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Slain Austin
bomber had
more targets
The serial assailant,
who blew himself up
as authorities pursued,
also had a ‘confession’
on his cellphone.
By Molly
and Matt Pearce
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
Lompoc firefighter Chris Martinez, an urban search and rescue team member, scouts Montecito Creek
on Wednesday. Rain continued to soak the Thomas fire burn area, with more on the way. CALIFORNIA, B1
For cops, catching high
drivers is no easy task
Without legal limits, DUI can be a judgment call
By James Queally
and Sarah Parvini
The man San Diego Police Officer
John Perdue pulled over in the city’s
Hillcrest neighborhood late last year
did not hesitate to admit the smell
wafting from his car was marijuana.
After the driver said he not only
smoked pot recently but did it on a
regular basis, Perdue ran him through
several field sobriety tests. The man
passed them all without a stumble.
In the case of a drunk driver, a
breathalyzer could have confirmed
whether a person was impaired by alcohol. But there isn’t such a device for
Faced with a driver who confessed
to habitually smoking marijuana but
no proof the man was impaired at the
moment, Perdue decided to let him go.
After the legalization of recreational pot in California, law firms specializing in DUI stepped up warnings
to marijuana users about being
busted. Signs along freeways also
have warned drivers that being high
on marijuana can get them arrested. A
bill proposed in the state Senate last
month calls for a one-year driving sus-
pension for any motorist under 21
caught with marijuana in his or her
But as Perdue’s stop in the waning
months of 2017 shows, policing marijuana-induced DUIs isn’t as easy as
arresting and prosecuting drunk drivers. And with Proposition 64 now in
full effect, police across California are
more concerned than ever about
stoned drivers taking to the state’s
streets and freeways.
Unlike Washington — which also
made recreational pot use legal — California has not established a “per se”
[See DUI, A14]
— Hours after a serial bomber blew himself up as authorities closed in, investigators
discovered that the homegrown Texan who had killed
two people and terrorized
Austin for 19 days had left behind a list of future targets
and a 25-minute “confession” on his phone, officials
said Wednesday.
After hundreds of investigators swarmed Austin in
recent days to stop the
bomber, it was a combination of high-tech surveillance and old-fashioned
shoe-leather investigating
that led officials to Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, who had
no criminal record.
However, Conditt’s motive remains unknown, and
officials suspect that “we are
never going to be able to put
a rationale behind these
acts,” said Austin Police
Chief Brian Manley.
In Conditt’s confession
video, “he does not at all
mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention
anything about hate,” Manley said. “Instead it is the
outcry of a very challenged
young man talking about
challenges in his personal
life that led him to this
The series of bombs used
similar components that
made it easy for officials to
link the devices: unusual
batteries, apparently pur-
Extraordinary, and ordinary
Angels’ $34-million superstar has a minimum-wage ego
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images
chief admits
In his first comments
since the Cambridge
Analytica scandal,
Mark Zuckerberg says
the social network
must protect users’
data. Otherwise, “we
don’t deserve to serve
you.” BUSINESS, C1
falls in new poll
Republican John Cox
is now in second place
in the race for California governor, behind Gavin Newsom.
Weather: Rain.
L.A. Basin: 62/55. B6
By Jeff Miller
TEMPE, Ariz. — He arrived for his postgame interview, one during which he
would be asked to describe
the sensation of hitting a
baseball 450-plus feet, looking like this:
No shoes. Floppy socks.
One pant leg rolled above his
calf and the other extending
to the floor. The lining in
both back pockets flipped,
looking like two tongues
sticking out. Dirt stains everywhere,
smudge across his cheek.
Mike Trout was short
just one snow cone.
“He’s an 8-year-old, an 8year-old having fun,” teammate Andrelton Simmons
said. “I honestly don’t know
if he knows how good he is.
He just goes out and does it.”
With Trout entering the
seventh season of a career
that already might be
worthy of baseball’s Hall of
Fame, it’s difficult to comprehend how talent so ex[See Trout, A9]
chased online from Asia, and
nails used as shrapnel, according to Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the Republican chairman of the House
Homeland Security Committee.
Trying to find the buyer
of the nails, officials “went to
every hardware store” in the
area to find customers who
had made large purchases,
and they struck gold with a
Home Depot store in the
Austin suburb of Round
Rock, McCaul said in an in[See Austin, A8]
President’s ‘imminent’
move to impose
$30 billion in levies
on Chinese exports
could stoke trade war.
By Don Lee,
David Lauter
and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON — President Trump is moving
toward a major confrontation with China over its
trade practices, as administration officials put the final
touches on billions of dollars
of tariffs aimed at Chinese
exports and possible restrictions on investments in the
An announcement by
Trump is “imminent,” the
administration’s chief trade
negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative
Lighthizer, told members of
the House Ways and Means
Committee on Wednesday.
Trump is expected to impose roughly $30 billion in
tariffs on Chinese exports to
the U.S., according to a U.S.
official familiar with the
internal discussions who did
not want to be quoted before
the formal announcement.
The taxes on imports and
other steps Trump plans to
take are aimed at ending
China’s long practice of
pressuring U.S. firms to turn
over technology and production secrets, and in some
cases stealing them using
cybertheft and other forms
of industrial espionage.
The moves probably
would raise the prices of a
wide variety of Chinese
[See Tariffs, A5]
Leak irks Trump
and some aides
Jennifer Stewart Getty Images
MIKE TROUT at spring training in Arizona this month. “I honestly don’t know
if he knows how good he is,” a teammate said. “He just goes out and does it.”
The disclosure related
to the president’s call to
Putin stirs anger — and
signals dismay within his
inner circle. NATION, A6
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Major parties’ bases are
more different than ever
Voters increasingly
are split by age, race,
gender and education
level, a new poll finds.
By David Lauter
into a political gathering
almost anywhere in America, and you can usually
name the party just by
looking: Democrats increasingly reflect the racially
mixed demographics of
the nation’s cities; Republicans remain overwhelmingly white, older and more
That hasn’t always been
true — a generation ago, the
voters supporting the two
parties were far more alike.
Now, a large-scale study
has documented how much
the mix of voters who support each of the two major
parties has changed. The
conclusion: Both of the
parties’ coalitions are now
more different than at any
point in the last generation.
The Democrats have
changed the most, as the
mix of voters who support
them has grown less white,
less religious, more collegeeducated, younger and
more liberal over the last
decade, according to the
study by the nonpartisan
Pew Research Center.
Republican voters, by
contrast, more closely reflect the demographics of an
earlier, mostly white, Christian America. In one regard,
the party’s voters have
actually stepped slightly
back in time — Republicans
are less likely today than a
decade ago to be college
graduates, Pew found.
That’s a striking fact in a
country that has steadily
grown more college-educated.
“Republicans have not
changed as the country has
changed,” said Carroll
Doherty, Pew’s director of
political research.
The numbers, drawn
from 10,000 voter interviews
that Pew conducted last
year, paint a detailed picture of the coalitions behind
each of the two major
parties. They underscore an
important point about the
polarization that so dominates national politics:
Although Americans often
blame politicians for not
compromising, elected
officials represent voter
bases that each year have
less and less in common.
Overall, 50% of registered voters identify as
Democrats or as independents who lean Democratic,
Pew found. By contrast,
42% either identify as Republicans or lean toward
A much smaller group
identifies as independent
and does not lean toward
either party.
The 50% figure marks an
uptick for Democrats. It’s
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
PROTESTER Ian Jameson shouts at an older supporter of President Trump as
the Republican president attends a private event in Beverly Hills last week.
the first time since 2009 that
half of registered voters in
Pew’s surveys have identified as or leaned Democratic. The 8-percentagepoint margin over the GOP
is the largest the Democrats
have enjoyed since then and
is consistent with other
polling data showing the
Democrats gaining ground
since President Trump’s
But the share of voters
overall who support each
party has changed just a
little. By contrast, the types
of voters behind each party
have changed a lot.
The changes among
Democrats have shifted the
party to the left. A decade
ago, the largest group of
Democrats, 44%, described
their views as “moderate.”
Today, the largest group,
46%, identifies as “liberal,”
with 37% calling themselves
moderate and 15% conservative.
Republicans have been a
mostly conservative party
for years and continue to be
so, with about two-thirds
identifying themselves as
conservative, 27% as moderate and just 4% as liberal.
Democrats have benefited from two of the biggest shifts in recent years —
the movement of women
and college graduates in
their direction.
On the other side, Republicans have gained loyalty among white voters
without college degrees.
They now hold a bigger
advantage among that
group — which remains the
largest demographic group
in the electorate — than at
any point in more than two
decades. Republicans have
also gained in rural areas.
Trump’s winning campaign in 2016 took advantage of those trends — driving up turnout among noncollege white voters in some
key states. But his emergence as the face of the GOP
also appears to have accelerated shifts away from the
party, endangering its hold
on Congress this year.
Trump almost certainly
has contributed to the
movement of women toward
the Democrats, a long-term
trend that gained strength
in the last two years. More
than half of women, 56%,
now side with the Democrats, compared with 37%
for the Republicans, Pew
By contrast, the partisan
split has not changed much
among men: 48% identify
with the Republican Party
or lean Republican, while
44% are Democrats or lean
The president also seems
to have energized the educational divide. Voters with
a college degree, who now
make up a third of the U.S.
electorate, increasingly cast
Democratic ballots.
As recently as the
George W. Bush administration, most college graduates favored Republicans.
Today, the share of collegeeducated voters who either
identify as Democrats or
lean toward them, 58%, is
the highest it’s been since
Pew began studying the
data in 1992.
By contrast, the share of
college graduates who either identify as Republicans
or lean toward them has
fallen to 36%.
Because minority voters
of all educational levels
heavily side with the Democrats — nonwhites make up
nearly 40% of Democratic
voters but only 14% of Republican voters — the divide
by education level is most
noticeable among whites.
White college graduates
side with the Democrats
53% to 42%. As recently as
two years ago, white college
graduates were evenly split.
But even as they have
lost ground among college
graduates — and especially
those with post-graduate or
professional degrees —
Republicans have gained
with those who did not get a
college degree.
The two trends have
dramatically reshaped the
party coalitions. When Bill
Clinton began his second
term as president in 1997,
more than half of the voters
who sided with the Democrats were whites without a
college degree. Today, bluecollar white voters make up
only about one-third of
those who identify as or lean
toward Democrats.
“That’s a big shift over 20
years,” Doherty said.
By contrast, non-collegeeducated whites continue to
account for about 6 in 10 of
those who identify as or lean
toward Republicans.
The parties also divide
notably by generation and
Almost 6 in 10 millennials
side with the Democrats, a
figure that rises to an eyepopping 7 in 10 among millennial women.
By contrast, those now in
their 70s and older tend to
side with the GOP. Just over
half of that generation either identifies with the GOP
or leans toward it, while just
over 4 in 10 side with the
The generations in between are closely divided.
Younger Americans are far
more likely than their elders
to have no religious affiliation. The religiously unaffiliated now make up about
one-third of Democratic
voters, but only about oneeighth of Republicans.
By contrast, about twothirds of Republicans are
white Christians, especially
white evangelical Protestants. Among Democrats,
only about 3 in 10 are white
Christians, and white evangelical Protestants make up
only a small share.
Over the long run, the
generational difference
could be a big problem for
Republicans. For now,
however, they benefit from
older voters’ tendency to
turn out more regularly,
especially in nonpresidential elections.
One of the big questions
for U.S. politics, said Doherty, “is when this generational tide starts to really
impact elections.”
Twitter: @DavidLauter
1,000 WORDS: PRISTINA, Kosovo
Armend Nimani AFP/Getty Images
Two Kosovar lawmakers were injured Wednesday when the opposition used tear gas to disrupt a parliamentary vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. Lawmakers had to be evacuated from the
Assembly building after the Self-Determination Movement party used tear gas before the vote began and
again when the session resumed. The 120-seat parliament was expected to ratify the border deal, a precondition set by the European Union for Kosovo’s citizens to freely travel within the bloc’s visa-free zone.
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
A rare opportunity for a Kim close-up
Experts hope to glean
valuable insight about
the reclusive leader of
North Korea when he
attends April summit.
By Matt Stiles
SEOUL — In the next
several weeks, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un could
take historic steps toward
peace on a long-divided
highly anticipated summit
with his counterpart from
South Korea, and perhaps
one soon after with President Trump.
For some, Kim’s actual,
physical steps are also important.
In addition to watching
for signs that the reclusive
leader is willing to discuss
his nation’s alarming rise as
a nuclear state, Korea experts hope a potentially unscripted setting could offer
valuable clues about his
leadership, personality —
and health.
The summit next month
with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, scheduled for a diplomatic outpost on their shared border
within the demilitarized
zone, could offer a trove of
fresh details about the
North Korean leader.
“North Korea is such a
data-poor area,” said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate with the
James Martin Center for
Nonproliferation Studies in
Monterey, Calif., who studies
imagery for clues about
North Korea’s emerging nuclear and missile programs.
“Every bit of information we
get, we try to use as well as
Korean Central News Agency
KIM JONG UN’S presence at the Koreas summit will be scrutinized by experts for clues about his leadership, personality — and health.
we can.”
Kim is rarely, if ever,
photographed by outsiders,
and his image in state media
is as tightly controlled as
that of any leader in the
So the summit offers the
possibility — though the details remain murky — that
Kim might be recorded on
video, even shown live, while
walking to meet with Moon
at the Peace House, the
planned summit location on
the South Korean side of the
truce village known as Panmunjom.
thought to be 34 and about
5 feet 6, has grown quite
heavy during his six years in
power, leading some to wonder whether he might suffer
from diabetes or gout. (His
grandfather and North Korea’s patriarch, Kim Il Sung,
had a massive growth at the
back of his neck that was
largely shielded from cameras over the years.)
Korea experts will watch
Kim’s steps, but also be
closely monitoring other details, such as whether the
leader wears a Western-style
suit, as he did during a recent New Year’s Day speech,
or sticks to his customary
Mao-inspired outfits.
Kim’s body language and
interaction with aides — and
Peru president, citing permanent
confrontation, quits amid scandal
Departure follows the
release of recordings
that foes say implicate
him in vote buying.
By Chris Kraul
and Adriana Leon
LIMA, Peru — Peruvian
Wednesday after political
opponents released video
and audio recordings that
they say implicate the 79year-old leader in a votebuying scheme to avoid impeachment.
In a video message to the
nation, Kuczynski said he
was resigning immediately
because “permanent political confrontation” had made
the country ungovernable.
“Confronted by this difficult situation in which they
have unjustly made me appear culpable of things in
which I didn’t participate, I
think it’s best that I resign
the presidency,” Kuczynski
He added, “I don’t want
to block the path of harmony
that the nation so badly
needs and which was denied
to me. I don’t want the country or my family to continue
suffering the uncertainty of
recent times.”
Kuczynski’s departure
ends a long-running political battle with Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of disgraced former President Alberto Fujimori and the
leader of the Popular Force
majority faction in Congress. Kuczynski defeated
her in the 2016 presidential
A former World Bank
economist and Wall Street
banker who had never run
for public office, Kuczynski
ran a campaign based on
promises to clean up a government beset by corruption.
On Tuesday, Keiko Fujimori released seven excerpts from video and audio
recordings in which lawmakers allied with Kuczynski allegedly promised public
works projects in districts of
members of the opposition
party in exchange for their
support in last year’s impeachment
Martin Mejia Associated Press
PRESIDENT Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru, who barely avoided impeachment,
said his foes “have unjustly made me appear culpable” in questionable actions.
Kuczynski narrowly escaped impeachment on
“moral incapacity” charges
in December.
Kuczynski went on trial
after it became known that a
consulting firm he coowned, called Westfield, received an estimated $700,000
in contracts from disgraced
Brazilian construction firm
Odebrecht while Kuczynski
held high offices in the Peruvian government.
The president claimed he
knew nothing of the contracts, having distanced
himself from the consulting
business when he took up
various Cabinet posts, including economy minister,
between 2001 to 2006 under
then-President Alejandro
But last month, the president’s political situation became more tenuous after
Jorge Barata, Odebrecht’s
former Peru manager, told
investigators looking into
the so-called Car Wash corruption scandal in Brazil
that in 2015 he also paid
$300,000 to a “functionary” of
Kuczynski’s as a contribution to his presidential
Kuczynski gave testimony last week to a closed
session of a special congres-
sional committee investigating Odebrecht. In interviews
with local press, he has denied receiving the contributions.
In his resignation address, Kuczynski denied
having received illegal campaign contributions and
blamed opposition “calumny” for the reports, saying
his political enemies were
determined to oust him from
have admitted to paying
bribes and making illegal
campaign contributions to
politicians in several Latin
American countries in exchange for preferential
treatment in the awarding of
public works contracts.
Former Peruvian Presidents Toledo, Humala Ollanta and Alan Garcia have
all been tainted by the Odebrecht scandal, as has Keiko
Fujimori, who has been accused of taking campaign
contributions from the firm
in 2011.
Ollanta and his wife are in
custody awaiting trial on
corruption charges while the
Peruvian government has issued an extradition request
for Toledo, who is believed to
be living in the U.S.
Kuczynski’s situation be-
came more tenuous after the
impeachment vote when on
Dec. 24 he pardoned Alberto
Fujimori, who was serving a
25-year prison sentence for
mass murder and crimes
against humanity — crimes
committed while he was in
office from 1990 to 2000.
Kuczynski’s critics allege
that he promised Kenji Fujimori, a congressman and
son of Alberto Fujimori, to
pardon the former leader if
the younger Fujimori helped
fend off impeachment. Various international and national human rights groups
have criticized the pardon.
With Kuczynski out of the
presidency, the Peruvian
Constitution specifies that
Vice President Martin Vizcarra, who is also serving as
ambassador to Canada, will
take over as chief executive.
Former prosecutor and
now political analyst Avelino
Guillen said that Kuczynski
could be detained upon leaving office because of the
“many investigations that
weigh against the president,
from Car Wash to the purchase of votes.”
Special correspondents
Leon and Kraul reported
from Lima and San
Francisco, respectively.
leaders representing longtime adversaries — could
also offer valuable clues
about his leadership.
“There is so much that we
can learn,” said Jenny Town,
assistant director of the
U.S.-Korea Institute at the
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Details about the meeting remain unclear, as does
the possibility of resolving
the thorny disputes between
the two sides. The North’s
ballistic missile and nuclear
weapons programs will be a
central discussion point,
and the presence of the
United States, a key South
Korean ally, on the peninsula is likely to factor into the
The diplomatic meeting
between Moon and Kim,
which could be followed in
May with a historic summit
with Trump, was made possible in large part because of
the Winter Olympics — an
event that offered a preview
of the possible images to
In his New Year’s address, Kim declared his nation a modern nuclear
power, able — but not eager
— to strike the United
States. He also made a plea
for participation in the
Pyeongchang, South Korea,
which led to a flurry of diplomatic niceties not seen on
the peninsula for a decade.
The negotiations over the
Olympics, in which the
North and South marched
together and fielded a joint
women’s hockey team, offered a potential preview of
the theater that’s possible
during the upcoming summit.
The first round of
Olympic talks, for example,
also occurred at the Peace
House, which was built for
such meetings. It is in the demilitarized zone, a buffer
that has separated the two
nations since a 1953 armistice ended the Korean War.
The area is known for the
proximity of troops from
North and South and the
United Nations Command,
which is controlled by the
United States.
To get there, North Korean diplomats had to trek
several hundred yards from
their side, on a narrow, gravel-covered walkway that
separates sky-blue huts
used for military talks.
(Their counterparts from
the South made a similar
trek from the opposite direction for talks on the North’s
side several days later).
Both groups stepped
over a speed-bump-sized
concrete border marker,
greeted their counterparts
and made their way to the
talks — all under the watchful eye of soldiers, American
surveillance equipment and
international reporters.
“That was one of the
most amazing visuals: the
North Koreans striding over
that concrete line that divides the two countries,”
said Martyn Williams, a writer for the North Korea Tech
website who records the government’s state broadcasts
via satellite at his San Francisco-area home. “I found it
quite remarkable to see.”
“To see Kim Jong Un do
that would be even more remarkable,” he said.
Moon’s office has a committee planning the details
that met again Wednesday.
The president’s staff said the
Peace House location, for
now, has been settled. How
Kim will get there is less
“If he steps over that line,
and actually walks to the
Peace House, that’s a photo
op that might actually bring
tears to my eyes,” said Hanham, who has, with her colleagues, used Kim’s height
to estimate the size of objects — missile launchers,
warheads, etc. — captured in
state photographs.
Some, including Hanham, are skeptical that the
North would allow Kim to
walk the distance.
“They are going to try to
control the optics of this
meeting,” said Town, also
the managing editor of 38
North, a must-read journal
for Korea experts.
Still, Kim must get to the
building somehow, and the
route remains a mystery.
The geography of Panmunjom, a sparsely populated outpost that straddles
the highly fortified border
between the North and the
South, limits Kim’s options.
There are few roads in the
immediate area that lead
into the base, which is surrounded by rice fields and
land mines, and no known
tunnels between North Korean buildings and the
Peace House. It’s unclear
whether driving from the
North to the South directly
at the site is possible. Recently, a North Korean soldier got stuck in a military
vehicle there while defecting
to the South. (He eventually
made it across the border on
foot, although only after being shot by his former comrades.)
Kim could also enter
South Korea from another
border crossing and drive
into Panmunjom by taking
the same route as Moon. His
motorcade could then drive
directly to the summit building. Alternatively, the two
leaders could meet at another location and drive or fly by
helicopter together.
Even if access to Kim is
limited, some unfiltered imagery should come from the
summit. That means experts such as Hanham will
be less inhibited by the staging or digital editing that
often masks details in North
One of her colleagues
once discovered a photo in
which a bump or lesion near
Kim’s ear, often removed using software, had been allowed to remain visible. The
analysts, by studying which
aides attend, can also learn
their order in lines of authority and their proximity to
their boss.
“It’s totally fascinating,”
Hanham said.
Stiles is a special
T HU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Boko Haram
returns girls to
Nigerian town
A month after the
kidnapping, the
militants bring back
the students along
with a warning.
associated press
LAGOS, Nigeria — Boko
Wednesday returned an unknown number of the 110
girls abducted from their
boarding school a month
ago, along with an ominous
warning, witnesses said.
The fighters rolled into
the northeastern town of
Dapchi about 2 a.m. in nine
vehicles, and the girls were
left in the center of town. As
terrified residents emerged
from their homes, the militants said, “This is a warning
to you all,” according to resident Baana Musa.
“We did it out of pity. And
don’t ever put your daughters in school again,” the
militants told the residents.
Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden”
in the Hausa language.
It was unclear how many
of the 110 girls had been freed.
Family members were en
route to the town Wednesday.
“When I get there, we will
do a head count to see if all of
them have been released,”
said Bashir Manzo, whose
16-year-old daughter was
among those kidnapped
during the Feb. 19 attack.
Manzo confirmed that
his daughter was among
those freed.
“As I speak to you, there is
jubilation in Dapchi,” he said
to a reporter.
The mass abduction and
the government response
brought back painful memories of the 2014 attack on a
boarding school in Chibok.
Boko Haram militants abducted 276 girls, and about
100 of them have never returned. Some girls were
forced to marry their captors, and many had children
fathered by the militants.
Residents in Dapchi fled
on Wednesday morning after hearing that Boko
headed toward the town.
“We fled but, from our
hiding, we could see them
and surprisingly, we saw
our girls getting out of the
vehicles,” Umar Hassan
Their release came a day
after an Amnesty International report accused the Nigerian military of failing to
heed several warnings of the
month. The military has
called the report an “outright falsehood.”
Nigeria’s government celebrated the girls’ release.
Dapchi, Yobe State. Thank
God for the safe return of our
sisters. Alhamdulillah!” Bashir Ahmad, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari,
said on Twitter.
Hamza Suleiman Associated Press
AFTER THEIR release, the schoolgirls flew to
Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to meet the president.
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AFGHAN security officials inspect the scene of a deadly suicide bombing in Kabul that also wounded dozens.
Police said the attacker managed to slip past police checkpoints set up along the road to a Shiite shrine.
Suicide blast kills 33 in
Kabul on Afghan holiday
Islamic State says its
attack targeted Shiites
during Nowruz, the
new year celebration.
associated press
KABUL, Afghanistan —
A suicide bomber linked to
Islamic State struck on the
road to a Shiite Muslim
shrine in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, killing at
least 33 people as Afghans
celebrated the Persian New
Year, authorities said.
Wahid Majrooh, spokesman for the Public Health
Ministry, said 65 others were
wounded in the attack,
which was carried out by a
bomber on foot.
Islamic State claimed responsibility in an online
statement, according to the
SITE Intelligence Group,
which monitors militant
websites. The group said
the attack targeted “a gathering of Shiites celebrating
Nowruz,” the Persian New
Nowruz is a national holiday in Afghanistan, and the
country’s minority Shiites
typically celebrate by visiting shrines. The Sunni Muslim extremists of Islamic
State have repeatedly targeted Shiites, whom the
militants view as apostates
deserving of death.
The attack took place
near Kabul University and a
Rahmat Gul Associated Press
A DISTRAUGHT woman near the site of the attack.
The assailant traveled on foot, the government said.
government hospital about
a mile from the Sakhi shrine,
where people were gathered
to celebrate the new year,
said Gen. Daud Amin,
Kabul’s police chief.
Amin said the attacker
managed to slip past police
checkpoints set up along the
road. He said that an investigation into the security
breach is underway and that
anyone found to have neglected his duties would be
This month, another Islamic State suicide bomber
targeted Afghanistan’s eth-
nic Hazaras, killing nine
people and wounding 18. The
bomber blew himself up at a
police checkpoint near a
Shiite gathering in west
Kabul. The bomber was on
foot and was trying to make
his way to a compound
where the Hazaras had
gathered to commemorate
the 1995 death of their leader,
Abdul Ali Mazari, who was
killed by Taliban insurgents.
Kabul has recently seen a
spate of large-scale militant
attacks by the Taliban and
the Islamic State. In late
January, a Taliban attacker
drove an ambulance filled
with explosives into the
heart of the city, killing at
least 103 people and wounding as many as 235.
Afghan President Ashraf
Ghani in a statement condemned Wednesday’s attack, calling it a “crime
against humanity.”
U.S. Ambassador John R.
Bass said he was saddened
by the “shameful” attack.
“I continue to hope that
every citizen of Afghanistan
soon will be able to live in
peace, without fear of indiscriminate attacks by terrorists who have no respect for
human life,” he said in a
statement. “The United
States and its people remain
steadfast in their commitment to working with our
Afghan partners to combat
terrorism and to secure
peace in the year ahead.”
United Nations Secretary-General
Guterres also condemned
the attack, calling Nowruz “a
time of renewal and celebration,” when the values of
peace and solidarity should
be promoted, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric
said. He added that “those
who have organized this attack must be brought to justice.”
Despite the deadly attack, people including women and children later came
out on the streets, many
wearing colorful clothes, and
continued to celebrate the
Girl gets prison for hitting soldiers
Israeli court sentences
the Palestinian teen
to eight months in a
case that has drawn
foreign criticism.
associated press
OFER MILITARY PRISON, West Bank — Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi
on Wednesday was sentenced to eight months in
prison for slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home,
capping a case that sparked
uproar in Israel, turned her
into a Palestinian hero and
attracted international attention.
Tamimi’s Israeli lawyer,
Gaby Lasky, said Tamimi, 17,
agreed to the sentence as
part of a plea agreement
with prosecutors that allowed her to avoid more serious charges that could have
imprisoned her for years.
Under the agreement, she is
due to be released in the
summer. She is also being
fined the equivalent of about
Lasky called the legal
proceedings a “farce.” She
said “they are trying to deter
other Palestinian youth
from resisting occupation as
Ahed did.”
The judge agreed to a
Tamimi’s mother, Nariman,
who has been charged with
“This is injustice, this
court is designed to oppress
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images
AHED TAMIMI, 17, agreed to the plea deal to avoid
more serious charges that could have resulted in a
years-long prison sentence, her lawyer said.
the Palestinians,” her father,
Bassem, said. He said they
agreed to the deal because
they had been threatened
with three years in jail.
An Israeli supporter of
Tamimi slapped a prose-
cutor after the ruling and
was later arrested by police.
Tamimi was arrested in
December after video surfaced of her kicking the soldiers outside her West Bank
home. While some praised
the soldiers for showing restraint, hard-line politicians
criticized what they said was
a weak response and called
for tough action against the
girl, whose family has a long
history of run-ins with the Israelis.
But the full-throttle prosecution of Tamimi, who
turned 17 behind bars, has
drawn widespread international criticism. An Israeli
official’s revelation that he
had once had parliament investigate whether the blond,
blue-eyed Tamimis are
“real” Palestinians drew accusations of racism and
helped stoke additional interest in the case.
The case touches on what
constitutes legitimate resistance to Israel’s rule over
millions of Palestinians, now
in its 51st year, in territories
it captured in the 1967 war.
Ahed Tamimi’s supporters see a brave girl who
struck the soldiers in anger
after having just learned
that Israeli troops seriously
wounded a 15-year-old cousin, shooting him in the head
from close range with a rubber bullet during nearby
stone-throwing clashes.
In Israel, she is seen either as a naive youth manipulated by her elders or
as a threat to Israel’s military deterrence. The incident also sparked debate
about the soldiers’ refusal to
Since 2009, residents of
Saleh, have staged regular
that often end with stonethrowing clashes.
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
Jose Luis Magana Associated Press
U.S. TRADE Representative Robert Lighthizer tells the House Ways and Means
Committee on Wednesday an announcement about Chinese tariffs is “imminent.”
Trump to slap tariffs
on Chinese goods
[Tariffs, from A1]
goods, such as computers
and other electronics.
The goal would be to hit
products with a maximum
effect on China and the least
possible effect on U.S. consumers, Lighthizer said. But
he warned that China could
retaliate against U.S. exports. And outside analysts
have warned the moves
could generate a damaging
trade war.
Even if that happens,
China’s “absolute theft of intellectual property” has cost
the U.S. “millions” of jobs,
Lighthizer said.
“Nobody wins from a
trade war,” he said. “On the
other hand … if you’re on a
course that’s unsustainable,
you have to change.”
The U.S. currently runs a
$357-billion trade deficit
with China, he noted.
Chinese officials made
clear that retaliation was
“China does not want to
fight a trade war with anyone. But if anyone forces us
to fight one, we will neither
be scared nor hide,” said
Hua Chunying, a Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman.
Trump is also likely to restrict some Chinese investments in the U.S. and could
also order restrictions on
visas for Chinese travelers
and students. Chinese students account for about onethird of the 1.1 million international students enrolled
in U.S. universities — and
what they pay in tuition
counts as billions of dollars
of U.S. service exports.
The moves against China
come at a time of increasing
global trade tensions from
the administration’s recent
decision to slap sweeping
tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Those tariffs are scheduled to take effect Friday,
even though the administration has not decided on a
long list of requests by countries and specific industries
for exemptions.
On Wednesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur
Ross and European Union
Malmström issued a joint
statement pledging to negotiate “as rapidly as possible”
on the issue.
Imports from some countries, including Canada and
Mexico, will be exempt from
the outset, Lighthizer said.
Other countries probably
will be added to the exemption list over the next several
weeks, he said, specifically
mentioning South Korea
and Brazil. Canada is the
largest exporter of steel to
the U.S., Brazil is second,
South Korea third and Mexico fourth.
In the end, the exemptions could cover the majority of steel imports and an
overwhelming share of aluminum imports.
That would have the effect of targeting them more
tightly on exports from
China and countries that
buy Chinese steel and ship it
on to the U.S.
Both the metal tariffs
and the broader tariffs
aimed at intellectual property will almost certainly complicate Trump’s goal and
strategy of enlisting China’s
help in breaking through
North Korea’s intransigence
on nuclear weapons.
Trump has agreed to an
unprecedented summit with
North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un, expected to take
place in May. The administration has intensified economic pressure on Pyongyang — with help from Beijing. But in now taking aim
at China with a range of punishing measures, Trump
risks Chinese cooperation
on North Korea.
Chinese officials could
also respond by imposing
tariffs on top U.S. exports
such as soybeans and airplanes, targeting politically
sensitive products for which
sources. Beijing could also
make life even harder for the
countless U.S. businesses
operating in China’s enticingly huge market.
Analysts worry that such
retaliation will be met by
Trump, especially with rising anti-China voices in his
administration, leading to
an escalating conflict between the two biggest economies that would have repercussions across the world.
Investors’ rising uncertainties about trade have
hurt stock prices, as well as
the dollar, reflecting worries
that a wave of protectionism
will undercut potential
economic gains from tax
cuts and otherwise solid U.S.
“It’s really, really good
that we have an administration who is finally getting
tough with China on their
egregious innovation, mercantilist policies like forced
tech transfers,” said Robert
Atkinson, president of the
and Innovation Foundation,
a nonpartisan think tank.
But even as his group has
analyzed Beijing’s intellectual property theft and
other unfair economic behavior, Atkinson said he
worries that the new tariffs
will end up hurting the U.S.
in the long run by reducing
the amount of imported
computers, scientific instruments and other capital
goods that help build the
productive capabilities of
the economy.
Many of those high-tech
goods are assembled in
China with value-added
parts imported from elsewhere, so the pain from the
new U.S. tariffs will be
spread to other nations, he
“It’s not clear to me that
we can win a one-on-one
[trade] war with China,”
Atkinson said, adding that
the U.S. does not have as
much leverage as it did a
decade ago. Imports from
the U.S., while still large, account for a speck of a $12.5trillion Chinese economy. “I
think you have to be more
strategic with China.... We
have to bring all our allies together, to pressure them.”
Major economies in Europe and Asia also have
struggled with Chinese
trade and investment policies, but the Trump administration has been burning
bridges with them with his
fiery “America first” rhetoric
and, more recently, unilateral steps to fulfill his
campaign promise to overhaul the trade status quo.
Even erstwhile allies in
Asia, such as Japan, have
been reluctant to negotiate a
bilateral trade deal with
hard-line Trump officials,
and have instead signed a
separate free-trade deal
among themselves.
Trump’s new tariffs on
Chinese goods came after
his trade team launched an
investigation of China related to technology transfer,
intellectual property and innovation.
There never was much
doubt that the inquiry would
conclude that China’s policies and behavior have been
unwarranted and harmful to
U.S. individuals and businesses. That finding, under
Section 301 of a 1974 U.S.
trade law, gives the president wide authority to take
corrective actions.
Although many may disagree with Trump’s specific
measures, relatively few outside China are likely to question the underlying basis for
cracking down on Beijing.
Analysts do not expect
anything like the blowback
from Republican lawmakers
or U.S. business groups that
accompanied the tariffs on
steel and aluminum.
Economically and politically, Beijing has undertaken more aggressive and expansionary policies in recent years.
Chinese leaders have
backpedaled from their 2013
pledge to open markets and
instead have pursued their
so-called 2025 plan that
aims to build national champions in strategic sectors,
which many Americans
worry will unfairly restrict
It hasn’t helped that Chinese President Xi Jinping
moved this month to end
term limits to allow himself
to be president for life — a
power play widely interpreted in the West as a repudiation of liberalism.
Trump himself has sent
mixed signals on China. He
declined to label China a currency manipulator, as he
had promised in the campaign, and has frequently
spoken of his great personal
relationship with Xi.
More recently, however,
Trump promoted Peter
Navarro, a longtime China
hawk, to be a top aide while
driving away Gary Cohn, his
former top economic advisor
who had sought to temper
Trump’s protectionist impulses.
The increased skepticism toward Beijing in the
U.S. can be seen in a bipartisan effort underway in Congress to toughen scrutiny
over Chinese and other foreign investments in the U.S.
This month Trump, with an
eye toward China, cited national security in blocking
Broadcom’s proposed buyout of
Qualcomm, a San Diego
semiconductor and telecommunications firm.
“They want technology;
they want those things we
don’t believe they should
have,” said Michael Wessel, a
longtime member of the
U.S.-China Economic and
Security Review Commission, which monitors and reports on the bilateral relationship.
T HU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
As Trump fumes, leak signals dissent
Disclosure that he
ignored advice in
congratulating Putin
suggests staff dismay.
By Noah Bierman
and Tracy Wilkinson
WASHINGTON — President Trump and some aides
were furious Wednesday after the leak of sensitive notes
for briefing the president before a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to aides and a close
The leak appeared designed to embarrass Trump
for congratulating rather
than confronting Putin —
contrary to the notes’ recommendation.
“If this story is accurate,
that means someone leaked
the president’s briefing papers,” said a senior White
House official not authorized to discuss the matter
publicly. “Leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal.”
Trump spoke with Putin
on Tuesday and was criticized afterward, including
by Republican lawmakers,
for congratulating the Russian leader on his reelection
Sunday. The president did
so despite widespread outrage, including among other
administration officials, asserting that Putin’s government has subverted democracy in Russia, continues to
try to disrupt U.S. elections,
is committing atrocities in
Syria and recently carried
out an assassination attempt in Britain using a military-grade nerve agent.
The Washington Post reported late Tuesday, citing
unnamed officials, that
Trump ignored a warning in
his briefing materials, written in capital letters, that
said, “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.” It is unclear
Jorge Silva AFP/Getty Images
A WHITE HOUSE official said the leak about notes related to President Trump’s
phone call to Russia’s Vladimir Putin “is a fireable offense and likely illegal.”
whether the president saw
the material, sources said.
Leaking such materials is
an extraordinary step, given
the level of sensitivity in contacts between the president
and a foreign leader, especially a geopolitical rival.
The disclosure about the
Putin call, however, is especially fraught, underscoring
Trump’s much-criticized insistence on warm relations
with Putin despite national
security concerns, as well as
the president’s own political
and legal vulnerability amid
a special counsel’s investigation of Russia’s election interference.
Significantly, the leak
also suggests that dismay
with Trump’s stance extends to his inner circle.
Trump faced similar but
far less consequential embarrassments early in his
term after the leak of transcripts of his confrontational calls with two allies,
Mexican President Enrique
Peña Nieto and Australian
Prime Minister Malcolm
Those leaks seemed intended to portray Trump as
naive and undiplomatic.
One person who speaks
regularly with White House
officials said the most recent
leak seemed particularly
geared toward “infantilizing” Trump, who has ignored numerous suggestions that he rebuke Putin.
“He doesn’t like it,” the
person said of Trump. “He
doesn’t like to be herded.
The people that try to herd
Trump don’t do well.”
White House Chief of
Staff John F. Kelly also is said
to be infuriated — “on a
warpath,” according to the
person in close contact with
national security officials.
The leak further undercuts
Kelly, who since arriving last
summer has sought to bring
more order to the White
House and ensure that
Trump has high-quality
briefing material.
“Trump’s mad enough
and Kelly’s embarrassed to
some extent that this is happening,” the person said.
“And I’m pretty sure there’s
going to be a scalp over this.”
People with knowledge of
how the White House operates said the number of
people who see Trump’s
briefing materials is relatively small, perhaps 12 to 20,
depending on the topic.
They cautioned, however,
that a wider circle could
have learned that information secondhand.
Ned Price, a former CIA
analyst and Obama administration national security
advisor, said that the leak
was just one problem, and
that the call itself was concerning. He cited the fact
that the president reportedly made the call from the
White House residential
quarters rather than the
Oval Office, where more advisors can be on hand; that
Trump’s preparation with
national security advisor
H.R. McMaster was appar-
ently done over the phone;
and that the written material consisted of handwritten
“It really paints a picture
of sloppiness, of lack of care,
a lack of precision on the
part of the president and on
the part of the staff who
went along with this,” Price
Normally, such calls
would involve extensive
preparation, with up-todate intelligence insights,
mounds of written materials
and precise talking points
discussed with the president
in person, he said.
“The fact that it was
leaked suggests that there is
grave concern on the part of
White House insiders about
this offer of congratulations
and what it means about the
relationship between President Trump and President
Putin,” Price added.
The senior White House
official restricted his anger
to the leaker, given the president’s need for confidentiality. “For him to be unable to
get candid advice for fear of
leaking is a real problem for
government,” the official
Trump has ignored advice from many advisors to
be more confrontational
with Putin, believing he can
better influence the Russian
president through personal
policies, including sanctions
announced last week, are
more confrontational than
the president’s rhetoric
would imply. And some advisors contend that the administration is pushing back
against Russia’s aggression
with behind-the-scenes actions, particularly in Syria.
Trump used Twitter on
Wednesday afternoon to respond to the controversy
over the call: “The Fake
News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong!
Getting along with Russia
(and others) is a good thing,
not a bad thing.”
Trump wrote that Putin
could be helpful in solving
problems related to North
Korea, Syria, Ukraine, Islamic State, Iran and “even
the coming Arms Race.” He
once again assailed his predecessors for failing to get
along with Russia, saying
that President George W.
Bush lacked the “smarts”
while Presidents Clinton
and Obama “didn’t have the
energy or chemistry.”
Trump also noted that
Obama congratulated Putin
after the Russian’s 2012 election, which at the time elicited some criticism. Yet the
circumstances were different. Russia had yet to annex
Crimea, further intervene in
Ukraine, a U.S. ally, commit
alleged atrocities in Syria
and seek to disrupt U.S. elections as drastically as in 2016.
Trump’s reluctance this
week to criticize Russia’s
widely disparaged election
fits with a general shift in his
foreign policy, away from
America’s longstanding efforts to promote democracy
in other countries.
“We don’t get to dictate
how other countries operate,” White House Press
Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders said Tuesday.
Many in the national security community want a
tougher public approach
from Trump, however, and
think Putin has gotten the
better of the relationship.
In contrast to the White
House, the State Department was critical of the Russian election, citing numerous efforts by Putin to silence opposition and repress political freedoms.
Times staff writer Christi
Parsons in Washington
contributed to this report.
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
‘A very challenged young man’
[Austin, from A1]
terview with The Times.
“The fatal mistake that
led law enforcement to him
— because he was pretty
good at evading surveillance
cameras — was when he
walked into Home Depot,”
McCaul said.
Investigators obtained
surveillance video of Conditt
walking into the store in a
wig and walking back out to
a vehicle with a license plate
connected to his name.
From there, McCaul said,
investigators obtained a
cellphone number linked to
Conditt, which had been
turned off for “a while” — until Wednesday morning.
When Conditt turned on
the phone, McCaul said, investigators were able to pinpoint him at a hotel in
Round Rock, which led to a
police chase.
Officials described a harrowing scene at the end of
the pursuit. After Austin police forced Conditt off the
road to prevent him from
getting on a freeway, officers
surrounded the vehicle and
banged on the windows, at
which point Conditt set off a
blast that sent officers flying
backward. One officer suffered non-life-threatening
“Your officers, officers
you have known for years,
charge into what we knew
was a dangerous situation,”
Manley said.
An officer also fired a
gunshot at the vehicle, said
authorities, who didn’t clarify whether that was before or
after the explosion or
whether Conditt was killed
as a result of “significant injuries” from the blast or by a
Officials, who discovered
a bomb-making room in
Conditt’s home in the Austin
haven’t offered any theories
for why he embarked on a
bombing campaign that left
two people dead, four others
injured and an entire city unnerved.
But they discovered at
least one chilling piece of evidence after the hunt was
over: a “target list” with “additional addresses we believe he was using for future
targets,” McCaul said. Officials said they still don’t
know how or why Conditt
chose his targets.
“If we had not found this
man, there would have been
more devices, and more innocent civilians would have
been hurt and been killed,”
said FBI Special Agent
Christopher Combs.
Investigators detained
and questioned two of Conditt’s roommates Wednesday as officials sought to determine whether Conditt
had any help in the string of
“Anyone who’s connected
with this guy is going to have
a sit-down interview to see if
there is a web” of people involved, Combs said.
Officials announced they
had filed a federal bombpossession charge and arrest warrant against Conditt
Jay Janner Austin American-Statesman
FBI AGENTS break windows at the Pflugerville, Texas, home of Mark Conditt, who was identified as the Austin serial bomber.
Austin Community College
shown in an Austin Community College photo.
He last attended in 2012.
Jay Janner Austin American-Statesman
INVESTIGATORS in Round Rock, Texas, inspect
the vehicle in which Mark Conditt blew himself up
as authorities closed in on Wednesday.
late Tuesday, shortly before
he died, and officials had
considered pursuing the
death penalty. ABC reported that in the final two
packages of explosives sent
out by FedEx, the bomber
had used the sender name
“Kelly Killmore.”
Wednesday of an introverted Christian conservative who was home-schooled
and worked at a manufacturing company before being fired last year, with much
still unknown about his life
over the last year.
In a statement released
to CNN, Conditt’s parents
said they were in shock and
grieved for the bombing victims. “We are devastated
and broken at the news that
our family could be involved
in such an awful way,” the
family said. “We had no idea
of the darkness that Mark
must have been in.
“Our family is a normal
family in every way. We love,
we pray, and we try to inspire
and serve others. Right now
our prayers are for those
families that have lost loved
ones, for those impacted in
any way, and for the soul of
our Mark. We are grieving
and we are in shock.”
In Pflugerville, federal
and local law enforcement
officials searched two sheds
and trash bins outside the
Conditts’ multistory home.
The shades were drawn, and
a U.S. flag flew out front.
Austin police homicide
Det. David Fugitt said Conditt’s family had been “very
cooperative,” adding that officials didn’t have any indication the family knew Conditt was involved with the
“They’re having a difficult time,” Fugitt said. “It’s
understandable with everything they have had to deal
with. This is certainly a
shock to the conscience.”
Conditt took classes at
Austin Community College
from 2010 to 2012 and was
home-schooled, according
to college officials and social
media posts from his
mother, who said he graduated high school in 2013.
“He’s thinking of taking
some time to figure out what
he wants to do … maybe a
mission trip,” said a Facebook post by Danene Conditt announcing his graduation, which included a photo
of Mark Conditt.
In an old blog under Mark
Conditt’s name, started apparently as part of a community college class assignment, the author wrote in
2012 that he was conservative but “not that politically
inclined.” He wrote posts opposing abortion, favoring
the death penalty and arguing that gay marriage should
be illegal.
“I view myself as a conservative, but I don’t think I
have enough information to
defend my stance as well as
it should be defended,” read
the blog’s biography page.
“The reasons I am taking
this class is because I want
to understand the U.S. government, and I hope that it
will help me clarify my
stance, and then defend it.”
In a post in favor of the
death penalty, the author
wrote, “Living criminals
harm and murder, again —
executed ones do not.” The
blog’s final post is dated May
One of Conditt’s former
friends, Jeremiah Jensen, 24
— who was home-schooled
in Pflugerville and attended
the community college at
the same time as Conditt —
said that Conditt’s blog
posts for class were being
taken out of context in media reports.
“Certainly a lot of the
home-school community in
Pflugerville, Texas, is conservative, and a lot of kids
were raised that way,”
Jensen said. “I think a lot of
people jump to conclusions
and want to make him out to
be a conservative terrorist.
But I think it has more to do
with loneliness and anger
than it has to do with anything else.”
Technology helps trap serial bomber
Cellphones, cameras
and the internet play
a role. But a criminal’s
ego may be the
biggest vulnerability.
By David Montero
It took authorities 17
years to find the Unabomber.
It took them 19 days to
find the Austin bomber.
The difference largely
boiled down to technology.
Smartphones and surveillance cameras played an instrumental role in tracking
down Mark Anthony Conditt, who officials said was
responsible for the string of
attacks this month that terrorized Austin, Texas.
He was seen on video in
two FedEx package shops.
Authorities identified cellphone data that placed him
at the site of the explosions.
They tracked his internet
searches and receipts. On
Wednesday, authorities followed him from his motel,
where he ultimately pulled
over and blew himself up in
his car.
Such technology wasn’t
around when the Unabomber, Ted Kacyynski, was
sending his bombs through
the mail between 1978 and
1995. Ironically — today at
least — his bombings, which
killed three people and injured more than 20, were intended as a protest against
Experts said what hasn’t
changed since those days is
the key vulnerability of most
bombers: a huge ego.
They will find a way to be
visible, according to Mike
Rustigan, a professor emeritus of criminal justice at San
Jose State University.
“Given more people with
smartphones and given
there are surveillance cameras most everywhere, you
would think they would have
a deterrent effect,” Rustigan
said. “But the nature of
these serial bombers — like
Ted Kaczynski — is they
think they can beat the system. It’s their monstrous
egos that enable them to feel
they’re above the law and
they’re the one who will never be caught.”
McVeigh blew up the federal
building in Oklahoma City in
1995, Kaczynski delivered a
bomb near Sacramento in
what Rustigan character-
ized as a display of one-upmanship. Then Kaczynski
demanded the New York
Times and the Washington
Post publish his 35,000-word
manifesto — which they did.
That led Kaczynski’s
brother to recognize the
writing style, which in turn
led to authorities moving
their search to a new location: Montana.
Had the manifesto not
been published, Rustigan
said, it’s possible that he
could have kept bombing
without getting caught.
“It’s very important for
them to be recognized and to
get TV coverage and print
coverage,” Rustigan said.
“You can see a tremendous
level of grandiosity and egomania with all of these
bombers, regardless of their
Technology is a doubleedged sword to the bombers
— it makes notoriety easier
to attain, but capture more
likely as well.
Enzo Yaksic, who runs
Northeastern University’s
Atypical Homicide Research Group, said serial
killers are enamored of the
ability to control a community, and also hope to garner
sympathies from those who
might admire or commiser-
ate with them.
That was the case with
Eric Rudolph, who killed two
people and injured hundreds in bombings between
1996 and 1998 — including
the one at the Olympics in
Atlanta and an abortion
clinic in Alabama.
During that manhunt, he
hid in the forests outside of
Murphy, a small town in
North Carolina that seemed
to share his anti-gay, antiabortion beliefs and may
have helped shield him.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, a sign
outside town read: “Pray for
Eric Rudolph.”
He evaded capture for
five years before being spotted by a rookie police officer.
After his arrest, Rudolph
signed autographs of his
“wanted” posters for sheriff ’s deputies.
During his sentencing in
2005, he was defiant, winking
at prosecutors. In an 11-page
statement released by his
lawyers, he compared himself to a patriot in the Revolutionary War.
“Abortion is murder,” he
wrote. “And when the regime
in Washington legalized,
sanctioned and legitimized
this practice, they forfeited
their legitimacy and moral
authority to govern.”
Bill Jonkey, a retired special agent bomb technician
with the FBI, said the cellphone often plays a key role
in bringing a case together —
but only after the suspect
is identified. Surveillance
cameras often make identification much easier now.
He worked the bombing
of Harvey’s Hotel and Casino near Lake Tahoe in 1980
and didn’t have the benefit
of today’s high-tech tracking
devices. He said it was eventually a tip and a name he got
that led him to the bomber,
John Birges.
Then, as they built the
case, he had to track him
down — without the benefit
of cellphone triangulation.
“During the latter part of
the investigation, I moved
down to Fresno and, toward
the end before we arrested
him, my job was to contact
him every single day for
probably about a month,”
Jonkey said. “Sometimes he
would invite me in and he’d
say, ‘Well, if I was the bomber, I’d have done this or that.’
You could just tell he wanted
to tell me so bad he’d done it.
“He had a huge ego.”
“strait-laced” and “definitely came off as a little intense, and it was hard for
him to get along with people
and make friends,” said
Jensen, now a freelance journalist living in Dallas. “A lot
of people didn’t really understand him or how to speak
his language.”
But “he was actually a
very kind person, when I
knew him,” said Jensen,
adding that the two had not
spoken for several years.
Community college officials said that Conditt was a
major and did not graduate,
but that he left in good academic standing.
One of the Conditt family’s neighbors, Beverly Canales, 56, a stay-at-home
mom, said she did not know
the family, although her two
daughters, ages 23 and 24,
attended Austin Community College about the same
time Mark Conditt did.
“Our little town of
Pflugerville had our own
Unabomber,” she said.
Mark Roessler, 57, lived
across the street from where
Conditt lived with his two
roommates, and he sometimes chatted with Conditt
and Conditt’s father, who
came over occasionally to
help remodel the home.
“It’s a quiet neighborhood, and he blended right
in,” Roessler said.
Conditt worked for several years at a local semiconductor manufacturer, Crux
Manufacturing, before he
was fired in August for poor
performance, according to
KVUE-TV. The business’
owner, who spoke to the TV
station anonymously, said
Conditt “seemed like a
smart kid who showed a lot
of promise.”
Investigators began zeroing in on Conditt over the
last two days, and officials
were moving to make an arrest at the Round Rock hotel
when Conditt began driving
away, Manley said. A pursuit
ensued, culminating in the
which Conditt was killed.
His death followed days
of rapid developments in the
case. On Tuesday, a bomb
inside a package exploded
on a conveyor belt at a FedEx shipping center in
Schertz, northeast of San
Antonio and about 60 miles
from Austin. One worker
was treated at the scene for
minor injuries.
It was the fifth in a series
of bombings this month. A
sixth bomb was found intact
at another FedEd facility
near the Austin airport.
“I really wish that I could
have spoken to him one
more time before he went
down this path,” Jensen said
of Conditt. “I wish I had
known that he was struggling or ... had some sort of
an inkling to reach out to
him.… It’s in the dark that
people start getting angry
and sad and eventually go off
the deep end.”
Hennessy-Fiske reported
from Pflugerville, Texas,
and Pearce from Los
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
his job
and he
sticks to
his job’
[Trout, from A1]
traordinary can exist inside
someone so ordinary.
Inside someone whose
approach is so delightfully
childlike that, when Major
League Baseball celebrated
its players last season by allowing them to wear their
nicknames on their jersey
backs, Trout chose “Kiiiiid.”
“The regular-guy best
player in the world,” Angels
third baseman Zack Cozart
said. “You don’t see that a
lot. He’s not trying to trick
anybody. He’s not fake. He’s
just being him. That’s refreshing to see from a superstar.”
In his first at-bat of the
spring, teammate Luis Valbuena singled and flipped
his bat, showing more gratuitous flair after one pitch
than Trout will display in total all season.
Trout has 2.49 million
Twitter followers — almost
three times that of the Angels’ official account — and
mostly what we know is that
he’s a big fan of the Super
Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. His recent dispatches have mostly been innocuous salutes to Tiger
Two years ago, in an
ESPN story profiling Bryce
Harper and celebrating
everything from his raucous
swing to his riotous hair,
Trout was characterized as
“publicly charismatic as a
plate of sand.”
That might have been a
little generous.
“He would be a model for
Bill Belichick and Nick Saban,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said. “He
does his job and he sticks to
his job. And he does it better
than anybody else.”
Shortly after he was
hired in October 2015, Eppler
reached out to the Angels’
two stars. He talked to Albert Pujols for 40 minutes,
discussing baseball, life,
their mutual acquaintances.
Trout, who was hunting at
the time. The conversation
was cordial but clipped, awkward dead air dominating
until, finally, Eppler surrendered after fewer than five
“Mike’s just simple,” Eppler said. “He’s matter-offact.”
Trout does baseball. He
doesn’t do nonsense.
That’s why, in this story
largely about his personality, Trout is barely quoted.
See, he’s fine talking baseball. But he’s not great talking about Mike Trout.
His old-school style —
even while wearing bright
Angels red — belongs in
black and white, just like his
preferred buzz cut.
To accompany that feature on Harper, ESPN outfitted him in a tuxedo, which
was a welcomed contrast to
the earlier “Body Issue,” in
which Harper was photographed wearing nothing
but a tattoo.
When the same publication profiled Trout a few
years back, he was shown on
the cover in his baseball uniform, complete with eye
He once was featured in
GQ, a magazine that can’t
be any more fashion friendly.
For that spread, one of the
photos had Trout posing
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
MIKE TROUT is a six-time All-Star and two-time American League MVP. He will be baseball’s highest-paid player this season.
with his pickup.
“He’s a dude first,” left
fielder Justin Upton said.
“That’s all you can ask, for
the big piece of your team to
be a part of your team at the
same time.”
Trout fits right in with
the Angels, it mattering not
one bit that he will be baseball’s highest-paid player
this season, a man making in
excess of $34 million but with
a minimum-wage ego.
There is also something
oddly perfect about Trout
sharing his uniform number
with Vladimir Guerrero, another Angels legend who was
recently voted into the Hall
of Fame. Not even the jersey
on his back is his alone.
A few weeks ago, representatives of the apparel
company Majestic visited
Tempe Diablo Stadium.
They were there to tailor
each player’s game uniform
for the season.
After taking Trout’s measurements and consulting
with him on his preferences,
a woman looked him in the
eyes and asked, “OK, what’s
your number?”
“Twenty-seven,” the sixtime All-Star and two-time
American League MVP said
without a second thought,
clearly unfazed by the biting
reality that the woman had
no idea who he was.
“He’s not the prototypical superstar who walks
around with his shades on
and acting the part most
people would act if they were
in his shoes,” Simmons said.
“I’m not sure how he’s so
humble. That’s a lot of talent
to deal with.”
That talent this month
produced a home run that
cleared the batter’s eye in
center field, a distance so
great that the original dimensions of Tempe Diablo
Stadium had to be consulted
in an attempt to best approximate the length of the
prodigious blast.
Trout’s thoughts on it?
“I got a good pitch,” he
deadpanned. “I just tried to
put a good swing on it.”
Hard to be more matterof-fact than that.
Jahmai Jones just finished his first big-league
spring training camp. At 20,
he was the youngest player
with the Angels before recently being sent down to
the minors.
He met Trout for the first
time during the 2015 season,
after signing and being introduced to the media at Angel Stadium.
Trout, then the reigning
American League MVP, approached Jones, extended
his right hand and said,
“What’s up, man, my name is
“That was it,” Jones said.
“… He’s Mike. There’s no,
‘Oh, my god, it’s Mike Trout!’
“He’s just Mike.”
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Sessions backs death for drug dealers
The attorney general
instructs federal
prosecutors to seek
the ultimate penalty
for major sellers.
By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON — Following President Trump’s
public calls to execute drug
pushers, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions instructed federal
prosecutors Wednesday to
seek the death penalty
against major drug dealers
in response to the nation’s
opioid crisis.
Federal executions are
extremely rare — only three
inmates have been put to
death since the federal
death penalty was reinstated in 1988 — and Sessions’
brief directive is unlikely to
lead to a dramatic increase
since he did not propose new
He instead cited U.S. laws
that have been on the books
for decades, including a
measure passed by Congress during the Clinton-era
war on drugs in the 1990s
that permits prosecutors to
seek the death penalty for
large-scale drug trafficking.
No one has been executed
under it.
But under federal law, the
U.S. attorney general has the
final say on whether to seek
the death penalty and Sessions clearly signaled that
he will do so. Since taking office, he has made a priority of
cracking down on violent
crime and street gangs like
“Drug traffickers, transnational criminal organizations and violent street
gangs all contribute substantially to this scourge,”
Sessions said Wednesday,
referring to opioid abuse.
“To combat this deadly epidemic, federal prosecutors
must consider every lawful
tool at their disposal.”
He urged prosecutors to
seek “the pursuit of capital
punishment in appropriate
Trump has expressed admiration for China, where
convicted drug traffickers
Spencer Platt Getty Images
ATTY. GEN. JEFF SESSIONS, center, and Melania Trump attend a Monday
event in Manchester, N.H., where President Trump spoke about the opioid crisis.
are sometimes executed in
public, as well as for the Philippines, where thousands of
suspected drug dealers have
been killed by death squads
and extrajudicial killings.
Trump has used several
recent speeches to call for
stepped-up executions in
America as well.
At an event Monday in
Manchester, N.H., Trump
said drug dealers “will kill
thousands of people during
their lifetime” but won’t be
punished for the carnage
they cause. He said courts
should impose the death
penalty against the “big
pushers, the ones who are
really killing people.”
“This is about winning a
very, very tough problem,
and if we don’t get very tough
on these dealers, it is not going to happen, folks,” he said.
Sessions was in the audience.
Last week, at a campaign
rally in western Pennsylvania, Trump also proposed
executing drug dealers.
“Probably you will have
some people that say that’s
not very nice,” he added.
Both states have been
hard hit by the growing
abuse of opioids, from prescription painkillers to hero-
Drug overdoses, which
also include deadly synthetic drugs like fentanyl
and its analogues, killed
more than 64,000 Americans
in 2016 and now rank as the
leading cause of death for
Americans under 50, according to federal authorities.
Sessions, a former federal prosecutor in Alabama,
has long fought for the stiffest drug sentences, even for
the use of marijuana.
During his two decades in
the U.S. Senate, he resisted
sentencing reform initiatives. After taking over the
Justice Department, he rescinded an Obama-administration directive aimed at reducing prison time for lowlevel offenders, and ordered
prosecutors to seek the maximum criminal charges possible.
Legal and drug policy experts say decades of experience during the war on
drugs has shown that
harsher sentences will do little to solve the runaway
surge in overdose deaths.
Rosalie Pacula, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy
Research Center, said researchers have found that
stiffer prosecutions were not
as effective as policies that
focused on treating drug addicts and supporting them
in recovery. Trump has also
promised more funds for rehabilitation.
“If prior research holds
true … we don’t expect this
would be a great use of the
taxpayers’ money,” Pacula
could actually impede efforts to target suppliers of
fentanyl, a powerful and
deadly synthetic narcotic,
by making users more fearful of providing information
to police, she said.
In his memo to prosecutors, Sessions cited four
federal statutes that authorize the death penalty laws
for drug-related offenses.
Three also require other
crimes: racketeering, murder or illegal use of guns.
The fourth statute, passed in 1994, allows federal
prosecutors to seek the
death penalty for drug kingpins in busts that involve at
least 132 pounds of heroin or
660 pounds of cocaine, and
more than $20 million in illegal proceeds.
Ames Grawert, senior
counsel at the justice program at the Brennan Center
for Justice, said he found
only two cases, both from
2006, where prosecutors had
charged dealers under that
law. Both also involved homicides, and neither defendant received the death penalty.
“What they are doing in
response to the opioid crisis
is very similar to what they
are doing on other types of
crimes — resurrecting a lot
of tough-on-crime policies
from the ’80s and ’90s that
have been discredited,” said
Inimai M. Chettiar, the
Brennan program’s director.
Some 61 inmates are on
federal death row, mostly at
a prison in Terre Haute, Ind.
They include Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev, who was con-
victed for his role in the 2013
Boston Marathon bombing,
and Dylann Roof, a white
supremacist convicted of
killing nine people in a
Charleston, S.C., church in
The Justice Department
has taken other measures to
attack the opioid epidemic,
including a tougher approach to charging pharmaceutical manufacturers and
distributors, and the creation of a nationwide network of task forces to coordinate enforcement.
Sessions also instructed
prosecutors to designate an
opioid coordinator in each
district and to use both
criminal and civil statutes
“to hold opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for unlawful practices.”
A federal judge in Ohio
has consolidated and is
overseeing more than 200
lawsuits filed by cities, counties and states hit by the opioid crisis. They have accused
drug companies of pushing
painkillers through deceptive marketing, and wholesale distributors of failing to
report signs that prescription drugs were being diverted for illicit use.
Sessions said last month
that the Justice Department would back the plaintiffs in the lawsuits.
Twitter: @jtanfani
Congress reaches a deal
to prevent new shutdown
The $1.3-trillion bill
would boost defense,
domestic spending.
By Cathleen Decker
House and Senate negotiators
agreement Wednesday on a
$1.3-trillion bill that would
boost both defense and domestic spending, but at the
same time put off solutions
to other contentious issues,
such as the fate of young immigrants in the country illegally.
The announcement of
the deal late Wednesday
came two days before the
federal government would
have been forced to shut
down. The House and Senate now face a narrow opening to approve the 2,232page measure by Friday.
The appropriations bill
stemmed from a February
deal in which leaders agreed
to add tens of billions of dollars to defense and nondefense spending over the next
two years. The new spending
levels, if approved, will extend through September.
“This legislation fulfills
our pledge to rebuild the
United States military,”
House Speaker Paul D.
Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday.
Democrats, meanwhile,
heralded increases in domestic funding for education, housing, opioid addiction efforts and other programs, added to gain Democratic votes to offset
opposition by fiscal conservatives.
“We Democrats feel very
good because so many of our
priorities for the middle
class were included,” Senate
Minority Leader Charles E.
Schumer said. “From opioid
funding to rural broadband,
and from student loans to
child care, this bill puts
workers and families first.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Ryan visited the White
House, where President
Trump was said to be waffling over whether to back
the deal. Afterward, White
House Press Secretary
Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement of support:
“The president had a discussion with Speaker Ryan
and Leader McConnell,
where they talked about
their shared priorities secured in the omnibus spending bill. The president and
the leaders discussed their
support for the bill, which includes more funds to rebuild
the military, such as the largest pay raise for our troops in
a decade, more than 100
miles of new construction for
the border wall and other
key domestic priorities, like
combating the opioid crisis
and rebuilding our nation’s
But the immigration and
border component of the
spending actually bill fell far
short of what Trump had
promised voters en route to
the presidency. It included
less than $2 billion in border
security funding, well below
Trump’s $25-billion request.
Among the included elements, according to legislators and others, were three
that touched on the national
outcry after recent mass
shootings: a measure to
checks, money for schools to
tighten security and train
workers to spot potential assailants, and a statement
giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
permission to research the
impact of gun violence after
a ban of over two decades.
Left out, however, were
several of the items that
were unable to be thrashed
out in the final days before
the spending bill’s release.
Also not included was an initially bipartisan measure to
help buttress the Obamacare health insurance
Also left out was a solution to the fate of the young
immigrants in the country illegally because of their parents’ actions. Until September, they were protected
under an Obama administration program, which
Trump canceled. Several attempts to craft a deal merging support for the border
wall and protection for the
“Dreamers” failed. Many of
them are now protected by a
court stay which could be
lifted at any time.
The spending bill came
under fire from conservative
Republicans over its content
and the need to rush it
through to prevent a government shutdown.
The House and Senate
are due to leave Washington
at the end of the week for a
two-week spring break.
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Garcetti’s homelessness target
where the police chief
himself believes otherwise,
it is hard to imagine any
case in which she would
choose to prosecute. Of
course the D.A. should
make an independent
judgment, but for her
decision to be fair, she
should thoroughly consider all of the evidence,
including the judgment of
the chief of police, whose
knowledge is based on his
review of thousands of
use-of-force cases.
Lacey’s conclusions
undermine the public’s
trust that the system will
fairly evaluate the conduct
of police officers when they
use deadly force.
Robert M. Saltzman
West Hollywood
The writer served on
the Los Angeles Police
Commission from 2007-16.
The mayor’s deadline for getting
all homeless people into housing is
a long shot that L.A. needs to take.
eclaring that Los Angeles can
effectively end homelessness
within 10 years was an audacious move by Mayor Eric
Garcetti. “Foolhardy” might be
just as apt a description.
After all, Garcetti has a track record of
setting goals and not achieving them. The
mayor vowed in 2014 to end homelessness
among veterans by the end of 2015, but failed
to do so — even after extending his own
deadline to 2016. (The number went from
2,733 in 2015 down to 1,617 in 2016, then back
up to 2,518 last year.) Before that, when he
was running for mayor in 2013, he vowed to
end chronic homelessness. That population
is the most entrenched and most vulnerable. Obviously, that didn’t happen.
And, not to pile on, but homelessness
isn’t the only issue he has tried unsuccessfully to tackle with a numerical target. He
created the Vision Zero initiative in 2015 to
reduce traffic deaths on city streets by 20%
in 2017 and to zero in 2025. But traffic deaths
went down only 6% in those first two years,
with pedestrian deaths actually going up
more than 80%.
Now, he has tasked himself and his successors with an even bigger lift. According to
the official 2017 point-in-time count, a total
of 34,189 people were homeless in the city, including about 9,000 who spend nights in
shelters. Of the 25,237 unsheltered, Garcetti
says he’s aiming to get half off the streets by
2022, then reach the functional equivalent of
zero homelessness by 2028.
He’s not the first elected leader in the vicinity to announce a deadline for ending
homelessness. In 2003, then-Mayor James
Hahn announced the creation of an illustrious panel of civic and elected leaders to end
homelessness in a decade. In fact, Garcetti,
a council member at the time, was on it. The
next mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, became
part of the panel; Villaraigosa later led his
own efforts to solve homelessness.
So we’ve been this way before.
The L.A. City Council got into the act too,
pledging Tuesday that each member would
back the approval of at least 222 units of
supportive housing for homeless people in
his or her district by July 2020. That’s a more
achievable goal, but it’s still a challenge.
We’re journalists. No one busts deadlines
more than we do. But this deadline of
Garcetti’s is different — it’s about ending a
humanitarian crisis. Failing to meet it will
be costly in every way.
There’s also something galvanizing
about challenging a community to fix its
biggest problem, no matter how difficult.
And we fear for a society where leaders are
unwilling to risk their reputations and political futures to solve a crisis like this one. We
need elected officials with determination
and courage to tackle homelessness. Will
Garcetti be that kind of leader? We hope
that he takes this goal as seriously as we do.
One thing on Garcetti’s side this time
around is the infusion of funding for housing
and services from Proposition HHH and the
county’s Measure H. Another change is that
the city’s residents now realize how severe
and intractable the problem of homelessness is. They simply can’t avoid it — homeless people live in all neighborhoods.
Angelenos need not just to hold Garcetti
and the mayors who come after him to account, but also must become part of the solution themselves. Let’s see housing — both
temporary and permanent — come online
faster, aided by more community support.
Let’s have the mayor report on the city’s
progress every few months. There’s no point
in waiting until 2022 to ask whether
Garcetti’s goal was a pipe dream.
And for Garcetti’s part, he will need to
marshal all his political will and capital for
this issue for as long as he’s still serving.
That means going to neighborhoods and
telling people why they should stop fighting
the proposed housing development for 60
homeless people down the block, why the
development can’t be moved to another
neighborhood, and why the number of residents can’t be dropped to five.
We can have homeless people on our
streets or we can have them in apartment
buildings down the street. Those are the
choices. They are not going to be bused to
the Antelope Valley or Arizona or any other
place Los Angeles residents think would be
better than their own neighborhoods.
The more of us who embrace the goal
Garcetti has laid out, the better chance we’ll
have of reaching it. This movement needs a
leader, but also a city that will follow.
Ending the carnage in Yemen
rown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman, the heir to the throne of
Saudi Arabia, visited Washington
this week and received a rapturous welcome from President
Trump, who gushed about the benefits of
selling more U.S.-made weapons to the
kingdom. But at the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue the focus was on what
Saudi Arabia’s existing military might has
wrought in Yemen: a humanitarian disaster
in which the U.S. has been complicit.
The Senate took up a bipartisan resolution Tuesday that called for the withdrawal
of U.S. military support for the Saudi-led
bombing campaign aimed at Houthi rebels
in Yemen, in which thousands of civilians,
including many children, have been killed
and millions have been displaced. Rather
than approving the measure, however, senators sent it to the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee to be considered as part of an
examination of U.S. military activities
around the world.
Yet even senators who opposed the legislation have expressed concern about the
horrific effects of the Saudi-led campaign,
which the U.S. has assisted by refueling
Saudi fighters and supplying intelligence
and advice — including, the administration
says, recommendations about how to avoid
civilian casualties. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (RTenn.), who led the effort to table the resolution, said that in a meeting with Prince Mohammed, members of Congress “strongly,
strongly pushed back on what is happening
right now in Yemen and asked [the Saudis]
to take strong corrective actions.”
Sadly, there was no comparable public
expression of concern from Trump, though
the White House said that the president and
the Saudi crown prince “discussed additional steps to address the humanitarian
situation and agreed that a political resolution to the conflict is ultimately necessary to
meet the needs of the Yemeni people.”
Trump’s reluctance to criticize Saudi
Arabia publicly isn’t surprising. He sees the
kingdom not only as a customer for “the
finest military equipment anywhere in the
world,” but also as a bulwark against Iran
(which supports the Houthis) and even as a
potential partner in a revived Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Moreover, the administration regards the 32-year-old Mo-
hammed as a modernizer and an opponent
of religious extremism.
Even so, the president should have publicly expressed concerns about the Saudis’
scorched-earth tactics in Yemen, which
have included not only a relentless bombing
campaign, but a blockade of ports imposed
last year after a Houthi missile struck Saudi
Arabia. The blockade, which was eventually
relaxed, made it impossible for food, water
and fuel to come into the country.
Ensuring that Saudi Arabia is more sensitive to the humanitarian consequences of
its campaign isn’t just wise policy; it’s the
law. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act requires the administration to report on the extent to which Saudi Arabia
and its coalition partners are taking steps to
reduce the risk to civilians and facilitate the
flow of aid and goods into Yemen.
To be fair, Trump did issue a statement
in December instructing his administration
to urge the Saudis to allow food, fuel, water
and medicine to reach “the Yemeni people
who desperately need it.” But, amid concerns that food is still not getting through,
he needs to keep up the pressure on Saudi
Arabia, publicly as well as privately, to permanently end the blockade and take affirmative steps to prevent a famine.
The administration also should be using
its leverage with Saudi Arabia to promote
negotiations toward a political settlement in
Yemen in which the Houthis would play
some part in the government while distancing themselves from Iran. After three years,
the Saudi-led military campaign hasn’t succeeded in suppressing the Houthi opposition even as it has inflicted misery on innocent Yemenis. Another approach is overdue.
In opposing the Senate resolution, the
administration insisted that restricting U.S.
support for the Saudis would backfire. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis warned
that cutting off support “could increase civilian casualties, jeopardize cooperation
with our partners on counter-terrorism, and
reduce our influence with the Saudis — all of
which would further exacerbate the situation and humanitarian crisis.”
For now, that view has carried the day.
But if the Trump administration doesn’t
use its influence with Saudi Arabia to help
stop the suffering in Yemen, Congress
should use its power over the federal purse
to send the Saudis a message of its own.
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Michael Whitley
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
VINCENT NEILL stands outside one of his RVs in
an industrial area of Chatsworth last week.
Shooing isn’t serving
Re “Shuttled from curb to curb,” March 18
A United Nations observer recently condemned the
deplorable conditions in which the homeless residents of
Los Angeles live.
These people, despite being city residents, have no
potable water supply, no trash pickup, no bathroom
facilities, no areas to charge cellphones critical to
communication, few options for healthcare and fewer
options (apparently) for police protection. Now those
who take shelter in recreational vehicles are being forced
to move around the city.
Planning only for “housing” for the next decade with
inadequate attention to the current critical needs of
those who “sleep out” or “live on the street” is blatant
neglect of the elderly, the impoverished, the disabled, the
ill, war veterans, children and mothers.
JoEllen Murata
These RV dwellers have
the right idea — carry your
home with you — yet they
get booted from their parking spots time and again by
kick-the-can-down-theroad politicians.
Isn’t it obvious that
land can be found for any
number of RV parks that
would provide utilities,
community rooms, laundry
facilities and cooking
areas? Please don’t put
these people into industrial areas and effectively
out of sight. Instead, there
can be rules for them about
keeping areas neat and
We have an abundance
of design, planning and
social service schools that
need real-world projects
for their students. If we
want to provide a better
environment for homeless
residents, there are many
opportunities to create
them and probably reduce
crime. Take advantage of
the energy of activists to
make a better world.
Glenn Wolf
Cathedral City
Re “No welcome mat for
the homeless in parts of
O.C.,” March 21
Huntington Beach
renter Mark Smith is
quoted as saying: “Finally,
the county is taking action
— doling out this kind of
money. But they must
understand that they can
use this money to go buy
land elsewhere, maybe the
Inland Empire, to relocate
the homeless. We just can’t
lower our housing values
with this population
As a Inland Empire
homeowner of 16 years, I
can say that we have our
own homelessness situation to deal with. Perhaps
Mr. Smith wouldn’t mind if
we shipped all our homeless people to Orange
County because “we just
can’t lower our housing
values with this population
Orange County ought to
deal with its own problems
and not ship them elsewhere just because they
impinge on the residents’
precious lifestyle.
John Zavesky
Facebook is
the problem
Re “Can Facebook users’
reality be distorted?”
March 20
The mining of Facebook
data by Cambridge Analytica for political persuasion
should not be a surprise.
This is exactly what Facebook is designed to do, and
it is the reason that Facebook is able to garner
billions of dollars in advertising revenue.
Why is it perfectly OK
for people’s private lives
and opinions to be exploited for commercial
purposes but not for political purposes? In my view
neither is acceptable, but
only the second is producing an outrage.
Of course, this case is a
little different because the
personal data got into the
hands of a private firm. But
Facebook itself knows
everything about its users,
not just the subset who
downloaded a certain app
and their “friends.” In fact,
Facebook's entire business
model involves mining that
data and selling targeted
ads based on it.
Some commentators
are acting as if Facebook
can be trusted but Cambridge Analytica cannot.
My view is that neither can
be trusted and our outrage
should be much broader.
Larry D’Addario
First the Russians
messed with Facebook,
and now Cambridge Analytica messed with Facebook.
Besides the obvious
conclusion that Facebook
is a menace, the ongoing
narrative that somehow
Donald Trump tricked his
way into the presidency is
sad, boring and pathetic.
Trump won. Get over it
and work on legitimately
countering his positions
instead of trying to invalidate the win or take him
down. It’s taking the concept of a sore loser to an
epic level.
Paul Zimmelman
Marina del Rey
We all have to wake up
to the fact that anything we
write or do online can be
mined by data firms that
exploit the companies we
thought were trustworthy.
Our words and buying
choices can be public and
used to sell advertising,
propaganda, fake news —
whatever. It’s a further
blow to any naive trust we
had in privacy.
Libby Breen
Orcutt, Calif.
Would Lacey
charge any cop?
Hawking wasn’t
‘chained’ by ALS
Re “How erasing a disability can erase a part of identity,” March 17
Jessica Roy’s article on
viewing Stephen Hawking’s disability as a positive
aspect of his life is to be
My mother had a stroke
at the age of 39 that left her
paralyzed along the left
side of her body, making it
necessary for her to use a
cane the rest of her life.
Prior to the stroke she had
been working a mindnumbing assembly line job
at a factory, but after the
stroke she decided to pursue a college degree.
After graduating, she
taught Spanish to high
school students for 25
years, taking groups of students and their families on
European tours. She and
my father took road trips
around the country, and for
their 50th anniversary they
traveled to Ireland.
My mother never saw
herself as “chained” by her
disability, and I often wondered if she would have
remained at the factory job
until retirement if she
hadn’t had a stroke. Thank
you, Ms. Roy, for informing
your readers that a person
with a disability is still a
whole person.
Rosa Cesaretti
South Pasadena
My contracting polio in
1952 caused me to walk
with crutches for 50 years;
later, I transitioned to
I benefited from a number of rehabilitation programs early on that enabled me to adapt to my
physical constraints. This
ultimately led to a rewarding career in our local
aerospace engineering
sector. I grew from entrylevel assignments to take
the lead of teams of everincreasing size and moved
onward to manage substantial projects. I traveled
When I retired, one
person memorably told
me, “I never ever thought of
you on crutches.” It was
gratifying to be recognized
for what I was and not
what I looked like. Today,
as I move around in my
wheelchair, I experience
the same.
Disability is in the eye of
the beholder.
John McElrath
Let’s run
Re “Even the police chief
wanted cop charged,”
March 18
Re “A vote on the L.A.
Marathon,” letters, March
I find it disheartening
that Los Angeles County
Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey
seems utterly unwilling to
prosecute police officers
for using excessive force.
While serving as a police
commissioner, I reviewed
more than 1,000 use-offorce cases. It was only in
this particular case that
the Los Angeles Police
Department chief recommended that the officer be
criminally prosecuted.
Chief Charlie Beck made
that recommendation
because the evidence of
excessive use of force in
that case was overwhelming, including video recordings and testimony of the
partner officer.
If Lacey cannot conclude that prosecution is
appropriate even in a case
I look at the letters from
those finding the annual
L.A. Marathon a meaningless, traffic-gridlocking
exercise, and think with
that logic, why not cancel
Christmas? Traffic around
the malls is jammed for a
solid month, inconveniencing those of us who don’t
celebrate Christmas.
Why only celebrate
practicality and routine,
when the breaks from it are
so much more fun?
Laura Drabkin
North Hollywood
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1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 74511.
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
How to talk to my disabled daughter
By Daniel T. Willingham
’m the father of a child who has a
rare chromosomal disorder, trisomy-18. It affects about one in 5,000
births and leaves children with profound mental and physical disabilities. Life expectancy is harrowingly brief;
some 90% of affected infants don’t see their
first birthday.
There are many reasons why it’s important for people to know about this syndrome — to encourage more research,
advance better policies for families coping
with it, to “raise awareness.” But when I
consider my daughter Esprit, I’m interested in a specific kind of awareness, the
kind that helps people feel comfortable
interacting with her. Medical details and
statistics don’t put anyone at ease around
a severely disabled child. But a parent’s
perspective might.
Chances are, you and your children will
encounter Esprit or a child who is similarly
disabled at a store, or in a park. Your child
will be struck by Esprit’s appearance.
Typical for trisomy-18 kids, her head is
small, her eyelids droop and her ears are
low-set. Add the wheelchair and the braces
on her feet and midsection, and you’ve got
quite a sight. Older children pointedly
refrain from staring (usually with a furtive
peek or two), but younger children gape
uninhibitedly. Embarrassed parents will
try to distract their child, or drag him away,
probably delivering a “don’t stare” lecture
once out of sight. But you can’t blame a
4-year-old for staring at a child who looks
different. His curiosity is natural.
Staring at people feels wrong because
it’s how we respond to an object — a skyscraper, or a waterfall. When we look at
people, we usually send a social signal — a
smile, for example — that acknowledges
their humanity. Staring isn’t staring if
you’re smiling. Or waving. Or if you say hi.
That turns staring into a bid for interaction. So don’t try to stop your little one
from looking at Esprit. It probably won’t
work anyway, and it may be interpreted as
indicating there’s something dreadful or
forbidden about her. Just tell your child to
wave. And don’t worry if he asks an awkward question, like, “Can’t she talk?”
That’s a welcome chance for us to introduce Esprit.
What if you’re planning a social event
and it’s natural to invite a disabled child?
Maybe your daughter wants to host a party
for her swim team, which includes a child
with autism. Or maybe you’ve asked new
neighbors to come to a cookout, and then
you learn they have a child like Esprit. I
started to see the discomfort people feel in
socializing with disabled kids when Esprit
reached 6 months. Until then, my wife was
invited to playdates, where she and another mom drank coffee while the babies gurgled on the floor. The invitations stopped
when the other kids could sit up, something Esprit wouldn’t do for years.
Kids with disabilities want to socialize;
the need to affiliate is deeply human and
present in all of us. Children like Esprit may
not be able to participate exactly as typical
kids do, but who cares? My wife would not
have been indignant if a playdate had
included more babies, so the typical kids
could do typical kid stuff while Esprit
watched. Just ask a disabled child’s parents whether the planned activity will work
for their son or daughter. If an adjustment
is needed we can figure it out together.
In another common situation, you may
witness a problem caused by a child’s disability. For example, my family might leave a
picnic because of Esprit’s sunlight sensitivity. What, if anything, should you say?
Sympathetic acknowledgment of a
nuisance like leaving a picnic early is nor-
mal, as much when the reason is disability
as when it’s a cloudburst. But don’t let
simple sympathy edge toward the tragic.
Our family routinely accommodates
Esprit’s disability, and to us, it’s just the
background noise of life. In the foreground,
Esprit is happy, and we’re happy to have
her around. So don’t make a big deal
out of an annoyance with a portent-filled
comment like, “I don’t know how
you do it.”
In fact, focusing on the commonplace is
a good idea if you’re worried about saying
the wrong thing. Remarking on the daily
practicalities of Esprit’s life won’t make us
blink, but we’d rather you didn’t bring up
the long haul, even with compliments
like, “God only chooses special parents to
have someone like Esprit,” or commiserations like, “Sometimes, it all just seems
so unfair.”
I get it. Esprit can bring to mind bigpicture questions about blind fortune or
the mystery of God’s plan — something
seemingly terrible has been visited upon an
innocent child. But those are the thoughts
you shouldn’t share with us. For parents of
a severely disabled child, the big picture is
dominated by a future cataclysm. For my
wife and me, it’s that, although Esprit has
lived nearly 15 years, we will likely survive
her. For other parents, it’s that their child
will likely survive them. We would rather
consider the big picture at times of our own
In the end, the platitude “we’re all the
same” applies when it comes to interacting
with severely disabled children. They desire the human contact that most of us
take for granted. So increase your awareness, by reaching out to one of them.
he 4 million residents of
drought-stricken Cape Town,
South Africa, have held Day
Zero at bay. Their water-saving
efforts appear to have kept the
city’s taps from running dry just yet. But as
Capetonians breathed a sigh of relief this
month, some Americans I know left their
homes in rural New Mexico, bucket in hand,
to collect water from a nearby livestock
trough. Those dirty two or three gallons
would be all they had for drinking, cooking,
cleaning and bathing that day. For these
Americans, it is always Day Zero.
Water poverty affects nearly 1.6 million
people in the United States, but it remains a
stubbornly invisible crisis. Before widespread solutions can be rolled out, however,
we need to know who exactly is getting by
without the taps and the toilets the rest of
us take for granted. But such granular data
simply doesn’t exist.
Here’s a bit about what is known. Today,
African Americans are twice as likely as
whites to live without modern plumbing. In
majority-black Lowndes County, Ala., for
instance, only 20% of the community is connected to the municipal sewer system. On
the Navajo Nation, where I work, 40% of the
nearly 170,000 residents still haul water
home in bottles or buckets, often at great
expense. Impoverished rural communities
in Appalachia face water-borne diseases at
rates rarely seen in developed nations. Even
here in California more than 1 million people rely on public drinking water systems
that have violated state safety standards,
threatening their health.
These observations, while shocking, are
really just anecdotal.
The most comprehensive data we have
on U.S. water poverty comes from the Cen-
examples were recently outlined by the U.S.
Water Alliance in its national briefing paper, An Equitable Water Future. San Francisco is addressing disparities in water cost
and quality for low-income residents and
using the billions of dollars they’re investing
in system upgrades to create jobs in disadvantaged communities. In California’s Central Valley, the Community Water Center is
organizing residents with poor water quality to give them a voice in policymaking.
This month, my organization, DigDeep, will
finish a project to bring clean water to the
St. Michael’s Assn. for Special Education,
the only special-needs school on the Navajo
Nation. Each of these achievements creates
prosperity, health and joy.
For this work to reach a national scale,
we need more specificity from the census
plumbing data, and a commitment from
state and local governments in affected
areas to examine the root causes of local water poverty. Universities and NGOs can
help by gathering and synthesizing existing
national data and by embedding our own
researchers in affected communities. They
should also convene stakeholders — human
rights organizations, the water sector, the
private sector, philanthropy and affected
communities themselves — to arm them
with knowledge.
Every American needs access to the basics — water, food, shelter — to participate
fully in society. When these conditions are
met, our communities and our economy
thrive. Instead of waiting for the next Cape
Town or California water crisis to wonder,
“Will we still have water tomorrow?” we
should be asking right now, “Who needs water today?”
George McGraw is the founder of Dig
Deep, a nonprofit working to bring clean
running water to every American.
David L. Kirp is a professor of public
policy at UC Berkeley and a senior
scholar at the Learning Policy Institute.
Daniel T. Willingham is a professor in the
psychology department of the University of
Virginia and a father of four children.
Where it’s always Day Zero
sus Bureau, but it is maddeningly unspecific and often inaccurate. The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey tells
us there are about 1.6 million Americans living in housing that lacks “complete plumbing facilities.” That could mean they don’t
have a flush toilet or a bathtub or shower.
But it could also mean they don’t have
piped water at all. Which one is it?
The census data does reveal this much:
The problem is experienced most acutely
by African Americans in the rural South,
Latinos in the rural Southwest, Native
Americans and Alaskan Natives, residents
of deep Appalachia, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers. These are notoriously
hard-to-count populations for the census,
and data on them is often inaccurate. Even
worse, the census’ big number — 1.6 million
— doesn’t include the millions of Americans
who have plumbing but unsafe tap water.
Think of Flint, Mich.
We are seeing only the broadest outline
of the problem. Census data doesn’t tell us
which communities are too remote to be
served by traditional water lines, which are
too poor to afford their own septic systems,
or which live too close to water sources contaminated by agriculture or industry. It
doesn’t tell us how communities cope with
these challenges every day. Most important, census data doesn’t explain why these
communities still don’t have access to water
and sanitation when nearly every other
American does. We need both qualitative
and quantitative information from within
these communities. Without it we can’t
forge the right policy solutions, accelerate
the implementation of essential water projects, or build the public and political will to
end this problem once and for all.
Some important work is already being
done to improve equity in U.S. water access,
despite this lack of data. Some of the finest
By David L. Kirp
alf a century ago, when sociologist James Coleman
was tasked by the U.S. Department of Education with
studying educational inequality, a good school was regarded as
one that featured teachers with advanced degrees, a well-stocked library,
state-of-the-art science labs and the like.
The assumption was that these “inputs”
were key to students’ success. But the
bottom line of the 737-page “Equal Educational Opportunity Survey,” known as
the Coleman Report, was dynamite.
Families mattered most, schools mattered less — and extra resources didn’t
seem to matter much at all.
Battles over whether bigger school
budgets can make a difference have
raged since.
Those who say more money doesn’t
improve education point out that after
five decades of K-12 funding increases, 17year-olds’ reading and math scores on
the National Assessment of Student
Progress, the nation’s report card,
haven’t budged.
When economist Eric Hanushek, at
Stanford University’s Hoover Institution,
reviewed some 400 studies in 1989, he
found “no strong or consistent relationship” between bigger school budgets and
greater student success. The focus on
how much different school districts
spend, in school finance litigation and
legislative deliberation, he added, “appears misguided.” In 2015, the Texas assistant solicitor general made the point
more colorfully, arguing against more
school funding in court: “Money isn’t
pixie dust.”
But the skeptics are asking the wrong
question. The issue isn’t “does money
matter?” but “when does money matter?” and “for which students?” California, in particular, is providing answers.
National data show that careful investments — in initiatives such as highquality preschools and small class size in
elementary school — can pay off. And recent research, using sophisticated statistical tools that weren’t available to
Coleman, conclude that targeting children from low-income families can
change the trajectory of their lives.
In one such study, infusions of dollars
to poor school districts, as a result of
court-ordered reform, led to a 10% increase in the predicted graduation rate
for students from low-income families
and a projected 10% rise in their lifetime
earnings. Other research found that increasing K-12 spending by 10% added a
half-year of schooling and a wage boost of
nearly 10%. “A 22 percent increase in perpupil spending,” the study concluded “is
[estimated to be] large enough to eliminate the education gap between children
from low-income and nonpoor families.”
The relationship between school
budgets and student success is a big-time
issue in California. The landmark Local
Control Funding Formula, established
by the Legislature in 2013, channels extra
dollars to districts based on the number
of students from poor families, English
language learners and foster children
they enroll. And instead of telling districts precisely how to spend this money,
as had been the statewide rule, LCFF lets
them decide for themselves — what
works in Los Angeles won’t always fly in
In a study published last month,
Berkeley public policy school professor
Rucker Johnson and Sean Tanner, a senior researcher at the Learning Policy Institute, confirmed the wisdom of the
LCFF approach. All students, and especially those whom the legislation singles
out for extra help, are benefiting from the
infusion of funds.
Among Johnson and Tanner’s findings: The state’s graduation gap is
shrinking. For every additional $1,000 per
student that a school district received,
6.1% more students from poor families
earned a high school diploma (the overall
graduation rate rose 5.1%). And scores on
California’s achievement tests are up.
The added $1,000 shrank the high school
math achievement gap between poor and
nonpoor students by 37%.
The researchers concluded that in
high-poverty districts, which have received as much as $3,000 per student in
LCFF funding, students should be progressing even faster. What’s more, the
gains for younger students should get
bigger because students still in school
will reap the benefits of having a betterfunded education for a longer period.
Hanushek, the money-improves-educational-outcomes skeptic, hasn’t commented publicly on the latest research,
but he’s not hostile to a targeted strategy
like LCFF. As he told an interviewer in
2016, “What I see as the ideal in many ways
is a system that provides extra resources
to kids that need more resources. So this
would be ELL [English language learner]
kids. Special education kids. Disadvantaged kids in general.”
The new generation of research has
overtaken the findings of the Coleman
Report. How much money schools spend
can make a difference, if, as is the case in
California, it goes to educate the students
who need extra help the most.
Roy Scott Getty Images
By George McGraw
The right
way to
spend on
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
State lacks a legal DUI limit for pot
[DUI, from A1]
level, such as a 0.08% bloodalcohol level, that would
make a person legally too
stoned to drive.
Lt. Rob Sharpe, who
works for the Washington
State Patrol’s impaired driving unit, said he believes establishing a legal limit for
pot is a necessity.
“If I don’t know how
much marijuana I can consume and safely drive, how
can I be held to a standard
that it’s unsafe to drive?” he
Absent a standard, the final decision on whether an
arrested driver was impaired will rest with a judge
or jury.
California, like other
states that have legalized
marijuana, now relies on
drug recognition experts —
police officers trained during a two-week course to
conduct cognitive tests and
notice other physical signs
of drug-related impairment
during a motor vehicle stop
— to make the initial determination that a driver is intoxicated.
Law enforcement officials said they believe these
experts are more than capable of determining impairment, even without an objective standard. In addition
to those experts, the California Highway Patrol has
trained thousands of officers through its Advanced
Roadside Impaired Driving
Enforcement program, according to Sgt. Glen Glaser
of the agency’s impaired
driving unit.
“They do a 12-step examination. It goes from having
the subject perform a field
sobriety test, but we also
evaluate their physical
signs, take their blood pressure several times, take their
pulse,” Glaser said. “It’s a
very thorough exam.”
Glaser said the CHP has
no interest in conducting
sweeping arrests.
“We want them arresting
people who are impaired,”
he said. “Those are the people we want to remove off the
roadways. We don’t want
someone who just has the
presence of THC.”
But cannabis entrepre-
David Brooks San Diego Union-Tribune
SAN DIEGO Police Officer Emilio Rodriguez demonstrates the Dräger DrugTest
5000, a device the agency uses to detect whether a driver recently used marijuana.
‘There’s a lot of
subjectivity on
the officers, and it
puts a lot of
pressure on them,
in that moment,
to determine what
to do without
having any
forensic evidence
to prove it.’
— Lou Shapiro,
defense attorney, on the lack
of standards for marijuana
neur Virgil Grant said that’s
not good enough.
Although he wants to ensure that people don’t get
behind the wheel if they’ve
ingested too much marijua-
na, Grant is concerned that
the lack of an objective intoxication standard could
lead to racial profiling in motor vehicle stops.
“As a black man in America, I think that’s a nobrainer,” Grant said. “If we
left everything up to law enforcement in our community, we would be getting
locked up at even more
alarming rates.”
San Diego police have
been using two Dräger
DrugTest 5000 machines
during DUI checkpoints
since March 2017. Although
the devices can detect the
presence of the psychoactive
compound THC — which
shows if a person has used
marijuana recently — in a
person’s saliva, they cannot
tell if a person is impaired.
The CHP does not have
the devices, and the Los Angeles Police Department is
not currently using them in
the field.
Blood remains the forensic standard to measure in-
toxication in California, but
it can take as long as two
hours after a traffic stop to
get the driver’s blood drawn.
Nearly 70% of the psychoactive THC in a person’s bloodstream might vanish within
an hour, according to Glaser,
and that lag time could
weaken a DUI case.
“The critical time element in any DUI case,
whether marijuana or any
other intoxicant, is the driver’s condition at the time of
driving,” said attorney Darren Kavinoky, whose firm
specializes in defending DUI
cases. “If you’re talking
about a test a couple of
hours later, you have some
inherent difficulties.”
Some cannabis users
may be taking advantage of
this state of flux, he added,
especially because its effects
are less obvious than effects
produced by alcohol.
“They’re more readily
masked through Visine and
breath mints,” Kavinoky
said. “You may not pick up
on it, especially in the case of
In the absence of more
accurate testing, police officers have to make a judgment call to determine if
someone is driving high.
“There’s a lot of subjectivity on the officers, and it
puts a lot of pressure on
them, in that moment, to determine what to do without
having any forensic evidence
to prove it,” said Lou Shapiro, a Los Angeles criminal
defense attorney and member of the National College
for DUI Defense.
It’s also unlikely that a
drug recognition expert can
be present each time an officer is concerned about a
marijuana-impaired driver.
The CHP has increased the
number of courses it offers to
train such officers since the
passage of Proposition 64,
but there are only 1,549
qualified drug recognition
experts across California,
according to CHP records.
As of December 2016,
more than 26 million people
held driver’s licenses in the
state, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Drivers in Washington,
where recreational marijuana became legal in December 2012, are presumed to be
impaired if they have more
than 5 nanograms of THC
per milliliter in their bloodstream.
Statistics show that the
number of fatal crashes involving people with marijuana in their system increased
steadily from 2013 through
2016, although the data do
not clarify whether or not
the person was impaired at
the time of the crash. The
data track people who had
carboxy-THC in their system, which can build up from
repeated use, rather than
psychoactive THC.
Recreational marijuana
became legal in Colorado in
January 2014. The number of
marijuana-related crashes
reported to the Colorado
State Patrol has remained
relatively static since 2014,
records show.
The question of whether
California should establish
an impairment standard
similar to Washington’s has
split marijuana advocates
and attorneys.
Paul Armentano, a California-based deputy director for the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws, believes establishing a hard cap for intoxication would fly in the
face of accepted science.
“Peak drug effects lag behind peak drug blood levels,”
he said. “We don’t have that
with alcohol, fortunately.
Peak blood-alcohol content
corresponds with peak impairment of performance.”
A study published by the
National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration last
year also suggests there is
little correlation between
THC levels and driver impairment.
Shapiro believes the lack
of a uniform standard could
open the door for unnecessary arrests and fear-driven
plea deals. In Los Angeles,
Shapiro said, he has seen a
number of clients arrested
on suspicion of impaired
driving this year who almost
immediately pleaded guilty
to a lesser crime for fear of an
effect on their license.
“You never know what a
jury is going to do,” he said.
“They actually end up suffering a criminal conviction. It’s
not a DUI, but it does affect
their public record, and they
are put on probation. The
status quo is really unacceptable, and it’s unfair to
the average recreational
user…. The state has to come
up with some kind of law
and/or technology to clear
up all this ambiguity.”
Calaveras County Sheriff
Rick DiBasilio said California should have had a system in place before legalizing recreational marijuana.
“We can say the person
crossed the double yellow
line or he was lethargic or
failed the field sobriety test,
but it falls on the court to decide if the officer did their job
correctly,” he said. “We’re
back to the proverbial cart
before the horse.”
T H U R S D A Y , M A R C H 2 2 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L I F O R N I A
race becomes
battle for
second spot
Republican John Cox
bumps Villaraigosa
into third in the field
for top-two primary,
latest poll shows.
By Phil Willon
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
IN SANTA BARBARA, Loreen Zakem walks her dog near homes destroyed in the January mudslides.
Storm is weaker
than feared, so far
Damage is limited, but the worst may be on the way
By Alene Tchekmedyian,
Melissa Etehad
and Ruben Vives
MONTECITO, Calif. — A powerful
storm moved into Southern California
on Wednesday, drenching fire-ravaged neighborhoods and setting several new rainfall records for the day
but so far not causing the damage and
destruction that some officials feared.
The storm marked a direct hit by
an “atmospheric river” system but has
proved to be less powerful than forecasters initially predicted. Still, they
warned that the heaviest downpour is
yet to come on Thursday and urged
residents to stay vigilant.
“We want to get the word out that,
yeah, there’s still a danger,” said Joe
Sirard, a meteorologist with the Na-
tional Weather Service in Oxnard.
“People still need to be aware that we
could get some mud and debris flows
out of this thing.”
A flash-flood warning remained in
effect for recent burn areas despite
scaled-back total rainfall projections.
Forecasters are now expecting 2 to 4
inches of rain on the coasts and in the
valleys of Santa Barbara and western
Ventura counties, and 4 to 8 inches in
the foothills and mountains across the
region, Sirard said.
The heaviest rainfall is expected
Thursday morning, when there’s a
slight chance of thunderstorms over
charred mountains that could drop up
to an inch of rain an hour, the weather
service said.
In Los Angeles County and eastern
Ventura County, the storm is expected
to dump 1 to 2 inches of rain on the
coasts and in the valleys, and 3 to 5
inches in the mountains, Sirard said.
Officials said several areas set new
rainfall records for the date, including
Oxnard, Santa Barbara and Palmdale.
Evacuation orders were still in effect for thousands of residents in
Santa Barbara County. Among them
was Mike Wyran, who was staying at a
downtown Santa Barbara hotel
Wednesday evening with his wife,
daughter and dog.
During the deadly January storm,
the family didn’t evacuate and were
stuck in their Montecito home for
days. Since then, they’ve taken evacuation warnings seriously and are
pleased that officials have been communicative.
“It’s given us time to find a hotel
[See Rain, B6]
The Times sues
L.A. County for
records access
Suit accuses officials
of routinely violating
transparency laws
with ‘baseless denials.’
hope in
new era
By Jack Dolan
in sacramento
After 168 years
of statehood,
the California
Senate finally
agreed to be
led by a woman.
But, after all, women
have only been allowed to
vote in California for 107
“It’s the first time — and
it’s about time,” Sen. Toni
Atkins (D-San Diego) told
legislators and VIP guests
after being sworn in
Wednesday as the new
leader by California
Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
Atkins, 55, also became
the first legislator who has
come out as gay to be
elected Senate president
pro tem.
“We must ensure that
every person living in California — no matter how they
look, who they love or where
their parents were born —
[See Skelton, B4]
SACRAMENTO — Republican businessman John
Cox has nudged ahead of
former Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa for second place in California’s race
for governor, while Lt. Gov.
Gavin Newsom has shored
up his front-runner status
among voters, according to a
new poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of
The survey released
Wednesday night also found
that Sen. Dianne Feinstein
continues to hold a sizable
lead in her reelection bid
over fellow Democrat and
former state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León
of Los Angeles.
With the June 5 primary
approaching, Cox’s rising
fortunes in the governor’s
race should be well received
by Newsom — facing a Republican in the November
election will likely increase
his odds for victory. No Republican has been elected to
statewide office in California
since 2006, and Democrats
currently hold an edge of
nearly 20 percentage points
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
NEW STATE Senate leader Toni Atkins, a Democrat, is the first legislator to
have held the top leadership posts in California’s Senate and Assembly since 1871.
Turning ire into action
Toni Atkins drew on
anger to govern amid
rise in state politics.
By John Myers
SAN DIEGO — The story
that Toni Atkins tells feels
less like anecdote than allegory, a glimpse of how as a
legislator she confronts the
problems of California using
life lessons imported from
her childhood in the moun-
tains of southwestern Virginia.
During a weekday morning visit to a San Diego seniors center, Atkins praises
the volunteers at a vision
clinic offering free eye exams
and glasses. After all, she
knows a little something
about being too poor to buy
a pair of glasses.
By age 7, she was struggling to read and assigned to
summer school after the second grade. It turned out the
problem was her eyesight,
undiagnosed because her
family had no health insurance. The local Lions Club
stepped in to give Atkins a
pair of glasses.
“When I put on those
glasses,” she tells the volunteers, “the first thing I did
was I looked at the ground. I
looked down and I saw for
the first time how green the
grass was. I just couldn’t believe it!”
Politicians routinely use
their biography as a talking
point. Less common is an
elected official who uses it as
[See Atkins, B4]
over the GOP in voter registration.
With Newsom’s comfortable lead in the polls and
fundraising, the governor’s
race now appears to be a
contest for second place —
sufficient to advance to the
general election under California’s top-two primary system. Predicting which candidates will make the cut is
another matter. A quarter of
likely voters in the state remain undecided, making the
race extremely volatile,
PPIC President Mark Baldassare said.
According to the poll,
Newsom leads the field with
28% support among likely
voters. Cox was favored by
14% and Villaraigosa, a Democrat, by 12%, a narrow difference within the margin of
error. Among the remaining
candidates included in
the poll, Assemblyman
Travis Allen (R-Huntington
Beach) was supported by
10% of likely voters, state
Treasurer John Chiang was
favored by 6% and former
state schools chief Delaine
Eastin by 5%. Chiang and
Eastin are Democrats.
Renteria, a top advisor to
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, jumped
into the race in February
and was not included in the
Cox, a wealthy Rancho
Santa Fe attorney and accountant, has poured $4 mil[See Poll, B5]
The Los Angeles Times
has sued L.A. County, accusing it of repeatedly and routinely flouting laws designed
to ensure government transparency.
Over the last year alone,
county officials have refused
to release information about
the status of homicide investigations, allegations of sexual misconduct against
prosecutors and even mundane information such as
email addresses for Sheriff ’s
Department employees, the
lawsuit says.
County officials also ignored a request for copies of
two instruction manuals
coaching employees on how
to respond to such requests,
according to the lawsuit.
One of the manuals is titled
“California Public Records
Act ‘Emergency Kit’ for
County Counsel.”
The California Public Records Act, like similar laws
around the nation, was designed to ensure voters and
taxpayers can quickly access the volumes of docu-
Teacher fired
over military
rant in class
Video of Pico Rivera
councilman calling
service members the
‘lowest of our low’
sparked outrage. B3
ments and data generated
by public employees every
With limited exceptions,
such laws make information
such as city contracts with
vendors, local government
payrolls and the written correspondences of public officials open to inspection. The
idea is to ensure transparency, but there is a constant
tension between the public’s
right to know and government officials’ desire to
avoid embarrassment, or
“It used to be much more
common” for news outlets to
sue to force compliance with
the laws, said Peter Scheer, a
board member of the First
which advocates for open
Budget constraints, he
noted, have left many media
companies reluctant to take
on the expense of a potentially lengthy court fight.
“The largest organizations will still do it, thank
goodness,” Scheer said.
In the suit filed Tuesday,
Times attorneys Jeff Glasser
and Kelly Aviles accused
county officials of issuing
“baseless denials” of requests over the years and attempting to charge “exorbitant fees” when the newspaper requested informa[See Records, B6]
The Ventures’
guitarist, 82, dies
Nokie Edwards and his
band rattled off a series
of surf-rock hits,
including the “Hawaii
Five-O” theme. B5
Lottery ......................... B3
T HU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Comprehensive look at abortion care
abortions, the rate rose to 11
per 1,000 births.
But the scientists did not
find substance in claims
that having an abortion
raised the risk of breast
cancer, mental health disorders and other issues.
Legal abortions in the
United States are so safe
and effective that the vast
majority of them can be
performed in office-based
settings, according to a new
consensus report from the
National Academies of
Sciences, Engineering and
Medicine. But not all women have timely access to
them, largely because of
restrictive state policies.
The roughly 200-page
report on the safety and
quality of abortion care
could provide guidance to
policymakers and medical
practitioners looking for
ways to best serve patients’
Here’s what you need to
know about its findings.
Most abortions are performed very early.
There are four kinds of
8 Medication, also known
as the “abortion pill,” involves a timed combination
of mifepristone and misoprostol to induce contractions, and can be used up to
10 weeks’ gestation.
8 Aspiration uses a syringe or electronic device
attached to a tube to vacuum out the uterus’ contents,
and can be performed up to
14 to 16 weeks.
8 Dilation and evacuation involve dilating the
cervix and then using suction or forceps to empty the
uterus, and is typically used
starting around 14 weeks.
8 Induction requires
medication to induce labor
and delivery, and is used in
later pregnancies.
Late abortions are very
rare, though, the study
found. The vast majority of
abortions — 90% — took
place by 12 weeks’ gestation
in 2014. The number of very
early abortions (six weeks
or sooner) has been on the
rise, making up 38% of early
abortions in 2013. As medication abortions become
more widespread, the researchers say, that share is
expected to grow.
Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times
TWENTY-FIVE states have five or fewer abortion clinics, and five states have
only one. Restrictions on abortion can compromise quality of care, experts say.
Abortions are on the decline. Here’s who’s still
getting them.
The abortion rate fell by
more than half between 1980
and 2014, from 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women to 14.6
per 1,000 women. The researchers did not analyze
why but pointed out some of
the usual suspects for this
drop: the rise in contraceptive use, declines in unintended pregnancy rates and
an increase in state regulations on abortion.
Women seeking an
abortion in 2014 were more
likely to be younger than 30
(72%), unmarried (86%) and
poor or low-income (75%),
the review found. They were
also more likely to be women of color (61%), primarily
black and Latino.
Abortions generally don’t
need to be performed at a
hospital and don’t always
need a doctor to be
In 2014, the vast majority
of abortions were performed in office settings.
About 59% were performed
at an abortion clinic, 36% at
a clinic offering a range of
medical services and 5% at a
Trained physicians
aren’t the only medical
professionals who can provide abortions, the study
authors found. Certified
nurse midwives, nurse
practitioners and physician
assistants can provide
medication and aspiration
Abortions are very safe.
As a rule, the earlier the
abortion takes place, the
safer it is for the woman.
That said, thanks in part
to decades of medical advancement, the chances of
complications from an
abortion at any stage are
very small, the researchers
“I think people often
highlight later-stage issues,
when in fact the vast major-
ity of abortions are early in
pregnancy and overwhelmingly very, very safe,” Helene
Gayle of the Chicago Community Trust, who was a
co-chair of the committee
that wrote the report, said
at a news briefing Friday.
For women who decide
to give birth after having
had two or more abortions,
there was some increased
risk of a preterm birth before 28 weeks. For women
with no abortion history, the
rate of such preterm births
was 3 per 1,000 births. For
women who’d had two abortions, the rate rose to 6 per
1,000 births and for women
who had had three or more
Not everyone has equal
access to abortion care.
Legal abortions are safe
and effective. That doesn’t
mean everyone who wants
one can get one. That’s
partly because the number
of abortion clinics fell to 272
in 2014, down 17% from 2011.
In 2014, 39% of women of
reproductive age lived in a
county without an abortion
provider. Twenty-five states
have five or fewer abortion
clinics, and five states have
only one. This means that
about 17% of women have
to travel more than 50 miles
to have a safe, legal abortion.
That’s not to mention
that many states regulate
where, when and how abortions can take place, and
who can perform them. The
researchers list several
restrictions, among them:
8 Requiring office-based
clinics to meet hospital-level
structural standards, even
for simple procedures.
8 Prohibiting the abortion method that is most
effective for a particular
8 Instituting mandatory
waiting periods that needlessly delay care from a
clinical standpoint.
8 Prohibiting qualified
clinicians (such as nurse
practitioners) from performing abortions.
8 Requiring the informed-consent process to
include inaccurate statements on abortion’s longterm physical and mental
health effects.
8 Barring publicly funded
clinics from providing abortion care to low-income
8 Mandating clinically
unnecessary services (for
example, pre-abortion
ultrasounds or in-person
counseling visits).
“The regulations may
limit the number of available providers, misinform
women of the risks of the
procedures they are considering, overrule women’s and
clinician’s medical decisionmaking, or require medically unnecessary services
and delays in care,” the
study authors wrote.
The upshot
The earlier in pregnancy
an abortion is performed,
the safer it is. From that
viewpoint, medically unnecessary delays don’t do a
patient any favors, the
researchers said.
“I think it was really
striking that so many of the
regulations really have an
effect of potentially compromising quality for women,”
Alina Salganicoff of the
Kaiser Family Foundation,
a member of the committee
that wrote the report, said
at the briefing. “I don’t think
that’s the intention of the
regulations, but that is the
impact in many cases.”
The committee members
in their report said they
refrained from making
policy recommendations
themselves. But they added
in the briefing that they
hoped policymakers and
medical practitioners would
take these comprehensive
findings into account.
Twitter: @aminawrite
Catch a cold on a flight?
Don’t blame a passenger
If you’re the type of traveler who worries about
catching the flu or another
dreaded disease from a
fellow airline passenger, a
new study should put your
mind at ease.
If a plane takes off with
one infected flier, it is likely
to land on the other side of
the country with only 1.7
infected fliers, researchers
What you really need to
watch out for is a flight
attendant with a cough or
runny nose. A single attendant can infect 4.6 passengers during a transcontinental flight.
A group that dubbed
itself the FlyHealthy Research Team came to these
conclusions after flying
back and forth from Atlanta
to the West Coast on 10
flights and paying extremely close attention to
the movements in the economy-class portion of the
Ten researchers boarded
each flight and spaced
themselves in pairs five to
seven rows apart, sitting in
seats on opposite sides of
the aisle. From these prime
vantage points, they took
copious notes on who went
where. Then they recorded
each step in an iPad app.
Over the course of the 10
flights — which lasted between 3 hours 31 minutes
and 5 hours 13 minutes —
several patterns emerged:
8 Passengers seated
along the aisle were much
more likely to move about
the cabin than passengers
seated next to a window.
Overall, 57% of those in
window seats stayed put for
their entire flight, compared
with 48% of those in middle
seats and 20% of those in
aisle seats.
8 There were two main
reasons for people to get up
during the flight — to go to
the lavatory or to access the
overhead bin.
8 Among all 1,296 passengers on all 10 flights, 84%
had “close contact” with
another passenger seated
about a yard away. The
typical number of such
contacts was 44, and they
tended to last for 24 seconds. For most travelers,
these encounters added up
to between 18 and 98 minutes, with a median time of
47 minutes.
8 Crew members typically spent 67 minutes —
about one-third of their
flight time — “in contact
with passengers,” the researchers wrote. However,
their total amount of contact with passengers added
up to 1,149 “person-minutes”
on a typical flight, compared with only 206 minutes
of contact with fellow crew
The researchers used all
this data to simulate what
would happen if a passenger
in seat 14C (an aisle seat)
were sick. To be conservative, they used an transmission rate that was four times
higher than a real-life example from 1977, when 54 passengers and crew were
forced to sit on the tarmac
for 4.5 hours and 38 of them
became sick with an influenza-like illness as a result.
Even under these circumstances, the odds that a
single passenger would
start an outbreak were
extremely low.
For the 11 closest passengers — those seated in
rows 13, 14 or 15, in seats A
through D — the odds of
being infected were “high,”
the researchers wrote. But
for everyone else on the
plane, the odds of being
sickened by the person
seated in 14C were less than
For the plane as whole,
the simulations showed
that on average, only 0.7
additional passengers
would become sick over the
course of the cross-country
The researchers repeated their work with
simulations that placed sick
passengers in other seats. In
the worst-case scenario,
only two people became
infected as a result of their
in-flight exposure to another passenger.
A sick flight attendant
was another story, however.
Since these crew members move all around the
cabin and get close to so
many passengers, they have
much more opportunity to
spread disease-causing
germs. The researchers
calculated that one sick
crew member would infect
4.6 passengers, on average,
even though these simulations used a lower transmission rate.
“A crew member is not
likely to come to work while
being extremely sick,” the
researchers explained. “If
she or he came to work, she
or he would be more likely to
take medication to reduce
or eliminate coughing.”
That may seem like
wishful thinking, but tests of
airplane germiness revealed
the cabins were so clean
that they were unlikely to
have been serviced by sick
Over the 10 flights, the
researchers took 229 samples of cabin air and swabs
of surfaces like tray tables,
seat-belt buckles and lavatory door handles. None of
those samples contained
genetic evidence for any of
18 common respiratory
viruses — a striking finding
considering that eight of the
flights occurred during flu
The researchers cautioned that their results
could be applied only to
transcontinental flights on
planes with a single aisle
and three seats on either
side. (All of the planes in
this study were Boeing 757s
or 737s.)
Passengers would likely
behave differently on shorter-hop flights or on longerhaul flights from one continent to another. That would
affect the disease transmission dynamics in the cabin,
as would other cabin configurations with more aisles
(and thus fewer seats that
are far from an aisle).
The FlyHealthy team
also noted that its simulations included only transmission by droplet — cases
of germs spreading via
cough or sneeze, for instance.
Researchers did not try
to model the transmission
of “virus-laden particles,”
which can travel further and
linger longer.
Even the most powerful
supercomputers have trouble performing the calculations necessary to take
these into account, the team
The study was published
Monday in the Proceedings
of the National Academy of
The work was funded in
part by Boeing, and one of
the researchers was a Boeing employee. Most of the
more than two dozen members of the FlyHealthy Research Group were based in
Atlanta at Emory University
or Georgia Tech.
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
trial in
of boy
A man will not be
retried in the 2002
death of his 2-year-old
stepson, Jahi Turner,
San Diego judge rules.
By Pauline Repard
Chris Pizzello Associated Press
GREGORY SALCIDO, a teacher and Pico Rivera councilman, addresses calls for his resignation at a City Council meeting last month.
Teacher fired over military rant
His comments calling
service members the
‘lowest of our low’
were caught on video,
sparking outrage.
By Alene
A Pico Rivera teacher
whose anti-military rant
was caught on video and
condemnation has been terminated from his post, the
school board president said.
El Rancho Unified School
District voted unanimously
Tuesday evening to fire
taught history at his alma
mater El Rancho High
School, said Board of Education President Aurora Villon. He has 30 days to appeal
the decision.
Villon said students
should feel respected on
campus, and in this case, she
felt “that was not happening.”
“The classroom should
never be a place where students feel that they are
picked at, bullied, intimidated,” she said.
Salcido, who also serves
on the Pico Rivera City
Council, did not immediately respond to a request
for comment.
During the Jan. 26 diatribe, Salcido called members of the military the “lowest of our low.”
“We’ve got a bunch of
dumb … over there,” Salcido
says in the recording, using
an expletive. “Think about
the people who you know
who are over there — your
freaking stupid Uncle Louie
or whatever — they’re
dumb…. They’re not like
high-level thinkers, they’re
they’re not intellectual people. They’re the freaking
lowest of our low.”
Salcido’s rant appears to
have been in reaction to a
student wearing a Marines
The controversy thrust
the small, working-class city
in southeast Los Angeles
County into the national
limelight, even catching the
attention of White House
Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, a
retired Marine general who
lost his son in combat. Kelly
said Salcido “ought to go to
Villon said the school
board received thousands of
emails, including from veterans and relatives of veterans
from all over the world who
were offended by Salcido’s
A town hall meeting at
the high school’s gymnasium about a month ago
drew about 500 people, she
“His comments do not reflect what we stand for, who
we are,” Villon said.
At a City Council meeting
in February during which his
peers called on him to resign,
Salcido said that since the
videos became public, people have threatened to kill
him, rape his wife and leave
his son an orphan.
He apologized, but also
reiterated, more diplomatically, what he said in the
classroom: that he thinks
students with lower academic standing typically
end up in the military.
“I don’t think it’s all a revelation to anybody that
those who aren’t stellar students usually find the military a better option.... That’s
not a criticism of anybody.
Anything I said had nothing
to do with their moral character,” he said.
He told reporters during
a break in the meeting that
“this is probably the most
exaggerated situation I’ve
ever seen.”
“I do believe the military
is not the best option for my
students,” he said. “That
does not mean I’m anti-military, because I’m not.”
That night, dozens of
people took the lectern to
criticize Salcido’s remarks,
often sharing their own military histories. A couple of
speakers came to Salcido’s
“You taught me that I
could be the best that I could
be in school and in life without having to risk my life or
to pursue what I thought
was my only option,” said
Jeovany Zavala, a former
student. “You taught me
more than that and I’d like to
thank you. I know I might
stand alone in that decision
Twitter: @AleneTchek
2 named to lead Cal State campuses
Trustees appoint
Lynnette Zelezny
for Bakersfield and
Thomas Parham for
Dominguez Hills sites.
By Joy Resmovits
When administrators invited Lynnette Zelezny, a
budding psychology lecturer
at Cal State Fresno, to apply
for a tenure-track job, she
was excited — but there was
a catch.
She didn’t have her doctorate yet, and tenure-track
jobs required one. She was
also a mother of three, and at
the time, she said, there were
no doctoral psychology programs in the Central Valley.
“I had to make a decision:
Did I want to move forward
and leave the Central Valley?” she said. “Was I willing
to take a risk with three
young children?”
She went to Claremont
Graduate University, where
she took classes and managed a research lab while her
husband, a lawyer, took care
of the kids. Every week, she
returned to Fresno by 2 a.m.
on Fridays so she could be
there when her kids woke up.
Her youngest son got so
used to watching his mother
studying at the kitchen table, she said, that he later
studied, too — because
that’s what he thought his
family did. He ended up becoming valedictorian of his
high school.
Zelezny, 61, has been appointed Cal State Bakersfield’s first female president,
and she hopes her story will
Cal State Fresno / UC Irvine
LYNNETTE ZELEZNY is currently provost and vice president for academic
affairs at Cal State Fresno. Thomas Parham is a vice chancellor of student affairs
at UC Irvine. Both will start their campus presidencies in June.
inspire her students. “My
journey has been a unique
one, full of challenges as
well,” she said. “That is a
story that’s important to
share, particularly with
women, who will be working
toward their own leadership
With her appointment,
announced Wednesday at
the Cal State trustees’ meeting in Long Beach, more
than half of Cal State system’s campuses now are led
by women.
Zelezny has been at Cal
State Fresno since 1988. She
currently serves as its provost and vice president for
academic affairs. In addition
to her doctorate in applied
social psychology, she also
has an MBA.
At Bakersfield, she said,
she will focus on boosting
graduation rates and aligning the school’s offerings
with local workforce demands. She sees opportunities related to water, agriculture, food transportation
and energy.
The trustees also appointed Thomas Parham,
63, a vice chancellor of student affairs at UC Irvine, to
serve as president of Cal
State Dominguez Hills.
They will start in June
and receive the same pay as
their predecessors: $324,029
for Parham, $313,044 for
Parham said he too, once
broke new ground — as the
first black academic in psychology hired at the University of Pennsylvania. After that, he was hired by
UC Irvine, where he spent
more than 30 years working
as an administrator and adjunct faculty member. He
earned his doctorate in
counseling psychology and
is licensed to practice in California.
Parham said he wants to
make Cal State Dominguez
Hills a “destination campus”
and plans to spend his first
100 days in conversation
with the campus community.
He sees himself as an “orchestra leader, an inspirational visionary leader to
help create a collective harmonious sound that a university collectively will produce.”
Parham grew up in L.A.
and says his new job will feel
like a homecoming.
“I’m a product of a singleparent family, where my
mama and my father separated when I was about 3,”
Parham said. “I had a mom
who raised four kids by herself, Sadie Parham. She never earned more than $18,000
a year ... but still produced
two kids with PhDs, a third
college-educated, nobody on
drugs, nobody in jail, nobody
in a gang.”
The school he will lead
was originally named South
Bay State College. An early
location was in Rolling Hills
Estates on the Palos Verdes
Peninsula. But after the 1965
Watts riots, then-Gov. Pat
Brown picked the Dominguez Hills site in Carson to
try to bring opportunity to
devastated nearby neighborhoods.
“My background is important because I am those
students in the community.
The only difference between
me and the residents is I’ve
been on the planet a little
longer,” Parham said. “I’ve
been blessed with enormous
opportunity. I want to provide them with the same opportunity and mentoring
and guidance and support
to help them realize the true
promise of their possibility.”
Twitter: @Joy_Resmovits
SAN DIEGO — Prosecutors cannot try Tieray
Jones a second time on a
charge of murdering his
stepson, Jahi Turner, a San
Diego County Superior
Court judge ruled Wednesday.
The judge said there is little likelihood that new evidence or new witnesses
could be found that would
persuade 12 jurors to convict
“It saddens me to my core
to say this,” Judge Joan Weber said. “I would want nothing more than a definitive
answer to what happened to
[Jahi] that week of 2002.”
A jury last week deadlocked on convicting Jones,
and Weber declared a
Deputy Dist. Atty. Nicole
Rooney said after the ruling
that she is disappointed —
and that Jahi’s mother,
Tameka Jones, “is devastated.”
Jones, who lives in Maryland, was linked to the court
proceeding by Skype and listened in as Weber issued her
Tieray Jones, now 39, was
arrested in 2015 and has remained in custody since.
Rooney said he probably
would be released from
county jail within a few
Prosecutors said Jones
killed Jahi or let him die of
some unknown accidental
injury, then disposed of the
2-year-old’s body, which has
never been found.
Jones called 911 the afternoon of April 25, 2002, and
told San Diego police he’d
taken the toddler to a playground a mile from their
Golden Hill apartment and
left him playing with some
other children. After going
to buy a soda, he said he returned and the children
were gone.
Repard writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune
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THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Translating from ‘heart into policy’
[Atkins, from B1]
a guiding principle when it
comes time to govern.
“She translates it from
the heart into policy,” said
Paul Downey, chief executive of Serving Seniors, the
nonprofit that hosted the vision clinic. “She’s able to relate and translate her experiences into something that
is meaningful. And that’s
Rare, too, is the accomplishment Atkins achieved
Wednesday: taking the oath
as president pro tempore of
the California Senate two
years after serving as
speaker of the Assembly.
She’s the first legislator to
hold both leadership posts
since 1871. Atkins, 55, is making history, too, as the first
woman and the first openly
gay lawmaker to lead the upper house in Sacramento.
“From where I came
from, to now be able to set
the agenda and make sure
that it includes a broader
group of people, that’s really
important,” Atkins told The
That the Democrat has
twice found her way to the
top of the state’s legislative
leadership is a reflection, say
those close to Atkins, of her
skills in building a team and
the self-confidence she displays in tackling challenges
“It is a strength that allows others to trust you and
to follow you,” said Susan
Bonilla, who served alongside Atkins for six years in
the Assembly. “Trust is not a
common word that you hear
in political circles.”
Atkins believes she was
destined to live the California dream. Her father,
James, was an Appalachian
miner who’d been stationed
in San Diego during World
War II. The family was often
entertained with stories
about the “sleepy little town”
on the Southern California
Atkins arrived in 1985, a
year after graduating from
college. Her twin sister and
brother-in-law were both in
the Navy, and his deployment left a void in helping
care for a newborn child.
“Other people create fiveand 10-year plans,” she said.
“I didn’t do that. I went
where my heart took me.”
As she looked for work,
Atkins sought ways to
“channel the anger” left from
the poverty of life in the
mountain burg of Max
Meadows, Va. As a child,
Atkins says, being poor left
her with a deep sense of
“I felt like it must be our
fault, but my parents
worked harder than anyone
I ever met,” she says. “When I
went to college, I was angry.”
A favored professor encouraged Atkins to turn the
anger into action. In San Diego, she took a job as director of a local women’s health
clinic, inspired to protect
Photographs by Allen
J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
AS SENATE leader, Toni Atkins says she can help keep work focused on practical effects of policy dilemmas.
ATKINS finds inspiration in the stories of people and their struggles. Above, she
visits a vision clinic offering free eye exams and glasses to San Diego seniors.
women as angry protesters
lined the streets. The ensuing battles took a toll, and
she took respite in a job
working for one of the city’s
LGBTQ leaders, Christine
When Kehoe was elected
to the City Council, Atkins
joined her staff. She won a
seat on the council herself in
2000 when Kehoe was
elected to the Assembly.
While there, Atkins championed San Diego’s “living
wage” ordinance and briefly
served as mayor during the
city’s 2005 public employee
pension crisis.
An interest in affordable
housing — apropos for
someone whose early childhood was in a home with no
indoor plumbing — became
a signature issue when
Atkins was elected to the Assembly in 2010. Last year, her
bill to help pay for lowincome housing through a
$75 fee on real estate transactions became law.
Few California communities are as ideologically integrated as San Diego, a blend
of viewpoints offering valuable lessons for Atkins as
she won the Assembly
speakership in 2014. As
leader, she fought for a new
state tax credit for the working poor and pushed back
against planned tuition
hikes at the University of
Term limits, a maximum
of six years in the Assembly
when she was elected,
placed an expiration date on
Atkins’ leadership from the
moment she was handed the
gavel. And few Democrats,
especially those elected
under more-generous term
limits enacted in 2012, had
interest in falling in line behind a short-term leader.
Less than 17 months later, a
successor was chosen as
Atkins turned her attention
to a race for the state Senate
— and a district that
stretches from Coronado
north to Solana Beach.
There, she joined a handful of Democrats with a shot
at succeeding termed-out
Senate President Pro Tem
Kevin de León. The private
politicking for the job came
as Atkins also was lobbying
colleagues on her housing
proposal and a particularly
thorny bill she co-wrote — an
effort to create a single-payer healthcare system.
The measure was sidelined last year for additional
review because it didn’t fully
identify a source for the
The still hot embers of
that firestorm will test
Atkins’ new leadership of
the Senate. The bill has become a shorthand for the
internal battles in state
Democratic politics, with
leading statewide candidates and party activists
still arguing whether to embrace the plan or start over.
Atkins says she’s committed
to continuing the conversation.
“Yes, I could have
strained relationships,” she
concedes. “But I think people realize my intent was
pure, not political.”
She will need to mend
some of those relationships
as Senate leader, formally
given the title of president
pro tempore — “for the time
being” in Latin, a nod to the
fact that California’s lieutenant governor is the permanent president of the Senate. She will oversee a workforce of close to 1,000 people
while also advocating for her
Democratic caucus. That includes an effort in June to
stave off the recall of Orange
County state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton).
Atkins wins praise for not
only listening to opposing
viewpoints but also for bearing witness to the effects —
good and bad — of decisions
made in Sacramento.
“I want to be a bridge
builder,” she tells a group of
eight small-business owners
gathered in a downtown San
Diego conference room on a
recent afternoon.
The business owners pull
no punches in laying out
their frustrations: confusing
details on the state’s relatively new paid sick leave
law, the high cost of workers’
compensation, their worries
about the effects of a broad
tax overhaul plan kicking
around at the state Capitol.
Atkins takes notes throughout the conversation, promising to dig deeper into even
the grievances rooted in local regulations.
As Senate leader, Atkins
believes she can help keep
the work in Sacramento focused on the practical effects of public policy dilemmas.
“As hard as it was as
speaker, the one thing that
resonated with me was that I
get to be at the table,” she
says. “It has a bigger impact.”
One task demanding action will be how the Legislature should respond to troubling reports about sexual
misconduct by lawmakers
and staff. Some of the past
incidents that have been
disclosed happened on her
watch as leader of the Assembly.
Atkins used her first
speech as leader Wednesday
to make a direct promise to
change the culture of the
statehouse when it comes to
workplace behavior. She
said lawmakers must hold
themselves to a higher
Whether Atkins feels
unique pressure about becoming the Senate leader is
unclear. She says the job of
governing in any role has always weighed heavily.
Few would know it if they
could see her stroll through
San Diego’s South Park
neighborhood. Atkins and
her spouse, Jennifer LaSar,
are often on the other end of
the leash walking their dogs,
Haley and Joey.
switches gears from politics
to what she loves about
South Park: the little bistro
with great coffee, the dive
bar with Hank Williams Jr.
on the jukebox.
Bonilla, the former legislator who became one of
Atkins’ closest colleagues in
Sacramento, said it’s the secret to her political success.
“She brings a lot of
warmth and hospitality to
people around her. You feel
welcomed,” Bonilla said.
“That’s an important trait in
a leader.”
So, too, is inspiration. For
Atkins, it’s found in the stories of people and their
struggles. At the mobile vision clinic, she says she
learned something when an
optometrist mentioned how
blurry vision can sometimes
lead to a diagnosis of diabetes — information that she
may use to help buttress her
support for a holistic approach to revamping healthcare.
“You pick up a gem here
or there that you can make
count,” Atkins says as she
walks out of an eye-exam
room. “That’s what’s cool
about this job.”
State Senate and new leader make history
[Skelton, from B1]
can climb life’s ladder, live
out loud and be whoever
they want to be without
being demeaned, downsized
or discriminated against,”
she said.
There was a time not so
long ago when LGBTQ
politicians felt compelled to
hide who they were, fearing
voter rejection. A halfcentury ago, new Gov. Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff
was forced to resign when
colleagues learned he was
gay and engineered a coup.
In the 1990s, the Assembly
engaged in a few torturous,
embarrassing debates over
gay rights, some of the rhetoric unprintable.
But by 2014, cultural
attitudes had shifted dramatically. Atkins was
elected Assembly speaker
and walked down the chamber’s center aisle hand in
hand with her spouse en
route to being sworn in.
Afterward the couple kissed
at the podium in front of
news cameras. That was an
eye-opener. If it happened
Wednesday, no one seemed
to notice.
Atkins was only the third
woman elected Assembly
What did she learn as
speaker that will help her as
Senate leader? “The focus
on colleagues is really important,” she told me. “It
really takes consensus to get
things done.
“I’ve learned a little more
patience. I think I’m calmer.
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
“I DON’T care at all about the old fights and frictions,” Sen. Toni Atkins, center, a
former Assembly speaker, said after becoming the Senate’s first female leader.
I feel self-confidence that I
may know what I’m doing.
We’ll see. And I feel stronger
about following my own
California still hasn’t
elected a woman governor.
Many other states have, so
we’re not always as cuttingedge as we claim.
Atkins did make some
other history Wednesday.
She became the first former
Assembly speaker in 146
years to be elected Senate
That says a lot about
Atkins’ pleasant, nonthreat-
ening personality. Traditionally, there has been so
much animosity between
the Senate and Assembly,
no former speaker could
be elected by senators to
be their leader. But she
gets along with almost
“I don’t care at all about
the old fights and frictions,”
she said in her speech. “I
know our houses have some
differences: red carpet
versus green….”
She earlier told me that
one of her top priorities is to
heal the wounds between
the two houses. She has
“great respect” for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Atkins
said. “I think we can do this
That feeling of friendship
and respect toward Rendon
might seem extraordinary
to many legislative watchers
since the speaker killed
Atkins’ big, state-run singlepayer health insurance bill
last year. He called it “woefully incomplete,” which it
unquestionably was.
The Senate-passed bill
included no financing plan
but would have cost an
astronomical $400 billion a
year. It envisioned the
Trump administration
turning over all federal
Medicare and Medicaid
money to the state. Dream
Atkins indicated to me
she isn’t giving up on the
cause of universal healthcare, but realizes that a
state-run single-payer plan
isn’t achievable in the short
term. She’ll try to take incremental steps.
“Some of the issues
around this are very polarizing,” she said. “It’s polarizing within the Democratic
Like most people, especially political leaders,
Atkins was strongly influenced by her upbringing. She
spent her early years in a
little four-room house in
rural southern Virginia with
no indoor plumbing and a
rain barrel to collect water.
The bathroom was an outhouse. They cooked on a
wood stove. Her father was a
coal and lead miner, her
mother a seamstress.
“We grew up incredibly
poor,” she once told me. “I
didn’t go to a dentist until I
was 24 years old. And I had
buck teeth….
“But despite the problems of poverty, I knew my
parents loved me.”
She was the first of her
family to graduate from
college, a small liberal arts
school in Virginia, Emory
and Henry. She paid for
college with grants, scholarships and loans.
After college, she moved
to San Diego to care for her
pregnant twin sister, whose
Navy husband was shipping
out. “I’d always wanted to
live in California.”
She helped run a women’s health center, became a
policy analyst for a San
Diego City Council member
and eventually was elected
to the council, then the
Not surprisingly, given
Atkins’ childhood, her top
priority in the Legislature
has been affordable housing. Last year, after a long
struggle, she pushed
through a bill to impose a
$75 fee on many real estate
documents. It’s expected to
raise $250 million annually
to pay for affordable housing construction.
Except for the fact they
both grew up in poverty,
Atkins is a polar opposite of
her predecessor, the
termed-out Sen. Kevin de
León (D-Los Angeles).
De León can be charming, too, but he’s instinctively more aggressive and
outspoken, and sometimes
grating. Atkins has a soft
demeanor, but is tough
inside. In that way, she’s
more like Speaker Rendon.
It’ll be a new era at the
Capitol. Maybe a calmer
Twitter: @LATimesSkelton
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
NO KIE E DWARDS, 1935 - 2018
Ventures’ lead guitarist
or any kid who
picked up an electric guitar in the
1960s, it never took
long before he’d
take a stab at trying to play
“Walk Don’t Run,” the genredefining surf-rock hit from
1960 popularized by the Ventures, which used that reverb-soaked recording as a
launch pad to become the
most successful instrumental group in rock history.
A key part of the song’s
success, and the group’s enduring appeal that allowed it
to chart more than three
dozen albums during the
1960s and ’70s, wasn’t in reeling off as many notes as possible, but in keeping things
“I believe in simplicity,”
the Ventures’ lead guitarist
Nokie Edwards said in 2001.
“If you have a melodic line,
people will like it. If you can
hum it, you can have a hit.”
March 12 at age 82 after an
infection he’d been fighting
since having hip surgery in
December, and his band
mates proved the point with
14 hit singles as well.
That run started with
“Walk Don’t Run” and included the mega-hit theme
song to “Hawaii Five-O” in
1969 as well as a revamped
version of their first hit that
ascended Billboard’s Hot
100 a second time in 1964.
Although some surf-rock
groups were short-lived, especially after the Beatles arrived on U.S. soil in 1964 and
launched the British Invasion, the Ventures were able
to sustain an extended career by recording and performing hits of the day arranged as instrumentals.
Guitar Player magazine
once described the Ventures
as “the quintessential guitar
combo of the pre-Beatles
era, [who] influenced not
only styles, but also a generation’s choice of instruments.” The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame in 2008.
Edwards’ death was announced on the Ventures’ official website, and accompanied by a statement that
read “The Ventures’ family
feels this loss very deeply:
“Nokie has been part of
the Ventures’ history for almost six decades and helped
to shape the early Ventures’
sound and the success of
their career,” the statement
said. “He was an innovator
and one of the greats on gui-
Jeff Kravitz FilmMagic
Nokie Edwards performs at the Ventures’ Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2008.
tar, so much so that he influenced many young players
over the course of his career.”
Edwards died at a hospital near his home in Yuma,
Ariz., according to fellow guitarist and longtime friend
Deke Dickerson.
Nole Floyd “Nokie” Edwards was born May 9, 1935,
in Lahoma, Okla., one of 12
children of Elbert and Nannie Edwards, migrant fruit
pickers who traveled by
search of work to Puyallup,
Wash., about 35 miles south
of Seattle.
Many members of the
Edwards family were musicians, and by age 5, Nokie
was playing a number of
stringed instruments, including guitar, mandolin,
banjo, steel guitar, violin and
Before connecting in Tacoma with rhythm guitarist
Don Wilson and lead guitarist Bob Bogle — who had
been performing around Seattle as a duo before starting
the Ventures in 1958 — Edwards caught the ear of future country music kingpin
Buck Owens, who had
moved to Washington from
Bakersfield in part to tend to
a radio station he had
bought there.
Edwards was an accomplished country player,
something that was often
evident in the Ventures’ recordings even though they
came to be recognized as the
premier instrumental surfrock band when the genre
caught on nationally from
hit records by Southern California acts such as the
Beach Boys and Dick Dale
and His Del-Tones.
Bogle originally handled
lead guitar duties and is
heard in the spotlight on
“Walk Don’t Run.” But not
long after they brought Edwards into the group to play
bass, he and Bogle switched
instruments as Edwards
was the more skilled lead
Edwards has been cited
as a major influence by subsequent rock guitar heroes
including John Fogerty and
Mark Knopfler.
Edwards started out
playing the Fender Telecaster, a favorite among
country and blues players,
but soon switched to lesserknown Mosrite guitars.
Such was his effect on the instruments’ popularity that
many latter-day surf musicians insisted on playing
Mosrite to show their commitment to authenticity.
Later in life he created his
own guitar brand, which he
called the HitchHiker, which
incorporated what he’d
learned playing other manufacturers’ instruments.
“He used to help companies like Fender, Roland and
Carvin Audio with their instruments and equipment,”
his wife, Judy Edwards, said.
“They’d ask him to check out
their instruments and gear,
and he’d tell them what they
could do to make them better.”
Even though Edwards
became a competitor, Fender recognized him with a
Nokie Edwards signature
model Telecaster hybrid in
1996, a collector’s guitar that
quickly sold out.
Edwards also wrote some
of the Ventures’ original material, perhaps most notably
“Surf Rider,” a 1961 track
that filmmaker Quentin
Tarantino featured in “Pulp
Fiction” in 1994.
He released several solo
albums after leaving the
Ventures in 1968, but none
sold particularly well. He returned to the group in 1973
and continued playing with
them until 1984, when he left
again and moved to Nashville to work as a country guitarist.
Early on, the Ventures
found unexpected fame in
Japan, spawning numerous
“There are so many
groups like the Ventures
that they even try to call
themselves something close
to the name,” Edwards told
The Times in 1996. “The
Yokohama Ventures, the
Venturas — anything to get
At age 69, Edwards became a first-time Grammy
Award nominee for his part
on the 2004 album “20th
Century Gospel” with the
Texas-based Light Crust
Doughboys, and again the
following year for that album’s successor, “Southern
Meets Soul.”
“You never know what’s
going to happen,” he said
while in Japan when the first
Grammy nomination was
announced. “It was great
He also developed a second career as an actor, landing roles in the western TV
series “Deadwood.” But music was still foremost.
playing,” Judy Edwards told
a writer for the (Medford,
Ore.) Mail Tribune last year.
“It’s in his heart. At 81, he is
still traveling the world and
playing his guitar. That’s
pretty damn good.”
Despite accolades that
included induction into several halls of fame, Edwards
maintained a sense of humility and appreciation for fans
who bought his records and
attended performances.
“People are the ones who
make you,” he once said. “If
they bought a [recording]
and want to hear it, you
should play it. You should
sign autographs and talk to
people. You ought to be
grateful to those people who
made you famous.”
Twitter: @RandyLewis2
Republican gains in new poll
[Poll, from B1]
lion into his campaign, eight
times the amount raised by
Allen, his biggest rival in the
GOP field. Cox already has
spent more than $1.5 million,
including a $200,000 ad on
Fox News in California.
“Cox fits the mold of a Republican candidate for governor,” Baldassare said.
businessperson who is saying [he wants] lower taxes
and less regulation.”
Support for Villaraigosa
dropped significantly since
the PPIC’s poll conducted in
January, when he was running neck and neck with
Newsom and when Cox
lagged far behind both
Democrats. Baldassare said
Californians have become
more focused on the governor’s race, which probably
led to the shift.
“At this point, three
months before the election,
it’s about who the candidates are and what they
stand for,” he said.
The March poll was the
PPIC’s first in this election
cycle to list each of the candidate’s official ballot designations, or job descriptions,
that Californians will see
when they vote.
Villaraigosa was described in the poll questionnaire as a “public policy advisor” and not as the former
mayor of Los Angeles, for
which he is best known.
Newsom’s ballot designation, in contrast, was “Lieutenant Governor/Businessman.”
Under California election
law, candidates must use
descriptions of their “profession, vocation or occupation.” Villaraigosa has been a
consultant for several businesses, including Herbalife
and Banc of California, since
he left the mayor’s office in
2013. Eastin, who served as
state superintendent of pub-
lic instruction from 1995 to
2003, listed her ballot designation as “educator/Youth
Advocate.” Her standing in
the polls stayed relatively
consistent when compared
to the January survey, when
she was described as the former state schools chief.
Paul Mitchell, who runs
the data firm Political Data
Inc., doubts ballot designations will have much of an
impact in a such a premier,
highly publicized race. Villaraigosa is well known in California, and his name recognition will only grow once the
governor’s race hits the
home stretch and airwaves
are flooded with campaign
ads, he said.
haven’t actually happened
yet,” Mitchell said. “If you’re
a high-turnout primary voter in California, you’re probably making up your deci-
sion before you go to the ballot box.”
Mitchell likened the
PPIC poll to the ongoing
NCAA college basketball
tournament, when fans fill in
brackets and pick winners of
every game before the first
tipoff. A lot can change between the first round and
the championship, he said.
Voters will have 27 names
to choose from in the governor’s race, including 11
Democrats and five Republicans. Because the majority
of them have not been included in any public polls,
it’s unclear how much support they will win or whether
they will pull votes away
from any of the betterknown candidates.
In the Senate race, the
poll found that Feinstein
leads in all slices of the California electorate: among
men and women, all income
groups, in all major geographic regions of the state
and all ethnicities, including
Latinos. Feinstein also leads
in Los Angeles County,
home to De León’s state Senate district.
The survey found that
42% of likely voters backed
Feinstein, compared with
16% who supported De León.
Still, De León does have
some momentum. In February, the California Democratic Party overwhelmingly
decided not to endorse Feinstein, a major rebuke for a
senator who has represented California for more
than two decades. De León
won 54% of the delegates’
votes, just short of the 60%
needed to secure the endorsement, while Feinstein
received 37%.
De León has been
endorsed by the powerful
Service Employees International Union and California
Nurses Assn.
T HU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Record-setting rain,
with more to come
[Rain, from B1]
that will accept our pets,”
Wyran said. “As long as we
are together and our dogs
are safe, we are good.”
Still, their life has
changed since January.
Their neighborhood hiking
trails are gone, and they feel
the constant threat of mudslides. “It’s a setback, but we
will get through it,” he said.
Jaime Giffen, 52, decided not
to evacuate. At worst, she
said, she’d be without power
and water, something she
dealt with in January. She’s
learned since to keep her
phone charged and to stock
up on nonperishable food.
On Wednesday afternoon, mudslides forced Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train
to stop south of Carpinteria
as Union Pacific maintenance crews removed debris
from the tracks. The railway
was cleared after a roughly
45-minute delay, Amtrak
said. The rain also triggered
road closures near Ojai and
along the coast.
In Montecito, where at
least 21 people died in massive mud and debris flows on
Jan. 9, crews were keeping
close watch on debris
basins, creeks and roadways
for potential flows of mud
and debris.
“Right now, we are seeing
a light, steady rain, and the
water in the creeks is chocolate milk color,” said Scott
McGolpin, director of public
works for Santa Barbara
County. “There isn’t a lot of
debris. This is what we
Robert Lewin, director of
the county’s Office of Emergency Management, said
that boulders have been reported moving along San
Ysidro Creek but that so far
they have remained within
the channel.
“Our hope is that the debris basins can capture the
material that comes down
from the mountain,” he said.
In Los Angeles County,
residents who live from the
8300 to 9000 blocks of La
Tuna Canyon Road were
still under a mandatory
evacuation order because of
debris flows.
All other mandatory
evacuation orders were
lifted. Residents of Kagel
Canyon, Lopez Canyon and
Little Tujunga were allowed
to return home, though shelters will remain open for residents who feel unsafe returning home, said Helen
Chavez, a spokeswoman for
the multi-agency response
to the storm.
“People can go home,”
Chavez said. “Given current
rainfall, there’s no need for
that action at this time.”
Tchekmedyian reported
from Los Angeles, Etehad
and Vives from Montecito.
Times staff writers Joseph
Serna and Sarah Parvini in
Los Angeles contributed to
this report.
Times sues L.A. County
[Records, from B1]
tion that could prove
embarrassing — such as
emails from top Sheriff ’s
Department officials after it
was discovered that one had
sent multiple messages
mocking Muslims, blacks,
Latinos and women from a
work account at his previous
The result is a “pattern
and practice” by the county
of denying access to records
that are legally and routinely
open to the public, The
Times’ attorneys argued.
In its petition, The Times
asked a Los Angeles County
Superior Court judge to declare that the records in
question are public and to
order county officials to release them immediately.
The Times also asked the
court to require the county
to pay the newspaper’s legal
A spokeswoman for L.A.
County Dist. Atty. Jackie
Lacey declined to comment
on the pending litigation. A
spokeswoman for Sheriff
Jim McDonnell also did not
comment, for the same
Among the records at
issue in the suit are files
involving prosecutors and
other employees of the district attorney’s office who
have been disciplined for
sexual harassment or misconduct.
The request for those
records, filed Feb. 13 by reporter Marisa Gerber, is
timely because the district
attorney’s office is reviewing
whether to file charges in
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
SHERIFF Jim McDonnell and Dist. Atty. Jackie La-
cey, shown in 2017, declined to comment on the suit.
high-profile cases of celebrities such as film producer
Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of sexual assault and
similar misconduct.
Last month, the California Legislature released
similar records of 18 cases of
alleged sexual harassment
involving lawmakers and
their employees. Those
cases included the sharing of
pornography and a staff
member accused of grabbing a woman’s buttocks
and genitals.
The records, which had
been shielded for more than
a decade in some cases, became public after three
months of requests from
Times reporters and attorneys.
Two years ago, McDonnell’s chief of staff, Tom Angel, resigned after The
Times reported he had forwarded racist and sexist
emails from a work account
while he had been second-incommand at the Burbank
Police Department.
“I took my Biology exam
last Friday,” said one of the
forwarded emails, which
were obtained under the
state’s public records act. “I
was asked to name two
things commonly found in
cells. Apparently ‘Blacks’
and ‘Mexicans’ were NOT
the correct answers.”
Angel told The Times he
did not mean to embarrass
or demean anyone and said
it was unfortunate that his
work emails could be obtained by the public under
the state’s records laws.
When The Times requested copies of emails
Angel and others might have
sent from their official Sheriff ’s Department accounts
containing a list of potentially racist or sexist terms,
McDonnell was personally
involved in deciding how to
respond to the newspaper’s
request, according to testimony taken in a lawsuit that
the paper filed in 2016. The
Sheriff ’s Department hired
an outside firm to do the
search, which quoted The
Times nearly $7,000 to produce the records, a fee that is
more than 10 times what the
county usually charges, the
testimony showed.
A judge is expected to decide next week whether the
county’s proposed charges
are allowable under the public records law.
In the 2016 lawsuit The
Times unsuccessfully attempted to obtain, through
discovery, copies of the two
instruction manuals coaching employees on how to
respond to public records
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T H U R S D A Y , M A R C H 2 2 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
on privacy
Facebook’s CEO says
the social platform
must protect users’
data or ‘we don’t
deserve to serve you.’
By Samantha Masunaga
Architects Orange
A RENDERING of Pacific Cos.’ proposed Santa Ana mixed-use housing development for low-income fam-
ilies. The firm’s CEO isn’t sure the project will happen because of the drop in value of a crucial tax credit.
Affordable housing is
at risk from tax cut law
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that his company “made mistakes” in
protecting user data obtained by Cambridge Analytica, but said steps already
taken and new policies unveiled Wednesday would
prevent developers from
misappropriating such information in the future.
Part apology, part explanation and part announcement of strategies to come,
Zuckerberg’s first comments since the Cambridge
Analytica scandal erupted
sought to reinforce Facebook’s reputation as a trustworthy social platform de-
spite the unauthorized collection of the personal data
of about 50 million users by a
data analytics firm with ties
to President Trump’s campaign.
“I started Facebook, and
at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens
on our platform,” he said in
the statement. “We have a
responsibility to protect
your data, and if we can’t
then we don’t deserve to
serve you.”
In a post on his Facebook
page, Zuckerberg said the
social media giant had already made efforts in 2014 to
“dramatically” limit developers’ access to data in an
attempt to prevent “abusive
apps.” Those steps, which
prevent apps from asking for
data about a user’s friends
without their authorization,
would prevent future groups
similar to Cambridge Analytica from amassing so
much information without
users’ knowledge, he said.
Zuckerberg also said the
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Projects face shortfalls as value of credit diminishes
By Andrew Khouri
On 1st Street in Santa Ana — not
far from where authorities recently
cleared a tent encampment along the
Santa Ana River near Angel Stadium
— developer Caleb Roope wants to
build nearly 1,000 apartments that will
be affordable for low-income seniors
and families.
But despite a renewed push from
the state to tackle its affordable-housing crisis, Roope, chief executive of Pacific Cos., isn’t sure he can break
ground on the two subsidized projects.
The problem? The federal government.
The $1.5-trillion tax cut President
Trump signed into law last year
slashed corporate tax rates and gave
businesses more money to spend how
they choose.
But in doing so, it indirectly cut the
value of a crucial tax credit developers
rely on to offer homes at rents that
lower-income Americans can afford.
As a result, developers such as Roope
are receiving less money when they
sell those credits, opening up gaping
budget holes that are delaying, even
killing, their projects.
“We had one fall through in Albuquerque, N.M. It was 216 units,” Roope
said. “We also had another 184-unit
project in Phoenix that suffered a similar fate.”
Some federal lawmakers have been
working on a fix to the problem by including an expansion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit in a massive
spending bill that must pass Congress
by midnight Friday to avert another
government shutdown.
Late Wednesday, congressional
leaders released the bill, which included an expansion, though Matt
Schwartz of the California Housing
Partnership said the boost won’t be
enough to entirely make up for the
damage done by tax cuts.
Nearly 135,000 people are estimated to be homeless in California.
Many of them lay their heads at night
inside tents on the streets of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Even many who do have a home
struggle. In 2016, 29% of renters in California, or 1.7 million households, spent
more than half their gross income on
housing costs, according to the latest
[See Housing, C4]
Musk’s huge Tesla pay deal OKd
book’s reputation as a trustworthy social platform.
Rosier outlook
may hasten pace
of rate increases
Despite potential for a
trade war, Fed boosts
plan for hikes in 2019.
Shareholders approve
10-year package worth
as much as $55 billion.
By Jim Puzzanghera
By Russ Mitchell
Tesla Inc. shareholders have
approved a mammoth 10year pay package for Chief
Executive Elon Musk.
The package was approved by 73% of votes cast,
according to a Tesla filing.
Shares held by Musk and his
cousin Kimbal Musk were
not included in that total.
Although nominally valued at $2.6 billion, Musk’s
pay package could generate
$55 billion or more for Musk
if Tesla hits a series of aggressive financial goals. The
pay plan approval comes
weeks before the Palo Alto
automaker reveals whether
its troubled Model 3 electricsedan program is getting
back on track and before it
losses that some analysts
say could reach $1 billion.
But if Musk can turn
things around, he’ll position
himself for huge paydays
and stockholders for enor[See Elon Musk, C6]
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MARK ZUCKERBERG sought to reinforce Face-
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TESLA CEO Elon Musk’s pay package is nominally valued at $2.6 billion but
could generate $55 billion or more for Musk if Tesla hits aggressive financial goals.
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials see a
stronger U.S. economy and
signaled Wednesday that
would mean a slightly faster
pace of interest rate hikes in
coming years.
For the moment, they’re
sticking with plans for three
small hikes in their benchmark interest rate this year
while adding one more hike
in 2019 than they had indicated in December.
But their official forecast
released Wednesday showed
central bank policymakers
were close to adding a fourth
rate hike in 2018. Some analysts said they could still do
so if strong growth, fueled by
the large tax cuts, continues.
The first of this year’s
rate hikes came Wednesday.
As widely expected, Fed
policymakers announced a
0.25 percentage point increase in the federal funds
rate after the first meeting
presided over by new Fed
Chairman Jerome H. Powell.
The sixth hike since 2015,
approved by a unanimous
vote of the Federal Open
Market Committee, brings
the target range for the
benchmark short-term interest rate to between 1.5%
and 1.75%. Banks use the
rate to determine interest
rates for credit cards, car
loans, small business loans
and home equity lines of
“The job market remains
strong, the economy continues to expand and inflation
appears to be moving
toward the FOMC’s 2% longer-run goal,” Powell told reporters after the meeting.
“Indeed, the economic outlook has strengthened in recent months.”
He cited the tax cuts, solid job gains that boosted incomes and confidence,
strong economic growth in
other countries and still-low
interest rates.
But Powell noted one
cloud on the horizon — the
potential for a trade war after the Trump administration announced stiff tariffs
on heavy metals this month.
The White House also reportedly is set to announce
additional tariffs to punish
China for theft of U.S. intellectual property.
“A number” of Fed officials brought up U.S. trade
policy during the central
[See Fed, C5]
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
SoCal home
prices rise as
sales stay flat
By Andrew Khouri
Ted S. Warren Associated Press
NORDSTROM shares fell 3.3% on Wednesday after the department store operator ended buyout talks with
descendants of the company’s founder. Above, Nordstrom’s flagship store in downtown Seattle.
Nordstrom sale talks end
associated press
Nordstrom Inc. shares
fell Wednesday after the department store operator
ended buyout talks with
family members of the company’s founder.
announced the end of talks late
Tuesday, saying it couldn’t
get the group to raise its offered price.
This month, Nordstrom
rejected an offer of $50 a
share from the family group
— which includes high-level
company executives — and
called the price “inadequate.” At the time, the
shares were trading above
that level.
On Wednesday, Nordstrom shares fell 3.3% to
The family group includes co-presidents Blake,
Peter and Erik Nordstrom,
who are descendants of
John W. Nordstrom. Together, they have a stake of
about 30% in the company,
according to FactSet.
A special committee for
Nordstrom’s board of direc-
tors, formed to represent the
company in talks with the
family over a potential sale,
said Tuesday that the chain
is “well-positioned to capitalize on future opportunities to gain market share.”
It said its plan entails offering products that differentiate itself from its competitors, “delivering exceptional services and experiences, and leveraging the
strength of its brand.”
Nordstrom, like other department stores, is trying to
adapt to changing customer
behavior. The company re-
ported quarterly sales and
profits that fell short of expectations for the period
that includes the holiday
season. The missed targets
overshadowed Nordstrom’s
healthy 2.6% increase in
sales at established stores,
which is a key measure of a
retailer’s health.
Taking the company private would pave the way for
the chain — which traces its
roots to a Seattle shoe store
that opened in 1901 — to
manage its reinvention without the watch of the public
home prices jumped 10.2% in
February compared with a
year earlier, while sales remained nearly flat as the region and the state grapple
with a shortage of homes for
The median price across
clocked in at $506,750 last
month, real estate data firm
CoreLogic said Wednesday.
That’s up from a revised
$495,500 in January but below an all-time high of
$509,500 in December.
It’s not unusual for the
median — the point at which
half the homes sold for more
and half for less — to fluctuate month to month, and
prices are up solidly from
last year. In Los Angeles
County, the median hit a
new all-time high of $580,000
in February, up 10.5% from a
year earlier.
Elsewhere in Southern
California, median prices increased as well.
8 Orange County: The
price tied a record of $710,000
and was 10.1% higher than a
year earlier.
8 Riverside County: The
price rose 8.7% to $375,000.
County: The price leaped
16% to $336,500.
8 San Diego County: The
price rose 8.7% to $535,000.
8 Ventura County: The
price rose 6.7% to $555,000.
A growing economy and a
shortage of homes listed for
sale are helping drive the increases. That’s spurring a
whether state government
should restrict local author-
ities’ ability to limit housing
California, largely because of its housing costs,
has the nation’s highest poverty rate after accounting for
cost of living. Many cities, including L.A., have proved
too expensive for some lowincome residents, causing
them to move away or end up
in tents that line streets.
According to online real
estate brokerage Redfin,
there was less than a fourmonth supply of homes for
sale in every Southern California county last month.
That means there would be
no properties left at the end
of that span if no new listings
popped up and sales continued at their current pace.
Real estate agents generally consider a six-month
supply to be a balanced market, in which neither sellers
nor buyers have an advantage. Lower supply gives an
edge to sellers. In L.A. and
Orange counties, inventory
stood at 3.1 months.
Across the region, sales
rose 0.6% in February compared with a year earlier.
Exacerbating the supply
mortgage rates have supercharged the market in recent years, enabling borrowers to afford more than they
otherwise could.
Rates remain low historically, but they have shot up
this year because investors
fear inflation will pick up.
The average rate on a 30year fixed mortgage was
4.44% last week, up from
3.95% at the start of the year,
according to Freddie Mac.
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
Analyst quits
Fox, calling
it ‘corrosive’
By Stephen Battaglio
Legendary Pictures Associated Press
“PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING” is expected to do tepid business in the United States and Canada. The question
is whether the sequel to the 2013 international hit will be a big enough movie abroad to turn a profit.
‘Uprising’ eyes China
By Ryan Faughnder
“Pacific Rim: Uprising” is
a big-budget sci-fi sequel
that almost certainly would
not exist without the Chinese box office. Guillermo
del Toro’s original 2013 epic
“Pacific Rim” was a summer
box-office disappointment
in the U.S. but a huge hit in
China and other countries.
Like the first movie, the
sequel is expected to do tepid business domestically.
“Uprising,” from Legendary
Pictures and Universal Pictures, should open with $25
million to $30 million in
ticket sales Friday through
Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people
who have reviewed pre-release audience surveys (studio projections are even
It will still probably unseat Marvel Studios’ superhero juggernaut “Black Panther” from the top of the boxoffice charts. The film has
spent five weeks at No. 1 in
North America, a streak
that had not been achieved
since James Cameron’s 2009
“Black Panther,” released by
Disney, has grossed $1.2 billion worldwide.
But the question is
whether global grosses for
“Uprising,” which cost an estimated $155 million to
make, will be big enough for
the movie to turn a profit.
That’s where China could
play a big role.
A few years ago, it wasn’t
clear there would be a sequel.
Del Toro’s special effectsladen “Uprising,” in which
humans pilot giant fighting
machines to save the world
from otherworldly monsters, opened with $37 million in the U.S. and Canada
and ended up with a $102million domestic run, a lackluster result for a movie with
big production costs.
However, the Warner
grossed $309 million internationally, including $112
million in China. Of “Pacific
Rim’s” global performance,
75% of its ticket sales came
from outside the U.S. and
“We live in a world now
where sequels can be greenlit purely based on the international box office,” said
Paul Dergarabedian, senior
media analyst at data film
The box-office results for
“Uprising” could turn out to
be even more lopsided, given
the growth in the Chinese
market. Overall, China’s box
office — already the second
largest in the world — is still
growing, despite a dramatic
slowdown that hit the market in 2016. Ticket sales in
China rose to $8.47 billion in
2017, up 13% from the prior
year, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan
Legendary, owned by
Beijing-based conglomerate
Dalian Wanda Group, is releasing “Uprising” in China
through its Asia arm Legendary East simultaneously
with the U.S. opening. The
movie, shot in Australia and
China, opens this weekened
in at least 60 other countries,
including South Korea and
“Uprising” was directed
by Steven S. DeKnight,
known for ambitious TV series such as Starz’s “Spartacus” and Netflix’s “Daredevil.” Its diverse cast includes
“Star Wars” star John
Boyega and Chinese actress
Jing Tian. Del Toro, who recently won the best picture
Oscar for “The Shape of Water,” is a producer on “Uprising.”
“Uprising’s” biggest competition this weekend is another
though this one is aimed at
children rather than young
males. Paramount Pictures
and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
are releasing the computeranimated
Gnomes,” the follow-up to
the 2011 cartoon “Gnomeo
and Juliet,” which was distributed under Walt Disney
Co.’s Touchstone label.
“Sherlock Gnomes” is expected to open with about
$15 million in the U.S. and
Canada, which would be
worse than the $25-million
debut of the original, but the
studios hope the movie will
continue to draw kids and
their parents through spring
break. As with “Gnomeo,”
the London-set sequel was
produced by Elton John’s
Rocket Pictures.
Sony Pictures’ faithbased label Affirm Films will
try to court biblically
minded audiences with
“Paul, Apostle of Christ,”
starring James Faulkner
and Jim Caviezel. The $5million movie is expected to
take in $4 million to $9 million through Sunday, and
will face substantial competition from Roadside Attractions’ “I Can Only Imagine,”
which became a surprise
Christian hit last weekend
when it opened with $17.1
That leaves the remaining new wide releases to
search for box-office scraps.
Romantic teen tear-jerker
“Midnight Sun,” starring
Bella Thorne and distributed by Open Road Films, is
expected to launch with $4
million to $6 million. The latest Steven Soderbergh film,
thriller starring Claire Foy,
will probably gross up to $4
million, according to analysts.
‘Tomb Raider’ sees most action
By Kemeng Fan
BEIJING — The Hollywood action film “Tomb
Raider” topped China’s box
office last week, grossing a
stellar $41.5 million in its
opening, according to data
from film consultancy Artisan Gateway.
The Warner Bros./MGM
movie, a reboot of the popular Lara Croft character
played by Angelina Jolie in
2001, stars Alicia Vikander
and popular Chinese American actor Daniel Wu.
Chinese fans enjoyed the
film’s action, giving it a solid
64% average rating from a
pool of 28,259 reviewers on
the Chinese film rating website
“Audiences who have
seen ‘Chronicles of the
Ghostly Tribe’ [a popular
Chinese film from 2015]
would foresee every turn of
events,” said one of the topvoted comments on the website.
blockbuster, “Black Panther,” fell to second place last
week, after an initial surge of
Chinese interest helped
drive it across the $1-billion
mark in global ticket sales.
The film has suffered
poor word of mouth in
China, where audiences are
somewhat unfamiliar with
Western racial dynamics. It
made less than $29.5 million
in the last week and has
grossed a cumulative $96.6
million in China.
Warner Bros.
ACTION FILM “Tomb Raider,” a reboot of the popular Lara Croft character
played by Angelina Jolie in 2001, stars Alicia Vikander, above, and Daniel Wu.
The fiercely nationalist
domestic drama “Operation
Red Sea,” released more
than a month ago during
China’s Spring Festival, is
still going strong with $23.4
million in receipts last week.
Despite a 58% drop in ticket
sales from the prior week,
the military action film remained in third place.
The film, with $554.2 million in cumulative grosses, is
now officially China’s second-highest-grossing film in
history, overtaking “The
Mermaid,” but it is still a
long way behind the sensational “Wolf Warriors 2” of
summer 2017.
In fourth place was
“Amazing China,” a 90-minute propaganda documentary by China’s state broadcaster that extols the
achievements of President
Xi Jinping’s first term. Already the highest-grossing
domestic title of its genre,
the film apparently awed
enough viewers to pull in an
additional $15.9 million in its
third week of screening, raising its total box-office take to
$52.1 million and beating Fox
Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water.”
The Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences’
favorite largely failed to
make great waves on the
other side of the Pacific,
managing only $10.7 million
in ticket sales.
But the heart-wrenching
fantasy drama fared better
than most of its rivals in audience reviews, earning a
73% average rating from
144,038 users on
Universal Pictures’ “Pacific Rim: Uprising” will premiere in China on March 23.
Fan is a special
Retired Army Lt. Col.
Ralph Peters, a longtime analyst for Fox News, told colleagues he is done with the
network he says has become
“a propaganda machine” for
President Trump.
Peters said in an email
first reported Tuesday by
BuzzFeed that he chose not
to renew his contract as a
paid contributor with Fox
News on March 1 because he
was “ashamed” of the network.
He said the 21st Century
Fox-owned cable channel
has gone from being a valuable conservative voice to
“assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of
law, while fostering corrosive
and unjustified paranoia
among viewers.”
Peters’ comments directly targeted the network’s
opinion hosts — which include Tucker Carlson, Sean
Hannity and Laura Ingraham — for their consistent
attacks on special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is
also looking into whether
Trump obstructed justice
when he fired James B.
Comey from his post as FBI
“When prime-time hosts
— who have never served our
country in any capacity —
dismiss facts and empirical
reality to launch profoundly
dishonest assaults on the
FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I
served) and, not least, a
model public servant and
genuine war hero such as
Robert Mueller — all the
while scaremongering with
lurid warnings of ‘deepstate’ machinations — I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove,” Peters wrote. “To me,
Fox News is now wittingly
harming our system of gov-
ernment for profit.”
Peters’ missive is the second time in a week Fox News’
opinion hosts have been
subjected to internal criticism. Although not nearly as
harsh, Fox News anchor
Shepard Smith said in an interview with Time magazine
that some of the network’s
opinion programming “is
there strictly to be entertaining,” which led to some
blowback from Hannity and
Ingraham on social media.
(Hannity called Smith “clueless” about the reporting
done on his program).
But Peters’ remarks are
noteworthy because as a Fox
News national security analyst for 10 years, he has been a
foreign policy hawk who frequently
Obama administration. He
was once suspended from
the network for a week in
2015 after an appearance on
the Fox Business Network in
which he used a vulgar term
to describe former President
Obama’s fortitude in combating terrorism by Islamic
Peters’ email notes that
his condemnation of Fox
News does not include the
hard news reporters at the
operation whom he called
“talented professionals in a
poisoned environment.” He
also excluded the Fox Business Network, “where numerous hosts retain a respect for facts and maintain
a measure of integrity.”
A Fox News representative did not comment on Peters’ contract but defended
its on-air talent.
“Ralph Peters is entitled
to his opinion despite the
fact that he’s choosing to use
it as a weapon in order to
gain attention,” the network
said in a statement. “We are
extremely proud of our toprated prime-time hosts and
all of our opinion programming.”
ICM Partners
buys Canadian
comedy group
By David Ng
Talent agency ICM Partners is expanding its comedy
portfolio with the acquisition of Just for Laughs
Group, the Montreal organization behind the world’s
largest comedy festival as
well as comedy tours and TV
ICM is partnering with
Canadian comedian Howie
Mandel to lead an investor
group to acquire Just for
Terms of the deal haven’t
been revealed, and no other
investment partners were
named in Wednesday’s announcement. But ICM said
the deal will allow Just for
Laughs to keep the same
leadership and personnel in
Mandel, who is a client of
ICM, said in a statement
that he has performed at
Just for Laughs numerous
times during the last 10
years. “I am very excited to
be part of this group of investors that will ensure the
festival’s long term success,
while growing their global
comedy brand,” the comedian said.
Founded in 1983, Just for
Laughs organizes an annual
comedy festival in Montreal
featuring stand-up comics
from around the world. This
year’s festival, running July
14 to July 28, will feature comedian-actor Kevin Hart.
The company has a global reach with subsidiaries in
the United States and
France. It has production
and distribution businesses
in more than 135 countries,
and its programming is seen
on more than 100 airlines
ICM said that the festival
will continue to be held in
Montreal each summer and
that jobs and offices will remain in the Canadian city.
But the agency said it will be
looking for opportunities to
expand into new geographic
territories and explore new
digital ventures.
“Comedy is now a global
business, and it transcends
borders and languages and
cultures more than it ever
did before,” Chris Silbermann, managing director at
ICM Partners, said in an interview. He said ICM will
continue to send clients to
the festival and to scout for
new talent.
The public’s appetite for
stand-up comedy has risen
as Netflix and HBO have offered their subscribers a
wider array of TV specials.
Netflix has spent millions of
dollars in recent years to
draw big names to its
streaming service, including
Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle
and Amy Schumer.
ICM represents numerous A-list comedians, including Rock, Jerry Seinfeld
and Ellen DeGeneres.
ICM’s acquisition comes
at a time when talent agencies are broadening their
businesses by investing in
content companies. The
push has sparked some controversy with groups such as
the Writers Guild of America
over whether agencies have
too many conflicts of interest.
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
housing hit
by tax cuts
[Housing, from C1]
analysis from Harvard University’s Joint Center for
Housing Studies.
That percentage of renters is the highest in the country — largely the result,
economists say, of decades
in which developers built too
few market-rate homes relative to job and population
Affordable housing advocates also point to the 2011
elimination of California’s
redevelopment agencies —
which contributed $1 billion
annually to subsidized projects — as a major contributor to homelessness and
the larger affordability crisis.
The state has taken some
steps recently to make housing more affordable. Last
year, lawmakers eased some
development restrictions
and moved to fund more
subsidized units through
fees and an upcoming $4-billion bond measure on
November’s ballot.
In the last two years, Los
Angeles County and city voters also agreed to raise their
taxes to provide services
and build homes for those
now on the streets.
But subsidized projects
usually need a variety of government funding sources.
The federal tax credit is one
crucial piece.
Developers dodged a bullet when the final version of
the tax bill left intact a special bond required for many
tax credit projects that had
been proposed for elimination. But the new law still
made the credits less valuable.
Here’s how it works: Government agencies award the
credits to developers, which
then sell them to big banks
and other investors along
with an equity share in their
projects. The investors pay
not only for the direct credit,
but also for the right to
deduct depreciation and
certain expenses as owners.
But with a lower federal
tax rate, those owners now
don’t benefit as much from
the write-offs and thus they
aren’t willing to pay developers as much in order to
keep rents low.
A reduction in credit value is a big hit because nearly
all below-market rental
properties use the program,
which pays for about 20% to
70% of development costs,
said Peter Lawrence, a director at Novogradac & Co.,
a national accounting and
consulting firm.
To make up the difference, developers must scale
back their projects, find savings elsewhere or ask for
more funds from other government sources, probably
reducing the number of
units the new local investments can create.
In all, if no changes are
235,000 fewer affordable
homes will be built nationwide over the next 10 years
because of the new tax law.
Schwartz of the California
pegged the loss for California at as many as 75,000
“There is no way you are
going to get any serious dent
in the affordable rental
housing challenges in the
state without the low-income housing tax credit,”
Lawrence said.
For many affordable
housing developers, budget
shortfalls started right after
the 2016 election.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
SENS. MARIA Cantwell, left, and Orrin G. Hatch introduced a bill last March that would expand the federal
tax credit program, with the hopes of boosting housing production beyond any deficit created from tax cuts.
That’s when investors
started paying less. They assumed
soon-to-be-President Trump would sign into
law corporate tax cuts approved by a Republican
Mark Stivers, executive
director of the California
Tax Credit Allocation Committee, said the average
price for a tax credit in 2017
dropped 11% from a year earlier.
Compared with 2016,
nearly 11,000 fewer low-income units were financed
through the federal credit
last year, according to a California Housing Partnership
analysis of state data.
Experts such as Stivers
have predicted values will
drop again this year, because for much of 2017 investors expected a 25% corporate tax rate, rather than
the 21% that became law.
“California and L.A. have
come together to say we
want to do something about
this,” said Alan Greenlee,
executive director of the
Southern California Assn. of
Non-Profit Housing. “Just
as that happens, the federal
government comes and
pulls the rug out from under
The tax-credit program
has typically enjoyed bipartisan support. And two
senators, Maria Cantwell
(D-Wash.) and Orrin G.
Hatch (R-Utah), introduced
a bill last March that would
expand the federal program,
with the hopes of boosting
housing production beyond
any deficit created from tax
Cantwell, in an interview
this month, acknowledged it
has been an “uphill battle” to
get the bill passed. In part
that’s because it’s a challenge to convince more of her
colleagues that housing affordability is a national crisis
“we can do something
“We have to step up,” said
Cantwell, who had been trying to include a tax credit expansion in the spending bill.
The wording of that bill was
released Wednesday evening and Schwartz said the
expansion included — while
helpful — “is not at all sufficient to undo the damage
done by the GOP tax bill.”
For now, Roope of Pacific
Cos. and his development
partner AMG & Associates
Inc. are trying to figure out
where they can find the
funds to fill a $15-million
budget gap for their senior
and family developments
along 1st Street.
“There are no guarantees
we can move forward,”
Roope said. “We are working
our tail off to try and make
sure these projects are feasible, and we are going to need
all the help we can get.”
Twitter: @khouriandrew
Zuckerberg details privacy steps
After wobbling,
stocks end down
associated press
After a jittery day of trading, major U.S. stock indexes
ended down Wednesday
while smaller companies
fared better. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates,
as investors expected, and
said it could raise rates at a
quicker pace next year.
Stocks rose early in the
day and jumped after the
Fed announced its decision.
The Dow Jones industrial
average climbed 250 points
but erased that whole gain
as new Fed Chairman
Jerome H. Powell addressed
reporters. The dollar weakened, and bond yields fell.
Small and midsize firms
climbed. Energy companies
led the way as oil prices
jumped. Home builders rose
after a report that sales of
previously occupied homes
increased in February. Airlines skidded after Southwest said its revenue is suffering as it cuts fares to compete. Cereal and packagedfoods firms slumped.
Bond prices edged down.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury note declined to
2.88% from 2.90%.
David Kelly, chief global
strategist for JPMorgan Asset
stocks usually do well when
interest rates are rising, but
only up to a point.
“If interest rates are rising from a low level, there’s
more optimism about the
economy, and that generally
is a more positive thing,” he
said. That’s the case now,
but with a key difference:
The economy has been
growing for almost a decade,
and rates have been historically low that whole time.
Kelly said the Fed and the
government must take care
to focus on smooth growth,
as the recent tax cuts will
dump some short-lived
stimulus into the economy.
“The overall effect of the
tax cut is to deliver another
keg to a keg party at 2 a.m.,”
he said. “The party is probably going to go a little longer, but the hangover is going
to be worse.”
Nine of the 10 biggest
gainers in the Standard &
Poor’s 500 were energy firms.
Benchmark U.S. crude
rose $1.63, or 2.6%, to $65.17 a
barrel. Brent crude rose
$2.05, or 3%, to $69.47 a barrel.
General Mills — the
maker of Cheerios cereal,
Yoplait yogurt and other
packaged foods — plunged
8.9% to $45.51 after it said rising freight and commodity
costs hurt its quarterly results. It also cut its annual
profit outlook.
Facebook erased early
losses, ending the day up
0.7% at $169.39. Social media
companies Twitter and
Snap also regained a portion
of their recent losses.
MuleSoft climbed 5.3% to
$44.24 after the software developer agreed to be bought
by for $44.89
a share, or $5.9 billion. Salesforce fell 2.7% to $121.70.
Wholesale gasoline rose 5
cents to $2.01 a gallon. Heating oil rose 5 cents to $2 a gallon. Natural gas fell 4 cents to
$2.64 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Gold rose $9.60 to
$1,321.50 an ounce. Silver
jumped 23 cents, or 1.4%, to
$16.42 an ounce. Copper rose
2 cents to $3.06 a pound.
The dollar fell to 106.10 yen
from 106.46 yen. The euro
rose to $1.2332 from $1.2253.
[Facebook, from C1]
company would investigate
all apps that had access to
“large amounts of information” prior to the changes
made in 2014 and that Facebook would conduct a full
audit of any app with “suspicious activity.”
Developers that do not
agree to a thorough audit
will be banned, as well as
developers who misuse
personally identifiable information, he said. Affected
users, including those whose
data were allegedly misused
in the Cambridge Analytica
incident, will be notified
by Facebook, Zuckerberg
The Menlo Park, Calif.,
tech giant also said it would
further restrict developers’
access to data with measures such as reducing the
data that users hand over to
outside apps upon signing in
to their name, profile picture
and email address.
Developers will be required by Facebook to get
approval and sign a contract
if they want to ask users for
access to posts or other private data. And the social media giant said it would put a
tool at the top of its News
Feed showing users the apps
they’ve used and giving
them an “easy way” to revoke those apps’ ability to
access data.
“While this specific issue
involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today,
that doesn’t change what
happened in the past,”
Zuckerberg wrote. “We will
learn from this experience to
secure our platform further
and make our community
safer for everyone going forward.”
Facebook has found itself
on the defensive after the
New York Times and British
newspaper the Observer reported Cambridge Analytica, which is owned by conservative billionaire Robert
Mercer, aimed to use Facebook user data in an attempt
to sway voters’ opinions.
The company reportedly relied on a personality quiz
developed by a Cambridge
University researcher and
300,000 people that also
gathered data from their
friends on the platform.
On Wednesday, Zuckerberg laid out a detailed time-
Mark Schiefelbein Associated Press
FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg said developers will be required to sign a
contract if they want to ask users for access to posts or other private data.
line of events. He said the
company learned in 2015
from journalists at the
Guardian that the Cambridge researcher who developed the quiz app had
improperly shared that
data with Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook has said the incident was a violation of the
company’s policies, but did
not constitute a data breach.
Zuckerberg said Wednesday
that Facebook immediately
banned the researcher’s app
and demanded that he and
Cambridge Analytica “formally certify” they had deleted all the improperly
gathered data. He said they
provided those documents
to Facebook.
Facebook then learned
last week from the New York
Times, the Guardian and
BBC Channel 4 that “Cambridge Analytica may not
have deleted the data as
they had certified,” Zuckerberg said. He said the data
mining firm claims it already
deleted the data and has
agreed to a forensic audit by
a company hired by Facebook.
The blowback has been
swift. Facebook’s stock has
dropped 8.5% since Friday
and the U.S. Federal Trade
Commission has reportedly
launched an investigation
into whether Facebook violated a 2011 consent decree
that required the company
to obtain user permission for
certain changes to privacy
An FTC spokesman said
in a statement Wednesday
that the agency was “aware
of the issues that have been
raised but cannot comment
on whether we are investigating.”
But Facebook’s potential
legal problems continue to
mount. Attorneys general
from New York and Massachusetts have called for additional investigations and
on Tuesday, investors sued
Facebook, saying the company’s inability to protect
user data led to its stock
slump. Sens. Edward J.
Markey (D-Mass.) and Amy
Klobuchar (D-Minn.) demanded on Twitter that
Zuckerberg testify before
“To truly regain the public’s trust, Facebook must
make significant changes so
this doesn’t happen again,”
Klobuchar tweeted.
On Wednesday, California state Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John
Chiang called for outside
oversight during an interview on CNBC, saying that
Facebook couldn’t be left “to
their own devices” to protect
users’ information.
Zuckerberg and Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, had
been roundly criticized for
their silence in the days
since the Cambridge Analytica data misappropriation
scandal erupted. In a statement on Facebook released
Wednesday, Sandberg said
the company knew the incident was “a major violation
of peoples’ trust.”
“I deeply regret that we
didn’t do enough to deal
with it,” she wrote. “Your
trust is at the core of our
service. We know that and
we will work to earn it.”
At least one analyst said
Zuckerberg’s response was a
“step in the right direction.”
While the Cambridge Analytica issue will “remain a
dark cloud over the Facebook name in the nearterm,” Daniel Ives, head of
technology research at GBH
Insights, said the actions
outlined in Zuckerberg’s
statement “should help
users, advertisers, and investors feel more comfortable that Facebook and
Zuckerberg are starting to
get their arms around this issue.”
Twitter: @smasunaga
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
‘Economic outlook has strengthened’
[Fed, from C1]
bank’s meeting this week,
Powell said. Although they
don’t think changes in trade
policy will affect their current economic projections,
they reported that in discussions with business leaders
in their regions, “trade policy has become a concern going forward,” he said.
“It was just that this is a
new risk that probably had
been a low-profile risk that
has become a more prominent risk to the outlook,”
Powell said.
Pressed on the economic
effect of a trade war between
the U.S. and China, Powell
bluntly stated, “We don’t do
trade policy here at the Fed.”
The first noneconomist
to lead the Fed in 40 years,
Powell took a plainspoken
approach to describing the
state of the economy and refused to be drawn into Washington political disputes,
said Diane Swonk, chief
economist at accounting
and advisory firm Grant
“He showed his ability to
dodge and be diplomatic,”
Swonk continued. “He’s a
lawyer and he’s a businessman, and that may be something that will serve him very
Major stock indexes
bounced around during
Powell’s news conference
and ended the day down
slightly. But analysts said he
succeeded in not roiling
markets in his first news
“He managed to keep financial markets fairly calm,”
said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG
Union Bank in New York.
“For a rookie, he did surprisingly well. I would give him
an ‘A.’ ”
The median projection
by Fed policymakers for
economic growth this year
increased to 2.7% from a
2.5% forecast in December,
according to new estimates
released Wednesday. That
was consistent with recent
statements by Powell and
other Fed policymakers that
the tax cuts had boosted
their expectations for economic growth.
The unemployment rate,
Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
FED CHAIRMAN Jerome H. Powell cited tax cuts, solid job gains, strong economic growth in other nations and still-low interest rates.
which was 4.1% in February,
is projected to decline to
3.6% by the end of 2019. It
hasn’t been that low since
growth in 2019 was bumped
up to 2.4% from a 2.1% forecast in December. Despite
the brighter view of the economy, Fed officials held
steady with their forecast for
three total 0.25 percentage
point interest rate hikes this
year, including Wednesday’s.
But the anonymous estimates of members of the
Federal Open Market Committee showed that they
were closely divided on the
number of rate hikes this
“More fed funds rate increases are coming in 2018,
but the FOMC is split right
now between two and three
additional rate hikes,” said
Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. “It depends on
what happens to the economy through the rest of the
Faucher said PNC’s forecast is for three total rate
hikes this year. Swonk predicted that after they see
more economic data, Fed
policymakers will tilt toward
adding a fourth 2018 rate
hike when they release their
next projections in June.
Fed officials did indicate
they planned to hike the rate
three times again in 2019,
compared with a December
forecast of two rate hikes
that year.
If the Fed holds to those
projections, the federal
funds rate would end 2019 at
about 2.9%. The rate would
be 3.4% at the end of 2020, according to the projections.
Noting that is nearly
three years away, Powell said
the 2020 forecast was “highly
“You know we don’t have
the ability to see that far into
the future, so I really
wouldn’t put a lot in that,” he
Given recent signs of increased inflation that triggered financial market gyrations, analysts have speculated the Fed might enact
four 0.25 percentage point
increases this year. Powell
suggested that might happen when he was questioned
at a congressional hearing
Feb. 27.
But Fed officials didn’t
raise any alarms about inflation in their policy statement. Their inflation forecast held steady at 1.9% for
this year, just below the central bank’s 2% annual target.
“There’s no sense in the
data that we’re on the cusp
of an acceleration in inflation,” Powell said.
President Trump and
other administration officials have predicted the tax
cuts would boost U.S. economic growth to a 3% sustained annual rate or higher.
But the Fed’s median
growth projections don’t
show that.
Asked for his own view on
whether 3% growth was attainable, Powell said: “It’s
hard to say, but that is well
above almost all current estimates of potential longrun growth.”
This week’s Fed monetary policy meeting was the
first gathering since the
bout of market turmoil that
began in early February because of fears that the large
tax cuts and a big boost in
federal government spending were pushing up prices
too quickly.
If that happened, the Fed
could increase the pace of interest rate hikes to keep inflation from getting too high.
That would make stocks a
less attractive investment
compared with bonds.
On Feb. 5, Powell’s first
workday after taking over
for Janet L. Yellen, the Dow
Jones industrial average experienced its largest oneday drop, plunging 1,175
points. Three days later, it
tumbled more than 1,000
points again.
The Dow and broader
Standard & Poor’s 500 index
were briefly down 10% from
their recent highs — what’s
considered a market correction. But the Dow and S&P
500 have recovered most of
those losses.
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Musk’s pay pegged to Tesla market value
[Elon Musk, from C1]
mous gains in market value.
Unlike most executive pay
plans, Musk’s is a pure performance package: no salary, no bonus, no stock
Only stock options will be
offered, pegged to Musk’s
ability to lift Tesla’s total
market value far above its
current $56 billion while
meeting specific revenue
and profit milestones.
“It’s a win-win for shareholders and for Musk,” said
Efraim Levy, stock analyst
at CFRA Research. “If the
stock goes up, they both
gain. On the other hand, is it
really necessary to incentivize him [Musk] so highly?
He’s already an owner and
has staked his personal
reputation” on Tesla’s success.
The plan requires Tesla’s
market value to hit $100 billion, up from $53.7 billion today. With every $50-billion
gain after that, Musk is
richly rewarded with stock
options, until Tesla’s market
value hits $650 billion.
Musk’s former pay plan,
formulated in 2012, was also
based mainly on stock options linked to performance.
But the focus was more on
making sure products get
out to market, and less on financial metrics.
Options accounted for
much of the 22% share of the
company Musk now owns.
Last year, Musk’s salary
amounted to $49,720. Under
the new plan, he will no longer be offered a salary.
The value of Musk’s current Tesla holdings, $12 billion, will increase by billions
of dollars if the company’s
market value continues to
grow. A maximum payout
under the new plan would
put Musk’s total ownership
at about 28% with a market
value around $182 billion.
Two major firms that advise institutional shareholders — Glass Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services — had advised clients to
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ELON MUSK’S 22% stake in Tesla is currently valued at $12 billion. A maximum
payout under his new plan would raise his stake to $28%, worth about $182 billion.
reject the plan, mainly because of its large size and
questions about whether
the pay package would provide real motivation for
On the question of moti-
vation, Tesla has said Musk
is dedicated to spreading
human civilization to other
planets, starting with Mars,
which would require enormous sums of money.
Rumors have spread that
Musk wants to leave Tesla
and focus on his rocket company, SpaceX. Musk has denied those rumors.
Right now, Musk is a long
way from hitting any of the
pay plan milestones. The
crucial Tesla Model 3 introduction is in trouble, as
Musk and his team struggle
with serious production
Originally Musk had
planned to be turning out
hundreds of thousands of
Model 3s by now. The demand appears to be there —
last year, the company said
about 455,000 people had
put down $1,000 refundable
In the week of April 1, the
company is expected to reveal whether it has met its
most recent goal of producing 2,500 cars a week.
The company continues
to burn cash and lose money.
Still, Tesla boasts legions of
believers. Although its stock
has been under pressure in
recent weeks, Tesla’s market
value tops General Motors’
by nearly $1 billion.
Tesla stock rose $5.98, or
1.9%, to $316.53 on Wednesday.
T H U R S D A Y , M A R C H 2 2 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
talk and
play a
After players-only
meeting, Jordan has 25
points, 22 rebounds
against Bucks.
By Broderick Turner
Photographs by
Wally Skalij L os Angeles Times
DOING EVERYTHING a projected No. 1 overall draft pick is expected to do, Sam Darnold impressed scouts, coaches and executives
with his passing at USC on Wednesday. “To be able to throw in the rain and tough conditions was awesome,” he said.
Darnold is right on the mark despite wet conditions at USC’s pro day
The NFL scouts, coaches and
team executives were there, but
that’s true for any high-profile pro
day. There was someone else
standing on the sideline at USC’s
Cromwell Field on Wednesday,
however, studying Sam Darnold’s
every spiral. Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox commentator Troy
Aikman watched the rain-soaked
workout from under an umbrella.
Aikman, the former No. 1 overall pick from UCLA, hadn’t set foot
on USC’s campus in 30 years, not
since he and Trojans quarterback
Rodney Peete participated in a
photo shoot before the 1988 season.
But that’s the allure of Darnold,
the favorite to go first in this year’s
draft to the Cleveland Browns.
That team was out in force for this
pro day, with not only the coach,
offensive coordinator, and quarter-
RONALD JONES II, who ran a 4.65 40-yard dash at the recent
NFL combine, went through individual drills Wednesday at USC.
backs coach on campus, but also
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam,
who watched from the stands and
was joined by Darnold’s parents.
Cleveland’s weather showed up
too, with heavy drops turning to a
downpour, and an unfazed
Darnold still zipping throws to his
receivers. He just looked like a kid
having fun, soaked in his longsleeve gray T-shirt and matching
ball cap.
Aikman, for one, was impressed.
“I don’t think I would have been
taken first if it rained on my pro
day,” the three-time Super Bowl
winner said. “I couldn’t throw a wet
ball. Maybe it was something that I
struggled with more than anything. But I thought he had a really
good workout.”
UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen aren’t likely to
wait long to hear their names
called either, especially with all the
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Clippers’ plane took flight to
Milwaukee from Minneapolis late Tuesday night, the
loss to the Timberwolves
still stinging, Austin Rivers,
DeAndre Jordan and Lou
Williams gathered their
teammates for a meeting.
The conversation centered on the group playing
for one another, on playing
as a unit and on sacrificing
for the good of the team.
And then when it came
time to lead in the game after delivering their message,
Jordan, Rivers and Williams
were the catalysts behind
the Clippers’ 127-120 victory
over the Milwaukee Bucks
that broke a four-game losing streak.
It all started with the energy and force Jordan
brought with him, his 14
points and 10 rebounds in
the first quarter setting the
tone and allowing the rest of
the Clippers to follow his
lead in another significant
late-season game for this
Jordan finished with 25
points, 22 rebounds and four
assists. He also made five of
six free throws in the final
1:38, the last two giving the
Clippers a comfortable 122113 lead with 53.1 seconds left.
It was the third 20-20
game of the season for Jordan and 10th of his career.
Rivers took over in the
third quarter, scoring 14 of
his 22 points. He was eight
for 17 from the field, five-fornine from three-point range.
Williams closed it out in
the fourth quarter, scoring
10 of his 19 points for the Clippers, who shot 52.3% from
the field and 50% (15 of 30)
beyond the arc.
Williams also had eight
assists to help the Clippers
defeat the Bucks, who lost
All-Star Giannis Anteto[See Clippers, D4]
‘Snacks’ hitting
sweet (16) spot
Gonzaga’s Norvell
has team-leading 21.5
points over his last
two games.
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
Mike Trout
A superstar
with no ego?
That’s heavenly
By Ben Bolch
Twenty years ago, Zach
Norvell Sr. was a hardcharging guard at Northeastern Illinois who fancied
baked sweets. Cookies, cupcakes, honey buns — he
loved them all, especially
when paired with chocolate
His teammates always
found him indulging in some
sort of sugary treat.
“I used to walk in the crib
with snacks all the time, so
they used to always call me
Wednesday by telephone
from Chicago. “When I had
my son with me, they would
say, ‘Man, it’s Snacks and
Little Snacks.’ That name
stuck with him all the way
through to college.”
Zach Norvell Jr. shared
his father’s name, nickname
and love of treats upon his
arrival at Gonzaga. Only his
feasting on snacks had
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9 Florida State
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largely subsided a few years
earlier out of necessity.
“I felt I was getting a little
bit fleshy,” he said.
Now he just fattens up on
other teams.
The redshirt freshman
shooting guard has become
one of the breakout stars of
the NCAA tournament,
leading the fourth-seeded
Bulldogs (32-4) into a West
[See Gonzaga, D3]
Matt York Associated Press
CHASE UTLEY is going into his 16th season in MLB and fourth with Dodgers.
Hard-nosed Utley still has
some old tricks left in bag
Infielder, 39, gives Dodgers leadership, strong effort
By Bill Shaikin
PHOENIX — When the
doors of the Dodgers clubhouse open every morning,
the first locker that reporters pass is the one that belongs to the team elder.
The camera crews scamper in the direction of Clayton Kershaw or Kenley
Jansen, Matt Kemp or Yasiel
Puig, Cody Bellinger or
Corey Seager.
Chase Utley, the elder,
sits almost unnoticed in his
corner of the clubhouse.
This is the 30th anniversary
of the Dodgers’ last World
Series championship, but
it’s also the 10th anniversary
of the Philadelphia Phillies’
last championship.
Utley, one of the most
valuable players of that era,
is the last position player
from that team remaining in
the majors. Among the fans
in attendance for the 2008
World Series clincher: Mike
Trout, then a high school
senior, now the most valuable player of this era.
“He left it out on the field
every game,” Trout said of
Utley. “You always look at
guys who play hard, and I try
[See Utley, D6]
Mike Trout is not only
one of baseball’s best
players. With the
Angels’ two-time
MVP, what you see is
exactly what he is. A1
Mexico is best
choice for him
Jonathan Gonzalez,
who wanted to play
for U.S., might make
World Cup roster. D2
Ducks’ win gets
them past Kings
With a 4-0 victory
over Calgary,
Anaheim moves into
third in Pacific. D5
Another big
step for Osaka
The Indian Wells
champion knocks off
Serena Williams in
their first meeting. D6
T HU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
U.S.-born Gonzalez may make World Cup
say. But less than three
months after the U.S. team
trudged off a soggy field in
Trinidad, Gonzalez declared
his intention to play internationally for Mexico, which will
take part in the World Cup.
“A lot of people think it’s
just a decision that’s made
from morning to night. But it
took me a long time to figure it
out,” Gonzalez said Wednesday. “I felt being in Mexico
would probably be the best for
For the time being Gonzalez is in San Jose, 100 miles
from Santa Rosa, where he
was born to parents with U.S.
citizenship and Mexican
roots, giving him a choice as to
which country he wanted to
play for. That makes Friday’s
friendly between Mexico and
Iceland in Santa Clara a home
He decided to play for
Mexico after U.S. was
eliminated. Now he
fights for roster spot.
By Kevin Baxter
watched the U.S. national
team’s final World Cup qualifier on TV last fall and still
hasn’t forgotten how he felt after the 2-1 loss to Trinidad and
Tobago knocked the Americans out of this summer’s
tournament in Russia.
“I was bummed out,” he
said, mustering about as
much disappointment as a
teenager can muster.
How much that inspired
what happened next, he won’t
game for Gonzalez, who will
be playing in front of nearly
two dozen friends and family
If he plays, that is. At 18
he’s the youngest player on
the Mexican team and, having
played only 33 minutes for El
Tri, one of the least experienced. But the hamstring injury that sidelined the Galaxy’s Jonathan dos Santos is
giving him an opportunity to
fight for a seat on the plane to
“I will give ourselves until
the last day to make the [roster]. And up to that day, they
will all be considered,” Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio
Though Gonzalez’s present is consumed by thoughts
of the World Cup, he insisted
his decision to play for Mexico
was made with the future in
mind as well.
“That was part of it,” he
said of the chance to play in a
World Cup before he turns 20.
“But I just thought that in
Mexico I could develop better.
It just felt like it was my environment.”
Gonzalez has actually
been playing in Mexico since
2014, when he joined the youth
program of Liga MX club
Monterrey. That was the same
year he played his first game
with an age-group U.S. national team.
He would go on to play 18
more times for U.S. age-group
teams without getting a callup to the senior squad. And
that left the door open for
Mexico. So after Gonzalez became a regular in midfield for
Monterrey’s first team last
summer, Osorio reached out.
There’s wide disagreement about what happened
Gonzalez, who had long
expressed a desire to play for
the U.S., reportedly was disappointed when he wasn’t
called up for the Americans’
November friendly with Portugal. U.S Soccer says it
elected to let Gonzalez stay
with Monterrey, which was in
the Liga MX playoffs.
Gonzalez said no one from
the U.S. talked to him. Thomas Rongen, U.S. Soccer’s chief
scout under former coach
Bruce Arena, told CBS Sports
he had visited the player’s
house three times.
“Most of that was wrong,”
Gonzalez, who made his debut with Mexico in January,
said of the varied stories. “I
at Angels
Still trying
to figure out
what catch is
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at USC, where quarterback Sam Darnold was the featured performer.
There had been little
film of Darnold in rain
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49th day of a 59-day thoroughbred meet.
2423 FIRST RACE (Noon). 1 mile. Claiming.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $12,500. Purse
2427 FIFTH RACE. 11⁄16 mile. Maiden claiming.
Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming
price $30,000. Purse $21,000.
Horse (PP)
Fire to the Wire,4
Uncle Billy,6
Dad’s a Gambler,2
Reverend Al,1
Yo La Tengo,3
S Gonzalez,124
K Desormeaux,124
A Espinoza,XXX114
B Pena,124
E Roman,124
A Quinonez,124
T Pereira,124
2424 SECOND RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Maiden
claiming. Fillies and mares. 4-year-olds and up.
Claiming price $16,000. Purse $17,000.
Horse (PP)
2246 So Euro,3
T Conner,123
3341 Blame the Weather,6 E Maldonado,123 2-1
2246 Knowitallhousewife,7 E Roman,123
2360 Veiled Heat,2
F Ceballos,X118
2246 Her Royalness,1
R Maragh,123
4201 Angel Tears,4
A Espinza,XXX113 15-1
2327 Louder California,5 F Rojas,123
2425 THIRD RACE. 1 mile turf. Allowance optional
claiming. Fillies and mares. 4-year-olds and up.
Claiming price $40,000. Purse $56,000.
Horse (PP)
2350 Vasilika,6
R Maragh,120
2276 Siberian Iris (IRE),7 F Prat,122
(2283) Fahan Mura,12
E Maldonado,120 6-1
2236 War Moccasin,5
K Desormx,124
(2280) Morning Dance,4 S Gonzalez,122
2276 Proud ’n’ Ready,2 D Van Dyke,120
2199 Gone to Town,10
A Quinonez,120 12-1
Kitty Boo (GB),3
V Espinoza,122 12-1
2152 Tammy’s Window,1 T Conner,120
2254 Meanie Irenie,8
F Ceballos,X115 15-1
2199 Rooms,9
E Roman,122
(2384) Princess Kendra,11 R Fuentes,124
Also Eligible
2339 Lady Ninja,13
D Van Dyke,120
2211 Starr of Quality,14 T Pereira,120
2426 FOURTH RACE. 6 furlongs. Maiden.
3-year-olds and up. Purse $54,000.
Horse (PP)
Twisted Road,4
King Cause,2
Blaze of Glory,1
G Franco,126
D Van Dyke,126
J Talamo,126
E Roman,120
F Prat,120
Horse (PP)
Mischievous Song,7
Victoria Falls,1
Cee Sam’s Girl,3
Eye of the River,8
Grecian Fort,6
Sexy Star,5
Dixie Bobbie,9
T Baze,126
T Conner,120
A Espinoza,XXX110
S Gonzalez,126
F Ceballos,X115
R Fuentes,126
R Maragh,120
B Pena,120
K Stra,120
B Harvey,120
2428 SIXTH RACE. 11⁄16 mile. Claiming. Fillies and
mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $12,500.
Purse $16,000.
Horse (PP)
Tiki Bar Logic,7
Tizno’s Dilemma,5
Briartic Gal,4
Quiet No More,2
Lovely Linda,6
Dixie Crystal,1
J Talamo,123
E Roman,123
T Baze,123
F Ceballos,X118
F Martinez,123
T Conner,123
T Pereira,123
E Hernandez,123
2429 SEVENTH RACE. 6 furlongs. Allowance
optional claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming price
$75,000. Purse $56,000.
Horse (PP)
Ax Man,6
Master Ruler,3
D Van Dyke,122
Mn Garcia,122
F Prat,122
T Conner,120
K Desormeaux,120
E Roman,124
2430 EIGHTH RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Maiden special
weight. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up.
Purse $54,000.
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DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Rasheem Green shows his speed and agility on pro day
Twitter: @kbaxter11
at New
did get something in that last
moment when they already
knew Mexico was already talking to me.”
The U.S. has successfully
recruited other Mexican
Americans, such as Jorge Villafaña, Joe Corona, Omar
Gonzalez, Michael Orozco
and Edgar Castillo — all of
whom decided to play for Uncle Sam.
Gonzalez made another
decision. And because of that,
he still has a chance at playing
in the World Cup this summer.
“Every time I go to sleep I
just find a way to try to get into
the squad,” he said. “Whatever I can do to get better and
demonstrate what I’m capable of doing. “
Horse (PP)
Wild At Midnight,4
Pretty Owl,10
Copper Fever,2
Gracious Me,9
Red Shelby,3
Tiz Toffee,7
Baby’s Got Class,8
Life of Illusion,5
Dutton’s Legend,1
D Van Dyke,126
J Talamo,126
F Prat,126
Mn Garcia,120
V Espinoza,126
E Maldonado,120
R Maragh,126
Mt Garcia,120
E Roman,126
T Baze,126
[Farmer, from D1]
quarterback-needy teams
at the top of the draft. The
first five picks go to Cleveland, New York Giants, New
York Jets (thanks to a trade
with Indianapolis), Cleveland again, and Denver.
Even with the stopgap
veterans they’ve signed, all
those teams remain in the
market for quarterbacks.
This year is expected to
mark only the second time
that USC and UCLA
quarterbacks have been
chosen in the same draft.
The first was 1989, when
Aikman went No. 1 to Dallas, and Peete went in the
sixth round to Detroit.
Running the workout for
Darnold was Jordan Palmer, whose brother, Carson,
was USC’s only quarterback
taken No. 1 overall, the top
pick by Cincinnati in 2003.
The way Jordan Palmer sees
it, the similarities between
his brother and the 6-foot-4,
220-pound Darnold are
“I’d say he has 20% less
arm talent than Carson had
at that time — and that’s
not an indictment because a
lot of people have told me
that Carson would be the
No. 1 pick in any draft,”
Jordan said. “But I think
he’s got at least 20% more
athleticism than Carson at
this age. He’s going to play
15 years and win a bunch of
There’s a good chance
Darnold won over some
skeptics Wednesday with
the way he handled the
lousy, wet conditions. Remember, it was in a rainstorm at a private workout
in Berkeley that the Rams
fell in love with quarterback
Jared Goff, whom they
selected first overall in 2016.
“One of my first football
experiences was playing
mud football in the rain,”
Darnold said. “It was cool to
come out here and throw
one last time with the guys
who I’ve been throwing with
the last four years here. To
be able to throw in the rain
and tough conditions was
As was the case with
Rosen at UCLA last week,
Darnold was at center stage,
but there were plenty of
other NFL hopefuls on
display. Running back
Ronald Jones II, defensive
end Rasheem Green and
edge rusher Uchenna
Nwosu did individual drills;
receiver Steven Mitchell Jr.
SCOUTS and Trojans assistant coaches take cover
from the rain while watching prospects.
‘We all know he
can throw it in
75-degree weather
and palm trees. So
I thought this was
great, a perfect
day for him.’
—Jordan Palmer,
who ran Sam Darnold’s
pro day workout at USC
and safety Chris Hawkins
participated in everything,
including bench press and
40-yard dash.
Receiver Deontay Burnett, who plans to have
private workouts for teams,
did not participate in any
drills or running.
While there’s miles of
tape on Darnold, there’s not
much footage of him throwing in the rain before
Wednesday. His only true
rain game at USC came in
2016 at home against Notre
Dame, a 45-27 victory by the
Trojans in which he completed 19 of 29 for 205 yards,
two touchdowns and no
interceptions. There was
pregame rain at Washington that year, but it stopped
before kickoff.
Darnold’s first career
start was at Utah, and it was
expected to pour. There was
only light rain in the first
and third quarters, however,
and not enough to qualify as
a real rain game. It was 40
degrees, though.
Wednesday, Darnold
might as well have been
standing on the shores of
Lake Erie.
“We all know he can
throw it in 75-degree
weather and palm trees,”
Palmer said. “So I thought
this was great, a perfect day
for him to get out there and
… act like it isn’t raining, no
big deal. That’s how he is on
tape, how he is in the locker
room. I thought it was a
great showing for him.”
Turnovers remain a
concern for Darnold. He had
11 fumbles last season — tied
for second-most in Division
I football — and 20 in the
last two years. He had 13
interceptions last season,
and nine in 2016.
He had a conversation
recently with Bill Parcells in
which the legendary coach
advised him to always “get
back in the huddle,” to
quickly put mistakes behind
him and keep pressing
Darnold’s personal
coach has reminded him of
that frequently.
“When you’re the best
player in the country, or
perceived to be the best
player, you get more freedom to do things in the
offense — check to this, run
around and make that play
happen,” Palmer said. “But
the counter to that is when
you’re 20 or 19, that can also
be a problem. You can get
too creative. You can get too
aggressive, too competitive.
“I can guarantee you
right now, he is going to
throw a pick in the NFL, he’s
going to lose a game in the
NFL. He’s going to play long
enough to do it a lot. But
he’s also going to get back in
the huddle.”
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
The NFL’s catch rule
would get less complicated if
team owners approve recommendations from the competition committee.
One of the first orders of
business when the league’s
annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Fla., will be a
proposal by the committee to
clarify what is a catch. Commissioner Roger Goodell
said during the week of the
Super Bowl he would urge
simplification of the rules.
“Catch/no catch is at the
top of everyone’s minds,”
Troy Vincent, the NFL’s football operations chief, said
Wednesday before outlining
the committee’s recommendations.
The owners will be asked
to vote on clarifications that
eliminate parts of the rule involving a receiver going to the
ground, and that also eliminate negating a catch for
slight movement of the ball
while it is in the receiver’s possession. No calls in the last few
years have caused more consternation than overturned
catches in key situations, including those by Dez Bryant,
Jesse James and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Here’s what would constitute a catch if the owners approve the competition committee’s alterations: control of
the ball; getting two feet down;
performing a football act or;
performing a third step.
The stipulation that slight
movement of the ball while
the receiver still has control
no longer would result in an
Vincent pointed to the
touchdown catch by the Philadelphia
Clement in the Super Bowl as
an example of a player never
losing possession of the ball
despite slight movement.
Zay Jones update
Zay Jones is with family
and is going to be fine, the Buffalo Bills receiver’s father said
Wednesday, two days after his
son was arrested following a
naked, bloody argument with
his brother.
Robert Jones posted a
note on his Twitter account
saying Jones “is with me and
his mom,” while adding “he’s
going to be fine!”
Online jail records also
showed the player, whose legal name is Isaiah Avery
Jones, had been released.
The 22-year-old Jones was
arrested after officers were
called to a disturbance in
downtown Los Angeles,
said police spokesman Luis
Garcia. Jones was found
“breaking glass doors and
windows” and arrested on
suspicion of felony vandalism,
Garcia said.
Prosecutors did not immediately file a case against
Jones and have asked police
to further investigate the
matter, district attorney’s office spokesman Paul Eakins
Robert Jones, who lives in
Texas, is a former NFL linebacker, and won three Super
Bowl championships with the
Dallas Cowboys during his 10year career.
Networking draft
Every round of the NFL
draft will air on network television next month for the first
time as Fox will simulcast the
NFL Network’s coverage of
Days 1 and 2 and ESPN’s coverage of Day 3 will be shown on
The first round of the draft
airs in prime time on April 26.
Rounds 2 and 3 are held April
27. The draft concludes with
Rounds 4 through 7 on April
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
at Staples Center
Padgett won’t be
back at Louisville
3 Michigan (30-7) vs.
7 Texas A&M (22-12)
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Time: 4:30 p.m. TV: TBS.
Update: Defense is key for
both teams. Michigan led
the Big Ten Conference in
scoring defense at 63.1 points
a game. Texas A&M has held
opponents to 32% shooting
on three-pointers and 40%
overall. The Wolverines have
won 11 in a row and are in
their fourth regional semifinal in six seasons. The
Aggies’ frontcourt starters
— Tyler Davis, D.J. Hogg and
Robert Williams — are all
6 feet 9 or taller. Texas A&M,
which blew out 2017 NCAA
champion North Carolina in
the second round, has never
reached the Elite Eight.
4 Gonzaga (32-4) vs.
9 Florida State (22-11)
Time: 6:45 p.m. TV: TBS.
Update: Gonzaga has the
nation’s longest active winning streak (16 games) and
its free-throw shooting down
the stretch is a big reason
why. In the final three minutes of their last 14 games,
the Bulldogs have made 50 of
59 free throws. In 19 seasons
with Mark Few as coach,
Gonzaga is 21-5 as the higher
seed, including a 15-1 mark
since 2009. Florida State reached the Sweet 16 with an
impressive second-round
victory over top-seeded Xavier. The Seminoles trailed
by 12 points midway through
the second half but outscored the Musketeers 31-14
down the stretch in a 75-70
at Atlanta
7 Nevada (29-7) vs.
11 Loyola (Ill.) (30-5)
Time: 4 p.m. PDT. TV:
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Update: Nevada rallied from
a14-point second-half deficit
to beat Texas 87-83 in overtime in the first round, then
overcame a 22-point deficit
in the final 11 minutes to stun
No. 2 Cincinnati 75-73 in the
second round. And yet the
Wolf Pack’s story takes a
backseat to that of Loyola
Chicago’s. The Ramblers
beat Miami 64-62 on Donte
Ingram’s three-point shot
just before the buzzer
sounded in the first round,
then eliminated Tennessee
in the second round 63-62 on
Clayton Custer’s basket that
bounced off the rim and in
with 3.6 seconds left. All the
while 98-year-old Sister Jean
Dolores Schmidt, the team’s
chaplain, has become, in her
words, an “international”
5 Kentucky (26-10) vs.
9 Kansas State (24-11)
Time: 6:30 p.m PDT. TV:
Channel 2
Update: With the top four
seeds in the South eliminated, Kentucky is considered the heavy favorite to
reach the Final Four. But
coach John Calipari is wary.
“My challenge is making
sure these kids don’t drink
that poison, that poison being that we have an easy
road. There are no easy
roads in this tournament. If
they drink that poison, we’ll
be done Thursday.” Kentucky again has five freshmen starters, led by Kevin
Knox (15.7 points a game)
and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (14.4 points, 5.1 assists).
Kansas State coach Bruce
Weber is in the Sweet 16 with
his third school, having
guided Southern Illinois to a
regional semifinal in 2002
and Illinois to the national
title game in 2005.
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GONZAGA’S ZACH NORVELL JR. drives to the basket against Ohio State’s
Keita Bates-Diop in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Norvell picking up
play in tournament
[Gonzaga, from D1]
Regional semifinal against
ninth-seeded Florida State
(22-11) on Thursday night at
Staples Center.
A player who averaged
12.3 points during the regular season has upped his
production to a team-leading 21.5 points over his last
two games. Norvell made the
tiebreaking three-pointer
with 20.8 seconds left in the
first round against North
Carolina Greensboro before
logging his first double-double with 28 points and 12 rebounds during a come-frombehind victory over Ohio
State in the second round.
Gonzaga coach Mark
Few has already likened
Norvell’s clutch gene to that
of Bulldogs legends Adam
Morrison and Dan Dickau.
Over the final five minutes of
games this season, Norvell
has scored a team-high 93
points while making 59% of
his shots and 54.5% of his
His teammates have
learned that one made shot
in those situations will likely
be followed by another.
“As soon as that one goes
in,” guard Josh Perkins said,
“I always look for him like,
‘Hey, I’m coming to you.’ ”
Norvell’s fearlessness is a
product of his familiarity
with pressure situations. After his father transferred to
New Mexico State for his final three collegiate seasons,
he would trot out his son as
part of a child dribbling
troupe that performed at
halftime. The kids bounced
the ball between their legs
while running down the
court in front of crowds that
pushed five figures.
Zach Jr. later accompanied his father to his job at
DuSable High in Chicago,
where as a fourth- and fifthgrader he competed against
varsity players and often
took their money in shooting
“They saw a little kid
coming in shooting,” he recalled, “and they’re like, ‘I
have no chance.’”
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completion of the previous one):
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7 Nevada (29-7) vs. 11 Loyola Chicago (30-5) ...........................................4 p.m.
5 Kentucky (26-10) vs. 9 Kansas State (24-11) ....................................*6:30 p.m.
at Staples Center
3 Michigan (30-7) vs. 7 Texas A&M (22-12) ..........................................4:30 p.m.
4 Gonzaga (32-4) vs. 9 Florida State (22-11) .......................................*6:45 p.m.
at Omaha, Neb.
1 Kansas (29-7) vs. 5 Clemson (25-9) ......................................................4 p.m.
2 Duke (28-7) vs. 11 Syracuse (23-13).................................................*6:30 p.m.
at Boston
1 Villanova (32-4) vs. 5 West Virginia (26-10) ........................................4:15 p.m.
2 Purdue (30-6) vs. Texas Tech (26-9)...............................................*6:45 p.m.
The younger Norvell also
delighted his father with his
similar taste in sweets.
“Oh, cupcakes, cookies,
wine candy,” Zach Sr. said of
his son’s preferences.
Wine candy?
“The little hard candy
that you suck on,” he explained. “We call it wine
candy in Chicago.”
The son also strongly
considered Florida State
out of Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, the same
school that produced NBA
players Derrick Rose and
Jabari Parker. But he said
the family vibe and tradition
of Gonzaga made him want
to become a Bulldog after
his official visit.
He sat out last season
while rehabilitating a knee
injury and being buried on
the depth chart as the Bulldogs advanced to the national championship game,
where they lost to North
Carolina. Norvell came off
the bench to start this season before guard Corey
Kispert injured his ankle in
November, creating an opportunity
seized with abandon.
He’s become the team’s
third-leading scorer and
emotional spark plug, prone
to scoring outbursts that
have prompted some to dub
him the Microwave, among
other nicknames.
“I call him Snacks, I call
him Zach, I call him Little
Ugly Dude,” Perkins said
with a smile. “I mean, I call
him everything; that’s my
No one can call the 6foot-5, 205-pounder fat. He
became a pescatarian last
season after some ribbing
about his weight from Few.
“I was only eating
seafood and trying to stay
away from pop and all that
type of juice,” Norvell said,
“and it’s helped me out.”
Being Snacks, of course,
means that he’ll occasionally give in to the temptation of his favorite treat:
chocolate-chip cookies. He
doesn’t pretend that he
bakes his own.
“You just kind of buy
them,” he said. “Gas stations are real simple. Nothing crazy.”
Twitter @latbbolch
Louisville didn’t take
long to make its first offseason move, parting ways
interim men’s basketball
coach David Padgett less
than 24 hours after the Cardinals season ended.
The former Cardinals
player was brought in to
bring calm amid turmoil and
upheaval after the school
placed coach Rick Pitino on
unpaid administrative leave
following its acknowledgment that it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of college basketball .
Padgett did his job.
He went 22-14 after being
elevated from second-year
Louisville assistant last fall.
“It was just a learning experience,” Padgett said
Wednesday at a news conference on campus. “I didn’t
give myself expectations, I
didn’t give my team expectations. But having never done
something before, you’re always going to say, how am I
going to do, doing it for the
first time. All things considered, I think it went really,
really well.”
School officials say they
appreciate the job he did,
but obviously it wasn’t good
Interim athletic director
Vince Tyra thanked Padgett
in a statement for taking
over the program “during incredible
and added, “We expect to determine a new head coach in
a short period to build upon
the great basketball tradition of this university.”
Tyra didn’t elaborate on
candidates to replace Padgett, but later said that
Louisville would seek a toplevel coach.
“It is an elite program, it’s
going to remain an elite program and our opportunity
right now is to hire an elite
coach to maintain that,”
Tyra said.
Pitino was fired in October after 16 seasons. Players
had pushed for the former
Cardinals player to be the interim replacement, and the
33-year-old Padgett guided
the team to a quarterfinal
appearance in the NIT.
Padgett thanked many
people including his wife,
Megan. He also praised Cardinals players for dealing
with a series of incidents,
from the initial investigation
and Pitino’s firing to the removal of the program’s 2013
NCAA championship banner as part of sanctions for
an escort scandal.
“The way they’ve handled this, the way they’ve
made this fun for me is something I’ll always remember
and will always treasure,”
Padgett said. “It’s a group of
14 players that I’ll have a special place in my heart for a
long time.”
Ayton turning pro
Arizona freshman big
man Deandre Ayton is leaving early for the NBA after
one dominating season.
Ayton made the announcement on his Twitter
The 7-foot-1, 260-pound
Ayton was named the Pac-12
player of the year in 2017-18 after averaging 20.1 points on
61% shooting and 11.6 rebounds per game.
The Bahamian big man
has the size of a center, but
the athleticism of a small
He has excellent footwork, a good midrange jump
shot and passes well out of
double teams, traits that
have him projected to be a
lottery pick in the NBA
draft, possibly the No. 1 overall pick.
Also Wednesday, Arizona
coach Sean Miller said in a
statement that he isn’t a
candidate for the coaching
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“IT WAS just a learning
experience,” says David
Padgett, who was 22-14
as interim coach.
vacancy created when the
Stallings after two seasons
earlier this month.
Miller, who grew up in
western Pennsylvania and
played point guard for the
wished his alma mater luck
in its search.
Pitt interviewed former
Indiana coach Tom Crean
and former Ohio State
coach Thad Matta last week.
Crean ended up taking the
coaching job at Georgia.
Rhode Island coach Dan
Hurley is also considered a
target for Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke.
The Panthers are coming
off a miserable season. They
went 8-24 and finished winless in the Atlantic Coast
The Big East has recommended replacing one-anddone with a two-or-none policy in college basketball,
along with NCAA regulation
of agents and the creation of
an elite player unit to focus
on “players with realistic aspirations of playing in the
The Big East’s recommendations come a week after a similar report by the
Pac-12 for the NCAA’s commission on college basketball, led by former secretary
of state Condoleezza Rice.
The commission was created in response to a federal
investigation into corruption in college basketball.
The Big East’s plan
calls for the elimination of
the NBA’s one-and-done
rule, which prohibits its
teams from drafting players
until they are at least 19 or a
year removed from high
Two-or-none would be an
NCAA policy requiring
basketball players who decide to go to college to commit for at least two seasons.
Meanwhile, high school
players who declare for the
NBA draft would forfeit future college eligibility.
Similar to the Pac-12, the
Big East recommended the
NCAA and USA Basketball
take a larger role in what it
calls non-scholastic basketball, the summer camps and
AAU teams and leagues that
have no affiliation with high
schools but often involve
shoe and apparel companies.
Hollingsworth matched his
career high with 30 points
and Western Kentucky advanced to the final four of the
NIT for the first time since
1948 with a 92-84 victory over
Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. ... Sedrick
Barfield scored 19 points
and had three of Utah’s four
three-pointers in overtime
and the Utes beat St. Mary’s
67-58 in Moraga, Calif., in another NIT quarterfinal
game. Donnie Tillman
added 17 points for Utah
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
eyes return
to lineup
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: SCPS-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
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3. Portland
4. Oklahoma City
5. New Orleans
5. San Antonio
7. Minnesota
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“Listen, I’ve been here for four
years and I’ve only ever been to the
playoffs,” Rivers said. “I told DJ the
same thing. I said, ‘I’m not trying
to go backwards.’ And if we do lose
and we don’t make the playoffs, we
at least go into the summer like,
‘You know what? We gave it everything we got.’
“I don’t want to go into the summer and not making the playoffs
and us being like, ‘Man, we just fell
apart there. We should have did
this.’ I don’t like that kind of stuff.
So, I felt like it was only right for me
and DJ to do that. I’m glad we had
it. We needed it.”
MILWAUKEE — Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, who sat out
a 14th consecutive game because of
a nondisplaced fracture of the right
hand, has been cleared to play
again and has said he hopes to return to the lineup next week after
the team’s four-game trip.
Gallinari is targeting Tuesday
night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center as his
return date.
At least that’s what he told Sky
Sport, an Italian sports website.
“I hope to do it on the court before the end of the month,” said
Gallinari, who is not on the trip
with the Clippers. “The hand is better. I did the latest test [Tuesday],
positive results. So now I can start
the rehabilitation.”
Before the Clippers defeated
the host Bucks 127-120 Wednesday
night, coach Doc Rivers said it was
“good news” to hear that Gallinari
might play Tuesday.
“I know he’s progressing,” Rivers said. “I think he’s doing better,
but I don’t ever get involved in that
part, you know that. All I worry
about is the guys in that locker
room right now. I worry about
Gallo. We need him back.”
Gallinari has sat out 52 games
this season because of an assortment of injuries.
In the 19 games he has played,
Gallinari has averaged 15.9 points,
4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
That’s what the Clippers were
expecting from him when they executed a sign-and-trade that netted the 6-foot-10 forward a threeyear deal worth $65 million. But he
hasn’t been around enough to give
the Clippers what they need.
The Clippers are in the hunt for
a playoff spot in the Western Conference and need more healthy
bodies and another playmaker.
They trail the Utah Jazz, who occupy the final West playoff spot, by
two games.
The Clippers, who travel to Indiana and Toronto this week, will
have nine regular-season games
left after the trip.
“Listen, we have key guys out,”
Rivers said. “We’ve had them out
all year, but in Gallo’s case, it really
hurts when you take Tobias [Harris] off the floor, we don’t have a lot
of shooting left. It is what it is,
though. And we’ve been fine. We’ll
get through it.”
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2. x-Boston
3. Cleveland
4. Philadelphia
5. Indiana
6. Washington
7. Miami
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11. New York
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13. Brooklyn
14. Atlanta
14. Orlando
x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division
at New Orleans
at Charlotte
at Houston
at Sacramento
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at Dallas
5 p.m.
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4 p.m.
5 p.m.
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James’ 35 points, 17
assists lift Cavaliers
The Toronto Raptors have built
a roster full of talented players who
appear more poised than ever to
challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers
for Eastern Conference supremacy
in the coming months.
But Wednesday night’s 132-129
loss to the Cavaliers offered another reminder that for all the stability
and accomplishments Dwane
Casey and his team have earned
throughout this season, they still
have to contend with the one player
who has tortured them for years:
LeBron James.
James scored 35 points, dished
out 17 assists and grabbed seven rebounds, repeatedly making big
plays when the Cavaliers needed
them most as he has done so
many times to break the Raptors’
at Philadelphia 119, Memphis 105:
Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and
Dario Saric each had 15 points to
pace all five Philadelphia starters
in double-figures, and the 76ers
continued their push for homecourt advantage in the playoffs.
Charlotte 111, at Brooklyn 105:
Dwight Howard had 32 points and
30 rebounds, becoming only the
second player in the NBA with a 3030 game since 1982, and the Hornets stormed back after trailing by
as many 23 points in the second
at Miami 119, New York 98: Tyler
Johnson hit back-to-back threepointers in the third quarter to
spark a run to put Miami in control
for good. Kelly Olynyk finished
with 22 points and a career-high 10
assists for the Heat.
Denver 135, at Chicago 102: Nikola
Jokic had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the
Nuggets shot 61.4% (51 for 83) from
the field and had seven players
score in double figures. Wilson
Chandler made five of the Nuggets’
20 three-pointers.
At New Orleans 96, Indiana 92:
Anthony Davis capped a 28-point,
13-rebound, five-block performance with a 15-foot baseline fade, a
gritty put-back and two free throws
in the final minute for the Pelicans.
E’Twaun Moore scored 23 for New
Orleans, which had to overcome a
scrappy defensive effort by Indiana to win its third straight.
at San Antonio 98, Washington 90:
LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points
and nine rebounds, and the Spurs
won their fifth straight. San Antonio remained in sixth place in the
Western Conference, one-half
game behind fourth-place Oklahoma City.
Clippers 127, at Milwaukee 120
— associated press
THE CLIPPERS’ Sam Dekker is fouled by Milwaukee’s Sterling Brown as he takes a shot during
the first half. The Clippers ended a four-game losing streak and are two games out of a playoff spot.
Austin Rivers sends a message
about unity in players’ meeting
[Clippers, from D1]
kounmpo to a sprained right ankle
injury that kept him out of the second half.
Antetokounmpo, who had 37
points in a loss at Cleveland on
Monday, had 12 points before departing. The team didn’t have an
update on Antetokounmpo’s condition after the game.
Austin Rivers said he called the
players-only meeting to tell his
teammates that, “We’re not going
out like this.”
His message was: “I was just
like, ‘If we’re going to go out, we’re
going to go out together. If we’re going to lose, we’re going to lose together. If we’re going to win, we’re
going to win together. No more
bickering. No more, we need to do
this. No more questioning each
other, the coaches, whoever. We’ve
got to be one team, one unit,
playing with high energy and compete. Let’s play harder than the
other team and then if they beat us,
you tip your hat to them. But no
more of this ... losing team kind of
mind-set. That’s what losing
teams have. We’re not one of those
“I thought it was only right we
have one of those.”
Though they remained in 10th
place in the Western Conference,
the Clippers gained some ground
in the playoff picture. They are two
games behind the eighth-place
Utah Jazz.
Cavaliers 132, Raptors 129
Heat 119, Knicks 98
Harris ..............35 6-14 3-3 2-7 4 2 18
Johnson ...........27 2-9 2-2 3-6 0 1 7
Jordan .............37 9-13 7-12 8-22 4 3 25
Rivers ..............38 8-17 1-2 1-3 4 3 22
Teodosic...........27 5-8 1-2 0-2 4 1 15
L.Williams.........32 6-11 5-5 0-1 8 2 19
Thornwell..........15 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2
Dekker .............12 2-2 2-2 1-2 1 1 6
Harrell .............10 6-10 1-1 1-3 1 1 13
Evans ................2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
45-86 22-29 16-47 26 16 127
Shooting: Field goals, 52.3%; free throws, 75.9%
Three-point goals: 15-30 (Rivers 5-9, Teodosic 4-5, Harris 3-5, L.Williams 2-6, Johnson 1-4, Thornwell 0-1). Team
Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 19 (37 PTS). Blocked Shots:
3 (Johnson, L.Williams, Rivers). Turnovers: 19 (Jordan 7,
L.Williams 5, Thornwell 3, Harris 2, Teodosic 2). Steals: 12
(Harrell 2, Harris 2, L.Williams 2, Rivers 2, Thornwell 2,
Johnson, Teodosic). Technical Fouls: None.
Beasley............34 10-15 0-0 1-7 3 1 22
Hardwy Jr..........31 5-15 1-1 3-3 1 2 12
Kanter..............30 8-13 7-9 7-13 3 2 23
Lee..................19 2-7 0-0 0-1 3 2 5
Mudiay.............28 3-10 2-2 0-4 4 1 8
Burke...............25 6-11 0-0 1-7 2 1 16
Ntilikina ...........19 1-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 3
O’Quinn............14 3-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 6
Hicks ...............13 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 0
Dotson.............12 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 3
Williams.............9 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 0
39-89 10-12 13-40 21 16 98
Shooting: Field goals, 43.8%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 10-31 (Burke 4-7, Beasley 2-3,
Lee 1-3, Ntilikina 1-3, Dotson 1-4, Hardaway Jr. 1-8,
Hicks 0-1, Mudiay 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 14 (27 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Hicks). Turnovers:
14 (Beasley 3, Burke 3, Hardaway Jr. 2, Dotson, Hicks,
Lee, Ntilikina, O’Quinn, Williams). Steals: 6 (Kanter 2,
Mudiay 2, Beasley, Hardaway Jr.). Technical Fouls: None.
Anunoby...........15 2-4 0-0
0-0 1 3 5
Ibaka...............23 2-8 2-2
0-4 2 4 6
Valancns ..........20 6-6 2-3
2-8 2 1 15
DeRozan ..........35 6-15 9-10 1-3 5 3 21
Lowry...............32 7-10 4-4
0-4 7 4 24
VanVleet...........29 6-13 0-0
0-1 5 2 16
Poeltl...............26 8-13 1-2
7-8 1 2 17
Siakam ............26 4-9 0-0
0-2 4 3 9
Wright..............20 4-6 2-2
0-2 5 0 12
Powell..............10 2-3 0-0
0-1 0 1 4
47-87 20-23 10-33 32 23 129
Shooting: Field goals, 54.0%; free throws, 87.0%
Three-point goals: 15-34 (Lowry 6-9, VanVleet 4-9,
Wright 2-3, Anunoby 1-1, Valanciunas 1-1, Siakam 1-3,
Powell 0-1, DeRozan 0-3, Ibaka 0-4). Team Rebounds:
5. Team Turnovers: 7 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Wright
2, Poeltl, Siakam, Valanciunas). Turnovers: 7 (Poeltl 2,
Anunoby, DeRozan, Ibaka, Powell, Valanciunas).
Steals: 4 (VanVleet 3, Poeltl). Technical Fouls: None.
Green ..............37 4-9 5-6 0-2 1 5 15
James..............39 11-19 12-14 1-7 17 2 35
Love ................29 8-15 3-4 1-12 4 1 23
Calderon ..........27 5-7 0-0 0-1 4 2 14
Hill ..................35 10-11 0-0 0-3 0 4 22
Smith ..............27 4-6 0-0 1-5 1 2 10
Clarkson...........20 2-7 0-0 0-0 1 2 4
Zizic.................15 2-3 2-2 0-1 0 0 6
Holland..............5 1-1 1-2 1-1 0 0 3
47-78 23-28 4-32 28 18 132
Shooting: Field goals, 60.3%; free throws, 82.1%
Three-point goals: 15-24 (Calderon 4-4, Love 4-6,
Hill 2-2, Smith 2-3, Green 2-4, James 1-3, Clarkson
0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 9 (13 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 3 (Green, Hill, Smith). Turnovers: 9
(Calderon 2, Hill 2, Clarkson, Green, Love, Smith, Zizic).
Steals: 4 (Hill 2, James, Love). Technical Fouls: None.
38 41 20 30— 129
42 22 34 34— 132
Antetokounmpo .16 5-9 2-3 0-2 2 1 12
Middleton.........36 9-17 2-2 0-4 6 4 23
Henson ............25 4-5 2-2 1-7 3 1 10
Bledsoe ...........35 7-15 4-8 1-3 8 1 19
Terry ................29 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 6
Parker ..............30 9-15 2-2 2-6 3 4 20
Maker ..............14 2-4 0-0 0-2 2 5 4
Muhammad ......13 6-8 0-0 2-4 2 0 12
Brown ..............12 3-4 0-0 2-3 1 3 7
Snell................10 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2
Zeller .................8 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 2
Jennings.............6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 3
50-91 12-17 8-33 33 20 120
Shooting: Field goals, 54.9%; free throws, 70.6%
Three-point goals: 8-26 (Middleton 3-5, Terry 2-6,
Brown 1-1, Jennings 1-1, Bledsoe 1-4, Antetokounmpo 0-1,
Maker 0-1, Snell 0-3, Parker 0-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Team
Turnovers: 14 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Antetokounmpo
3, Henson, Parker). Turnovers: 14 (Antetokounmpo 4,
Parker 3, Bledsoe 2, Jennings 2, Middleton 2, Brown).
Steals: 10 (Middleton 4, Parker 2, Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe, Jennings, Muhammad). Technical Fouls: None.
L.A. Clippers
38 26 33 30— 127
24 33 26 37— 120
A—17,916. T—2:16. O—Ron Garretson, Marat Kogut,
Scott Wall
J.Johnson .........22 1-2 1-2 0-5 6 2 3
Richrdsn...........27 5-6 0-0 0-3 5 2 12
Adebayo...........13 3-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 6
Dragic..............24 5-11 4-4 1-2 5 1 14
T.Johnson .........26 9-13 0-1 0-2 2 3 22
Olynyk..............29 8-11 4-5 0-5 10 3 22
Ellington...........25 6-12 0-0 2-4 1 0 16
Winslow ...........25 6-14 2-3 0-1 2 2 15
McGruder .........23 2-4 1-2 0-3 0 2 7
Walton Jr. ...........5 0-0 2-2 1-4 0 0 2
Babbitt ..............5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Mickey ...............5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Haslem ..............5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
45-81 14-19 5-32 31 17 119
Shooting: Field goals, 55.6%; free throws, 73.7%
Three-point goals: 15-34 (T.Johnson 4-6, Ellington
4-7, McGruder 2-3, Richardson 2-3, Olynyk 2-4, Winslow 1-6, Babbitt 0-1, Haslem 0-1, Dragic 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 7 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2
(J.Johnson, Richardson). Turnovers: 7 (T.Johnson 3,
Dragic 2, Adebayo, Ellington). Steals: 9 (Richardson 3,
McGruder 2, Ellington, J.Johnson, Olynyk, Walton Jr.).
Technical Fouls: None.
New York
26 21 30 21— 98
27 37 35 20— 119
Pelicans 96, Pacers 92
A—19,600. T—1:58. O—James Capers, Sean Corbin,
Aaron Smith
Hornets 111, Nets 105
Bogdanovic.......33 4-10 0-0 1-3 1 2 9
T.Young ............31 3-12 3-4 5-10 2 3 9
Turner ..............34 4-15 5-5 2-10 1 5 13
Collison............31 4-11 1-1 1-3 6 1 11
Oladipo............35 7-16 4-4 0-8 3 5 21
Joseph .............23 4-11 0-0 1-4 0 1 8
Booker.............17 5-8 0-0 2-4 0 2 10
Stephenson ......13 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 5
Robinson III ......10 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2
Jefferson ............9 1-3 2-2 3-4 1 1 4
34-93 17-18 15-48 15 21 92
Shooting: Field goals, 36.6%; free throws, 94.4%
Three-point goals: 7-22 (Oladipo 3-7, Collison 2-4,
Bogdanovic 1-3, Stephenson 1-3, Joseph 0-1, Turner
0-2, T.Young 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers:
14 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Turner 2, Jefferson, Joseph, Oladipo). Turnovers: 14 (Collison 4, Oladipo 4,
Stephenson 2, Turner 2, Booker, Jefferson). Steals: 13
(Joseph 3, T.Young 3, Robinson III 2, Booker, Collison,
Oladipo, Stephenson, Turner). Technical Fouls: coach
Pacers (Defensive three second), 8:16 fourth.
Kdd-Glchrst.......20 2-5 5-6 3-4 0 1 9
Williams...........22 0-6 0-0 0-2 1 1 0
Howard ............34 10-17 12-21 11-30 1 3 32
Lamb...............32 8-13 0-0 2-7 2 4 17
Walker .............37 6-25 11-11 2-5 6 1 24
Bacon..............27 3-7 0-0 0-6 0 1 6
Kaminsky .........25 4-10 3-3 0-4 3 4 11
Monk...............16 1-7 2-2 1-3 5 0 5
Hernangmz .......13 1-3 3-4 4-7 0 1 5
Graham .............8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
36-94 36-47 23-68 18 16 111
Shooting: Field goals, 38.3%; free throws, 76.6%
Three-point goals: 3-16 (Lamb 1-2, Monk 1-4, Walker
1-5, Kaminsky 0-2, Williams 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11.
Team Turnovers: 13 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (KiddGilchrist, Lamb). Turnovers: 13 (Howard 6, Bacon 2, Lamb
2, Monk 2, Kaminsky). Steals: 3 (Walker 2, Williams).
Technical Fouls: coach Steve Clifford, 8:00 second
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OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors, right,
knocks the ball loose from LeBron James of the
host Cleveland Cavaliers, who won 132-129.
A—20,562. T—2:23. O—J.T. Orr, Mike Callahan, Josh
Spurs 98, Wizards 90
76ers 119, Grizzlies 105
Morris..............25 2-6 1-2 0-3 1 0 5
Porter Jr............33 5-13 0-0 0-7 4 0 12
Gortat..............19 2-3 3-4 0-5 1 3 7
Beal ................31 9-13 1-1 0-0 1 1 21
Satoransky .......31 0-8 0-0 4-6 6 2 0
Oubre Jr. ..........33 9-17 0-0 2-6 3 2 21
Sessions ..........24 2-8 3-4 1-3 5 1 7
Mahinmi...........23 4-8 4-5 2-3 3 5 12
Frazier..............13 1-5 0-0 0-1 3 2 2
Smith ................4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3
35-83 12-16 9-35 27 16 90
Shooting: Field goals, 42.2%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 8-25 (Oubre Jr. 3-6, Porter Jr.
2-4, Beal 2-5, Smith 1-2, Mahinmi 0-1, Morris 0-1,
Satoransky 0-1, Frazier 0-2, Sessions 0-3). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 12 (21 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Oubre Jr. 2, Morris, Porter Jr.). Turnovers: 12
(Gortat 3, Beal 2, Oubre Jr. 2, Sessions 2, Morris, Porter
Jr., Satoransky). Steals: 11 (Mahinmi 2, Oubre Jr. 2,
Porter Jr. 2, Sessions 2, Frazier, Morris, Satoransky).
Technical Fouls: None.
Green ..............27 5-10 3-4 1-7 2 2 14
Martin..............24 1-7 6-8 1-5 1 1 8
Gasol...............24 2-8 0-0 0-6 4 3 5
Brooks .............21 6-9 1-2 0-0 1 1 14
Harrison ...........16 1-4 0-0 1-1 1 2 2
Weber ..............22 1-5 0-0 1-1 4 2 2
Selden .............21 5-12 5-5 1-2 4 1 18
Davis ...............20 8-14 0-0 5-11 2 4 16
Chalmers..........20 4-8 0-0 0-4 5 2 10
Parsons............16 1-6 0-0 0-2 0 0 2
McLemore ........12 2-10 0-0 3-4 0 2 5
B.Johnson.........10 4-6 1-1 2-4 1 0 9
40-99 16-20 15-47 25 20 105
Shooting: Field goals, 40.4%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 9-27 (Selden 3-6, Chalmers 2-4,
Brooks 1-3, Gasol 1-3, Green 1-3, McLemore 1-4, Harrison 0-1, Parsons 0-1, Martin 0-2). Team Rebounds: 14.
Team Turnovers: 13 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (B.Johnson, Gasol). Turnovers: 13 (Brooks 4, Weber 4,
Chalmers 3, Green, McLemore). Steals: 6 (Weber 3,
Brooks, Chalmers, McLemore). Technical Fouls: None.
Davis ...............35 9-14 9-9 2-13 1 2 28
E.Moore ...........34 10-15 0-0 2-3 0 2 23
Okafor ...............9 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Holiday ............32 4-10 1-4 1-4 5 4 10
Rondo..............28 1-6 0-0 0-6 6 4 2
Mirotic .............27 6-16 1-2 0-6 1 1 15
Clark ...............24 1-7 4-4 0-2 1 2 6
Miller ...............20 1-3 0-0 0-4 1 0 3
Diallo...............19 2-3 5-5 4-10 0 4 9
Drew II...............7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
34-79 20-24 10-50 15 19 96
Shooting: Field goals, 43.0%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 8-23 (E.Moore 3-4, Mirotic 2-9,
Davis 1-1, Holiday 1-3, Miller 1-3, Clark 0-1, Rondo
0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 18 (15 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 11 (Davis 5, Mirotic 2, Okafor 2, Diallo,
Holiday). Turnovers: 18 (E.Moore 4, Davis 3, Holiday 3,
Clark 2, Diallo 2, Rondo 2, Miller, Mirotic). Steals: 4
(E.Moore 2, Davis, Holiday). Technical Fouls: None.
25 25 19 23— 92
New Orleans
24 27 16 29— 96
Carroll..............29 4-14 2-6 0-6 1 4 11
Hollis-Jffrsn.......30 5-13 3-4 2-5 3 6 13
Allen................25 3-4 0-0 4-9 0 6 6
Crabbe.............28 3-8 1-1 0-5 2 5 9
Russell.............28 7-17 3-4 0-4 5 2 19
LeVert ..............26 6-15 0-1 2-5 4 5 14
Dinwiddie .........24 4-7 3-3 1-2 2 2 13
Harris ..............23 4-9 2-2 0-6 3 1 11
Acy..................22 3-6 0-0 1-4 2 5 9
39-93 14-21 10-46 22 36 105
Shooting: Field goals, 41.9%; free throws, 66.7%
Three-point goals: 13-37 (Acy 3-6, Dinwiddie 2-4, LeVert 2-4, Crabbe 2-5, Russell 2-5, Harris 1-4, Carroll 1-8,
Allen 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 12 (16
PTS). Blocked Shots: 11 (Allen 4, Acy 2, Crabbe 2, Harris,
Hollis-Jefferson, Russell). Turnovers: 12 (Hollis-Jefferson
3, Allen 2, Russell 2, Acy, Carroll, Crabbe, Dinwiddie, LeVert). Steals: 6 (Hollis-Jefferson 3, Harris 2, LeVert). Technical Fouls: None.
22 21 32 36— 111
34 28 25 18— 105
Anderson..........29 7-8 1-2 3-4 4 3 16
Green ..............28 3-10 0-0 1-4 0 1 7
Aldridge ...........30 12-23 3-3 3-9 4 1 27
Mills ................31 2-9 2-2 1-2 3 3 7
Murray .............28 4-6 0-1 4-10 2 0 9
Gay .................19 2-5 5-6 0-5 1 1 10
Ginobili ............17 3-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 7
Parker ..............16 1-2 0-0 0-3 3 2 2
Gasol...............15 3-4 2-4 0-2 1 2 8
Forbes ...............8 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 2
Bertans..............6 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 3
Lauvergne...........4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Paul ..................3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
39-79 13-18 12-42 21 17 98
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws, 72.2%
Three-point goals: 7-23 (Anderson 1-1, Ginobili 1-1,
Murray 1-1, Bertans 1-2, Gay 1-2, Green 1-6, Mills 1-8,
Aldridge 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 15
(15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 10 (Gasol 3, Green 3,
Aldridge 2, Anderson, Gay). Turnovers: 15 (Anderson 3,
Gasol 3, Green 3, Gay 2, Bertans, Forbes, Mills, Paul).
Steals: 7 (Mills 3, Ginobili 2, Aldridge, Murray). Technical Fouls: None.
18 26 16 30— 90
San Antonio
18 32 27 21— 98
A—14,148. T—2:16. O—Karl Lane, Kane Fitzgerald,
Scott Twardoski
A—10,231. T—2:25. O—Gary Zielinski, Lauren
Holtkamp, Bill Spooner
A—18,418. T—2:09. O—Leroy Richardson, Nick
Buchert, Jason Phillips
Covington .........22 6-9 0-0 0-2 1 3 15
Saric ...............23 5-9 2-3 0-3 2 3 15
Embiid .............19 4-10 6-6 1-7 4 2 14
Redick .............17 5-9 2-2 0-3 1 1 15
B.Simmns.........24 6-9 1-1 1-7 9 1 13
Belinelli............32 6-10 1-1 0-0 2 3 15
Anderson..........23 2-8 2-2 0-2 1 5 6
Ilyasova............20 3-7 0-0 1-5 0 1 6
McConnell ........15 2-2 0-0 0-3 7 1 4
Holmes ............15 3-4 2-5 1-5 2 0 8
A.Johnson ..........9 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 2
Young ................9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Jackson .............7 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4
46-84 16-20 4-38 32 21 119
Shooting: Field goals, 54.8%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 11-31 (Covington 3-4, Redick
3-6, Saric 3-6, Belinelli 2-6, Holmes 0-1, Ilyasova 0-1,
Embiid 0-2, Anderson 0-5). Team Rebounds: 6. Team
Turnovers: 14 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (A.Johnson,
Belinelli, Embiid, Saric). Turnovers: 14 (B.Simmons 3,
Holmes 2, Redick 2, Anderson, Belinelli, Embiid, Jackson, McConnell, Saric, Young). Steals: 8 (B.Simmons
2, A.Johnson, Covington, Embiid, Ilyasova, Jackson,
Saric). Technical Fouls: None.
19 25 25 36— 105
26 32 41 20— 119
A—10,411. T—2:07. O—Tony Brothers, Ben Taylor,
Mitchell Ervin
Nuggets 135, Bulls 102
Chandler ..........29 6-9 2-2 1-5 3 1 19
Millsap.............26 8-9 5-6 1-8 3 2 22
Jokic................23 9-11 1-1 2-7 5 1 21
Barton .............25 7-9 0-0 0-3 5 1 16
Murray .............29 5-14 3-3 1-5 7 1 16
D.Harris............24 5-8 1-1 1-3 5 1 14
Plumlee ...........19 2-2 0-1 0-3 1 1 4
Craig ...............18 3-6 1-2 1-4 1 1 7
Lyles................18 4-10 0-0 1-6 1 2 10
Beasley............12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 3
Arthur ................7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 3
Jefferson ............4 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0 0
51-83 13-16 8-45 34 13 135
Shooting: Field goals, 61.4%; free throws, 81.3%
Three-point goals: 20-35 (Chandler 5-7, D.Harris
3-6, Murray 3-6, Jokic 2-2, Barton 2-3, Lyles 2-5, Millsap 1-1, Arthur 1-2, Beasley 1-2, Craig 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 17 (12 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Arthur, Barton, Chandler, D.Harris, Millsap,
Murray). Turnovers: 17 (Chandler 3, D.Harris 3, Millsap
3, Murray 3, Barton, Beasley, Craig, Jokic, Plumlee).
Steals: 9 (Millsap 5, Murray 2, D.Harris, Plumlee). Technical Fouls: None.
Valentine ..........24 4-13 0-2 1-2 3 1 10
Zipser ..............17 2-9 0-0 0-1 2 3 6
Felicio..............28 7-9 2-2 2-5 1 1 16
Holiday ............22 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 3
Payne ..............23 4-7 0-0 0-1 6 3 11
Portis...............26 5-11 4-4 2-8 2 3 15
Nwaba .............25 5-11 1-2 2-4 3 5 11
Grant ...............24 3-7 4-4 0-0 7 2 10
Vonleh .............23 5-8 0-0 1-8 1 1 14
Blakeney ..........23 3-9 0-0 1-3 3 2 6
39-89 11-14 9-34 29 22 102
Shooting: Field goals, 43.8%; free throws, 78.6%
Three-point goals: 13-38 (Vonleh 4-6, Payne 3-4,
Zipser 2-7, Valentine 2-8, Holiday 1-4, Portis 1-4, Blakeney 0-1, Grant 0-2, Nwaba 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6.
Team Turnovers: 15 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Vonleh
2, Nwaba, Payne). Turnovers: 15 (Felicio 2, Grant 2,
Holiday 2, Payne 2, Portis 2, Valentine 2, Blakeney, Vonleh, Zipser). Steals: 12 (Valentine 5, Nwaba 2, Payne 2,
Felicio, Grant, Vonleh). Technical Fouls: None.
39 38 36 22— 135
25 21 24 32— 102
A—20,671. T—1:57. O—Marc Davis, Jonathan Sterling, Bennie Adams
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
Ducks are moving
on up after victory
After rout, they rise to
sixth-place tie in the
conference, one point
ahead of the Kings.
associated press
Jeff McIntosh Associated Press
THE DUCKS’ Francois Beauchemin keeps Calgary’s Garnet Hathaway away
from the net during the second period. Beauchemin had a goal and an assist.
CALGARY, Canada —
John Gibson stopped 29
shots to lead the Ducks over
the Calgary Flames 4-0 on
Wednesday night.
Gibson earned his fourth
shutout of the season and
16th of his career. He is 12-3-1
in his last 16 starts.
had a goal and an assist for
the Ducks, and Andrew
Cogliano, Ondrej Kase and
Hamphus Lindholm also
scored for the Ducks, who’ve
won four straight and are
tied with Colorado for sixth
in the Western Conference,
one point ahead of the
Mike Smith started in
goal for Calgary but was replaced after allowing three
goals on 11 shots. Rookie
David Rittich stopped four
of the five shots he faced.
dropped four straight and
are seven points out of the final wild card.
Gibson made his best
stops in the third period. A
couple minutes apart, he
stuck out a pad to deny
Dougie Hamilton’s onetimer, then turned aside
Johnny Gaudreau on a
breakaway as the Flames fell
to 15-18-4 at the Scotiabank
booed off the ice after the
Calgary didn’t score on
two power plays and is now
one for 35 in the last 12
games. And it was while the
Flames were on the man advantage that the Ducks took
the lead.
Less than a minute after
Hamilton put a shot off the
crossbar, Hamilton and
Mark Giordano got tangled
up in their own corner, allowing the puck to squirt free.
Cogliano corralled it and
made a nice move on Smith
for a short-handed goal.
The Ducks made the
score 2-0 at 8:58 of the second when Kase broke in off
the wing on a one-on-one,
spun around and put a backhand shot through Smith’s
pads. The Ducks went ahead
3-0 with 1:05 left in the period
on Lindholm’s slap shot
from the blue line.
Calgary trailed 3-0 despite holding a 23-11 edge in
shots on goal. Smith has
struggled since returning
from a lower-body injury two
weeks ago that sidelined him
for a month.
Matt Stajan of Calgary
appeared in his 1,000th
game, including 555 with
Flames. ... The Ducks’ Jason
Chimera played in his 1,100th
San Jose
St. Louis
Note: Overtime or shootout losses worth one point.
New Jersey
N.Y. Rangers
N.Y. Islanders
x-Tampa Bay
x-clinched playoff spot
John Gibson stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout this
season and 16th of his career.
Clayton Keller had two assists to set the Coyotes franchise
record for most points by a rookie with 55.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and became
the third active player with 700 assists.
Jaden Schwartz scored his second goal of the game 30
seconds into overtime.
For complete NHL summaries, go to
Stacy Bengs Associated Press
DEREK FORBORT of the Kings, left, and Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild collide in the first period Mon-
KINGS at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Arizona at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.
Edmonton at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
New York Rangers at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
Florida at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Washington at Detroit, 4:30 p.m.
Toronto at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Vegas at San Jose, 7 p.m.
DUCKS at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Boston at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Vancouver at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
Vegas at Colorado, noon
Chicago at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Carolina at Ottawa, 4 p.m.
Nashville at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
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:
1. Colorado (C)
Forbort has cut-above toughness
By Curtis Zupke
KINGS at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Calgary at San Jose, 1 p.m.
Buffalo at New York Rangers, 4 p.m.
Arizona at Florida, 4 p.m.
Washington at Montreal, 4 p.m.
St. Louis at Columbus, 4 p.m.
WEST (Division)
day. Forbort was cut on the right ear by Parise’s skate and took 15 stitches but returned for the second period.
EAST (Division)
1. Philadelphia (M)
2. KINGS (P)
2. New Jersey (M)
3. St. Louis (C)
3. Florida (A)
4. Dallas (C)
4. Carolina (M)
5. Calgary (P)
5. N.Y. Rangers (M)
6. Edmonton (P)
6. N.Y. Islanders (M)
Ovechkin, Washington ........... 44
Laine, Winnipeg ................... 43
Malkin, Pittsburgh ................ 41
Staal, Minnesota ................. 39
Seguin, Dallas ..................... 39
Karlsson, Vegas ................... 39
Kucherov, Tampa Bay ............ 94
Malkin, Pittsburgh ................ 91
MacKinnon, Colorado ............ 91
McDavid, Edmonton ............. 90
Giroux, Philadelphia ............. 87
Stamkos, Tampa Bay ............ 85
Karlsson, Vegas ................. +40
Marchessault, Vegas ........... +32
Smith, Vegas ..................... +32
Marchand, Boston .............. +30
Gourde, Tampa Bay ............ +30
Nemeth, Colorado .............. +28
DENVER — Visits to Minnesota are usually a special
affair for Derek Forbort.
He’s from Duluth and always
has family and friends to
greet when the Kings come to
About 15 of them were in
attendance this week, including parents Keith and Mary,
when the trip took a scary
turn. Forbort got cut on his
right ear when the skate of
Minnesota Wild forward
Zach Parise struck him in an
awkward play. He immediately went to the trainer’s
room in discomfort.
“I’m sure my mom was a
little worried, but the doctors
did a good job of getting me
stitched up and back out for
the second [period],” Forbort
Forbort said he received
about 15 stitches, and he returned to the game for his
usual grunt work, notably a
net-front tussle with Nino
It was indicative of the
toughness and no-flash defensive game that Forbort
has hung his hat on. He recorded seven blocked shots
and four hits against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, and
played 24 minutes 29 seconds, his most time since Feb.
Forbort tends to get noticed only when a mistake
turns into a goal, but he has
grown into the defensive role
that earned him a two-year
contract extension in October.
“I think the big thing with
Derek coming out of school
was he wasn’t quite sure what
kind of player he was,” Kings
coach John Stevens said.
“We weren’t sure if he was an
offensive player. We weren’t
sure if he was going to be a
shutdown guy, and I think
through his development, he
has a real, clear identity as a
player now.”
The 26-year-old defenseman is in his second full season with the Kings after a
long understudy: three seasons at North Dakota and 187
games in the minors. Much of
that was spent with Ontario
Reign coach Mike Stothers,
as well as Mike O’Connell,
Kings director of pro development, trying to find his
“Mike Stothers did a really
good job of developing that
with me in the minors,” Forbort said. “I was always a
good skater … but he kind of
helped me take it to the next
level with little things, just
kind of giving me confidence
for the right situations to try
and be the player I am.”
O’Connell helped slow
down the game for Forbort.
He learned better defending,
with his 6-foot-4, 215-pound
body and with his stick. Forbort is also in the top 20 in the
league with 144 blocked
That willingness to get in
front of the puck is an extension of that toughness. Forbort showed up to the rink
Tuesday with gauze stitched
into his ear, and he wore an
ear shield for the game. He
was just glad that he didn’t
incur more damage.
“I didn’t know what hap-
pened at first,” Forbort said.
“I just saw some blood coming down. I was a little dizzy,
but I think I got pretty lucky
that it got me where it did.”
Lewis update
Trevor Lewis is day-today because of an upperbody injury, general manager
Rob Blake said via text message. Lewis was injured late
in the first period Monday.
The Kings did not practice
When: 6 PDT.
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Update: Nathan MacKinnon
is in the conversation for the
Hart Trophy for most valuable player, and the Art Ross
Trophy for scoring. He is on a
13-game point streak and is
trying to become the second
Avalanche player to lead the
NHL in scoring, after Peter
Forsberg in 2002-03. Colorado
is 9-2-4 in its last 15 games.
Walton’s team a winner in day-off bowling competition
By Tania Ganguli
Kenzo Caldwell-Pope will be
6 years old in May and now
that he’s taken a liking to
bowling, it’s offered his dad
more chances to sneak away
for his hobby without getting
in too much trouble from
“My son loves bowling,”
Lakers guard Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope said. “So it’s
easy for me to go and not say
I’m just going.”
He goes to a bowling alley
down the street from his
house. He’s thinking about
getting his own bowling
shoes and bowling ball. When
he picks from a bowling alley’s selection, CaldwellPope goes for a 12- to 14pound ball and makes sure
it’s smooth.
“I don’t like rough balls
because they won’t do what I
like,” Caldwell-Pope said. “If
I’m throwing it right it maybe
goes somewhere else, if it’s
got bumps and dents in it.”
All that practice came in
handy on Tuesday when the
Lakers used the day off for a
team-bonding activity at a
bowling alley in New Orleans
rather than practice. They
held their first practice in
New Orleans on Wednesday.
Lakers coach Luke Walton split the players, coaches
and staff into teams of four
and created a bowling tournament. And though Caldwell-Pope started strong and
showed himself as the best
bowler of the group, Walton
said he faded in the finals.
Kyle Kuzma, forever in competition with fellow rookie
Lonzo Ball, bowled better
than Ball did. But when
Ball’s team was eliminated
early, he made his way onto
another team that lost a
player for the semifinals. In
the semifinals, Ball led his
new team in scoring, but they
still lost.
Walton and his teammates — assistant coaches
Brian Shaw, Jesse Mermuys and Brian Keefe —
won the tournament. Walton’s teams tend to win most
of these off-day games.
“I pick the teams,” he said,
Sore Ingram out
Brandon Ingram didn’t
practice on Wednesday and
is out for Thursday’s game
against the Pelicans. Ingram
did some on-court work on
Tuesday and felt sore on
Wednesday, so the Lakers
held him out. Ingram has
been out since suffering a
groin strain on March 1
against the Miami Heat.
Channing Frye felt well
enough to practice on Friday.
Frye had an appendectomy during the All-Star
break and has been recovering since then.
“We’ll see how he reacts to
practicing,” Walton said. “He
came in, him and Brandon
both came in the gym when
we got in yesterday and did
some good work on the court.
So as long as he continues to
feel good I’ll have a talk with
him in the morning, we’ll see
how he feels.”
Crowded hotel
NBA teams often stay at
the same high-end hotels in
NBA cities. That led to a bit
of a traffic jam at one local
The Lakers came to New
Orleans straight from Indianapolis, where they played
on Monday.
The Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks
overlapped in the same New
Orleans hotel on Tuesday.
When the Lakers were checking in, the Mavericks’ Dennis
Smith Jr. was in the lobby
getting ready to go to the
The Pacers also flew in on
Tuesday, in preparation for
their Wednesday make-up
game against the Pelicans.
Their previous matchup
had to be postponed because
the roof was leaking at
Smoothie King Center, giving the Pelicans an unusual
three games in three consecutive days.
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Update: The Pelicans are
coming off their third consecutive victory, a 96-92 defeat of the Indiana Pacers on
forward Anthony Davis
scored 13 of his 28 points in
the fourth quarter to lead
New Orleans, which has defeated the Lakers twice this
season, 119-112 on Oct. 22 and
139-117 on Feb. 14. Davis
scored 27 and 45 points, respectively, in those games
while averaging 16 rebounds,
three steals and two blocked
Twitter: @taniaganguli
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
Williams loses in first round
wire reports
The match ended with Serena Williams grinning at the net.
She saved her worst shot for last, and after a rare first-round defeat she had to laugh.
Still rusty in her return from giving birth, Williams was unable
to overcome a tough opening draw Wednesday at the Miami
Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., and lost to Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2.
On the final point, Williams thundered forward to attack an
easy shot at eye level, hit the ball six feet past the baseline and responded with a sheepish smile.
Not that motherhood has mellowed Williams. She left without
talking to reporters.
The 20-year-old Osaka, who earned her first career title Sunday at Indian Wells, said she was nervous at the start playing her
idol for the first time. Osaka said her goal was to avoid Williams
winning 6-0, 6-0.
“She’s the main reason I started playing tennis,” Osaka said.
“I just wanted her after the match to know who I am.”
Mission accomplished. What did Williams say when they
shook hands after the match?
“She said ‘good job’ and stuff,” Osaka said. “I kind of blanked
out, but I’m pretty good she said ‘good job.’ ”
Osaka, who has American and Japanese citizenship and lives
in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., raised her profile with last week’s title
run and showed no signs of letup and overpowered the erratic
Williams. Osaka had the stronger serve and wore Williams down
in rallies working her from side to side.
Chief Wahoo logo will not be allowed
on new baseball Hall of Fame plaques
The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members.
In a statement, the Hall said that it “concurs with the commissioner’s sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of
Native American logos in baseball.”
Former Cleveland slugger Jim Thome was elected in January
and said he wanted a block C logo on his plaque when it is unveiled in July. Thome said it was “the right thing to do.”
Major League Baseball announced this year the Chief Wahoo
logo won’t appear on Cleveland uniforms starting in the 2019 season. The decision came after discussions between Commissioner
Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan.
Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein built a five-up
lead against Rory McIlroy and held off his late charge with
enough key shots of his own in a 2-and-1 victory, one of several surprises in the opening session of the Dell Technologies Match Play
in Austin, Texas.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson hit two shots out of
bounds on the same hole, another tee shot in the hazard and
couldn’t make the putts that he couldn’t afford to miss on the
back nine. He wound up losing on the 17th hole to Bernd Wiesberger.
Free-agent pitcher Alex Cobb and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a four-year contract.
Cobb was the last big-name starting pitcher still available in a
slow-moving free-agent market. He joins Andrew Cashner and
Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.
The 30-year-old right-hander was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29
starts for Tampa Bay last season.
With the goal of refining the consistency of goalie interference
challenges, NHL general managers recommended shifting the
decision from on-ice officials to the league’s situation room in Toronto. The change could go into effect as soon as the playoffs,
which begin April 11, if approved by the board of governors and
NHL/NHL Players’ Assn. competition committee.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused
from the team to be with family following the death of his younger
brother, Kirk.
Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, who has coached in the
NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League, will lead the Power
team in the BIG3 this season, the league announced. She replaces Clyde Drexler, who recently accepted a job as commissioner of the three-on-three league of former NBA players.
The Indianapolis 500, an American staple on ABC for 53 years,
will have a new television home next season.
In fact, the entire IndyCar package is moving to NBC in 2019 in
what could turn out to be an exceptional deal for the series because of promised increased exposure across multiple platforms.
The Indy 500 on ABC is the second-longest partnership in
television and sports events behind only the Masters, which has
been on CBS since 1956.
Teenager AJ Hurt captured the women’s Alpine combined
race at the U.S. championships, and Olympian Ryan CochranSiegle earned the men’s title in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Manchester United has applied to set up a professional women’s team for the first time in the club’s history. If the English
Football Assn. accepts the request, United would enter its team
in the second tier of the Women’s Super League.
Utley’s leadership valued by Dodgers
[Utley, from D1]
to play hard every day. It’s how
you should play the game.”
Utley is so revered in the
Dodgers clubhouse that he
might as well be called a player-coach. He batted .236 last
season and went hitless in the
postseason, and yet the Dodgers brought him back.
And, in an offseason when
players in their prime — Mike
Moustakas, Lance Lynn and
Neil Walker among them —
were forced to settle for oneyear contracts, the Dodgers
signed Utley to a two-year
He might not play out the
deal. Utley said he would meet
with team officials after the
season and then decide
whether he would play next
“I’m 39 years old,” he said. “I
have to try to keep everything
in perspective. I’d like to play
two more years. That’s the
goal. But I have to be realistic. I
understand that’s not a 100%
The Dodgers guaranteed
Utley $2 million over two years.
“We just used two years as a
way to bridge the financial
gap,” said Andrew Friedman,
the Dodgers’ president of
played around with different
scenarios and different structures, and that was the one
that worked well for both
By spreading Utley’s money over two years instead of
one, the Dodgers get a $1-million cushion toward their
quest to avoid spending the
$197 million necessary to trigger a luxury tax this season.
“I don’t anticipate it being
that fine, but you never know,”
Friedman said.
In free agency, Utley said,
he got other playing offers but
no coaching offers. He is at the
top of the “born to be a coach”
shortlist, but he has no interest in coaching, at least in the
near future. His children are 6
and 3.
“I think, when it’s all said
and done, spending a little
more time with my family and
my kids is something that I
want to do,” he said.
“Some coaches spend more
time at the field than the players do. I’m not sure that would
be my calling, especially right
after it’s over.”
As the conversation turned
‘I’d like to play two
more years. That’s
the goal. But I have
to be realistic. I
understand that’s
not a 100% given.’
—Chase Utley,
39, on playing with the Dodgers
to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl championship parade, Utley allowed himself a
smile. The images of fans
climbing atop utility poles and
jumping off hotel awnings reminded Utley of the Phillies’
parade. At the rally that followed, Utley giddily dropped
an impromptu expletive into
his speech.
“The fans in Philly are just
great sports fans,” he said.
“They live and die with it. To be
able to bring a championship
to those fans makes you feel
good about yourself, and appreciated.”
That, he said, is why he
spurned interest from other
teams and waited out the offseason for the Dodgers to settle the accounting matters
needed to sign him. His hometown desperately could use a
“It’s an ideal fit for where
I’m at in my career, having a legitimate opportunity to win
and playing for a team that I
grew up rooting for,” Utley
In 1997, when the Dodgers
drafted Utley out of Long
Beach Poly High, he spurned
them and decided to attend
UCLA. The Dodgers got closer
to winning the World Series
last year than they had since
Utley was in high school, and,
hey, better late than never.
“We had a pretty amazing
year last year,” he said. “People
want to focus on Game 7, and I
understand that, but overall it
was a great year. A great atmosphere. We learned a lot
about ourselves that will only
help us moving forward.”
Twitter: @BillShaikin
Times staff writer Mike
DiGiovanna contributed to
this report from Tempe, Ariz.
At Key Biscayne, Fla.
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (first round)— Joao Sousa,
Portugal, def. Ryan Harrison, United States, 7-6
(4), 7-6 (4). Robin Haase, Netherlands, def.
Yuichi Sugita, Japan, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Jiri Vesely,
Czech Republic, def. Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, 7-6
(2), 6-3. Mikael Ymer, Sweden, def. Jan-Lennard
Struff, Germany, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Maximilian Marterer, Germany, def. Marton Fucsovics, Hungary,
6-4, 6-4. Pierre-Hugues Herbert, France, def.
Taylor Fritz, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Matthew
Ebden, Australia, def. Gilles Simon, France, 6-3,
6-7 (2), 7-5. John Millman, Australia, def. Peter
Gojowczyk, Germany, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Michael
Mmoh, United States, def. Christopher Eubanks,
United States, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Jeremy Chardy,
France, def. Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, 6-3, 7-6
(2). Nicolas Jarry, Chile, def. Cameron Norrie,
Britain, 7-6 (3), 6-2. Benoit Paire, France, def.
Mischa Zverev, Germany, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2. Vasek
Pospisil, Canada, def. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, 7-6
(4), 7-6 (5). Liam Broady, Britain, def. Bjorn
Fratangelo, United States, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Mikhail
Youzhny, Russia, def. Guido Pella, Argentina, 7-6
(3), 7-6 (2). Jared Donaldson, United States,
def. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, 6-3, 6-4.
WOMEN’s SINGLES (first round)— Carina Witthoeft, Germany, def. Tatjana Maria, Germany,
6-3, 6-4. Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, def. Jennifer
Brady, United States, 7-5, 7-6 (8). Ekaterina
Makarova, Russia, def. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Monica Niculescu, Romania, def. Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan, 6-2, 6-4.
Alize Cornet, France, def. Bethanie MattekSands, United States, 6-2, 7-5. Alison Riske,
United States, def. Magda Linette, Poland, 1-6,
6-0, 6-2. Wang Yafan, China, def. Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (0).
Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, def. Katie Boulter, Britain,
6-4, 7-5. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, def. CiCi
Bellis, United States, 6-3, 6-0. Oceane Dodin,
France, def. Veronica Cepeda Royg, Paraguay, vs.
Oceane Dodin, France, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3. Danielle Collins, United States, def. Irina-Camelia
Begu, Romania, 6-1, 6-1. Naomi Osaka, Japan,
def. Serena Williams, United States, 6-3, 6-2.
Varvara Lepchenko, United States, def. Viktorija
Golubic, Switzerland, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5. Natalia
Vikhlyantseva, Russia, def. Rebecca Peterson,
Sweden, 7-5, 6-1. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus,
def. Madison Brengle, United States, 6-1, 6-4.
Andrea Petkovic, Germany, def. Polona Hercog,
Slovenia, 6-2, 6-0. Sofia Kenin, United States,
def. Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4.
Donna Vekic, Croatia, def. Camila Giorgi, Italy,
6-0, 7-5. Petra Martic, Croatia, def. Lauren
Davis, United States, 6-1, 7-5. Monica Puig,
Puerto Rico, def. Sam Stosur, Australia, 6-3, 6-4.
(Second Round)— Garbine Muguruza, Spain,
def. Amanda Anisimova, United States, walkover.
At Austin, Texas — Par: 71
Austin Country Club — 7,108 yards
First Round
Wednesday’s Results
(Seedings in parentheses)
Pat Perez (15), United States, halved with Si Woo
Kim (50), South Korea.
Gary Woodland (24), United States, halved with
Webb Simpson (37), United States.
Justin Thomas (2), United States, def. Luke List
(60), United States, 2 up.
Francesco Molinari (21), Italy, def. Patton Kizzire
(48), United States, 3 and 1.
Tyrrell Hatton (12), England, def. Alexander Levy
(55), France, 3 and 2.
Brendan Steele (36), United States, def. Charley
Hoffman (22), United States, 1 up.
Hideki Matsuyama (5), Japan, def. Yusaku
Miyazato (53), Japan, 2 and 1.
Cameron Smith (46), Australia, def. Patrick
Cantlay (30), United States, 2 up.
Alex Noren (13), Sweden, def. Kevin Na (61),
United States, 4 and 2.
Tony Finau (29), United States, def. Thomas
Pieters (39), Belgium, 2 and 1.
Jordan Spieth (4), United States, def. Charl
Schwartzel (49), South Africa, 2 and 1.
Patrick Reed (19), United States, def. Li Haotong
(34), China, 3 and 2.
Ian Poulter (58), England, def. Tommy Fleetwood
(9), England, 3 and 2.
Kevin Chappell (33), United States, def. Daniel
Berger (26), United States, 3 and 2.
Jason Day (8), Australia, def. James Hahn (56,)
United States, 4 and 2.
Louis Oosthuizen (25), South Africa, def. Jason
Dufner (42), United States, 1 up.
Matt Kuchar (16), United States, halved with
Zach Johnson (54), United States.
Yuta Ikeda (47), Japan, def. Ross Fisher (27),
England, 2 and 1.
Bernd Wiesberger (52), Austria, def. Dustin
Johnson (1), United States, 3 and 1.
Kevin Kisner (32), United States, halved with Adam Hadwin (38), Canada.
Julian Suri (64), United States, def. Marc Leishman (11), Australia, 3 and 2.
Bubba Watson (35), United States, def. Branden
Grace (23), South Africa, 5 and 3.
Peter Uihlein (57), United States, def. Rory McIlroy (6), Northern Ireland, 2 and 1.
Brian Harman (18), United States, halved with
Jhonattan Vegas (44), Venezuela.
Charles Howell III (59), United States, def. Phil
Mickelson (14), United States, 3 and 2.
Rafa Cabrera Bello (17), Spain, def. Satoshi Kodaira (40), Japan, 2 and 1.
Jon Rahm (3), Spain, halved with Keegan Bradley (63), United States.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28), Thailand, def. Chez
Reavie (43), United States, 3 and 2.
Paul Casey (10), England, def. Russell Henley
(51), United States, 1 up.
Kyle Stanley (45), United States, def. Matt Fitzpatrick (31), United States, 1 up.
Sergio Garcia (7), Spain, def. Shubhankar
Sharma (62), India, 1 up.
Xander Schauffele (20), United States, def. Dylan Frittelli (41), South Africa, 1 up.
Wednesday’s Results
Boston 8, Tampa Bay 3
Houston 8, Washington 3
St. Louis 13, Miami 6
Philadelphia 7, Toronto 7
Chicago Cubs 5, Texas 1
Milwaukee (ss) 4, Oakland 3
San Diego 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Atlanta 3, Detroit 2
Minnesota 3, Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Yankees 9, Baltimore 4
Kansas City 12, Cleveland 8
San Francisco 14, Arizona 0
Seattle 7, Milwaukee (ss) 4
Today’s Schedule
ANGELS vs. DODGERS at Glendale, 7:05 p.m
Wednesday’s Results
Western Kentucky 92, Oklahoma State 84
Utah 67, Saint Mary's 58, OT
March 27
Penn State (24-13) vs. Mississippi State (2511), 7 or 9:30 p.m.
Western Kentucky (27-10) vs. Utah (22-11), 7 or
9:30 p.m.
March 29
Semifinal winners
Wednesday’s Results
North Texas 90, Jacksonville State 68
Today’s Schedule
Campbell (18-15) at San Francisco (20-15), 7
Championship Series
Best of three
March 26-30
Wednesday’s Results
UIC 83, Austin Peay 81
Northern Colorado 86, San Diego 75
Today’s Schedule
Sam Houston State (20-14) at UTSA, 5 p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule
Central Michigan (21-14) at Liberty (21-14), 11
March 28
Quarterfinal winners
Friday, March 30
Semifinal winners, TBA
NCAA Division II
Today’s Schedule
Ferris State (36-1) vs. West Texas A&M (32-3), 4
Queens (NC) (32-3) vs. Northern State (35-3),
6:30 p.m.
Third Round
Today’s Schedule
Purdue (20-13) at Indiana (19-14), 4 p.m.
James Madison (23-10) at West Virginia (23-11),
4 p.m.
Fordham (24-9) at Virginia Tech (20-13), 4 p.m.
Duquesne (25-7) at St. John's (18-14), 4 p.m.
Georgia Tech (20-13) at Alabama (19-13), 5
Michigan State (19-13) at South Dakota (28-6),
5 p.m.
TCU (21-12) at New Mexico (25-10), 6 p.m.
Friday’s Schedule
UC Davis (27-6) at Kansas State (18-15), 5 p.m.
Friday’s Schedule
South Alabama (21-12) at Yale (17-13), 3p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule
Nevada (19-16) at Central Arkansas (24-9), 3
NCAA Division II
Wednesday‘s Results
Central Missouri 70, Union (Tenn.) 57
Ashland 92, Indiana (Pa.) 68
Friday’s Schedule
Central Missouri (29-3) vs. Ashland (36-0), 5
Baltimore — Signed RHP Alex Cobb to a fouryear contract. Designated RHP Jose Mesa Jr. for
assignment. Optioned RHP Hunter Harvey to
Bowie (EL).
Kansas City — Assigned LHP Richard Lovelady; RHPs Kevin Lenik, Glenn Sparkman and
Josh Staumont; Cs Nick Dini and Parker Morin
and INFs Cody Asche, Erick Mejia and Ryan
O’Hearn to minor league camp.
New York Yankees — Optioned INF-OF Tyler
Austin; OF Billy McKinney; and RHPs Ben Heller
and Giovanny Gallegos to Scranton/WilkesBarre (IL).
Philadelphia — Traded 2B Eliezer Alvarez to
Texas for cash.
Seattle — Claimed LHP Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to
Tacoma (PCL).
Texas — Placed RHP Ronald Herrera on the
60-day DL.
Atlanta — Signed G Jaylen Morris to a multiyear contract.
Milwaukee — Signed G Brandon Jennings to a
second 10-day contract.
Atlanta — Agreed to terms with TE Logan
Paulsen on a one-year contract.
Detroit — Signed TE Luke Willson and DT
Sylvester Williams.
Indianapolis — Re-signed CB Pierre Desir and
OT-G Jack Mewhort.
Kansas City — Signed DT Xavier Williams.
Minnesota — Signed LS Nick Dooley, K Kai
Forbath and TE Josiah Price. Waived LB Shaan
New England — Re-signed WR Matthew Slater.
NHL — Fined Tampa Bay F Steven Stamkos
$5,000 for a dangerous trip against Toronto D
Morgan Rielly during a March 20 game.
Arizona — Named Mike Berry vice president,
corporate partnerships.
Dallas — Traded F-M Shaft Brewer to Los Angeles FC for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick and
general allocation money.
New York City FC — Signed D Joe Scally.
Toronto — Re-signed M Victor Vazquez to a
multiyear contract extension.
American Athletic Conference — Promoted
chief financial officer Eric Ziady to senior associate commissioner/CFO.
Arizona — Announced freshman C Deandre
Ayton will enter the NBA draft.
Buffalo — Named Mark Alnutt athletic director.
Detroit — Announced junior F Kameron Chatman declared for the NBA draft.
Cincinnati — Fired women’s basketball coach
Jamelle Elliott.
Louisville— Fired men’s basketball coach
David Padgett.
North Carolina — Named Robert Gillespie assistant football coach.
N.C. State — Announced it will grant a release
to men’s basketball C Omer Yurtseven so he can
pursue a professional career or transfer.
Wake Forest — Announced junior men’s
basketball G Keyshawn Woods is leaving the program.
T H U R S D A Y , M A R C H 2 2 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
the heat
Emotions run high in
‘Station 19,’ a new
drama set around a
passionate band of
Seattle firefighters.
Steven Soderbergh
pushes technical limits
for new film ‘Unsane,’
starring Claire Foy.
By Mark Olsen
“Grey’s Anatomy,” which
was born way back in the
first term of the Bush (II) administration, has had a
baby, which it has named
“Station 19.”
The new offspring will be
introduced to the world
Thursday on ABC, in that
programming playground
called Shondaland, though
with executive producer
Shonda Rhimes taking future business to Netflix, it
represents something of a
parting gift to her old broadcast home. (And to fans
without a Netflix subscription.)
Unlike “Private Practice,” an earlier child of
“Grey’s” that lived from 2007
to 2013, “Station 19” has not
followed its parent into medicine, opting instead for a career in firefighting, and all
the other things firefighters
do. But the family resemblance is nevertheless clear.
Created by longtime
“Grey’s” writer and producer Stacy McKee, the
drama is another story of
Strong Women and Hot Men
in Life-and-Death Situations, featuring characters
of many colors and a soundtrack in which every major
emotional moment is underscored by a pop song, as wine
might be paired with an appetizer, an entree, a dessert.
George) is the character
who connects “Station 19” to
“Grey’s Anatomy,” a surgeon
who has become a firefighter, as Michael Jordan
once traded basketball for
baseball. (Accepting his
rookie status is Ben’s halfhumorous challenge here.)
It appears that groundwork
for this career change has
been laid throughout the
current season. Chandra
Wilson, who plays Ben’s wife
Miranda Bailey, and Ellen
Pompeo, the eponymous
Meredith Grey, make cameos in the “Station 19”
opener, casting their light
[See Review, E5]
It may not be intentional,
but Steven Soderbergh can
really make other people feel
In 2013, he announced his
retirement from filmmaking
and promptly began work on
“The Knick” for Cinemax; he
directed all 20 episodes of
the show’s critically acclaimed two-season run.
Last year he returned to
features with the heist comedy “Logan Lucky.” He also
recently made “Mosaic,” a
murder mystery available as
a series on HBO and also as
a branching narrative via an
With retirement now
firmly in the rearview mirror,
his latest film, “Unsane,”
opens Friday following a
world premiere last month
at the Berlin International
Film Festival and finds him
changing things up yet
again. Shot mostly with an
iPhone for a budget of about
$1.2 million — Soderbergh
noted it’s the same amount
as his 1989 debut, “Sex, Lies,
and Videotape” — the film
features “The Crown” star
Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini, a woman who has recently relocated to escape a
long-term stalker. After seeing a new therapist, she is
committed to a mental institution for issues that may or
may not be real. The film
also stars Joshua Leonard,
Juno Temple, Jay Pharaoh
and Amy Irving.
Soderbergh recently got
on the phone from his office
in New York City to talk
about “Unsane.” The day before, he posted to Twitter
that he had already finished
shooting his next feature,
“High Flying Bird,” starring
André Holland and Zazie
Beetz and written by Tarell
Alvin McCraney, as well as
completing a first edit of the
film. To a reporter’s somewhat incredulous response
to his prodigious productivity, Soderbergh laughed
lightly and asked, “Why
Five L.A. music
releases of note
California Sounds’
Randall Roberts cites
five new albums you
should be listening to
this spring. E3
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OSCAR ACOSTA , seen in a portrait featured in the documentary on his life, was an activist attorney.
An ‘untimely’
civil rights icon
Film documents ‘Brown Buffalo’ Oscar Acosta
By Carolina A. Miranda
There was his size: a substantial 6 feet, 225 pounds,
according to his FBI file.
There was his style: a Chicano attorney who materialized in Los Angeles courtrooms in loud ties, bearing
business cards embossed with the Aztec god of war and,
on at least one occasion, a gun.
Then there was his death, which was not so much a
death as a disappearance, somewhere in the vicinity of
Mazatlán, Mexico, in 1974.
Oscar “Zeta” Acosta was not only large, he was larger
than life. The son of a peach picker, he was an activist
lawyer who helped defend the “Eastside 13,” the 13 men
indicted by a grand jury for their role in planning the
East L.A. school walkouts of 1968.
But his place as one of pop culture’s most indelible
characters came via his pal Hunter S. Thompson, who
used Acosta as the inspiration for “Dr. Gonzo” in the
drug-fueled “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
Acosta also wrote his own hallucinatory, semi-autobiographical books — “The Autobiography of the Brown
Buffalo” and “The Revolt of the Cockroach People.” The
books, like their author, elude classification: not-quitenovels, not-quite-memoirs, with observations on race,
masculinity and the mind amid a series of wild episodes
that touch on his gargantuan appetite for adventure,
food and women — not to mention, narcotics.
“There isn’t much sense in trying to explain what a
‘bad trip’ is,” he writes in “Brown Buffalo.” “You simply
lose your marbles. You go crazy. There is no bottom, no
top. The devil sits on your head and warns you of your
[See ‘Buffalo,’ E4]
You stepped away from
filmmaking for a time, and
after coming back with
“The Knick,” you’ve been
as productive as ever. What
was reignited within you?
I think I’d made a mistake in associating my frustration over the way the
movie business was working
with the job of directing.
And when I read “The
Knick,” I realized I wanted
[See Soderbergh, E4]
King Tut show
for a new era
Some elements are
new, some are missing
from the collection’s
latest stop in L.A.
By Deborah Vankin
The golden relics of Tut,
evoking the life, mysterious
death and storied afterlife of
the 19-year-old Egyptian
King Tutankhamun, is, for
many of us, embedded in our
childhood memories —
along with those long, long
entrance lines.
A touring King Tut exhib-
ition in the 1960s was followed by the blockbuster
tour of the ’70s — the one
that broke records at the Los
Angeles County Museum of
Art, drawing more than
1 million visitors and to this
day the museum’s most
highly attended show. Two
exhibitions have roamed the
globe in this century, including “Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs,” which showed at
LACMA in 2005, and another one in 2008.
Now he’s back: “King Tut:
Treasures of the Golden
Pharaoh,” timed to the up[See Tut, E5]
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
VISITORS photograph jewelry at “Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition at California Science Center.
T HU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
De Havilland suit held up
Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland is awaiting an
appellate court’s decision on her “Feud” lawsuit with
“patience and forbearance,” the 101-year-old actress said in a
statement to The Times on Wednesday.
The two-time Oscar winner’s case against FX Networks
and Ryan Murphy Productions over her unauthorized
depiction in the FX docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan” was
heard in a California Court of Appeal on Tuesday as
attorneys for each side made oral arguments as to whether
the case should head to trial.
“Based on the probing questions from the panel, we
believe that the justices understand the great importance of
this case for the industry and for the rights of celebrities,”
De Havilland’s attorney, Suzelle M. Smith, said in
Wednesday’s statement.
A decision on the trial’s fate is expected within 90 days
but could come sooner given that proceedings have been
expedited because of De Havilland’s advanced age.
— Nardine Saad
L.A. rally against
gun violence set
Actresses Yara Shahidi,
Amy Schumer, Connie Britton, Olivia Wilde and Skai
Jackson will speak at the
March for Our Lives Los Angeles rally this weekend,
The women will join singer Charlie Puth and Mayor
Eric Garcetti in downtown
Los Angeles on Saturday for
demonstration to honor the 17 lives
lost in the Parkland, Fla.,
high school shooting last
month and demand immediate action on gun-violence
The Los Angeles march
will convene at 6th and
Spring streets at 9 a.m. The
route will take participants
to City Hall and Grand Park
for a rally.
Schumer, Shahidi, Britton, Wilde and Garcetti are
slated to speak, sharing the
stage with students from
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School and other
— Nardine Saad
Actor Savage
sued for assault
A former crew member of
Fox’s “The Grinder” filed a
lawsuit Wednesday, accusing actor Fred Savage of assault and battery.
At a press conference,
YoungJoo Hwang claimed
Savage used aggressive behavior and intimidation
toward female employees.
Hwang alleged that Savage was hostile toward her
for the entirety of her time as
a costumer on the 2015 series. Savage denied Hwang’s
accusations in his own statement Wednesday.
— Libby Hill
‘Blurred Lines’
verdict upheld
A federal appeals court
on Wednesday upheld a
copyright infringement verdict against Robin Thicke
and Pharrell Williams over
the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”
In a split decision from a
three-judge panel, the 9th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals awarded $5.3 million to
the family of Marvin Gaye,
who said “Blurred Lines” is
illegally copied from the late
soul singer’s song “Got to
Give it Up.”
— associated press
‘General Hospital’
leads soap opera pack
Meanwhile, Netflix
and Amazon continue
giving networks a run
for their money.
By Alejandra ReyesVelarde
CBS took the lead once
again with 66 total Daytime
Emmy nominations, and
Netflix and Amazon inched
ahead of other networks
with 51 and 49 nominations,
respectively, the National
Academy of Television Arts
& Sciences announced
Mario Lopez, host of
NBC’s “Extra,” and Sheryl
Underwood, a host on CBS’s
“The Talk,” will host the 45th
annual Daytime Emmy
Awards April 27 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
The four soap operas
competing in the drama series category received the
most nominations: “General
Hospital” (with 26 nods),
“Days of Our Lives” (25),
“The Young and the Restless” (25) and “The Bold and
the Beautiful” (18).
Nancy Lee Grahn, Maura
Andrew Harnik AP
received 11 nominations.
West and Laura Wright each
received nominations for
lead actress in a drama series for their performances
in “General Hospital.” They
are also up against Eileen
Davidson (“The Young and
the Restless”) and Marci
Miller (“Days of Our Lives”).
Competing in the lead
actor category are Peter
Bergman (“The Young and
the Restless”), Michael Easton (“General Hospital”),
John McCook (“The Bold
and the Beautiful”), Billy
Miller (”General Hospital”)
and James Reynolds (“Days
of Our Lives”).
“The Ellen DeGeneres
Show,” the most recognized
entertainment talk show
with 11 nominations, will face
off in the entertainment talk
show category against “Live
with Kelly and Ryan,” “The
Real,” The Talk” and “The
“Megyn Kelly Today,” the
talk show hosted by the former Fox News anchor, will
compete in the informative
talk show category against
“The Chew,” “The Dr. Oz
Show,” “Larry King Now”
and “Steve Harvey.”
This year, Netflix and
Amazon, which have remained competitive in children’s programming, each
earned nominations in the
outstanding digital daytime
drama series for “Eastsiders” and “The Bay The
With 13 nods, “Sesame
Street” leads all children’s
You can find a full list of
the Daytime Emmy nominees at
Twitter: @r_valejandra
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
A curated calendar of live
music not to be missed
Lucy Dacus
Teragram Ballroom,
1234 W. 7th St.
$18, 9 p.m.
Echoplex, 1154
Glendale Blvd.
$20, 8:30 p.m.
Lodge Room,
104 N. Ave. 56,
$20, 8 p.m.
Morris Day & the Time
Saban Theatre, 8440
Wilshire Blvd.,
Beverly Hills
$58-$88, 9 p.m.
Xylouris White, Cairo Gang
Zebulon, 2478
N. Fletcher Drive
Free, 8:30 p.m.
The thrill of
discovery hits
SXSW anew
Austin’s small clubs once again take their place
on the music scene, with a number of breakout
performances popping up around town.
By August Brown
Jeff Hahne Getty Images
More than any recent year, this South by Southwest felt
like it was returning to its roots of discovery. The fervor of
brand kitsch and arena-level superstars felt relatively
muted, and all the most talked-about shows seemed to
come from the tiny clubs the festival built its reputation on.
In that spirit, here are a few breakouts from the recently
wrapped music festival in Austin, Texas:
David Wolff-Patrick Redferns
BILLY HOWERDEL & Co. in A Perfect Circle
ADRIAN YOUNGE delivers what he calls a “cin-
have first album in 14 years: “Eat the Elephant.”
ematic soul” album, “… Presents: Voices of Gemma.”
A blocks-long line to get into one of the singer-songwriter’s afternoon showcases wasn’t moving. But one gang
of Australians, all dressed in identical shirts printed with
little broken hearts, cut through the crowds and walked in
as if they owned the place.
They were the extended family of Melbourne-based G
Flip, who delivered one of the fest’s breakout sets. A little bit
of spiky indie rock, a little bit of blown-out arena-pop and a
whole lot of charm announced a new talent already heralded at just the third solo show she said she’d ever played.
The singer, born Georgia Flipo, was in good company.
The day’s showcase was bookended by the bewitching rock
of fast-rising newcomer Stella Donnelly and the beat-bolstered, throat-ripping folk of Dubliner Dermot Kennedy.
But G Flip’s nascent singles like “Killing My Time” and
“About You” were so inviting and varied, so funny and meaningful, that it’s hard to not to see a star in the making.
The Barcelona rapper-singer has made headway globally
for her club-infused twists on reggaeton and other Caribbean sounds that have dominated pop music of late. Bad Gyal
sings in heavily, intentionally Auto-Tuned Spanish and
Catalan, so she comes at the sound from a markedly different angle than in former Latin American and Caribbean
colonies where it originated.
“Fiebre” and “Nicest Cocky” pull from all over the internet-connected global tropics. “Despacito” and Jamaican
dancehall are global music now, but the connection between
the Spaniard Bad Gyal’s ideas for them are more interesting
and tangled than most.
In an east Austin venue that looks the part of a derelict
roadhouse, L.A. country singer Pearl Charles played to a
packed showcase there to witness Charles’ demure but
hard-bitten cosmic country. Her new album, “Sleepless
Dreamer,” has some light touches of disco and psychedelia,
but its heart is right at the center of the classic-country era,
where you can deliver pristine, wise ballads about men’s
foibles beneath a lime-green Stetson hat and a puffy-sleeve
dress hacked into a crop top. Her voice just gets better the
longer she’s on tour, and the next time she gets back to L.A.,
she and her band should be in top form.
The music (and film and tech and everything else) at
SXSW almost always looks to the future. So what a treat to
wander into a club set from ’70s rock experimentalist Todd
Rundgren. There are usually a few legacy acts each year, but
it’s rare to catch a singer-songwriter who has been pushing
the outer edges of rock since the ’60s — and has a worthy
new collaborative album to add to that legacy.
Rundgren had some chart hits in the U.S. (“Hello It’s Me”
and “I Saw the Light” among them), and his double-LP
“Something/Anything?” is a touchstone for acts like Tame
Impala. His new LP “White Night” has collaborations with
current electronic boundary-pushers like Trent Reznor and
Robyn and nods to his classic rock legacy with turns from
Joe Walsh and Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen. So when he took
the stage, he was doing what every band there was doing —
hawking a new record. But there’s just as much pleasure
rediscovering something older that turns out to still sound
brand new.
Juan Naharro Gimenez Redferns
“THE WORLD is going nuts,” Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett writes. Band’s solution: “The Deconstruction.”
Five heralds
of the season
From A Perfect Circle’s art rock to Buzzy Lee’s
blue-eyed R&B, they’ll put a spring in your step
By Randall Roberts
Whether chasing past glories or
embracing the thrills of the here and
now, music fans curious about the
sounds of Southern California will
find a predictably diverse bunch of
melodies and rhythms this season.
Below, five cool Los Angeles releases that will storm spring.
A Perfect Circle
“Eat the Elephant”
Lorne Thomson Redferns
G FLIP turns in a host of buzz-worthy performances
at the recent South by Southwest music festival.
The artist, who was born Mark Oliver Everett but who performs as “e,”
has issued 12 albums, and this is his
first since 2014.
Filled with shout-along anthems
(“Today Is the Day”), oddly beautiful
odes to impending doom (“Rusty
Pipes”) and exuberant Motown-suggestive rock ’n’ soul, “The Deconstruction” was created, Everett writes
in the album release notes, to contain
some of the chaos: “The world is going
nuts,” he writes. “But if you look for it,
there is still great beauty to be found.”
(April 6)
Adrian Younge
The mesmerizing art rock supergroup hasn’t issued an album in 14
years, and in some (perfect) circles,
the long gestating and eagerly
awaited fourth album has become the
stuff of legend.
Starring guitarist and songwriter
Billy Howerdel, Tool singer and
founder Maynard James Keennan
and Smashing Pumpkins guitarist
James Iha, the band is in peak power
on “Eat the Elephant.
At times tense and minimal, at
others ringing with anthemic rock
choruses, the record is as sturdy and
confident as any recent big-league
rock effort. Which is to say, this band
could squish U2 like a bug. (April 20)
Multi-instrumentalist Younge is
best known to the geek world for his
work on the score for Netflix’s “Luke
Cage,” but his ambition extends way
beyond the scoring circuit.
His imprint Linear Labs is based
in Highland Park, where his astounding analog studio is nestled behind his
and his wife’s record store and hair salon. It’s there that Younge teamed
with vocalists Brooke DeRosa and
Rebecca Englehart to create what he
accurately describes as this “cinematic soul” album. (March 30)
“The Deconstruction”
“Hippo Lite”
(PIAS America)
(Drag City)
It seems ridiculous to describe the
new Eels work as “a headphone
record,” because, in the era of earbuds, most are. Yet here we are, lost in
the intricate melodies, arrangements
and textures swirling through “The
Deconstruction,” the kind that jump
from back to front and side to side like
stereophonic gymnasts.
For their second collaboration,
singer and songwriter Cat Le Bon and
White Fence guitarist Tim Presley
traveled to St. Hippolyte-du-Fort in
the south of France and focused on
the basics: “A month spent in an old
mill in the under belly of France,” Le
Bon writes in the release notes: “River
swimming thrice a day. Hot nights
“… Presents: Voices of Gemma”
(Linear Labs)
soundtracked by the rattle of randy
frogs. Scorpion fear.”
With no phone service and no WiFi, they made the 12 delicate, and occasionally rickety, songs that became
“Hippo Lite.” As with Le Bon and
Presley’s work both solo and as collaborators, the songs suggest the
post-punk experimentalism of the
Slits and the Fall (Presley is a former
“In the Night Kitchen” employs
outdoor atmospherics as a backdrop
for an instrumental guitar and piano
meditation. “Leave the Lights On”
revels in its uneven rhythms, scraping
violin tones and defiantly off-key delivery.
Expert studio musicians will likely
guffaw at their loose approach, but
that’s part of the point. As Presley
writes in the advance notes: “This is a
broken music. A crumble.” (April 20)
Buzzy Lee
“Facepaint EP”
(Future Classic)
For her musical debut, the artist
who performs as Buzzy Lee teamed
with innovative beat producer Nicolas Jaar to record five streamlined
blue-eyed R&B tracks.
With a voice that can gracefully
maneuver across octaves, the singer
fills her measures with dramatic
flourish that recalls British singer
Kate Bush.
That reflex — spoiler alert! —
makes sense: She’s the offspring of director Steven Spielberg and actress
Kate Capshaw. The good news is that
— spoiler alert again! — her talent
transcends her lineage. These are five
deeply magnetic tracks built to crush
the fame game. (April 27)
Twitter: @liledit
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
‘Zeta’ took up the Chicano cause
[‘Buffalo,’ from E1]
Acosta, who liked to refer
to himself as a “Brown Buffalo” — in a nod to the “fat
brown shaggy snorting
American animal, slaughtered almost to extinction”
— is now the subject of a new
PBS documentary.
“The Rise and Fall of the
Brown Buffalo” is the first
film to tackle the life of the
polymath who burned fast
and bright and whose writerly tendencies have prevented his ideas from disappearing. It’s directed by
Phillip Rodriguez, who has
made films about Pancho
Ocampo, comedian George
Lopez and Ruben Salazar,
the Los Angeles Times and
KMEX journalist who was
killed in East L.A. while covering the 1970 Chicano Moratorium antiwar protest.
Why him, why now?
Why did he turn to
Acosta? For one thing, Rodriguez says, “He was an untimely man that society, that
psychiatry, that race awareness wasn’t prepared for.”
“He’s this contradictory,
difficult, charismatic pain in
the ass,” he adds. One whose
complexes and privileges
echo the conditions of many
young Chicanos today.
“He resembles young
raza infinitely more than
other icons,” says Rodriguez. “Oscar was entitled.
Oscar was impatient. Oscar
felt that his time was now.
Oscar had gone to law
school. He was fed up and
capable of confrontation.”
Likewise, his books weren’t simply restless narratives of sex and drug episodes. In poetic and prescient ways, Acosta articulated the in-between-ness of
Chicano identity.
“I hate for people to assume I’m an authority on
Mexicans,” Acosta wrote in
“The Autobiography.” “Just
because I’m a brown buffalo
doesn’t mean I’m the son of
Erick Huerta, a spoken
word artist and activist from
Boyle Heights, says Acosta’s
story remains relevant.
“It’s a brown man going
through an existential identity crisis,” he says. “He’s not
from here, he’s not from
there. All of this dichotomy
— you have to figure out your
own truth and walk your
own way.”
And that way doesn’t
overlook the unseemly.
talks about the movement
and the moratorium and the
activism,” says Huerta. “But
nobody talks about getting
crazy high and throwing
Molotov cocktails — but that
happened too.”
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
DIRECTOR Phillip Rodriguez dramatized Oscar Acosta’s life for “Buffalo” because he hardly appears on film.
‘The Rise
and Fall
of the Brown
Where: KOCE
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Rated: TV-14
From Oscar Castillo / PBS
LAWYER-AUTHOR Oscar “Zeta” Acosta attends a
demonstration in downtown Los Angeles circa 1970.
Acosta through office gossip. His father, who was also
an attorney, would share stories about a lawyer known
for his courtroom antics.
“He would tell me about
this Mexican guy, a lawyer,
wearing a guayabera and insisting to the judge that it
was appropriate for the
courtroom,” he recalls. “One
time, he showed up in the
courtroom barefoot. My father probably had begrudging respect for him but also
probably a little disgust. My
parents were pursuing the
politics of respectability, of
middle class decency. Oscar
eschewed that completely.”
But it wasn’t the lore that
stoked Rodriguez’s interests
in Acosta. It was his books.
“It heartened me to read
this complicated tribute to
himself,” Rodriguez says.
“To his cylindrical brown
beauty, to his incapacity to
fit the white male ideals of
this culture.”
“Autobiography of a
Brown Buffalo” opens with a
poignant scene in which
Acosta stands in front of a
mirror and examines his
naked, corpulent body.
“Every morning of my life,
I have seen that brown belly
from every angle,” he begins.
“I was always a fat kid. I suck
it in and expand an enormous chest and two large
hunks of brown tit.”
Acosta forces the reader
to gaze upon his body: its
brownness, its bulkiness, its
frailties — and what it meant
to inhabit such a skin in a
country in which brown has
never been the ideal.
Rodriguez, the grandson
of Mexican agricultural
workers, identifies.
“He’s like me,” he says.
“He’s like my uncles, my
brothers. There is a lot of humor and rage.”
When Rodriguez graduated from UCLA film school
in the 1980s, he dreamed of
turning Acosta’s delirious
life into a feature film. “But
in corporate showbiz, to get
funding you need a bankable
star,” says Rodriguez. “And
where is the fat Mexican that
is also a bankable star?”
Then came the opportunity to do a documentary.
Bringing him to life
But even the documentary has been no easy task.
Acosta left behind a trove
of writings: There are his
books, letters and stories
maintained by his son,
Marco Acosta, as well as an
with Thompson — who was
both carousing partner and
But there is very little of
Acosta on film. So Rodriguez scraped the traditional
documentary format for
something more experimental:
Acosta’s life inspired by the
author’s written works and
friends and colleagues.
Playing Acosta is Jesse
Celedon, who embraces the
messiness of Acosta’s person and life. Jeff Harms
plays Thompson. There is
even a cameo by former L.A.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The more flexible format
allows for fantastical visual
elements, which better
evoke Acosta’s life.
“You’d kill Oscar if you
put him a Ken Burns-like
container,” says Rodriguez.
“He’s about this drugfueled, ego-driven way of
telling a story. We are trying
to be true to that.”
The film travels chronologically through Acosta’s
life: his birth in El Paso in
1935 and his formative years
in tiny Riverbank, Calif., outside Modesto, where he
grappled with racial lines.
“In my corner of the world
there were only three kinds
of people: Mexicans, Okies
and Americans,” he wrote.
“We had an unspoken rule
that you never fought one of
your own kind in front of the
others. In the battle for
group survival, you simply
don’t weaken your defenses
by getting involved in family
squabbles in front of the real
Acosta completed his
university studies in the Bay
Area then went on to receive
his law degree from San
Francisco Law School. For a
time, he worked for the East
Oakland Legal Aid Society.
But his restlessness led him
to abandon the job and, during a period of wandering, he
ended up in Vail, Colo.,
By 1968, he had landed in
East L.A., where he devoted
his legal abilities to helping
the Chicano cause.
“I took no case unless it
was a Chicano case,”
Acosta’s stand-in says in the
documentary. “And turned
it into a platform to espouse
the Chicano point of view.”
He once subpoenaed every member of the L.A.
County grand jury to prove
Mexicans. He ran a losing
campaign for L.A. County
sheriff on the promise he
would shut down the sheriff ’s department. His political activities led the FBI to
begin keeping a dossier.
Acosta ultimately abandoned legal activism for
writing. Then he abandoned
the U.S. for Mexico — where,
in 1974, he was last seen, reportedly moving a boatload
of marijuana near the
Mazatlán coast.
But his books have kept
him alive — urgent streamof-consciousness missives
unbound by the more
baroque conventions of Latin American literature.
“A lot of Latino literature
suffers from trying to fit into
a mold,” says Amherst humanities professor Ilan Stavans, author of “Bandido:
The Death and Resurrection of Oscar ‘Zeta’ Acosta.”
“But he is his own mold.”
“He is very much in the
spirit of Jack Kerouac, of
Hunter Thompson,” he
But if Acosta channels
Kerouac or Thompson in his
style, in his ideas, he is resolutely his own man — his
search for self delved into
the complexities of race and
indigenist themes.
“They stole our land and
made us half-slaves,” Acosta
writes in a particularly lyrical passage in “The Autobiography.” “They destroyed
our gods and made us bow
down to a dead man who’s
been strung up for 2000
years … Now what we need is,
first to give ourselves a new
name. We need a new identity. A name and a language
all our own.”
Ultimately, it is his profound humanity, full of weakness and insecurity, that
makes him such a compelling subject to scrutinize on
the page and on film.
“He shows us you don’t
have to be perfect to dissent,” says Rodriguez. “You
can have human desires.
You can be flawed. You can
be fat. You can be funny. You
can be drunk. You can be
randy and still be effective.”
Retiring no longer
is in his picture
[Soderbergh, from E1]
to do that and actually went
back to work. I was sitting
there thinking, “Oh, I actually like this job a lot; it was
just the business part of the
movie business that was
making me crazy.” So I
became reactivated in a way
by doing that show. And I
guess that was just a lesson I
needed to learn, which was
not to conflate the environment with the job.
With regard to “Unsane,”
did you want to make a
movie with a camera phone
and found a story to fit, or
did this story present itself
to be told in this way?
It would be hard to parse
all of those elements, because a couple of things
happened around the same
time that if either of them
had happened on their own
might not have resulted in
“Unsane.” But it turned out
they did all happen in very
close proximity, and it began
to feel to me like some planets were lining up.
One was the sort of slow
burn of me playing around
with this camera phone
technology for a couple of
years — seeing “Tangerine,”
which I thought was terrific.
My wife heard me talking
about, “Oh, they’re making
these sort of Steadicams for
phones.” So she got me one
of those for Christmas, and I
started monkeying around
with that.
And then Jim Greer, who
I knew from some other
projects that we’d worked
on, rang me up and asked if
there was anything I had
that he could work on. I said,
“No, but if you write me a
low-budget thriller, I’ll shoot
it this summer.” All of these
things happened within a
week or two. And when the
script came in, I thought,
“This is a movie that will
benefit from this approach.
It’ll be the opposite of a
compromise. It’ll actually
enhance how I want to do
The visual style of the movie is very disorienting —
there are certain distortions in the image and also
some very unusual camera
placement. It’s all pretty
I was very anxious to
make decisions that I
wouldn’t normally make.
You may have read in the
production notes, I had a
very brief series of conversations with the DGA [Directors Guild of America] about
employing a pseudonym as a
director, because I really
wanted to annihilate everything that had come before
and think differently about
all the choices that you make
when you’re directing a
movie. I obviously ended up
just having to do a Jedi mind
trick on myself. I felt like on
this project there is no place
for subtlety, there is no place
for being dignified, there is
no place for being polite. The
aesthetic of the movie really
needed to be a reaction
against the approach I
would typically take. To
be that 15-year-old filmmaker who isn’t bound by
any idea of himself.
You cast Claire Foy largely
after seeing her Golden
Globes acceptance speech
for “The Crown.” What
about that moment struck
Well, that’s her. That was
my first exposure to her,
literally. I hadn’t even seen
her show at that point. And I
just thought, “Wow, I like her,
whoever that is. She seems
really cool.” And then I
watched the show and
thought, “Wow, that is not
her at all.” This role she is
playing in the show is so not
her. When I went to meet her
in London, that was confirmed — Queen Elizabeth
couldn’t be further from
Claire. Claire is a very sort of
gregarious, open, friendly,
tactile person. And so it was
really fun — like the last time
I had to look at “Unsane” for
technical reasons, I’ll catch
myself forgetting that it’s
her. Her sort of deep dive
into that character was so
complete, that even when I
watch the movie now, I forget it’s Claire Foy. She just
seems like Sawyer.
You seem incredibly open to
change, from being an early
adopter of digital filmmaking to your recent shifts in
storytelling, along with
experiments in financing
and distribution. Why is
Well, it seems evolution is
inevitable. It’s actually unnatural to stay in one place
and not evolve. So the question, I think, for everyone in
Jeers Carstensen AP
DIRECTOR STEVEN SODERBERGH, right, talks to actor Joshua Leonard,
who stars in “Unsane,” in February at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Bleecker Street / Berlinale
CLAIRE FOY plays a woman who relocates to es-
cape a long-term stalker in the movie “Unsane.”
every context is, “What are
the things that should
change or are changing
and what are the things
that shouldn’t?” There are
some things in the world
that are perfect and should
remain that way. The London black cab is perfect.
And the people that drive
them. That doesn’t need
to be anything other than
what it is — it’s the perfect
version of what it is.
But in creative terms,
both regarding material and
process, I’m constantly
asking myself or the people
around me, what should
change and what can be
retained? What has attained
a sort of perfection and
should be respected and
carried forward? Everything
that I’ve been doing, just on
the business side, is an ex-
ploration of just that question. What should we keep
doing the way we’ve been
doing it and what should we
change? And what can we
Whether it was being the
son of an academic and
growing up in an environment in which it was understood that there is always
new knowledge to be acquired — and having the
people I was sort of mentored by, or started my creative career with, feel similarly — [I believe] there’s
always something new to
learn. And that process
matters. Optimization never
stops, it’s never going to end.
You answer one question,
and that answer poses another question. And that’s
Whenever I confront a
situation in which somebody’s response is “because
that’s the way we’ve always
done it,” that activates me.
Twitter: @IndieFocus
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
Tut show has a digital realm too
[Tut, from E1]
coming 100th anniversary of
the discovery of Tut’s tomb,
opens at the California Science Center on Saturday.
Howard Carter unearthed
the 3,300-year-old bedrock
tomb on Nov. 4, 1922, revealing a wealth of ancient
Egyptian secrets — and
schoolchildren’s field trips
were forever altered.
But “Treasures of the
Golden Pharaoh,” for better
or for worse, is not the King
Tut exhibition Mrs. Felsen
dragged you to in eighth
grade. Organized by the
Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the management
company IMG, the new exhibition has about triple the
number of objects that have
previously toured — many
leaving Egypt for the first
time — along with advanced
display technology and new
science about King Tut’s life,
health, death and lineage.
But along with the additions, Tut completists will
note some absences in the
exhibit inventory. Here’s
what you will find when Tut
rolls into town.
A core of about 50 objects
has consistently traveled
with King Tut exhibitions in
the past. You remember, the
small, gold “coffinette” containing King Tut’s mummified liver, the gold shrine
etched with images of King
Tut and his wife, King Tut’s
carved wooden bust.
Many of the favorites are
back, like the liver coffinette.
The new exhibition has 166
total objects, the largest
number of King Tut items
ever displayed publicly outside Egypt. About 40% of the
works haven’t left the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Some items, however, are
not returning. Among them:
the gold, crown-like diadem
from the mummy’s head, as
well as a wooden King Tut
In curating new material
for the exhibit, organizers
said they aimed for intimate
objects like the gold sandals
on the mummy’s feet when it
was discovered, and a pair of
worn linen gloves he may
have used in real life, circa
1336 BC. There’s also a ceremonial wooden bed with lion feet, created for King
Tut’s body to rest on during
the afterlife, plus jewelry galore, including gold bands
wrapped around the mummy’s exterior.
Whether or not it sounds
Photographs by
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
A WOODEN STATUE of the king is one of more than 150 objects in the new King Tut exhibition opening at the California Science Center.
‘King Tut:
of the Golden
Where: California
Science Center,
700 Exposition
Park Drive,
Los Angeles
When: Saturday-Jan. 6
Admission: $19.50-$30
Info: (323) 724-3623,
AN INLAID wooden cartouche box from the reign of
King Tutankhamun is on display in the exhibition.
like a marketing ploy, organizers of “Treasures of the
Golden Pharaoh” said this
may be the last time the Tutankhamun collection travels
as a whole outside Egypt.
The exhibition will appear in
10 cities internationally over
seven years, then the objects
will go to the still-under-construction Grand Egyptian
Museum in Cairo, where
they will remain permanently.
“Immersive” may have
been the arts buzzword of
2016, but it’s still going strong
today. “Treasures of the
Golden Pharaoh” will feature an “immersive environment,” organizers said. That
begins with a four-minute
introductory film on a 180degree screen meant to
transport people to the Valley of the Kings, where Tut’s
tomb was discovered.
During the nine-gallery
exhibit that follows, guests
will pass through six gates of
the underworld as they travel with King Tut on his quest
for immortality. Along the
way, they will encounter
good luck amulets, weapons
meant to fight off demons,
alabaster containers of oils
that the ancient Egyptians
believed enabled him to see
and hear in the underworld,
and figurines of gods meant
to guide and protect him.
New 3-D scans of objects
are animated on video
screens on top of display
cases, so viewers can zoom
in and spin the objects on
screen for an interactive experience.
“There’s a lot more
technology in this exhibition
when it comes to being able
to help tell the story,” says
John Norman, IMG’s managing director of exhibitions,
who also organized the 2005
and 2008 Tut exhibitions.
“With these videos, you
really get to see these objects
in a way you’ve never seen
them before.”
The last galleries in the
show focus on the discovery
of the tomb itself and the history of Egyptian archaeology along with new scientific
analysis of the mummy.
Tut was only about 9
when he became king and 19
when he died, but his exact
cause of death has long been
a mystery. It still is.
But thanks to technology
and new analysis over the
last decade, researchers
have a better understanding
of the circumstances surrounding his death.
A video table in the exhibition shows CT scan data of
King Tut’s mummy. The
scan is from 2005, but advances in technology have
made it possible to glean
more information about it.
King Tut had a club foot and
an impacted wisdom tooth.
New DNA testing shows that
King Tut also suffered malaria.
The child king had a
badly broken left leg above
the knee that pierced his
skin. That likely resulted in
an infection that caused
A new family tree in the
exhibit highlights who’s who
in King Tut’s lineage.
“The one thing we absolutely didn’t want to do,”
Norman said, “was duplicate what had been done before.”
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‘Station 19’ replete with dramatic flare-ups
[Review, from E1]
upon the newborn.
The figure at the center of
“Station 19” is not Ben, however, but Andy Herrera
(Jaina Lee Ortiz), whom
regular “Grey’s” viewers will
have already met in the
March 1 backdoor pilot episode, “You Really Got a Hold
on Me.” Andy is a strong
woman — “baby Rambo,” to
her father (Miguel Sandoval), who is also her captain at the firehouse, and
called more than once a
“badass,” our age’s great
But Andy has not fully
embraced her own toughness, being for the series’
opening moments more
than a little defined and distracted by the dudes around
her. There is her father,
whose nutrition she attempts to oversee and whose
paperwork she handles, and
his lieutenant, Jack Gibson
(Grey Damon), with whom
she gets frisky in the locker
room. There is also, just to
complicate matters, old
boyfriend and neighbor
Frezza), a policeman who
seems to be wherever the fire
crew goes.
‘Station 19’
Where: ABC
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Rated: TV-14-DLSV (may
be unsuitable for children
under the age of 14, with
advisories for suggestive
dialogue, coarse language,
sexual content and
Kelsey McNeal ABC
COLLEAGUES Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) and Jack Gibson (Grey Damon)
have a frisky encounter in the locker room in between their firefighting duties.
“Embrace the pain,” advises Andy’s best friend and
Bishop (Danielle Savre),
who is also a former Olympic
runner. “Find your medal
and go after it.”
Finally, Andy encounters
an instructive metaphor in
the shape of a woman stuck
in a narrow space between
two buildings.
“You know how when
you’re drunk, stupid happens?” asks the woman.
“I do,” replies Andy, who
has just done something
stupid, while maybe a little
“Take a deep breath. And
then another. You just have
to decide that you can do
this, you can figure this
out... Trust me, trust yourself… Relax, and let go.” Is
Andy talking to herself, even
as she is talking to this wom-
an, in an episode titled
Though I expect there
has been technical vetting,
making sure that fires behave as fires do, very little in
“Station 19” has the flavor of
authenticity. I’m pretty sure
that job succession in the Seattle Fire Department, a
major plot point, is not as
pictured here; and a scene in
which Andy Takes Charge,
though it turns out all right,
strikes me as poor leadership — we can talk about it
once you’ve watched.
Like other Rhimes productions, the show is very
much a work of capital-T
Television, a turbocharged
melodrama in which twists
and surprises transpire with
comforting predictability.
When a woman pulled from
a burning building says that
Charlie is still in the house,
there is no doubt that Charlie will turn out to be a dog.
(And pan to the tag reading
“Charlie,” to leave no viewer
At the same time,
Rhimes’ series feel “real,”
and relatable, however absurd they may become, because they are packed with
intense emotions — and
many people do feel packed
with intense emotions. Like
big pop ballads in which
everything matters terribly,
these shows give shape to
Indeed, when we get to
Andy’s “what have we
learned” closing voice-over,
the words might be the
lyrics to just the sort of
songs that have filled the
soundtrack: “The trick is to
breathe in / And loosen your
grip / You can’t overthink it /
Got to grab on / Take the
next step / Trust yourself /
And let go.”
If those words fill you
with feeling, you might be
happy here.
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
By Frank Stewart
Unlucky Louie attributes
his bad results to bad luck,
despite all the evidence to
the contrary.
When he was declarer at
today’s six spades, West led
a trump. Louie won and led a
club at the second trick.
When West won and led another trump, Louie had only
11 tricks. He tried a heart finesse with dummy’s queen,
but when East produced the
king, the result was down
“Without that trump
lead,” Louie grumbled, “I
could have ruffed two clubs
in dummy.”
Louie could make the
slam by setting up a long suit
(my topic this week). After
he wins the second trump,
he leads a heart to dummy’s
ace, ruffs a heart, ruffs a club
and ruffs a heart.
When West discards,
Louie draws the missing
trump, overtakes his king of
diamonds with the ace and
ruffs a heart. He gets back to
dummy with the queen of
diamonds to discard his last
two clubs on the good hearts
at Tricks 12 and 13.
Question: You hold: ♠ 4 ♥
K J 10 8 ♦ 10 8 6 3 ♣ A Q 10 5.
The dealer, at your left,
opens one spade, and two
passes follow. What do you
Answer: If right-hand
opponent had opened one
spade, some players would
double. Others would want
more in high cards. In the
though, to double is clear.
You may have a game, and
you mustn’t let the opponents buy the deal cheaply
when your partner surely
has some points. “Balancing” actions may be shaded.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
♥ K J 10 8
♦ 10 8 6 3
♣ A Q 10 5
♠ A K Q J 10 9
All Pass
Opening lead — ♠ 7
2018, Tribune Media
Outraged over sexist list
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
The life of the human body is
a function of water flow.
You’ll think better and be
your highest self when properly hydrated.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): If you knew that what
people would remember
about you would be the last
part of the interaction, how
would you play it? Do it that
way today.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
You will be the calm, centered one today, and don’t be
surprised if the tightly
wound and high-strung individuals are even more attracted to you than usual.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
You have amazing powers of
regeneration, which will be
applied to your body, mind
and spirit.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
This is one of the few times
when it’s OK to be a taker.
Take as much as you want.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Extrinsic standards of success can satisfy you only
when attached to a pursuit
that will also feed your need
for meaning and purpose. Is
this your true north?
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
This is a day to find your fit —
in love, business, food and
any other pursuit you can
think of.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Before you even think about
being happy, there are basic
responsibilities and obligations to get out of the way.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): You made the key
decisions and did a lot of the
work. Still, there’s much to
be gained by letting the others get the credit.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Your top priority is people. If you don’t feel like you
have the right people around
you, go out and get more
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): This is no time to accept
defeat. You’re almost there.
Keep the fight going. Adapt
as necessary.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): If you can figure out how
to do something as straightforward as surrounding
yourself with quality people
and doing what you enjoy,
you’ll be among the privileged few.
(March 22): Your popularity
surges this solar return. People feel your genuine interest
in them and will move in
closer to your warmth. This
favorably affects your personal life and business life,
too. Your family will grow in
June. One particular talent
comes to the fore, and you’ll
cash in handsomely with it
in September. Libra and
Gemini adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 10, 2, 22,
28 and 14.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: I am part of an
international MBA program
at a well-known European
I just found out that the
men in the program have
put together a list, ranking
all the women in the program by their looks. I’m furious and disappointed that
the men who are supposed
to be my peers, business
partners, coworkers and
friends have subjected the
women in the program to
I have been told who
started the list, but I haven’t
personally seen this list (I’m
working on it). I’m not really
sure what to do. I’m thinking
about writing a letter to the
faculty. Others have suggested asking for the expulsion of the men who have
contributed to the list.
I feel as though this list is
a slap in the face after everything that women have been
going through, and I really
don’t want this sort of treatment or behavior to be normalized ever again.
But I don’t know how to
go about it.
ior (which this list absolutely
This needs to stop.
Do not count on the university faculty or administration to handle it to your
Think of this challenge a
bit like going into battle:
Arm yourself with knowledge, and begin building an
army. Connect with your fellow female candidates and
quickly form a coalition.
If you can obtain hard evidence that this list exists,
you should publicize it,
share it widely and use the
list itself to expose the people behind it. When you do
so, mask the identity of the
women named, but display
the identities of those who
created and shared it.
If you aren’t able to receive hard proof of the list,
make an appointment with a
faculty member and the
dean. Insist that they investigate your allegation.
Most important, save
(and screenshot) everything. Don’t get discouraged: Speak up, and don’t let
anyone convince you that
this isn’t a big deal.
Dear Disgusted: You have
every right to be angry. The
MeToo movement is demonstrating that normalizing
harassment creates toxic
havens for predatory behav-
Dear Amy: I’m very indecisive about everything, especially relationships. I tend to
run away when issues arise.
I’m having doubts about my
partner. For over two years
he has had problems keeping a job, and this causes me
a lot of stress about money.
We can’t plan for our future.
We also rarely have sex,
mainly because I just don’t
feel like it. I find him attractive, but I’m not sexually attracted to him. This might
be because of the job issue.
He doesn’t seem motivated.
I don’t know what to do?
Dear Unsure: If running
from relationships is your
problem, then take a stab at
repairing this before you
flee. Your partner sounds
depressed. Your own aversions could be contributing
to your problems as a couple
— in fact, it sounds as if you
have already actually left the
relationship, even if you’re
physically present.
If he communicates well
with you about his challenges, this might unite you
as a couple. If not, you’ll have
to do the personal algebra to
decide if you should (or want
to) invest part of your own
future in trying to shore up
this relationship. Running
isn’t called for, but you might
need to walk away.
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson to askamy@ or by
mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box
194, Freeville, NY 13068.
T HURSDAY , MARC H 22, 2018
THU R S DAY , M A R C H 22, 2018
(Michael Bunin) leaves
Cloud 9 to work at Target,
Garrett (Colton Dunn)
convinces Glenn (Mark
poaching other employees to go with him. 8 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy Jackson,
Richard and Catherine
(Jesse Williams, James
Pickens Jr., guest star
Debbie Allen) prepare for
a groundbreaking surgery
for a transgender patient
(guest star Candis Cayne)
in this new episode of the
medical drama. Kelly McCreary, Camilla Luddington and Chandra Wilson
also star. 8 p.m. ABC
Gotham Gordon and Bullock
Donal Logue) try to track
down a suspect they think
plays a key role in Sofia
Falcone’s (Crystal Reed)
iron grip over their city. 8
p.m. Fox
Beyond Holden and Charlie
(Burkely Duffield, Eden
Brolin) try to calm Tom
and Diane (Michael McGrady, Romy Rosemont)
after Diego’s (Oscar Camacho) latest attack in
the second season finale. 8
p.m. Freeform
RuPaul’s Drag Race Christina Aguilera is a guest in
the season premiere. 8
p.m. VH1
Augusta Quirk IFC
in the series finale of the
sketch comedy series
“Portlandia” on IFC.
60 Days In In the season finale, all nine participants
sit down with Soledad
O’Brien and Col. Mark
Adger, chief jailer at the
Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, to talk about their
experiences. 10 p.m. A&E
Portlandia Fred Armisen
and Carrie Brownstein
bid farewell to their unforgettable (and nearly inexhaustible)
quirky characters as their
eighth and final season
draws to a close. Tessa
Thompson, Cherry Jones,
Dolly Wells and Kyle MacLachlan guest star in the
series finale. 10 p.m. IFC
Lip Sync Battle Singer
Michael Bolton takes on
“Saturday Night Live”
regular Pete Davidson. 10
p.m. Paramount
A.P. Bio Miles’ (Tom Bennett) publisher offers Jack
(Glenn Howerton) a contract to write a book of
feel-good philosophy in
this new episode. Patton
Oswalt also stars, with
guest stars Bill Nye and
Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. 8:30 p.m. NBC
Station 19 This new “Grey’s
Anatomy” spin-off premieres. Jaina Lee Ortiz,
Miguel Sandoval and Jason George star. 9 p.m.
Project Runway All Stars
Nina Garcia challenges
the designers to create resort wear inspired by the
game Candy Crush. Later,
she and Kelly Osbourne
serve as guest judges. 9
p.m. Lifetime
Chicago Fire While responding to a residential
fire, Otis and Kidd (Yuri
Sardarov, Miranda Rae
Mayo) land in a deadly situation. 10 p.m. NBC
Hidden Figures (2016) 8:50
a.m. and 8 p.m. HBO
Hell or High Water (2016) 11
a.m. and 8:15 p.m. Showtime
Gone With the Wind (1939) 7
p.m. TCM
CBS This Morning (N) 7
a.m. KCBS
Today Patrick Schwarzenegger; Taraji P. Henson
and Tyler Perry. (N) 7 a.m.
Good Morning America
Craig David performs;
Tory Johnson. (N) 7 a.m.
Good Day L.A. Hilary
Knight, U.S. women’s
hockey team; chef Jernard
Wells. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Author
Dawn Davies; author
Mary Jennings Hegar. (N)
9 a.m. KNBC
The Wendy Williams Show
Teyana Taylor (“Teyana
& Iman”). (N) 11 a.m.
The Talk Nia Long; Katie
Nicholl. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Doctors
who become depressed
and suicidal as a result of
their profession; restart a
diet. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors A divorce attorney; a sleepwalker falls
six stories; Nicole Kidman
on eating bugs. (N) 2 p.m.
Steve Josh Henderson;
Nikki and Brie Bella. (N) 2
p.m. KNBC
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Ellen Pompeo; Florida
school shooting survivors;
Adam Rippon; Devin
Dawson performs. (N) 3
p.m. KNBC
The Real Jason George
(“Station 19”). (N) 3 p.m.
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
The Daily Show: Trevor Noah RuPaul Charles. (N) 11
p.m. Comedy Central
The Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon Will Smith;
Fran Lebowitz; Billie Eilish performs. (N) 11:34
p.m. KNBC
Jimmy Kimmel Live Roseanne Barr; John Goodman; Chloe x Halle performs. (N) 11:35 p.m.
The Late Late Show With
James Corden Freddie
Highmore; Eddie Kaye
Thomas; Adam CaytonHolland. (N) 12:37 a.m.
Late Night With Seth Meyers Taraji P. Henson;
Yungblud performs; Lil’
John Roberts performs.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC
Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m.
Last Call With Carson Daly
Creeper performs; director Max Winkler. (N) 1:38
a.m. KNBC
Tournament Loyola-Chicago versus Nevada 4 p.m.
CBS; Texas A&M versus
Michigan 4:30 p.m. TBS;
Kansas State versus Kentucky 6:30 p.m. CBS; Florida State versus Gonzaga
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