basis of
DNA evidence.
In early March, a man
gunned down his three
teenage nieces in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa after they reported to police that their father had raped one of them.
Police arrested both men.
But Gohar said that most
perpetrators of child abuse
go unpunished.
“Most of the victims’ families either avoid registering
cases or settle out of court,”
Gohar said.
laura.king@latimes.com
Special correspondent
Ayres reported from Moscow and Times staff writer
King from Washington.
Ali is a special
correspondent. Times staff
writer Shashank Bengali in
Mumbai, India, contributed
to this report.
After a series of rapes
and killings, areas of
Pakistan struggle with
how to teach about
sex and boundaries.
By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan —
Ashfaq Ahmad would never
have talked about sex with
his three children, least of all
his daughters, who are 5 and
3. In his socially conservative
Pashtun community near
the border with Afghanistan, the topic is taboo.
But Ahmad had grown
worried for his children’s
safety, particularly after stories of killings and sexual
abuse of minors began appearing almost nightly on
Pakistani news channels. In
January, the nation was
transfixed by the case of a 6year-old girl who was found
raped and left for dead in a
dumpster in a town in Punjab province.
Then Ahmad, a marketing manager, saw a video clip
of Indian movie star Aamir
Khan, who is popular in
Pakistan, educating a group
of children on a TV show
about inappropriate touching. The years-old clip,
which was making the
rounds on Pakistani social
media, persuaded Ahmad
and his wife to sit down with
each of their children, including their 8-year-old son.
“I told them if a stranger
touches your body parts,
you start crying and tell
mama, papa or your grandfather too,” Ahmad said.
A spate of child sexual
abuse cases has torn apart
B.K. Bangash Associated Press
A PAKISTANI student in Kasur shares information in January about rape and kidnapping attempts.
Pakistani
families
and
prompted a flood of anger at
politicians and law enforcement officials for failing to
curb a long-standing menace. It has also forced many
Pakistanis to explore ways of
broaching a topic that has
long been thought too sensitive to discuss.
Although sex education
is not taught in public or private schools, education officials in the two largest provinces recently introduced
chapters on child protection
in government textbooks.
But officials are skirting the
issue of sex to avoid offending parents and religious
groups.
Textbooks in Sindh and
Punjab provinces now include verses from the Koran,
the Muslim holy book, and
sayings of the prophet
Muhammad that refer to
keeping children safe —
without explicitly mentioning sexual abuse or body
parts.
Allah Bakhsh Malik, the
secretary of the provincial
education department in
Punjab, said the government had designed the
classroom materials in collaboration with religious
scholars, advocacy groups
and UNICEF, for students in
both elementary and secondary schools. The state
Curriculum and Textbook
Board prepared free supplementary material to sensi-
tize parents and teachers.
One passage, addressed
to parents, reads: “Keep a
vigilant eye on people in contact with children, including
close relatives, as sometimes trustworthy people
could inflict harm on them.”
Another, quoting Muhammad, says: “That person is
not among us who does not
show pity toward children
and extend respect to
elders.”
Imran Taker, a child
More muscle-flexing likely from Putin
Russia’s leader makes
clear he plans to use
his electoral mandate
to impose his will at
home and abroad.
By Sabra Ayres
and Laura King
MOSCOW — A day after
his
not-at-all-surprising
landslide win in Russia’s
presidential election, Vladimir Putin slipped comfortably into a favored role on
Monday: that of the magnanimous victor.
In an ornate conference
room deep inside the Kremlin, with golden draperies as
a backdrop, the 65-year-old
leader, now set to remain in
power until at least 2024,
personally welcomed those
he had vanquished in Sunday’s balloting, treating
them with elaborate politesse.
“Let’s hear what you have
to say, please,” he told them.
But the Kremlin-distributed video of the meeting,
shown on state television,
cut away before their responses could be heard.
In his moment of triumph, Putin, whose aggressive style is popular with his
compatriots, made it clear
that he planned to use his
latest electoral mandate —
his largest yet, by the official
count — to impose his will,
both at home and on the
international stage.
The Central Election
Commission said Monday
that with virtually all the
ballots counted, Putin won
nearly 77% of the vote. Only
one of Putin’s seven challengers, Pavel Grudinin,
broke into double digits, garnering 11.9% of the vote, the
commission said.
With nonstop government appeals before Sunday’s election for citizens to
do their civic duty and cast a
ballot, turnout was recorded
at 67%, almost matching a
Kremlin forecast.
Putin’s showing was almost certainly bolstered by
his main rival, Alexei
Navalny, being prevented
from running because of a
2013
fraud
conviction
Navalny says was politically
motivated, and, according to
government critics, because
brazen ballot-stuffing was
ignored.
Alexander Nemenov AFP/Getty Images
MEMBERS of Russia’s Central Election Commission in Moscow announce pre-
liminary results of the presidential election. Vladimir Putin won nearly 77%.
Russia’s relations with
the West may be at postCold War lows, but after his
win, Putin’s rhetoric on
international relations was
carefully affable. Moscow, he
said, “will seek to develop
constructive relations” with
adversary and ally alike.
“We will do all we can to
solve all disputes ... using political
and
diplomatic
means,” he said at the Kremlin gathering of the defeated
candidates, according to
Russian news agencies.
Even as Putin spoke,
however, European allies
were expressing solidarity
with Britain over the brazen
poisoning this month of a
former Russian spy who was
living in the quiet English
provincial city of Salisbury.
Prime Minister Theresa May
and others have placed the
blame on Russia.
At a news conference in
Brussels on Monday, the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s secretary-general,
Jens
Stoltenberg,
flanked by British Foreign
Secretary Boris Johnson,
denounced what he called
the Kremlin’s longtime pattern of “reckless behavior.”
But Putin was nonchalant about the accusation
that Moscow had used a military-grade nerve agent to
try to assassinate turncoat
Russian intelligence officer
Sergei Skripal, 66, and his
visiting daughter, Yulia, 33.
“It would be rubbish,
drivel, nonsense, for Russia
to embark on such an escapade on the eve of a presidential election,” the president told reporters after results pointed to an overwhelming victory.
Putin also employed
barbed sarcasm to deflect
speculation that he might
try to remain in power beyond this six-year term,
which will already make him
Russia’s
longest-serving
leader since the Soviet-era
dictatorship of Josef Stalin.
Asked
whether
he
planned to change the constitution so he could run
again, he said he wasn’t considering any constitutional
reforms “right now.” A reporter then asked whether
he would run in 2030, which
would be constitutionally
permissible after skipping a
term.
“What, am I going to sit
here until I’m 100 years old?”
Putin said.
He also seemingly dismissed his own boast, made
weeks earlier in a bellicose
state of the nation speech,
that Russia was developing
a new generation of nuclear
weapons that could outwit
any Western defenses. On
Monday, Putin declared that
his government has “no intention of engaging in some
kind of arms race.”
Relatively few world leaders have reached out to congratulate Putin for his win,
although French President
Emmanuel Macron on Monday wished him and the Russian people success in modernization efforts, the Elysee
Palace said.
President Trump has
sometimes rushed to congratulate
authoritarian
leaders on their electoral victories. But the White House,
struggling under the cloud
of the special counsel’s investigation stemming from
Russia’s interference in the
2016 vote, was circumspect
about Putin’s win.
White House spokesman
Hogan Gidley said Trump
was aware of Putin’s victory,
and said no phone call between the two leaders was
scheduled. Asked whether
the Trump administration
considered the vote free and
fair, Gidley replied: “We’re
not surprised by the outcome.”
Putin’s ties with Washington are awkward because
Trump’s past fulsome praise
of him has raised questions
about his policies toward
Russia.
Some analysts said Putin
has little incentive to improve overall ties with the
West, because he was well
served politically by an image of him standing firm
against Russia’s enemies.
“In foreign affairs, I think
President Putin and the
Kremlin will be consistent in
their hard-line resurgent foreign policy,” said Roman Osharov, an analyst with the
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Firms, nations bracing for tariffs
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steel and aluminum could
apply for tariff waivers on
specific products that may
not be available domestically. In the past, companies have been able to
get product waivers before
such tariffs were implemented.
That’s impossible this
time around. It was only on
Monday that an online form
was made available for companies to file for product exclusions, and the Commerce
Department said it would
take 90 days to review the detailed application — meaning that U.S.-based car producers, appliance makers
and other firms will have to
pay the hefty tariffs and
hope that they will get reimbursed if they later receive
exemptions.
“There’s just too many
questions on retroactivity,”
said Brett Guge, an executive vice president at California Steel Industries, which
processes imported steel
from Brazil, Mexico and
Japan. Guge said his Fontana company will work on
the product-exclusion application this week. “It is what
it is, as far as the timeline,”
he said. “Doesn’t matter
what we think. We don’t have
a lot of time.”
In issuing the tariffs,
Trump moved to fulfill a
campaign promise to aid domestic steelworkers and get
tough on trade rivals, whom
the president blames for
America’s industrial and
economic troubles. He surprised his own staff in previewing the tariffs March 1,
saying they would apply to
all countries, only later to
temporarily exclude Canada
and Mexico on the condition
that they renegotiate the
North American Free Trade
Agreement to Trump’s satisfaction.
Trump charged ahead
with the formal tariff orders,
which he justified on the
basis of national security,
even before his administration could prepare the
necessary rules and procedures for countries and
companies seeking exemptions for steel and aluminum
products.
Trump assigned his chief
trade official, U.S. Trade
Representative
Robert
Lighthizer, to negotiate requests from other countries
for exemptions. But there’s
been little information released on what the trade
representative’s office is
seeking, beyond the tariff
proclamation’s
general
clause indicating that a
country must provide a “satisfactory” alternative.
On Monday, the trade
representative’s office declined to comment on
whether such clarifying
rules would be forthcoming.
Nor would it confirm that
Australia had been granted
a countrywide exemption.
Australia’s prime minister,
Malcolm Turnbull, tweeted
a week ago that he had
received a “commitment”
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
IMPORTS make up about a fourth of U.S. steel consumption. Above, at California Steel Industries in Fontana.
from Trump that the
duties would not apply to
Australia.
But Australia accounts
for only a tiny share of all
U.S. imported steel — $380
million, or just 1.3%, in 2017.
The U.S. imports about
triple that amount each
from Japan, South Korea
and Germany — also countries with military agreements with the U.S.
All three countries, as
well as others, have called on
Trump to exempt their
countries from the tariffs.
And many have urged
Trump to work cooperatively with other nations to
address a steel problem
rooted in massive overpro-
duction in China, instead of
pushing through blanket
tariffs and then looking for
bilateral negotiations with
countries wanting out of
them.
Analysts, however, doubt
that wholesale tariff waivers
for any single nation will be
provided, apart from Canada and Mexico. And what’s
more, Germany along with
the United Kingdom, Sweden and others in Europe are
trying to negotiate an EUwide exemption.
China accounts for only
about 2.5% of U.S. steel imports, but Trump administration officials and tariff
supporters have argued that
Chinese-made steel makes
its way to America through
other nations. U.S. officials
and industry representatives suspect that such circumvention is happening
particularly through Turkey, South Korea and Vietnam, but there’s been no definitive study confirming
that.
Imports make up about
one-fourth of U.S. steel consumption. Trump’s tariff orders affect semifinished
steel, such as ingots and
slabs, as well as many
kinds of finished steel products, including pipe and
tubes, cold and flat rolls,
bars and rods.
Analysts say it’s hard to
know which specific prod-
ucts will qualify for tariff exemptions. Guge of California Steel Industries said the
slabs that his company
needs are not routinely
available or are prohibitively
expensive. He reckons the
company will seek exemptions for most of what it imports.
The Commerce Department regulations indicate
that product exemptions
would be based on availability, quality and national security considerations. Dan
DiMicco, the former chairman of steelmaker Nucor
who served as a trade advisor to Trump during the campaign and is familiar with
the administration’s think-
ing, doesn’t see the Commerce Department granting
tariff exemptions on many
products.
“It’s going to take a lot to
get an exclusion,” DiMicco
said.
The procedure for obtaining an exclusion may be
a hurdle in itself. The fivepage online form made available Monday shows companies will have to file a laborious application for each type
of product, listing in detail
aspects of the imported
metal, whether there might
be a suitable substitute, and
why an exclusion should be
granted, among other information.
After a form is submitted
and publicly available, any
individual or organization
also can file an objection to
that
exclusion
request
within 30 days.
The Commerce Department said it would take 90
days to review an application, including any objection.
Over the course of a year,
the agency said, it expects to
receive an estimated 4,500
applications for product exclusions and 1,500 forms filed
objecting to them.
The department’s procedures and regulations on
product exclusions that
were promulgated Monday
in the Federal Register were
called an “interim final rule”
to allow for a 60-day public
comment period on these
rules. Trade lawyers said
that typically, public comment and a final rule are issued before tariffs are implemented. But there wasn’t
enough time because the administration bypassed the
normal process, and now the
duties are set to take effect
Friday.
“The key thing is you
should have done this in advance,” said a Washington
trade lawyer, referring to the
rules and process for exclusions, who did not want to be
identified criticizing the administration.
He added that it’s going
to be very difficult for the
Commerce Department to
process 4,500 exclusion petitions in a timely manner.
“This is designed to make
it hard to get an exclusion,”
he said.
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A U.S.-Palestinian war of words
By Noga Tarnopolsky
JERUSALEM — An
uptick in violent incidents in
the West Bank and Jerusalem devolved into a sharp
war of words Monday between the U.S. and the Palestinian Authority, culminating in a rare and undiplomatic vulgarity aimed at the
U.S. ambassador to Israel,
David Friedman.
In an angry speech in Ramallah, the de facto Palestinian capital in the West
Bank, Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas
made two of the harshest insults in the Arabic language,
calling Friedman a “settler”
and a “son of a dog.”
It was the latest volley in
a steep deterioration in the
U.S.-Palestinian relationship since President Trump
announced in December
that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and would transfer its embassy here, a move
scheduled for mid-May.
On Monday, as the third
Israeli victim in a spate of
Palestinian violence was
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Twitter to voice his anger at
the Palestinian Authority
for failing to condemn a car
ramming attack in the West
Bank and a stabbing in
Jerusalem’s Old City.
“Tragedy in Israel,” he
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North, and father of 4, Adiel
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condemnation from the PA!
I pray for the families and
the wounded — so much
sadness.”
Friedman, a Trump
bankruptcy lawyer before he
became ambassador, is a
longtime donor to Israel’s
West Bank settlements,
which are considered illegal
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part of which is claimed by
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Fatah
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Friedman for stating that
the Jewish settlements in
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“Son of a dog. They [the
settlers] are building on
their land? You are a settler
and your family are settlers,”
Abbas said.
At an Israeli Foreign Ministry conference titled the
“Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism,” Friedman implied that Abbas’ remarks amounted to an antiJewish slur.
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were murdered over the
weekend,” he said at the forum, “in cold blood, by Palestinian terrorists, and the
reaction from the Palestinian Authority was deafening.
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Benjamin Netanyahu also
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Mazen’s attack on the U.S.
ambassador, David Friedman, says it all. For the first
time in decades, the American administration has
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them, ‘That’s it.’ Apparently
the shock of the truth has
caused them [to] lose their
cool.”
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“outrageous and unhelpful.”
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Actress to run for N.Y. governor
Cynthia Nixon of ‘Sex
and the City’ will face
two-term incumbent
Andrew Cuomo.
By Nina Agrawal
NEW YORK — After
dropping hints for days and
huddling with powerful political consultants, actress
Cynthia Nixon announced
Monday that she would run
for governor, all but guaranteeing a spirited election
season for New Yorkers.
The former “Sex and the
City” star began her campaign in cinematic fashion —
posting a video showing
Nixon dropping her child off
at school and riding the subway, all with a link to a donation page. Nixon emphasized her lifelong ties to New
York and her involvement
with the public school system.
“I love New York. I’ve never wanted to live anywhere
else, but something has to
change,” she said. “We want
our government to work
again on healthcare, ending
mass incarceration, fixing
our broken subway. We are
sick of politicians who care
more about headlines and
power than they do about
us.”
In recent days, Nixon had
appeared to be seriously
testing the waters of a potential run, prompting a war of
words between the state’s
two biggest political leaders
— New York Mayor Bill de
Blasio and Gov. Andrew
Cuomo — and a symbolic
show of force by the governor.
She was in talks with Bill
Hyers and Rebecca Katz,
two veteran political consultants for De Blasio, according to local news reports. And she was spotted
Alba Vigaray EPA/Shutterstock
CYNTHIA NIXON , pictured in January, is emphasizing to voters her lifelong ties to New York and her
involvement with the public school system. If elected, she would become the state’s first female governor.
on the streets of SoHo with a
camera crew and Matt McLaughlin, a media strategist
who has produced campaign ads for De Blasio.
Nixon’s wife, Christine
Marinoni, also resigned as
senior advisor for community partnerships at the New
York City Department of Education two weeks ago, a department
spokesperson
said.
But in taking on Cuomo,
a Democrat, Nixon faces a
tough primary against a
two-term governor with almost universal name recognition in the state and a $30million war chest. If elected,
she would become New
York’s first female governor,
and the first to come out as
gay.
Nixon has repeatedly discussed public education as a
possible motivator for a gubernatorial run, telling
NBC’s “Today” show in August that it was a main reason other people wanted her
to run. Nixon has long been
active with the Alliance for
Quality Education, a unionbacked group that advocates for high-quality public
education regardless of ZIP
Code.
In the campaign video released Monday, she said she
was a “proud public school
graduate and a prouder
public school parent,” but
that the state’s leaders had
let residents down, allowing
New York to become “the
most unequal state in the
entire country.”
Nixon has also been a
longtime friend of De Blasio,
for whom she campaigned in
2013 and at whose inauguration she spoke. De Blasio
and Cuomo have a long-running feud, including over
mayoral control of public
schools, a “millionaire’s tax”
to pay for universal pre-kindergarten and blame for the
city’s transit mess.
Asked on a conference
call with reporters about a
possible challenge by Nixon
this month, Cuomo chuckled and said it was “probably
either the mayor of New
York or Vladimir Putin” who
was behind it.
De Blasio told reporters
he wouldn’t discuss “private
conversations with a friend,”
but said that “whatever she
does, it’s her own choice.” He
added that he had “real political differences” with the
governor.
Nixon will probably challenge Cuomo from the left,
observers said.
Though Cuomo has presided over significant progressive victories, including
the legalization of same-sex
marriage, gun restrictions, a
$15 minimum wage and a
ban on fracking, he has been
criticized by the progressive
Working Families Party over
his cooperation with a group
of independent Democrats
in the New York Legislature
and the Republicans with
whom they caucus.
The Working Families
Party has not announced
whom it will endorse in the
governor’s race.
In recent days, Cuomo
appears to have been
shoring up his support on
the left.
The governor secured the
endorsement of Elton John
and his husband and the National Organization for
Women, adding to the endorsement he’s already received from 1199 SEIU, one of
the state’s most powerful
unions. And he assumed a
symbolic position at a protest against gun violence, lying down next to Randi
Weingarten, president of the
American Federation of
Teachers.
“He’s clearly out there in
combat mode,” longtime political communications consultant George Arzt said. “I
think you can expect ... a
really brass-knuckles campaign.”
Ken Sunshine, a public
relations consultant and a
friend of Cuomo’s, said he
didn’t see how Nixon could
credibly challenge Cuomo
from the left.
“With his unparalleled
success as a progressive governor who has set the standard on gay marriage, guns,
fracking and the minimum
wage, I’m not sure what the
issues are that would distinguish anybody running
against him in a primary,”
Sunshine said.
A poll released Monday
by Siena College found that,
if the primary were to be held
today,
Cuomo
would
trounce Nixon among registered Democratic voters,
66% to 19%.
But “a poll is nothing
more than a snapshot in
time,” said Steven Greenberg, who led the survey.
“This is a snapshot in midMarch for a race ... in September. That’s many political lifetimes away.”
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Tough talk on opioid epidemic
Trump’s plan, including death penalty for dealers, is called ‘step backward’
By Noah Bierman
and Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON — President Trump vowed Monday
to end the “scourge of drug
addiction in America,” even
as his administration continues to push significant
cuts to healthcare assistance used to combat addiction.
“Failure is not an option,”
Trump said in a meandering
speech at Manchester Community College in New
Hampshire, the state with
the first presidential primary and one he has long
used to highlight the drug
problem devastating communities nationwide. “Addiction is not our future.”
Although Trump again
spoke extensively about expanding the federal death
penalty for drug dealers, his
administration released a
three-page list of proposals
before his speech that ruled
out any change to existing
federal law, suggesting instead that the Justice Department would take a more
aggressive stance toward
those offenders already eligible to be put to death
based on other capital offenses, such as drug-related
murders.
Trump’s proposal also included an initiative to cut
prescriptions for opioids by
one-third over the next three
years.
The proposal lacks details on federal spending,
however. That, and the administration’s separate proposals for major cuts to Medicaid, the chief source of
funds for people seeking
treatment for drug addiction, are causing advocates
to question the president’s
commitment.
“I’m not sure we can
really call this a plan,” said
Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School
for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
“It’s more like a platform.
It’s a list of ideas about addressing the opioid crisis,
some of which are helpful,
some which sound like a step
backward,” he said. “But
what we still don’t have from
the administration is a plan
of action.”
Kolodny said the administration needed to make a
long-term commitment to
therapy, on the order of $6
billion a year for the next
decade, so that people suffering from addiction could
have immediate treatment
Susan Walsh Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP , with First Lady Melania Trump, greets Daniel Goonan, fire chief of Manchester, N.H., at one of the city’s
so-called safe stations, where drug addicts can go for help without fear of being arrested. Trump spoke in Manchester on Monday.
options that would dissuade
them from an easy $20 fix.
Administration officials
have
shifted
questions
about funding to Congress,
which has yet to coalesce on
how to address the epidemic, much less how to pay for a
plan.
Congress has appropriated some additional money
in recent years, including $6
billion over two years in the
most recent spending bill.
Yet public health advocates
and others, including some
GOP state officials, say the
aid has been inadequate.
Kellyanne Conway, a
Trump advisor who has
been working on the issue,
told reporters aboard Air
Force One that Trump
wants $13 billion.
Trump’s pledge won
qualified support from at
least some Democrats.
“I support many of the
policies that the president
put forward in a draft plan
prior to his speech, much of
which was recommended by
the president’s opioid commission last year. What’s
been missing is follow
through,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said in a
statement. “We need the
president to commit to providing the resources necessary to win this fight.”
With characteristic hyperbole, the president told
firefighters at a Manchester,
N.H., station that handles
opioid-related emergencies:
“We’re getting a big response
in Congress. A lot of money
is coming in.”
When congressional Republicans proposed a multiyear, $45-billion increase in
opioid spending in their 2017
bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Ohio Gov.
John Kasich, a Republican,
dismissed the money as akin
to “spitting in the ocean,” especially because the bill also
would have cut Medicaid significantly. Kasich has been
among the most aggressive
governors in tackling the
opioid crisis and opposing
Medicaid cuts.
Trump has spoken extensively about the toll of
drug use, as a candidate and
as president. At least 64,000
people died of drug overdoses in 2016, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Monday, he called to
the stage the parents of a
New Hampshire man —
whom Trump called “a
great, great boy” — who died
of an overdose.
“We’re going to solve it
with brains, we’re going to
solve it with resolve and
we’re going to solve it with
toughness,” Trump said.
But like other issues
Trump has dubbed a priority, from the economy to
infrastructure, his attention
to the opioid crisis has often
been overshadowed by his
proclivity to lash out at perceived opponents and shake
up his staff; those who have
been let go include his first
health secretary.
The president made
news over the weekend on
Twitter, not by previewing
his anti-drug policy but by
attacking special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III, for the
first time by name, prompting bipartisan concern that
he would attempt to fire
Mueller. Even as Trump prepared to depart for New
Hampshire, he raised the
political temperature by
tweeting of Mueller’s inquiry, “A total WITCH
HUNT with massive con-
flicts of interest!”
In Monday’s speech,
Trump headed off on several
tangents — calling out
Democrats over immigration issues, pledging to lower
drug prices for non-narcotic
prescription drugs and previewing a proposal to lift
more hurdles for terminally
ill patients to try experimental treatments.
Several of the proposals
in the White House opioid
plan have been championed
by anti-drug advocates for
some time, including more
resources for research into
non-addictive pain therapies.
Massachusetts
Gov.
Charlie Baker, a moderate
Republican whose administration has developed one of
the nation’s most comprehensive responses to the opioid crisis, said at the National Governors Assn. winter meeting last month that
the federal government was
uniquely positioned to help
develop non-opioid alternatives.
As states build databases
to track opioid prescriptions
and identify physicians and
others who may be overpre-
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regulatory liabilities of a
company that has spent the
last year dogged by questions of fake news and Russian propaganda.
The scope of Facebook’s
problems ballooned after
Christopher Wylie, a political strategist who used to
work for Cambridge Analytica, alleged on NBC’s “Today” show Monday that the
firm believed that if it could
“capture every channel of information around a person
and then inject content
around them, you can
change their perception of
what’s actually happening.”
By mining Facebook user
data, Wylie said, the company could tailor the ads
and articles users would see
— a practice he calls “informational dominance.”
In a video secretly recorded by Britain’s Channel 4,
Mark Turnbull, managing
director of Cambridge Analytica’s political division,
suggests users targeted by
the firm wouldn’t know their
online experience was being
manipulated.
“We just put information
into the bloodstream of the
internet ... and then watch it
grow, give it a little push every now and again … like a remote control,” he said. “It
has to happen without anyone thinking, ‘That’s propaganda,’ because the moment you think ‘That’s propaganda,’ the next question
is, ‘Who’s put that out?’ ”
Turnbull, according to
Channel 4, also bragged
about the firm’s practice of
recording politicians in compromising situations with
bribes and sex workers.
‘We just put
information into
the bloodstream
of the internet ...
and then watch it
grow.’
— Mark Turnbull,
managing director at
Cambridge Analytica
In a statement sent to
The Times, Cambridge Analytica accused Channel 4 of
entrapment and rejected
the allegations made in the
report. In a separate
statement, also issued Monday, the firm said it did not
carry out “personality targeted advertising” for President Trump’s campaign.
The company obtained
the Facebook data linked to
50 million accounts through
a Cambridge University psychology professor who had
permission to gather information on users of the social
media platform, but violated
Facebook guidelines by
passing it on to a third party
for commercial purposes.
Although Cambridge Analytica said in a news release
over the weekend that it deleted the data as soon as it
learned it had broken Facebook’s rules, Wylie alleged
that the firm continued to
use the information.
What’s worrisome about
Cambridge’s alleged practice, say social media and
psychology experts, is that it
works on even the most rational of people.
“Attribution
theory
teaches us that if you hear
the same thing from multiple sources, then you start
believing that it might be
true even if you originally
questioned it,” said Karen
North, a social media professor at USC who has also
studied psychology.
In Cambridge Analytica’s
case, Wylie on Monday accused the firm of going beyond simply serving targeted ads to people on Facebook. He alleged that the
firm “works on creating a
web of disinformation” so
that unwitting consumers
are confronted with the
same lies and false stories
both on and off Facebook.
“Even if you thought it
was just one biased person
or one paid ad, when you
start to see it everywhere,
you start thinking there’s a
critical mass of people or experts that buy into the same
position,” North said. “You
start to believe there must
be a groundswell of support
for it.”
The ability to target ads
at individuals isn’t unique to
Facebook. But what makes
the social media giant’s role
profound is the breadth and
depth of information it collects and the sheer number
of people who use the service. Last year, 67% of Americans told Pew Research that
they get at least some of
their news on social media.
In 2016, 64% of those who got
their news from social media
got it from only one source —
most commonly Facebook.
Since the 2012 presidential campaign, Facebook
has been the “No. 1 destination” for digital media strategists looking to influence
politics, according to Laura
Olin, a digital strategist who
ran social media strategy for
former President Obama’s
reelection campaign.
Prior to that election,
campaigns spread their focus among Facebook, Twitter and traditional media
outlets, she said. But in 2012,
three things became clear:
8 People were spending
more of their online time on
Facebook than anywhere
else.
8 It reached a broader
demographic than its competitors.
8 Ads could be targeted
more effectively on Facebook than on other platforms.
The Obama campaign
that year was able to aim ads
and messages at voters
based on gender, location
and existing political beliefs.
“We showed people what
it could look like,” said Olin,
who ran Obama’s Facebook
pages during the campaign.
“From there, people realized
they could use paid advertising to reach voters in a targeted way. I feel some guilt
over any potential part I
might have played in that.”
Digital media experts
such as Olin worry that the
growing influence of misinformation on Facebook is
likely to get worse before it
gets better.
In 2013, 47% of Americans
used Facebook as a source
for news, according to research from Pew. In 2016,
that number had grown to
63%. Facebook itself has
nearly 2.2 billion people who
visit its website and app every month, and its subsidiaries continue to grow, with
Instagram
commanding
nearly a billion monthly active users, WhatsApp recording more than a billion
users, and Messenger at
more than 900 million users.
Facebook has pledged to
more than double its team of
10,000 content moderators
by the end of 2018 to keep
false and misleading information in check. But with
hundreds of millions of photos, videos and articles uploaded to Facebook daily, security experts question
whether this will be enough.
Despite the rampant
misinformation on the platform, users flock to it, North
said. Policing its platform
will be especially hard for
Facebook, she said, because
the tools used for propaganda — the wealth of information it collects and its microtargeted advertisements —
are the same ones Facebook
uses to generate revenue.
Gathering and selling access to that kind of granular
data helped increase Facebook’s advertising revenue
last year by 49%. Advertising
accounted for more than
98% of Facebook’s total revenue in 2017, according to
company filings.
So despite Facebook’s
share price dropping $12.53
on Monday to $172.56 after
the Cambridge Analytica allegations, multiple analysts
maintained a “buy” rating
on the company’s stock.
“What’s important to
understand is that all social
media platforms can be
‘weaponized,’ so this is not
limited to Facebook by any
means,” analysts at Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co.
said in a note to investors.
Or, as Olin put it: “No one
thinks of themselves as a
fake news consumer. We all
assume we’re smarter than
that.”
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scribing medications, state
officials say the federal government could help coordinate these efforts. Playing
that role appears to be what
the Trump administration
is proposing.
But the administration’s
push to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in federal assistance to state Medicaid
programs — made again in
the White House’s fiscal year
2018 budget proposal —
would threaten much of the
progress that states have
made in recent years to confront the opioid epidemic,
according to state officials,
physicians groups and public health advocates.
The Medicaid expansion
made possible by the 2010 Affordable Care Act has played
a crucial role in helping
states on the front lines of
the crisis — including New
Hampshire and much of
New England as well as
Ohio, West Virginia and
Kentucky — to build up systems to treat patients suffering from opioid addiction.
Trump’s calls to increase
law enforcement efforts
have received much of the
attention, but it’s unclear
what specific changes he
would make.
In recent weeks he has
most prominently called for
executing drug traffickers.
On Monday, he said he had
spoken to leaders of unnamed
countries
who
claimed to eliminate their
drug problems through the
death penalty.
“Take a look at some of
these countries where they
don’t play games,” Trump
said. “They don’t have a drug
problem.”
The proposal released
late Sunday calls for a federal death penalty for drug
traffickers — not street-level
dealers — “where appropriate under current law.” The
administration is seeking
actual changes in other laws,
however, by adding stiffer
mandatory minimum sentences for more categories of
drug traffickers.
Many treatment advocates criticized the emphasis on law enforcement.
“Locking people away for
having a disease has not
worked,” said Dr. Yngvild
Olsen, an addiction medicine physician and medical
director for an outpatient
addiction treatment center
in Baltimore.
But John P. Walters, who
served as “drug czar” under
President George W. Bush,
said enforcement and interdiction, particularly efforts
aimed at high-level traffickers, were key to breaking up
supply networks.
“If you don’t stop that
poison, you can’t stop that
dying,” said Walters, chief
operating officer of the Hudson Institute, a conservative
think tank.
Still, Walters agrees with
other specialists that the
Trump administration has
been slow to tackle the problem. “They’ve had problems
finding a real plan and strategy living up to the president’s statements,” he said.
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election.
The victory of Democrat
Conor Lamb last week in a
Pennsylvania House race —
in a district that strongly favored Trump for president
— underscored the foul election climate for Republicans.
Trump’s
hard-edged
brand of racial politics is an
especially poor fit for Aurora’s immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Ethiopia,
Somalia, Bhutan, Myanmar
and dozens of other countries.
“Everybody in this district knows somebody who’s
been the target of Trump’s
racism, xenophobia and immigrant bashing,” said Colorado Democratic Chairwoman Morgan Carroll, who
ran against Coffman in 2016.
“It’s personal.”
Coffman’s battle for survival will test the Republican
Party’s capacity to adapt to
a U.S. electorate that, like
Aurora, is less and less
white.
Trump’s
antagonism
toward people of color — his
disparagement of immigrants from “shithole” countries, his branding of Mexican migrants as rapists and
killers, his proposed Muslim
ban, his defense of neo-Nazi
demonstrators, his call for
firing black football players
protesting racism — can be
toxic for Republicans, and
not just in Aurora.
It also puts off voters in
once-strong
Republican
pockets of California, where
growing Latino and Asian
populations threaten the
GOP’s hold on more than
half a dozen House seats.
“Those seats go, they
might never come back to
the Republican fold,” said
Reed Galen, a campaign
consultant who once worked
for former California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In Coffman’s district,
which wraps around east
Denver, Trump lost to Clinton by 9 percentage points.
Coffman — who once called
for printing ballots only in
English, but now has a Twitter feed in Spanish — beat
his Democratic challenger in
part by openly denouncing
Trump.
“People ask me, ‘What do
you think about Trump?’
Honestly, I don’t care for him
much, and I certainly don’t
trust Hillary,” Coffman told
viewers in a 2016 television
ad, vowing to stand up to
Trump if he won.
Since Trump’s inauguration, however, Coffman has
sided with the president in
Matthew Staver For The Times
REP. MIKE COFFMAN’S battle for survival will test the GOP’s capacity to adapt to a U.S. electorate that, like his district, is less white.
more than 95% of his House
votes, according to the
FiveThirtyEight website.
Carroll, his former rival,
described Coffman as a
crafty politician who rarely
breaks with Trump and his
allies in the House. “I think
he has proven himself very
skilled at marketing,” she
said. “He has been able to reinvent himself in a way that’s
utterly divorced from his
voting record.”
When Coffman’s family
moved to Aurora in the
1960s, fewer than 75,000 people lived here. By 2010, the
population had surged to
325,000. Once nearly all
white, the city by then was
29% Latino (up from 19% a
decade earlier), 16% black
and 5% Asian.
Aurora’s demographic
shifts are most striking in
the Hoffman Heights neighborhood where Coffman was
raised. At Aurora Plaza, a
strip mall, the storefront
signs are now in Spanish:
The ice cream shop is the
paletería; the cowboy clothing store, Centro del Vaquero. The Sonora multiplex theater is showing
Spanish-dubbed versions of
“Black Panther” and “Peter
Rabbit.”
Robin Peltz, 60, who settled in Aurora in the 1970s,
said it was not that long ago
that English was the only
language he’d encounter at
the strip mall. “The big migration came after the military people left,” he said, alluding to the 1990s closing of
two of the area’s three military bases. “That’s what
stirred the pot.”
After two terms in Congress, Coffman was jolted in
2012 by a redrawn election
map that carved many of the
white conservatives out of
his sprawling suburban district.
Coffman, a veteran of the
Gulf and Iraq wars, adjusted
fast to his new constituencies, softening his stands
on immigration. He dropped
his support for the Englishonly ballot proposal. He
stopped cosponsoring a bill
that would deny automatic
citizenship to children born
in the United States — “anchor babies,” as Trump derides them. He backed a
path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
He pays close attention
to Ethiopians, one of Aurora’s
biggest
immigrant
groups. He has backed a
Teen’s expletive draws
suspension and kudos
Gun protester wanted
congressman to push
reform. ACLU says
discipline is ‘against
the 1st Amendment.’
By David Montero
LAS VEGAS — Last
week, Noah Christiansen
walked out of school, along
with thousands of other students across the country, as
part of the nationwide protest to bring about gun control legislation.
During those 17 minutes
out of class at Robert McQueen High School in Reno,
he called the office of his
congressman — Rep. Mark
Amodei (R-Nev.) — to urge
him to do his part and got a
staff member on the phone.
Christiansen made his case
and, in a moment of frustration, used an expletive. Yes,
it was the big one. No, the
staffer didn’t like it.
A few hours later, Christiansen learned he had been
suspended for two days.
“For being disrespectful and
insubordinate,” he said by
phone Monday from Reno.
Turns out, Amodei’s staffer
had contacted the school to
tell the principal about
Christiansen’s choice of
words.
The
American
Civil
Liberties Union of Nevada
wrote a letter to the school
asking that the suspension
be scrubbed from his record
and that Christiansen be
reinstated as student body
secretary-treasurer, arguing
the discipline violated his
1st Amendment rights.
Holly Welborn, policy director for the ACLU in Nevada, said constituents
should not have to worry
about congressional offices
reporting them to schools or
employers for expressing
their views — and that the
action taken by Amodei’s
staffer could have a “chilling” effect on contact with
elected representatives.
“It really took a lot of
courage for the students to
participate in these protests
and in our democracy only to
see it be undermined by the
congressman’s staff,” she
said. “It’s very much against
the 1st Amendment.”
The ACLU also wrote a
letter to Amodei seeking an
apology.
Christiansen said he had
been sickened by the high
school shooting in Parkland,
Fla., last month. Now 17, he
was born after the massacre
at Columbine High School.
He’s grown up seeing school
shootings in the news in
Newtown, Conn., and at Virginia Tech, as well as mass
shootings in Orlando, Fla.;
Las Vegas; and Aurora, Colo.
He said he was inspired
by the protests that followed
the killings of 17 students at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School and that he was
frustrated by the lack of action by Congress. Which led
to him dropping the vulgar
word. He said Congress
needed to “get off their ...
asses” and take action on
gun violence. He said he
wasn’t threatening anyone.
Amodei said it wasn’t his
office’s policy for staffers to
contact schools or employers when a constituent
voiced opinions or concerns,
and he said this was not a
case of retribution. But, he
said, the staffer had 17 years
of experience taking calls
from the public and made a
decision to let the school
know about it. He said no action was requested to punish
Christiansen.
Amodei, who is up for
reelection in November and
is a strong supporter of gun
rights, said he wouldn’t apologize to the student. However, he said his office would review protocols for taking
calls from constituents. And
he acknowledged Christiansen’s frustration.
“Sometimes I’m one of
the people who gets frustrated,” Amodei said. “Look,
I’m not going to be the language proctor for the U.S.
House of Representatives,
but I am going to allow a senior staffer who deals with all
of that stuff — if they think a
situation was such that it
warranted saying something up the line.... Well, you
know what, I’m responsible
for what I’m saying right
now. Welcome to the world
where words have impact.”
The Washoe County
School
District,
where
Christiansen is a junior, issued a statement Monday,
saying it supported students’ rights to free speech
— noting walkouts on March
14 at several of its campuses
and that no students were
suspended for that action.
The statement said that
while it couldn’t discuss specific discipline of individual
students because of the
Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act, “the district expects students to act
appropriately and with decorum.”
Christiansen said he
planned to keep raising the
issue of gun violence and
speaking out for tighter gun
laws. He also said he
planned to speak at the ballot box in November, when
he votes for the first time. He
said he won’t be voting for
Amodei.
david.montero
@latimes.com
House resolution condemning human rights abuses in
Ethiopia, and he often
attends services at St.
Mary Ethiopian Orthodox
Church. Parishioners appreciate his presence, said Neb
Asfaw, a church spokesman.
“Politics is very personal
in our community,” he said.
Coffman sees a side benefit to his engagement with
immigrants: It bolsters his
support among white moderates. “I think it affects suburban Republican women,”
he said over lunch at Lupita’s, a Mexican restaurant in
Aurora. “They’re turned off
by that edgier rhetoric by
Republicans.”
Apart from immigration,
Coffman has barely budged
from his conservative moorings. An ally of fossil fuel producers, Coffman joined
House colleagues in trying
to block the Obama administration from restricting
greenhouse gas emissions
from power plants. He has
voted many times to scale
back abortion rights.
Coffman has also sided
with the National Rifle Assn.
in opposition to new gun
control laws. It’s a raw emotional issue in Aurora, where
in 2012 a gunman killed 12
people in a movie theater.
A few days after 17 people
were killed in a shooting at a
Florida high school, Coffman was booed and heckled
for the better part of an hour
at a town hall when he refused to bend on gun rights.
Patti Seno, 53, told Coffman that her husband was
one of the firefighters who
responded to the 1999 mass
shooting at nearby Columbine High School. The
audience burst into ap-
plause when she scolded
Coffman for not supporting
a ban on the AR-15 and other
assault weapons.
“I call BS,” she said, echoing teenage survivors of the
Florida shooting.
Opponents have rarely
challenged Coffman on his
alliance with the NRA. But
Jason Crow, one of Coffman’s Democratic challengers and a fellow Iraq war veteran, has called on him to return his NRA donations.
“This is just another
prime example of Mike Coffman being radically out of
step with this district,” said
Crow, the Democrat favored
by party leaders. “He votes
in line with Donald Trump,
and that’s not what voters in
this district want.”
michael.finnegan
@latimes.com
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The future of gang injunctions
“conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of life
above and beyond the call
of duty.”
That’s right: These are
the words used for every
recipient of the Medal of
Honor. Thompson deserves no less.
Daniel Connell
Moorpark
ust as Los Angeles officials were finally acknowledging, and correcting,
their blunt misuse of gang injunctions,
a federal court said in essence that the
fixes were “too little, too late.” Judge
Virginia A. Phillips last week enjoined the
city from enforcing its injunctions — court
orders that restrict the activity of particular
people in designated neighborhoods in the
name of curbing gang violence.
Now L.A. lawyers and police have to decide whether to give up on injunctions entirely. Gangs are a more manageable challenge than they were in the violent 1980s and
1990s, and police and city officials have
found less-intrusive tools to fight gang violence. Besides, the city badly overstepped
constitutional bounds in the past by barring
alleged gang members, many of whom had
been neither charged with crimes nor convicted, from gathering together, wearing
particular clothing or engaging in otherwise
legal activity — without giving them a
chance to defend their liberties in court.
That practice left the whole system tainted.
But it’s not too late. The court did not
bar gang injunctions, which can be crafted
to respect the constitutional rights of innocent people while still protecting communities from thuggish gang behavior. The task
is to see the injunctions as the useful tools
they can be, and not as what they too often
became: a policing shortcut and a weapon of
oppression against individuals that restricted their behavior based not on what
they did but on who they were.
Gang injunctions were pioneered by Los
Angeles County officials but mushroomed
under their L.A. city counterparts in the
1980s and 1990s during a historic increase in
deadly youth violence.
The theory was based on the well-established “law of nuisance.” Individuals or
groups whose actions interfere with the
ability of others to live in health and safety
can be targeted in a civil lawsuit. Those who
are subject to the complaint have to modify
their activity or else be penalized.
But injunctions too often allowed police
on the street to determine who was a gang
member and thus who was subject to the
court order. A person who had never joined
a gang could too easily discover that he had
been added to an injunction, and that he
would be subject to criminal sanctions for
activity such as wearing a Dodgers jacket or
J
chatting on the front steps with a cousin.
Opponents argued that in addition to being unconstitutional, injunctions were ineffective. But that is subject to dispute. The
grip of gangs in some neighborhoods was
loosened. It became more difficult for gangs
to target large gatherings of rivals.
By 2013, Los Angeles had 45 gang injunctions, naming hundreds of people, and was
about to add one more — in Echo Park.
Community debates were fierce, with opponents arguing that gang injunctions were a
tool not to fight crime but to further gentrification by harassing longtime residents and
pressuring them to leave their homes, to be
replaced by wealthier and generally whiter
newcomers. Other longtime residents
pushed back, arguing that they had long
been intimidated from speaking out by their
more aggressive, gang-affiliated neighbors.
The Echo Park injunction was added,
but in the meantime new City Attorney
Mike Feuer took office and brokered an
agreement to allow people named in injunctions to be removed if they could show they
did not deserve to be on the list. It was a step
in the right direction but still was too timid
and allowed the worst excesses of gang injunctions to continue operating.
Last year, Feuer went further and agreed
to drop enforcement against more than
three-quarters of the people covered by city
injunctions. Finally, the city had moved
close to a proper balance — but it remained
the case that some alleged gang members
had their activity restricted based on court
orders that had taken effect before they had
a meaningful chance to challenge them.
Judge Phillips’ ruling last week means in essence that the city has to start over — or forget gang injunctions altogether.
A constitutional gang injunction would
provide prior notice to its target and would
establish beyond a reasonable doubt that
the person is involved in gang activity. It
would be time-limited and would provide
opportunity for the subject to seek removal.
Ending injunctions would send the pendulum swinging too far in the other direction. There is no reason for the city not to
keep its crime-fighting tools well honed and
up to date. Nor is there any reason to believe
that they cannot craft those tools carefully,
so that they comply with the Constitution
and respect the dignity and the civil rights
of the people to be covered.
Facebook’s privacy problem
eports surfaced this weekend
about yet another Facebook-fueled abuse of privacy, this time
by an outside company trying to
manipulate voters on behalf of
political causes and candidates — including
Donald Trump in 2016. The revelations were
both familiar and outrageous.
According to the Guardian and the New
York Times, a Cambridge University researcher named Aleksandr Kogan produced
an innocuous-looking personality testing
app for Facebook whose real purpose was to
identify the sorts of marketing pitches one
might be susceptible to — ones that played
to people’s anxieties, for example, or alternatively to their sentiments. He then gathered data not just from the roughly 270,000
people who used the app, but from tens of
millions of their Facebook friends, all without the friends’ knowledge or consent, according to the news articles.
The story gets worse, however. Kogan reportedly turned over the Facebook data he
had harvested to a political consulting firm,
Cambridge Analytica, to help it build profiles that it could use to sway voters on a
massive scale. The messages could be tailored precisely to the weaknesses of a narrow group of voters and hidden from voters
with different sensibilities.
As Christopher Wylie, who worked at
Cambridge Analytica from its founding until 2014, told the Guardian: “We would know
what kinds of messages you would be susceptible to, and where you’re going to consume that. And then how many times do we
need to touch you with that in order to
change how you think about something.”
Political campaigns and commercial advertisers have long targeted their pitches;
what’s different now is how the internet and
platforms such as Facebook make the process easier, more effective, wider-scale and
far more intrusive. Cambridge Analytica
has denied using Facebook data improperly,
but news reports over the weekend strongly
suggest that the firm built its profiles at
least in part with data Facebook users
didn’t realize they were sharing with it.
Kogan insists that he, too, did nothing
wrong, and that’s one of the most disturbing
elements of the story. One reason he could
acquire all that data about his app users’
Facebook friends, including their posts and
their likes, is because Facebook opened that
information to developers in 2011. The com-
R
pany rolled back access to information
about app users’ friends in 2015, long after
Kogan harvested and shared that data.
Facebook says that when it first learned
about Kogan’s data sharing in 2015, it instructed his company and Cambridge Analytica to destroy the harvested data. If the
news reports are true, a Facebook executive
told the Guardian, “it’s a serious abuse” of
the company’s rules.
That’s little comfort to the millions of
people whose marketing susceptibilities
have now been cataloged with Facebook’s
help. And this is just the latest in a long line
of privacy problems at the social network. In
fact, the Federal Trade Commission entered
into a consent decree with the company in
2011 over misleading or false disclosures to
users about app developers’ access to data,
among other issues.
Whether the consent decree will have any
bearing on this latest privacy affront remains to be seen. Regardless, the fundamental problem here is that companies
keep finding new and unanticipated ways to
use the information people share online —
including the digital bread crumbs they
leave unwittingly around the web. Are you
comfortable knowing that companies are
scooping up your “likes,” your tweets, your
status updates and your lists of friends to
determine whether to offer you discounts?
To decide which news items to show you? To
figure out how best to sell you on a presidential candidate or a ballot measure?
The largely hands-off approach taken by
regulators to date has encouraged bountiful
innovation and experimentation, but it’s
also reinforced an act-first, ask-forgivenesslater mentality among entrepreneurs. The
only guidelines are the vaguely worded prohibitions in federal law against unfair and
deceptive practices; rather than trying to
adopt comprehensive guidelines, the Federal Trade Commission has handled complaints on a case-by-case basis.
It’s not enough. Internet users need
some measure of control over the information they reveal online, so that they are not
unwittingly helping countless unseen data
brokers, aggregators and analysts find new
and better ways to steer their opinions, purchases and votes. A federal bill of rights covering online data would be a good place to
start. How many outrages have to surface
before the tech industry and the federal government start taking privacy seriously?
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Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
A SHOTGUN and a bottle of whiskey are auctioned
at a “state of Jefferson” fundraiser.
Another red state?
Re “In the rural north, a bid to create the 51st state,”
March 17
You don’t like what’s going on in Sacramento? Go
there. Lobby. Make change. The way not to be politically
irrelevant is to sell your positions in the marketplace of
ideas.
California bought the so-called state of Jefferson’s
“ideas” when we enacted Proposition 187 a generation
ago. We’re not going back to that. Jefferson is never going
to happen.
I and the millions of other Democrats in this state
won’t allow the tyranny of rural America to get any worse.
Instead, putative Jeffersonians can look forward to
actual political irrelevance in 2020 when Democratic
legislatures around the country tear down the
undemocratic voter suppression regime that
Republicans have constructed over the last decade.
Branden Frankel
Encino
The state of Jefferson
seems like a good idea.
I would, however, suggest that instead of including only several breakaway
counties in Northern California, the 51st state draw
its borders south along the
Sierra Nevada, the San
Bernardino Mountains
and the Santa Rosa Mountains to the Mexican border.
Residents of these
inland and northern areas,
their families and their
communities are damaged
and disenfranchised by
their association with
California.
Tim Bradley
Irvine
::
Californians should
fiercely oppose the creation of what in effect
would be a West Coast
Mississippi, yet another
economically depressed
red state that would leech
off of the wealth generated
by states like California
and New York. But then
again, these welfare ranchers already benefit from
federal water subsidies and
state largess for highways
and other infrastructure
they could not afford on
their own.
Making matters worse,
the “Jefferson” residents
interviewed in this article
repeat the tiresome (and
tacitly racist) anti-immigrant litany that betrays
an unwillingness to compete in the modern economy.
Residents of “Jefferson”
should be thankful that
their wagons are hitched to
one of the most productive
and innovative economies
on Earth. If they feel “left
out,” they should adapt
and join the productive
ranks of Californians.
Chris Ford
Phoenix
::
If Jefferson becomes the
51st state, why not make
the San Fernando Valley
the 52nd?
Think about it: The
state and even the city of
Los Angeles have been very
lax in fixing the roads and
bridges in the Valley. It
floods even when it drizzles, many roads don’t have
adequate lighting, and the
traffic is terrible. Plus,
Sacramento is really far
away.
We’ll call it the state of
San Fernando. We’ll get
two senators and representation in the House, and we
already have a commercial
airport. Why not?
Mike Cohen
Studio City
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McCabe’s out.
Who’s next?
Re “Trump’s war with FBI
looks far from over,” Opinion, March 18
The firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe after repeated attacks on him by President
Trump is a worrying sign of
the erosion of the rule of
law.
If McCabe’s firing turns
out to have more to do with
his interview with special
counsel Robert S. Mueller
III about whether it was
Trump or James Comey
who lied, than his alleged
false statements under
oath about investigations
involving Hillary Clinton,
then it is really an attempt
by the president to obstruct justice.
The handling of the
Clinton investigation was
also used by Trump as a
pretext to fire Comey, the
former FBI director, before
the president admitted
that wasn’t the real reason.
Trump lawyer John
Dowd’s calling for an end to
the special counsel’s investigation makes it hard to
believe there is no connection between the firing and
Mueller’s work. The special
counsel investigation must
be allowed to follow the
facts wherever they lead;
ending it because of fears
about what might be uncovered is completely
unacceptable.
David Bendall
Aliso Viejo
::
Why was McCabe fired?
He claims in effect that
there was a plot in the
White House to single him
out for the role he played in
the aftermath of Comey’s
firing. The other view is
that the Justice Department inspector general
investigated McCabe for
mishandling the Clinton
email investigation and for
lying, and it recommended
his termination. McCabe’s
boss, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, followed that recommendation Friday.
Which version is more
probably true?
If the White House
thought that Mueller could
use McCabe as a witness
against Trump, the last
thing it would want to do
would be to retaliate
against McCabe for past
deeds by causing him to
delay collecting his pension
and thereby turn an objective witness into an enemy
with a score to settle.
It seems more reasonable that McCabe was fired
because of the inspector
general’s report.
Bill Gravlin
Rancho Palos Verdes
Posthumous
Medal of Honor
Re “The man who stopped
the My Lai massacre,”
Opinion, March 16
We can still do more to
thank Hugh Thompson,
the U.S. Army helicopter
pilot who prevented even
more murders of Vietnamese civilians by American soldiers in My Lai 50
years ago.
The thanks we as a
nation should give him
would include these words:
I never heard the story
before of how this courageous helicopter pilot
brought his chopper down
in front of hundreds of
innocent women, men and
children who were about to
be slaughtered, demanding that the American
soldiers stop the killing.
Thompson was a true
American hero in a time of
incredible national shame.
Sam Platts
Sylmar
::
Please thank UC Irvine
historian Jon Wiener for
reminding us of the heroic
and historic act of courage
performed by Thompson
during the Vietnam War.
I wish that Thompson
was still alive so that we
might fully honor him.
However, we can take
comfort in the fact that he
lived his life knowing that
he did a courageous thing.
Sometimes doing the
right thing is its own reward.
Brad Lund
Santa Barbara
Bipartisan
scapegoats
Re “How immigration
enforcement helps black
men,” Opinion, March 16
Dave Seminara fails to
note that backlash against
immigrants has also occurred under Democratic
leadership.
In the 1930s, there were
millions of deportations
under the leadership of
President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, and as a child I
remember the roundups in
Los Angeles that created
fear and panic under President Carter. And how can
we forget President
Obama, who prom-ised
immigration reform but
instead earned the title
“deporter in chief ”?
Complaints about
immigrants tend to fade
during economic boom
times, but when the economy goes south, immigrants
are scapegoated. In California, we have made progress in moving beyond
blaming immigrants for
the lack of opportunities
for other minorities.
I await Seminara’s
continued dispatches in
which he will hopefully
show how millions of
Americans are flocking to
take manual labor jobs in
the agriculture and service
sectors that are being
vacated by immigrant
labor.
Salvador Jimenez
Los Angeles
::
Seminara’s courageous
piece reminds us how a
policy that benefits one
segment of society may
hurt another.
At a time when the issue
of homelessness is under
examination, it is important to take into account all
variables that directly or
indirectly contribute to the
problem. Statistics show
that although African
Americans make up about
13% of our country’s population, they account for
about 40% of its homeless
population.
Are our current immigration policies aggravating black homelessness?
Addressing this question
should be part of a bipartisan effort to better understand the complexity of the
problem. Like it or not,
sanctuary cities are not
excluded from the responsibility of acknowledging
the problem and taking
steps to address it.
Berta
Graciano-Buchman
Beverly Hills
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Trump is railroading the rule of law
By Harry Litman
I
t will be some time before
we can evaluate the evidence
that prompted the inspector
general of the Justice Department to conclude that Andrew McCabe, the deputy director
of the FBI, had exhibited a “lack of
candor” about his role in authorizing two FBI officials to speak to the
media.
On its face, it is a serious charge
brought by one highly respected
professional — Michael Horowitz,
the inspector general of the Justice
Department — against another —
McCabe, who denies it adamantly.
It seems likely in the end that
the evidence will seem ambiguous
and allow conflicting interpretations. Nothing in McCabe’s
distinguished career suggests he
would tell a bald lie; nothing in Horowitz’s suggests he would concoct
a smear.
But even if McCabe’s transgression turns out to have been clearcut, it won’t matter.
It won’t matter because the inspector general’s conclusion, and
the Office of Professional Responsibility’s
subsequent
recommendation that McCabe be fired,
doesn’t justify the pre-cooked decision of Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to
sack McCabe on Friday, just hours
before McCabe’s pension for 21
years of service to the country was
due to vest.
That wasn’t unlucky timing; it
was the whole point of a politicized
and vindictive campaign against
the FBI and McCabe run from the
top, and it represents a radical departure from conventional practice. It also makes the firing a naked political hit.
Compare McCabe’s fate with
that of John Yoo, coauthor of the
George W. Bush administration
“torture memos.” Yoo was at least
as controversial on the left as McCabe has come to be on the right.
At the final stage of the internal review of his actions, Yoo was permitted several months to file a long
brief in his own defense, and the department took six months before it
issued a 69-page opinion rejecting
its own finding against him and reducing the recommended punishment.
McCabe, by contrast, was not
even permitted to see the inspector
general’s final report, or the evidence on which it was based, until a
week ago. He was given only four
days to review it and prepare a response.
He delivered it Thursday, the
same day the president had his
press secretary announce to the
world that McCabe “is by most accounts a bad actor.” About 24
hours later, the ax fell.
The whole affair capped a yearplus of venomous Trump tweets
about McCabe, including bratty
schoolboy taunts about whether
he would get to keep his pension
and one calling his wife a loser.
More offensive still, Trump the
petty dictator took again to the
tweet-waves after the firing to call
it “a great day for the hard-working
men and women of the FBI — A
great day for Democracy.”
Rarely has Trump seemed so
villainous, and so small.
McCabe figures to come out of
the episode changed but intact. He
likely will get his pension or the
equivalent, one way or another, either through the gambit of working
a few more days for the federal gov-
Andrew McCabe’s
firing was the
strongest strike yet
in the president’s
venomous attack
on federal law
enforcement.
ernment (he already has an offer
from a Wisconsin House member)
or through some private-funding
mechanism. And he has signaled,
perhaps surprisingly, that he intends to publicly take the fight to
the president.
But even if the blow against McCabe is softened, Trump, abetted
by Sessions (whose own job is on
the line), has gained a greater foothold in his campaign to undermine
the independence of federal law enforcement. This episode is terrifying because it suggests that Trump
is making headway in his efforts to
demonize the Justice Department
and FBI, which he seeks to make
his vassal force. In his worldview,
scalping McCabe serves as the
kind of “win” that emboldens him
to try more of the same.
McCabe’s firing offense concerned media reports about the
FBI investigation of Hilary Clinton, which makes it all the more
suspect because, as others have
noted, the coverage was negative
and hurt Clinton. (It’s hard to believe Trump and Co. took umbrage
at it.) Both McCabe and the
Trump camp have been quick to
connect the sacking to something
else: the inquiry by special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III.
McCabe wrote in his statement
that the administration’s campaign against the FBI “only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.” And he said
he believes that he was singled out
both as retribution for his corroboration of the account of former FBI
Director James B. Comey and to
make him a less effective witness in
an eventual trial or impeachment
proceeding.
Trump has drawn the connection even more expressly. First, his
personal lawyer put out an obviously orchestrated statement Saturday urging Deputy Atty. Gen.
Rod Rosenstein to “follow the brilliant and courageous example” of
Sessions et. al., in firing McCabe
and shut down the Mueller investigation. And in a tweet salvo Sunday, Trump went strongly on the
offensive, calling out Mueller by
name for the first time and trashing the inquiry from multiple directions.
The McCabe railroading, grotesque in itself, heightens the
stakes of the Mueller investigation.
It represents the most intense
strike yet in Trump’s overall assault on independent, apolitical
law enforcement, an indispensable
feature of our democracy.
It now seems clear that the
lovers of justice and the rule of law
are at war with a vicious band of villains. And it is at this point an unresolved and furious fight.
Harry Litman, a former U.S.
attorney and deputy assistant
attorney general, teaches at the
UC San Diego school of political
science. Twitter: @harrylitman
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
CALIFORNIANS commemorate Roe vs. Wade in January in Sacramento. The Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the
state’s rule requiring reproductive healthcare facilities to inform women of all services available to them, including abortion.
A rule that should be easy
for Supreme Court to uphold
By Erwin Chemerinsky
T
he Supreme Court
will hear oral arguments Tuesday in the
case National Institute
of Family and Life Advocates vs. Becerra, which challenges a California law requiring
reproductive healthcare facilities
to inform women of state programs that might assist them. It
should be an easy issue to decide
— in favor of the California law —
but it is not because it arises in the
context of abortion.
Four justices — John G. Roberts Jr., Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch
— are hostile to abortion rights
and have voted to uphold every related regulation that has come before them. A fifth justice — Anthony M. Kennedy — has a more
mixed record, but he too has often
voted to restrict a woman’s right
to choose. California’s statute is at
risk, and striking it down could
have significant implications far
beyond the abortion context.
The Reproductive FACT Act
requires that licensed healthcare
facilities post or distribute a notice that states, “California has
public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to
comprehensive family planning
services (including all FDA-ap-
proved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion
for eligible women. To determine
whether you qualify, contact the
county social services office at [insert the telephone number].” A
nonmedical facility that counsels
women about reproductive health
must post or distribute the same
notice, adding an acknowledgment that it is not licensed as a
medical facility.
The California statute was enacted so that women would receive accurate information about
the existence of state healthcare
programs. It mandates only that
the notice be made available to patients. The words can be printed
out and handed to patients or clients, or the notice can be posted
on a wall. No one is required to say
anything. Nor is there any requirement to provide additional information; for instance, specifics
about contraception or a referral
to a clinic that performs abortions.
The preamble of the FACT Act
explains the Legislature’s goal:
“access to reproductive health
services” for “all California women, regardless of income.” Lawmakers were concerned that
many women with a surprise or
unwanted
pregnancy
might
choose to go to “crisis pregnancy
centers” that “pose as full-service
women’s health clinics, but aim to
discourage and prevent women
from seeking abortions,” which
would interfere “with women’s
ability to be fully informed and exercise their reproductive rights.”
The Legislature found that these
licensed and unlicensed centers
employ “intentionally deceptive
advertising and counseling practices [that] often confuse, misinform, and even intimidate.”
Under traditional legal principles, the Supreme Court would
acknowledge that there is an important state interest in letting
women know of programs available to them. Moreover, because of
the factual nature of the notice
and the ways it can be disseminated, the 1st Amendment “burden” on the crisis pregnancy centers — the extent to which the
statute restricts free speech or
freedom or religion rights — would
be considered minimal.
It’s quite possible, however,
that with four justices who have in
the past voted to uphold any restriction on abortion, and a fifth
who often joins them, the FACT
Act will be condemned as compelled speech and declared unconstitutional. The burden on 1st
Amendment rights will be found
to be too heavy.
If the regulation is struck down
it will call into question the myriad
of other areas where the government
requires
disclosures.
Healthcare professionals are routinely required to inform patients
of the range of treatment options
available to them and of possible
side effects to medical procedures. Businesses that sell
products and services are frequently required to provide information to consumers, ranging
from the disclosure of calories in
fast-food restaurants to the risks
from tobacco and alcohol. Employers are required to post notices for employees about workplace
rights.
Courts consistently have rejected claims that making such
disclosures crosses a constitutional red line; NIFLA vs. Becerra
could change that.
For anyone who supports a
woman’s right to exercise all her
reproductive healthcare options,
there is a silver lining in the attack
on the FACT Act. Should the act’s
foes prevail, it will make it easier to
challenge laws in states including
Texas, Louisiana and South Dakota that require pregnant women to be shown pictures of fetuses
and told often inaccurate information about abortion before they
can terminate a pregnancy.
Erwin Chemerinksy is dean of
the UC Berkeley School of Law.
The GOP
remains
silent on
Trump
JONAH GOLDBERG
I
don’t usually dispense
relationship advice. But the
adage about marriage is
often true of politics: What is
not said is more destructive
than what is said.
Over the last 18 months, the
president has said and done a
number of things that warranted
dissent from Republicans — not
just party leaders, but from rankand-file legislators, pundits and
other commentators. The dogs did
not bark, opting to stay silent.
We need not take up too much
space quibbling over specifics. All
one need do is play the “What if
Obama said this?” game to see
that the moral arc of the GOP has
bent toward President Trump.
Then, a few weeks ago, the
president proposed sweeping steel
and aluminum tariffs and heaped
praise on the benefits of trade
wars. Suddenly, Congress and
much of the conservative commentariat rose up in protest.
Trump’s top economic advisor,
Gary Cohen, who reportedly almost resigned last summer over
the president’s morally equivocating response to a neo-Nazi
rally, apparently found tariffs a
nobler hill to die on.
As a free-trader, I welcome this
response. But just imagine you’re
a run-of-the-mill Democratic
congressional candidate looking
to unseat a Republican who never
spoke up about Trump’s “shithole” countries remark, the unfolding drama over Stormy Daniels, his endorsement of Roy
Moore, his attacks on the 1st
Amendment or his flirtation with
cutting off aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico because of a spat
with the mayor of San Juan.
How easy it would be to say:
“My opponent never objected to
these things, but when Trump
tried to save manufacturing jobs,
he leapt to his feet to protest at the
bidding of the same fat-cat freetraders and globalist big businesses that outsourced so many of
your jobs. My opponent is OK with
the president endorsing and campaigning for an accused child
molester, but he will fight to the
death to keep cheap Chinese steel
from pouring into this country.”
Yes, it’s a dumb economic
argument — steel tariffs would
cost more American manufacturing jobs than they’d save — but it’s
a great political one.
This is just one illustration of
the Republican dilemma. The
president divides the right while
he unifies the left. Praise Trump
on his controversial statements
and you risk alienating suburban
Republicans, particularly women.
Criticize Trump and you risk not
only his wrath, but also the wrath
of the portion of his base that
demands rhetorical fealty to
Trump in all things. Because this
constituency has disproportionate influence in conservative media and GOP primaries, the safest
course of action is often silence, or
some clever dodge, like, “I don’t
respond to tweets.”
The GOP has created a kind of
collective-action problem for itself.
By making these decisions out of
self-interest in the moment, the
party ends up getting pulled in a
direction not of its own choosing.
Voters don’t judge parties by
their lists of principles, but by
their real-world priorities. Not
objecting to something sends as
clear a signal as objecting does. It’s
fun to listen to Republicans vent
off the record, but most Americans
don’t get to hear any of that. They
do hear the silence, however.
So does Trump. Over the weekend the president (and his lawyer
John Dowd) floated a fairly obvious trial balloon, tweeting that
“The Mueller probe should never
have been started” and calling it,
in all caps, a “WITCH HUNT!”
It’s not shocking the president
wants special counsel Robert S.
Mueller III fired, but he has never
attacked him directly before. The
usual suspects cheered Trump on.
Most of the party was silent.
One exception was Sen. Lindsay Graham, who said firing
Mueller would be the “beginning of
the end of his presidency.” House
Speaker Paul Ryan offered a lackluster response through a spokesperson: “Mr. Mueller and his team
should be able to do their job.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell said … nothing.
Off the record, Republicans
often say they’re afraid Trump
responds to being told not to do
something by doing it out of spite.
That’s a real concern. But it’s not
an excuse.
If Trump does fire Mueller, and
a constitutional crisis ensues, the
previously silent, suddenly angry
Republicans will be asked why
they’re speaking up. That is, if they
speak up at all.
jgoldberg@latimescolumnists.com
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Terrorism, hate possible motives
[Bombings, from A1]
Stephan House, a 39-yearold construction worker,
and Draylen Mason, a 17year-old high school senior
— were relatives of prominent African Americans.
The two people injured in
the previous attacks were
Mason’s 40-year-old mother
and a 75-year-old Latina, Esperanza Herrera.
The two victims in Sunday’s blast were white men
in their 20s. The Austin
American-Statesman newspaper reported that they
were Will Grote and Colton
Mathis and had gone to high
school together.
Grote’s
grandfather,
William Grote, told the Associated Press that one of
the men had been riding a bicycle in the street and the
other was on the sidewalk
when they crossed a tripwire
they couldn’t see in the dark.
He said it knocked “them
both off their feet” and left
them “bleeding profusely.”
The men were hospitalized
and listed as stable, authorities said.
The attack spurred police departments in Houston and San Antonio to send
bomb technicians, bombsniffing dogs and other resources to assist in the investigation. Texas Gov. Greg
Abbott announced $265,500
in emergency funding Monday for seven portable X-ray
systems to quickly assess
packages.
“I want to ensure everyone in the Austin region and
the entire state that Texas is
committed to providing
every resource necessary to
make sure these crimes are
solved as quickly as possible,” Abbott said.
Austin Police Chief Brian
Manley said investigators
were compiling and screening surveillance video from
all of the bombing sites for
clues to the identities of potential suspects and their
vehicles. He asked anyone
with cameras near their
homes to share footage with
authorities. As for the motive behind the bombings, he
said terrorism and hate remained possibilities.
“We don’t know if there’s
a message they’re trying to
send until we sit down with
the person or persons,” he
said late Monday as he stood
near police tape.
Manley appealed for dialogue with whoever is responsible “to bring this to a
resolution without anyone
else being harmed.”
Asked whether he thinks
the bombings will continue,
Manley said: “We don’t have
any reason to believe that
they won’t.”
Eric Gay Associated Press
FBI AGENTS on Monday near the site of Sunday night’s explosion in Austin, Texas. Authorities said the use of a tripwire in the latest
bombing marked a “significant change” because it targeted the general public and entailed “a higher level of skill.”
He described the tripwire
used in the latest bombing
only as a “filament” and said
it marked a “significant
change” because it targeted
the general public and entailed “a higher level of sophistication, a higher level of
skill.”
Still, he said there was little doubt that the bombers
were the same. Based on
material recovered from the
“debris field” after Sunday’s
blast, Manley said, “We’re
seeing similarities in the
components used to construct the device.”
Authorities were still
processing the scene late
Monday and planned to ship
evidence to a federal lab run
by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Quantico, Va., for
forensic analysis, he said.
Earlier in the day, federal
agents canvassed the neighborhood known as 5000 Mis-
sion Oaks, interviewing Herrington and his neighbors.
The only unusual thing they
reported was a homeless
camp in nearby woods that
had been broken up before
the explosion Sunday.
Investigators instructed
residents to stay indoors
early Monday and call 911 if
they needed to leave, but by
late afternoon many were
out walking, discussing the
attack with one another.
Herrington, 75, lives less
than half a mile from the explosion and hours before the
blast had walked past the
site with his two granddaughters. He said most
residents didn’t bother to
lock their doors.
“We just think we live in a
safe community — well, not
so,” he said.
At a briefing near the
scene, Austin Mayor Steve
Adler said the latest bombing increased anxiety city-
wide.
“That concern is legitimate and real,” Adler said.
“That anxiousness is going
to continue until we can find
the answer.”
Afterward, Adler paused
to chat with Herrington,
who he has known for years.
“He said we have an army
of 500 [investigators], and
we want to bring this to an
end as quickly as possible,”
Herrington said. “It’s bad
publicity for Austin.”
The attacks came during
the city’s South by Southwest festival, which draws
thousands to the area. A
bomb threat forced the musical group the Roots to cancel a concert Saturday night,
but police said they had arrested a suspect, a local 26year-old college student
named Trevor Weldon Ingram, who they said had a
history of making similar
threats.
At the University of
Texas at Austin, police
warned students returning
from spring break to be wary
and to tell classmates about
what was happening.
Austin’s school district
announced
that
buses
wouldn’t be going to Travis
Country on Monday and
that any absences due to the
attack would be excused.
Herrington’s neighbor,
Ana Rie, kept her 11-year-old
son home Monday. He usually walks to his bus stop a
block from the bombing site.
From now on, she plans to
drive him.
Rie, 35, grew up in Nicaragua accustomed to conflict,
but became more relaxed after she moved to Austin in
2009 to raise three children
with her husband, a physician.
“Here it’s a democracy so
you don’t have your guard
up,” she said. “It could have
been anybody — my husband rides his bike there.”
The explosion in Austin
came hours after authorities
raised the reward for information leading to the arrest
of those responsible to
$115,000.
“The money being offered, I really hope that
makes a difference,” retiree
Lonni Swanson said as she
walked her two golden retrievers in Mission Oaks,
near the site of the latest
blast. “Anybody associated
with this could be a snitch.”
But she also worried the
latest attack could be a
copycat or a ruse designed
to throw investigators focused on hate crimes off
track.
Neighbor Jeannette Peten felt the same way.
Peten, also a retiree, is African American and was already on alert for suspicious
packages after the earlier
bombings. On Monday, she
canceled a neighborhood
walk with a friend and
fielded a worried phone call
from her daughter in Switzerland who urged her to stay
inside. Peten has started
locking her door and garage
and carrying her cellphone
whenever she steps outside.
“We all have to be a little
more careful,” she said.
Serial bombers can be
difficult to track and profile,
experts said.
Mike Bouchard, a retired
assistant ATF director, said
investigators can trace types
of explosives, component
parts and similarities to devices used in previous attacks using the ATF’s bomb
data center.
Bouchard, chief security
officer for Janus Global Operations in Washington, said
the bomber may have used a
tripwire to avoid having to
place a package on someone’s porch and getting
caught on security cameras.
Switching
neighborhoods may be “part of keeping people on their toes, to
make the whole city be on
edge,” he said.
Some bombers target
victims based on a certain
ideology, such as notorious
“Unabomber”
Theodore
Kaczynski, 75, who killed
three people and injured 23
others between 1978 and 1995
in a nationwide bombing
campaign that targeted
those involved in modern
technology.
“When they’re doing it
randomly or for vanity,
they’re more difficult to
stop,” Bouchard said.
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Los Alamitos breaks
from Senate Bill 54
[Sanctuary, from A1]
lowed a Mexican national
who fatally shot a tourist to
remain on the streets. And
Oakland’s mayor is now the
subject of a federal investigation after she sent out an
alert warning residents of an
immigration sweep.
Los Alamitos, by contrast, is moving in a different
direction, with some residents and officials saying
they want nothing to do with
those policies.
About 160 people showed
up to Monday’s regular City
Council meeting, a monthly
event that rarely draws
enough people to fill the 40seat chamber. Speakers
lined up late into the evening
to address elected officials.
The council eventually
voted 4 to 1 to approve the ordinance.
Activists against illegal
immigration cheered the
vote, with some shouting
“Patriots!” and “This is a win
for America!”
Among those at the
meeting was Moti Cohen, a
Garden Grove resident
whose wife grew up in Los
Alamitos, and who supports
the anti-sanctuary measure.
Cohen, an immigrant
from Israel, said he came to
the U.S. legally and that everyone else should too. He
arrived 27 years ago with a
tourist visa and became a legal resident after marrying
his U.S. citizen wife.
“The law is the law and
has to be enforced all over
the country,” he said. “The
country is a law-and-order
country and you have to
come here legally.”
Tara Farajian, a 43-yearold resident of neighboring
Rossmoor, called the proposed measure heartbreaking.
She moved from San
Francisco to Los Alamitos in
2001 before relocating to
Rossmoor two years later
and was bracing herself for a
more conservative community.
She’s seen a bumper
sticker saying “Show me
your birth certificate” on a
neighbor’s car and says
some in her town are “extremely right-wing.” Still,
she said the community is
overall inviting and found
the council’s move shocking.
“It’s almost like they want to
create a police city,” she said.
Critics in Los Alamitos
take issue with SB 54, which
Gov. Jerry Brown signed after the Legislature passed it
last year. It prohibits state
and local police agencies
from notifying federal officials in many cases when immigrants potentially subject
to deportation are about to
be released from custody.
The initiative is in addition to sanctuary city laws
passed by numerous communities and other state
laws that protect those without legal residency, including one that makes it crime
for business owners to voluntarily help federal agents
find and detain unauthorized workers and another
that creates a state inspection program for federal immigration detention centers.
The Trump administration went to federal court
earlier to invalidate the state
laws, claiming they blatantly
obstruct federal immigration law and thus violate the
Constitution’s supremacy
clause, which gives federal
law precedence over state
measures. That case is
pending.
Orange County, once a
conservative
stronghold,
voted for a Democrat for
president in 2016 for the first
time since the Great Depression, backing Hillary Clinton
over Trump. But parts of the
county remain solidly Republican.
Some precincts in the
Los Alamitos area supported Trump in 2016 while
others backed Clinton, data
show. Overall, nearly 44% of
voters in Los Alamitos
backed Trump, while almost
46% backed Clinton, according to data from the Orange
County Registrar of Voters.
Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science at UC
Irvine, said he’s not surprised by Los Alamitos’
stance given its demographics — the city is more
white and slightly more affluent than Orange County
as a whole.
It’s 71% white, whereas
Orange County as a whole is
61% white, according to 2010
Census data. More recent
data suggest the white
population in Los Alamitos
has slightly decreased.
“It’s going to take a while
to see dramatic change in
that kind of a community,”
DeSipio said.
Though California is
deep blue overall, there remain many pockets that
support Trump and his
hard-line stance on illegal
immigration. Last month,
the Shasta County Board
of Supervisors approved a
resolution saying the county
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PAUL SCOTT, left, argues against Los Alamitos’ efforts to oppose California’s
“sanctuary state” policies with Joe Rodriguez before a City Council meeting.
is not a sanctuary jurisdiction.
But similar efforts to denounce sanctuary policies
have failed, including efforts
in Costa Mesa to publicly oppose SB 54 and in Kern
County, where the governing
board did oppose the bill but
stopped short of calling its
jurisdiction a non-sanctuary
county.
Some immigration enforcement hawks hope Los
Alamitos will be a bellwether.
“Perhaps it could be the
leader. We are heartened
that body politics is taking
an action that supports federal laws,” said Robin Hvidston, executive director of
We the People Rising, a
Claremont
organization
that lobbies for stricter immigration enforcement.
Hvidston said she hopes
that if Los Alamitos and
other cities stand against
the sanctuary laws, the U.S.
Department of Justice will
step in to help. “We’re just
calling on the federal government to stand up on behalf of
the city,” she said.
Though few cities have
considered what Los Alamitos has done, there have
been divisions over sanctuary laws. Orange County
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens,
along with other California
sheriffs, spoke out in opposition to SB 54.
Orange County gave
birth to Proposition 187, and
Costa Mesa passed anti-day
laborer ordinances and became the epicenter of the
anti-illegal
immigration
movement
during
the
mid-2000s.
Since then, however,
much of the county’s fervent
immigration enforcement
bent has melted away after
many of its cities experienced an influx of Latino
and Asian immigrants.
Pam Rozolis, who has
lived in Los Alamitos for
more than 48 years, called
the exemption proposal a
“politically charged move
which does not reflect all the
Los Alamitos residents.”
Rozolis said she was concerned that the measure
could lead to litigation and a
waste of taxpayer money.
“Our immigrants should
not have to live in fear,” she
said. “It would be a step back
to inhumane laws and practices.”
On the streets of Los
Alamitos, opinion was divided.
Mary Hanes, a 61-yearold retail clerk, supports the
ordinance and said the city
is being “bullied to get with
the program.”
“Like I say to my kids: ‘Always say no to bullies,’ ” she
said, adding that she plans
to raise the issue with members of her gardening circle.
“I totally support this, 110%.
We are living in America in a
moment of diversity, and
part of that diversity means
we do whatever we think is
best. There’s no need to be a
follower.”
But Dan Harold, a retired
teacher in Los Alamitos,
said he firmly disagrees with
where his hometown is
heading.
“Why step over the lines
of state government to make
more trouble when California already has so much to
deal with? Frankly, I’m more
concerned about earthquake safety than I am
about politics,” he said.
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Weinstein’s
legal fate
rests with 2
prosecutors
A few criminal cases
could be pursued in
L.A. and New York.
By Richard Winton
Michael Owen Baker For The Times
A SAN LUIS OBISPO firefighter pulls a hose to clear a drain in a flooded parking area at a housing com-
plex in Montecito, Calif., in January. A new storm poses a fresh threat to the community this week.
Scarred by fire,
scared about rain
Communities brace for biggest storm of season
By Joseph Serna
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
WORKERS jackhammer holes for explosives used to split giant boul-
ders deposited by the mud flows in Montecito in January.
An atmospheric river that forecasters are billing as the biggest storm
of the season is expected to drench
Southern California beginning Tuesday night, bringing with it the potential for mud flows and widespread
flooding, the National Weather Service said.
The storm, which is being fueled by
warm western Pacific waters, will deliver consistent rain across much of
California, providing some relief to
areas that have seen a resurgence in
drought conditions.
Apart from storms in November
and January, California has suffered
an abysmal rainy season. State officials say it would take something
along the lines of a “March miracle” of
heavy rains to rescue the state from its
water doldrums.
Though recent precipitation may
not amount to a miracle, data show
that it has improved the state’s water
supply.
“It has been an impressive March
relative to an extraordinarily dry winter and preceding times,” said state
[See Storm, B6]
Push for more transfer students
UC must increase its
admission, graduation
rates, president says.
By Teresa Watanabe
University of California
President Janet Napolitano
said Monday that the public
university system should
open its doors more widely
by guaranteeing admission
to all qualified state community college students.
She said she also has
asked campus chancellors
to work toward raising the
four-year graduation rate to
70% from the current 64%.
Getting more students to
graduate more quickly, she
said, would make room to
enroll an additional 32,000
undergraduates
—
the
equivalent of another UC
[See Napolitano, B4]
After months of investigating, a handful of criminal
cases involving Hollywood
mogul Harvey Weinstein are
now in the hands of two
veteran but cautious prosecutors: Los Angeles County
Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and
Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus
R. Vance Jr.
In Los Angeles, the investigation is focused on an
Italian actress’ allegation of
rape in 2013. In New York,
detectives have turned
their attention to a studentactress’ accusation that she
was forced to orally copulate
the producer in 2004 and
another actress’ allegation
of rape in 2010.
Both teams of detectives
say they could move forward
with charges against the
movie producer, who since
last fall has been accused by
more than 85 women of
sexual misconduct stretching back four decades.
Vance is getting pressure
as the New York City Police
Department has gone public
with its hopes that prosecutors file charges.
“I’ve spoken with the
police, and I can tell you we
are working very hard with
them to complete the inves-
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she said, should guarantee admission to all qualified community college students.
has a mixed record with
celebrity prosecutions.
tigation,” Vance said last
week. “We’ll take the time it
will take to get it done right.”
NYPD detectives have
publicly said they are close
to making an arrest and
would do so if Weinstein was
in New York City.
“We are still accumulating evidence. It’s going very,
very well,” NYPD Chief of
Detectives Robert Boyce
told reporters recently. “We
have a lot of information. We
have people who are getting
ready to go to grand jury.”
Weinstein’s representatives say the accusations are
not supported by evidence
in either New York or Los
Angeles. “Mr. Weinstein’s
criminal attorneys Blair
Berk
and
Benjamin
Brafman have said that a
fair investigation of the
allegations
of
criminal
[See Weinstein, B4]
CSU aims to
tackle campus
overcrowding
Cal State trustees will
consider a proposal to
help redirect qualified
applicants to other
schools in the system.
By Joy Resmovits
California is raising and
educating more and more
qualified Cal State applicants — but the system can’t
put all of them on the
campuses where they want
to be.
Trustees of the public
university system will focus
on the problem during their
two-day meeting in Long
Beach.
Cal State campuses are
so oversubscribed that
32,000 fully qualified students were left out in the
cold last fall because the locations or programs they
wanted could not accommodate them.
Six of the system’s 23
campuses — Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Diego,
San Jose and San Luis
Obispo — are in such high
demand that each of their
programs has more qualified applicants than can be
accommodated by current
space and staffing levels.
A current event
that could only
happen in L.A.
UC PRESIDENT Janet Napolitano speaks at a forum Monday. The UC system,
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JACKIE LACEY’S office
Three men float down
the L.A. River on a pink
flamingo raft, trailed
by a news helicopter
and police. B3
Meanwhile, the system,
according to administrators, is strapped for cash, to
the point where trustees are
considering raising tuition
for the second year in a row.
The state funds a smaller
piece of Cal State’s costs
than it used to. Gov. Jerry
Brown’s 2018-19 budget proposal included a $92-million
increase for Cal State, but it
was $171 million less than
what the system’s trustees
said they needed.
Cal State currently has to
work within the budget
framework Brown shaped
last year, when he gave the
university an additional $20
million to boost enrollment.
University officials have until May to come up with a way
to redirect applications from
campuses with no more
space to those that still have
room, and to give local students priority.
Trustees are expected to
evaluate plans to do both at
their meeting.
The redirection proposal
would have the enrollment
system inform eligible applicants rejected or wait-listed
from campuses because of
oversubscription that they
have the opportunity to apply to other campuses. Such
students would be sent surveys asking for their first[See Cal State, B5]
R&B singer
is arrested
Trey Songz, 33, is
booked on suspicion
of pummeling a woman
at a Hollywood Hills
party last month. B3
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B3
CITY & STATE
R&B singer
Trey Songz
is arrested
Performer, 33, is
booked on suspicion
of pummeling woman
at a party last month.
By Sarah Parvini
and Monte Morin
KTLA
POLICE ASK three men on the L.A. River to deflate their raft. A trio last week attempted a similar stunt.
Wild ‘flamingo’ chase
Only in L.A. would the sight of three men floating down the river
in a pink raft attract a news helicopter, then police in slow pursuit
By Angel Jennings
A giant, inflatable flamingo raft carrying three
men inched down the Los
Angeles River on Monday,
carried by the slow current
of rainwater captured in the
basin. It could’ve been a
scene from any lazy river at
an amusement park, but in
true L.A. pursuit fashion,
helicopters hovered overhead.
Police, curious about
the chopper, called in about
1 p.m. to see what had captured the news crew’s interest, Vernon police Lt. Jerry
Winegar said. They were told
a pink flamingo — large
enough to carry three
YouTube attention seekers
— had floated down the
flood channel from Boyle
Heights to just north of
South Downey Road in Vernon.
At that point, the officers
didn’t know whether it was a
stunt gone wrong that might
require a water rescue, or a
prank that needed deflating,
police said.
So officers wheeled their
cruiser along the concrete
river wall, parallel to Downey Road. The officers got out
and called out to the three
men sprawled on the massive raft, taking in the sun.
Last week, three men attempted something similar.
The group constructed a
raft from eight inflatable
mattresses and drifted 15
miles down the river. The adventure was recorded and
posted on YouTube on
Thursday and has since gar-
Four street vendors
are robbed by group
A surveillance camera
captured South L.A.
attack; a motive is
unknown, police say.
By Sarah Parvini
and Ruben Vives
A street vendor was beaten while preparing to sell
fruit in South Los Angeles on
Sunday morning, according
to a GoFundMe page set up
by his stepson.
A group of seven people
— six men and one woman —
robbed Pedro Daniel Reyes
and three other vendors at
31st and San Pedro streets
around 5 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Reyes gave them his
money, his stepson wrote on
GoFundMe, “but they still
brutally beat him.”
“His entire face was fractured, his jaw broken in
three, his throat cut, and
several teeth knocked out,”
he said, adding that Reyes
has no health insurance.
A surveillance camera at
a building across the street
captured the attack. The video shows four men, most
wearing hoodies, casually
turning onto 31st Street at
around 5:11 a.m. and approaching the three street
vendors who were setting up
on the sidewalk on the north
side of the road. One man
keeps watch while another
lookout stands across the
street.
The men leave, but return followed by a silver car
and a black SUV that park in
the middle of the street. A female driver and a man exit
the silver car while another
man steps out of the SUV.
The surveillance footage
shows one of the men
punching a vendor. Two others start beating a second
vendor. One hooded man
runs over and helps two others hitting a third vendor,
who rushes into the street
but falls and lies on the
ground, apparently unconscious.
Detectives who reviewed
the video shortly after 10
a.m. Monday said the investigation is ongoing. They
have not determined a motive for the attack.
Witness Carlos Salas told
the detectives he didn’t see
much because it happened
so fast.
“I thought it was something from a movie [scene],”
he said.
The 50-year-old had
come to the area to buy bicycle parts from one of the vendors.
Residents said their
neighborhood — which is
lined with industrial buildings to the north and homes
to the south — is quiet and
there are rarely any problems.
Reyes was scheduled to
have surgery Monday, according to the GoFundMe
page. His stepson described
the Oaxaca, Mexico, native
as a hard worker who split
his time working as a roofer
and a fruit vendor.
“Doctors say his recovery
will take at least six months
and he will have to be fed
with a straw,” his stepson
wrote. “I know he wouldn’t
want to ask for help, but I
know he will really need it.”
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A SURVEILLANCE camera recorded an attack on a vendor, at right. One vendor
gave attackers his money, “but they still brutally beat him,” his stepson said.
nered almost 30,000 views.
Like many car chase suspects who thought they
could outsmart and outmaneuver law enforcement, the
men were unable to evade
police.
It was unclear whether
the new pranksters were
copycats or repeat offenders. But a blond man with
dreadlocks in the video
closely resembled one of the
men on the flamingo.
Winegar ticked off the
dangers of going into the
L.A. River: First, it’s a criminal offense that could land
offenders with a trespassing
charge, he said. Second, it’s
dangerous.
“It’s not like other rivers
were there’s a dirt bottom,”
he said. “It’s concrete and it’s
slippery.”
Search and rescue crews
have had to pull many people — and bodies — from the
river, because they underestimated its power. Today,
however, the waters were
calm and slow.
The officers didn’t use
spike strips to puncture the
flamingo. They just asked
the men to let out the air.
Barely a month after
R&B performer Trey Songz
was accused of punching
and choking a woman at a
Hollywood Hills party, Los
Angeles police have booked
him on suspicion of domestic violence.
Songz, whose real name
is Tremaine Neverson, was
arrested
early
Monday
morning by Hollywood Division officers, Los Angeles
police Lt. Chris Ramirez
said.
Soon afterward, the 33year-old was released from
custody on $50,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles
County sheriff ’s inmate information center.
In a statement posted to
his verified Twitter account
just before he surrendered
to police, Songz said he was
being falsely accused.
“I won’t be speaking too
much more on this but
would like to thank you for
all the prayers and support,”
he tweeted.
“For weeks my lawyers &
Mgmt have asked me not to
comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my fam, the
women that raised me, my
friends & fans especially the
youth need to hear from me.
I am being lied on and falsely
accused for someone’s personal gain,” the performer
wrote in another tweet.
Monday’s arrest stems
Detroit Police Department
TREY SONGZ was on
probation after attacking
a cop six months ago.
from an alleged Feb. 17 incident in which a friend of the
performer said she was attacked.
“I was attending an afterparty when Trey began
yelling at me, choking me,
punching me, and ultimately he knocked me to the
ground,” Andrea Buera told
reporters last week during a
news conference.
“While I was on the
ground,
he
continued
punching me and he did not
stop until his security guard
pulled him off of me,” she
said.
The woman’s lawyer, Lisa
Bloom, said that on the day
of the alleged assault, Songz
was already on probation in
Michigan after pleading
guilty to charges of aggravated assault and punching
a police officer six months
ago.
This month, Bloom and
Buera were granted a temporary restraining order
against Songz, with a
hearing for a permanent injunction
scheduled
for
March 27.
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ANDREA BUERA , right, and attorney Lisa Bloom
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told reporters last week that Songz’ security guard
had to intervene when the singer attacked her.
Divestment bid is rejected
CalPERS board votes
down state treasurer’s
proposal on retailers
of assault weapons.
By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO — Despite pleas from relatives of
those killed in the 2015 mass
shooting in San Bernardino,
the state retirement board
on Monday rejected a
proposal
by
California
Treasurer John Chiang to
consider divesting from retailers that sell assault
weapons.
Chiang’s motion was
defeated by the Board of
Administration for the California Public Employees’
Retirement System, or
CalPERS, with nine members voting in opposition
and three in support.
Opponents of the motion
said divestment would take
away their ability as major
investors in retail firms to affect store policies on the sale
of assault rifles.
“We obviously have a significant problem in this
country,” board member Bill
Slaton said. But, he added.
“We have found engagement
is a better alternative in order for us to accomplish
something in this arena.”
He noted some retailers
have already stopped selling
assault rifles and restricted
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STATE Treasurer John Chiang, who is running for
governor, proposed divesting from assault rifle retailers. The CalPERS board rejected the motion 9 to 3.
gun sales to those 21 or older.
Chiang, a member of the
board and candidate for governor, argued that without a
divestment policy, the retirement system loses leverage to force change.
“If we don’t take action
nobody is going to take us seriously on engagement,”
Chiang said.
The board could still consider divestment next year
when it engages in a review
of its overall investment policy on social issues, officials
said.
The vote came after testimony from relatives of some
of the 14 people killed by the
mass shooting at the Inland
Regional Center in San Bernardino.
Erica Porteus supported
the divestment policy, saying her sister was “purposely
murdered” in San Bernardino in a manner common to
“military warfare.”
“Do everything possible
to put a dent in gun violence,” said Arlen Verdehyou, whose wife was killed
in the shooting.
The divestment policy
was opposed by Phil Jonas, a
director with the Peace Officers Research Assn. of California, who said the CalPERS’ priority should be to
get the best return on its investment for retirees.
The Chiang proposal, he
said, meant retirement system members would “contribute against their will to
social causes favored by activists.”
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Pressure building on prosecutors
[Weinstein, from B1]
wrongdoing will prove they
are without merit,” a statement for this article said.
Brafman rebuffs any
suggestion that a prosecution is coming soon in New
York. “I have been assured
the filing of criminal charges
in New York against Mr.
Weinstein has not been
authorized and his arrest is
not imminent,” he said in a
statement.
Vance’s office said it had
insufficient evidence to
charge Weinstein for a
misdemeanor sex crime.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
reported to police that Weinstein groped her without her
consent. She then wore a
wire for the NYPD on which
Weinstein can be heard to
say, “I won’t do it again.”
Vance, the son of the former secretary of State under
President Carter, is a wellconnected political player
whose ties to the city’s elites
have caused some to question his decisions in celebrity
and high-profile cases.
In the 2015 Weinstein investigation,
the
movie
mogul’s attorneys included
Elkan Abramowitz, Vance’s
former law partner and a
donor to his campaign.
Vance has denied any connection between the donations and his actions. Time’s
Up, a defense fund and pressure group acting as a voice
for victims of sexual harassment, has called for New
York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to
investigate Vance’s handling
of the case.
Cuomo on Monday directed the state attorney
general to review the 2015 decision by the Manhattan district attorney’s office not to
prosecute the alleged groping case against Weinstein.
Vance’s handling of highprofile cases was tested
early in his tenure with the
2011 indictment for sexual assault of Dominique StraussKahn, a French politician
who until his arrest on suspicion of attacking a hotel
maid headed the International Monetary Fund. Confronted with worldwide media attention, however,
Vance dismissed all of the
charges with his office, saying it was unable to prove the
maid’s “version of events beyond a reasonable doubt,
whatever the truth may be
about the encounter.”
Since a New York Times
expose last fall of Weinstein’s
sexual behavior, Annabella
Sciorra, Asia Argento and
Rose McGowan have all accused Weinstein of brutal
sexual assaults while many
of his leading actresses have
told of his sexual misconduct and their fear. It
spawned the #MeToo movement of women coming forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment
that have seen dozens of
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MOVIE PRODUCER Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct stretching back four decades.
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MANHATTAN Dist. Atty. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. faces pressure to prosecute the case.
Hollywood
and
media
executives lose their jobs
and status and face criminal
investigations.
But much of Weinstein’s
alleged behavior is shielded
from
prosecutors
by
statutes of limitations on sex
crimes that make some allegations too old to charge. For
Los Angeles or New York
prosecutors, only a few investigations have emerged
as the most viable for criminal charges.
In New York City, the
investigation involves former aspiring actress Lucie
Evans, who alleges Weinstein forced her to perform
oral sex on him in 2004 while
she was a senior at Middlebury College. Evans had
gone to the Tribeca offices of
Miramax for a potential
casting.
“I said over and over. ‘I
don’t want to do this, stop,
don’t,’ ” she said of the attack in an interview with the
New Yorker. She told the
magazine the incident began when she met Weinstein
at the Cipriani Upstairs
nightspot, where he offered
her professional guidance.
Evans’ allegations are
one of five separate sexual
assault allegations against
Weinstein. Special Victims
Unit detectives are also
investigating accusations
levied by actress Paz de la
Huerta that she was raped
twice by Weinstein in 2010.
De La Huerta told Vanity
Fair that Weinstein raped
her at her apartment in
November and then again
the next month.
Vance has also spent
months examining Weinstein’s finances regarding
his use of nondisclosure
agreements to hide his
alleged attacks and his use
of covert operatives to dig
into his accusers.
Weinstein’s representatives have repeatedly said
that the producer did nothing more than ensure that
the facts are presented
fairly.
In Los Angeles, an experienced sex crimes deputy district attorney from a special
task force recently spent
more than three hours interviewing the actress who alleges Weinstein raped her at
Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel in
February 2013. The interview
was part of a heavy vetting
process by prosecutors, ac-
cording to several sources.
Lacey, the Los Angeles
district attorney, is a career
prosecutor who rose up
through the ranks to be
elected the county’s first
female and African American prosecutor in 2012. She is
known for being cautious
and far less outspoken than
her predecessor and mentor,
Steve Cooley.
Lacey, nonetheless, established a special sex crime
task force for the celebrity
cases as the allegations
against Weinstein and others expanded. In contrast to
Vance, Lacey has remained
tight-lipped, declining to
comment on the progress of
the investigation last week.
Her office’s highestprofile cases involve murder
charges against real estate
heir Robert Durst and music
producer Marion “Suge”
Knight. The L.A. district
attorney has a mixed record
in high-profile celebrity
prosecutions. Failed murder
cases against O.J. Simpson
and Robert Blake were considered black eyes. But L.A.
prosecutors did win a
conviction against music
producer Phil Spector.
LAPD Capt. Billy Hayes,
who oversees the department’s
elite
RobberyHomicide Division, which
has been handling the
Weinstein matter, said the
investigation and review are
about thoroughness, not
speed, but his detectives are
in contact regularly with
counterparts in New York,
London and Beverly Hills.
According to law enforcement sources, L.A. detectives say the evidence is
promising because the
woman told her story to
three people, including her
priest, relatively soon after
the alleged attack. LAPD detectives also have obtained
bills showing she was at the
hotel at the time, said the
sources, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
In October, the actress,
now 38, provided LAPD
detectives with what she
said was a moment-bymoment account of how
Weinstein had “bullied” his
way into her hotel room in
2013 and attacked her. She
repeated that for a prosecutor last month.
The actress, who has
asked not to be publicly
identified because she was
fearful of retaliation and
concerned about protecting
her children’s privacy, told
The Times last year that she
and Weinstein had spoken
briefly on the evening in
question at the Los Angeles
Italia Film, Fashion and Art
Fest. Later, she said, he
showed up “without warning” in the lobby of her hotel
— which surprised her because she didn’t tell him
where she was staying. He
asked to come up to her
room. She said she told him
no and offered to meet him
downstairs, but soon he was
knocking on her door.
“He ... bullied his way into
my hotel room, saying, ‘I’m
not going to [have sex with]
you, I just want to talk,’ ” the
woman told The Times.
“Once inside, he asked me
questions about myself, but
soon became very aggressive and demanding and
kept asking to see me naked.”
She said Weinstein repeatedly bragged about his
power and influence and
told her not to fight him. She
tried to show him pictures of
her children as she cried and
begged him to go away, she
said.
“He grabbed me by the
hair and forced me to do
something I did not want to
do,” she said. “He then
dragged me to the bathroom
and forcibly raped me.”
She did not tell authorities about the incident at
the time, so no rape kit was
taken. As a result, the law
enforcement source said,
there is little physical
evidence in the case.
Of the three Weinstein
cases submitted by the
LAPD to the district attorney, two are outside the statute of limitations. One is a
rape accusation and another a lewd acts allegation. But
the accusers’ stories could
be used if the producer were
charged in another case.
richard.winton
@latimes.com
Twitter: @latcrimes
UC is urged to take all qualified transfers
[Napolitano, from B1]
campus — by 2030.
“This would be a major
leap for the University of California,” Napolitano said at a
forum sponsored by Town
Hall Los Angeles marking
the 150th anniversary of the
UC system. “Knowing how
transformative a UC education can be — for the individual, for the society at large —
it’s incumbent upon us to
help more Californians become part of the opportunity story” of the UC.
The UC system is widely
regarded as the nation’s top
public research university
system, with 270,000 students at 10 campuses, five
medical centers and three
national laboratories.
In recent years, Gov.
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Jerry Brown and the Legislature have pressured UC
campuses
to
increase
enrollment of California
residents and transfer students.
Brown is withholding
$50 million in state funding
until UC meets several demands, including enrolling
one transfer student for every two freshmen not only
systemwide but also at eight
of the nine undergraduate
campuses. UC Santa Cruz
and UC Riverside have yet to
meet the ratio.
Some UC campuses already offer an admission
guarantee to transfer applicants from some colleges.
Pasadena City College,
for instance, has reached
agreements
with
UC
campuses in Davis, Irvine,
Merced, Riverside, Santa
Barbara and Santa Cruz to
guarantee admission for its
students who take prescribed courses with a minimum GPA — generally
ranging from 2.8 at Merced
to 3.4 at Irvine, according to
PCC’s website.
The UC Academic Senate also has developed a
road map of courses needed
to enter 21 popular majors at
the UC — a move aimed in
part at helping transfer applicants avoid wasting time
and money on unnecessary
classes. Overall, UC campuses have boosted the
number of transfer students
accepted by 6,000 between
2013 and 2017.
But, Napolitano said, the
university can and should do
more. She told the audience
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
PROTESTERS attend UC President Janet Napolitano’s speech at a town hall event Monday in Los Angeles.
Monday that she hoped that
an admission guarantee for
all qualified students from
all community colleges
could be in place for fall 2019
after careful planning with
the Academic Senate and
community college officials
“to make sure we get it
right.”
Academic leaders, for instance, would need to set eligibility standards, including
what type of courses potential transfer students would
have to take and what
grades they would need to
get in them.
“We will not diminish
UC’s academic quality or our
students’ ability to succeed
by forcing a one-size-fits-all
educational model,” Napolitano said.
Shane White, chairman
of the UC Academic Senate,
said any admission guarantee must be linked to academic preparation.
“If we can incentivize and
reward better preparation
and better-qualified students, you bet it’s a good
idea,” he said.
Community college students would not be guaranteed admission to a particular campus. To keep the
number of transfer students
manageable and in proper
proportion to freshmen,
White said, faculty leaders
could adjust course requirements and minimum GPAs.
Napolitano said the state
also must do its part to widen access for Californians by
reinvesting in the university
system. UC campuses have
enrolled an additional 90,000
students since 2000, she
said, but state funding has
remained flat.
As a result, officials say,
UC per-student spending
has declined by 31% between
fall 2000 and fall 2017.
“The University of California is an institution worth
investing in — and worth
fighting for,” Napolitano
said. “UC is special — a daring public experiment that’s
become a priceless public
good.”
teresa.watanabe
@latimes.com
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B5
Redirection plan on agenda
[Cal State, from B1]
and second-choice campuses with remaining open
slots.
For about a month, the
system would send text message and email reminders to
applicants
to
respond.
Those who do not answer after that time would automatically be admitted to an
alternate campus.
The trustees also are
slated to discuss new degree
programs, which offer a window into how Cal State campuses try to evolve with the
economy.
In a memo, the chancellor’s office described Cal
State as “an engine of social
mobility, educating many
students who are the first in
their families to attend college.”
Graduates’ mid-career
salaries, the memo said, are
on average more than $8,000
higher than those of graduates from other public universities.
The
system
awards
about 100,000 bachelor’s degrees each year.
About 3.4 million CSU
alumni are in California’s
workforce, and the system
responds to the state’s
changing needs.
The chancellor’s office received 23 proposals for new
programs this year, and has
approved 17. Four are in computer sciences, three are in
business and four are in
health professions. Sixty
percent of all the state’s
nursing degrees are earned
at Cal State.
Three campuses want to
create new construction
management programs because that field, the memo
says, is one of the state’s 50
fastest-growing professions.
New programs would also
address the growing need for
substance abuse counselors.
On Wednesday morning,
the trustees also plan to
announce new presidents
for Cal State Bakersfield
and Cal State Dominguez
Hills.
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
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Twitter: @Joy_Resmovits
SIX CAL State campuses have more qualified appli-
cants than current space and staff levels can handle.
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A potential for mud flows and flooding
[Storm, from B1]
climatologist Michael Anderson.
On March 1, California’s
snowpack — a significant
source of natural water storage — stood at about 25% of
average. By Monday, it was
nearly twice that at 48%.
Since Oct. 1, this is the
only month when rainfall
has met or exceeded its average across the entire Sierra
Nevada.
Storms
have
dumped 8 or more inches of
rain in the northern Sierra
and San Joaquin River
basins and more than 5 inches in the Tulare Lake basin
since the beginning of the
month, the Department of
Water Resources said.
Downtown L.A. has received nearly 1 1⁄2 inches of
rain this month, just shy of
the historic average. The upcoming storm will probably
push the area above that by
the end of the week, according to forecasts.
Although the precipitation is a welcome addition to
California’s water supply, it
poses a more immediate
danger for communities beneath burn scars in Ventura
and Santa Barbara counties, which just four months
ago suffered wildfires.
The Thomas fire grew to
become the state’s largest
on record, scorching the
mountains around the Ojai
Valley in Ventura County
and mountains above Summerland and Montecito in
Santa Barbara County.
Some areas were turned into
“moonscapes,” with vegetation singed to the root.
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
IN ANTICIPATION of a new storm, Caltrans surveyors Brian Meeks, left, Richard Quinley and Patrick
Coyne prepare to work at the bridge crossing Montecito Creek on East Valley Road near Hot Springs Road.
Those areas now repel
water and are extremely susceptible to mud and debris
flows because there is nothing holding the soil in place.
If it rains at a rate of more
than half an inch an hour —
and current forecasts say
the storm holds the potential for twice that rate
Wednesday night — those
hillsides could dissolve into
rivers of mud.
“It’s rain for 36 hours. It’s
going to be consistent, but
vary in intensity,” said
weather specialist Stuart
Seto of the National Weather
Service in Oxnard. “This is
going to be one of the greatest storms of the winter.”
Seto said it’s impossible
to predict exactly how big,
where and when a heavy
storm cell would develop
and trigger a mud flow. In
January, a once-in-200-year
event unfolded in the middle
of the night when a storm
cell met the south-facing
foothills above Montecito
and dropped half an inch of
rain in five minutes.
The ensuing debris flows
overwhelmed Montecito’s
creeks and buried the town,
killing at least 21 people and
destroying more than 100
homes.
Monday evening, Santa
Barbara County authorities
issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents living below the burn areas.
Rob Lewin, director of
the Santa Barbara County
Office of Emergency Management, said in a statement that this week’s deluge
will be the “most powerful
storm” since that Jan. 9
event. The storm poses less
of a danger in Northern California’s wine country, which
was ravaged by fires in October, because there will be
less rain there, experts said.
But areas where land
wasn’t burned because of
steady rain will also be at
risk.
“Anyplace that has those
steep hillsides with rocks
and things, any low-lying
areas, are going to be a concern with rain,” Seto said.
Hillside neighborhoods
in Burbank could see debris
flows, and Topanga Canyon
Boulevard could be shut
down as it was last week
when a light storm caused a
hillside to collapse onto the
road, marooning cars.
Southern Californians
should have an emergency
kit prepared in case they
lose power in their home or
are stranded on a road or
highway because of flooding
or slides, Seto said.
The storm is forecast to
bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to
the coasts and valleys starting Tuesday evening and 4 to
6 inches along foothills and
mountains. Some mountains could receive up to 8
inches of rain between Tuesday and Thursday, Seto
said.
joseph.serna@latimes.com
Twitter: @JosephSerna
C
BuSINESS
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Fatal crash
is a setback
in driverless
car efforts
CO M PA N Y T OW N
Melinda Sue Gordon Warner Bros. Pictures
Jonathan Prime Universal Studios
Uber halts testing
after one of its robotic
vehicles hits and kills
a woman crossing a
street in Arizona.
By Russ Mitchell
Paramount Pictures
Murray Close Associated Press
AMONG the films that have taken advantage of European tax credits are, clockwise from upper left,
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” with Lily James, “Dunkirk” with James D’Arcy and Kenneth Branagh,
“Red Sparrow” with Jennifer Lawrence and “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” with Tom Cruise.
Hollywood profits
from continental drift
European competition for film, TV shoots heats up
By David Ng
In “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” the upcoming sixth installment
of Paramount’s action franchise,
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) travels to
Paris where he engages in vehicular
mayhem on the city’s narrow streets,
dangles from the ceiling of the Grand
Palais and guns his motorcycle
around the Arc de Triomphe.
Hollywood loves a working European vacation. It also loves the financial incentives that European countries dole out to draw foreign movie
and TV productions to their shores.
“M:I 6,” which opens July 27, not only
received tax credits from the French
government but also qualified for
British incentives for shooting in the
London area.
The competition for Hollywood
production dollars is heating up as
countries including France, Germany
and Portugal have sweetened their rebates and credits, hoping to reverse
the tide of U.S. productions that have
flocked to Eastern and Central Europe, where labor is cheaper.
The winners in this tug of war are
the Hollywood studios, which have
their pick of an increasingly generous
array of rewards in the U.S. and
abroad.
Last year, France’s incentive program lowered the minimum expenditure level for foreign productions by
75% to attract more shoots and postproduction work. Germany launched
a second film fund last summer to augment its existing program. In February, Portugal started its first production incentive — a cash rebate geared
toward Hollywood film and TV shoots.
Most European countries now offer
some form of filming incentives, which
can save studios a significant amount
each year. The British government
paid out 415 million pounds ($578.7
million) in film tax relief in fiscal 201617, up more than 20% from the previous year, according to government reports.
Other countries have smaller incentive programs but are attracting
larger shoots, especially Hungary,
which hands out about 52.7 million euros ($64.8 million) a year in tax rebates
for movies.
Recent productions include the
Netflix sci-fi movie “Spectral” and the
Keira Knightley period drama “Colette,” which premiered at this year’s
Sundance Film Festival and opens
this fall. Both were filmed in the Budapest area.
“Certainly, these productions are
shopping around to find the best place
to set up their films,” said Ildikó
Kemény, managing director of Pio[See Tax incentives, C5]
SAN FRANCISCO — A
woman walking across an
Arizona road was hit and
killed by a self-driving car
from Uber Technologies Inc.
on Sunday — probably the
first pedestrian fatality for
the fast-growing movement
toward driverless vehicles.
Tempe police said Elaine
Herzberg, 49, was struck by
an Uber test vehicle operating in autonomous
mode.
In response, Uber halted
its driverless operations in
San Francisco, Pittsburgh,
Toronto and the Phoenix
area and said it is assisting
in the investigation. “Our
hearts go out to the victim’s
family,” the company said in
a statement.
The death is likely to slow
the deployment of driverless
vehicles in Arizona, one of
the most welcoming states
for the industry, and elsewhere as policymakers monitor the investigation and assess public reaction.
Driverless vehicle regulations have been passed by
the U.S. House of Representatives but are stalled in
the Senate over safety concerns.
“This is going to focus a
lot of attention on how companies are approaching
their systems, their technologies and their management
of tragedies,” said Bryant
Walker Smith, a driverless
vehicle expert at the University of South Carolina
School of Law.
John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog in Santa
Monica, a longtime critic of
liberal driverless vehicle
regulations, called for a national moratorium on robot
car testing on public roads
until the accident is analyzed.
“Arizona has been the
wild West of robot car testing
with virtually no regulations
in place,” Simpson said in a
statement. “That’s why
Uber and Waymo test there.
Facebook has rights to data you ‘own’
DAVID LAZARUS
If you were
surprised to
learn that
Facebook
simply handed out the
personal
data of more
than 50 million users —
data that ended up in the
hands of Donald Trump’s
presidential campaign —
you have every reason to feel
bushwhacked.
Facebook gives its service away worldwide in return for people posting
details of their lives. We all
know that going in.
But the Menlo Park
company also emphasizes
in its terms of service that
“you own all of the content
and information you post on
Facebook, and you can
control how it is shared.”
The implication is clear
(or should be): You’re in the
driver’s seat. If you don’t
want your info shared with
others, it won’t be.
The reality is: Your data
belong to Facebook, and the
company will enrich itself by
doing with it whatever it
pleases.
“All Facebook users have
to understand that the
reason that the firm is so
profitable is because our
data is gold, and we’re giving it away for free,” said
Scott J. Shackelford, an
associate business professor at Indiana University
focusing on cybersecurity
law and policy.
“Reasonable users of the
service need to understand
this fact, and not be surprised when their data are
gleaned and repackaged for
an array of purposes,” he
told me.
Facebook has drawn the
attention of lawmakers in
the United States and Europe after reports surfaced
that the company provided
access to the personal data
of tens of millions of users to
an academic researcher,
who in turn made the information available to others,
including a company called
Cambridge Analytica.
[See Lazarus, C4]
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
FACEBOOK allowed access to the personal data of millions of users to an academ-
ic researcher, who in turn let others access it. Above, CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
When there’s no sheriff in
town, people get killed.”
Arizona has few laws restricting the use of driverless
vehicles. It doesn’t require
remote operators for the vehicles, for instance, and allows driverless trucks on the
road.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey greeted Uber to his state
with great enthusiasm in
late 2016.
At the time, California’s
Department of Motor Vehicles had just revoked Uber
car registrations after the
company refused to apply
for required state permits
for its driverless cars. Uber
loaded its driverless-equip[See Uber, C4]
Studio
files
Ch. 11,
plans
sale
Weinstein Co. ends
months-long effort to
avoid bankruptcy.
Harassment suits are
temporarily paused.
By Ryan Faughnder
Harvey Weinstein’s embattled movie studio — once
a premier maker of awardwinning films — has filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy more
than five months after sexual misconduct allegations
against its co-founder sent
the company spiraling out of
control, the company’s
board said late Monday
night.
The filing, submitted in
Wilmington, Del., is the culmination of a long struggle
to spare the formerly highflying studio from Bankruptcy Court. The move to
seek protection from creditors owed hundreds of millions of dollars comes after
the company tried and failed
to sell assets to a group of investors led by billionaire
Ron Burkle and former
Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet.
The long-awaited bankruptcy, the biggest to hit a
Hollywood studio in nearly
three years, marks a stunning downfall for New Yorkbased Weinstein Co., which
Harvey and his brother, Bob,
founded in 2005 as the successor to their previous studio, Miramax.
“While we had hoped to
reach a sale out of court, the
board is pleased to have a
plan for maximizing the value of its assets, preserving as
many jobs as possible and
pursuing justice for any victims,” Chairman Bob Weinstein said in a statement.
Once an independent
film powerhouse, the studio
released critically acclaimed
dramas — winning best picture Oscars for “The Artist”
and “The King’s Speech” —
and commercial successes
such as “Django Unchained.” But the Weinsteins struggled financially
as debts and flops piled up
[See Weinstein, C6]
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BUSINESS BEAT
SpaceX is in
talks to lease
more land at
Port of L.A.
The Terminal Island
site could be used for
manufacturing tied to
rockets or spacecraft,
documents suggest.
By Samantha Masunaga
SpaceX has entered into
preliminary
negotiations
with the Port of Los Angeles
for a lease that would expand the Hawthorne space
company’s port facilities to
manufacture “large commercial transportation vehicles.”
Port
and
company
officials would not comment
on what exactly would be
built on the 18-acre site on
Terminal Island, but public
documents suggest that it
will involve rockets or spacecraft.
SpaceX, which currently
makes
its
rockets
in
Hawthorne, has plans to
make a huge next-generation spaceship and rocket
system known as BFR. The
reusable spaceship and
booster, which will be more
than 500 feet tall when
stacked, is intended to
eventually replace SpaceX’s
workhorse Falcon 9 rocket
and its new Falcon Heavy
heavy-lift rocket, which
flew for the first time last
month.
The Los Angeles Board of
Harbor
Commissioners,
which oversees port management and operations,
voted last week to approve
California Environmental
Quality Act regulations necessary for the board to later
vote on a lease for the proposed project.
SpaceX seeks a 10-year
lease, with options for up to
two 10-year lease extensions
or renewals, and the project
would involve construction
and operation of a facility at
Berth 240, according to the
meeting agenda. The meeting documents stated that
the facility needed to be
close to the water because
the finished vessels would be
transported for testing and
delivery via water “due to
their size.”
In addition to “research
and development of transportation vessels” and general manufacturing procedures such as welding,
painting and assembly operations, the lease would also
accommodate “recovery operations” undertaken by
SpaceX “to bring to shore
vehicles returning from
space that are retrieved by
an autonomous drone ship
offshore.”
SpaceX spokeswoman
Eva Behrend confirmed in a
statement Monday that the
company was in preliminary
discussions with the port
about the “potential of leasing additional land for operations.”
SpaceX already leases 8.1
acres at the Port of L.A. The
company, whose full name is
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., uses that space
for recovery of its Dragon
capsules and first-stage
boosters, which arrive via
drone ships. SpaceX moves
its rockets between facilities
via trucks.
Christopher Cannon, director of environmental
management for the Port of
L.A., said during a presentation at Thursday’s Harbor
Commissioners
meeting
that the proposed project’s
site is at the former Southwest Marine shipyard.
First developed for shipbuilding in 1918 and acquired
by Bethlehem Shipbuilding
Corp. four years later, the
shipyard churned out about
40 Navy destroyers and employed 6,000 people during
the height of production
during World War II, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy.
None of the site’s historic
buildings would be altered
or used in the proposed project, Cannon said during the
meeting.
The site, which has been
idle “for a long time,” has
been used for filming, he
said. Construction would
take 16 to 18 months and
would include up to four
above-ground
storage
tanks.
He did not elaborate on
the use for the tanks.
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@latimes.com
Twitter: @smasunaga
Nuccio DiNuzzo TNS
MICHAEL FERRO left Tronc on Monday ahead of the newspaper chain’s $500-million sale of the Los Ange-
les Times and other California assets to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. Above, Ferro at a baseball game last year.
Tronc Chairman Ferro
retires as claims surface
He exits hours before
sexual misconduct
allegations are made
public in a magazine.
By Robert Channick
Michael Ferro retired
from the board of Tronc Inc.
on Monday, ahead of the
newspaper chain’s $500-million sale of the Los Angeles
Times and other California
assets and hours before sexual misconduct allegations
against him were made public.
The change was announced Monday shortly before Fortune magazine published an article about two
women who allege that
Ferro made unwanted sexual advances in 2013 and 2016,
before he became Tronc’s
chairman.
“Michael Ferro has had
no claims filed against him
while leading Tronc as chairman,” Tronc said in a statement. “Further, we are
aware of no claims filed
against Mr. Ferro throughout his career. As Mr. Ferro
has retired after leading a financial
turnaround
of
Tronc, we wish him well in
his private life and will have
no further comment.”
Fortune said that it contacted Ferro last week with
details of the women’s accounts and that he declined
to be interviewed.
Ferro’s retirement was effective immediately, the
company
said
Monday
morning. Justin Dearborn,
chief executive of Tronc, was
named to succeed Ferro as
chairman of the company
that also owns the Chicago
Tribune, New York Daily
News and other major daily
newspapers.
“I want to thank everyone
who worked so hard over the
last two years creating great
journalism, strengthening
the company’s financial position and delivering significant value for shareholders,”
Ferro, 51, said in a news release Monday.
While Ferro is stepping
down from the Tronc board,
he will continue as a paid
management consultant to
the company, a result of a
December deal. Ferro received his first $5-million annual fee, which was paid in
advance Jan. 1, according to
financial statements filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“The agreement is in effect for two-plus more years
and allows the company to
leverage Mr. Ferro’s advisory
services at the company’s
discretion,” Tronc spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said
in an email Monday. The
agreement contains a cov-
enant that restricts Ferro
from running or working
with certain other “daily
print newspaper” businesses without Tronc’s approval.
By resigning from the
company’s board, Ferro is
giving up 450,000 Tronc
shares worth about $7.2 million based on prices Monday.
According to a filing with the
Securities and Exchange
Commission last year, the
company promised him a
grant of that many shares,
but the shares do not begin
to vest until August.
Two companies Ferro
controls, Merrick Media and
Merrick Venture Management, already own more
than 9 million Tronc shares,
worth $144.8 million based
on Monday’s stock price of
about $16. Ferro acquired
most of those shares for just
$8.50 apiece.
In recent weeks, Ferro
has discussed with his fellow
board members and the
management team his desire to retire as chairman in
connection with the closing
of the Times transaction,
the company said in the
news release.
Last
month,
Tronc
agreed to sell the Los Angeles Times, San Diego UnionTribune and other California-based assets to Los Angeles biotech billionaire Dr.
Patrick Soon-Shiong for
$500 million in cash. SoonShiong, Tronc’s secondlargest shareholder, also will
assume $90 million of pension liabilities tied to the
California properties.
The deal is expected to
close within weeks. The Federal Trade Commission and
Department
of
Justice
cleared the transaction of
anti-competitive concerns
this month ahead of the normal 30-day waiting period.
Ferro became the largest
shareholder and chairman
of Tribune Publishing in
February 2016, and the corporate name was changed to
Tronc shortly thereafter.
Soon-Shiong’s
Nant
Capital, a Culver City-based
technology firm, became
Tronc’s
second-largest
shareholder in June 2016,
and that investment helped
Tronc fend off a hostile takeover bid from Gannett,
whose last offer was $864
million for the company.
A longtime business
partner to Ferro, Dearborn
was appointed CEO of
Tronc in February 2016 after
leading Merge Healthcare as
its chief.
rchannick
@chicagotribune.com
Times staff writer James
Rufus Koren contributed to
this report. The Associated
Press was used in compiling
this report.
Defrauded students sue over data
They say Education
Department illegally
took, used their info
to limit loan relief.
associated press
A group of former students defrauded by for-profit colleges is alleging in court
that the Education Department illegally obtained and
used their Social Security
data to limit their student
loan relief.
The Education Department announced in December that it would start granting some former students at
the now-defunct Corinthian
Colleges only partial federal
student loan forgiveness, in
part to save taxpayers money. The agency said it would
use students’ earnings data
to determine how much of
their loans to forgive.
Some students have already received notices from
the department that only
50% or less of their loans
would be wiped out.
A motion filed by several
former Corinthian students
over the weekend alleges
that the Education Department obtained the earnings
figures from the Social Security Administration in violation of several laws as well as
the Constitution. Attorneys
with the Project on Predatory Student Lending at
Harvard University repre-
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
STUDENTS in Alhambra outside Everest College,
among the Corinthian schools that closed in 2015.
senting the students say the
agency should have turned
to the students for their data
and should have notified
them of its actions to give
them a chance to react.
The department “has secretly and illegally co-opted
Social Security data to try to
argue for something less
than the complete cancellation and refund that these
borrowers are due,” attorney
Joshua Rovenger said.
The motion, filed in federal court in California, is
asking that the notices of
partial relief be rescinded.
The filing is part of a larger
suit against the department.
The Education Department declined to comment
on pending litigation.
The Social Security Administration did not reply to
requests for comment.
The Obama administration went after for-profit colleges accused of fraud, closing Corinthian and other
major chains and tightening
regulations
for
those
schools. The administration
also spent $550 million to
fully forgive loans for tens of
thousands of students.
The Education Department began to crack down
on Corinthian in 2014, restricting its access to federal
student aid after concerns
that the for-profit chain of
colleges was falsifying the
job placement rates of its
graduates. Corinthian —
which was based in Santa
Ana and operated schools
under its Everest, Heald and
WyoTech brands — then
sold off a majority of its
schools to a nonprofit student loan servicer. A year
later, Corinthian abruptly
closed its remaining campuses and filed for bankruptcy protection.
The Trump administration has had a friendlier
stance toward the for-profit
industry. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an advocate of for-profit schools,
froze the regulations put in
place by the Obama administration. Her office also has
been assisting a suspended
accrediting agency that
oversees for-profit schools in
trying to come back to life.
DeVos’ government ethics forms showed she has investments in companies
connected to the industry,
according to the Center for
American Progress, a liberal
think tank. DeVos has said
the Obama regulations were
unfair and she is writing new
ones. She has said her new
system of partial loan forgiveness will be fairer to students and taxpayers.
Student advocates have
argued that the formula
based on students’ earnings
does not take into account
whether Corinthian graduates are employed in the
fields of their study or are
simply working other jobs.
Tens of thousands of students are waiting for the
agency to decide their cases.
Times staff writer
Samantha Masunaga
contributed to this report.
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AT&T, U.S. spar over evidence
Antitrust trial over
Time Warner tie-up
may last twice as long
as first estimated.
By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON — The
high-stakes antitrust showdown over AT&T Inc.’s
planned $85-billion purchase of Time Warner Inc.
began in a Washington
courtroom Monday as both
sides sparred over key issues
that signaled their legal
strategies.
Opening arguments will
take place Wednesday in a
trial that U.S. District Judge
Richard Leon said could last
six to eight weeks. That’s
twice as long as originally estimated when the Justice
Department sued last fall to
halt the deal out of concerns
it would squelch competition and raise consumer
prices.
Each side will have 30 witnesses, with AT&T Chief
Executive Randall Stephenson and Time Warner Chief
Executive Jeff Bewkes expected to testify. Leon said
Monday that he’d allow extra witnesses if necessary
because the case is “too important” to try to stick to a
rigid timetable.
AT&T’s lead attorney,
Daniel Petrocelli, took aim
Monday at thousands of
pages of emails from AT&T
employees that the Justice
Department wants to submit as evidence of potential
competitive harms of the
deal.
Petrocelli argued that
the government was asserting too broad a view of
what is considered a business record. As an example,
he cited 18 documents produced by a lower-level
AT&T employee whom Petrocelli described as “one
young man who just came
out of business school.”
“He had absolutely nothing to do with the decision to
acquire Time Warner,” Petrocelli said.
Amir Levy Getty Images
THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT sued last fall to halt the deal out of concerns it would squelch competition
and raise consumer prices. Above, AT&T chief Randall Stephenson, who is expected to testify in the trial.
But Justice Department
attorney Eric D. Welsh said
many of the emails and
other
documents
from
AT&T employees are relevant to the case. He said
they include “some very
startling statements.”
“We’re not talking about
someone who was just hired
off the streets,” he said.
“Some of them are from top
AT&T executives.”
Leon indicated he would
be cautious about assuming
that documents produced
by lower-level employees reflected the views of top executives.
AT&T and the Justice
Department also clashed
over documents containing
confidential business information. AT&T, Time Warner and other companies in
the media industry are
concerned about releasing
such information in open
court.
Welsh complained that
AT&T had designated “millions of pages of documents”
as confidential, including
news releases that had been
issued to the public. Petrocelli countered that the
Justice Department was
challenging AT&T’s confidentiality
designations
while not raising concerns
about such designations
from competing companies
that oppose the merger.
The Justice Department
proposed allowing Leon to
close the court to the public
in some instances to hear
testimony about confidential information. But Leon
appeared skeptical about
the need for much of the confidential information.
“There’s a natural desire
… to paint with a broad
brush — everything is confidential,” he said, urging
both sides to cull the confidential claims.
Leon added that “trying
cases of this magnitude in
closed court” was inconsistent with the U.S. justice system.
“We’re not in the secretforum business,” he said.
The Justice Department
has sued to block AT&T’s
proposed purchase of Time
Warner, whose media empire includes HBO, CNN,
TNT, and Hollywood’s largest movie and TV studio,
Warner Bros.
AT&T, which purchased
DirecTV three years ago, al-
ready is the nation’s largest
pay-TV provider with more
than 25 million customer
homes. The company also
has more than 100 million
customers for mobile service, an increasingly important market as younger
Americans prefer to watch
programming
on
their
phones.
The government alleged
that AT&T would use its expanded size to freeze out
new TV entrants and raise
prices for customers.
To reduce the clout
AT&T would get from Time
Warner’s extensive assets,
federal antitrust officials demanded the company sell
some Time Warner networks or DirecTV in exchange for approval of the
purchase.
AT&T refused, setting up
one of the biggest antitrust
showdowns in years.
The Dallas company argued that prices would go
down if the deal is approved.
AT&T also noted that the
purchase of Time Warner is a
vertical merger, meaning the
two companies do not directly compete in their primary business.
The Justice Department
hasn’t successfully blocked a
vertical merger in nearly 50
years.
Such deals are different
from horizontal mergers,
which involve companies
that primarily compete directly. Those deals remove
competitors
from
the
marketplace and are more
frequently blocked.
AT&T said that in 2011,
the Justice Department allowed a major media vertical
merger when it approved
Philadelphia cable TV giant
Comcast Corp.’s acquisition
of NBCUniversal.
The Justice Department
wants to highlight statements made by AT&T and
DirecTV about the dangers
to competition posed by
that merger.
But Petrocelli argued
Monday that comments
made by DirecTV before it
was acquired by AT&T in
2015 are not relevant now.
“So much has happened
at warp speed to change the
landscape of the industry,”
Petrocelli said.
Leon said there were
similarities and differences
between the two mergers.
The government said
that the AT&T-Time Warner transaction is three times
larger than the Comcast/
NBCUniversal deal. And
whereas the Justice Department under the Obama administration imposed conditions on the ComcastNBCUniversal deal, the
Trump administration antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, has criticized the approach.
jim.puzzanghera
@latimes.com
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
Amazon series
to relocate to
state from N.Y.
The ‘Sneaky Pete’
move comes after it
got $9.2 million in
California tax breaks.
By David Ng
“Sneaky Pete,” the Amazon drama series starring
Giovanni Ribisi, is relocating to California from the
New York area because the
California tax incentive program has approved $9.2 million for the show’s third season.
The California Film Commission said Monday that
“Sneaky Pete” is expected to
spend more than $53 million
on qualified expenditures
for its upcoming season and
will employ nearly 250 cast
members, 220 crew and 2,510
extras. Qualified expenditures don’t include star salaries or other above-the-line
expenses.
“Sneaky Pete,” which is a
Sony Pictures Television
production, was created by
actor Bryan Cranston and
David Shore. Its first two
seasons were set in upstate
New York and filmed in New
York City and in the surrounding suburbs.
The show is the 13th series to relocate to California
under the state’s expanded
tax credit program that
went into effect in 2015, and is
the third show to move from
the New York area following
Showtime’s “The Affair” and
Netflix’s “The OA.”
Other shows to recently
relocate production to California include Fox’s “Lucifer” and FX’s “Legion,” both
of which had been shot in
Vancouver.
The $9.2 million in tax
credits allocated to “Sneaky
Pete” is part of the California
Film Commission’s latest
TV
application
period,
which was open only to relocating series and recurring
series already accepted into
the program.
The period also includes
the third season of NBC’s
“This Is Us,” which has been
approved for $11.4 million in
tax credits.
david.ng@latimes.com
Twitter: @DavidNgLAT
Eric Liebowitz Amazon Prime Video
TWO SEASONS of “Sneaky Pete,” with Giovanni
Ribisi and Marin Ireland, were filmed in New York.
Justin Tallis AFP/Getty Images
AMONG THE new ideas Facebook is developing to build its creator community are more analytics tools and
easier access to advertisers for video creators. Their fans can pay a monthly fee in exchange for perks.
Facebook sweetens the pot
Platform is testing
incentives for video
creators to cut into
YouTube’s share.
By David Pierson
If you’re a die-hard fan of
a Facebook video creator,
the social network may soon
give you a way to pay for exclusive content and award
you with a digital badge to
declare your fandom.
Those are some of the
new ideas Facebook is introducing in the coming
months to test ways to build
up its creator community.
The initiative, aimed at
boosting video viewership as
Facebook competes with
platforms such as YouTube,
also includes providing creators with more analytics
tools and easier access to advertisers.
“We’ve been working
closely with creators to
understand what they need
to be successful on Facebook,” said Fidji Simo, vice
president of product, and
Sibyl Goldman, director of
entertainment
partnerships, in a co-written blog
post Monday. “To support
them, we’re focused on three
areas: helping them engage
and grow their community,
manage their presence, and
build
a
business
on
Facebook.”
Top fans will receive a
badge next to their names so
that they can be identified
by creators. Fans can opt out
or turn off the feature.
Fandom is determined
by how much someone comments, shares, reacts or
watches a creator’s content
— as well as how much a creator interacts with the fan,
Facebook said.
Access to the badge can
also be determined by how
much viewers pay a creator.
Facebook said it would be-
gin testing monthly payments with a small group of
creators.
“Fans will have the option
to support the creator with a
monthly payment in exchange for perks like exclusive content and a badge
highlighting their status as a
supporter,” Simo and Goldman said.
The
new
payment
method would be in addition
to existing monetization
tools such as branded content and, to a smaller set of
creators, advertising breaks
in videos.
Facebook said it will also
be testing a tool that will
make it easier for advertisers to find creators for
branded content. Creators
will soon be allowed to set up
a portfolio indicating their
areas of expertise so that advertisers can search for
them.
Facebook said it was also
beefing up its content rights
management system for
creators to monitor their
videos to ensure they get
credit for views.
The new tools come four
months after the company
introduced its Creators app,
a platform for its video producers to make and publish
content.
Facebook is attempting
to siphon away some of
YouTube’s dominance in online video.
YouTube
has
been
marred the last year by controversy over some of its
stars such as Logan Paul,
who was criticized for making a video making light of
suicide victims in Japan.
The Google-owned video
platform has introduced
stricter rules to qualify for
advertising, sparking a
backlash from some of its
creators.
david.pierson
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@dhpierson
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Uber halts robot car tests after death
[Uber, from C1]
ped Volvos onto trailer
trucks bound for Arizona.
“Arizona welcomes Uber
self-driving cars with open
arms and wide-open roads.
While California puts the
brakes on innovation and
change with more bureaucracy and more regulation,
Arizona is paving the way for
new technology and new
businesses,” Ducey said at
the time.
On Monday, the governor’s office expressed condolences for Herzberg’s family and said that “public safety is our top priority.”
In February, California issued a set of revised regulations that will allow robot
cars with no human driver to
operate on public roads
through a permit system
that begins April 2.
The regulations also pave
the way for driverless ridehailing companies to begin
picking up paying passengers.
In a statement Monday,
the California DMV said it
“takes the safe operation of
our autonomous vehicle permit holders very seriously.
We are aware of the Uber
crash in Arizona, but we
have not been briefed on the
details of the crash at this
time. We plan to follow up
with Uber to get more information.”
As self-driving cars roll
out in pilot programs
around the world, the
chances of a pedestrian
death have increased. Experts have wondered what
effect deadly crashes would
have on the industry.
“We’re within the phase
of autonomous vehicles
where we’re still learning
how good they are. Whenever you release a new
technology, there’s a whole
bunch of unanticipated
situations,” said Arun Sundararajan, a professor at
New York University’s business school.
Driverless cars are supposed to eliminate some of
the risks of human error,
particularly because their
sensors are always paying
attention to their surroundings. They don’t drink, do
drugs, check text messages,
Associated Press
A FATAL accident Sunday involving an Uber self-driving vehicle is under investigation in Tempe, Ariz. Police said the vehicle hit a woman
who was walking outside a crosswalk. Uber halted its driverless car tests in several cities and said it is assisting in the investigation.
get tired or get distracted.
Annual traffic fatalities in
the U.S. are fast approaching 40,000, with driver error
to blame in more than 90% of
them.
But there isn’t enough
experience with driverless
vehicles yet to know all their
weaknesses and whether
they’re safer than human
drivers and if so by how
much.
Nidhi Kalra, co-director
of the Center for Decision
Making Under Uncertainty
at the research group Rand
Corp., recently told The
Times that robot cars have
proved less likely to get into
minor crashes than human
drivers. But “when it comes
to injuries and fatalities, we
won’t be able to know until
we’ve had hundreds of millions or billions of miles” of
driving history.
Whether policymakers
allow enough robot cars on
the road to accumulate that
kind of experience depends
in part on how Uber and
other driverless vehicle companies handle fatalities,
Smith said.
“Today there are going to
be 100 people who are going
to die on the roads in the
United States, principally
caused by human error,” he
said. The general public is
“going to connect with the issue through stories, not
through hard evidence.”
Uber’s prime ride-hailing
competitor in the U.S., Lyft,
has said it plans to seek permits to operate robot taxis in
San Francisco, although no
date has been set. Lyft did
not return requests for
comment on Sunday’s fatality.
Waymo, the driverless vehicle technology arm of
Google’s Alphabet, in January received permits to begin offering robot taxi service in Arizona. Waymo has
been running driverless vehicle tests in and around
Phoenix for months and had
planned to begin a full-scale
robot taxi service within several weeks. Waymo did not
respond to a request for
comment.
Uber has had minor incidents in the past. A self-driving Uber car ran a red light in
San Francisco while the
company operated in the
city without regulatory approval.
The California DMV
eventually forced Uber to
pull the cars from the road.
The most widely reported fatality involving selfdrive technology occurred in
2016, when a man driving a
Tesla Model S in Florida was
decapitated when his Autopilot system failed to detect
a semi-truck crossing in
front of it.
Tesla’s Autopilot system,
however, is not yet considered fully driverless. After
the Florida crash, the company updated Autopilot to
shorten the time a driver
could go hands-free before
grabbing the steering wheel
again.
Tesla plans to issue software to enable driverless operation later this year. Tesla
did not respond to a request
for comment.
The National Transportation Safety Board is
opening an investigation
into the Uber death and is
sending a small team of investigators
to
Tempe,
spokesman Eric Weiss said.
russ.mitchell@latimes.com
Times staff writer Lauren
Raab and Bloomberg
contributed to this report.
Claire’s files for Ch. 11 protection
associated press
Claire’s, the mall chain
that has pierced the ears of
millions of teens, has filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The accessories chain
said Monday that its stores
will remain open as it restructures its debt.
It’s just the latest retailer
to seek bankruptcy protection, close stores or go out of
business entirely as more
people skip the mall and
shop online.
Toys R Us, for example,
announced last week that it
would close or sell all its
stores after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
last year.
Claire’s said it is “confident” it will emerge from
bankruptcy protection in
September, having reduced
its debt by nearly $2 billion.
It believes it can compete
with the shift to online shopping, arguing that its “iconic
ear piercing services are unmatched and cannot be replicated online.”
Besides
the
Claire’s
chain, the company also
operates Icing stores. Both
sell earrings, lip gloss,
iPhone cases and other accessories.
Last year it had more
than 4,000 stores around the
world.
Claire’s Inc., based in
Hoffman Estates, Ill., said
it has pierced more than
100 million ears since it began offering the service 40
years ago.
The
company
was
founded in the 1960s.
You ‘own’ data on Facebook? Hardly
[Lazarus, from C1]
That company, backed
by former Trump aide and
right-wing provocateur
Steve Bannon, specializes in
data mining for conservative political purposes.
Facebook said it was
suspending access to the
service by Cambridge Analytica and its parent, Strategic Communication Laboratories. It also stressed
that the release of user data
wasn’t a security breach.
“People knowingly provided their information, no
systems were infiltrated,
and no passwords or sensitive pieces of information
were stolen or hacked,” the
company said.
Well, yeah. However,
that’s hardly the whole
story.
A University of Cambridge professor named
Aleksandr Kogan wanted to
build a database of personality profiles. Kogan persuaded around 270,000
people to fill out a survey in
an app installed in their
Facebook accounts.
That app, in turn, gave
Kogan access to the survey
takers’ Facebook friends,
which rapidly expanded the
universe of available data to
over 50 million people. Information included people’s
likes and dislikes, where
they live, what they do for a
living and how much education they’d received.
All of that apparently
was kosher in Facebook’s
eyes. Where Kogan went
astray was in subsequently
making the info available for
political purposes to Cambridge Analytica.
“Facebook’s terms of
service are quite obviously
of no value to consumers,”
said Sam Lester, consumer
privacy fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information
Center in Washington, D.C.
“Consumers had no knowledge that a controversial
data mining firm was accessing their personal data.”
Although the company’s
terms of service are emphatic that Facebook users
“own” the info they post, a
dive into Facebook’s separate data policy takes a
Bryan Bedder Getty Images for Concordia Summit
FACEBOOK said it was suspending access by Cambridge Analytica, a data mining
firm backed by Steve Bannon. Above, Cambridge Analytica chief Alexander Nix.
broader view.
It says information will
be shared with business
partners and with entities
“conducting academic
research and surveys.”
That’s the back door that
Kogan climbed through.
“These partners must
adhere to strict confidentiality obligations in a way
that is consistent with this
data policy and the agreements we enter into with
them,” Facebook says. But
the Cambridge Analytica
case shows that once information gets into the wild,
there are few effective
means of limiting where it
goes.
Facebook says that when
it found out in 2015 about
Cambridge Analytica using
the data, it demanded the
company delete all the files.
Cambridge Analytica says it
duly deleted the data two
years ago, once it learned
that Facebook wasn’t
pleased.
But it’s not like anyone
from Facebook went to
Cambridge’s office and
made sure the data had
been erased. According to
the New York Times and the
Observer of London, the
data played a role in
Trump’s digital election
endeavors.
Privacy experts say
social media users need to
be clear-eyed about what
these companies are doing.
They’re in the business of
making money, and they do
this by treating users’ selfposted information as a
commodity.
Regardless of what a
company’s privacy policy
may say, it’s a certainty that
people’s information will be
bought and sold for commercial or political purposes.
“Users should understand that if they want to
protect their personal data
they should not share it with
a company that makes
money off their users’ information and attention,” said
Susan Freiwald, a law professor at the University of
San Francisco.
“Even if it were not Facebook’s intent to put users’
personal information at
risk, merely collecting and
storing it turns it into a
honeypot that is attractive
to bad actors,” she observed.
Always go into the pri-
vacy settings of an online
service or app and limit, as
best as you can, how much
your data will be shared.
Keep in mind that you can’t
completely keep your information under wraps —
these companies aren’t
charities, after all.
Beyond that, privacy
experts say current law lags
behind technological capabilities, and it’s up to lawmakers to pass new safeguards addressing data
sharing.
“There are simply no
constraints,” said Kathryn
Montgomery, a communications professor at American
University. “These corporations can do with our data
whatever they please, without telling us.”
She called Facebook’s
provision about data sharing with academics and
survey takers “a huge loophole.”
I can think of 50 million
reasons why she’s right.
David Lazarus’ column runs
Tuesdays and Fridays. He
also can be seen daily on
KTLA-TV Channel 5.
david.lazarus
@latimes.com.
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European
nations vie
for filming
[Tax incentives, from C1]
neer Pictures, one of Hungary’s leading production companies. “And we are part of
that competition.”
She was talking by phone
from Hungary during a
break in shooting Amazon
Studios’ “Radioactive,” a
biopic of Marie Curie starring Rosamund Pike, which
is being co-produced by StudioCanal. Kemény’s company has also worked on
20th Century Fox’s “Red
Sparrow” and the second
season of “Genius,” which
premieres April 24 on National Geographic.
“Budapest is very chameleon-like. We can stand in for
all sorts of European countries and capitals,” Kemény
said. The new TNT series
“The Alienist” used the city
to stand in for 19th century
New York.
Hungary offers one of the
most generous film programs in Europe, allowing
productions to get back 25%
of their expenditures in the
form of a tax rebate.
Some expenses incurred
outside of Hungary can also
qualify for the country’s rebate.
“Red Sparrow,” starring
Jennifer Lawrence, was shot
primarily in Hungary, but
the movie also spent time
filming in nearby Slovakia
and Austria. Those expenses were also eligible for
a rebate of up to 25% under
Hungary’s program.
Other Central and Eastern European countries
have attracted major Hollywood shoots with their combination of incentives and
inexpensive labor. Croatia
handed out rebates to “Star
Wars: The Last Jedi” and the
HBO series “Game of
Thrones,” both of which
were shot partially in the
country on the Adriatic Sea.
Croatia also enticed Universal’s upcoming sequel
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go
Again,” which was shot extensively on the island of Vis,
substituting for Greece. The
movie musical, which opens
July 20, qualified for the Croatian rebate, according to a
Universal Pictures spokesman. He declined to elaborate on the size of the rebate.
A spokesperson for the
Croatian Audiovisual Center said that the number of
U.S. productions has steadily increased since the rebate
was introduced in 2012, when
just one was filmed in the
country. Last year, four U.S.
projects were shot in Croatia.
Greece doesn’t offer incentives, but the government is reportedly working
on developing a program.
The patchwork of European filming incentives can
present an overwhelming
array of choices for Hollywood producers looking to
field the best deals, said Joseph Chianese, executive
vice president of EP Financial Solutions, a Burbank
company that advises entertainment companies on
filming incentives.
He said some European
countries such as Britain
and Hungary don’t impose a
ceiling on how much productions can claim, which enables movies and TV series
to apply for incentives no
matter how much they
spend.
“Bringing a project to a
jurisdiction without caps
brings a lot of certainty,”
Chianese said. In addition,
some countries allow abovethe-line expenses — such as
star salaries — to qualify for
incentives. That’s not the
case in California, where
above-the-line expenses are
excluded from the state’s tax
Philippe Huguen AFP/Getty Images
CLINT EASTWOOD, second from right, directs a scene for “The 15:17 to Paris,” which received a French tax
credit. France says its program led to 2.02 billion euros in spending and created more than 15,000 jobs in 2017.
credit program.
For the host countries,
incentives are seen as a
worthwhile investment because Hollywood productions can create jobs and
bring a welcome infusion of
spending at businesses. But
critics say that the economic
stimulus isn’t enough to outweigh the cost to taxpayers
who shoulder these programs.
France says its production tax credits helped to
generate 2.02 billion euros in
spending and create more
than 15,000 jobs in 2017. But
French officials haven’t announced how much the program gave away in credits to
film and TV productions.
The country has seen the
number of foreign shoots
rise after it increased its tax
credit to 30% from 20% in
early 2016. Officials said the
country had 52 international
projects last year, 30 more
than in 2015.
One beneficiary was
“Dunkirk,” which did five
weeks of filming in northern
France. The Oscar-winning
film directed by Christopher
Nolan generated 19 million
euros in local expenditures
and employed at least 450
French crew members.
“The 15:17 to Paris,” which
opened last month, also received a French tax credit.
The Clint Eastwood movie
was filmed last year in the
northern French city of Arras and also in the French
capital. Both films were released by Warner Bros.
“Today, American producers are our top foreign
‘customers,’ ”
said
Frédérique Bredin, president of the National Center
of Cinema and the Moving
Image, the regulatory organization that oversees tax
credits and other aspects of
the French production industry.
“In an industry that is becoming globalized, this program is allowing us to assert
our know-how,” Bredin said
via email. She said France is
also trying to attract more
post-production work.
“Blade Runner 2049,”
which won two Oscars, was
shot almost entirely in Hungary, but some of its postproduction took place in
France at the visual-effects
company Buf, which enabled the movie to qualify for
the French tax credit program.
Some studios are reluctant to discuss financial incentives. Warner Bros., Fox
and Sony didn’t respond to
requests for comment. Walt
Disney Co. also declined to
comment. Disney’s four
most recent “Star Wars”
movies — including the upcoming “Solo,” opening in
May — all were filmed
mostly in Britain and qualified for the country’s tax incentives.
Germany’s film fund,
which launched last year,
was successful in drawing
Sony Pictures’ upcoming
“The Girl in the Spider’s
Web” to shoot in Berlin. The
movie, starring Claire Foy as
Lisbeth Salander, is in production and set to open later
this year.
The new program is
funded at 75 million euros for
2018, supplementing the existing program of 50 million
euros.
Portugal’s new cash rebate program is much
smaller, at 10 million euros
for its first year, but the
country boasts an asset that
competing countries in
Eastern and Central Europe
don’t have — warm weather
for most of the year.
The relatively balmy climate allows productions
more flexibility because outdoor shoots are possible almost year-round, said Ana
Mendes Godinho, the country’s secretary of state for
tourism.
“We like to say we are the
California of Europe,” she
said.
david.ng@latimes.com
Twitter: @DavidNgLAT
C6
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
MARKET ROUNDUP
Stocks drop
as Facebook
leads rout in
tech sector
associated press
Facebook stock plunged
Monday to its worst loss in
four years, leading a rout in
technology companies that
helped drag down the major
U.S. stock indexes. The social media company’s stock
fell following reports that
Cambridge Analytica, a data
mining firm working for the
Trump campaign, improperly obtained data on 50 million Facebook users.
The drop in Facebook
stock came after the New
York Times and the Guardian reported that Cambridge Analytica was able to
tap the profiles of more than
50 million Facebook users
without their permission.
Legislators in the U.S. and
Europe criticized Facebook
and said they want more information about what happened. Investors wondered
if Facebook and other companies such as Alphabet will
face tighter regulation as a
result, and those companies’
stocks slid too.
Also on Monday, the
British pound rose and European stocks slumped after
Britain and the European
Union said they are getting
closer to a deal that will complete Britain’s departure
from the EU in March 2019.
The Standard & Poor’s
500 index sank 1.4%, its biggest loss since Feb. 8, when it
tumbled almost 4% on worries about inflation.
Larger technology companies including Apple and
Microsoft fared worse than
smaller ones. Another market favorite, Amazon, also
dropped, and healthcare
stocks fell more than the rest
of the market.
Representatives of Britain and the European Union
said they made progress on
the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc. British
envoy David Davis said important steps have been
made in the last few days
and he thinks EU leaders will
back them in a meeting this
week. Britain is scheduled to
officially leave the EU on
March 29, 2019.
Facebook sank 6.8% to
$172.56, its biggest one-day
drop since March 2014.
Daniel Ives, chief strategy officer and head of
technology research for
GBH Insights, said Facebook said Wall Street is more
concerned about the latest
situation than it was about
issues such as fake news
spreading on Facebook’s
platform. That’s because
Cambridge Analytica reportedly got access to the
personal data of a large
number of users, and the
backlash suggests Facebook
may face more regulation
and could lose users, advertisers or ad revenue.
He estimated that $5 billion in annual revenue for
Facebook might be at risk
and said the situation could
create problems for other
tech companies, especially
Alphabet’s YouTube unit
and Twitter. Alphabet fell
3% to $1,100.07. Twitter fell
1.7% to $34.98.
Twenty-nine of the 30
Dow stocks finished the day
with losses. The only exception was Boeing.
Universal Display dived
12.1% to $109 after Bloomberg
News reported that Apple is
designing and making display screens and may stop
buying them from other
companies.
Bond prices gave up an
early gain. The yield on the
10-year Treasury note stayed
at 2.85%.
Benchmark U.S. crude
fell 28 cents to $62.06 a barrel
in New York. Brent crude,
used to price international
oils, fell 16 cents to $66.05 a
barrel in London. Wholesale
gasoline fell 2 cents to $1.92 a
gallon. Heating oil stayed at
$1.91 a gallon. Natural gas fell
4 cents to $2.65 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Gold rose $5.50 to $1,317.80
an ounce. Silver rose 5 cents
to $16.33 an ounce. Copper
fell 2 cents to $3.08 a pound.
The dollar fell to 105.97
yen from 106.10 yen. The euro
rose to $1.2357 from $1.2284.
Richard Shotwell Associated Press
FILM producer Harvey Weinstein is being investigated on claims of sexual assault in three cities. Weinstein
Co. said it has released employees from nondisclosure agreements it said he used to silence the accusers.
Weinstein Co. files for
Chapter 11, pursues sale
[Weinstein, from C1]
even before Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual
harassment and assault by
dozens of women, leading to
lawsuits against him and the
company. Some of the
claims are being investigated by police in Los Angeles, New York and London.
The company has liabilities of at least $500 million,
according to a person familiar with the studio’s finances.
Dallas-based private equity firm Lantern Capital
has made a “stalking horse”
bid for Weinstein Co.’s assets, which sets a floor for a
bankruptcy
auction.
Lantern previously was a
minority partner backing
Burkle
and
ContrerasSweet’s bid to acquire the
studio.
Movie
studio
Lionsgate, known for “The
Hunger Games” and “Wonder,” was also in talks to
make the starting bid.
Lantern’s bid amount
was not immediately disclosed, but people close to
the process said the offer
was worth more than
$400 million, including debt.
Weinstein Co.’s board said it
selected Lantern because of
its commitment “to maintain the assets and employees as a going concern.”
“In the last several
months, Lantern has evaluated the company and is
proud to provide a solution
to the board,” Lantern cofounders Andy Mitchell and
Milos Brajovic said in a
statement. The founders
promised to improve the
performance of the company and “promote a diverse
and transparent environment.”
During the auction, studios and production companies such as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Killer Content
and Miramax’s Qatari parent company BeIN Media
are expected to bid for assets
under a process overseen by
the Bankruptcy Court. Especially coveted is the studio’s 277-film library, unreleased films and a TV production unit known for the
“Project Runway” reality series. Lionsgate and Burkle
are likely to make their own
plays.
Weinstein Co.’s downfall
is the most significant Hollywood studio bankruptcy
since Ryan Kavanaugh’s
Relativity Media filed in July
2015.
It was the outcome that
Weinstein Co. had desperately tried to avert. The company on March 1 announced
a last-minute deal to sell to
Burkle
and
ContrerasSweet in a transaction worth
$500
million,
including
$225 million in debt. But the
deal, which promised a fresh
start for the company and
female leadership, fell apart
within days, making bankruptcy all but inevitable.
Both sides pointed fingers.
Contreras-Sweet’s
camp said they learned of
more than $50 million in
undisclosed liabilities that
made the deal untenable.
Weinstein Co.’s board, which
includes Bob Weinstein,
fired back, saying the buyers
were never serious bidders.
The collapse was a climactic end to months of onagain, off-again negotiations.
They appeared to be
close to a deal in February,
but that was derailed by New
York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman, who criticized the
plan, saying any sale would
have to adequately compensate Weinstein’s accusers,
protect future employees,
and not enrich people who
he said enabled Harvey Weinstein’s abuses.
To satisfy the demands,
Weinstein Co. fired Chief
Operating Officer David
Glasser, whom Schneiderman criticized for his handling of complaints against
Weinstein. The two sides
agreed to set up a $90-million fund to help compensate Weinstein’s accusers.
But the deal fell apart over financial differences.
Now that the company
has declared bankruptcy,
sexual harassment lawsuits
pending against the company will be temporarily
paused and outsiders will be
able to buy assets that are
free of liabilities, analysts
said. Layoffs are sure to hit
Weinstein Co.’s staff.
Weinstein Co. said in a
statement that it has released employees from
nondisclosure agreements
that it said Weinstein used to
silence accusers. Schneiderman’s office, which is still investigating Weinstein Co.,
had been pushing the company to release employees
from such agreements as
part of its bankruptcy filing.
“The Weinstein Company’s agreement to release
victims of and witnesses to
sexual misconduct from
non-disclosure agreements
... will finally enable voices
that have for too long been
muzzled to be heard,”
Schneiderman said in a
statement.
The first people to be
paid in a bankruptcy are Weinstein Co.’s secured creditors, including Union Bank.
Weinstein’s accusers will join
other unsecured creditors at
the back of the line, Jack
Tracy, a legal analyst for
bankruptcy
information
service Debtwire, said before the filing.
“All of those secured
creditors get first dibs,”
Tracy said. “After that, any
other creditor will be at the
bottom of the totem pole.”
Tracy said potential buyers may want to set up their
own victims’ fund in order to
avoid public blowback. It is
unclear how long the bankruptcy process may take.
The closely watched
Relativity Media spent
nearly nine months in bankruptcy protection before
emerging in April 2016 as a
shell of its former self. Weinstein Co. will want the process to go as quickly as possible, Tracy said.
“The longer this takes,
the more the pressure’s going to build from their creditors, the more lawsuits will
be filed,” Tracy said.
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
D
SPORTS
T U E S D A Y , M A R C H 2 0 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
D
Turner’s left
wrist broken
by a pitch
Dodgers don’t have a
timetable for when
the All-Star third
baseman might return.
By Bill Shaikin
Chris Carlson Associated Press
ANDRELTON SIMMONS of the Angels, whose 32 defensive runs saved in 2017 were 21 more than the sec-
ond-rated shortstop in the majors, says he doesn’t “see a lot of hits being given through the infield.”
Angels tack on aces to
an already strong suit
Infielders Kinsler and Cozart shore up defense even more
By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. — It was
part reaction, part self-defense and pure Gold Glove
goodness.
New Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler did not see
the one-hop smash off the bat
of Colorado’s David Dahl to
lead off the second inning
Thursday until the ball was
about 10 feet in front of him.
Kinsler lunged to his right,
knocked the ball down with a
backhand stab and fell to the
ground, the ball squirting behind him. Kinsler calmly
reached back, grabbed the
ball and, from his knees,
looped a throw to first base in
time to catch Dahl.
“Six years ago, it would
have been panic city and that
ball would have been in right
field,” said Kinsler, a 12-year
veteran. “But I knocked it
down, had plenty of time,
knew quickly where I was, the
speed of the runner. The faster
you can calculate all of that,
the more calm you become.”
After a Chris Iannetta single, shortstop Andrelton Simmons fielded Daniel Castro’s
hard grounder and flipped to
Kinsler to start an inning-ending double play. The next in-
Justin Berl Getty Images
ZACK COZART , a shortstop with Cincinnati, is
moving to third base with the Angels.
Angels in the field
How each starter’s 2017 fielding stats compare with
the rest of the MLB by fielding percentage and
defensive runs saved above average (DRS):
Pos. Player
Fld% Rank* DRS Rank*
C
1B
2B
SS
3B
LF
CF
RF
.998
.932
.983
.980
.975
.979
.998
.988
Martin Maldonado
Albert Pujols
Ian Kinsler
Andrelton Simmons
Zack Cozart**
Justin Upton
Mike Trout
Kole Calhoun
2nd
—
7th
8th
13th
9th
3rd
8th
22
-1
6
32
2
8
-6
2
1st
—
2nd
1st
11th
5th
14th
11th
*Position rankings among players with at least 100 games played
at the position in 2017
**Rankings and statistics are for shortstop, which Cozart played
in 2017
ning ended with Kinsler fielding Carlos Gonzalez’s grounder with runners on first and
third and tossing to Simmons
to start a double play.
One tough but seemingly
routine play by Kinsler to
thwart a potential rally. Two
double plays turned by two
sure-handed, strong-armed
middle infielders with excellent range and instincts, one
to get a pitcher out of a jam.
It was all in two innings of
work for an Angels defense
that was one of baseball’s best
last season and could be even
better in 2018.
“I see the potential to be
very, very special defensively,”
general manager Billy Eppler
said. “The outfield is strong,
the infield is strong, the catching is strong. There’s impact
in every one of those different
positions.”
Eppler said he didn’t put
any extra emphasis on defense when constructing this
team. Defense is just one of
three components he uses to
evaluate a player’s potential
production; hitting and what
a player does on the bases are
the others.
“When you add all those
characteristics into the equation,” Eppler said, “you get a
[See Angels, D6]
PHOENIX — The Dodgers will open the defense of
their
National
League
championship with the
leader of their offense on the
disabled list.
Justin Turner suffered a
broken left wrist when he
was hit by a pitch in Monday’s Cactus League game
against the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers said they
did not expect to have a
timetable for their third
baseman’s return until he
visits a doctor Tuesday, but
manager Dave Roberts said
“weeks are involved.”
Said Turner: “There’s a
lot of good baseball players
in here. I don’t think we’ll
miss a beat.”
It appears unlikely Turner could return before May.
Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves sat out six
weeks because of a broken
wrist last year; George
Springer of the Houston
Astros sat out nine weeks
because of a broken wrist in
2015.
Turner, the Dodgers’ No.
3 hitter, batted .322 with 21
home runs last season, making the All-Star team for the
first time and leading the
team with a .945 OPS.
“We’re not as good a team
without J.T.,” general manager Farhan Zaidi said. “No
doubt about that.”
Roberts said the Dodgers
are likely to move Cody Bellinger into the No. 3 spot in
the lineup and move Logan
Forsythe from second base
to third. The Dodgers can
play Chase Utley, Enrique
Hernandez and Austin
Barnes at second base, but
Roberts said they prefer to
use Chris Taylor as the start[See Turner, D6]
Gibson finally
getting to feel
what we all felt
BILL PLASCHKE
He snarled.
He winced.
He pumped
his fist. He
burrowed into
the arms of
waiting Dodgers teammates like he
was slugging
his way across a boxing ring.
Thirty years ago, Kirk
Gibson didn’t celebrate his
historic World Series home
run as much as he fought
through it, limping around
the bases with the sort of
resilience and defiance that
defined his clubhouse leadership.
You always wondered,
would the tough guy ever
allow himself to truly enjoy
that moment? Would the
focused competitor ever
understand its historical
significance?
Would he ever feel what
we felt?
In what should be recorded as the first Dodgers
victory of the 2018 season,
Gibson will return to Chavez
Ravine next week to say, at
long last, yes.
“Sometimes I get shy
about it because it has been
played over and over again,
but at the same time, it
gives me goosebumps,”
Gibson said, as only Gibby
can say it. “[Bleep], that was
a great moment.”
How perfect that those
goose bumps will be shared
by thousands when Gibson
takes the Dodger Stadium
mound to throw out the first
pitch for the March 29 season opener against the San
Francisco Giants.
[See Plaschke, D6]
WO M E N ’S NCA A T OU R NA M E N T :: SE C O N D ROU N D
Lakers lose third
game in a row Home, sweet home to Bruins
UC L A 8 6 , C R E I G H T O N 6 4
Missing Ingram, Hart
starting to take its toll
as team struggles with
rotations, ball security.
INDIANA 110
LAKERS 100
By Tania Ganguli
INDIANAPOLIS
—
Brandon Ingram watched
the game from the bench in
street clothes. Josh Hart
watched from a television
studio in El Segundo, where
he was making a guest appearance, having stayed
home from his trip as his
hand recovers from surgery.
Their team has gone on
without them for nearly
three weeks and weathered
it reasonably well. But, as
Monday’s game in Indianapolis showed, the dam breaks
eventually.
The Lakers lost to the Indiana Pacers 110-100 splitting
their season series 1-1. The
loss, the Lakers’ third in a
row, caused the team to fall
to 31-39, while Indiana improved to 41-30.
“I give our guys a lot of
credit for picking up that
slack, but it gets hard,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.
“Even looking back to when I
played, if Kobe or someone
like that, Lamar, was out,
we’d all pick it up. But after
three or four games all those
things that really good players make look easy, start to
get a lot more difficult. But
our guys have done a really
nice job of continuing to
fight and give ourselves a
chance to win.”
[See Lakers, D4]
Carter scores
overtime winner
USC’s season
ends in defeat
Jeff Carter scored his
second goal of the game
in overtime, giving the
Kings a 4-3 victory at
Minnesota. D2
A 79-75 loss to Western
Kentucky knocked
USC out of the
National Invitation
Tournament. D3
Seniors secure second
straight trip to Sweet
16 in their final game
at Pauley Pavilion.
By Steve Galluzzo
It was Senior Night on
Monday at Pauley Pavilion.
Playing the last home
game of their college careers,
Dominique Billings, Jordin
Canada and Kelli Hayes
combined for 23 first-half
points as the UCLA women’s
basketball team cruised
past Creighton 86-64 in the
second round of the NCAA
tournament.
The third-seeded Bruins
(26-7) advanced to the Sweet
16 for the third straight year,
a first in program history,
and will face second-seeded
Texas in the semifinals of the
Kansas City Regional on Friday at 6 p.m. PDT.
“It was special leaving the
game for the last time with
Mo and Kelli and the crowd
cheering,” Canada said.
“Thinking about what we’ve
built here, why I came here ...
it all came back to me. To get
a win in my last home game
[See UCLA, D3]
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
JORDIN CANADA and the Bruins block Temi Carda and 11th-seeded Creighton
from advancing past the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.
D2
TU E S DAY , M A R C H 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Carter nets winner in overtime
PRO CALENDAR
TUE.
20
WED.
21
KINGS
FRI.
23
SAT.
24
at New
Orleans
5
SpecSN
LAKERS
CLIPPERS
THU.
22
at Memphis
5
SpecSN
By Curtis Zupke
at
at
Minnesota Milwaukee
5
5
Prime
Prime
at
Winnipeg
5
FSW
at Indiana
4
Prime
at
Edmonton
7
FSW
at Colorado
6
FSW
at Winnipeg
5
FSW
at Calgary
6:30
FSW
DUCKS
at
Vancouver
7
SpecSN
GALAXY
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NEXT: MAR. 31 AT GALAXY, NOON, CH. 11, YOUTUBE TV
LAFC
TODAY ON THE AIR
TIME
EVENT
BASEBALL PRESEASON
10 a.m.
Toronto at Philadelphia
1 p.m.
Arizona at Angels
1 p.m.
Texas at Chicago White Sox
4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore (joined in progress)
COLLEGE BASEBALL
4:30 p.m. Missouri vs. Arkansas State
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NIT TOURNAMENT
4 p.m.
Quarterfinal, Penn State at Marquette
6 p.m.
Quarterfinal, Mississippi State at Louisville
HOCKEY
4:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Detroit
5 p.m.
Kings at Winnipeg
7:30 p.m. New Jersey at San Jose
PRO BASKETBALL
5 p.m.
Clippers at Minnesota
5 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Boston
7:30 p.m. Houston at Portland
TENNIS
7 a.m.
WTA, Miami Open
ON THE AIR
TV: MLB
TV: FS West R: 830
TV: MLB
TV: MLB
TV: SEC
TV: ESPN
TV: ESPN
TV: NBCSN
TV: FS West R: 790
TV: NHL
WESTERN CONFERENCE
W
46
40
40
37
35
31
25
24
W
48
43
41
39
38
39
30
L
21
23
27
24
29
36
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37
L
14
19
24
25
27
28
34
OL
5
9
6
12
10
5
9
11
OL
10
10
8
8
8
5
9
Pts
97
89
86
86
80
67
59
59
Pts
106
96
90
86
84
83
69
GF
244
219
211
206
204
201
186
175
GF
236
240
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231
209
201
208
GA
199
199
184
197
222
231
236
230
GA
178
189
210
209
197
193
223
TV: Tennis
Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one
point.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Metropolitan
Washington
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Carolina
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Florida
Montreal
Ottawa
Detroit
Buffalo
W
41
41
40
37
37
31
32
30
W
49
45
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36
26
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24
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30
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19
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22
27
35
34
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OL
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5
5
11
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11
8
10
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9
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7
12
11
11
12
Pts
89
87
85
85
82
73
72
70
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102
99
93
79
64
63
63
58
GF
225
237
205
218
217
194
208
231
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260
239
243
212
182
197
184
172
GA
214
218
203
215
215
225
231
262
GA
202
184
204
216
232
244
224
236
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:
WEST (Division)
1. Colorado (C)
Pts.
EAST (Division)
Pts.
86
1. Columbus (M)
85
2. DUCKS (P)
86
2. New Jersey (M)
82
3. Dallas (C)
84
3. Florida (A)
79
4. St. Louis (C)
83
4. Carolina (M)
73
5. Calgary (P)
80
5. N.Y. Rangers (M)
72
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The
main issue for Jeff Carter upon his return from injury was
how long it would take to get
his timing back.
He was sidelined for four
months because of a leg laceration, and no amount of
practice could make up for
NHL pace. Nearly a month
back into it, Carter said he’s
still not there yet.
“We’re still working at
that,” he said.
But Carter’s timely goals
have helped keep the Kings
in the playoff chase. His second goal of the game Monday night gave the Kings a
4-3 overtime victory over the
Minnesota Wild.
Carter, Drew Doughty
and Dustin Brown combined for the tying and winning goals. In overtime,
Carter wristed in Adrian
Kempe’s rebound with 33.8
seconds showing on the
clock and the Kings won after coughing up a 2-0 lead.
Brown tipped Doughty’s
shot with 47 seconds to play
in regulation and Carter secured two points for the
Kings with his eighth goal in
12 games since his return last
month.
“The puck just finds that
guy,” Doughty said. “It’s unbelievable. ... He’s scored almost every game he’s been in
Carlos Gonzalez TNS
BODIES ALL AROUND HIM , Kings goaltender
Jonathan Quick stops a shot in the first period.
... since he’s got back. He’s a
goal scorer. He does it every
single night.”
Carter and Kempe were
paired together because
Trevor Lewis left the game
because of an upper-body
injury. The Carter-Kempe
duo was dynamic, especially
late, and the deciding goal
happened when Kempe
drove to the net.
“I think he plays a game
real similar to me where it’s
get the puck and go,” Carter
said. “You saw it in overtime
there. He got the puck. He’s
going to the net. That’s a bigtime power move that he
made there. A big win for us.”
Minnesota was on the
verge of giving coach Bruce
Boudreau his 500th win
when fourth-line center Joel
Eriksson Ek scored at 17:39 of
the third period for a 3-2
lead. The Kings pulled Jonathan Quick for an extra attacker and work by Brown,
Carter and Tyler Toffoli
hemmed in Minnesota before Doughty found time to
send the puck on net.
It was the Kings’ seventh
goal this season in six-onfive play, tied for the secondmost in the NHL. Coach
John Stevens called a timeout beforehand, with 78 seconds remaining, and joked
that “we drew it up exactly
as we pulled it off.”
Added Stevens: “Those
guys have done a really good
job in that situation all year,
so it was just a matter of getting everybody reset.”
Stevens scratched Minnesota Duluth product Alex
Iafallo in favor of Andy An-
TONIGHT
AT WINNIPEG
When: 5 PDT.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: Patrik Laine, 19, is
tied with Alex Ovechkin for
the league lead with 43 goals
and is trying to become the
first teenager to lead the
NHL in goals outright. He is
on a 15-game point streak.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
KINGS 4, WILD 3
KINGS ..............................1
Minnesota.........................0
1
2
1
1
1 — 4
0 — 3
FIRST PERIOD: 1. KINGS, Pearson 15 (Brown, Doughty), 18:47. Penalties—Pearson,KINGS, (interference),
8:01.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. KINGS, Carter 7 (Muzzin,
Doughty), 6:21 (pp). 3. Min., Parise 9 (Murphy, Niederreiter), 12:08. 4. Min., Staal 39 (Suter, Dumba), 19:04.
Penalties—Parise, MIN, (high sticking), 3:29. Suter,
MIN, (holding), 6:13. Niederreiter, MIN, (roughing),
16:41. Forbort, KINGS, (roughing), 16:41.
THIRD PERIOD: 5. Min., Eriksson Ek 4 (Coyle,
Zucker), 17:29. 6. KINGS, Brown 22 (Kopitar, Doughty),
19:13. Penalties—None.
OVERTIME: 7. KINGS, Carter 8 (Quick, Kempe), 4:26.
Penalties—None.
SHOTS ON GOAL: KINGS 9-8-11-2—30. Min. 9-11-7—
27. Power-play Conversions—KINGS 1 of 2. Min. 0 of 1.
GOALIES: KINGS, Quick 29-26-2 (27 shots-24
saves). Min., Dubnyk 31-14-6 (30-26). Att—19,081
(18,064). T—2:36.
WHAT WE LEARNED IN THE NHL
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NHL STANDINGS
Pacific
Vegas
San Jose
KINGS
DUCKS
Calgary
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
Nashville
Winnipeg
Minnesota
Colorado
Dallas
St. Louis
Chicago
dreoff and Andreoff played
for the first time since Feb.
22. The Kings almost lost
Duluth-born Derek Forbort
when Forbort was struck by
the skate of Zach Parise, but
Forbort returned with his
ear patched up.
Tanner Pearson scored
in the first period. Carter’s
first goal was a redirect of
Jake Muzzin’s shot on the
power play.
KINGS 4
MINNESOTA 3 (OT)
What we learned from the last week in the NHL:
Win-win for Donato, Bruins
Goaltender-interference debate continues
Forward Ryan Donato, one of the best players on the U.S.
Olympic team at the Pyeongchang Games, decided to skip
his senior year at Harvard — where he was coached by his father, Ted — to sign a two-year entry-level contract with the
Boston Bruins. Donato, who made his NHL debut Monday
night, is in a good situation.
The Bruins are challenging for the No. 1 record but they’ve
had to deal with injuries to forwards David Backes, Patrice
Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk. That means Donato can step in
and get experience in key situations. General manager Don
Sweeney told the Boston Globe that the opportunity for Donato is similar to the chance Charlie McAvoy got with the
Bruins last year after leaving Boston University — and that
worked out fine for both sides.
“We are not going to put any expectations on him,”
Sweeney said of Donato, who had a goal and two assists in his
debut. “But he’s a confident kid, and he has a skill set that we
all acknowledge that he can score goals and shoot the puck.”
General managers set aside 90 minutes of their annual
March meeting to discuss goaltender interference, the review process and the inconsistent way the rule is interpreted
and enforced. They spent twice that time on the topic Monday and came away with no consensus other than it’s too subjective to create absolute rules. They’re expected to continue
talking Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla.
“I think something positive will come out of it,” Toronto
Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello told Canada’s
TSN network. “There should be a change and there will be.
It’s just making sure it’s the right thing.”
Nothing will change immediately but the NHL might
recruit an active or recently retired on-ice official to help decide goaltender-interference challenges during the playoffs.
RESULTS
KINGS 4
AT MINNESOTA 3 (OT)
COLUMBUS 5
AT BOSTON 4 (OT)
NASHVILLE 4
AT BUFFALO 0
FLORIDA 2
AT MONTREAL 0
AT ARIZONA 5
CALGARY 2
Jeff Carter scored his second goal of the game with 33.8
seconds showing on the clock in overtime.
Cam Atkinson scored 2:55 into overtime, lifting the Blue
Jackets to their eighth consecutive victory.
Pekka Rinne, in his eighth shutout of the season, stopped
35 shots for the league-leading Predators.
Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for his third shutout of
the season and 76th of his career.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice late in the third period
and Max Domi also scored twice for the Coyotes.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
KINGS at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
Dallas at Washington, 4 p.m.
Edmonton at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit, 4:30 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
New Jersey at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at New York Rangers, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.
Florida at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Vegas, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at Calgary, 6:30 p.m.
Arizona at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Montreal at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Boston at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
Playoffs are in Blue Jackets’ sights
The Columbus Blue Jackets have developed enough
depth to win consistently, as evidenced by their eight-game
winning streak after Monday’s victory at Boston. Coach
John Tortorella has regularly rolled four lines and players
seem to be accepting their roles. In addition, they’ve been
able to withstand the absence of standout defenseman Seth
Jones, who is sidelined because of an upper-body injury.
“This is a team that was always a battle to play against,
even when it was struggling,” trade-deadline acquisition Ian
Cole told the Columbus Dispatch. “That’s just the identity
that the Columbus Blue Jackets have. If we can continue to
play with that identity, and also make plays and finish and
create with the high-end talent and skill players we have, it
makes for a very good mixture going forward.”
Kane has been able
Evander Kane has fit in well with the San Jose Sharks,
who acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres for a prospect, a
2019 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2019 fourthround pick.
He has five goals and 10 points in nine games, a key factor
in the Sharks’ recent 3-0 trip and four-game winning streak.
— Helene Elliott
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D3
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
USC goes out
with a whimper
as Metu sits
W. KENTUCKY 79
USC 75
NIT roundup
By Lindsey Thiry
SCORES
Chimezie Metu cheered
throughout the game, but
USC’s leading scorer proved
no help sitting in the stands.
Metu could only watch
with his hands on his head as
the clock wound down Monday night, the Trojans
throwing up one last haphazard shot in an attempt to
continue their season.
Western Kentucky defeated USC 79-75 in front of
2,130 at Galen Center in the
second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Metu, who averaged 15.4
points and 7.6 rebounds, did
not play in the NIT after
telling teammates that he
wanted to avoid injury as he
prepared for the NBA draft.
USC ended the season
with a 24-12 record.
Senior
guard
Elijah
Stewart made four of seven
three-point
shots
and
scored a team-best 20 points
in his final appearance at
Galen Center.
Senior guard Jordan McLaughlin notched a doubledouble with 13 points and 14
assists.
“It’s going to be kind of
sad to let it go,” Stewart said
after the game. “But it’s just
part of growing up and we’ve
got to move on.”
McLaughlin said of his
USC career ending, “It’s
tough. It hasn’t really hit me
yet but I’m sure it will eventually.”
Coach Andy Enfield said
that Metu was not allowed to
sit on the bench per USC
rules.
“The decision was made
by the administration,” Enfield said. “The policy is that
if you’re not playing, to not
sit on the bench because he
was eligible and he wasn’t injured.”
Playing under the NIT’s
experimental rules, including a quarter system and extended three-point line,
USC opened a seven-point
lead over Western Kentucky
(26-10) in the second quarter
but went into halftime trailing 40-39 despite making
55.6% of its shots.
Stewart sent the Trojans
on a run late in the third
8 No. 1 St. Mary’s 85,
No. 5 Washington 81
8 No. 2 Oklahoma State 71
No. 3 Stanford 65
8 No. 2 Utah 95,
No. 3 Louisiana State 71
TODAY’S GAMES
8 No. 2 Marquette vs.
No. 4 Penn State
8 No. 2 Louisville vs.
No. 4 Mississippi State
W. KENTUCKY 79, USC 75
W. KENTUCKY
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Coleby ..............29 6-8 1-1 3-7 0 4 13
Johnson ............36 8-14 6-7 1-8 0 1 23
Bearden............37 5-9 1-1 0-7 3 2 11
Hollingsworth .....32 1-4 2-2 1-3 3 3 4
Thompson .........34 3-8 2-2 0-2 4 1 8
Anderson ..........14 4-8 2-2 2-2 1 3 10
Ohmer ..............12 2-4 2-2 0-0 2 1 8
Nelson................4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Diagne................2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals
30-56 16-17 7-29 13 16 79
Shooting: Field goals, 53.6%; free throws, 94.1%
Three-point goals: 3-9 (Ohmer 2-3, Johnson 1-2,
Bearden 0-1, Thompson 0-1, Hollingsworth 0-2). Team
Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (10 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 2 (Anderson 2). Turnovers: 11 (Bearden 6, Coleby
2, Diagne, Hollingsworth, Thompson). Steals: 6 (Bearden 3, Anderson, Hollingsworth, Thompson). Technical
Fouls: None.
USC
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Uyaelunmo ..........8 1-2 3-6 1-2 0 0 5
Aaron ...............12 0-1 1-2 0-3 1 0 1
Mathews ...........33 3-10 1-2 1-3 2 2 8
McLaughlin........36 6-13 0-2 0-1 14 1 13
Usher ...............28 4-11 2-3 0-1 0 4 13
Stewart .............36 8-13 0-0 1-1 1 2 20
Rakocevic..........32 5-7 1-4 3-10 0 4 11
Thornton ...........15 2-5 0-0 1-2 2 1 4
Totals
29-62 8-19 7-23 20 14 75
Shooting: Field goals, 46.8%; free throws, 42.1%
Three-point goals: 9-24 (Stewart 4-7, Usher 3-9, Mathews 1-4, McLaughlin 1-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team
Turnovers: 8 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Usher). Turnovers: 8 (Thornton 4, Aaron, McLaughlin, Rakocevic,
Usher). Steals: 6 (McLaughlin 3, Rakocevic 2, Mathews). Technical Fouls: None.
W. Kentucky
18 22 19 20— 79
USC
23 16 19 17— 75
quarter when he threw down
a dunk off an alley-oop pass
from McLaughlin, then hit a
three-point shot before the
buzzer to cut USC’s deficit to
59-58.
USC opened a six-point
lead in the fourth quarter
behind three-point baskets
from Stewart and Jordan
Usher, who finished with 13
points.
But the Trojans surrendered the lead with 2:57 to
play, and two desperation
three-point shots fell short
of the rim in the final seconds.
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Twitter: @LindseyThiry
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
JORDIN CANADA gets one of her five steals, this one in front of Creighton’s Olivia Elger in the first quarter.
The senior point guard had 21 points and eight assists in her final home game, a victory she called “awesome.”
Bruins will battle Texas
for trip to the Elite Eight
[UCLA, from D1]
here ever is awesome.”
UCLA is one victory away
from its second Elite Eight
appearance. The first came
in 1999.
“I’m so proud of our players for sustaining their identity and focus for 40 minutes
against a really good team,”
coach Cori Close said. “Our
seniors have set a new
standard for UCLA and
when we finally took them
out, I felt like a proud parent.”
The game was more onesided than the teams’ other
meeting this season, when
the Bruins pulled away in
the second half to prevail 7263 at the South Point
Thanksgiving Shootout in
Las Vegas. This time UCLA
shot 57.6% from the field over
the first two quarters to
forge a 17-point lead.
“We knew we had to dictate better tonight,” Canada
said. “We saw there were a lot
of upsets earlier in the day
and we wanted to make sure
that’s not going to be us.”
After Creighton forward
Audrey Faber opened the
scoring with a three-pointer,
UCLA went on a 13-0 run.
Hayes and Lajahna Drummer hit jumpers, Billings
made a bank shot and a
layup, Kennedy Burke made
a three-pointer and Canada
made a fadeaway jumper following a timeout.
“UCLA
was
terrific
tonight,” coach Jim Flanery
said. “They defended us well,
they were sharp offensively,
they forced the pace and
they pressed more than I expected. We play Marquette
and DePaul and those are
super up-tempo teams so
we’re used to it, but we
needed to do better from a
communication and physicality standpoint. In retrospect maybe we should’ve
played more man-on-man
from the beginning.”
Creighton (19-13), which
finished fourth in the Big
East Conference and was
seeded 11th, upset sixthseeded Iowa 76-70 in the first
round Saturday, but trailed
by as many as 28 points in
the second half against the
Bruins.
“Offensively, they made
everything hard for us,” said
Faber, who had a team-high
20 points. “I didn’t do much
differently to be honest, I
just take what they give me.”
Billings finished with 15
points and nine rebounds,
Hayes had four points and
Canada, a McDonald’s AllAmerican at Los Angeles
Windward, had 21 points,
eight assists and five steals,
and was subbed out to a
standing ovation with 1 minute 57 seconds left.
Japreece Dean scored 16
points, Kennedy Burke had
11 and Drummer had 10 for
the Bruins, who are 19-1
when scoring at least 70
points and won for the 15th
time in 18 games. UCLA is 8-1
all-time against Big East
teams.
“I admire our seniors so
much and they’ve been great
leaders,” said Dean, who
didn’t play the first time
against Creighton. “I’m a
point guard also, so Jordin
especially I’ve learned a lot
from.”
sports@latimes.com
UCLA 86, CREIGHTON 64
CREIGHTON (19-13)—Agnew 2-6 0-0 5, Faber 6-12
4-4 20, Norby 1-4 0-0 2, Lamberty 1-7 2-2 4, Mellman
2-3 0-0 6, Brown 1-1 0-1 2, Greene 1-2 0-0 2, Carda 2-4
2-2 7, Elger 4-10 2-2 13, Kissinger 1-2 1-1 3, Rembao
0-0 0-0 0, Totals 21-51 11-12 64.
UCLA (26-7)—Billings 4-8 7-8 15, Drummer 5-12 0-1
10, Burke 4-9 0-0 11, Canada 6-7 9-10 21, Hayes 2-6
0-0 4, Miller 0-1 1-2 1, Onyenwere 2-3 1-2 5, Rosenblum
0-3 0-0 0, Baird 1-1 0-0 3, Dean 6-12 0-0 16, Horvat
0-0 0-0 0, Totals 30-62 18-23 86.
Creighton..................................15 17 13 19—64
UCLA.......................................26 23 22 15—86
Three-Point Goals—Creighton 11-27 (Agnew 1-4,
Faber 4-8, Norby 0-1, Lamberty 0-2, Mellman 2-3,
Carda 1-2, Elger 3-6, Kissinger 0-1), UCLA 8-19 (Drummer 0-2, Burke 3-6, Hayes 0-3, Baird 1-1, Dean 4-7).
Assists—Creighton 18 (Lamberty 7), UCLA 15 (Canada
8). Fouled Out—Creighton Agnew, Rebounds—Creighton
27 (Elger 4), UCLA 37 (Billings 9). Total Fouls—Creighton 21, UCLA 19. Technical Fouls—None.A—1,860.
AROUND THE NATION
Hardaway back to
Memphis as coach
staff and wire reports
Former Memphis AllAmerican guard Anfernee
“Penny” Hardaway is heading back to his alma mater as
its men’s basketball coach.
Memphis will announce
Hardaway as its next coach
at a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. The 46year-old Hardaway replaces
Tubby Smith, fired after going 40-26 in two seasons.
Hardaway is a four-time
NBA All-Star and threetime All-NBA player who
will be making his college
coaching debut. He has been
coaching for years with his
own AAU program, Team
Penny, and won his third
straight Tennessee high
school championship at
Memphis East last weekend.
The Memphis native
played at Treadwell High
School before going to thenMemphis State and remains
very popular in his hometown. And his alma mater
desperately needs someone
to keep Memphis’ top
recruits at home and lure
fans back to the FedExForum, where the Tigers play
their home games.
Memphis hasn’t been to
the NCAA tournament since
2014, and attendance dipped
to 6,225 this season — the
worst since 1969-70. The
plunging attendance puts
the university at risk of missing out on an $800,000 payment from the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, who control
the FedExForum. The Mem-
phis Commercial Appeal
also reported donations to
the athletic department
dropped $1.1 million in the
2016-17 fiscal year.
Hardaway starred for
Memphis teams that posted
a combined 43-23 record and
made consecutive NCAA
tournaments in 1992 and
1993. The Tigers reached a
regional final in 1992.
With Hardaway, the Tigers had eight wins over
ranked teams. He posted the
first triple-doubles in school
history. Memphis retired his
jersey on Jan. 23, 1994.
Cal Baptist
in Elite Eight
The California Baptist
men’s team will play Queens
University of Charlotte in
the Division II quarterfinals
on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PDT in
Sioux Falls, S.D.
The
Riverside-based
Lancers (28-5) are ranked
21st in the nation and seeded
seventh for the Elite Eight.
The No. 7-ranked Royals
(31-3) are seeded second.
Center Kalidou Diouf
leads the Lancers with 18.1
points and 8.5 rebounds.
Etc.
Jeffrey Carroll scored 26
points to help Oklahoma
State beat Stanford 71-65 in
the second round of the NIT.
... Charlotte hired Virginia
associate head coach Ron
Sanchez as coach. ... The
West Coast Conference
hired former Pac-12 Conference
executive
Gloria
Nevarez as commissioner.
NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT
Two 11 seeds take down No. 3s
points and Kia Nurse
chipped in with 13 for the
top-seeded
and
host
Huskies (34-0).
Associated Press
Buffalo and Central
Michigan are crashing the
women’s Sweet 16.
The two 11 seeds from the
Mid-American Conference
pulled off stunning road upsets of Florida State and
Ohio State on Monday night
to advance to the regional
semifinals for the first time
in both schools’ history.
It’s the first time a school
from the MAC has advanced
this far since Bowling Green
reached the regional semifinals in 2007.
Cierra Dillard scored 22
points as Buffalo shocked
Florida State 86-65 and Central Michigan stunned Ohio
State 95-78.
The Bulls, who were one
of the last four to earn an atlarge berth in the 64-team
field, shot 47.4% from the
field and went 24 for 26 from
the foul line. They also held
the Seminoles to three for 25
on three-pointers and 33.8%
from the field.
Stephanie Reid scored 18
points and Summer Hemphill added 17 for Buffalo.
Shakayla Thomas led
Florida State with 25 points
in her final game and Nausia
Woolfolk added 12.
It is the first time in eight
games that Florida State
(26-7) has dropped an NCAA
tournament contest when it
has been the host.
Meanwhile, Cassie Breen
threw the ball high in the air
as the clock wound down
and the joyous Central
Michigan players jumped,
Steve Cannon Associated Press
Duke 66, Georgia 40:
Leaonna Odom scored 16
points and fifth-seeded
Duke’s defense was dominant, holding fourth-seeded
Georgia to two second-quarter points. Lexie Brown and
Erin Mathias each had 14
points for visiting Duke
(24-8), which will play
UConn in the Albany Regional on Saturday.
BUFFALO’S STEPHANIE REID , center, cuts be-
tween Florida State’s Chatrice White and AJ Alix.
FRIDAY’S WOMEN’S
REGIONAL GAMES
All times Pacific (*approximate time; game will start 30 minutes after the
completion of the previous one):
KANSAS CITY REGIONAL
at Kansas City
1 Mississippi State (34-1) vs. 4 N.C. State (26-8) .......................................4 p.m.
2 Texas (28-6) vs. 3 UCLA (26-7) .............................................................6 p.m.
LEXINGTON REGIONAL
at Lexington, Ky.
2 Baylor (33-1) vs. 6 Oregon State (25-7)..................................................4 p.m.
1 Louisville (34-2) vs. 4 Stanford (24-10)...................................................6 p.m.
screamed and hugged as
they celebrated the biggest
win in school history.
The Chippewas had won
their first tournament game
ever in Saturday’s firstround upset of No. 6 Louisiana State.
With the upset of No. 3
Ohio State, they advance to
face No. 2 Oregon in
Spokane, Wash., on Sat-
urday.
All-American
guard
Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio
State (28-7) with 28 points.
Connecticut 71, Quinnipiac 46: Napheesa Collier
scored 23 points and UConn
beat
in-state
neighbor
Quinnipiac to advance to a
25th straight Sweet 16.
Azura Stevens added 14
Mississippi State 71,
Oklahoma State 56: Victoria Vivians scored 23 points,
Teaira McCowan added 21
points and 18 rebounds, and
top-seeded
Mississippi
State earned a hard-fought
win over visiting Oklahoma
State.
Stanford 90, Florida
Gulf Coast 70: Alanna Smith
scored 28 points with four
three-pointers, Brittany McPhee added 17 points and
nine rebounds and No. 4
seed and host Stanford is
headed back to the Lexington Regional for a third
straight March after beating
scrappy Florida Gulf Coast.
Texas 85, Arizona State
65: Lashann Higgs scored 19
points and Brooke McCarty
scored 15 as host Texas
booked its fourth consecutive trip to the Sweet 16.
Higgs scored 15 in the first
half, and McCarty took over
in the third quarter with 10
points in a 14-2 run.
D4
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NBA
LAKERS REPORT
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. y-Houston
2. y-Golden State
3. Portland
4. Oklahoma City
5. San Antonio
6. Utah
7. New Orleans
8. Minnesota
W
56
53
44
43
41
40
40
40
L
14
18
26
29
30
30
30
31
PCT
.800
.746
.629
.597
.577
.571
.571
.563
GB L10
9-1
31⁄2 6-4
12 10-0
14
8-2
151⁄2 5-5
16
9-1
16
6-4
161⁄2 4-6
Rk.
S1
P1
N1
N2
S2
N3
S3
N4
9. CLIPPERS
10. Denver
11. LAKERS
12. Sacramento
13. Dallas
14. Memphis
15. Phoenix
37
38
31
23
22
19
19
32
33
39
49
48
51
52
.536
.535
.443
.319
.314
.271
.268
2
2
81⁄2
171⁄2
171⁄2
201⁄2
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5-5
5-5
4-6
4-6
1-9
1-9
P2
N5
P3
P4
S4
S5
P5
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. x-Toronto
2. x-Boston
3. Cleveland
4. Indiana
5. Washington
6. Philadelphia
7. Miami
8. Milwaukee
W
52
47
41
41
40
39
38
37
L
18
23
29
30
30
30
33
33
PCT
.743
.671
.586
.577
.571
.565
.535
.529
GB L10
9-1
5
6-4
11
5-5
111⁄2 7-3
12
5-5
121⁄2 7-3
141⁄2 6-4
15
4-6
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
C2
S1
A3
S2
C3
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
31
30
26
24
23
21
20
39
41
45
46
48
49
50
.443
.423
.366
.343
.324
.300
.286
6
71⁄2
111⁄2
13
141⁄2
16
17
C4
S3
A4
C5
A5
S4
S5
3-7
2-8
2-8
4-6
3-7
3-7
2-8
x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division
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7:30 p.m.
Walton: job ‘not ideal
for staying healthy’
By Tania Ganguli
INDIANAPOLIS
—
When Lakers coach Luke
Walton heard Cleveland
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue
was stepping away from the
job to focus on his health, he
could relate.
“It’s a stressful job,” Walton said Monday. “… You
don’t get a lot of sleep, you
travel a lot and you’re
stressed all day long. It’s important that coaches take
time to also take care of
themselves as far as health ...
whether that’s workouts,
meditate, whatever it is …
because the life of travel and
everything else that goes
into coaching is probably
not ideal for staying healthy.
“I’m not sure what it is
with Ty, but my thoughts
and prayers are with him
that he gets better and gets
back to coaching because I
know he loves coaching.”
In a statement, Lue said
he had been having chest
pains and other symptoms,
including trouble sleeping.
He said testing to find the
cause was inconclusive. Lue
said his treatment regimen
would have been difficult to
undergo while coaching.
Walton’s problems are
more chronic than acute.
A member of his staff is
responsible for helping Walton stay on track. He said he
tries to work out on game
days and sits in the cold tub
after players are finished
with it. He said he meditates
regularly with the help of
apps.
He’s had trouble sleeping
in the past, and back problems have plagued Walton —
they contributed to the end
of his NBA career. So an eye
toward his health is about
more than coaching for him.
“One thing I know is if my
back goes out, I’m not going
to be able to coach because I
know what that’s like,” Walton said.
“You can’t focus on anything. So a lot of my reasoning for starting to take care
of my health, taking it more
serious, was to take care of
my back so I can live a normal life.”
Oladipo sets his
sights higher
Victor Oladipo was on a
flight from Washington, D.C.
to Miami last summer when
he heard he and teammate
Domantas Sabonis were
traded to Indiana for Paul
George. He didn’t hear it
from the Oklahoma City
Thunder, the team that
traded him. He found out on
social media.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti called him
the next day, Oladipo said.
“It was a surprise for me,
a surprise in general, but it
happens,” Oladipo said. “So
I was already working hard
in the summertime, but ob-
viously that made me turn it
up even more. I gotta continue to keep turning it up because we’ve got a lot of goals,
not just for myself but for
this team.”
Behind Oladipo, the Pacers have turned into one of
the top teams in the Eastern
Conference. Monday night,
Oladipo’s play helped carry
his team past the Lakers.
With more responsibility
than he had in Oklahoma
City or Orlando, the team
that drafted him second
overall in 2013, Oladipo has
thrived.
“Probably,” Oladipo said
when asked whether Indiana offered a better fit. “Obviously I just think it’s different. The roles here are different. I’m asked to do a lot
more here than I had to in
Oklahoma and in Orlando
as well. It’s been beneficial
for me. There’s still things I
need to work on.”
Etc.
The Lakers did not resign Derrick Williams after
his 10-day contract expired.
… Gary Payton II did not
play Monday, the final day
he was allowed to play with
the Lakers while on a twoway contract. Payton will return to the South Bay Lakers for the rest of the season,
joining Alex Caruso, who is
also on a two-way contract.
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
RESULTS
James puts together
another triple-double
CLEVELAND 124
MILWAUKEE 117
BOX SCORES
PACERS 110, LAKERS 100
DENVER
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Kuzma........36 10-18 4-5 2-8 1 2 27
Randle .......34 9-19 3-5 6-9 3 4 21
Lopez.........37 10-15 2-4 4-8 3 1 23
Ball ...........37 1-4 1-2 0-2 8 1 4
Cldwll-Ppe ..39 3-10 3-3 0-7 1 2 12
Thomas ......25 4-14 3-4 0-3 3 3 11
Wear ..........12 0-2 0-0 0-4 0 2 0
Ennis ...........9 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 2 0
Zubac ..........7 1-3 0-0 2-3 1 1 2
Totals
38-86 16-23 14-47 20 18 100
Shooting: Field goals, 44.2%; free throws,
69.6%
Three-point goals: 8-33 (Caldwell-Pope 3-8,
Kuzma 3-10, Lopez 1-3, Ball 1-4, Ennis 0-1, Wear
0-2, Thomas 0-5). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 13 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Lopez 2,
Caldwell-Pope). Turnovers: 13 (Ball 4, CaldwellPope 2, Lopez 2, Kuzma, Randle, Thomas, Wear,
Zubac). Steals: 4 (Ball 2, Caldwell-Pope, Randle).
Technical Fouls: Thomas, 5:11 fourth.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Chandler.....47 11-16 1-2 1-5 0 5 26
Millsap.......45 5-11 3-4 1-8 2 2 14
Jokic ..........47 12-21 6-6 4-14 3 5 34
Barton........45 8-21 3-3 1-4 3 3 22
Murray .......43 5-16 9-11 1-5 4 5 23
D.Harris ......26 2-8 8-8 0-2 9 2 13
Plumlee......23 1-2 1-3 1-4 1 2 3
Craig..........10 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 6
Beasley ........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
46-99 31-37 10-45 22 25 141
Shooting: Field goals, 46.5%; free throws,
83.8%
Three-point goals: 18-38 (Jokic 4-5, Murray
4-8, Chandler 3-7, Barton 3-10, Craig 2-2, Millsap
1-2, D.Harris 1-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 13 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Barton 2,
Chandler, Millsap, Plumlee). Turnovers: 13 (Jokic 4,
D.Harris 3, Millsap 3, Chandler, Craig, Murray).
Steals: 10 (Barton 4, Chandler 2, Millsap 2, Jokic,
Plumlee). Technical Fouls: None.
INDIANA
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bogdanovic .24 2-9 2-2 0-5 3 4 6
T.Young.......36 9-12 0-0 2-9 4 1 18
Turner.........30 9-15 2-2 2-7 3 3 21
Collison......32 5-10 3-3 1-4 8 0 15
Oladipo ......32 8-15 3-4 2-4 0 2 20
Stephenson 29 6-13 2-2 1-5 1 3 16
Joseph .......29 2-6 4-4 0-3 3 3 8
Booker .......17 1-4 0-0 1-7 2 0 2
Jefferson.......7 1-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 4
Totals
43-87 18-19 9-44 24 16 110
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws,
94.7%
Three-point goals: 6-21 (Collison 2-4, Stephenson 2-5, Turner 1-1, Oladipo 1-3, T.Young 0-1, Joseph 0-2, Bogdanovic 0-5). Team Rebounds: 3.
Team Turnovers: 6 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Jefferson 2, T.Young 2, Turner 2, Collison, Joseph).
Turnovers: 6 (Oladipo 2, T.Young 2, Stephenson,
Turner). Steals: 9 (Oladipo 3, Joseph 2, Collison,
Jefferson, Stephenson, T.Young). Technical Fouls:
None.
LAKERS
37 22 21 20— 100
Indiana
29 28 35 18— 110
A—16,603. O—Bill Spooner, Gary Zielinski,
Leroy Richardson
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
J.Johnson....46 13-17 1-3 0-11 6 4 31
Richardson..41 6-13 3-3 1-5 4 4 17
Adebayo .....27 3-9 1-6 4-8 3 2 7
Dragic ........42 6-15 7-8 1-5 8 4 20
T.Johnson....20 3-9 0-0 0-4 3 1 8
Olynyk ........41 11-16 4-5 1-8 5 3 30
Ellington .....40 8-14 1-2 0-3 2 4 23
Winslow......21 5-8 0-0 0-2 3 3 11
McGruder .....9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Totals
56-102 17-27 7-46 34 25 149
Shooting: Field goals, 54.9%; free throws,
63.0%
Three-point goals: 20-36 (Ellington 6-11,
J.Johnson 4-6, Olynyk 4-6, T.Johnson 2-3, Richardson 2-4, Dragic 1-3, Winslow 1-3). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 11 (15 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 10 (Olynyk 4, Richardson 3, J.Johnson,
T.Johnson, Winslow). Turnovers: 11 (Dragic 3, Adebayo 2, Olynyk 2, Ellington, J.Johnson, Richardson,
Winslow). Steals: 6 (J.Johnson 2, Dragic, Olynyk,
Richardson, Winslow). Technical Fouls: None.
Denver 37 26 28 27 13 10— 141
Miami 36 28 28 26 13 18— 149
A—19,600. O—Mark Ayotte, Jason Phillips, Gediminas Petraitis
Cavaliers 124, Bucks 117
MILWAUKEE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anttknmpo ..38 13-20 11-11 3-11 5 4 37
Middleton ...37 11-16 3-3 1-5 2 5 30
Henson ......20 2-5 0-0 1-4 2 1 4
Bledsoe......34 5-15 2-3 0-3 8 4 13
Snell..........31 2-8 0-0 0-1 2 0 5
Parker ........25 5-10 1-1 2-6 3 3 12
Maker ........23 5-10 2-2 1-1 0 4 12
Jennings .....13 2-3 0-0 0-0 4 0 4
Terry ..........10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Brown ..........5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals
45-88 19-20 8-32 26 23 117
Shooting: Field goals, 51.1%; free throws,
95.0%
Three-point goals: 8-31 (Middleton 5-9, Parker
1-3, Snell 1-7, Bledsoe 1-8, Antetokounmpo 0-2,
Maker 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers:
15 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Bledsoe 2, Henson,
Jennings, Maker, Middleton, Parker). Turnovers: 15
(Bledsoe 5, Parker 4, Middleton 3, Antetokounmpo 2, Jennings). Steals: 11 (Maker 3, Bledsoe 2,
Middleton 2, Parker 2, Antetokounmpo, Henson).
Technical Fouls: None.
CLEVELAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Green.........40 5-8 4-4 0-0 3 2 14
James ........40 16-29 5-8 5-12 10 2 40
Love...........24 5-13 4-4 2-7 4 0 18
Hill ............20 0-2 0-0 0-3 3 0 0
Korver ........28 4-8 1-2 0-6 0 2 12
Clarkson .....28 5-11 4-4 0-2 1 3 17
Smith.........22 2-3 0-0 0-3 1 4 5
Calderon.....18 2-7 0-0 1-3 2 0 5
Zizic...........16 4-6 5-5 4-6 0 4 13
Totals
43-87 23-27 12-42 24 17 124
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws,
85.2%
Three-point goals: 15-38 (Love 4-9, Korver 3-6,
Clarkson 3-7, James 3-7, Smith 1-2, Calderon 1-3,
Green 0-2, Hill 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team
Turnovers: 13 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Love 2,
Green, Hill, James, Zizic). Turnovers: 13 (James 6,
Green 2, Love 2, Smith 2, Hill). Steals: 4 (James 2,
Clarkson, Green). Technical Fouls: None.
Milwaukee
25 32 28 32— 117
Cleveland
26 38 29 31— 124
A—20,562. O—Mauer, Barnaky, Scott
Knicks 110, Bulls 92
CHICAGO
LeBron James scored 40 points
as part of his third triple-double in
four games and the Cavaliers beat
the Milwaukee Bucks 124-117 on
Monday night at Cleveland.
Coach Tyronn Lue began a
leave of absence to address health
issues and associate head coach
Larry Drew will run the Cavaliers
in Lue’s absence.
James scored 17 points in the
third quarter and finished with 12
rebounds and 10 assists for his 16th
triple-double this season and 71st
of his career.
The Bucks cut a 17-point lead to
117-109, but James drove the length
of the court for a dunk with just
over a minute left.
Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love returned after sitting out
six weeks with a broken left hand
and scored 18 points in 25 minutes.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had
37 points and was 11 for 11 in free
throws for Milwaukee, and Khris
Middleton scored 30 points.
James’ performance led to Antetokounmpo having an unusual
postgame conversation.
“I was talking to myself taking a
shower, asking what I did wrong
because he was the first player to
score 40 on me,” he said. “He’s the
best player in the world.”
at Miami 149, Denver 141 (2OT):
James Johnson scored a careerhigh 31 points, Kelly Olynyk had 30
off the bench and the Heat set a
franchise scoring record The
Nuggets fell to 10th in the West.
at Brooklyn 118, Memphis 115:
Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert
each scored 22 points for the Nets,
who handed the Grizzlies their 15th
road loss in a row.
at Philadelphia 108, Charlotte 94:
Joel Embiid had 25 points and 19 rebounds, and Ben Simmons had 11
points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists
for the 76ers.
at New York 110, Chicago 92: Tim
Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points to
lead the Knicks. The Bulls were
three for 30 in three-point shots.
at San Antonio 89, Golden State
75: LaMarcus Aldridge had 33
points and 12 rebounds, and the
Spurs regrouped after blowing a 16point lead over the short-handed
Warriors.
Detroit 106, at Sacramento 90:
Blake Griffin had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and the
Pistons pulled away in the third
quarter to end a three-game skid
and win on the road for only the
10th time.
at Indiana 110, Lakers 100
— associated press
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Valentine ....21 4-11 0-0 0-3 2 0 8
Zipser.........25 1-8 5-6 1-6 1 2 7
Felicio ........29 8-10 1-1 2-6 0 3 17
Holiday.......17 0-6 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
Payne.........28 2-12 0-0 2-6 6 3 4
Vonleh........26 4-10 0-2 5-12 1 4 9
Blakeney ....25 4-12 7-7 0-4 1 1 16
Portis .........25 6-11 3-6 3-7 4 1 16
Nwaba .......20 2-5 3-5 1-3 4 0 7
Grant .........19 2-7 4-4 0-0 1 1 8
Totals
33-92 23-31 14-48 21 15 92
Shooting: Field goals, 35.9%; free throws,
74.2%
Three-point goals: 3-30 (Portis 1-2, Vonleh 1-2,
Blakeney 1-5, Grant 0-1, Nwaba 0-1, Valentine 0-4,
Holiday 0-5, Payne 0-5, Zipser 0-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 11 (13 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Payne 2, Blakeney, Felicio, Nwaba, Valentine, Zipser). Turnovers: 11 (Holiday 3, Blakeney
2, Felicio 2, Payne 2, Nwaba, Zipser). Steals: 9
(Holiday 4, Grant 2, Nwaba, Portis, Zipser). Technical Fouls: coach Bulls (Defensive three second),
00:17 first.
NEW YORK
Darron Cummings Associated Press
BROOK LOPEZ, who scored 23 for the Lakers including 13 points in the first
quarter, battles the Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner during the first half.
Lakers can’t handle Pacers
[Lakers, from D1]
Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 27 points, Julius
Randle added 21 and Brook
Lopez scored 23. The Pacers
were led by Myles Turner,
who scored 21, and Victor
Oladipo, who scored 20
points. Lonzo Ball finished
with four points, eight assists, four turnovers and two
steals.
The Lakers gave themselves that chance early.
They jumped out to a 12point lead in the first quarter, making 16 of 24 shots and
outscoring the Pacers 37-29.
Having identified a mismatch in the frontcourt, the
Lakers played through
Lopez early, and their center
made the most of the opportunity, scoring 13 points in
the first quarter.
The Pacers began to chip
away at their lead in the second quarter with the help of
five turnovers by the Lakers
during that period. Then in
the third quarter, Indiana
took control of the momentum.
“They probably got yelled
at by their coach and they
were the aggressor on both
ends to start the second
half,” Isaiah Thomas said.
“And that kind of dictated
the whole rest of the game.”
Walton prefers to use a
deeper rotation, and did for
most of the season. He prioritized keeping his younger
players’
minutes
down
around 30 per game, and
some veterans’ minutes
were limited just as a function of the rotations. Commonly, 10 players would see
significant playing time.
That’s not possible anymore. Hart and Ingram are
recovering from injuries.
Veteran Channing Frye had
a surprise appendectomy
shortly after being traded to
the Lakers, and Luol Deng is
not an option because of a
mutual decision between
Deng and the organization.
For all those reasons, the
rotation has been limited
mostly to eight or nine players, with the starters and
Thomas getting the bulk of
the minutes. It’s meant
much heavier minutes for
the rookies. In Indianapolis,
for example, rookie Ball
played 37 minutes and 22
seconds while fellow rookie
Kuzma played 36 minutes
and 52 seconds.
It’s also meant increased
playing time for players such
as Tyler Ennis and Ivica
Zubac, who saw sparse
playing time early in the season and Travis Wear, who is
on the second of two 10-day
contracts.
Some relief might be
coming soon. Ingram has
been progressing well, and is
close to being cleared for
taking contact in practices.
The Lakers’ next practice
will be Wednesday in New
Orleans.
Until then, they’ll keep
learning this part of the
game.
“Usually when you’re
tired and you’re fatigued the
mental side of things goes
out the window, or you stop
making the extra pass, or
you stop helping somebody
on defense like the little
things you need to become a
better team,” Thomas said.
“But the learning experience is there, they’re getting
the experience, they’re fighting through heavy minutes
and being leaned on to bring
something each and every
night. And we’ve got to keep
pushing, keep fighting and it
will turn around.”
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter @taniaganguli
Heat 149, Nuggets 141, 3OT
LAKERS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Beasley ......23 6-10 3-3 1-6 2 2 17
Hardaway Jr.31 7-15 4-4 0-2 1 0 22
Kanter........17 5-9 0-0 5-13 1 2 10
Lee............21 2-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 4
Mudiay .......21 2-8 0-0 0-2 3 1 4
Ntilikina......24 3-8 0-0 1-3 5 2 8
O’Quinn......22 1-2 0-0 1-9 4 2 2
Burke.........21 4-8 1-2 1-2 5 2 9
Hicks .........20 4-9 0-0 2-8 0 6 9
Williams .....19 4-9 3-6 2-7 1 3 11
Kornet..........8 4-7 0-0 1-3 1 2 9
Dotson.........8 1-4 2-2 1-5 3 0 5
Totals
43-96 13-17 15-61 28 24 110
Shooting: Field goals, 44.8%; free throws,
76.5%
Three-point goals: 11-35 (Hardaway Jr. 4-11,
Beasley 2-3, Ntilikina 2-5, Dotson 1-1, Hicks 1-2,
Kornet 1-4, Mudiay 0-1, Williams 0-2, Burke 0-3,
Lee 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 16
(13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (O’Quinn 2, Williams 2,
Kornet, Lee, Mudiay). Turnovers: 16 (Williams 5,
Beasley 2, Hardaway Jr. 2, Mudiay 2, Burke, Hicks,
Kanter, Ntilikina, O’Quinn). Steals: 6 (Hardaway Jr.
2, Beasley, Mudiay, Ntilikina, O’Quinn). Technical
Fouls: O’Quinn, 8:07 fourth.
Chicago
18 19 30 25— 92
New York
19 28 36 27— 110
A—18,835. O—Scott Twardoski, David Guthrie,
Rodney Mott
Nets 118, Grizzlies 115
MEMPHIS
76ers 108, Hornets 94
CHARLOTTE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Kdd-Glchrst.28 2-8 1-1 1-3 0 3 5
Williams .....26 1-5 0-0 1-3 1 0 2
Howard ......27 3-9 4-6 0-4 1 5 10
Lamb .........30 6-12 2-4 1-8 3 1 14
Walker........39 8-19 7-7 1-8 6 0 24
Bacon ........22 2-8 0-0 1-5 1 0 5
Kaminsky....21 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 0 2
Hrnngmz.....20 6-11 4-6 2-3 0 3 17
Monk .........16 4-11 2-2 0-4 3 0 13
Graham........6 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2
Batum..........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
32-85 24-30 7-40 16 12 94
Shooting: Field goals, 37.6%; free throws,
80.0%
Three-point goals: 6-22 (Monk 3-4, Bacon 1-2,
Hernangomez 1-2, Walker 1-9, Williams 0-2, Lamb
0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 9 (13
PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Hernangomez, Lamb,
Walker, Williams). Turnovers: 9 (Howard 3, Walker
3, Lamb 2, Kidd-Gilchrist). Steals: 8 (Walker 3,
Hernangomez 2, Howard, Lamb, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.
PHILADELPHIA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Covington ...29 6-12 2-2 2-5 2 5 18
Saric..........27 2-9 0-0 0-1 3 2 5
Embiid .......31 10-17 1-2 4-19 2 4 25
Redick........24 5-12 0-0 0-5 0 2 12
Simmons ....33 4-9 3-4 3-12 15 0 11
Belinelli......23 8-14 0-0 0-2 2 2 21
Ilyasova ......20 1-7 0-0 4-5 2 4 2
Anderson....19 3-7 0-0 1-4 2 0 7
Johnson......15 2-4 0-0 3-7 1 1 5
McConnell ..14 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2
Totals
42-93 6-8 17-60 30 22 108
Shooting: Field goals, 45.2%; free throws,
75.0%
Three-point goals: 18-44 (Belinelli 5-9, Embiid
4-6, Covington 4-9, Redick 2-7, Johnson 1-3, Saric
1-3, Anderson 1-5, Ilyasova 0-2). Team Rebounds:
2. Team Turnovers: 15 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7
(Embiid 4, Johnson 2, Covington). Turnovers: 15
(Embiid 9, Redick 3, Anderson, Belinelli, Ilyasova).
Steals: 5 (Simmons 3, Ilyasova, Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
Charlotte
18 38 14 24— 94
Philadelphia
21 28 32 27— 108
A—20,530. O—Scott Wall, Curtis Blair, Sean
Wright
Spurs 89, Warriors 75
GOLDEN STATE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Dr.Green.....11 0-4 0-0 0-3 0 1 0
Iguodala.....24 4-6 1-1 0-5 4 2 10
Pachulia .....14 3-6 0-0 0-3 0 1 6
Cook..........37 8-18 2-4 0-5 5 3 20
Young.........40 2-10 6-6 0-2 0 2 10
McCaw .......24 1-7 1-2 0-1 1 2 3
Bell ...........22 0-3 1-2 0-3 1 4 1
Looney .......21 6-7 0-0 2-8 0 2 12
Lvngston.....16 3-7 1-1 0-1 2 1 7
West ..........13 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 2
McGee .......11 2-3 0-0 0-3 3 3 4
Totals
30-74 12-16 2-36 17 24 75
Shooting: Field goals, 40.5%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 3-19 (Cook 2-8, Iguodala 1-2, Dr.Green 0-2, McCaw 0-2, Young 0-5). Team Rebounds: 9.
Team Turnovers: 15 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (McGee 3,
Bell 2, Iguodala, Looney, McCaw, West). Turnovers: 15
(Cook 4, West 4, McCaw 2, Young 2, Bell, Iguodala, Pachulia). Steals: 7 (Looney 3, McCaw 2, Iguodala, Livingston).
Technical Fouls: coach Warriors (Defensive three second),
7:31 third.
SAN ANTONIO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anderson....22 0-2 0-0 3-10 4 1 0
Da.Green ....30 4-8 0-0 0-3 2 5 11
Aldridge......34 13-22 7-7 2-12 1 2 33
Mills ..........34 4-12 1-1 2-3 2 2 12
Murray .......29 4-9 1-2 0-8 5 1 9
Ginobili ......20 0-5 3-6 1-2 3 1 3
Gasol .........16 1-8 2-3 2-4 0 1 4
Parker ........13 0-2 1-2 0-1 2 2 1
Gay............12 4-10 0-0 1-4 1 3 9
Forbes........11 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Bertans ......10 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 5
Paul.............3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Lauvergne.....0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
33-82 15-21 11-48 21 20 89
Shooting: Field goals, 40.2%; free throws, 71.4%
Three-point goals: 8-23 (Da.Green 3-4, Mills 3-6,
Bertans 1-2, Gay 1-3, Gasol 0-1, Murray 0-1, Anderson 0-2,
Ginobili 0-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 14 (15
PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Aldridge 2, Bertans, Gay, Mills).
Turnovers: 14 (Gay 3, Mills 3, Anderson 2, Da.Green 2,
Aldridge, Forbes, Ginobili, Murray). Steals: 6 (Aldridge, Anderson, Gay, Ginobili, Mills, Murray). Technical Fouls:
None.
Golden State
21 20 22 12— 75
San Antonio
30 19 12 28— 89
A—18,418. T—2:14. O—Karl Lane, Bennie Adams, James
Capers
Pistons 106, Kings 90
DETROIT
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Green.........29 7-8 0-1 4-16 3 3 14
Martin ........12 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 6 5
Davis .........21 1-2 0-0 0-5 2 5 2
Brooks .......30 5-15 4-4 0-1 2 4 15
Harrison .....30 7-16 4-8 0-1 8 2 19
Weber ........34 7-11 1-2 2-4 1 3 15
Selden .......23 7-15 0-1 2-3 2 4 17
Rabb .........21 4-9 2-2 2-6 2 0 10
McLemore...20 2-3 0-0 0-4 0 5 5
Parsons ......15 4-5 2-2 1-2 1 1 13
Totals
46-88 13-20 11-42 21 33 115
Shooting: Field goals, 52.3%; free throws,
65.0%
Three-point goals: 10-23 (Parsons 3-3, Selden
3-7, Martin 1-1, Brooks 1-2, McLemore 1-2, Harrison 1-5, Green 0-1, Weber 0-2). Team Rebounds:
5. Team Turnovers: 16 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3
(Green, Harrison, Rabb). Turnovers: 16 (McLemore
4, Green 3, Davis 2, Selden 2, Weber 2, Brooks,
Parsons, Rabb). Steals: 11 (Green 3, Weber 3, Parsons 2, Martin, McLemore, Rabb). Technical Fouls:
Green, 8:06 first
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Griffin.........36 9-18 5-6 1-9 7 0 26
Johnson......25 3-8 4-4 0-4 1 1 11
Drmmnd.....30 2-7 0-2 2-16 2 3 4
Bullock.......31 7-13 0-0 0-0 2 0 17
Smith.........34 7-10 2-2 0-4 2 2 18
Tolliver........28 3-8 3-4 1-4 1 3 12
Kennard .....27 4-8 0-0 0-1 0 0 10
Buycks .......13 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 4
Ennis III......13 0-3 4-4 1-3 2 1 4
Totals
37-79 18-22 6-44 17 11 106
Shooting: Field goals, 46.8%; free throws,
81.8%
Three-point goals: 14-29 (Griffin 3-5, Bullock
3-6, Tolliver 3-6, Smith 2-3, Kennard 2-4, Johnson
1-3, Ennis III 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 9 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Drummond 3,
Griffin, Smith). Turnovers: 9 (Drummond 3, Kennard 2, Buycks, Griffin, Smith, Tolliver). Steals: 6
(Johnson 3, Smith 2, Kennard). Technical Fouls:
coach Pistons (Defensive three second), 5:45 second.
BROOKLYN
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Carroll........32 5-8 4-5 2-6 3 2 18
Hllis-Jffrsn...37 4-9 8-13 5-12 3 3 16
Allen..........23 2-3 2-3 1-5 1 3 6
Crabbe.......27 7-10 4-4 0-3 2 0 22
Russell .......29 5-17 3-3 1-5 7 2 14
Dinwiddie ...26 2-6 5-6 0-2 6 2 9
LeVert ........24 7-9 4-6 0-3 2 3 22
Acy............22 2-7 0-0 0-5 2 3 6
Harris.........17 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 4 5
Totals
36-72 30-40 9-41 27 22 118
Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws,
75.0%
Three-point goals: 16-40 (LeVert 4-4, Carroll
4-7, Crabbe 4-7, Acy 2-6, Harris 1-2, Russell 1-10,
Dinwiddie 0-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 22 (29 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Acy 2, Russell 2, Allen, Carroll, Crabbe, Hollis-Jefferson, LeVert). Turnovers: 22 (Harris 6, Carroll 5, LeVert 4,
Dinwiddie 3, Russell 3, Allen). Steals: 5 (Russell 2,
Acy, Carroll, Hollis-Jefferson). Technical Fouls: Carroll, 00:40 third
Memphis
31 32 31 21— 115
Brooklyn
32 33 22 31— 118
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
J.Jackson ....30 7-9 0-0 0-4 1 2 15
Randolph....15 2-8 0-0 1-2 3 1 4
Cley-Stein ...30 4-8 1-2 1-6 5 3 9
Fox ............31 8-11 0-3 0-3 4 3 16
Hield..........32 8-15 1-1 0-6 4 2 20
Labissiere ...25 4-10 2-2 2-5 1 3 10
Temple .......23 1-10 0-0 0-2 0 2 2
Carter ........17 3-6 0-0 1-1 0 3 7
Koufos .......17 0-3 0-0 0-5 3 1 0
Mason........15 3-8 0-1 3-5 2 1 7
Caboclo .......0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
40-88 4-9 8-39 23 21 90
Shooting: Field goals, 45.5%; free throws,
44.4%
Three-point goals: 6-23 (Hield 3-6, J.Jackson
1-2, Mason 1-3, Carter 1-4, Labissiere 0-1, Randolph 0-1, Temple 0-6). Team Rebounds: 10. Team
Turnovers: 13 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3
(Labissiere 2, Carter). Turnovers: 13 (Hield 4, Fox
3, Carter 2, Labissiere 2, Cauley-Stein, Mason).
Steals: 7 (Carter 2, Hield 2, J.Jackson, Labissiere,
Mason). Technical Fouls: None.
Detroit
25 19 29 33— 106
Sacramento
21 23 22 24— 90
A—12,856. T—2:24. O—Kane Fitzgerald, Nick
Buchert, Haywoode Workman
A—17,583. T—1:58. O—Eric Lewis, James
Williams, Kevin Cutler
SACRAMENTO
S
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
NCAA TOURNAMENT
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
At Staples Center
Thursday's schedule
Texas A&M (22-12) vs. Michigan (30-7),
4:37 p.m.
Florida State (22-11) vs. Gonzaga (32-4),
7:07 p.m.
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday's schedule
Semifinal winners
FINAL FOUR
At San Antonio
Saturday's schedule
South champion vs. West champion
East champion vs. Midwest champion
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 2
Semifinal winners
NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
Second Round
Monday’s results
Western Kentucky 79, USC 75
Oklahoma State 71, Stanford 65
Utah 95, LSU 71
St. Mary's 85, Washington 81
Quarterfinals
Today’s schedule
Penn State (23-13) at Marquette (21-13), 4 p.m.
Mississippi State (24-11) at Louisville (22-13),
6 p.m.
Wednesday’s schedule
W. Kentucky (26-10) vs. Oklahoma St. (21-14),
TBA
St. Mary's (30-5) vs. Utah (21-11), TBA
Semifinals
March 27
Quarterfinal winners
Championship
March 29
CBI
Quarterfinals
Monday’s results
Campbell 71, New Orleans 69
North Texas 96, Mercer 67
Jacksonville State 80, Central Arkansas 59
San Francisco 78, Utah Valley 73
Semifinals
Jacksonville State (23-12) vs. Campbell (18-15),
TBD
North Texas (17-17) vs. San Francisco (20-15),
TBD
Championship Series
Best of three
March 26-30
CIT
Second Round
Monday’s results
Sam Houston State 69, Eastern Michigan 62
Quarterfinals
Wednesday’s Schedule
UIC (18-15) at Austin Peay (19-14), 5 p.m.
NCAA Division II
Quarterfinals
Today’s schedule
West Texas A&M (31-3) vs. Le Moyne (27-6),
11 a.m.
Ferris State (35-1) vs. Barry (23-8), 1:30 p.m.
Queens (NC) (31-3) vs. California Baptist
(28-5), 5 p.m.
Northern State (34-3) vs. East Stroudsburg
(27-5), 7:30 p.m.
NAIA TOURNAMENT
Semifinals
Monday’s results
Graceland (Iowa) 87, LSU Shreveport 80
LSU Alexandria 84, William Penn 74
Championship
Today’s schedule
Graceland (Iowa) (28-10) vs. LSU Alexandria
(La.) (28-7), 5 p.m.
WOMEN
NIT
Second Round
Monday’s results
Michigan State 68, Toledo 66
Duquesne 69, Georgetown 66
St. John's 53, Penn 48
Today’s schedule
Rice (23-9) at New Mexico (24-10), 6 p.m.
NCAA Division II
Quarterfinals
Monday’s results
Central Missouri 72, Lubbock Christian 62
Union (Tenn.) 73, Carson-Newman 70
Ashland 91, Montana State Billings 73
Indiana (Pa.) 75, Stonehill 71
WBI
Quarterfinals
Monday’s results
South Alabama 54, Furman 53
Central Arkansas 82, Weber State 67
Nevada 86, Fresno State 74
March 20
Yale (16-13) at Binghamton (20-11), 4 p.m.
NAIA TOURNAMENT
Semifinals
Monday’s results
Freed-Hardeman 61, Montana Western 50
Westmont 56, Wayland Baptist 54
Championship
Today’s schedule
Westmont vs. Freed-Hardeman, 6 p.m.
WSCE
T U E S DAY , M A R C H 2 0 , 2 018
PRO BASEBALL
THE DAY IN SPORTS
EXHIBITIONS
ANGELS 8, Seattle 4
DODGERS 3, Oakland 1
Miami 9, Washington 1
Baltimore 4, Detroit 2
Boston 6, Philadelphia 5
Pittsburgh 11, Minnesota 8
Houston 2, N.Y. Mets 0
Atlanta 6, Toronto 0
Cleveland 5, San Francisco 4
Chicago White Sox 15, Arizona 2
N.Y. Yankees vs. Tampa Bay
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati
Colorado vs. Texas
BOX SCORES
DODGERS 3, ATHLETICS 1
Oakland
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
Barreto 2b 4 0 0 0 Frsythe 2b 3 0 2 0
J.Lcroy c
3 0 0 0 K.Frmer 3b 1 0 0 0
C.Pnder 1b 4 1 1 1 C.Sager ss 3 0 0 0
Chpmn 3b 3 0 0 0 J.Trner 3b 0 0 0 0
W.Tffey 3b 1 0 0 0 D.Slano pr 3 0 0 0
Smlnski rf 3 0 0 0 J.Peter 2b 1 0 0 0
Beck lf
1 0 0 0 Bllnger 1b 3 1 1 1
Cnha lf
2 0 1 0 Kemp dh 3 0 0 0
Dchmnn rf 1 0 0 0 Brnes c
3 0 0 0
Neuse dh 3 0 2 0 Pderson cf 3 1 1 1
Fwler cf
3 0 1 0 Hrnndz lf
1 0 0 0
Allen ss
3 0 0 0 Toles lf
1 0 0 0
Thmpsn rf 3 1 1 1
Totals
31 1 5 1 Totals
28 3 5 3
Oakland
000 000 001 — 1
Dodgers
000 000
21x — 3
DP—Oakland 0, Dodgers 1. LOB—Oakland 5,
Dodgers 3. HR—Pinder (2), Bellinger (3),
Pederson (1), Thompson (1).
IP H R ER BB SO
Oakland
Graveman
5 1⁄3 2 0 0 0 7
2
⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Coulombe
Pagan L, 0-1
1 2 2 2 0 1
Alcantara
1 1 1 1 0 0
Dodgers
Wood
5 4 0 0 2 7
Jansen
1 0 0 0 0 0
Chrgois W, 1-0
1 0 0 0 0 3
Baez H, 1
1 0 0 0 0 1
Venditte S, 1-2 1 1 1 1 0 1
HBP—by—Graveman (Turner). PB—Lucroy.
T—2:11. A—8,535.
Lue taking leave
from Cavaliers
ANGELS 8, MARINERS 4
Seattle
Angels
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
D.Grdon cf 2 0 0 0 Kinsler 2b 2 0 0 1
Nwnhuis pr 2 1 1 1 J.Marte ph 2 0 0 0
Heredia lf 5 0 1 0 M.Trout cf 3 2 2 0
Haniger rf 4 0 0 0 Fontana ph 1 0 0 0
C.Tylor lf
1 0 0 0 J.Upton lf 3 0 1 1
Vglbach 1b 4 1 1 1 Fltcher ph 1 0 0 0
T.Mtter 3b 2 0 0 0 A.Pjols dh 3 0 3 1
Muno ph 1 1 1 0 Bo.Way pr 0 1 0 0
Mi.Ford dh 3 1 2 1 C.Young ph 1 0 0 0
J.Lrsen ph 1 0 0 0 Calhoun rf 3 1 1 1
Marjama c 4 0 3 1 Yng Jr. ph 1 0 0 0
Bckhm 2b 2 0 1 0 Czart 3b
2 1 1 2
Jo.Rosa 2b 1 0 0 0 Liriano cf 1 0 0 0
Z.Vncej ss 3 0 0 0 Vlbuena 1b 2 1 0 0
D.Wlton ss 1 0 1 0 Johnson 3b 1 0 0 0
Totals
36 411 4 Totals
34 812 8
Seattle
000 101 110 — 4
Angels
100 070
00x — 8
E—Nieuwenhuis (2), Motter (5). DP—Seattle
0, Angels 1. LOB—Seattle 8, Angels 6. 2B—Ford
(7), Marjama (5), Walton (2), Upton (3).
3B—Muno (2). HR—Nieuwenhuis (2), Vogelbach
(6), Ford (3). CS—Motter (3), Cozart (2).
SF—Kinsler (2).
IP H R ER BB SO
Seattle
Bergman L, 0-3 4 1⁄3 7 4 1 1 3
2
Bradford
⁄3 5 4 3 1 0
Altavilla
1 0 0 0 1 2
Rzepczynski
1 0 0 0 0 2
Jiminian
1 0 0 0 0 1
Angels
Morales
3 1⁄3 1 0 0 2 5
Pena W, 2-0
1 2⁄3 4 1 1 1 3
BS, 1-3
Bedrosian
1 1 1 1 0 1
Parker
1 2 1 1 0 1
Ramirez
1 2 1 1 0 2
Anderson
1 1 0 0 0 0
WP—Morales. PB—Marjama. T—2:56.
Tickets sold—7,613
THIS DAY IN
SPORTS
1897—Yale beats Penn 32-10 in New Haven,
Conn., in the first men's intercollegiate basketball game.
1939—In a game of unbeaten teams, Long Island U. defeats Loyola Chicago 44-32 to win the
National Invitation Tournament title.
1965—Gail Goodrich's 42 points lead UCLA to
a 91-80 victory over Michigan in the NCAA
basketball championship.
1976—Boston's John Havlicek becomes the
first NBA player to score more than 1,000 points
per season for 14 consecutive years.
1988—Mike Tyson knocks out Tony Tubbs in
the second round to retain his world heavyweight
title in Tokyo.
2006—Japan beats Cuba 10-6 in the title
game of the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
wire reports
Jessica Hill Associated Press
UP AND OVER
Connecticut’s Katie Lou Samuelson, right,
shoots over Quinnipiac’s Jen Fay during a
second-round NCAA tournament game.
PRO SOCCER
TRANSACTIONS
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
WEST
W L T
Pts GF GA
LAFC ..............2 0 0
6 6 1
Minnesota
1 0
6 6 5
United............2
Sporting KC.....2 1 0
6 7 7
Vancouver .......2 1 0
6 5 6
Houston .........1 1 1
4 7 4
FC Dallas........1 0 1
4 4 1
Real Salt Lake .1 1 1
4 3 6
San Jose ........1 1 0
3 5 5
GALAXY ..........1 1 0
3 3 3
Colorado ........0 1 0
0 1 2
Seattle ...........0 2 0
0 0 4
Portland .........0 2 0
0 1 6
EAST
W L T
Pts GF GA
NYC FC...........3 0 0
9 6 1
Columbus .......2 0 1
7 5 2
Atlanta United .2 1 0
6 7 6
Philadelphia....1 0 1
4 2 0
New York ........1 1 0
3 4 1
Montreal.........1 2 0
3 4 5
New England ...1 1 0
3 2 3
D.C. United .....0 1 2
2 4 6
Orlando City ....0 2 1
1 2 5
Chicago..........0 2 0
0 4 6
Toronto FC ......0 2 0
0 0 3
Three points for victory, one point for tie.
Saturday's schedule
GALAXY at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
New York City FC at New England, 10:30 a.m.
Portland at Dallas FC, 12:30 p.m.
D.C. United at Columbus, 3 p.m.
Minnesota United at New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Colorado, 6 p.m.
BASEBALL
MLB—Promoted Uzma Rawn group director
and vice president of sponsorship sales.
Atlanta—Optioned third baseman Ryan
Schimpf to Gwinnett (IL); signed pitcher Anibal
Sanchez to a minor league contract; assigned
outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to their minor league
camp.
Baltimore—Optioned catcher Austin Wynns
and pitcher Donnie Hart to Norfolk (IL).
Boston—Assigned infielder Chad De La
Guerra to minor league camp.
Cleveland—Optioned infielder Yandy Diaz,
catcher Eric Haase and infielder Eric Stamets to
Columbus (IL); assigned outfielder Brandon
Barnes, infielder Richie Shaffer and pitchers
Preston Claiborne, Stephen Fife, Cam Hill and
Neil Ramirez to minor league camp; released
catcher Ryan Hanigan and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr.
Cincinnati—Assigned infielder Nick Senzel to
their minor league camp.
Colorado—Optioned pitcher Yency Almonte
and pitcher Sam Howard to Albuquerque (PCL).
Houston—Signed second baseman Jose
Altuve to a seven-year contract; optioned infielder A.J. Reed to their minor league camp.
San Francisco—Optioned pitchers Tyler
Beede, Roberto Gomez and Derek Law; and outfielders Austin Slater and Mac Williamson to
Sacramento (PCL); assigned catchers Trevor
Brown, Justin O'Conner and Hector Sanchez; infielders Orlando Calixte, Chase d'Arnaud and
Kyle Jensen; outfielder Chris Shaw; pitcher Andrew Suarez; pitchers Joan Gregorio and Jose
Valdez to their minor league camp.
Seattle—Optioned catcher David Freitas and
pitcher Rob Whalen to Tacoma (PCL); assigned
outfielder John Andreoli and pitchers Shawn
Armstrong, Mike Morin and Art Warren to minor
league camp.
Tampa Bay—Optioned pitcher Anthony Banda
and pitcher Ryne Stanek to Durham (IL).
Texas—Put pitcher Clayton Blackburn on the
60-day disabled list; claimed first baseman
Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philadelphia.
Toronto—Optioned shortstop Richard Urena
and pitcher Sam Moll to Buffalo (IL).
Washington—Signed
pitcher
Jeremy
Hellickson to a minor league contract.
FIGHT SCHEDULE
Thursday's schedule
At Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, Calif.
(ESPN2), Ryan Garcia vs. Fernando Vargas, 10,
junior-lightweights; KeAndre Gibson vs. Eddie
Gomez, 10, welterweights; Joet Gonzalez vs.
Rolando Magbanua, 10, featherweights.
Saturday's schedule
At Hamburg, Germany, Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac
Ekpo, 12, for Zeuge's WBA World super-middleweight title.
At O2 Arena, London (HBO), Dillian Whyte vs.
Lucas Browne, 12, heavyweights; Frank Buglioni
vs. Callum Johnson, 12, for Buglioni's British
light-heavyweight title; Lewis Ritson vs. Scotty
Cardle, 12, for Ritson's British Lightweight title.
At Ponce, Puerto Rico (ESPN), Jose Martinez
vs. Alejandro Santiago, 10, junior-bantamweights; Joshua Franco vs. Lucas Fernandez,
10, junior-bantamweights.
March 31
At Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales (SHO),
Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker, 12, for
Joshua's IBF and WBA and Parker's WBO heavyweight titles; Alexander Povetkin vs. David Price,
12, heavyweights; Ryan Burnett vs. Yonfrez
Parejo, 12, for Burnett's WBA bantamweight title;
Josh Kelly vs. Carlos Molina, 10, welterweights;
Joe Cordina vs. Andy Townend, 10, lightweights.
BASKETBALL
Atlanta—Transferred forward Andrew White III
from Erie (NBAGL).
HOCKEY
Calgary—Assigned goalie Nick Schneider to
Stockton (AHL); recalled defenseman Rasmus
Andersson from Stockton.
Carolina—Recalled forward Valentin Zykov
from Charlotte (AHL).
COLLEGE
West Coast Conference—Named Gloria
Nevarez commissioner.
Charlotte—Named Ron Sanchez men's
basketball coach.
Michael Owen Baker Associated Press
CLIPPERS guard Austin Rivers wants to take it game by game.
Clippers’ postseason may
depend on next stretch
Visitors scheduled
this week to face four
teams who are in
playoff contention.
By Broderick Turner
Losing three consecutive
games has put the Clippers
in a bind as they chase a
playoff spot in the Western
Conference.
Things will only get more
complicated for the Clippers
over the next week as they
face four teams in playoff
contention, all on the road.
But when a reporter suggested to Clippers point
guard Austin Rivers that his
team’s season is now dire
considering the harrowing
circumstances, he was not
willing to buy into that
theory.
“I don’t want to reek desperation in the air,” Rivers
said Sunday night after the
Clippers lost to Portland at
Staples Center.
“I don’t want guys to feel
tight out there, when they’re
out there like, ‘If we don’t
win, we’re not going to the
playoffs.’ We just got to hoop,
man. Just go have fun. We
got to go have fun and compete and let things just
come.
D5
“You can’t ease into
things
anymore,
cause
there’s 13 more games and
you got to understand that.
We do have to have a sense of
urgency. But at the same
time, I don’t want us to be
out there — I know I won’t,
but I don’t want any other
guys out there in panic mode
like, ‘I got to play well.’ Let’s
just go hoop.”
The Clippers are in ninth
place in the Western Conference and they will face the
team two games ahead of
them for the last playoff
spot, the eighth-place Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday night at the Target Center.
Then the Clippers travel
to Milwaukee for a game
Wednesday night, to Indiana on Friday night and finish at Eastern Conferenceleading Toronto on Sunday.
“Let’s take it game by
game. I’m not looking at all
13 games. I’m only looking at
Minnesota,” Rivers said. “I
don’t know who we play after
that. I don’t really care. We
got to beat Minnesota and
then after that, the next
team, after that, the next
team. It’s a big, tough
stretch for us.
“This Minnesota game,
that’s going to be a playoff
game. I don’t want to hear
the whole, ‘Oh, I’m tired.’
Everybody’s tired. I’m exhausted when I’m playing
out there. So is everybody
else.”
The Clippers have allowed 113.6 points per game
in their last three defeats.
They will have to improve
their defense when they face
the Timberwolves, Bucks,
Pacers and Raptors.
“It’s tough,” Lou Williams
said. “It’s a lot of teams that’s
playing very exceptional
basketball. We hit a little
slide that we didn’t have a lot
of room for error. It’s a lot of
teams that have a lot of room
for error.
“It’s a lot of teams that’s
playing
above-average
basketball. So we knew that
before now. Dire is one word,
but at the end of the day, all
we can do is go out and play
as hard as we can.”
TONIGHT
AT MINNESOTA
When: 5 PDT.
On the air: TV: Prime
Ticket; Radio: 570, 1330.
Update: Timberwolves AllStar center Karl-Anthony
Towns leads the NBA in
double-doubles with 59.
Towns is averaging 20.7
points per game and 12.2 rebounds.
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn
Lue is taking a leave of absence to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.
Lue said Monday in a statement
that tests did not reveal what the issue is but told ESPN he hopes to return in a week. The 40-year-old said
he needs to step away “and focus on
trying to establish a stronger and
healthier foundation” from which to
coach the rest of the year.
Lue spent the second half of Saturday’s victory in Chicago in the
locker room because of an illness, the
second time this season he left a game
because he wasn’t feeling well.
Associate head coach Larry
Drew, a former head coach with Atlanta and Milwaukee, led Monday’s
124-117 win over Milwaukee. Drew said
he got a text message from Lue at 1:30
a.m. saying, “It’s your show.”
LeBron James said he was told of
Lue’s decision at morning shootaround, saying it was “well overdue.”
“I knew he was struggling, but he
was never not himself. He was just
dealing with it the best way he could,”
James said. “Once he leaves the gym
and goes home, there’s things we
don’t know, but he was the same every
single day.”
A stress-filled season for the Cavaliers has taken a toll on Lue, who led
them to the 2016 NBA title after taking over midway through the season.
They are 40-29, third in the East, and
have endured roster shake-ups, injuries and other distractions as they
try for a third straight Finals trip.
Now they will play without their
coach. However, All-Star forward
Kevin Love returned from a broken
hand in Monday’s win.
ETC.
Vikings finish deal for
quarterback Siemian
The Minnesota Vikings finalized
their trade with the Denver Broncos
for quarterback Trevor Siemian to
be the backup to Kirk Cousins.
The Vikings sent a 2019 fifth-round
draft pick to the Broncos for Siemian
and a seventh-rounder this year, after
signing Cousins to a fully guaranteed,
three-year, $84-million contract.
Siemian went 13-11 as a starter over
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TYRONN LUE has been having
problems with his health.
the past two seasons with 30 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions
and a 59.3% completion rate.
“There’s a lot of places you could
go. For me to be here with an organization that’s knocking on the door of
some really, really great things,” he
said, “I think there’s a lot of people
who would kill to be in this situation.”
Cornerback Orlando Scandrick is
leaving the Dallas Cowboys for the
Washington Redskins on a two-year,
$10-million deal. ... The Buffalo Bills
agreed to contracts with center Russell Bodine and tackle Marshall
Newhouse. ... The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed defensive end Vinny
Curry and center Ryan Jensen. ...
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur resigned for a 14th season with the Cowboys. ... The Indianapolis Colts
signed tight end Eric Ebron.
Houston finalized a deal that
guarantees American League most
valuable player Jose Altuve an additional $151 million over five seasons.
A former student is suing Cerritos
College and former football player
Kishawn Holmes, who was convicted
of raping her, accusing the school of
allowing him to attend despite a previous rape conviction. ... The American Athletic Conference and Atlantic
Coast Conference created a football
officiating alliance that will handle
scheduling, training and evaluation.
Two-time champion Karrie Webb
received a special exemption to the
U.S. Women’s Open in Alabama.
Mexican
league
midfielder
Kekuta Manneh was added to the
U.S. roster for a March 27 exhibition
against Paraguay at Cary, N.C. ...
Brazil will play its final World Cup
warmup against Austria on June 10.
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Angels defense is even stronger
Wilfredo Lee Associated Press
CENTER Mike Pouncey was a starter in all 93 games
he played in for the Miami Dolphins.
Chargers sign
center Pouncey
First-round pick in
2011 was a three-time
Pro Bowl selection
with the Dolphins.
By Dan Woike
Former Chargers center
Nick Hardwick is a little biased about the importance
of the position.
“The tip of the spear,” the
Chargers radio analyst said
proudly. “You have a chance
to dent the defense right in
the heart.”
Hardwick was enthusiastic when he talked about
centers Monday, and with
good reason — the Chargers
had agreed to a deal with one
of the best in the NFL.
Mike Pouncey, formerly
of the Miami Dolphins,
signed a two-year contract
that could be worth up to $15
million.
Pouncey, 28, played in
three Pro Bowls for the Dolphins after being their firstround pick in the 2011 draft.
He started all 93 games he
appeared in for Miami, making all 16 starts last season.
The Dolphins released
Pouncey in a cost-saving
measure after he wouldn’t
agree to restructure his contract.
Hardwick
said
that
Pouncey plays the position
with quick feet and athleticism, traits that should help
the Chargers’ ground attack.
“Above all, I like his tenacity on the football field,”
Hardwick said of Pouncey.
“He starts fights, he’s there
to protect his teammates. I
think he can bring a real intense culture to that locker
room.”
The Chargers averaged
only 3.8 yards a carry last
season, tied for fourth worst
in the NFL. The addition of
Pouncey, along with blocking tight end Virgil Green
earlier in free agency, should
help fix that.
But Pouncey comes with
controversy in his past.
Along with teammates
Richie Incognito and John
Jerry, he was named in a 2014
investigation into bullying
inside the Dolphins locker
room. The victim of the bullying, Jonathan Martin, recently made threatening
posts on Instagram, naming
Incognito and Pouncey as
well as Martin’s high school
alma mater, Harvard-Westlake. Martin was charged on
March 13 with four counts of
making criminal threats and
one count of carrying a
loaded firearm in public.
Since
then,
though,
Pouncey’s business has been
almost entirely on the field,
where he became one of the
top centers in the NFL.
By signing Pouncey, the
Chargers repeated one of
their biggest splashes of last
season, when they bolstered
the offensive line in free
agency with the signing of
left tackle Russell Okung.
He made the Pro Bowl in his
first season with the Chargers.
Pouncey will be part of a
projected line that includes
Okung at left tackle, Dan
Feeney at left guard, Forrest
Lamp at right guard and Joe
Barksdale at right tackle.
The team also re-signed
Michael Schofield to add
depth to the offensive line.
Last year’s starting center,
former undrafted rookie
Spencer Pulley, can add
depth at center and guard.
The Chargers’ biggest remaining needs are at linebacker and free safety, where
Tre Boston started last season. He is an unrestricted
free agent who remains unsigned.
dan.woike@latimes.com
Suh to meet Rams,
who retain Easley
Free-agent lineman to
visit club Tuesday;
defensive lineman
agrees to terms.
By Gary Klein
Free-agent
lineman
Ndamukong Suh is scheduled to visit with the Rams
on Tuesday, the latest potential plot twist in the
Rams’ remade defense.
On Monday, the Rams
announced they had agreed
to terms on a one-year contract with defensive lineman
Dominique Easley, who suffered a season-ending knee
injury during training camp
last year.
Easley, 25, was a firstround draft pick by the New
England Patriots in 2014. He
signed with the Rams before
the 2016 season for $600,000,
and played well as a backup,
recording 3½ sacks.
Easley signed a one-year
contract for about $1.8 million before the 2017 season
and was looking forward to
playing in Wade Phillips’ 3-4
scheme. But he suffered a
torn anterior cruciate ligament on a noncontact play
during the Rams’ first fullpads workout at UC Irvine.
It was the third major
knee injury of Easley’s col-
lege and pro career. Now he
could be part of a line that includes reigning NFL defensive player of the year Aaron
Donald, Michael Brockers,
Tanzel Smart, Ethan Westbrooks, Matt Longacre and,
possibly, Suh.
“How you doing Ram nation? I didn’t want to go nowhere. I’m not going nowhere. Good to be back,”
Easley said in a video posted
to the Rams’ website.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pound
Suh, 31, was released last
week by the Miami Dolphins.
The five-time Pro Bowl
selection has visited the
Tennessee Titans and New
Orleans Saints, and also reportedly has interest in
meeting with the Seattle
Seahawks.
The Rams are looking to
add depth to their pass rush
and run defense after trading linebackers Robert
Quinn and Alec Ogletree before the start of free agency.
Suh had 4½ sacks last
season for the Dolphins, who
signed him to a six-year, $114million contract before the
2015 season.
Suh started all 16 games
in seven of his eight NFL seasons. He started 14 games in
2011.
gary.klein@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesklein
[Angels, from D1]
value of the player and the
total impact of the player.”
The team’s main two offseason acquisitions were
Kinsler in a trade with Detroit and Zack Cozart
through free agency. Kinsler
is expected to provide a high
on-base percentage from
the leadoff spot and be a pest
on the bases. Cozart is expected to add middle-of-theorder pop.
Both are stout defenders
who should shore up what
have been trouble spots over
the last two or three years.
According to Fangraphs,
Kinsler, a Gold Glove winner
in 2016, ranked second
among big league second
basemen last season in overall defense, defensive runs
saved and ultimate zone rating, which quantifies how
many runs a player saved or
gave up through his fielding
prowess or lack thereof.
Cozart, the former Cincinnati infielder, rated ninth
overall among shortstops,
and the Angels are confident
he will make a smooth transition to third base.
They join an infield that
includes Simmons, a threetime Gold Glove winner and
one of baseball’s best defenders at any position, and
catcher Martin Maldonado,
who won a Gold Glove in his
first season as a full-time
starter in 2017.
First baseman Albert Pujols, a two-time Gold Glove
winner with St. Louis, was
relegated by injuries to designated hitter for most of the
last two years, but he is expected to play the field, and
provide solid defense, much
more this season.
“I don’t see a lot of hits being given through the infield,” said Simmons, whose
32 defensive runs saved in
2017 were 21 more than the
second-rated
shortstop,
Colorado’s Trevor Story.
“We have guys with experience who can play defense
really well.”
Maldonado earned rave
reviews for his game calling
Angels 8, Seattle 4
AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons each
had three hits and drove in a run. Mike Trout had two hits
and scored twice. Zack Cozart had a two-run single as the
Angels broke the game open by scoring seven runs in the
fifth inning. Justin Upton doubled in Trout for the game’s
first run. Martin Maldonado had an RBI single, going to right
field to drive home Luis Valbuena, who had reached on an
error. Ian Kinsler had a sacrifice fly.
ON THE MOUND: Minor leaguer Osmer Morales, 25, started
and pitched 31⁄3 scoreless innings. The right-hander gave up
one hit and struck out five. Felix Pena, battling for a final
bullpen spot, gave up a home run to Daniel Vogelbach in 12⁄3
innings. Cam Bedrosian gave up a home run in his one
inning.
EXTRA BASES: Tyler Skaggs pitched the equivalent of six
innings in an intrasquad game. It marked his second
consecutive start in a scrimmage against teammates.
UP NEXT: Arizona at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tempe Diablo
Stadium. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
— Jeff Miller
last season, and is one of
baseball’s best pitch framers. He ranked first among
catchers with 22 defensive
runs saved, third in overall
defense, and threw out 29 of
75 baserunners for a 38.7%
caught-stealing rate, fourthbest in the game.
Maldonado showed his
arm strength Thursday
when, from one knee, he
threw a bullet to third base
to nail Mike Tauchman attempting to steal.
“I know Pudge Rodriguez
had a cannon arm,” third
base coach Dino Ebel said,
“but this guy, with his accuracy and the power arm he
brings, it will stop running
games.”
Ebel believes the team’s
three outfielders will also
slow runners trying to go
first to third with their
strong arms and aggressive
charging of hits.
Kole Calhoun, a Gold
Glove winner in 2015, ranked
fourth in overall defense
among right fielders last
season and third in ARM,
the amount of runs above average an outfielder saves
with their arm by preventing
runners from advancing.
Justin Upton ranked
sixth in overall defense and
seventh in ARM among left
fielders, and Mike Trout
ranked 14th in overall defense and ninth in ARM
among center fielders.
“We take pride in our defense,” Trout said. “We want
to catch everything, rob
everything and throw everyone out. That’s our mind-set
out there.”
Surprisingly, the Angels
outfielder with the worst defensive rankings is the one
known for spectacular home
run-robbing catches and
long sprints to chase down
balls in the gaps. Trout’s arm
has improved in recent
years, but he had negative
numbers in defensive runs
saved (minus-six) and UZR
(minus-4.5).
It should be noted that
Trout plays a position
manned by some of the best
defenders in baseball, including Byron Buxton, Billy
Hamilton, Kevin Pillar and
Jackie Bradley Jr.
“Mike is a great center
fielder,” manager Mike
Scioscia said. “You can have
30 of the best golfers in the
world. One of them is No. 30,
one is No. 1, and one is No. 15.
They’re all great golfers.
“Mike has been working
very hard with Dino, who is
really happy with Mike’s first
step and his reach to the ball.
It’s going to show up. This
guy is a terrific defensive
center fielder, and he wants
to improve.”
The Angels ranked second behind the Boston Red
Sox in overall team defense
last season. If they are as
good or better this season, it
will ease the pressure on a
pitching staff that does not
have an abundance of power
arms. The Angels ranked
15th among 30 teams with
1,312 strikeouts in 2017.
“If you take away some
hits and don’t give away hits,
then guys won’t have to
throw those extra 10 pitches
and sometimes more to get
out of an inning,” Simmons
said. “That goes a long way.
“If you’re giving away hits
by not playing defense, guys
are gonna have to make
more pitches with more runners on base and fewer outs.
Eventually, over the course
of the season, if you’re not
playing good defense, it’s
gonna cost you.”
Heaney is held out
Left-hander
Andrew
Heaney will not make his
next scheduled start because of elbow inflammation.
An MRI exam revealed
no ligament damage, but the
Angels could provide no
timetable for his return.
Heaney had the ligament replaced July 1, 2016.
Because of his previous
elbow injury, Heaney, 26,
made only six starts over the
last two seasons. He has
started four games this
spring, striking out 14 over
112⁄3 innings.
The latest issue surfaced
last week. Eppler said that
Heaney reported more soreness than usual the morning
after the start.
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Twitter: @MikeDiGiovanna
Times reporter Jeff Miller
contributed to this story.
Gibson to throw out first pitch
[Plaschke, from D1]
“We all got humbled by
that home run,” Gibson
acknowledged Monday
during a conference call
with reporters. “It was
unbelievable — the great
call, the fans’ reaction,
teammates’ reaction, the
city of Los Angeles, the
people in right-field putting
on their brakes, seeing the
brake lights, their reaction.”
Welcome home, indeed,
to a guy who finally is being
given a Dodger Stadium
celebration worthy of that
fly ball he hit out the yard on
that magical night in October 1988. After his openingday pitch, he will be honored
again the next night with his
bobblehead doll being given
to the first 40,000 fans at
Friday’s game.
“If I do get it there in the
air, it won’t be pretty, let’s
put it that way,” Gibson said
of his first pitch. “You’ve got
to do it. You get out there in
honor of what’s going on …
because it brings back
things that have been
printed in my mind about
what it was like when I had
the opportunity to play for
them. It’s a real cool thing.”
Gibson, 60, will be coming home not only at a time
when Los Angeles needs
him — with every postseason failure, his legend grows
— but also at time when he
needs Los Angeles.
He is in the middle of
another long, slow walk to
home plate, and can use the
same sort of cheers that
once fueled his greatest hit.
The man who barely could
walk when he took his
mighty cut is now in a battle
with Parkinson’s disease.
“I’m going to fight
Parkinson’s like I fought
walking up for that at-bat,”
Gibson said. “I’m going to
believe that I can beat it, I’m
going to believe that I can
help others believe they’re
going to beat it, and I’m
going to believe that I can
bring this community together to try to figure this all
Dodgers 3, Oakland 1
AT THE PLATE: First baseman Cody Bellinger hit his third
home run of the spring, and outfielders Joc Pederson and
Trayce Thompson hit their first. Logan Forsythe had two hits,
boosting his Cactus League batting average to .357.
ON THE MOUND: Alex Wood pitched five scoreless innings,
lowering his Cactus League ERA to 2.92. Wood has struck
out 16 in 121⁄3 innings. … Closer Kenley Jansen pitched
another perfect inning. His spring: nine up, nine down. … JT
Chargois pitched a perfect inning, striking out the side.
EXTRA BASES: Yasmani Grandal will reclaim his role as
starting catcher. “Yasmani is going to get most of the
at-bats,” manager Dave Roberts said. … Ross Stripling
pitched four innings in a minor league game. He is expected
to break camp as a long reliever. … The Dodgers sent
pitchers Adam Liberatore and Dylan Baker, and infielders
Jake Peter and Donovan Solano to minor league camp.
UP NEXT: Oakland at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hohokam Park.
TV/Radio: None.
— Bill Shaikin
out, and together, we can
beat it.”
A man who was once
reluctant to acknowledge
even the slightest of injuries
is now openly discussing his
disease to help others, and
the Dodgers are all in.
The team’s proceeds
from opening day’s 50-50
raffle — which usually go to
Dodgers charities — will be
donated to the Kirk Gibson
Foundation, which raises
money to fight Parkinson’s
disease and can be accessed
at kirkgibsonfoundation.org. The Dodgers also
are painting a seat blue in
the right-field pavilion near
where the home-run ball
landed and will sell it on a
nightly basis as part of a
two-seat package in the
all-you-can-eat section that
will cost $300 total, with
$200 going to Gibson’s foundation.
Every time he has come
to Dodger Stadium since his
home run, Gibson has
looked toward that area of
seats and remembered.
“I personally call that
Seat 88,” he said. “I’m not
sure if that’s what they’re
going to call it, but that’s
what I’m begging them to
call it. I’d say, ‘Hey look,
there’s seat 88.’ ”
This appropriate reunion is long overdue. Since
he left the Dodgers as a free
agent after the 1990 season,
most of his official visits to
Dodger Stadium were as a
member of an opposing
team, most notably the
eight years he spent as a
coach and manager for the
Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gibson eventually retired
and returned to Detroit to
work on the Tigers’ broadcast team, and it always
seemed like his stronger
connections were there,
near his hometown, with a
team he led to a World Series championship in 1984.
But Gibson has another
home, and the Dodgers
thought the 30-year anniversary was a good opportunity to remind people that
he also will always be a
Dodger.
“Kirk Gibson will always
be part of this organization;
he’s connected,” said Lon
Rosen, the Dodgers’ vice
president and chief marketing officer. “You keep seeing
that great play. It’s never
out of people’s mind when
they talk about the Dodgers. In time, we forget
about great moments, but
this will put new focus on it
for sure.”
Gibson didn’t come back
during last season’s World
Series because he didn’t
want to be a distraction. He
realizes now that, quite the
opposite, his appearance is
an enhancement.
“Over time, I think you
realize the impact that [the
home run] has had on the
game, where your place in
history lies with the fans,
the city,” Gibson said.
If he didn’t realize it
before, he realized it during
last year’s playoffs when
Justin Turner hit a gamewinning homer against the
Chicago Cubs on the 29th
anniversary of Gibson’s
blast, then talked about
watching Gibson’s home
run as a 3-year-old playing
on the floor of his grandmother’s Lakewood home.
Gibson responded by sending Turner a congratulatory
text, resurrecting the bond
between the former Dodger
and the organization.
“When he hit that home
run, I was like, wouldn’t it be
cool if he hit another one to
win the World Series?”
Gibson said. “That would be
topping me, and that would
be really cool. It didn’t happen, but we can always
dream for this year.”
Gibson was never much
for dreaming, but that has
changed now.
“I know most of the guys
like Clayton [Kershaw] and
everybody are tired of
watching the home run,
they’re tired of watching the
celebration,” Gibson said.
“Last year, when the Dodgers were in it, I was thinking they’re going to finally
do it … maybe this is the
year, and hopefully I’m the
guy who throws the first
pitch to this championship
season, and maybe I’ll get a
ring.”
For now, it is enough that
he is getting the ball.
bill.plaschke@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
Dodgers lose Turner to a broken left wrist
[Turner, from D1]
er in center field and the
backup at shortstop.
Zaidi said the Dodgers
were “very confident” they
could replace Turner without making a trade.
“It’s going to create an opportunity for playing time
for guys that maybe deserve
more playing time than they
were slated to get,” Zaidi
said.
Turner was hit by a pitch
19 times last season, ranking
fourth in the NL. He was hit
by
Oakland’s
Kendall
Graveman in the first inning
Monday. Turner winced,
took a few steps toward the
Dodgers dugout, and eventually rolled on the ground in
pain. He left the game immediately, then left the ball-
park to get X-rays.
“It probably felt worse
than any other one,” Turner
said. “It’s part of the game.
It’s unfortunate. I’ll do
everything I can to get back
as fast as I can.”
Turner said the pain had
diminished by the time he
got to the X-ray room, so he
was hopeful the examination would reveal a bruise
rather than a fracture.
“It’s tough,” he said. “It
definitely wasn’t what I
wanted to hear.”
Turner said he had a
“small, nondisplaced fracture.”
Zaidi said surgery is not
anticipated.
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Twitter: @BillShaikin
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T U E S D A Y , M A R C H 2 0 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
Questions,
few answers
in key firing
at MOCA
The chief curator’s
ouster represents
larger stresses vexing
the museum world.
CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
ART CRITIC
Frank Masi Columbia Pictures
“JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle,” with Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, center, and Kevin Hart, has
earned more than $400 million in the U.S. alone since its December release. A sequel is in the works.
‘Jungle’ boogie
Do critics overlook the wrong films? One makes
the case for a slyly amusing reboot of ‘Jumanji.’
FILM CRITIC >>> Of all the things I get asked as a film critic, I’m always tickled,
though no longer surprised, by one of the most frequent questions: “How do you decide what you’re
reviewing?”
Buried within that question is really another. It’s not just a matter of “What do you like and dislike?” but also “How much control do you exercise over what you get paid to see and write about?”
Given how erratic the quality of movies can be, having some say in the matter is no small thing. In
my case, I’m fortunate enough to say, my colleague Kenneth Turan and I simply sit down with the
list of new releases every week and divide up the titles that look most interesting to us.
Interesting, of course, can mean different things to different people. In critical parlance, it usually describes independent productions, foreign-language releases and documentaries — underthe-radar movies that don’t arrive with a studio-caliber marketing budget and that play just a
week or two in theaters, if that.
But blockbusters also can be interesting. Ryan Coogler’s thrilling and magisterial “Black Pan[See ‘Jumanji,’ E4]
ther” is proving this to a virtually unprecedented degree; more than any
BY JUSTIN CHANG
When news leaked last
week that the highly regarded chief curator at the
Museum of Contemporary
Art had been summarily
fired, replaying a similar
scenario that had roiled the
institution six years earlier,
the usual question loomed
large: Why?
Today, about a week later, we still have no answer
as to why MOCA Director
Philippe Vergne fired chief
curator Helen Molesworth
— and we likely won’t. I have
a few speculations, which I’ll
get to. But the action represents larger stresses vexing
the museum world in our
New Gilded Age.
A high-profile dismissal
such as this one, featuring
two widely admired museum professionals, needs to
be handled carefully. But
it wasn’t.
The abruptness was startling. Tensions were the subject of art-world gossip for
months, and the curator had
even looked at alternative
job possibilities. But when
the ax fell, the museum was
ill-prepared.
Upon hearing the news,
I made my first phone call
to MOCA last Tuesday
morning around 9:30. It was
not answered.
More messages followed.
Radio silence greeted them.
Nearly five hours passed before a boilerplate official
statement arrived, shortly
after 2 p.m., citing “creative
differences” as the catalyst
for a decision “to part ways.”
Total eye-roll. You’d
think we were talking about
MGM and Judy Garland.
Obviously, the museum
had not prepared a graceful
exit, nor formulated any
plan for informing its public
about a decision of profound consequence. As late
as Wednesday evening, more
than two days after the
firing took place, my colleague Deborah Vankin
noted that, when asked
whether the museum’s
board of trustees stood by
Vergne’s decision, “MOCA
did not respond.” All parties
have remained mum.
The administrative failure was glaring. It was also
déjà vu: When former chief
curator Paul Schimmel was
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
John Kennard
MOCA Director Philippe
Vergne, top, fired chief
curator Helen Molesworth, above, last week.
forced out in 2012, the museum took a day and a half to
respond.
Once again, MOCA created a powerful information
vacuum. Human nature
quickly filled it up, shoveling
all manner of score-settling
accusations, hypotheticals,
dark memories of past
problems and other dire
forms of hand-wringing into
the abyss.
Virtually all are overblown — a familiar attribute
of life in a digitally connected
age. Chaos travels halfway
around the social-media
world before order puts on
its shoes. But MOCA is today what it was last month
and last year — a largely stable institution slowly but
steadily working its way out
of a lengthy period of turmoil. A considerable distance is left to go.
The museum’s board of
trustees is not helping
nearly as much as it should.
One crystal clear sign: The
museum is downtown, but
board meetings are regularly held 10 miles to the west
— at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
On levels both practical
and symbolic, the foolish
practice betrays a disheartening institutional disconnect at the very top.
The socio-cultural epicenter of L.A. has moved
steadily eastward over the
last generation, with no
signs of a reversal. MOCA
could be its crossroads, yet
[See MOCA, E4]
L.A. DJ’s ultimate mike drop
The late Matt Dike
was a music-melding
machine in the 1980s,
before walking away.
By Randall Roberts
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
KUMAIL NANJIANI , of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,”
is among many photographed during PaleyFest.
TV stars get
their shots
Four casts came to
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studio at PaleyFest. E3
Comics ................... E6-7
Bridge ........................ E6
Ask Amy ................... E6
Horoscope ................ E6
TV grid ...................... E8
Though he was deliberately not a household name,
the music that producer and
DJ Matt Dike created, sampled and spun helped define
both underground Los Angeles club culture and commercial rap music in the 1980s.
Dike, whose death in midJanuary at 55 was announced last week through
the label he co-founded, Delicious Vinyl, co-produced
some of the biggest rap hits
to come out of the West Coast
in the late 1980s, including
Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” and
“Funky Cold Medina,” and
Young MC’s “Bust a Move.”
His death was due to compli[See Dike, E5]
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VIETNAMESE instrumentalist Van-Anh Vo rehearses for a coming performance with the Kronos Quartet.
A musical tour of China
These performances
show music isn’t a
universal language
and doesn’t need to be
MARK SWED
MUSIC CRITIC
If it’s Tuesday, this must
be Huayin, a scenic village in
Northern China on a tributary of the Yellow River at
the foot of Hua Mountain.
OK, it was a Thursday.
And it was Santa Barbara.
But the Huayin Shadow
Puppet Band did play with
the pipa star Wu Man at
Campbell Hall, on the UC
Santa Barbara campus.
This was a wackily, joyously
raucous band unlike any I
have ever encountered from
any part of the world. One of
the
performers,
Zhang
Quansi, played a bench, and
not just any bench; he insisted on traveling with a
ratty old wooden one from
his living room.
A week later, village music was included in the West
Coast premiere of “Formosa,” a stunning new work
that Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan brought to
the Segerstrom Center for
the Arts. Like pretty much
everyone else at these performances, I was a tourist.
We kid ourselves when we
think that we have at our finger tips access to all the music of the world, as well as
information about them.
The fact is I feel more, not
less, ignorant about world
music now than I did before
the internet.
Back in the day when
vinyl was a dirty word (because it was so hard to get recordings pressed on good vinyl and to keep the ones you
had clean and free of
scratches), if you picked up
an LP of Indonesian gamelan music or African drumming — say part of Nonesuch’s invaluable Explorer
series that opened the ears
of a generation or something
on the Folkways label — it
came with informative liner
notes, often with excellent
references to help you find
out more.
Turn now to Spotify or
Apple Music, and you’re
lucky to find out even who is
playing what and from
where and when.
You can discover much
online, but not as much as
you might think, and source
material can be more than a
little dubious. YouTube may
be a fabulous resource, but it
David Bazemore
WU MAN , left, the world’s premier master of the pipa, performs stories of life in
rural China with the brilliant Huayin Shadow Puppet Band at UC Santa Barbara.
takes considerable knowledge and willpower not to be
led astray by the artificiality
of its intelligence.
Nor do we audience
members (or critics) have
anything like the time to familiarize ourselves more
than superficially (if even
that) with all these different
cultures in our readily accessible global village. If there
were anyone who knew anything about Huayin Shadow
Puppet Band in the audience at UCSB, I’d be
amazed.
I’d be even more astonished if anyone attending
Cloud Gate with me Sunday
afternoon could possibly
have the background to put
together all the aspects of
choreographer Lin HwaiMin’s stunning “Formosa.”
There was the dance language, with its Asian and
Western aspects. The spoken narration was in Chinese, and the striking video
backdrop was of animated
Chinese characters. Formosa’s history — as well as
its legends, geography and
weather — were conveyed in
abstract dance. The music
included indigenous Pinyumayan song, excerpts from
electronic and acoustic
works by contemporary
Finnish composer Kaija
Saariaho, excerpts from a
massive percussion piece by
the late French spectralist
Gérard Grisey, along with
contributions from the company’s music director, Liang
Chun-Mei.
We like to fall back on the
expectancy of music being a
universal language, but it is
no more so than is Hungarian or Hebrew. Be it hip-hop
or John Cage’s anarchic harmony, to get an idea of what
it all means, you need a
grasp of musical syntax and
of cultural background.
Yet at both of these
events, the audiences were
engrossed. The Huayin musicians, all members of an
extended family or clan, are
keeping a dying tradition
with an outgoing enthusiasm so infectious you can’t
help getting caught up in it.
What is universal is laughter
and liveliness, and that they
have in spades.
They are all old gents.
(Getting the younger generation interested in traditional music almost anywhere is increasingly difficult. The internet, rather
than widening horizons,
sends kids straight to commercial music.) Everything
performers sang about (not
that we knew what they were
singing about except in the
most general sense), be it
sex or soldiering, they did by
jumping up and down,
shooting, kicking up their
heels and playing their folk
instruments with unrelenting vigor.
Zhang Shimin kept the
beat on a bell and clapper
while sprawled out on the
floor with a look of utter contentment. Zhang Quansi paraded to the front of the
stage and swung his bench
in the air, hitting it with a
brick.
Wu Man, who is well
known from her performances with the Silk Road Ensemble as well as the many
pipa concertos that have
been written for her, comes
from a different sort of Chinese village. Her playing is
the last word in elegance,
and the contest between her
solos and the folk musicians
(whom she discovered and
has brought on a U.S tour)
was part of the fun. Yet she
joined right in with what she
called, with a huge smile on
her face, her band. She broke
up laughing. We all did.
The sublime beauty of
Cloud Gate’s “Formosa” had
nothing remotely to do with
Huayin. The little bit of native music, sung by Sangpuy
Katatepan Mavaliyw (on recording, as was all the music
used in the dance) was somberly ritualistic. The Chinese texts for the nine sections of the dance were
translated in the program,
but it was not advisable, or
even possible, to follow them
during the performance.
Instead
the
severe
beauty, the delicate pattering, the sensuality and then
the shocking (though still
beautiful) violence of the
dance was so mesmerizing
that unrelated styles of music intertwined, enhancing
the otherness of the other.
Once again, as outsiders, we
couldn’t pretend to share in
emotions we could not comprehend, but that didn’t prevent us from feeling connected.
Sure, that is tourism, but
it is tourism in the best sense
of discovery, where foreignness becomes meaning. The
more different something is,
the more likely you’ll never
forget it. By being beyond
understanding, it simply becomes part of you in ways
your defenses against the
unknown cannot prevent.
Griffin sells out Carnegie
against the former film
mogul.
On Saturday, New York
magazine published a story
detailing Dist. Atty. Cyrus
Vance Jr.’s handling of Ambra Battilana’s sexual-assault case against Weinstein.
Time’s Up organizers published an open letter Sunday
calling on Cuomo to launch
an internal investigation.
Battilana, an Italianborn model who was 22 at
the time, filed a complaint in
2015 accusing Weinstein of
touching her breasts during
a business meeting. The
complaint was dismissed
the following month.
— Nardine Saad
its separate ways.
After six years, the female
R&B group announced
Monday that it’s going on an
indefinite hiatus as members pursue solo interests.
“Reflecting on the past
six years since we started on
‘X-Factor,’ we’ve realized
just how far we’ve come, and
we appreciate everything so
much, more now than ever,”
the group said in a statement Monday.
They “also realized that
in order to stay authentic to
ourselves and to you, we do
need to take some time for
now to go on a hiatus from
Fifth Harmony in order to
pursue solo endeavors,” the
statement added.
The news comes seven
months after Fifth Harmony
released its self-titled third
album, its first project following an acrimonious split
with Camila Cabello in 2016.
— Gerrick Kennedy
mark.swed@latimes.com
QUICK TAKES
Comedian Kathy Griffin is not just back on tour — she’s
selling out shows again after it seemed her career had been
torpedoed by a photo stunt that backfired last year.
Tickets for her stop at Carnegie Hall in New York went on
sale Friday and sold out in less than 24 hours.
“The Kathy Griffin concert on June 26th is sold out
except for a few ADA seats, which are for wheelchair
accessibility,” a rep for Carnegie Hall confirmed Monday to
the Los Angeles Times.
It appears to be a triumphant comeback for the veteran
comedian, who went into a virtual exile following the
brouhaha over her gory 2017 pictorial featuring a likeness of
Donald Trump’s severed head.
— Nardine Saad
Cuomo is urged
to investigate
Time’s Up organizers are
urging New York Gov. An-
drew Cuomo to uncover why
a Manhattan district attorney decided against prosecuting Harvey Weinstein after a report indicated that
the district attorney’s office
mishandled a 2015 case
Fifth Harmony
is taking a break
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Luke Bankole in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
AMANDA BRUGEL
Rita in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI
Serena Joy Waterford in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
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Monica Hall in “Silicon Valley”
HALSTON SAGE
Lt. Alara Kitan in “The Orville”
ZACH WOODS
Donald “Jared” Dunn in “Silicon Valley”
MEGAN MULLALLY
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MOCA still mum on curator’s firing
[MOCA, from E1]
the board of the city’s acclaimed museum devoted
to deep engagement with
contemporary art and culture clings to the comforts
of its powerful westward
reaches.
One volatile focus of disagreement, which surely
played a prominent role,
concerns the planned 2020
retrospective for painter
Mark Grotjahn. A gifted
artist, the L.A.-born and
-based Grotjahn has been
working for 20 years. (More
than one MOCA trustee is
a major collector.) His painterly overhauls of established
Modernist propositions can
mesmerize.
Grotjahn’s geometric abstractions
employ
disjointed vanishing points,
the kind originally invented
to create a convincing figurative illusion but here
swallowing up visual energy
as if some vividly chromatic
black hole. These gave way
to monumental faces born
of the lozenge-shaped eyes,
linear scarification and
mask-like bearing in Picasso’s ferocious 1907 Cubist
masterpiece, “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” Other
predecessors as diverse as
Paul Klee, Lee Mullican, Jay
DeFeo and Mike Kelley ferment in his work. A calculated frenzy dismembers
Modernist tribalism.
Grotjahn’s market, although slow to start, has
reached stratospheric levels. A 2011 painting sold
at auction last year for
$16.8 million, reflecting selective new art’s unprecedented role as an asset class
like stocks or bonds.
A museum retrospective
should unpack art’s critical
merits. But another honorable function is to disentangle it from rapacious
marketplace
hyperventilation, so that it can be
clearly seen.
That traditional museum virtue is, however, also a
problem — specifically for
MOCA. A retrospective for a
prominent white male artist
with powerful market-winds
at his back flies headlong
into the programming profile that Molesworth had
been laboring toward since
arriving at her post in 2014.
The institutional narrative of postwar art is limited,
reflecting a general marginalization of women, people
of color and artists who lack
market success. The constricted story evolved first in
New York, a global financial
capital, and became nationally enshrined in museum
culture. Art historians dismantled the tale over the
last 40 years, but museums
— already curatorially invested — have been slow to
change. They lag far behind.
Molesworth has been
clear in numerous interviews that the only way to diversify museum program-
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PAINTER Mark Grot-
ming is to stop talking about
fixing the problem and instead to do it. Pain would inevitably be inflicted.
In 2015, she brilliantly reinstalled MOCA’s permanent collection, rich in
Rothko and Rauschenberg,
in what I found to be one of
the most exciting presentations that year. She explained to an interviewer at
Yale University’s radio station how the result both
elated and agonized her.
“When you get right down
to it, if you’re going to break
open the canon, some of
the old favorites aren’t going
to make it back in right
away,” she said. “There’s
only so much room. And so
five or seven Rauschenbergs
did get displaced, so an
Emerson Woelffer and a
Ruth Asawa could go on the
wall. And [that’s] hard for a
lot of folks, you know — me
included.”
I was surprised when,
just around the time that a
splashy New York Times
article in July featured museum directors asserting
that Grotjahn was due for
a full retrospective exhibition — commentary and a
publication instrumental
in establishment narrative
— word began to circulate
that MOCA’s director was
batting around the idea.
The surprise was because
the retrospective would
suck all of MOCA’s bracing,
newly revisionist air from
the museum-room.
According to multiple
sources familiar with events,
Molesworth flatly refused
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
jahn, top, was to be honoree at MOCA’s annual
fundraising gala, apparently invited by trustee
co-chairs Maurice Marciano, left, and Lilly Tartikoff Karatz, above, but
he eventually declined.
Vergne’s request for a Grotjahn retrospective. For the
exhibition program, he was
what Rothko and Rauschenberg were for the permanent collection — an absence hard for a lot of folks,
me included, but necessary.
The more the director appealed, the more the chief
curator dug in her heels.
MOCA sent out “save the
date” notices for its annual
May fundraising gala. It
named Grotjahn as honoree.
The artist was apparently
invited last year by trustee
co-chairs Maurice Marciano
and Lilly Tartikoff Karatz,
although without the full
board’s knowledge.
He accepted, later changing his mind. “There is a new
urgency to change the power
dynamic and we have an op-
portunity to do so,” Grotjahn wrote to Marciano in a
story reported in The Times.
The fundraiser has since
been canceled.
Lost in the shuffle were
some questions equally as
pressing as to why the full
board was left in the dark
about the choice of a gala
honoree.
8 Why did the museum
confirm a major retrospective for its exhibition calendar when no curator was
attached to the project?
8 How was the show’s
scheduling revealed without
an accompanying museum
announcement that the
artist, one of several on MOCA’s board of trustees,
would step down to avoid a
blatant conflict of interest?
8 When next the board
meets at the Beverly Hills
Hotel, will its own culpability
in the downtown museum’s
troubled administrative issues be addressed?
In the firing’s aftermath,
the conflict has begun to gel
into a simplistic framing
that reflects resentments
roiling our polarized civic
life, with one side characterized as supporting white
male artists versus the other’s support for women and
people of color. In reality, I’ve
no doubt that the director
and (former) chief curator
both support all of them.
Some evidence comes
in the form of Molesworth’s
scheduled fall exhibition
on American painter and
film critic Manny Farber
(1917-2008). Farber is a white
guy from New York with a
major reputation as a sharp
movie critic starting in the
1940s and a minor one as a
painter of marvelous aerial
still lifes and collaged abstractions. His landmark
1962 essay “White Elephant
Art vs. Termite Art” set
grandiose self-importance
against the power of acidulously burrowing deep into
personal passions.
“Masterpiece art, reminiscent of the enameled tobacco humidors and wooden lawn ponies bought at
white elephant auctions,” he
wrote, eclipses anonymous
obsessions “where the spotlight of culture is nowhere in
evidence, so that the craftsman can be ornery, wasteful,
stubbornly self-involved, doing go-for-broke art and not
caring what comes of it.”
Charlie Chaplin versus
Buster
Keaton,
Alfred
Hitchcock versus Howard
Hawks, Rauschenberg versus Asawa, Rothko versus
— well, Manny Farber. It
isn’t that the critic did not
appreciate Chaplin, Hitchcock, Rauschenberg and
Rothko, only that he knew
what side he was on in the
rolling artistic struggle between dogma and apostasy.
The coming Farber show
seems to be a history lesson: Molesworth the termite
curator working in the
white elephant museum,
putting some Rauschenberg
in storage to make room for
a Woelffer and Asawa.
What’s really at issue is
museum philosophy and
how to open up traditional
museum practice. The job
is made more difficult than
ever as huge buckets of
cash slosh around the market — cash often held by
museum trustees.
Enormous pressures for
a traditional, establishment
mechanism for valuing art
just rolled over an untraditional, anti-establishment
curatorial process that was
feeling its way through. The
elephant squashed the termite, and it made a mess.
christopher.knight
@latimes.com
Turns out, ‘Jumanji’ reboot’s worth seeing
[‘Jumanji,’ from E1]
other recent major studio
movie, Marvel-branded or
otherwise, it reminds us that
genre filmmaking can be
staggeringly rich in visions,
dreams, ideas. The recent
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
is easily the most interesting
thing to emerge in ages from
that overworked franchise,
not least for the surprising
schism it revealed among
many of the critics who loved
it and some of the moviegoers who didn’t.
Then there are those
blockbusters that, rightly or
wrongly, look so thoroughly
devoid of interest at the outset as to seem unworthy of
comment. Consider the case
of Sony’s smash hit “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Neither Turan nor I
reviewed it when it opened
Dec. 20, right in the thick of
a busy awards season.
A visual effects-heavy,
video game-themed, Guns
N’ Roses-referencing reboot
of a creaky 22-year-old Robin Williams vehicle simply
didn’t look too promising
in a week that also gave us
“All the Money in the World,”
“Downsizing,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Happy
End,” “Hostiles,” “Molly’s
Game,” “Phantom Thread,”
“The Post” and “Pitch Perfect 3.” (Yes, “Pitch Perfect
3.” I know. I had high hopes.)
Were we wrong to pass
on reviewing what would
quickly become the fourth
highest-grossing movie of
2017 and Sony’s second highest-grossing movie of all
time, behind only 2012’s
“Skyfall”? Those who con-
flate box-office success with
quality or cultural significance might think so. As of
this writing, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” now going into its 14th week in theaters, has earned more than
$400 million in the U.S. and
might well pass the $1-billion
mark worldwide in April,
when it opens in Japan.
Those figures were swimming around in my head
when I finally caught up with
it recently at my local multiplex, along with a surprisingly large crowd for a laterun weekday matinee. I have
little to add to what many
critics — including Katie
Walsh of Tribune News Service, whose review ran in The
Times — have said already,
namely that “Welcome to the
Jungle” was nowhere near
as dreadful as they feared
and that it occasionally
ascended to the level of
goofy, unpretentious fun.
In my case, the fun was
somewhat enhanced by the
fact that, although the movie had been out for weeks, I
had ignored the posters and
trailers and thus knew little
about it going in, apart from
some vague sense that it
starred Dwayne Johnson
and would presumably betray some connection to
Chris Van Allsburg’s wondrous 1981 picture book.
My ignorance made it
that much more refreshing
to discover that, unlike its
1995 predecessor, “Jumanji:
Welcome to the Jungle”
isn’t just another bloated
visual-effects demo reel. The
director, Jake Kasdan, has
made an actors’ picture —
Frank Masi Columbia Pictures
WHAT is Jack Black up to in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”? Moviegoers are
packing multiplex theaters — still — to find out, many weeks after film’s release.
an actors’ picture in computer-generated jungle drag,
perhaps, but nonetheless
an entertainment in which
the personalities of its four
leads are allowed to shine
through and are also
tweaked and subverted in
slyly amusing ways.
The “Breakfast Club”borrowing premise — four
American teenagers, stuck
in detention, are whisked
into a Nintendo-style console game and recast as
highly incongruous avatars
— becomes a clever pretext
for the spectacle of Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
and Karen Gillan looking
wildly uncomfortable, even
mortified, in their own bodies. You’ve seen more conceptually rigorous bodyswap comedies, perhaps,
but it’s still a hoot to watch
Black reeling in horror from
the sight of his own reflection, or Johnson genuinely
not realizing his own
strength. Gillan is delightful
too as an awkward loner uneasily recast as the ensemble’s resident babe, even
if the script falls into the
icky middle ground of both
mocking and perpetuating a
sexist stereotype.
As a fan of the dumb,
underrated 2016 comedy
“Central Intelligence,” I
didn’t need to be sold on the
idea of the lovably mismatched Johnson and Hart
as a latter-day Abbott and
Costello — which is to say, a
reliable comic duo that can
be deposited into any setting, however strange or
improbable, and pretty
much make it work. That’s
a compliment to their chemistry, but it’s also a reminder
of the ultimate disposability
of a product like “Jumanji:
Welcome to the Jungle,” a
threadbare, slapdash entertainment that’s just sturdy
enough to support two
hugely popular movie stars
doing their thing.
In that respect, there’s
something sort of funny
about this film’s staggering success, and also something a little depressing. As
Forbes’ Scott Mendelson
noted in a recent article, this
is the first picture to earn
$900-million-plus in three
years that was released by
a studio other than Disney
or Universal, whose megafranchises have utterly
dominated the box-office
landscape. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is that
industry rarity, a massive
crowd-pleaser that isn’t a
superhero movie, a “Star
Wars” movie, a “Fast and
the Furious” movie or a lucrative offshoot of the “Lord
of the Rings” and “Harry
Potter” universes.
A picture derived from a
well-known but outmoded
property, reworked with a
modicum of freshness and
executed with minimal risk
or originality — that’s what
counts as a risky venture
in the economy of presentday Hollywood. Its destiny,
of course, will be to spawn a
mega-franchise of its own:
To no one’s surprise, a
“Jumanji” sequel is already
in the works, with Johnson,
Hart, Black and Gillan expected to return.
Will the new movie find
some unexpected way to
break ground, to mine something fresh and creative
from a premise that already
feels exhausted? Or will it
just offer up a bigger, louder,
lesser version of its predecessor’s modest charms?
Whatever happens, I’ll be
ready for it this time. I think.
justin.chang@latimes.com
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A DJ walks away from it all
[Dike, from E1]
cations from salivary cancer.
Dike was a key figure in
the creation of the Beastie
Boys’ seminal 1989 album,
“Paul’s
Boutique,”
and
helped create the sampleheavy mash-up style that
connected rap, punk, arena
rock, pop and disco.
The
versatile,
charismatic Dike at various
points in his life was artist
Jean-Michel
Basquiat’s
roommate, L.A. club-land’s
hottest DJ, a record mogul
and a music collector with a
taste for art, hip-hop, rock
and post-disco music.
Then, at the peak of his
success after earning millions from Delicious Vinyl,
Dike bought a mansion atop
a hill in Echo Park and retreated completely from
public life. For the next quarter-century, he led a nearly
hermitic existence, surrounded by his collections,
taking drugs, reaching out to
friends via text message and
telephone, cruising down the
hill in his VW Beetle to
Trader Joe’s for supplies and
returning home.
After his death, more
than one of his friends compared Dike’s long goodbye to
a more famous recluse.
“Matt was like the Howard Hughes of hip-hop,” said
Bob Forrest, formerly of L.A.
post-punk band Thelonious
Monster. “Where did he go?
This guy invented something
that is now a mainstream
part of entertainment.”
Making his move
Dike packed a lot of action
into his years on the L.A.
scene.
Across a whirlwind decade that began when he
moved from New York to Los
Angeles in 1980, Dike’s contributions were as diverse as
remixing Aerosmith and collaborating with former Public Image Limited guitarist
Keith Levene. He co-produced the first-ever track to
diss N.W.A (Romeo and Master Rhyme’s “Crackerjack”)
and served as a club DJ to
Ice-T as the rapper-turnedactor was trying to bust into
the scene.
“He was a guy who really
immersed himself in whatever he was interested in,” said
writer Dan LeRoy, who wrote
a book about “Paul’s Boutique.”
Dike’s older brother,
Lane, added: “Any time I got
into something, he would go
way deep into it — whether it
was comic books or slot cars.
And then he dove head-first
into music, big-time.”
In L.A., Dike and a few
other promoters helped define the underground club
scene in the 1980s. “Matt was
at the center, and Matt was
the coolest guy,” said Jon
Sidel, his friend and former
business partner.
When the late photographer Brad Branson, who had
a mid-Wilshire studio in a former power tools shop, suggested a one-off party at his
spot, Sidel and Dike said yes,
and the Power Tools club
night was born.
Power Tools was forced to
Jon Sidel
“MATT was like the Howard Hughes of hip-hop,”
said pal Bob Forrest of Dike, above, in undated photo.
move after the police shut
down the illegal dance party,
but after a period of rootlessness, it went legit at the Park
Plaza Hotel in Westlake.
There, he and a friend, future Delicious Vinyl partner
Mike Ross, and others DJ’d
massive gatherings, mixing
disco, rock, R&B and rap records. In his sets, Dike would
mix in his own rhythms, samples and personality into the
tracks, in the process becoming a king of Los Angeles
nightlife.
Said Ross: “Power Tools
was Matt’s musical palette,
and Power Tools was also the
place where Matt really
started mixing it up.”
At its peak in 1986, the
event took over the Park
Plaza on Saturdays and became a hub that connected
A-list revelers such as David
Bowie, Andy Warhol, Annie
Lennox, David Geffen and
members of bands including
the Red Hot Chili Peppers
and Jane’s Addiction.
Sidel said of Dike’s skills
as a DJ: “I’ve seen him drop
‘God Save the Queen’ by the
Sex Pistols into a heated
dance floor at midnight and
2,000 people go completely
nuts. The guy was uncanny.”
One friend estimated that
Dike’s collection contained
at least 40,000 records.
It wasn’t just music: “We’d
have projections and go-go
dancers and bands and
theme nights,” Sidel said.
Dike was also an assistant
at art dealer Larry Gogosian’s famed Los Angeles
gallery, where Dike forged a
friendship
with
artist
Basquiat after an early interaction in New York.
Sound engineer and producer Mario Caldato Jr. recalled both Basquiat and
“Yo! MTV Raps” host and
graffiti artist Fab 5 Freddy
crashing at Dike’s place
whenever in town. Dike
ended up with a number of
Basquiat paintings through
that friendship, works that
were among the mess of his
Echo Park belongings after
he died.
Caldato, who went on to
be a frequent collaborator
and touring member of the
Beastie Boys, met Dike and
Sidel at Power Tools on the
night in 1986 that the Beastie
Boys first performed in L.A.
He didn’t know of the group,
but as they were going into
their second song, the sound
system crashed.
“I’m a sound guy, so I’m in
the audience and I’m like,
‘Whoa, that’s lame.’ These
guys are onstage throwing
mikes around, cursing,”
Caldato said.
Dike and friend and business partner Ross formed
Delicious Vinyl in 1987. Originally based out of Dike’s
apartment, the two teamed
with engineer Caldato to
build a studio.
Then, recalled Ross, “we
just started experimenting.
Matt would be up in there
sampling his records. We’d
lay down tracks and then
start recording vocals over it,
just layering it.”
Within about a year they’d
earned their first national hit
through a collaboration with
rapper Tone Loc. Called
“Wild Thing,” it sold 2 million
copies and set the stage for
the label’s quick rise. Dike,
Ross and a young production
team consisting of John King
and Michael Simpson produced the tracks on the album.
Through those hits, Dike,
King and Simpson hooked
up with the Beastie Boys,
who were trying to figure out
how to follow up their smash
debut album, “Licensed to
Ill.” Caldato Jr. recalled sending the band some demos in
the mail, the Beastie Boys
loving them and heading
west.
In an email, the Dust
Brothers’ King cites a moment when he, Dike and fellow Brother Simpson ensnared visiting Beastie Boy
Mike Diamond.
“Mike D stopped by, I presumed because of Power
Tools, and because everyone
seemed to get in touch with
Matt to find out what was going down in town,” King
writes. “Matt had a tape of
songs Mike Simpson, and I
(and sometimes Matt) had
been working on to be a ‘Dust
Brothers Album,’ which he
slyly started playing as background music on a ghetto
blaster.”
Diamond noticed the music and asked what it was. According to King, they told
him “it was just something
we were working on, [and]
Mike D asked ‘Can I buy
this?’ ”
The Beastie Boys holed
up with Dike, Caldato and
the Dust Brothers, mostly in
Dike’s studio, and came out
with “Paul’s Boutique.”
The smooth opening
sample on the album, of jazz
drummer Idris Muhammad’s “Loran’s Dance,” came
from Dike’s collection, and
the humming tones suggested a new direction forward.
“It was the perfect point of
departure for hip-hop at that
juncture — a moment where
sampling styles were changing, and the bombast of Public Enemy’s production team
the Bomb Squad was giving
way to something more minimal,” said music historian,
collector and Madlib’s manager Eothen Alapatt of NowAgain Records. “Matt was
part of that mission statement, and for that alone he’ll
always be an important
member of the hip-hop canon.”
Dike, however, was uninterested in chasing mainstream success. Friends say
his alienation with the music
business was peaking as he
started experimenting with
drugs.
In his frustration, Dike
developed a heroin addiction
that would tether him for the
rest of his life. Ross experienced Dike’s gradual decline
firsthand: “It was tough for
me, because he was my best
friend, he was my partner, we
built this thing together. We
achieved this thing that we
wanted to do, and we were
doing it. And then, all of the
sudden, it was over, as far as
having his energy and his
partnership with me.
It didn’t help, adds his
brother, that Dike lived with
pain caused by scoliosis.
At one point Sidel, who
was also experimenting with
drugs, confronted Dike
about his choices. “I was like,
‘Dude, what are you doing?
You’ve got all these hit records and you’ve got this
house you don’t even live in’
— he had bought this killer
house, he never fixed it up
and he was still in his apartment.”
Shutting people out
Eventually Dike moved in
and stayed. Over the years,
Dike’s family and friends repeatedly tried to get him into
rehab. According to Forrest,
who in addition to singing for
Thelonious Monster has
been an addiction advocate
on the series “Celebrity Rehab,” Dike’s desire for isolation fueled his addiction.
Those rare few whose
calls or texts Dike returned
describe a striking conversationalist even during his
years of solitude.
The drugs, said Ross,
seemed to encase his memories in amber. Still, Dike was
circumspect about his lot. At
one point late in life he asked
Forrest a rhetorical question:
“Do you know what’s the
worst thing for a drug addict?”
Forrest said he could
think of a few, and asked for
Dike’s answer.
Replied Dike: “Unlimited
resources.”
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
“What’s the best part of
an expert’s game?” I asked a
class of intermediates.
“He knows what everybody at the table has,” was
one response.
“An expert’s edge,” I said,
“is that his grasp of basic
technique is so sound that
he never boots an easy deal.”
At four spades, South
took the top hearts, ruffed
his last heart in dummy,
took the ace of trumps and
finessed with his jack. West
won and led another heart,
and South ruffed but had to
lose two diamonds and a
club. Down one.
Did declarer goof?
South’s technique was
faulty. He must try to set up
dummy’s clubs. South wins
the first heart in his hand
and leads the king of clubs.
Say East wins and leads a
low diamond: deuce, six, ace.
South then comes to the
queen of clubs, takes the K-A
of trumps and ruffs a club.
West can’t gain by overruffing, so South goes to the ace
of hearts and ruffs a club. He
ruffs his last heart and discards a diamond on the good
club, losing a club, a trump
and a diamond.
Question: You hold: ♠ A 6
2 ♥ A 6 ♦ A 5 3 ♣ 8 7 5 3 2. The
dealer, at your right, opens
one diamond. After two
passes, your partner bids
one spade. The opening bidder passes. What do you say?
Answer: If partner had
overcalled one spade in the
direct position, you would
try for game. But his balancing bid may be weakish, and
you mustn’t punish him for
not selling out cheaply. You
can cue-bid two diamonds,
but if partner rebids two
spades, pass.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
♠A62
♥A6
♦A53
♣87532
WEST
EAST
♠ Q 10 5
♠94
♥ Q J 10 9
♥8532
♦KJ96
♦ 10 8 7
♣94
♣ A J 10 6
SOUTH
♠KJ873
♥K74
♦Q42
♣KQ
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
1♠
Pass
2♣
Pass
2 NT
Pass
3♠
Pass
4♠
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ Q
Tribune Media Services
ASK AMY
The name blame game
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
You are a firm believer in
fresh starts, and the clean
energy of this special day renews you.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): The key is not to expect
people to do things they are
incapable of doing.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Your friendships work in the
larger context of your friend
group, but they must also
work in the smaller one-onone context to satisfy you.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Middles sag. Whether it’s a
story, a body or a project, it
takes tremendous effort to
create lift in the middle.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
You’ve often felt as though
you’re doing the right thing
with the wrong person,
though you’ve almost never
felt the opposite of that.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Life is zesty for people in
love. And even if you’re not
quite there, a flow of positive
feelings and thoughts is still
creating a bubble of happiness around you.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Mental expansion ignites
other parts of your life. It actually doesn’t even matter
what you’re learning.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
You can accomplish quite a
mound of work in the span of
a few hours. You’ll get busy,
and you won’t stop until the
agreed upon time.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): You underestimate
how others feel about you.
While it’s better to err on the
modest side of such matters,
you should know that if you
don’t show up, people are going to be disappointed.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Most people you know
could use a little help every
now and then. Then there
are those who are needy on
an entirely different level.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You’ll get the chance to
fine-tune the image you pre-
sent to the world. You could
do this at any time.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): After years of tolerating
others, you’ve become spiritually robust. The generosity that used to seem like
work to you is now innate.
Today’s
birthday
(March 20): As your personal life settles in, you’ll gain
clarity on a goal. Analyze the
power structure; figure out
the different roles and how
they work together and why.
With a studious approach
and a willingness to change
and grow, you’ll quickly rise
up the ranks of an organization and get the reward that
comes with this. Cancer and
Scorpio adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 9, 20, 13,
27 and 41.
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: A couple of
months ago my daughter
gave birth to a baby girl. I
was so happy until I learned
her name. The baby’s first
name is lovely. It honors her
father’s side of the family.
The baby’s last name is my
son-in-law’s surname. But
the baby was given two middle names — a male, ethnic
version of my late husband’s
name, and his last name. My
family and I were totally left
out.
I was deeply hurt. And I
don’t think my husband
would have been happy with
the way the baby girl is saddled with a very awkward
masculine middle name.
I’ve
expressed
my
thoughts to my daughter,
but she is sticking with the
middle names.
My late-husband died
when she was in her early
teens, and our relationship,
which had been very good,
soured. After that, nothing I
did was right.
I was a loving and devoted mother to her and
hoped she would realize
that, especially after she had
a child of her own. But I don’t
see that happening, and I’m
thinking of simply fading out
of my daughter’s life. I don’t
think she would miss me
and, at this point, vice versa.
My
second
husband’s
daughter and grandchildren
love me. Rather than beating my head against a brick
wall, I think I’d rather devote
my energy to having a relationship with people who appreciate me. My only reservation is that my natural
granddaughter will miss out
on having a relationship.
What’s in a Name?
Dear What’s: To begin
with, I was “saddled” with a
man’s middle name, and the
damage has been minimal.
Your grandchild will be fine,
too, but will you be OK never
spending time with her?
I get that you feel left out,
but you’re missing the big
picture here: You have the
ability to be present for this
child; your late husband
does not.
Consider
that
your
daughter wasn’t trying to
snub you but honor the
grandparent that her child
will never get to meet.
Try to put your hurt feelings aside, and do not punish your grandchild for the
difficulties you’ve endured
with her mother. Just be present, loving, and let the
name issue go. I hope you
will try harder to understand her motivations, and
view this new generation as
an opportunity to start over.
Dear Amy: At school I am
being ignored by my friends
because of the new kids that
they have crushes on. They
hang outside of school without me, and boys are all they
talk about! Because of this,
I’m currently ignoring them.
I’m cutting them from my
life. I have unfollowed them
on all my social media. It’s
sad that they don’t even
care. What do I do now?
Dissed Friend
Dear Dissed: Your friends
seem to have entered the
crush zone, and if you’re not
into that, they’re going to ignore you, and also be pretty
boring to be around.
Your friends may feel like
they can’t approach you after you cut ties with them.
They might not know why
you’ve done this. Have you
tried to talk about it? If you
try but still feel misunderstood and left out, you
should start participating in
a new activity. I recommend
checking out the drama department at your school, but
anything that shakes up
your routine will do. Whatever you choose to try, just remember quality over quantity: One great friend can
make up for 10 wishy-washy
ones.
Send questions to askamy@
amydickinson.com or by
mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box
194, Freeville, NY 13068.
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SERIES
The Middle Bill Norwood
(Pat Finn), the Donahues
and the Hecks unite
against
their
trashy
neighbors, the Glossners,
following the theft of Sue’s
(Eden Sher) car. Brooke
Shields reprises her recurring guest role as Rita
Glossner. Jen Ray, Sean
O’Bryan and David Chandler also guest star. 8 p.m.
ABC
Shadowhunters This action
fantasy returns for its
third season. 8 p.m.
Freeform
Fresh Off the Boat Honey
(Chelsey Crisp) plans a relaxing vacation before the
baby arrives, but Jessica
(Constance Wu) turns
their time together into a
quest to get Stephen King
to endorse her novel in the
season finale. Randall
Park, Hudson Yang and
Luna Blaise star. 8:30 p.m.
ABC
Rise Lou (Josh Radnor) is
forced to confront some
harsh realities when his
production budget gets
slashed.
Also
Coach
Strickland (Joe Tippett)
clashes
with
Tracey
(Rosie Perez) in this new
episode. 9 p.m. NBC
black-ish Dre (Anthony Anderson)
reluctantly
agrees to help plan Pops’
(Laurence
Fishburne)
65th birthday party, and
that helps him see his father’s past in a new light.
Tracee Ellis Ross also
stars. 9 p.m. ABC
LA to Vegas Faced with a
heavily overbooked flight,
the crew must come up
with ways to persuade
passengers to give up
their seats voluntarily in
this new episode. Olivia
Macklin and Kim Matula
star with guest star Zachary Knighton. 9 p.m. Fox
The Mick A used automobile
is nothing but trouble, especially when Ben (Jack
Stanton) gets locked inside it. Kaitlin Olson and
Scott MacArthur also
star. 9:30 p.m. Fox
For the People Sandra
(Britt Robertson) gets
troubling input from Ms.
Krissman (Anna Deavere
Smith), and Jay’s (Wesam
Keesh)
instincts
go
against those of his client
in this new episode of the
legal drama. 10 p.m. ABC
Comedy Central
“ANOTHER PERIOD”
wraps its latest season on
Comedy Central. With
Riki Lindhome.
Undercover
High
The
school year comes to an
end and the undercover
adults reveal their identities in the season finale.
10 p.m. A&E
Another Period Two new
back-to-back
episodes
wrap up the third season
of this historical comedy.
Natasha Leggero, Riki
Lindhome and Paget
Brewster star. 10 p.m.
Comedy Central
Love at First Flight In this
new series an expert
matchmaker brings eight
strangers together for a
30-day, cross-country test
of endurance, stamina
and compatibility, with
the hopes they will form
romantic relationships.
10:02 p.m. Lifetime
The Detour After their getaway plane crashes in the
Alaskan wilderness, Nate
(Jason Jones) and his
family must rely on one
another. Natalie Zea also
stars. 10:30 p.m. TBS
MOVIES
Wonder Woman (2017) 9:15
a.m. HBO
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
4:45 p.m. HBO
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning (N) 7
a.m. KCBS
Today Drew Barrymore;
Rossen Reports; Blake
Shelton performs. (N) 7
a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America
Jake Paul; John Boyega;
Katie Nicholl; Pharrell
Williams; Chanté Adams.
(N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. George
Takei, (“Allegiance”); Eve
(“The Talk”); Deni Yang,
Bubble Fest; Melanie Griffith. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Elena
Delle Donne. (N) 9 a.m.
KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Maria Menounos; John
Boyega; Patti LaBelle;
Rick Schwartz. (N) 9 a.m.
KABC
The View Charlotte Pence.
(N) 10 a.m. KABC
The Talk Peter Bergman;
Amelia Heinle; Bryton
James; Mishael Morgan;
Jason Thompson; Gina
Tognoni. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show A ticket
agent helps two young
girls. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors Day care
worker allegedly waxes
toddler’s eyebrows. (N) 2
p.m. KCBS
Steve Terry Crews; Maria
Menounos and Keven
Undergaro. (N) 2 p.m.
KNBC
Dr. Phil Demi Lovato. (N) 3
p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
John Oliver; Jon Hamm,
Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson and
Hannibal Buress; Tessa
Virtue. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC
The Real Tisha CampbellMartin. (N) 3 p.m. KTTV
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show Drew Barrymore (“Santa Clarita
Diet”). (N) 11 p.m. Comedy
Central
The Tonight Show John
Boyega;
Bob
Saget;
PRhyme and 2 Chainz
perform. (N) 11:34 p.m.
KNBC
The Late Show Hilary
Swank; Thomas Middleditch; Rory Albanese. (N)
11:35 p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Katie
Couric; Judd Apatow; the
Decemberists perform.
(N) 11:35 p.m. KABC
The Late Late Show Dakota
Fanning; Will Forte; Iggy
Azalea performs. (N) 12:37
a.m. KCBS
Late Night John Oliver;
Laura Benanti; Blake
Shelton performs; Lil’
John Roberts performs.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC
Last Call Carrie-Anne Moss;
Neck Deep performs; Will
Yun Lee. (N) 1:38 a.m.
KNBC
SPORTS
College Basketball NIT
Tournament
Quarterfinals 4 and 6 p.m. ESPN
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