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MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017
Trump insists
Mueller’s job
safe for now
Conservatives seek to
discredit and oust
special counsel amid
allegations of bias in
Russia investigation.
By Laura King
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
A HOME in the hills of Montecito, Calif., is left gutted by the Thomas fire Sunday as the blaze threatened
coastal communities near Santa Barbara. The state has seen its most destructive wildfire year in its history.
‘A wicked dilemma’
With catastrophic fires striking more often, experts
warn against rushing to rebuild in high-risk areas
By Doug Smith
After a destructive wildfire swept from Calabasas to
Malibu in 1993, the head of
the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy stood on
a mountaintop on live TV
and made a radical proposal.
He called for a “threestrikes” rule to limit the
number of times recovery
funds could be spent to help
rebuild a home destroyed by
wildfire.
Today, Joseph T. Edmiston is still wincing from the
blowback. But he hasn’t
backed down. Just the opposite.
“I think two strikes is
enough and they ought to be
bought out,” Edmiston said,
after spending three days
coordinating the conservancy’s crews on the Skirball,
Rye and Creek fires.
He’s not alone. With the
Christina House Los Angeles Times
BURBANK firefighters salute the funeral procession
for Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson on Sunday, three
days after he was killed fighting the Thomas fire.
Fire’s toll ‘could have been a lot worse’
Preparations for strong weekend gusts kept damage
relatively light in Montecito, freeing fire crews to
mop up hot spots as the winds calmed. CALIFORNIA, B1
frequency and cost of catastrophic wildfires climbing
in California, the idea of
compensating
property
owners to not rebuild — or
using economic pressure to
discourage them from building in the first place — is
gaining supporters among
those searching for ways to
cut wildfire losses.
The state has seen its
most destructive wildfire
year in its history, with more
than 15,000 structures damaged or destroyed and more
than 45 people killed. Researchers warn that 2017 is a
sign of what’s to come as the
effects of a warming climate
and unchecked wildlands
development converge.
“I think what’s next is
that every mayor, every town
council and city planning
board has to take this really
seriously,” said Char Miller,
professor of environmental
analysis at Pomona College.
[See Rebuilding, A8]
WASHINGTON — Amid
increasing Republican attacks on Robert S. Mueller
III over the scope and impartiality of his investigation of
Russian campaign meddling, President Trump
denied Sunday that he had
any intention of firing the
special counsel.
“No — no, I’m not,”
Trump said Sunday as he returned to the White House
from Camp David, when reporters asked whether he
was considering ousting
Mueller, as some conservatives have urged.
Earlier, the White House
sought to tamp down speculation Trump would move
directly against the special
counsel, even as a senior
Cabinet official noted the
president had the authority
to remove Mueller if he
wished.
The president spoke as a
new contretemps flared over
the disclosure Saturday that
the Mueller team possesses
tens of thousands of emails
from the Trump transition
team, causing perhaps the
most tense moment in the
investigation since Mueller’s
appointment in May. He was
named soon after Trump
fired FBI Director James B.
Comey, who had been overseeing the investigation
since mid-2016.
A lawyer for Trump on
Saturday wrote to Congress
accusing Mueller of having
illegally obtained the transition emails and other records. That drew a rare public response from the special
counsel’s spokesman, who
said any emails were either
obtained by “the account
owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.”
Asked about the emails
in Mueller’s possession,
Trump said, “It’s quite sad to
[See Mueller, A9]
A hospital closes,
stoking fears of
a lost Chinatown
As 157-year-old facility
quietly shuts its doors,
community activists
warn of gentrification.
By Frank Shyong
Xiaoyuan Yang was pregnant and her husband
Weiming Lei needed a job
when they moved more than
20 years ago from Guangzhou, China, to Los Angeles.
“We knew nothing, and
we didn’t understand anything,” Lei said. “Someone
told us to live in Chinatown.”
There, Yang found work
at a Chinese restaurant, and
their neighbors told them
about a hospital just down
the street where the staff
spoke not only Mandarin
and Cantonese, but the
Toishan and Zhongshan dialects as well.
A Chinese doctor at the
Pacific Alliance Medical
Center gave them medical
advice and taught them how
insurance works. On June 1,
1995, after nearly a full day of
labor, he helped them deliver their first child, a 7-pound
girl named Sharon.
For decades, the Pacific
Alliance Medical Center,
better known as the French
Hospital, has been Chinatown’s only hospital, serving
a large population of seniors
and recent immigrants and
giving
generations
of
“French babies,” as they
came to be known, a reason
to call Chinatown home.
On Dec. 11, the hospital’s
lease expired, and all 638 of
the facility’s employees were
laid off.
After 157 years, like many
Chinatown institutions in
recent years, it closed quietly and without fanfare.
The move sent shock waves
through a Chinatown community struggling to preserve its historical identity
as gentrification and investment creep north from
downtown Los Angeles.
Residents say the hospital’s closure leaves seniors
and families living in the
area without an important
option for healthcare. Community advocates worry
about the economic impact
of losing one of the neighborhood’s biggest employers.
Amy Mar, who has lived
and worked in Chinatown
for nearly 50 years, summed
up another fear.
“Chinatown doesn’t feel
like a place for Chinese people anymore.”
The French Hospital, the
oldest in Los Angeles, was
established in 1860 during a
smallpox scare to serve the
4,000-odd French people
who lived in Los Angeles at
the time.
A few decades later, when
Chinese people began to
[See Hospital, A12]
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images
SPECIAL COUNSEL
Robert S. Mueller III is
investigating meddling.
U.S. set
to flex
its pecs
for the
world
By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON — President Trump has found it
much easier to say “America
first” than to fit the nationalist slogan into actual national security strategy.
Now, nearly a year into his
term, he is seeking to define
his vision — often articulated in impulsive tweets —
in a comprehensive overview.
The president will deliver
a speech on Monday distilling a lengthy strategy document that has been months
in the making. During a
Cabinet-level meeting this
month, he signed off on an
approximately 70-page draft
that his national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, summarized by another slogan,
Ronald Reagan’s: “Peace
through strength.”
The plan will focus on
projecting U.S. military and
economic strength overseas, McMaster said at a
Washington think tank on
Tuesday, with a particular
emphasis on countering major powers China and Russia
and containing nuclear
threats from Iran and North
Korea.
“In many ways, we vacated a lot of competitive
space in recent years and
created opportunities for
these revisionist powers,”
McMaster said.
That critique of past
presidents could better be
said of Trump’s performance to date, according to
his critics, who include veterans of past Republican administrations. They com[See Security, A6]
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
AN AIRSTRIKE in Mosul’s Jadidah area killed more than 100 Iraqis in March,
in one of the deadliest civilian casualty incidents in modern U.S. military history.
Grave injustices in Iraq
Compensation for airstrike deaths requires families
to dig up bodies, only to learn there is no money
By Molly
Hennessy-Fiske
and Alexandra Zavis
MOSUL, Iraq — When Ali
Thanoon lost more than 50
members of his family in a
U.S. airstrike during the battle against Islamic State in
Mosul in the spring, he
turned to the Iraqi government for compensation.
But officials required
Thanoon to prove his loved
ones had been killed: He
could get the necessary
death certificates only by
digging up their bodies from
a mass grave.
That would take time.
Thanoon had been trapped
for five days under the rubble, then hospitalized for
weeks. By the time a cousin
was able to take Iraqi officials to unearth Thanoon’s
two wives, seven children
and other relatives, all they
found were “meat and
bones,” Thanoon said.
“What’s this?” said one of
the officials. “We need to see
faces.”
But there was another
hard fact: The Iraqi government’s compensation program for victims of the Mosul campaign, even those
with death certificates, had
no money.
For any hope of compensation for his losses, the 50year-old shop owner would
have to turn to the United
States, which since the beginning of the war in Iraq has
provided millions of dollars
in “condolence” payments to
families of civilians inadvert[See Iraq, A4]
Todd Gurley
runs wild
The running back
helps the Rams deliver
a beat-down at Seattle.
SPORTS, D1
Former leader
wins Chile race
A rightward shift in
Latin America continues. WORLD, A3
Tax bill could
harm California
Reducing deductions is
expected to raise cost
of living. BUSINESS, A10
Weather
Sunny and mild.
L.A. Basin: 71/50. B6
A2
M O N DAY , D EC EM BE R 18, 2017
LAT IMES. C OM
BACK STORY
Ahn Young-joon Associated Press
PREPARATIONS for the Winter Olympics, which will begin Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have gone
smoothly. But officials worry that North Korea’s recent provocations might directly affect the Games.
Olympic host South Korea
facing same problem child
North Korea is cause for concern at 2018 Games, just as it was in 1988
By Matt Stiles
SEOUL — With the
Olympic Games in South
Korea approaching, American spies grew increasingly
worried about a longtime
adversary: North Korea.
“Pyongyang appears set
on attempting to ruin the
games,” the U.S. Central
Intelligence Agency said in a
written assessment, referring to leaders in the North
Korean capital.
The year was 1988.
That’s when South Korea reintroduced itself to the
world with the Summer
Olympics, a highlight of its
transformation from the
ashes of the Korean War to
the thriving nation it has
become, among Asia’s largest economies.
Three decades later,
another Olympics is
planned for South Korea —
the 2018 Winter Games, to be
held in high-altitude villages
80 miles east of Seoul.
Concerns about North
Korea haven’t gone away.
By most accounts,
preparations for the event,
which will begin Feb. 9 in
Pyeongchang, have gone
smoothly. Glitzy new sporting venues for ice skating,
hockey and other contests
are mostly completed. A
dedicated high-speed rail
line from Incheon airport
and Seoul to the central
Olympic venues is set to
open. And organizers say
the largely rural area, historically a skiing destination
for vacationing South Koreans, should have enough
accommodations for as
many as 100,000 visitors a
day.
But Olympic officials
have been dogged by questions about whether North
Korea’s recent provocations
— ballistic missile launches,
nuclear detonations and a
rhetorical war with President Trump — might depress ticket sales or directly
affect the Games.
They say they expect the
Games to be successful and
safe, just like in 1988 — despite the concerns then and
now.
“What I can tell you with
confidence and conviction is
that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be held in
peace and it will be indeed a
great international festival,”
Cho Myoung-gyon, the
unification minister, told
reporters recently.
U.S. officials weren’t so
confident three decades
ago, the documents show.
“We believe that violence
perpetrated by North Korea
is the highest security
threat to the games,” according to another CIA
assessment in the weeks
before the event.
The documents, declassified a few years ago, are
filled with worry from spies
and their sources in South
Korea — a U.S. ally since the
1950s — about potential
sabotage by North Korea.
At the time, the North’s
threats were more conventional than now. Its nuclear
weapons program didn’t
Yonhap News Agency
A BANNER on Mt. Bukhan in South Korea ex-
presses wishes for a successful Winter Games. Events
will be held in high-altitude villages east of Seoul.
The ‘Winter
Olympics will be
held in peace.’
— Cho Myoung-gyon,
South Korea’s unification
minister
emerge until the mid-1990s.
There were concerns
about North Korean terrorism — as there are now, as
evidenced by the Trump
administration’s recent
decision to return the country to the U.S. list of state
sponsors of terrorism.
In 1988, North Korea,
then as now a communist
nation isolated from the
kind of positive international publicity and economic investment enjoyed by
the South, expressed anger
about not getting a chance
to co-host the Olympics.
It also resisted international recognition of two
Korean states.
Its leaders, including
patriarch Kim Il Sung,
rejected the notion of a
“Seoul” Olympics, according to the documents, and a
two-year effort to find a role
for the nation to co-host
some minor events — archery, table tennis and
women’s volleyball, among
them — fell apart.
As the CIA began examining potential threats to
the Olympics in the
mid-1980s, the downing of
Korean Air Flight 858 in 1987
heightened the agency’s
concerns about North Korea. The bombing, which
killed 115 people, mostly
South Korean tourists, was
attributed to North Korean
agents.
That incident followed
years of postwar efforts by
Pyongyang to cause havoc
for Seoul, including several
failed presidential assassinations in the South, the
documents recount.
At the same time, Seoul
was also dealing with prodemocracy activists, some
of whom hoped to use the
Games as a catalyst for
reunification with the
North, according to the
documents. The South had
approved direct presidential elections only the
year before, after decades of
postwar military leadership.
The 1988 Summer
Games were marked by
American sprinter Florence
Griffith Joyner setting a
still-standing record for the
100-meter dash and Canadian Ben Johnson, her male
counterpart in the highprofile sprint, eventually
seeing his gold-winning
triumph tarnished by a
doping scandal.
The North had hoped to
use its natural communist
allies to sully the Olympics
with worry and perhaps
international boycotts, as
happened in 1984 in Los
Angeles (following a U.S.led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics). More than
150 nations ultimately participated, including the
Soviet Union and East
Germany (in their last
Olympics before their demise) and China. Many
historians regard the
Games as a success.
The years before the
event, though, were worrisome for American officials,
according to the CIA documents.
“We think the North
faces a difficult choice between accepting a decidedly
junior role in Seoul’s
Olympic triumph or rejecting the games and perhaps
further tarring its reputation in an attempt to disrupt
them,” agents wrote in 1986.
The next two years,
analysts wrote, would force
officials in Pyongyang to
choose between “assault
and accommodation.”
There were real concerns
among American spies that
Seoul, despite its efforts to
provide security, might not
be able to stop sophisticated terrorism plots, such
as those involving weapons
that, at the time, could be
smuggled past metal detectors at airports and other
venues.
Seoul is taking “extensive precautions to prevent
violence and agent infiltrations,” they wrote, “but
international air links to
South Korea remain vulnerable to sabotage or to serve
as transportation for terrorists.”
At the same time, efforts
to include the North in the
Games ultimately began to
fall apart, with some believing that was the desired
outcome for the South
Koreans, who wanted to
showcase their success
alone to the world.
By the summer of 1988,
Olympics organizers had
concluded it was too late to
include North Korea, the
CIA reported. The North
then began trying to portray
South Korea as too dangerous a locale for international
competition.
Their rhetoric, as it is
now, was also making other
nations nervous.
“The North has had
some success in creating a
sense of uneasiness in some
quarters about the
Olympics — many athletes
and governments continue
to express concern that
North Korea might attempt
to disrupt the games with
terrorism,” the CIA documents state.
However, the CIA also
said that the cost of disrupting the Olympics “would be
high for Pyongyang.”
Organizers here, of
course, hope that decadesold assessment remains
true.
“I understand that some
participating countries
have concerns over the
security developments
surrounding the Korean
peninsula,” Do Jong-hwan,
the South Korean minister
of culture, sports and tourism, told reporters recently.
He added, “This is a very
important time in which we
can deliver a message of
reconciliation and peace.”
Stiles is a special
correspondent.
MONDAY , DEC EMB ER 18, 2017
L AT I ME S . COM
A3
THE WORLD
Former president wins in Chile
Amid a regional
rightward shift, voters
return Sebastian
Piñera to office.
By Jorge Poblete
and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile —
Chilean magnate Sebastian
Piñera coasted to victory
Sunday in his bid for a second presidential term, easily
beating a center-left candidate by promising to kickstart the country’s stagnant
economy.
The results in a runoff
election continued a shift in
recent years of Latin American voters veering away
from populism and leftist
social initiatives and toward right-of-center candidates promising economic
growth.
Peru, Argentina, Brazil
and now Chile have seen the
installation of presidents
who place greater priority on
stimulating the economy
and balancing the books
over social programs and
subsidized services.
Like much of Latin
America, Chile has been
hurt by the global decline in
prices of commodities on
which its economy depends.
The conservative Piñera
ran a campaign that promised incentives to reenergize
the economy, which is growing at a sluggish 1.4% this
year. His opponent, Alejandro Guillier, a senator and
former TV anchor, had
promised to build on outgoing
President
Michelle
Bachelet’s social reforms,
promote
urban
development and possibly raise
taxes on the rich.
Voters’ economic concerns evidently trumped social policies. With nearly all
votes counted, Piñera had
54.6% to Guillier’s 45.4%.
After receiving Guillier at
his campaign headquarters
in a hotel in downtown Santiago, Piñera briefly spoke
with the press and promised
to address the needs of “all
Chileans, especially the
most vulnerable and our
middle class.”
“Chile needs agreements
rather than confrontations.
It needs dialogue, collaboration, because that is how
countries progress,” Piñera
Bomber
kills 8 at
Pakistan
church
By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan —
At least eight people were
killed and more than 40
wounded Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself
up at a church packed for a
Nativity service in southwestern Pakistan, officials
said.
Witnesses said the bomber detonated his explosives
outside the main hall where
congregants were observing
the Christmas service at
Bethel Memorial Methodist
Church in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.
“People were busy in
service when the bomber approached the church and
blew himself up at the main
gate,” said Shahzada Zulfiqar, a Quetta resident.
Sarfaraz Bugti, the provincial minister responsible
for security affairs, said on
social media: “God forbid, if
the terrorists had succeeded
in their plans, more than 400
precious lives would have
been at stake.”
The militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
Initial reports suggested
that two assailants had approached the church. Officials said security personnel
shot one to death.
Ali is a special correspondent. Times staff writer
Shashank Bengali in
Mumbai, India, contributed
to this report.
Photographs by
Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images
IN SANTIAGO, supporters of Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Piñera celebrate after hearing the unofficial exit poll results.
‘My problem
with Piñera is
that he is against
abortion and gay
marriage.’
— Carla Escobedo,
a Providencia fashion
designer who voted
for Alejandro Guillier
PIÑERA, with wife Cecilia Morel, prepares to vote.
He easily won the race, a near-final tally showed.
said. “What unites us is our
love for Chile, our firm will to
deliver the best of ourselves,
so that we can have a fuller
life.”
Piñera, who previously
served as president from
2010 to 2014, received a congratulatory telephone call
from Bachelet and told her:
“I have never had the slightest doubt that both you and I
want the best for Chile.” He
will take the oath of office in
March.
Chile does not allow presidents to serve consecutive
terms. Bachelet served from
2006 to 2010 before relinquishing the office to Piñera.
She then returned to office
in 2014.
In a concession speech,
Guillier
congratulated
Piñera for his “impeccable
and solid triumph.” He added: “We have suffered a hard
defeat but it’s when you lose
that you learn the most.”
Turnout was anemic,
running at less than 50% of
the 14.3 million Chileans eligible. Analysts said before
the vote that Guillier would
need heavy voter turnout to
win after trailing Piñera by a
wide margin in the first
round in November.
Voters throughout the
country were unmoved
by government offers of
free public transportation.
Bachelet said she regretted
backing a law during her
first term that made voting
voluntary
instead
of
obligatory.
“I was wrong, I thought
that people had a greater
civic spirit than they have
shown,” Bachelet told reporters after voting Sunday
morning at a school in Santiago, the capital.
Piñera, who also voted
at a school in downtown
Santiago, said after casting
his ballot that he was confident Chileans “will choose
the right path” and that the
election’s outcome would
determine the country’s
path for “many decades.”
Guillier voted in his native town of Antofagasta, a
mining city on Chile’s north-
ern coast.
“This has been the most
intense year of my life,” Guillier said before boarding a
flight for Santiago. The former broadcaster entered
politics in 2013 with a victorious Senate campaign.
Interviewed after voting
in Santiago, public relations
executive Sonia Wulf said
she voted for Piñera and
“growth and development”
because policies under
Bachelet were too similar to
the “populist model that resembles Venezuela.”
Providencia fashion designer Carla Escobedo said
she voted for Guillier because of his more liberal social beliefs. “My problem
with Piñera is that he is
against abortion and gay
marriage,” she said.
Special correspondents
Poblete and Kraul
reported from Santiago
and Bogota, Colombia,
respectively.
Jerusalem finds itself eye of a storm
The disputed city has
remained calm amid
surrounding protests
ignited by Trump.
By Noga Tarnopolsky
JERUSALEM — American flags fluttered on
Jerusalem streets this weekend. The YMCA Christmas
tree, across the street from
the King David Hotel, where
Vice President Mike Pence
had been expected to arrive,
glittered in unusually warm,
sunny weather. Children
played on the lawn.
Not far away, violence
raged Sunday in parts of the
occupied West Bank and the
Gaza Strip, and the militant
group Hamas fired two rockets into Israel, all part of the
angry reaction to President
Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s
capital and move the U.S.
Embassy there.
But in Jerusalem, peace
has held.
The city’s Christmas tree
went up Thursday at the Old
City’s New Gate, as it does
every year.
At the American Colony
Hotel, an oasis of green
leaves and sparkling bougainvillea flowers in the
heavily Arab sector of East
Jerusalem, uniformed staff
lighted the third of four large
candles in a pine wreath, signaling the third of four weeks
leading to Christmas.
The concierge noted that
all the journalists who
booked rooms last week, in
anticipation of violence in
the streets, had left. One
American network had reportedly booked rooms for
12 staff members, all of
whom left after three days
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images
MUSLIMS at the Dome of the Rock shrine. Nearly
everyone in Jerusalem has an opinion about President
Trump recognizing the city as Israel’s capital.
when anticipated clashes
failed to materialize.
At the historic Damascus
Gate, Arab citizens and
some Israeli Jews did their
Saturday shopping. There
was a larger police presence
than usual, with a police van
and an antenna-laden border police vehicle clogging
the central roundabout, but
calm reigned.
“Have you come here
looking for trouble?” one
passerby shouted jokingly at
a police officer in short
sleeves. “As always!” the cop
retorted.
The White House announced that Pence’s visit,
originally scheduled to begin Sunday, was delayed by
several days so he could be
present if needed to break a
tie on the Republican tax
bill.
The calm in Jerusalem is
all the more striking for the
storm that has raged around
it.
On Friday, three Palestinians from the West
Bank and Gaza were killed
by Israeli security forces in
protests against Trump’s
decision on Jerusalem. A
fourth Palestinian was killed
when he reportedly attacked
Israeli soldiers.
Earlier, Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city
of Hebron burned a figure of
Trump in the form of a pig.
On Sunday, the Israeli
military said thousands of
Palestinians were rioting in
the West Bank and Gaza,
with protesters rolling burning tires and hurling rocks
and firebombs at Israeli
soldiers. Hamas launched
two rockets from Gaza, one
of which landed in the
Israeli community of Netiv
Haasara, where one person
was killed by a Hamas rocket
three years ago. No injuries
were reported Sunday.
The lack of violence in
Jerusalem is not an indica-
tion of ambivalence. Nearly
everyone has an opinion
about Trump’s decision, pro
and con, and many are
happy to share it.
Cabdriver Rami Narkisi,
an Israeli Jew, bought pears
and other fruit in the Old
City. “I think Trump’s decision will be good in the future,” he said, allowing that
it may cause “incidents” in
the short term. But he believes it will make the future
brighter for his three adult
children, who he hopes will
remain in Jerusalem. Many
share this view — but hardly
all.
At Al-Amin bakery, a
crowd of mostly Arab men —
but Israeli Jews and foreigners as well — vied for loaves
of rye bread or bags of whole
wheat or white pita bread.
A mention of Trump’s
name provoked derision.
“Shut up,” one man said. Another cracked a joke about a
dairy delicacy being missing
from the shelves “because
the guy who makes it is angry at Trump.”
“Everybody is angry at
Trump,” said Antonio di
Gesu, a Sardinian-born Israeli Jew who is friends with
the bakery’s owners — the
Muslim Arab Aljoni family —
and was helping out behind
the counter on a busy weekend. “What Trump did, he
did only for his evangelical
Christian voters. He doesn’t
care at all about anyone in
Jerusalem.”
Many Jerusalemites, it
appears, don’t care right
back.
“No one can tell any difference from what their lives
looked like two weeks ago,”
before Trump’s announcement, Palestinian affairs analyst Khaled abu Toameh
said, explaining the relative
nonchalance of Arab Jerusa-
lemites. “Trump didn’t say
anything about [Al Aqsa]
mosque. He didn’t say ‘I recognize Israeli sovereignty
over a united Jerusalem’ or
even recognize Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem,
so what’s the big deal? The
United States has been biased towards Israel for 50
years.”
Jerusalem, which is more
than 5,000 years old, was divided into eastern and western sides for 19 years beginning in 1948, when the armistice lines of what Israelis
call the war for independence and Palestinians call
the Nakba, or “catastrophe,”
resulted in a split city. Israel
gained control over East
Jerusalem in 1967 after the
Middle East War.
In announcing Pence’s
upcoming Middle East tour
last month, the White House
said it would serve to “check
on the status of Christians in
the region.”
But local Christian communities, infuriated by
Trump’s Jerusalem decision, appear to be joining
Palestinians in shunning the
vice president.
On Friday, the White
House said Pence’s meeting
with Egyptian Coptic Pope
Tawadros II, who leads the
largest Christian denomination in the Middle East,
was canceled. Pence will also
skip his scheduled visit to
Bethlehem’s Church of the
Nativity, which is under Palestinian rule.
He is scheduled to meet
only with representatives of
Israel’s government when he
arrives for a truncated visit
this week. He also will meet
with President Abdel Fattah
Sisi in Egypt.
Tarnopolsky is a special
correspondent.
A4
M ON DAY , D E C E M BER 18, 2017
LAT IMES. C OM
Condolence payments diminish
[Iraq, from A1]
ently killed by U.S. airstrikes
or other unforeseen consequences of combat.
Their purpose is both humanitarian and strategic, a
way to maintain good relations with Iraqi citizens and
avoid retaliatory attacks.
Yet payments under the
U.S. program plummeted after America ended its initial
combat role in Iraq in 2010 —
and did not pick up again
when the U.S.-led coalition
launched a violent new
phase of the war with its assault on the militant group
Islamic State.
The U.S. acknowledges
that it has killed at least 801
civilians in Iraq and Syria
since the campaign began in
2014. Independent monitors
insist the toll is much higher:
at least 5,975, according to
the London-based monitoring group Airwars.
Congress has set aside at
least $5 million through the
end of 2018 for payments to
civilians under the condolence program. But a review
of Pentagon data shows that
just three such payments
have been made to families
in Iraq over the last three
years — and none were paid
in Syria.
In the highest-profile incident of civilian casualties
during the current campaign, a devastating strike
that hit Thanoon’s neighborhood of Jadidah in west
Mosul on March 17, more
than 100 lives were lost, making it one of the deadliest civilian casualty incidents in
modern American military
history.
Yet a survey of the neighborhood by the Los Angeles
Times last month found almost no one who had been
visited by a U.S. investigator
or offered compensation.
Thanoon said he wasn’t even
aware that a U.S. program
was available.
“No one came to see us,”
Thanoon said. “Where do we
go? We don’t know.”
A
U.S.
military
investigation found that the
strike in Thanoon’s densely
populated neighborhood,
which targeted two Islamic
State snipers, mistakenly
killed at least 105 civilians.
Residents and volunteers
who responded to the scene
initially said they retrieved
278 bodies; Thanoon’s family
now puts the death toll at
155.
Eric Pahon, a Pentagon
spokesman, said the condolence program has been difficult to administer with few
U.S. ground troops in the region. Areas controlled by Islamic State have in many
cases been impossible to access, he said.
Still, Sen. Patrick J.
Leahy (D-Vt.), who wrote a
2014 law that set aside money
to compensate civilian victims and provided guidance
to military commanders on
doling it out, questioned
why just one payment has
been offered for the Jadidah
strike.
Photographs by
ALI THANOON lost more than 50 members of his family in the March airstrike.
He was trapped for five days under the rubble, then hospitalized for weeks.
“When we make tragic
mistakes like that, and innocent people are harmed,
[the Defense Department]
has the authority and funding to help them or their
families,” Leahy said. “There
is no good excuse for not doing that.”
The U.S. has made condolence payments in various
countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq, where
commanders initially paid
claims from a fund created
out of the millions of dollars
confiscated from Saddam
Hussein’s Baath Party. Pay-
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Mosul are routinely requiring. He called such measures
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information regarding payments for property damage,
personal injury or death, including amounts that were
authorized,” Pahon said.
This year, $15,000 was offered to an east Mosul resident, Basim Razzo, who applied to the U.S. Embassy in
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deaths and two injuries.”
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of the entire family, but was
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offered only the $15,000 payment for the loss of his wife
and 21-year-old daughter.
Because payments are
made to the head of household, Razzo was not offered
anything for the deaths of
his brother and 18-year-old
nephew.
“When they realized what
the amount was, they did
not bother applying,” Razzo
said of his brother’s family.
Razzo, 58, refused the
money, which he considered
so little it was insulting. He
said he has not received
compensation from the
Iraqi government either.
Pahon declined to say
who was offered the payment in connection with the
Jadidah strike, or how much
was offered. The payment
was declined, he said.
It’s unclear why other victims of the Jadidah airstrike
were not offered payments,
but they probably were unaware they could apply. The
U.S. does not post notices
advising residents they are
eligible for the payments,
Pahon said. He said the U.S.
did not receive any other applications for condolence
payments after 2014.
“The ability to make such
payments in Iraq and Syria
may be particularly limited
given the current operational environment and the
limited U.S. military presence on the ground,” Pahon
said. “Unlike counterinsurgency operations in Iraq before 2011 or in Afghanistan a
few years ago, U.S. forces do
not currently have widespread, day-to-day interaction with the local population in Syria or Iraq.”
After the strike, military
investigators led by U.S. Air
Force Brig. Gen. Matthew
Isler issued a lengthy report
acknowledging that a U.S.
plane dropped a 500-pound
bomb on a two-story structure where scores of civilians
were sheltering from a raging battle between Islamic
State militants and Iraqi
special forces. The report
said the bomb ignited a
cache of explosives the militants had placed in the
building, causing a secondary explosion that collapsed
the structure and part of a
neighboring building.
Isler recommended that
the Pentagon intensify its
examination of civilian
airstrike casualties, and five
people were added to the investigating team. Since
then, the number of confirmed civilian casualties
has more than tripled, but
there has been no corresponding uptick in condolence payments. Pahon said
there have been no applications.
Compensation is theoretically available from the
Iraqi government for civilians who suffer losses at the
hands of its forces and their
allies. But applicants must
provide death certificates.
At the time Thanoon’s family was killed, there was no
way to get the documents.
With fighting still raging in
the city, many of the dead
were hastily buried in relatives’ gardens and only later
transferred to morgues and
cemeteries.
City authorities are now
demanding that those seeking death certificates open
up their loved ones’ graves,
so they can confirm who is
buried there, according to
residents. But even if victims
obtain the necessary paperwork, provincial officials say
they have no money to give
them.
Thousands have moved
back to the Jadidah neighborhood, where the souk
once again teems with people. On narrow side streets,
bombed-out houses reverberate with the sound of
construction.
But frustration is building.
Mohammed Fadhil lost
his wife of 19 years and three
other
family
members
March 17. He spent months
digging up bodies and obtaining death certificates to
apply for compensation
from the Iraqi government.
But when he arrived at a
courthouse to submit the
completed claim recently, it
was so crowded he gave up.
The taxi driver dreams of
building a new home on a
piece of land he owns outside
Mosul, but he can’t afford it:
He makes less than $10 a day.
For now, he and his three
children are staying at a
friend’s house near the remains of their former home.
They have no plans to return.
“I had a good life there,”
Fadhil said, “and now it is
gone.”
Thanoon had two homes
in the area and operated two
businesses, a clothing store
and a dairy — all damaged or
destroyed in the fighting.
His savings — about $4,000
in cash and gold jewelry —
disappeared in the airstrike
that killed his family as they
sheltered at a neighbor’s
house.
On a recent morning, he
slumped on a neighbor’s
front step as two laborers
chipped at chunks of concrete recovered from one of
his razed homes to shape
them into blocks. It’s the
only building material he
can afford, he said.
Haunted by memories,
Thanoon has started drinking for the first time in six
years. Lying awake in the
narrow bed set up for him in
a corner of his brother’s living room, he can see his dead
wives and children gathered
on the sofas.
It was in this room that
the family heard the news on
television, months before
the fateful airstrike, that the
long-anticipated battle to
free Mosul had begun.
“We were laughing and
dancing, we were so happy,”
Thanoon said, his voice
breaking.
He has thought about remarrying, but wonders how
he would support a new family. He suffers chronic pain,
and after nine surgeries, he
is still missing 75% function
in his right arm, which rests
in a sling.
“Sometimes
I
think
about becoming a suicide
bomber and going straight
to God,” he said, cradling his
injured arm. “All roads are
closed to me. I can’t do anything.”
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017
A5
A6
M O N DAY , D EC EM BE R 18, 2017
LAT IMES. C OM
Trump will
speak about
his strategy
on security
[Security, from A1]
plain that Trump has ceded
leadership around the globe,
economically and diplomatically, opening opportunities especially for China
and Russia and raising tensions with Iran and North
Korea, as well as with longtime allies.
Increasingly, the critics
lament that Trump has demoted
diplomacy
and
undermined the work of the
State Department, creating
skepticism in international
capitals about the United
States’ reliability.
“He made the situation
worse by cutting the State
Department,” said Rep.
Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a Democrat on the
House Armed Services
Committee who served four
tours as a Marine officer in
Iraq.
“He’s not putting America first, he’s weakening national security with erratic
tweets and threatening nuclear war,” Moulton said.
Trump’s national security strategy has been in the
works since March, with
White House officials working to translate his nationalist and populist campaign
promises and 140-character
tweets into a coherent, wideranging guide for the military, diplomatic corps and
intelligence agencies.
Since Reagan, administrations have chosen to
write such a strategic plan
about once every four years;
the most recent was President Obama’s in February
2015. Trump’s draft was
structured around four
main pillars: protecting the
homeland through tighten-
ing immigration, advancing
American economic prosperity by pressuring China
and other trading partners,
projecting hard power by
building up the military and
increasing American influence.
“It is a major signaling
document, filling in the
blanks for the bureaucracy
and putting a clear narrative
behind Trump’s campaign
promises,” said Michael
Allen, who served on President George W. Bush’s National Security Council and
has advised the Trump
team.
Most sweeping white papers often are soon forgotten
or widely ignored. But
Trump’s version may have a
stronger influence on policy
decisions given that his
inner circle is stacked with
senior military leaders —
McMaster, a three-star
Army general, and two retired Marine Corps generals,
White House Chief of Staff
John F. Kelly and Defense
Secretary James N. Mattis —
who are accustomed to applying
broad
strategic
guidelines to real-world decisions.
McMaster oversaw the
national security strategy,
along with his departing
deputy, Dina Powell. The
document was written by
Nadia Schadlow, a former
academic whose expertise is
competition between great
powers.
Schadlow
met
with
Trump personally during
the drafting and now is on a
short list of people who
could succeed Powell.
Another reason that
some officials see added
Alex Brandon Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP prepares to board Air Force One in November. On Monday, Trump will deliver a
speech emphasizing countering China and Russia and containing nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea.
benefit — and longer shelf
life — with this strategy
document is that it has been
written for the only president to take office with neither military nor governing
experience. The exercise has
forced a focus and discipline
on Trump’s thinking that
could — officials hope — reduce the episodes in which
he feels boxed in between his
campaign promises and advisors’ policy recommendations.
It’s become an uncomfortable running joke among
Trump’s senior national security advisors: Whose turn
is it to walk into the buzz
saw?
An Oval Office meeting in
mid-July showed the danger
of asking the president to do
something he doesn’t want
to do.
Trump had campaigned
on tearing up the multinational nuclear deal with Iran
that the Obama administration had brokered, and he
faced a deadline to certify to
Congress that Iran was in
compliance.
Advisors, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and McMaster, favored
certification and had to repeatedly tell the president
they hadn’t prepared other
options to consider, and
would have to warn allies if
Trump was about to reverse
course.
Trump exploded, within
earshot of more than half a
dozen senior advisors.
“This is never ... happening again,” Trump said, using an expletive, according
to two people, one who heard
him and another who was
briefed on the meeting. Neither would be identified discussing internal deliberations.
He reluctantly agreed to
keep the deal in place. But in
October, when the certification deadline came up again,
Trump demanded a compromise plan to tell Congress to fix the deal or he’d
end it himself.
Trump faces another difficult deadline on the Iran
deal in mid-January. That’s
when waivers expire that
currently hold back U.S.
sanctions against Iran. This
deadline puts Trump in the
uncomfortable position of
choosing whether to keep
the sanctions at bay, in ac-
cordance with the deal,
when he’s told Congress he
thinks sanctions relief is inappropriate.
In August, Trump’s dilemma was over U.S. troop
levels in Afghanistan. He
had once backed withdrawing from Afghanistan and
campaigned on getting the
U.S. out of foreign wars. His
military advisors, including
Mattis
and
McMaster,
wanted him to authorize
50,000 troops to shore up the
government
in
Kabul.
Trump balked. His chief
strategist at the time,
Stephen K. Bannon, was
pushing for a minimal number of troops and more
armed contractors. Trump
signed off on a comparatively modest boost from
about 8,400 troops to about
12,400 — still a 50% increase.
“My original instinct was
to pull out,” Trump said at
the time. “But all of my life I
heard that decisions are
much different when you sit
behind the desk in the Oval
Office.”
Trump has rankled career diplomats and intelligence officials from the start
by repeatedly compliment-
ing Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite the special counsel investigation
into whether the Trump
campaign colluded with
Russia to win the White
House, he refuses to give up
on a hope he can bond with
Putin and persuade the Russian leader to do more to
counter the Islamic State
militant group and North
Korea.
The intelligence community, however, has been on
high alert over Moscow’s advances in projecting power
into Eastern Europe, hacking into U.S. government
computers and undermining public trust in elections
not only in the United States
but also in Europe.
When Trump called
Putin on Thursday night,
they talked about none of
that, according to cryptic
statements from both the
White House and Kremlin.
Instead, Trump thanked the
Russian autocrat for praising America’s strong economic performance during his
annual news conference.
brian.bennett@latimes.com
Twitter: @ByBrianBennett
L AT I ME S . CO M
MONDAY , DEC EMB ER 18, 2017
A7
THE NATION
Moore accusers feel vindicated
Republican’s defeat
in Alabama leaves
the women shocked
— and optimistic.
‘We have a voice.’
By Jenny Jarvie
For Tina Johnson, Roy
Moore’s defeat is just beginning to sink in.
Johnson, one of the women who accused Moore of
sexual misconduct as he ran
for U.S. Senate in Alabama,
had never voted before
Tuesday.
Watching returns with
family and friends in Gadsden, Ala., she was nervous
about
Democrat
Doug
Jones’ chances.
“I was biting my nails and
praying a lot,” she said
Thursday.
“And
[God]
heard me.”
Johnson was shocked as
results showed Jones nearly
21,000 votes ahead of his
GOP rival. The overwhelmingly Republican state has
not elected a Democrat to
the Senate in 25 years.
“It’s a great feeling to
know that we were vindicated,” Johnson said. “I
thought the people of Alabama would not have
enough sense to do the right
thing. Maybe there’s hope
for us yet.”
Johnson says Moore
grabbed her buttocks when
she visited his law office in
1991 when she was 28.
Another woman, Leigh
Corfman, said Moore molested her when she was 14
and he was 32.
Beverly Young Nelson,
56, accused Moore last
month of sexually assaulting
her when she was a 16-yearold waitress at a restaurant
in Gadsden. She said she
had no doubt that the women’s accusations played a
Spencer Platt Getty Images
BEVERLY YOUNG NELSON holds her high school yearbook, which she says Roy Moore signed. Nelson says
Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and he was 30. “I feel like I don’t have to hide anymore,” she said.
role in the election.
Moore, 70, denies all of
the allegations.
“I believe I was believed,”
Nelson said Thursday in a
telephone interview.
Nelson, an interior designer who grew up in Gadsden, was eating breakfast as
dinner at a Waffle House
with her husband, John, on
election night when she got a
call that Jones had won.
“My son said, ‘Mom,
turn on the radio,’ ” she said.
“I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ ”
In the last two months of
the campaign, as women
came forward with allegations, Moore accused them
of lying.
“The forces of evil will lie,
cheat, steal — even inflict
physical harm — if they believe it will silence and shut
up Christian conservatives
like you and me,” Moore
posted on Twitter last
month.
At a news conference
with her attorney, Gloria
Allred, last month, Nelson
alleged that Moore sexually
assaulted her in a car outside the restaurant where
she waited tables. He groped
her breasts, tried to shove
her face into his crotch
and bruised her neck, she
said.
Nelson showed her 1977
Southside High School yearbook with an inscription she
said was written by Moore:
“To a sweeter, more beautiful girl I could not say, ‘Merry
Christmas’ 1977. Love, Roy
Moore.”
Moore denied ever meeting her and suggested the
yearbook signature was
forged.
Last week, Nelson admitted she added some words —
“12-22-1977 Old Hickory
House” and “D.A.” — under
Moore’s signature.
Tuesday’s razor-thin result left Nelson feeling better
about her decision to come
forward, and hopeful that
Alabama had begun something of a reckoning.
“I feel like I don’t have to
hide anymore,” she said. “I
believe that Alabama is
really on its way to making
some major changes that
the state has needed for
years.”
Johnson was also optimistic, even though she
marveled that Moore got
48.4% of the vote.
“I live in Alabama, so I
can say about Alabamians,
they’re really ignorant about
certain things,” she said.
“That’s the truth. These
people following Roy Moore
are more of a cult than a Republican Party.”
Johnson did not exempt
herself from criticism, noting she had spent her life
paying too little attention to
politics.
“Don’t be my age and
vote for the first time,” she
said. “I never voted, because
I didn’t think it would make
a difference. I was part of the
problem.”
In the past, when she
spotted Moore on TV, Johnson said, she would have “a
sick feeling” because she
hadn’t stood up to him.
“I just went with the
flow,” she said. “I tried to put
a wall up. I was scared....
Now I can say, ‘Hey look, I
don’t have to worry no more.’
Speaking out does help and
it is worth it in the end.”
The experience taught
her to be more engaged, she
said. She now hopes to build
a social media campaign,
with the hashtag #StandUp,
to persuade men to support
women.
“I’m just a small woman
from Alabama, really, that
no one’s ever heard of,” she
said. “But it doesn’t matter.
We have a voice.”
Jarvie is a special
correspondent.
A8
MO N DAY , D E C E M BER 18, 2017
LAT IMES. C OM
After fires, where to rebuild?
[Rebuilding, from A1]
“I would tell a zoning commission in Claremont or
wherever, ‘Buy up the land
before it gets built. And if a
fire comes through, buy up
the land so it won’t burn
again.’ ”
The question of rebuilding is emotionally and politically fraught. Proximity to
nature, beautiful views and
remoteness draw people to
the wildlands where builders have obtained permits to
place houses in areas with
high susceptibility to fire.
Some of the neighborhoods
that burned this year had experienced fire before when
there was less development.
Houses rebuilt there will
soon be at risk again from a
fire cycle that experts say is
shortening from decades to
only years.
But as thousands of
property owners deal with
the loss of homes and possessions, their ordeal also
highlights the moral impediment to asking them to surrender their land.
“I think that is an incredibly insensitive and impractical suggestion,” said Tennis Wick, director of the Permit and Resource Management
Department
in
Sonoma County, where the
Tubbs fire this fall took thousands of homes. “We are respecting people’s property
rights, and we will be doing
everything possible to help
people get back into their
properties as soon as possible.”
The department has set
up special permitting counters to expedite rebuilding.
“Earthquake, fire, flood
and landslide — that’s the
reality of development in
California,” Wick said. “We
have to measure risk and
mitigate it as best we can.”
New homes will be far more
resistant to fire than the
ones they’ll replace, many
dating to the postwar building boom, he said.
“It’s a wicked dilemma,
for sure,” said Donald Falk,
fire specialist with the University of Arizona’s School of
Natural Resources and the
Environment. “We at least
like to think that we take
care of people who have been
exposed to disaster. Does
that compassion lead us to
simply do the same dance
over and over again?”
Underlying the dilemma
is the difficulty of predicting
the likelihood that any particular property will be
struck more than once by
fire. Across Southern California, wide areas where development meets the mountains are potentially in the
path of fire.
“In determining how or
why or when homes should
be rebuilt after a fire, it helps
to have science on where
homes should or shouldn’t
be placed,” said Alexandra
Syphard, senior research
scientist at the nonprofit
Conservation Biology Institute. “The science isn’t fully
there yet.”
The current standard for
fire prediction is embodied
in maps produced during
the 2000s by the California
Department of Forestry and
Fire Protection.
Largely based on vegetation and topography, the
maps cover broad swaths of
the state with gradations
from moderate to very high
fire hazard. In light of experience showing that windblown embers can carry fire
into suburban areas, Cal
Fire plans to revise the maps
next year and will probably
include even more neighborhoods.
New homes and those being remodeled in very high
fire zones must incorporate
fire-resistant construction
practices such as ember-repelling attic vents and enclosed eaves.
But the areas designated
as very high hazard are so
extensive — encompassing
half a million households in
Southern California alone —
that they have little value for
zoning decisions or pinpointing particular houses
or neighborhoods for more
aggressive prevention, such
as mandatory retrofits.
Syphard and other researchers tackled that problem with a statistical model
published by the journal
PLOS One in 2012.
Evaluating risk
Using variables such as
the configuration of housing
clusters and the number of
past fires, the researchers
were able to map small fireprone areas with more accuracy than the state’s fuelbased model.
That promises the potential to support better landuse decisions.
Photographs by
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
EXPERTS say the fire cycle is shortening from decades to years in areas susceptible to blazes. Above, a home burns Dec. 5 in Ventura.
FIREFIGHTERS douse a smoldering home Sunday in Montecito. Researchers are examining how to better
evaluate the fire risk of certain areas and use those findings to influence land-use reform in fire-prone zones.
Institute, advocates holding
local agencies financially responsible for fire losses of
developments they approved. They should pay for
all costs not covered by insurance and, if the owner rebuilds, all fire safety features, including exterior
sprinkler systems.
“This also includes the
price of the property at fair
market value if the owner
wants to leave,” Halsey said.
The nexus between fire
hazard and economic pressures has been framed as a
socioeconomic principle by
Gregory L. Simon, professor
in the University of Colorado
at Denver’s department of
geography and environmental sciences.
“We take profit from the
landscape, big construction
contracts, cities generating
massive amounts of tax revenue,” Simon said. “Simultaneously to generating
profits, we’re generating risk
and vulnerability.”
He favors methods to reverse the economic pressure, “everything from taking tracts of land at the urban periphery out of development,
conservation
easements. It might mean
promoting higher insurance
rates for homes built in highrisk areas such that the demand would go down.”
Mandatory homeowner
fire protection fees, such as
those instituted in Oakland
after the 1991 Tunnel fire, are
also helpful, Simon said.
‘Is that fair?’
Local responsibility
Any policies to increase
the cost of living in fireprone areas would, of
course, have side effects,
heightening the moral dilemma, Falk, the University
of Arizona fire specialist,
said.
“Let’s realize what that
means: People who are more
affluent will still build their
house where they want to.
Middle-class people will be
priced out of that market.
We have to say, ‘Is that
fair?’ ”
From what he sees in the
Santa Monica Mountains,
conservancy head Edmiston
says that’s already happened.
Edmiston said he has tallied 531 proposed new housing units being considered
by the cities of Los Angeles
and Calabasas in very high
fire hazard zones in the
Santa Monica Mountains.
“We’re not talking about
low income,” Edmiston said.
“We’re
talking
about
$1.5-million-plus homes.”
He proposes a linkage between the right to build and
the inevitable cost of firefighting and recovery.
As a condition of approval, he said, the developer
should establish a mechanism to require purchasers
to pay for any increased fire
protection that the property
will require.
“We’re talking about the
climate change paradigm of
the Santa Monica Mountains,”
Edmiston
said.
“We’ve got to protect ourselves so that the rest of the
city and the rest of the
county don’t have to pay for
putting these multimilliondollar houses right next to
the risk.”
Richard Halsey, director
of the California Chaparral
doug.smith@latimes.com
SOME experts advocate financial consequences for local planning agencies that permit homes in high-risk fire
zones. In Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park housing subdivision, above, entire blocks burned to the ground in October.
The study concluded
that property loss was most
likely in neighborhoods with
low to intermediate densities and in areas with a history of frequent fire.
But widening the analysis to the whole state remains a challenge, Syphard
said, partly because the variables won’t necessarily work
the same everywhere. One —
the distance from the coast
— had the opposite effect in
the two areas studied, the
Santa Monica Mountains
and San Diego County.
But the science is getting
better, she said.
“To those naysayers who
say, ‘Land-use reform is impossible, just fireproof your
home,’ I don’t think it is impossible,” Syphard said. “It’s
a question of where to place
the incentive. How do you do
it fairly? How do you include
the science?”
Syphard is now co-leading a two-year project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to examine
how fire recovery can be
used to increase resiliency in
fire-prone areas.
Among the goals, she
said, is to construct a nationwide database of post-fire
rebuilding: “Are homes rebuilt? What proportion are?
Are they sold to new owners,
rebuilt by same owners?”
Preemptive purchase of
land or development rights
in fire-prone areas, whether
before or after a fire, is one
recommendation of a 2014
white paper published by
Headwaters Economics, a
Montana nonprofit research
group that focuses on land
management. Funds could
come from the federal Land
and Water Conservation
Fund or local bond elections,
it said.
The key is weighing the
cost of protecting homes
against the value of the
property. Northern California’s Sierra foothills showed
promise, Headwaters executive director Ray Rasker
said.
“We looked at some fires
that cost $700,000 per
home,” Rasker said. “Pretty
soon you look at the situation where it would have
been cheaper to just buy the
open space.”
Like most critics of current practices, though,
Rasker sees land buyouts as
only secondary to a more urgent effort to discourage
new development in fireprone areas.
The Headwaters report
found that only about 16% of
what is called the wildlandurban interface has been developed in the West, leaving
room for huge increases in
fire vulnerability if local
planning boards continue to
approve
developments
there.
“They’re the ones who
decide where the houses are
going to go,” Rasker said.
“When things go wrong,
there is somebody else who
has to pay for it, state agencies, federal agencies and
the firefighters who put their
lives on the line.”
Rasker proposes that
federal and state agencies
push more of the cost for fire
suppression and recovery to
local agencies.
“When there is a significant financial consequence
to permitting homes in dangerous places, that’s the day
we’ll see much better landuse planning,” Rasker said.
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[Mueller, from A1]
see that. My people are very
upset about it. I can’t imagine there’s anything on ’em,
frankly, because as we said,
there’s no collusion” with
Russia.
On Sunday, Treasury
Secretary
Steven
T.
Mnuchin repeated a frequent complaint of Trump
and his supporters, suggesting that the inquiry had
dragged on too long. “We’ve
got to get past this investigation; it’s a giant distraction,”
Mnuchin said on CNN’s
“State of the Union.”
In another echo of the
president, Mnuchin said
“nobody has said” that
Russian actions “impacted
the outcome of the election.”
The U.S. intelligence community unanimously assessed that Russia interfered in the 2016 campaign to
assist Trump, but did not
attempt to draw conclusions
as to the impact on the
result.
Mnuchin, who dined with
Trump and Vice President
Mike Pence on Saturday
evening at Camp David, said
hours
before
Trump’s
remarks that he knew of
no move afoot to fire Mueller.
“I don’t have any reason
to think the president is
going to do that,” he said.
“But that’s obviously up to
him.”
The White House legislative director, Marc Short,
also pushed back against
the notion of firing Mueller.
“We have continued to cooperate in every single stage of
that investigation,” Short
said on NBC’s “Meet the
Press.”
But like Mnuchin, he
suggested that it was in the
public interest for Mueller to
wrap things up quickly.
“Taxpayers have spent
millions and millions of
dollars on this investigation”
without collusion having
been proved, Short said.
The special counsel has announced no such determination about possible Trump
campaign complicity.
Trump has reportedly
expressed hopes privately
that the investigation would
be over by year’s end, a
prospect that appears un-
Andrew Harnik Associated Press
ASKED at the White House if he was considering ousting special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, President Trump said, “No — no, I’m not.”
likely.
Democrats, along with
some Republicans, have
signaled strong support for
Mueller. Sen. Joe Manchin
III (D-W.Va.), also appearing
on “Meet the Press,” said
Mueller has “not at all been
compromised.” The special
counsel, he said, was
“beyond reproach.”
As Mueller has come
under growing assault from
Republicans who charge
that his investigation is
tainted by partisanship,
they have seized on the
disclosure that an FBI agent
who worked on Mueller’s
team exchanged text messages with a colleague in 2015
disparaging Trump.
The agent, Peter Strzok,
was removed over the
summer
after
Mueller
learned of the texts.
The Strzok texts have
been the subject of frenzied
coverage in conservative
media. Even some Republicans who say they have faith
in Mueller’s integrity have
joined in calls for examination of potential bias.
Sen. John Cornyn of
Texas, the Senate’s secondranking Republican, said on
ABC’s “This Week” that
Mueller acted correctly in
removing the agent from his
team, but said “there are
others” whose personal
opinions might have a bearing on the probe.
Mueller, a lifelong Republican, initially was praised
even by Trump allies such as
former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich. But after Trump’s
former campaign chairman
Paul Manafort was indicted
in October, Gingrich called
Mueller an “out-of-control
prosecutor.”
Such attacks have picked
up as the inquiry seemed to
draw closer to Trump’s
innermost circle, especially
after the guilty plea of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who is cooperating with investigators. Trump has mused publicly about pardoning Flynn.
“We’ll see what happens,” he
said Friday.
The latest flare-up was
ignited when reports Saturday said Mueller’s team
has tens of thousands of
emails from the Trump transition team, including messages from Jared Kushner,
Trump’s son-in-law and a
senior White House advisor.
Legal
experts
have
sharply questioned the
claim by Kory Langhofer, a
lawyer for the transition
team, that the emails were
protected by executive privilege and had been improperly obtained.
Trump, who has continued to call claims of Russian
election
interference
a
“hoax,”
has
recently
mounted intensifying attacks on the FBI.
Meanwhile, Trump has
continued to pursue a warm
relationship with Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
On Sunday, the Kremlin
made an unusual public
revelation that the United
States had shared intelligence that had helped foil a
terrorist plot in Russia’s
second-largest
city,
St.
Petersburg.
Putin called Trump to
thank him for the CIA’s help
in nabbing a ring linked to
the Islamic State group,
Russia’s Tass news agency
reported. The White House
later said Trump had then
called CIA Director Mike
Pompeo to congratulate
“the entire intelligence
community on a job well
done!”
Sunday’s call was Trump
and Putin’s second conversation in four days. Trump
called Putin on Thursday to
thank him for praising the
strong performance of the
U.S. stock market and attributing it to Trump.
laura.king
@latimes.com
Twitter: @laurakingLAT
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MONDAY BUSINESS
THE AGENDA: ECONOMY
Michael Robinson Chavez Los Angeles Times
CALIFORNIANS are leaving for lower-cost states such as Arizona, where housing is considerably more affordable. Above, a neighborhood in Palmdale in 2011.
Will tax bill hurt California?
Reducing crucial deductions is expected to raise the cost of living for many households
By Andrew Khouri
Republicans have said
that by slashing business
taxes, they will supercharge
the American economy, benefiting both C-suite executives and the average American. Economists generally
expect a short-term boost to
growth, though they doubt
the cuts will be a gamechanger for either the larger
economy or the typical
worker.
But for California, there
are particular challenges
buried in the tax bill, and
some economists believe
that could ultimately prove a
drag on growth and harm
the state’s competitiveness.
“I am a little bit gloomy,”
said Dave Smith, an economist at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of
Business and Management.
The downbeat assessments reflect the various
ways Republicans have chosen to help offset the cost of
their tax cuts for businesses
and individuals. Reducing
key deductions is expected
to raise the cost of living for
many middle- and upper-income households in an already pricey state.
The tax plan includes
capping the deduction for
state and local taxes as well
as reducing it for mortgage
interest on new loans. Critics say both changes are
weapons aimed at Democratic states with high state
taxes and housing costs.
Already, Californians are
leaving for lower-cost states
such as Arizona, where the
median home price is nearly
$285,000 less than what it is
in the Golden State, according to data from Zillow. Last
year, 105,037 more people left
for another state than
moved here from elsewhere
in the U.S., down slightly
from the year before but
three times the number who
decamped in 2012, according
to the California Assn. of Realtors.
The tax changes may
lead even more people and
businesses to pack up, said
Edward McCaffery, a tax law
expert at USC.
“I think it shifts industries, resources and people
away from California,” McCaffery said.
Since emerging from the
Great Recession, California
has outpaced the nation in
job growth, adding 2.3 million new jobs, an increase of
15.5% since 2012, compared
with 10.3% for the U.S. overall. Home prices have also
been booming, especially in
Southern California and the
Bay Area. The median home
price in California stood at
$512,800 in October, 68%
higher than at the beginning
of 2012 — nearly double the
Cheryl A. Guerrero Los Angeles Times
RAFAEL and Jacqueline Lopez step out of a model
home in the Orchard Hills community of Irvine.
increase seen nationally.
Steven Mento, who runs
Conatus Pharmaceuticals, a
biotech firm out of San Diego, said he isn’t about to
flee because of lost tax deductions. But he said it’s already a struggle to convince
“top-notch” people to relocate from out of state.
Reduce a deduction for
state income taxes, make a
home more expensive, and it
will be even more “miserable” to recruit employees to
work on Conatus’ experimental liver disease drug,
Mento worries. “It’s certainly not going to make it
easier,” he said.
Under the GOP’s tax bill
released Friday — a compromise between plans that previously passed the Senate
and House — a strong majority of Californians would
pay less taxes in 2019, according to the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. But the share of
people who will pay more is
higher in California than in
most states: 11%, or nearly 1.9
million taxpayers.
Carl Davis, research director for the group, said the
share of residents seeing an
increase would rise over the
years. The bill changes how
inflation is calculated, thus
slowly pushing people into a
higher tax bracket. By 2027,
when most of the individual
changes will have also expired, nearly 5.5 million, or
28% of California taxpayers,
would see a higher tax bill.
The compromise plan,
while hitting California
harder than many other
states, does lighten the effect on some residents and
businesses compared with
plans that previously passed
the House and the Senate,
which respectively were expected to result in 18% and
14% of Californians paying
higher taxes in 2019.
For example, under the
compromise bill, people
buying homes could deduct
interest paid on the first
$750,000. That’s down from
$1 million under current law
and the Senate plan, but up
from the $500,000 cap in the
House bill.
The corporate alternative minimum tax would
also be repealed, pleasing
Silicon Valley tech companies who feared its inclusion
in the Senate bill would
hammer their ability to use a
research and development
tax credit.
Individuals could also
deduct up to $10,000 in combined property and state income taxes, rather than up
to $10,000 in only property
taxes under both the Senate
and House bills. That’s important to California, where
property taxes tend to be
lower than in other states.
That won’t take away all
the sting, though. The average state and local tax deduction taken in California
in 2015 was nearly $8,500
more than the new proposed
cap, according to the Tax
Policy Center.
“It slightly softens it,”
USC’s McCaffery said. But
“the fundamental direction
of the tax policy stays the
same — it’s an attack on liberal, blue states and their
forms of financing.”
Smith, the Pepperdine
economist, said there could
be a small short-term boost
to the economy as taxes fall
for businesses and most taxpayers. But tax hikes are
likely to be concentrated
among people living near
the coast — where the state’s
high-paying jobs are being
created — Smith said. And
by adding an expected $1.5
trillion to the U.S. deficit
over 10 years, the tax bill is
likely to put upward pressure on interest rates.
“I think it could be a little
bit of a restraint on growth,”
he said. “It won’t necessarily
lead us to a turnaround or
heading to a negative direction, but it will certainly pull
back some of the positive
things.”
Potential effects of the
tax bill go far beyond what
happens on Californians’
1040s.
In the future, state and
local lawmakers would presumably face heightened
pushback if they sought to
raise taxes that couldn’t be
deducted at the federal level.
That would limit the ability
of California to tax itself to
fund more services or to
close a budgetary gap, as it
did in 2012 when voters approved higher income taxes
on the state’s wealthy residents.
And some national Republican leaders have made
no secret about wanting to
cut back spending on Medicaid and Medicare to offset
deficits. Already, rules that
are in place to control deficits are projected to force a
$25-billion cut to Medicare
in 2018 if the tax plan passes
and Congress doesn’t stop
the health cuts.
Medicaid spending is
highest in California, the nation’s most populous state,
topping $81.9 billion last
year, according to the Kaiser
Family Foundation.
“This is potentially damaging to the fiscal health of
the state,” said Chris Hoene,
executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center. “The state would have to
decide to pick up the tab or
reduce the services to those
households.”
State officials — including Gov. Jerry Brown — lobbied against the tax bills, arguing that they would harm
some of the state’s top priorities.
One example: A provision in the House bill eliminated a tax break on a special type of bond frequently
used to fund below-market
housing.
In a letter sent Wednesday to California’s congressional delegation, the state
Department of Finance said
that if the cut held, an “important tool” that helped
fund nearly 20,000 affordable
units last year would vanish.
The compromise bill, expected to be voted on this
week, retains the tax-free
bonds,
though
Matt
Schwartz of the California
Housing Partnership Corp.
still expects around 4,000
fewer units to be built annually, because reducing the
corporate tax rate would
make affordable housing tax
credits less valuable.
California’s renewable
energy industry was also
worried about proposals to
eliminate an electric vehicle
tax credit and reduce a wind
credit.
A complicated provision
— the Base Erosion AntiAbuse Tax — was designed
to keep profits in the country
and was expected to harm a
financing tool used for solar
and wind projects.
State Finance Director
Michael Cohen said in his
letter that the proposals
would “threaten California’s
programs to meet its air
quality, climate, and renewable energy goals, and would
jeopardize thousands of jobs
in these sectors.”
The compromise bill
keeps the current wind and
electric vehicle credits in
place. It retains a version of
the base erosion tax that
would minimize the harm to
solar and wind projects but
still make financing harder
to obtain, according to the
trade group Advanced Energy Economy.
Some economists are
more upbeat about the tax
bill because they expect an
investment boost from
slashing the U.S. corporate
rate to 21% from 35%.
Lynn Reaser, chief economist of the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute
at Point Loma Nazarene
University, acknowledged
the state’s economy would
see less of a benefit than the
nation as a whole. But she
said the economy should
still grow faster than it otherwise would, in part because large tech companies
such as Apple would have an
incentive to bring home billions of dollars they have
stashed overseas.
“California should still
end up ahead,” she said.
Skeptics, however, point
to research that suggests the
benefits of corporate tax
cuts flow mostly to shareholders through stock buybacks or increased dividends.
Christopher Thornberg,
founding partner of Beacon
Economics, predicted that’s
how most corporations
would spend their extra
cash this time around.
But Michael Riley said he
would invest money from a
lower tax bill back into
AMRO Fabricating Corp., a
South El Monte metal fabricating company he runs.
AMRO makes aluminum
panels for NASA’s new
heavy-lift rocket, the Space
Launch System.
Riley said he plans to
spend the money on things
AMRO has been putting off
because they’ve been too
costly, such as boosting employee training programs
and buying new equipment.
He said a tax cut wouldn’t
automatically result in him
hiring more people but added that buying new machines could allow his company to bid on projects it
otherwise couldn’t.
If AMRO then won those
bids, Riley said, he would
need more workers.
andrew.khouri
@latimes.com
Twitter: @khouriandrew
Times staff writer Don Lee
contributed to this report.
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Over 1,000 flights canceled
in power outage in Atlanta
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Jamie McCarthy NBC/Getty Images
TRACK PALIN , with his mother, Sarah Palin, in 2015, is charged with felony
burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Palin’s son charged
with assault, burglary
Track Palin has been
arrested twice in two
years in cases linked
to domestic violence.
By Matt Pearce
Track Palin, the oldest
son of former Alaska Gov.
Sarah Palin, was arrested
Saturday in Alaska on
charges of domestic violence. It marks the second
time he’s been arrested on
suspicion of domestic violence in two years.
The charges seem to
stem from an incident in his
family’s
hometown
of
Wasilla, though further details about what happened
were not immediately available.
Palin, 28, was arraigned
Sunday morning on three
counts: felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault
and misdemeanor criminal
mischief for causing up to
$500 in property damage, according to online court records.
Each of the charges was
related to domestic vio-
lence.
The
felony
burglary
charge indicates Palin is accused of hurting or attempting to hurt someone while
committing burglary.
Local police and prosecutors did not respond to
messages seeking more information Sunday.
No attorney was listed for
Palin on the court docket,
and no details were given
about his bond status. He remained held at the Mat-Su
Pretrial Facility in Palmer,
Alaska, as of Sunday afternoon.
Representatives for the
Palin family could not be immediately reached for comment.
Palin was also arrested in
2016 on domestic violencerelated charges. He was suspected of punching his girlfriend, who then became
concerned that Palin was going to shoot himself with a rifle, according to court records.
He took a plea deal that
resulted in some of the
charges being dismissed,
and he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.
His girlfriend later filed for
custody of their child, and in
January she requested a
protective order against Palin.
Sarah Palin ran for vice
president on the Republican
ticket with Sen. John McCain of Arizona in 2008, losing to the Democratic ticket
of Sens. Barack Obama and
Joe Biden.
She has since been a television personality and conservative political speaker,
and has a strong following
among tea party Republicans.
During a January 2016
rally in support of President
Trump, Sarah Palin suggested Track’s problems
stemmed from post-traumatic stress disorder he developed after a military deployment in Iraq.
“I can certainly relate
with other families who feel
these ramifications of some
PTSD and some of the
woundedness that our soldiers do return with,” the
former governor said at the
time.
matt.pearce@latimes.com
Twitter: @mattdpearce
ATLANTA — A sudden
power outage brought the
world’s busiest airport to a
standstill Sunday, grounding more than 1,000 flights in
Atlanta just days before the
start of the Christmas travel
rush. But authorities expected electricity to be restored to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport by midnight.
Passengers at the airport
were left in the dark when
the lights suddenly went out
about 1 p.m. The blackout
halted all outgoing flights,
and arriving planes were
held on the ground at their
point of departure. International flights were being diverted, officials said.
Mayor
Kasim
Reed
tweeted Sunday night that
all passengers had been
safely deplaned.
The city of Atlanta said
via Twitter that it would provide shuttle service to the
Georgia Convention Center
for travelers in need of a
place to stay.
Delta passenger Emilia
Duca, 32, was on her way to
Wisconsin from Bogota, Colombia, when she got stuck
in Atlanta. She said police
made passengers who were
in the baggage claim area
move to a higher floor. She
said restaurants and shops
were closed.
“A lot of people are arriving, and no one is going out.
No one is saying anything official. We are stuck here,” she
said. “It’s a nightmare.”
Delta Air Lines, with its
biggest hub operation in Atlanta, will be hardest hit. By
evening, Delta had already
canceled almost 800 Sunday
flights and an additional 250
on Monday, nearly all of
them in Atlanta, according
to tracking service FlightAware.com.
Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former
American Airlines executive, said it probably will be
Tuesday before Delta’s operations in Atlanta return to
normal, and for passengers
“it could be most of the
week” because there aren’t
many open seats on other
flights in the last week before Christmas.
According to a Georgia
Power statement, a fire in an
underground electrical facility may have been responsible for the outage. The cause
of the fire was not known.
“No personnel or passengers were in danger at
any time,” the statement
said.
That wasn’t enough to
comfort Jeff Smith, 46, of
Pittsburgh, who ended up
stuck in a plane on the tarmac for three hours after it
landed.
“This is the worst experience I’ve ever had at an airport,” he said.
Other airlines also canceled flights for the rest of
Sunday.
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settle the area around the facility, it grew popular with
immigrants.
The hospital’s cafeteria
served congee, tea and stirfried snow peas as well as
oatmeal, coffee and steamed
broccoli. It supported youth
basketball teams at the
Alpine Recreation Center
across the street, offered
health classes in multiple
languages, and helped sponsor Moon Festivals and
Chinese New Year celebrations, said Don Toy, a Chinatown community organizer
who was born at the hospital.
A birth certificate from
the French Hospital became
a source of pride for some
Chinese Angelenos, an indication of how deep your
roots in the community
went, said Rick Eng, a
French Hospital baby himself. Dr. Julius Sue, a Chinese
doctor, became so well
known in the community
that the children he helped
birth called themselves “Sue
babies,” Eng said.
By 1989, at least 55% of
the French Hospital’s patients were Asian. That year,
a group of Chinatown investors and doctors took
over the financially struggling facility and renamed it
the Pacific Alliance Medical
Center.
Hospital representatives
say the percentage of Asian
patients has dwindled to 11%
in recent years. More than
half of PAMC’s patients were
Latino at the time it closed,
the hospital said.
A representative of the
Pacific Alliance Medical
Center said the hospital
chose not to renew its lease
because state law requires
the facility to complete
nearly $100 million of earthquake renovations by 2030.
Investing that much
money would be impractical, the hospital said, because someone else owns
the land it sits on.
PAMC, which has tried to
buy the hospital land twice,
owns only the parcel that the
parking lot is built on and a
different part of the property. Building a new hospital
would have cost more than
$400 million.
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
THE PACIFIC ALLIANCE Medical Center chose not to renew its lease, citing the cost of earthquake renovations mandated by state law.
According to state records, the hospital posted
operating losses of $53 million and $44 million in 2015
and 2016, respectively. This
year, the hospital paid
$42 million to settle a federal
whistleblower lawsuit that
alleged that it was forming illegal partnerships with doctors in exchange for patient
referrals.
The
nonprofit
that
founded the French Hospital, La Societe Francaise De
Bienfaisance Mutuelle De
Los Angel, still owns the
property. The nonprofit has
a two-year option to purchase the hospital’s parking
lot, hospital representatives
say.
Gary Wilfert, vice president of the society, told The
Times he could not com-
ment on the nonprofit’s
plans.
At a community meeting
last week, many of Chinatown’s seniors said they relied on the hospital for medical care. They called upon
city leaders to help build another hospital or keep the
current one operating.
Waiwing Ng, who lives at
a Chinatown senior living facility, said many seniors
walked to the hospital to get
care for ailments that are too
trivial to call an ambulance
or their adult children for,
like severe indigestion or
constipation. And dozens of
seniors attended the hospital’s free classes about
hypertension,
nutrition,
cancer and how to use insurance.
“If we don’t have this hos-
pital, it’s really hard for seniors to live here,” Ng said in
Mandarin. “And if we can’t
live here, we can’t afford to
go anywhere else.”
Health advocates said
that there are enough hospitals in the area to take on any
displaced patients. Pacific
Alliance Medical Center, a
138-bed acute care facility,
wasn’t a high-volume hospital and didn’t have an emergency room, said Jennifer
Bayer, spokeswoman for the
Hospital Assn. of Southern
California.
“There are a lot of hospitals within a 10-mile radius,”
said Bayer, who described
the effect on health services
in the area as “very light.”
Toy and many other seniors say the hospital was one
of the last reminders of a
time when Chinatown was
the vibrant epicenter of the
Chinese community. Its
closing has accelerated fears
about gentrification and displacement.
“If we don’t do anything,
in a few years, there won’t be
a Chinatown,” said King
Cheung, a community organizer.
A few years after giving
birth to Sharon, Lei and
Yang opened a gift shop in
Chinatown, where these
days their best sellers are
portable radios and shoulder bags for seniors and luggage for tourists.
Sharon Lei, 22, grew up
playing on the shop’s floors
and helped run the store.
The long weekends at the
shop taught her to respect
her parents’ sacrifices and
manage her time. She
learned about the eye care
industry from a Chinese optometrist across the street.
Now she’s studying to be an
eye doctor. Though her birth
certificate says Los Angeles,
she says Chinatown is her
real hometown.
“It’s something I learned
to be proud of as I grew older
and shaped me a lot. It’s a
place I still care about,”
Sharon said.
These days she is studying optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. After she graduates, she hopes to open her
own practice in Chinatown.
That is, if she can afford
the rent.
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Twitter: @frankshyong
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Coming home
from Campus
Kilpatrick
This program for young offenders
is promising and innovative. But
are the kids getting better?
M
onday brings a graduation
of sorts to 12 boys who were
found to have committed
crimes yet had the good fortune to be sent to Campus
Kilpatrick, Los Angeles County’s innovative
probation camp in the Malibu hills.
The young offenders and the county now
face a test. For the juveniles who have completed more than five months of therapeutic
and correctional programs, the task is to return to their families and neighborhoods,
ready to use what they have learned to steer
clear of the kind of trouble that landed them
at Kilpatrick in the first place. Much rides
on their success.
For the county, the question is how much
it will learn from those youths as they transition back to freedom. Independent researchers will track them over the coming
years to see if the new “L.A. Model” of juvenile rehabilitation produces better results
than the old-school, boot-camp approach to
dealing with youthful offenders or, if you
prefer, juvenile delinquents.
The county has invested many years and
millions of dollars in the reinvented Kilpatrick in the belief that it could replicate
the success of a widely touted juvenile justice program in Missouri that uses small
dorm-like facilities, expert staffs that treat
youths with dignity, and tested rehabilitation programs that take into account any
mental and emotional damage that may
have contributed to past behavioral problems. It is not a “soft-on-crime” program,
but rather one that aims to achieve better
results for both the juveniles and society. In
Missouri, the approach has led to steep declines in juvenile crime recidivism rates.
L.A. County doesn’t have a lot of experience keeping track of juveniles who’ve been
released from custody. It finally commissioned a privately funded study of juvenile
justice outcomes several years ago, and in
2015 a report by researchers from Cal State
L.A., the Advancement Project and others
provided eye-opening data on what became
of juveniles in the years after they left probation camps. It turned out that 1 in 3 were arrested again within a year after their release.
So was that good or bad? Did those results demonstrate that the county’s juvenile
justice system was an utter failure and that
the time and resources put into it were
wasted? Or did it show that, considering the
troubled lives the boys led, things were going about as well as they could? Were things
getting better or worse? A single study can’t
answer those questions. Perhaps the main
takeaway ought to be that the county previously had been moving forward without
data, and lacked the internal capacity to
compile and analyze it, or even the basic
understanding that such work is important.
In addition to outcomes, the study spotlighted information that was previously either unknown to or underplayed by the Probation Department. For example, a shocking 92% of the youths studied were diagnosed with some degree of mental illness.
Rehabilitation required medical treatment.
Without knowing that, how could probation
officials produce anything that could in any
way be considered success?
Meticulous data collection and analysis
is crucial not just in juvenile justice, but in
all criminal justice programs. A major slice
of taxpayer money is spent on incarceration
and programs that are meant to reshape behavior in order to keep the same youth and
adults from committing new crimes and returning, again and again, to probation
camps or jail. Without studying what happens to people after their sentences are
completed, corrections and rehabilitation
are operating in the dark, tailoring projects
and programs according to political fashion.
But across the Probation Department,
there can be no data analysis if deputy probation officers are not trained to record information about their charges in a useful
and uniform fashion. The county has a long
way to go before it gets to that point, and
before it fully internalizes the importance of
data and the ability to interpret it.
Data collection and analysis is one of the
important innovations of the Kilpatrick program, which includes a study of outcomes
performed by outside researchers with
criminal justice expertise. Results will necessarily take time, but the fact that the
county considers post-incarceration data
important is a major step forward and, in
the end, is something to applaud every bit as
much as the boys who are returning home.
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A non-neutral future
By Fred Benenson
T
he year is 2020, and
enough time has
past for the Federal
Communication
Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules to
have changed the way we communicate online. What’s it like
to use the internet?
Negotiating internet access
will feel a lot like negotiating
your television cable or cellphone bill. You’ll be forced to
untangle various packages
relating to different sites and
services you might use, pay for
ISP-branded content you
probably don’t care about, and
get that sinking feeling at the
beginning of every month that,
one way or another, you’re
overpaying.
Instead of simply worrying
about how much internet you
use or how fast you need it to
be, you’re going to have to
worry about what kind of internet you use. Premium sites like
Netflix and YouTube will likely
cost more, you’ll be nickel-anddimed for the use of free apps
like iMessage and FaceTime,
and unfettered access to the
full internet will be more expensive.
Start-ups, facing even
higher barriers of entry, will be
forced to spend money partnering with telecom companies. Fewer of them will survive.
And the start-ups that do
survive will spend an unnecessarily high amount of their
income paying to survive. This
is great news for established
companies like Facebook and
Google that will always be able
to afford internet tolls. They
will cement their already dominant position against newer
but better sites and services.
Decentralized services like
bitcoin might never reach
critical mass, since they have
no corporate backing to pay
the internet tolls, and will be
automatically relegated to the
slow lane of the internet from
the get go.
Telecoms may also exert
influence on political speech —
like in 2007 when Verizon prevented Naral Pro-Choice from
using text messages to sign up
new supporters, citing their
right to block “controversial or
the Internet” to protest the recent elimination of net-neutrality protections.
unsavory” content. Verizon felt
entitled to manipulate its cellphone network — its private
infrastructure. By 2020, telecoms may also feel entitled to
keep their internet customers
from accessing certain types of
political speech on the public
net.
Change will happen gradually, and — like the proverbial
frog in the pot of boiling water
— you may not notice it. Ever so
slowly, you’ll experience more
buffering and delays when
watching Netflix during peak
hours (unless you pay through
the nose). Remember when
Comcast intentionally didn’t
upgrade its network and actually caused Netflix’s service to
slow to a crawl? There’s a good
chance that’ll happen again.
And good luck complaining to
Comcast about your cable
modem connection. They won’t
be listening and neither will our
government.
It doesn’t take much of an
imagination to guess what
might be waiting for us on the
other side of the death of network neutrality, because the
changes are already happening
in the wireless market. If you
want to use AT&T’s or Verizon’s video services on their
networks, you currently won’t
pay for the data. (It’s called
“zero-rated data.”) But if you
want to use YouTube, Netflix or
a new video service, that’ll cost
you.
Eventually the changes will
give way to a race to the bottom: ISPs will charge more and
more to access the most valuable external services and only
those incumbents with enough
cash will be able to reach their
users. Everyone else, including
start-ups, nonprofits, academics and regular people running
their own websites, will be
relegated to the undifferentiated trough of slow-lane internet traffic.
This sad portrait of the
future internet is at odds with
its legacy of egalitarian access
to any kind of content, service
or idea.
Thursday’s repeal of Title II
protections — under which the
FCC treated telecoms as common carriers — dealt a severe
blow to the struggle for a free
and open internet. But the
fight is not over. The core
promise of a neutral network
remains, and public support for
it is both overwhelming and
astonishingly clear. We can
make it happen, but we’re
going to need the help of Congress and the judicial branch to
enshrine the principle into law.
Let’s make network neutrality the hot-button issue for the
2018 midterms. Have you asked
your representative what
they’ll do to reinstate it when
you vote them back into office?
Fred Benenson was the vice
president of data at
Kickstarter and an admissions
manager at Y Combinator. He
is the creator of Pitch Deck, a
game satirizing tech culture.
Opioids are worse for women
By Ken Sagynbekov
T
he opioid epidemic’s disproportionate impact on women is the latest, and
most destructive,
symptom of wider genderbased disparities that leave millions of American women in
worse health than men.
Data show that deaths
among women from opioid
overdose have increased at a
much faster rate than for men,
400% compared with 265%. And
states where doctors write the
most opioid prescriptions per
100 residents are also states
with the widest disparities in
men’s and women’s health.
Alabama has the worst ranking in the assessment I did of
gender-based health disparities. It is the nation’s biggest
dispenser of opioids, with 125
prescriptions written for every
100 residents in 2015. And it is
just the beginning. In all, seven
of the 10 worst states for gender
disparities also show up in the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention’s ranking of the
10 states that lead in opioid prescriptions. The correlation is
most striking when examining
both the overall population and
whites specifically, the group
hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
California’s position in the
middle of the rankings for both
opioid prescriptions and gender-based disparities hides serious problems in rural counties. In tiny Del Norte County,
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Poorer health and
poorer access to
care make women
more susceptible
to addiction and
more likely to die
as a result.
147 opioid prescriptions were
written for every 100 residents.
The rate was 137 per 100 residents in Lake and Butte counties, and 133 in Shasta County.
Available health data for these
counties aren’t broken down by
gender, but they do show a high
prevalence of chronic problems
typical of women in high-disparity states, such as hypertension and smoking.
The outsized impact of opioids on women signals a much
larger problem of poorer health
and poorer access to care that
make women more susceptible
to addiction and, once addicted, more likely to die as a result.
And what affects women affects families. In most American homes, women are the primary caregivers and their wellbeing usually determines the
well-being and the future of our
children. Evidence of this
abounds in hospital neonatal
units across the country, where
the number of infants born with
symptoms of opioid addiction
increased five-fold from 2000 to
2012 — a trend that will exact a
price in the form of higher medical costs and social burdens for
decades to come.
Some simple, low-cost steps
that are being taken to reduce
the risk of opioid addiction suggest how to begin addressing
the larger problem of genderbased health disparities.
Because of greater awareness of addiction risk, doctors
are writing fewer opioid prescriptions today. Although this
decline has yet to catch up to
the national rise in overdose
deaths, there are signs we are
moving in the right direction.
The death rate fell in Massachusetts during the first nine
months of this year — the only
state to record a decline — a result associated with fewer prescriptions and better emergency-room treatment.
Education campaigns have
also begun to change dosage
standards for women: Genderneutral dosages are too high for
most women because of their
lower body weight and because
they typically are prescribed
opioids for longer periods of
time than men.
Now we need to raise awareness among doctors in high-disparity states that women in
their care will disproportionately suffer from obesity, high
blood pressure, diabetes and
heart problems. Women in all
states also experience a higher
rate of mental health issues
than men. More awareness of
these trends would increase appropriate treatment strategies
and the efficiency of state and
local healthcare systems, without significant investment.
The best remedy for women
is also the most difficult to
achieve: We must improve the
overall quality of healthcare in
states where the disparities are
greatest, which are also the
places where overall health
quality is poorest for both sexes.
Success will demand the
courage to buck a political
trend favoring cuts in healthcare insurance coverage, in programs like Medicaid and Medicare, and in supplemental nutrition for low-income individuals and families. Such courage is
not a feature of American politics now. We need to summon it.
The long-term consequences of
ignoring the gender gap in
health should frighten us more
than political tempests.
Ken Sagynbekov is a health
economist at the nonprofit,
nonpartisan Milken Institute
in Santa Monica. His research
focuses on applied microeconomic analysis of health
and crime.
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Short of a
felony, no
way to fire
police chief
Baldwin Park’s top cop
was axed in 2016, then
rehired with unusual
protection in contract.
By Benjamin Oreskes
and Adam Elmahrek
Photographs by Marcus
Yam Los Angeles Times
MICHAEL AND SONIA Behrman take a last look at their home, lost in the Thomas fire, before leaving for
the night. The blaze destroyed two homes and damaged seven others in Montecito, Calif., over the weekend.
MORE WINDS,
HEARTBREAK
Though gusts persist, fire crews make some progress
By Melissa Etehad
and Alene Tchekmedyian
MONTECITO, Calif. — Every
morning and every night during her
family vacation in snowy Colorado,
Sonia Behrman pulled up the live security footage of her Montecito home.
Sometimes she’d see a handful of
firefighters, with hoses, moving about.
Other times, a firetruck parked in the
driveway. In every stream for seven
days, her home was still standing.
But on Saturday morning, the feed
on her cellphone screen cut out.
Either their internet went out, her
husband said, or their house burned
down.
The Behrmans learned Sunday
morning that it was the latter. Despite
a heroic battle by firefighters that left
more than a thousand homes unscathed by the relentless Thomas fire,
the family’s large hillside residence
was reduced to charred walls and piles
of rubble.
“My whole inside just went numb,”
Behrman, 39, said of receiving a text
[See Fire, B4]
HUMBOLDT COUNTY firefighters check for heat in the Behrmans’
home. The family learned about their loss while on vacation.
CA P I T O L JOU R NA L
Deserting disaster victims
GEORGE SKELTON
in sacramento
President Trump and
Republican congressional leaders are
desperate to
“achieve” something
— anything — by
Christmas. One goal
is to deliver a lump of
coal to disaster victims.
The victims include future burned-out homeowners
in wildfires. The Republican Santa
could be delivering down a chimney
that is standing alone amid charred
ruins.
It’s one of several whammies hitting middle-class Americans from the
GOP tax plan, especially in California
and other high-tax states. Among
other things, Republicans are set on
eliminating the tax deduction for
uninsured casualty losses unless a
national disaster is declared.
People with personal property
damaged by disaster currently can
deduct the uninsured loss when
itemizing on their federal tax returns.
Only the dollar amount that exceeds
10% of adjusted gross income can be
deducted. But that is quickly reached
when a home is destroyed.
In California, we’re regularly ravaged by wildfires, floods and earthquakes. Someday, there’ll be “the big
one.” Other states suffer from tornadoes and hurricanes. Also tax-deductible are losses from accidents,
thefts and vandalism.
When Baldwin Park rehired Michael Taylor as its
police chief, the city included
a provision in his contract
that makes him exceedingly
difficult to fire.
Taylor can be terminated
from his $234,000-a-year job,
according to the agreement,
only if he commits a felony.
Baldwin Park leaders
also prohibited themselves
from giving Taylor annual
performance evaluations.
The agreement allows the
council to place Taylor on
administrative leave — but
with pay.
The City Council approved the unusual contract
in November.
The contract term is for
one year. But if the council
doesn’t renew it, Taylor gets
a severance package worth
three months’ salary.
Experts in municipal
government said they’ve never heard of a contract that
sets committing a felony as
the bar for terminating a
public official.
“If the only reason you
can be fired is a felony, then
what prevents you from
working half days or doing
much of anything?” said
Michael Jenkins, adjunct
professor of local government law at USC. “Protecting him from being terminated for any malfeasance
besides a felony is a really
high bar.”
Some City Council members defended the contract,
saying they wanted to bring
stability to the department
after a period of frequent
turnover. The previous chief,
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
Three members of
community panel
resign in protest over
city’s investigation.
Accusations of sexual
harassment have roiled the
country from Hollywood to
Capitol Hill in recent
months, toppling politicians, celebrities and other
famous figures.
Now they have spurred
alarm among Griffith Park
community activists, who
argue that a Los Angeles city
investigation over alleged
misconduct has unfairly
tarred a volunteer.
This month, the Department of Recreation and
Parks informed Chris Laib,
casualty losses. Above, a fire burns Saturday near Montecito, Calif.
About 10,000 California tax returns
claimed $700 million in casualty loss
deductions in 2015, according to the
state Department of Finance. It’s a
good bet there’ll be a lot more this
year after the monstrous wine country and Southern California wildfires.
Victims of those fires will still be
allowed to deduct their uninsured
losses. It’s not clear whether they’ll
need to have all their costs totaled by
the time they file tax returns for 2017.
Rep. Mimi Walters of Irvine — one
of several California Republicans
targeted by Democrats for ouster in
November’s elections — has introduced legislation she says will guarantee that this year’s wildfire victims
can deduct their losses. It also will
allow them to withdraw their own
money for rebuilding from retirement
accounts without being penalized.
But victims of future calamities
will be cut loose to fend for themselves
absent a national disaster declaration.
Not all casualties occur in natural
[See Skelton, B6]
Chief Michael Taylor was
rehired by a split vote.
David Salcedo, was fired just
weeks into the job. Taylor
was the chief before Salcedo
but was fired in September
2016 and forced into retirement. The votes by the fivemember body for Taylor’s
first firing, Salcedo’s firing
and Taylor’s rehiring were
split at 3-2. Taylor had faced
accusations of racism, according to some council
members.
Mayor Manuel Lozano
voted to fire Taylor and then
voted to bring him back. He
said he was looking for a
“new vision” for the city
when he decided to oust
Taylor, but voted for the contract to give the city some
tranquility before it embarked on yet another
search for a new chief.
Taylor had asked for ironclad protection from being
fired short of committing a
felony as a kind of “safety
net” after the position
underwent so much turnover, Lozano said.
Taylor declined to comment.
Taylor
was
recently
elected board member at
West Valley Water District in
Rialto, about 39 miles from
Baldwin Park, soon after returning as police chief.
One of Taylor’s first ac[See Police chief, B5]
Griffith Park
advisor accused
of harassment
By Emily Alpert Reyes
REPUBLICANS are set on eliminating a tax deduction for uninsured
Glenn Koenig Los Angeles Times
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who sits on volunteer boards
that advise the city about
Griffith Park and the Greek
Theatre, that its investigation found he had engaged in
“inappropriate behavior”
toward a city staffer during a
community event.
The letter, first reported
by the Los Feliz Ledger, did
not detail what had happened, but said that the
parks department had received complaints from
“third parties” about the incident. Laib said he was informed that the allegations
involved hitting a female
staffer with a plate on her
backside.
Laib said the staffer had
jokingly tried to cut ahead of
him in line for breakfast at
the event. He said he motioned her away with his
plastic plate before they
hugged.
“I may have tapped her
on the hip, not the rear end,”
he said. “We hugged again
before we left.
“How could that be construed as sexual harassment?” Laib asked.
The staffer and a member of the Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners, who was identified
by others as having witnessed the incident, declined to comment last
week.
The parks department
[See Investigation, B5]
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Before its fiery end,
probe gathered data
that has shed light on
Saturn’s atmosphere.
DEBORAH NETBURN
NASA’s Cassini mission
to Saturn came to a fiery
end in September, but observations made by the
spacecraft in its final
months still have plenty to
teach us about the mysteries of the ringed planet.
Case in point: A new
study finds that the electrically charged region of
Saturn’s atmosphere,
known as the ionosphere, is
significantly more complex
and variable than scientists
thought.
Cassini’s instruments
also found evidence that the
ionosphere is strongly affected by shadows cast by
the rings. In addition, it
might also interact with
microscopic ice particles
from the rings themselves in
a phenomenon known as
“ring rain.”
The work was presented
last week at the American
Geophysical Union conference in New Orleans and
published in the journal
Science.
“Consider this a prelude
of things to come from
Cassini,” said Hunter Waite,
director of planetary mass
spectrometry at the Southwest Research Institute,
who was not involved in the
study. “Saturn’s ionosphere
is much more complicated
than anyone could imagine.”
After traveling in the
Saturn system for nearly 13
years, Cassini launched on a
new trajectory in April that
took the two-story-high
spacecraft into the previously unexplored territory
between Saturn and its
rings — including through
the top of the planet’s atmosphere.
This allowed instruments on board the spacecraft to make in situ observations of Saturn’s ionosphere for the first time.
Researchers had been able
to study this region of Saturn’s atmosphere using
other methods such as radio
occultation, but actually
being there allowed them to
take much more precise
measurements.
“There is absolutely no
substitute for being in situ,”
Waite said. “It changed our
whole perspective.”
The new work is based
on data collected by Cassini’s Radio and Plasma Wave
Science instrument, or
RPWS, which measured
electron density in the planet’s atmosphere.
The study is the first of
what experts say could be
dozens of papers describing
this region of the planet.
William Kurth, the principal investigator for RPWS
and a co-author of the study,
said the new work is based
on Cassini’s first 11 passes
through the space between
the planet and the rings.
The spacecraft would eventually make a total of 22.
“We thought we had
gathered enough information to write a paper about
Saturn’s ionosphere that
would be groundbreaking
and set the stage for what
would come,” he said.
The researchers report
large variations in the density of electrons as a function of latitude and altitude
and also from one orbit to
the next.
Some of these variations
can be attributed to interactions with the rings, but not
all of them, the authors said.
For example, the A and B
rings cast shadows on the
planet that are opaque
enough to block the sun’s
ultraviolet radiation from
hitting the atmosphere.
Ultraviolet radiation can
knock an electron off an
atom and allow it to be free
floating. Therefore, these
shadowy regions have less
electron density than other
parts of the planet.
But that’s only part of
the story.
“We see other types of
effects that appear to be
relative to the rings, but we
don’t fully understand them
yet,” Kurth said. “Further
analysis is due on that
point.”
The researchers also
report that ring rain does
not have a significant effect
on the ionosphere at the
equatorial regions of the
planet, where the measurements in the new study
were made.
But, they added, it is still
possible that the water
particles from the rings
interact with Saturn’s atmosphere at higher latitudes.
Kurth said that much
more about the structure of
the ionosphere will become
clear in the coming months
as data from Cassini’s other
instruments are published.
He said that already, behind
the scenes, scientists are
beginning to compare observations and work out
what they all mean.
Waite agreed.
“We were wrong about
the ionosphere, but that’s
OK,” he said. “Mother Nature is always more imaginative than scientists.”
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MONDAY , DEC EMB ER 18, 2017
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CITY & STATE
Final salute to firefighter Group sues
over voters
placed on
‘inactive’ list
Funeral procession for
Cory Iverson, who
died fighting Thomas
blaze, travels through
three counties.
By Kristina Davis
and David Hernandez
A multi-county funeral
procession was held Sunday
for Cal Fire engineer Cory
Iverson, a San Diego-area
resident who was killed in
the Thomas fire.
The procession began at
10 a.m. and traveled south on
the 101 Freeway through
Ventura, Los Angeles and
Orange counties. It continued on Interstate 15 in San
Diego County before arriving at El Camino Memorial
Park about 2:15 p.m.
People stood on freeway
overpasses along the route
saluting, waving American
flags and snapping pictures
as the procession passed.
Iverson, 32, died Thursday while fighting the fire,
which is now burning in
Santa Barbara and Ventura
counties and continuing to
threaten homes and prompt
evacuations.
The 270,000-acre Thomas
fire is now the third-largest
fire in California history. As
of Sunday, it was 45% contained.
Iverson was with a fiveengine strike team from San
Diego and engaged in a “very
active part of the fire” just
outside of Fillmore in Ventura County when he was fatally injured, according to
the California Department
of Forestry and Fire Protection. He was outside his
truck at the time.
Iverson had been with
Cal Fire since 2009 and
worked at a station in Dulzura.
All 17 of the firefighters on
Iverson’s strike team were
Right-leaning Judicial
Watch says county is
violating federal law.
By John Myers
Christina House Los Angeles Times
FIREFIGHTERS pay tribute to Cory Iverson, a Cal Fire engineer who died in the
Thomas fire, as his procession passes through Burbank on its way to San Diego.
pulled off the fire lines. They
had been at the Thomas fire
since Dec. 5.
Cal Fire San Diego Chief
Tony Mecham said at a media briefing last week that
“this incident has shaken
our organization to the
core.” He said he learned of
Iverson’s death Thursday
morning when he took “the
call that no fire chief ever
wants to receive.”
“It just stunningly took
my breath away,” Mecham
said.
He said he spent the day
with Iverson’s family, who he
said “just spoke about ‘Why
Cory? He’s just such a great
guy.’ ”
Iverson’s uncle is a retired firefighter with Cal Fire
and had worked with current Cal Fire San Diego
spokesman Jon Heggie at
the fire station in Rainbow.
It was then that Heggie met
Iverson, who was in his late
teens and already eager to
become a firefighter.
Heggie watched Iverson
work his way up to becoming
a firefighter. “You could see
the passion that he had at an
early age about the fire service,” Heggie said.
“My heart shattered
when I learned what happened to him,” he said. “I can
only imagine the pain his
wife and his family are going
through, and all of us in the
fire service are feeling it for
them.”
California Gov. Jerry
Brown issued a statement
on Iverson’s death last week,
saying “his bravery and
years of committed service
to the people of California
will never be forgotten.”
The governor ordered all
Capitol flags to be flown at
half-staff.
Iverson leaves behind a
pregnant wife and 2-yearold daughter.
Donations have poured
in to help the family. A GoFundMe account, “For Ashley Iverson and her girls,”
was at nearly $300,000 by
Saturday afternoon. Donations can also be made
through the Benevolent
Fund.
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@sduniontribune.com
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@sduniontribune.com
Davis and Hernandez
write for the San Diego
Union-Tribune.
Parents fight project near school
Suit says construction
could expose students
to harmful dust, noise.
By Howard Blume
Several Westside families
and school employees are
suing to prevent construction that they say will harm
students at Palms Elementary School.
The cause for concern is a
large apartment development that would be built
adjacent to the campus. A
fence is all that separates
the construction site from
the kindergarten play area,
potentially exposing the students to toxic dust and other
harms, according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Olu K.
Orange, a parent at the
school.
An additional worry, Orange said, is the potential effect on hearing-impaired
students who benefit from a
special program at Palms.
These students use devices
that amplify sounds and
spend some of their time in a
specially outfitted classroom — with carpeted walls
and a low ceiling — that is
designed to minimize extraneous sounds.
“Every distinct noise and
ongoing noise interferes
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
THE LAWSUIT was filed by attorney Olu K. Orange,
a parent at Palms Elementary School.
with their ability to learn,”
Orange said. “It hurts them
and it causes them pain.”
Those named in the suit
include L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz and developer Hiro Kobayashi, whose
social media profile describes him president of
RBM of California, which
specializes in real estate development, investment and
asset management.
A spokeswoman for Koretz, who represents the
area, said his office “cannot
comment on pending lawsuits” and did not answer
additional questions about
the development Friday.
An attorney for the developer said the project will be
positive for the neighborhood.
“The proposed residential complex … will bring significant investment to the
community and is expected
to add millions of dollars to
the local economy,” Elisa
Paster said in a statement.
The suit said the city and
the developer have not followed through with necessary environmental reviews.
Paster took issue with
that claim, saying that the
developer agreed to remove
asbestos and lead paint
from an old structure on the
site when “neighboring
buildings are not being utilized.”
“Throughout the successful entitlement process,
which was conducted according to all the city’s rules
and regulations, the developer has met with school
leaders and city officials,”
her statement said.
The lawsuit seeks classaction status, which, if
granted, would mean that
attorneys would be representing the interests of all
students at the school.
A spokeswoman for the
L.A. Unified School District
said the district is aware of
the issue.
“L.A. Unified is working
with Councilman Koretz’s
office — as well as parents,
teachers, staff, the school
community and the developer — to ensure that the developer will implement mitigation measures that will
limit the impacts to students and staff,” Barbara
Jones said.
The district could provide no immediate information on those measures. A
demolition team briefly began work on the site Friday,
Orange said.
howard.blume
@latimes.com
Audit faults L.A. County over gun permits
By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO — The
Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department has repeatedly failed to follow its own
rules for issuing concealed
weapon permits, the state
auditor concluded in a report released Thursday.
L.A. County Sheriff Jim
McDonnell disputed some of
the key findings of the audit,
saying state officials misinterpreted the policy.
The department policy
requires applicants to provide “convincing evidence”
of a “clear and present danger to life or of great bodily
harm” to get a license, but
the audit found that the department issued 24 licenses
during the last few years
without sufficient evidence.
Most of the 197 active licenses in L.A. County as of
August went to current or
former law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors, the audit found. The
lieutenant in charge of reviewing applications told
auditors that people in law
enforcement satisfy the department’s requirements by
the nature of their jobs.
“However, making that
decision based solely on the
applicant’s profession both
directly contradicts Los An-
geles’s written policy —
which specifically states
that no position or job classification in itself shall constitute good cause for issuance
— and has led the department to treat applicants inequitably based on their occupations,” the audit says.
McDonnell said the audit
identified some legitimate
issues, and the department
has added a checklist to the
application process in order
to show requirements have
been met. But he disagreed
on the report’s sweeping
conclusion that the department consistently failed to
follow its own policies.
“The LASD policy simply
requires that the applicant
provide ‘convincing evidence’ ” that his or her life or
physical safety is threatened, the sheriff said. He
said the policy does not require
additional
documentation of that evidence if
sufficient information is provided in the application.
Auditors also concluded
that Sacramento County issued some licenses without
proper documentation and
that San Diego County’s renewal process led it to inappropriately renew some licenses.
patrick.mcgreevy
@latimes.com
SACRAMENTO — A
Washington-based conservative-leaning
activist
group filed a federal lawsuit
last week, alleging Los Angeles County officials are “refusing to cancel the registrations” of voters who are
ineligible to cast a ballot.
The legal action on
Wednesday by Judicial
Watch comes four months
after the organization first
accused elections officials
across the state of maintaining registration lists that are
larger than their voting-age
population. The lawsuit also
names Secretary of State Alex Padilla as a defendant
and alleges the voter lists
violate the National Voter
Registration Act, or NVRA.
“They don’t care about
removing ineligible registration,” said Robert Popper
of Judicial Watch. “I think we
have a very strong lawsuit.”
The lawsuit names four
Los Angeles County voters
as co-plaintiffs and asserts
that a county’s two lists of
voters — the file of active voters and those whose registration has been placed on
“inactive” status — should
be combined into a single total.
The inactive list includes
people who haven’t cast
ballots in recent elections
and haven’t responded to
inquiries from elections
officials. Though the names
on that list are considered
voters, they are not counted
in
official
registration
reports and are not mailed
election material.
Popper led an effort
this year to estimate the size
of
each
county’s
voting-age population using
the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. He
said the survey’s five-year
average of county populations was then adjusted by
focusing just on the estimate
of those over the age of 18,
and then comparing that
with the combined active
and inactive voter lists.
Popper dismissed any
concern that the resulting
number might be skewed by
the different standards used
by counties for the inactive
list, which could include
names of voters who moved
or died and thus be an
imperfect guide.
“I believe that a court is
going to accept our numbers,” he said.
Dean Logan, the registrar of voters in Los Angeles
County, said his staff ’s
practices are consistent
with federal law. “This lawsuit appears to fundamentally interpret the requirements of the NVRA in a
manner inconsistent with
ensuring voter enfranchisement and appropriate list
maintenance,” he said.
The lawsuit also alleges
that Los Angeles elections
officials failed to provide
Judicial
Watch
with
requested data about the
size of the inactive list, and
accuses Padilla of failing to
address
the
group’s
concerns about California
not following NVRA rules.
In a statement Thursday,
Padilla
said
county
inactive-voter files are not
out of compliance with the
law. He criticized Judicial
Watch for its “baseless
assertions, bad math, and
flawed methodology.”
Local elections officials
have said very few “inactive”
voters show up on election
day, and that any who do
would be asked to cast a
provisional ballot — one that
isn’t counted unless the
voter’s eligibility is confirmed through additional
review. Popper insisted that
if the list is never used,
there’s no reason to keep it.
Judicial Watch, which
sued for access to Hillary
Clinton’s emails in 2016,
alleged that its calculations
show 11 California counties
with questionable voter
registration totals.
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Twitter: @johnmyers
A big change to
Prop. 13 may be
on 2018 ballot
By Liam Dillon
SACRAMENTO — Proponents of making a dramatic change to California’s
landmark Proposition 13
property tax restrictions
took their first step to getting a measure on the November 2018 statewide ballot
Friday.
The change would allow
the state to charge higher
property tax rates on commercial and industrial properties, an effort known as
“split roll” because existing
tax protections on homes
would remain in place.
Advocates of the measure, including the League of
Women Voters of California
and community organizing
nonprofits California Calls
and PICO National Network
said the change could raise
billions of dollars that could
be spent on public schools
and community colleges.
“I think the cumulative
effects of the unfair tax system have gotten to the point
where it’s created crippling
economic impacts on the
state,” said Melissa Breach,
executive director of the
League of Women Voters of
California.
Backers filed their proposed initiative Friday. The
attorney general’s office
will prepare an official title
and summary for the measure and it will receive a financial
analysis.
From
there, advocates will decide
if they will collect signatures
to put the measure on the
ballot.
Proposition 13 passed in
1978 amid concerns that rising property taxes could
force people out of their
homes. The ballot measure
limited property taxes to 1%
of a property’s value at the
time of purchase and ensures that the assessed value on which taxes are based
can only increase by a maximum of 2% a year — no matter how much a property’s
market value goes up.
Split-roll measures have
been long debated in state
politics, but business groups
and anti-tax groups have expressed substantial opposition to the idea, arguing that
it would cause major harm
to the state’s business climate.
Breach said she expected
“an avalanche of big money”
against the measure should
it go forward, but said that
her organization wouldn’t
get involved without believing it could raise sufficient
funding.
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Twitter: @dillonliam
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MON DAY , D EC EM BE R 18, 2017
LAT IMES. C OM
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
LONNIE RISLING , left, and Jimmy McHaffie, firefighters with Humboldt County crews, spray down a smoldering fire underneath the rubble of the Behrmans’ home.
Winds hamper fight against blaze
[Fire, from B1]
from her stepson, who saw
their home on the news. “My
sister had to sit me on the
couch. I felt like I was going
to faint.”
Despite her family’s
heartbreak, the destruction
in Montecito over the weekend was relatively light, a
testament to days of preparation by firefighters bracing for powerful winds that
sent the blaze raging
through the hills of the picturesque coastal town. Just
two homes were destroyed,
and seven others damaged.
“It could have been a lot
worse,” said Santa Barbara
County Fire Capt. Dave
Zaniboni. “We could have
easily lost firefighters or had
more homes destroyed. It
was a great effort by firefighters.”
Winds persisted Sunday
morning, with gusts topping
70 mph in mountain areas in
the fire zone and 50 mph on
the Ventura County coast.
But they calmed as the day
wore on, allowing fire crews
to mop up hot spots and remove dry vegetation by the
homes they’d saved in Montecito.
In Ventura County, firefighters concentrated their
forces in the hills above Fillmore, where the wildfire
stayed within the containment lines despite the increase in winds. As a result,
authorities lifted evacuations in Fillmore, as well as
in parts of Carpinteria.
By Sunday evening, the
wildfire had grown to 270,000
acres and led 104,607 people
to flee their homes, authorities said. More than 8,500
firefighters have battled the
blaze, the largest mobilization of fire crews to fight
any wildfire in California history. The firefight has cost
$123.8 million.
Strong Santa Ana winds
helped clear smoke out of
Ventura County, but health
officials cautioned residents
that “non-smoky” conditions don’t mean the air is
safe to breathe. The cities of
Ojai, Ventura, Oxnard,
Santa Paula and Camarillo
all recorded unhealthy air
quality ratings early Sunday
afternoon, according to the
Ventura County Air Pollution Control District.
With
strong
winds
threatening to spark more
wildfires across the region,
Southern California Edison
considered
turning
off
power to some parts of Malibu. Malibu was identified as
particularly vulnerable if
strong Santa Ana winds
continue to batter the region, said Paul Griffo, an Edison spokesman.
Experts say shutting
down the power grid in times
of extreme winds is a rarely
used but effective tactic to
prevent wildfires. Until last
week, Southern California
Edison hadn’t shut down
power in response to wind
conditions for more than a
decade, Griffo said.
But that changed after
the fires in California’s wine
country in October damaged or destroyed more than
14,000 homes and killed
more than 40 people. The
company shut off electricity
on Dec. 7 to Idyllwild in the
San Jacinto Mountains,
Griffo said. And San Diego
Gas & Electric took similar
action last week in rural San
Diego County before fires
broke out — but there was
some criticism of the move
because firefighters couldn’t
operate
electric
water
pumps.
Winds are expected to
calm down Monday and
Tuesday to 10 to 20 mph,
which will “look tranquil”
compared with the weekend
gusts, said Kathy Hoxsie,
meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Increased humidity levels and
low winds are expected to
aid firefighters.
But it will be a short respite, as strong winds and
low humidity are expected to
return Wednesday in Santa
Barbara County and Thurs-
day in Ventura County,
Hoxsie said.
Back on Park Hill Lane in
Montecito,
Behrman
scanned a pile of her family’s
belongings that were spared
by the blaze. Christmas
gifts, presents from her 1year-old son’s birthday last
week, photographs, strollers
and car seats.
“Tons of memorable
stuff,” she said, adding that
she’s grateful to the firefighters who salvaged some of her
things. She planned to load
up a car and haul what was
saved to her mother’s house
in Carpinteria, where she,
her husband and three of
their kids will stay.
In neighboring Santa
Barbara, Rusty Smith said
he fled his home on Gibraltar Road about 1 a.m. Sunday. He stayed with a friend
nearby and set his alarm to
wake him every 90 minutes
so he could see if the flames
had reached his house.
But firefighters managed
to save Smith’s house and
about two dozen others in
the neighborhood.
“I wasn’t worried. You
know when things are out of
your control,” Smith, 57, said
Sunday, as he swept debris
from the driveway of his
neighbor’s house. “But we
know we were fortunate.”
Lucas Merrick returned
Sunday around noon to find
that his home also had been
spared.
As
helicopters
dropped water on smoldering vegetation, Merrick said
his hillside property is much
more than a home for him
and other residents.
“There’s a spiritual element,” he said. “That’s why
people decide to live here.”
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@latimes.com
alene.tchekmedyian
@latimes.com
Etehad reported from
Montecito, Tchekmedyian
from Los Angeles. Times
staff writer Ben Poston
contributed to this report
from Los Angeles.
L AT I ME S . CO M
MONDAY , DEC EMB ER 18, 2017
B5
Board leader calls probe ‘reckless’
[Investigation, from B1]
spoke to “relevant witnesses,” including Laib, and
reviewed a video as part of
its investigation, according
to the letter. It said his behavior violated a code of conduct that requires park advisory board members to act
“in a professional manner at
all times” and treat staff and
the public with respect.
It is unclear what action
might be taken.
Laib, who was appointed
to the Greek Theatre Advisory Committee this year by
Mayor Eric Garcetti, has not
been removed from that or
the Griffith Park Advisory
Board, according to city officials.
In its letter, the parks department stated that the
findings would be referred to
“executive management” for
their review.
“The Department of Recreation and Parks investigated the complaint filed
against him, and that investigation has been completed,” Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar said in an
email. “We have notified
the people involved of the
findings, and are working
with them to determine the
best path forward for everyone.”
Before the investigation
was finished, Laib initially
turned in a written letter
of resignation from the
Greek Theatre Advisory
Committee, but later rescinded it.
Laib said he made a “reflexive” decision to resign after being contacted about
the allegation from a senior
aide to City Councilman
David Ryu. He said he
changed his mind after hearing secondhand that the
head of the parks depart-
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
A VIEW of Griffith Observatory. The city said an inquiry found that Chris Laib, who sits on volunteer advisory boards for Griffith Park,
had engaged in “inappropriate behavior” toward a city staffer. Laib said the investigation “was used as an opportunity to get rid of me.”
ment, Michael Shull, also
wanted him off the board of
Friends of the Observatory,
a nonprofit that supports
the city attraction in Griffith
Park.
“This was used as an op-
Experts see
new contract
as unusual
[Police chief, from B1]
tions as a new director on
Dec. 7 was to vote for a new
attorney to serve the district: Robert Tafoya, the
Baldwin Park city attorney
who weeks earlier presented
the chief ’s employment contract to the council for approval. Tafoya had done
work for the district before.
Taylor made the motion at
the district board meeting to
hire him back.
Bob Stern, a good-government expert, said the
way Taylor was hired and
then played a role as a West
Valley Water District director in getting Tafoya hired
raises serious questions.
“He should not have participated in that vote after
the contract. It’s just too
close to the awarding of the
contract,” Stern said. The
deal “seems like a sweetheart contract. It’s too cute
... and clearly they thought
nobody’s going to notice.”
The water district has
also experienced tumult. A
board meeting last week
erupted into chaos when the
board met to fire several executives at the agency.
Attendees in the audience shouted comparisons
to Bell, the small L.A.
County city infamous for its
corruption scandal, and
claimed they were being retaliated against for blowing
the whistle on corrupt practices by the board president.
Baldwin Park council
members reached by The
Times said they didn’t know
Taylor had chosen Tafoya to
be West Valley’s attorney.
But they said they were not
concerned about it.
“I trust both of these individuals. They’re ethical and
aboveboard,” Lozano said.
Baldwin Park council
members gave several reasons for Taylor’s contract.
When Taylor first retired
he received a pension of
about $177,800, according to
a spokeswoman for the California Public Employees’
Retirement System. Returning as police chief came
with a $234,000 salary. He
would not collect his pension
while working as chief.
But once he retires again,
his pension will probably
rise. Assuming that it’s calculated on a retirement formula provided by CalPERS,
Taylor’s new pension would
well exceed $200,000 a year.
Taylor wanted the provision that bars firing him
short of a felony because the
chief was concerned about
reverting back to a lower
pension if the council fired
him before his contract was
up, Councilman Ricardo
Pacheco said.
Pacheco also said the
strife over the position had
scared off good candidates.
Councilwoman Monica
Garcia said that before his
contract was approved, Taylor was being paid hourly,
racking up bills and collecting his pension at the same
time. Over a few months, he
had received more than
$100,000 in pay, she said.
With the contract, Taylor
would be paid less, she said.
Councilwoman
Cruz
Baca, who voted against the
contract, expressed concerns about the city’s financial position during the Nov.
15 council meeting. Councilwoman Susan Rubio also
voted no and said she was
troubled by eliminating the
possibility of terminating
the chief “at will.”
Experts say its hard to
fathom a scenario where a
city would hire someone for
such an important post
under conditions that require him or her to commit
felony crimes to be fired.
Jenkins, the local government expert at USC, said
one possible circumstance
would be to hire an interim
official who needs to be insulated from politics in order
to root out a specific problem. He referenced Robert S.
Mueller III, the special counsel investigating President
Trump’s 2016 campaign and
its possible ties to Russia.
Still, experts say it would
be hard to find another deal
like Taylor’s.
“There are times when
city councils may elect to do
something that’s unusual to
ensure stability in the organization and they find
that to be an important basis for giving such a generous
contract,” said Edward
Medrano, president of the
California Police Chiefs
Assn. “Most employment
contracts have more provisions to hold employees accountable. Not just a felony.”
benjamin.oreskes
@latimes.com
adam.elmahrek
@latimes.com
portunity to get rid of me,”
Laib said, citing his outspoken stance on park issues,
including challenging an
early proposal to hold
Olympic biking events in
Griffith Park and opposing
the initial selection of Live
Nation to run the Greek
Theatre three years ago.
Parks
department
spokeswoman Rose Watson
denied that Shull had
sought to get Laib removed
from Friends of the Observatory, which is not run
by the city, and said that “the
issue at hand is strictly to do
with the complaint — and
that’s it.”
Three leading members
of the Griffith Park Advisory
Board, which provides community input on the operation of Griffith Park, have resigned in protest. In a letter,
Vice Chairman Don Seligman called the investigation
“a reckless and vindictive
campaign by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.”
“I have witnessed the besmirching of a stellar reputation of a dear friend … without any due process or formal hearing,” Seligman
wrote in an email to other
board members and city
staff, announcing his resignation.
Susan Swan, who had
been chairwoman, wrote
that she was “alternately appalled and horrified.” And
former secretary Kris Sullivan called it “underhanded
treatment.”
As they announced their
resignations, Swan and Sullivan also complained that
their concerns about protecting the park from commercialization and misuse
were not being properly addressed.
“We have been chastened
when we speak up and encouraged to be noncontroversial and not to be a
‘watchdog,’ ”
Sullivan
wrote.
emily.alpert@latimes.com
B6
M O N DAY , D EC E M BER 18, 2017
LAT IMES. C OM
GOP tax plan hurts disaster victims
[Skelton, from B1]
disasters, of course. Kitchen
fires can set a house ablaze.
Cars can be stolen. Houses
burglarized. Insurance
might not cover it all.
Tough.
A grease pan lights up,
igniting the house. That’s a
disaster for one family, but
it doesn’t merit a presidential declaration. No
deduction.
“Those guys would get
the shaft,” says Rep. Mike
Thompson (D-St. Helena),
whose district includes the
torched wine country. “They
don’t get the public attention there is in a natural
disaster.”
But the president and
GOP leaders need to eliminate enough tax breaks
benefiting the rest of us
so the government can
afford to substantially lower
levies on rich people and
corporations. Still, the plan
is projected to add about
$1.5 trillion to the federal
deficit over the next 10 years.
“It’s the height of hypocrisy … after spending eight
years railing against the
national debt,” U.S. Sen.
Dianne Feinstein said of
the GOP after the plan’s
details finally were released
Friday.
Many Californians will be
hit hard from several directions in the tax overhaul.
But the blows will be a bit
softer than they would have
been in original versions.
Itemizers will be allowed
to deduct up to $10,000 in
state income, sales and
property taxes. Now there’s
no cap on the amount. In
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
THE GOP rationalizes that after a natural disaster, legislation could be passed to restore tax relief for victims.
Above, Nathan Schmidt, 16, of Santa Barbara after surfing Saturday under a haze caused by the Thomas fire.
2015, around 6 million California taxpayers deducted
an average of $18,400 in state
income and local taxes,
according to the Government Finance Officers Assn.
In my view, as I’ve previously written, there’d be
nothing unfair about completely eliminating all state
and local tax deductions.
There’s no honest justification for the federal government, in effect, subsidizing
California’s highest-in-thenation state income tax or
any local levy.
But severely reducing
the allowable deduction will
sting financially.
Home buyers will be
permitted to deduct interest on new mortgages of up
to $750,000. The mortgage
cap currently is $1.1 million.
So many future home buyers will be hurt. In some
California regions, especially the Bay Area, median
prices easily exceed
$750,000.
Gov. Jerry Brown has
denounced the Republican
plan, claiming that
congressional leaders are
“wielding their power like a
bunch of Mafia thugs.”
That’s a bit hyperbolic.
But his thought is on target.
No public hearings have
been held on the tax plan. It
was written solely by Republicans behind closed
doors with no Democrats
allowed.
Tax rates are being lowered and standard deductions nearly doubled, however, so some non-itemizers
may benefit.
Thompson led the fight
defending the casualty loss
deduction.
“In my district, for starters, probably 7,000 homes
were burned down,” he says.
“Add to that the folks with
damage. It’s just cruel and
stupid.”
It took a last-minute
compromise tweak, the
congressman says, to permit a casualty deduction if
the president declares a
national disaster. That’s
only in cases of mass destruction.
There’s a Democratic
theory that California and
other deep-blue, high-tax
states — like New York —
are being gleefully targeted
by Republicans who really
love ending their federal
tax subsidies. I buy that.
But I mostly think the GOP
is paying off political
donors.
Trump and congressional leaders also are desperate to show they can
accomplish something this
year. Some accomplishment! Not even Ebenezer
Scrooge would have
dreamed up incinerating
casualty deductions.
george.skelton
@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesSkelton
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SPORTS
M O N D A Y , D E C E M B E R 1 8 , 2 0 1 7 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
N F L W E E K 15
Trojans
guard
comes
to pass
:: R AM S
4 2 , S EAT T L E 7
McLaughlin surpasses
own program record
with 19 assists and ties
Pac-12 mark.
USC 98
UC SANTA BARBARA 87
By Pedro Moura
It was as if basketballs
needed to touch Jordan McLaughlin’s generous hands
before they could pass
through Galen Center’s
nets. The senior guard had
two hands in half of USC’s
converted field goals Sunday.
His 19 assists in the Trojans’ 98-87 win over UC
Santa Barbara broke by
three the university’s alltime record, which McLaughlin had set as a sophomore in 2015. His total tied
the
Pac-12
Conference
record. No NCAA men’s
player has recorded more in
nine years.
McLaughlin learned of
his feat only as the crowd of
3,519 did, late, when the news
came over the loudspeakers
and the game began to resemble a farce. With 108 seconds remaining, coach Andy
Enfield removed McLaughlin from the game to applause.
Seven seconds later,
made aware of the record at
play, Enfield inserted him
back in for an inbounds
pass. Twice, McLaughlin delivered passes to teammates
that preceded shots, and
twice they missed. When the
Gauchos fouled McLaughlin
with 52 seconds to go, the
crowd booed. On USC’s last
possession, fans shouted at
each recipient of a McLaughlin pass to shoot. No
man converted.
“I wish we would’ve made
one,” Enfield said. “He deserved it.”
McLaughlin’s assist rate
picked up some in the second half, with 11. But he
started at once, connecting
[See USC, D2]
Fitting
end to
fantastic
season
Photographs by
scored four touchdowns at Seattle, where the Seahawks had previously held the highest-scoring team, the Eagles, to 10 points.
BURIAL AT SEA
Rams look like
they’re setting a
new standard in
the NFC West
Rout lays rival
Seahawks’ rule to
rest in statement
Rams are ready
SAM FARMER
ON THE NFL
By Gary Klein
SEATTLE — There came a
point Sunday when this showdown of NFC contenders was no
longer Rams versus Seahawks.
It was Rams vs. Record Books.
“They beat us pretty good
today,” quarterback Russell Wilson said after the 42-7 Rams victory. “They scored in every fashion
you can imagine.”
Todd Gurley turned in a season’s worth of work in a single
Sunday. Johnny Hekker punted
twice, and not until the second
half. The Rams led 40-0 before the
home team finally put points on
the board.
The defense sacked Wilson
seven times, and that’s not counting an intentional-grounding call
in the end zone for a safety.
“He tried to roll one way and a
guy was in his face,” defensive
tackle Aaron Donald said. “He
tried to go another way, somebody
was in his face. So any time you
bottle him up and not give him a
[See Farmer, D4]
SEAN McVAY enjoys a laugher with Jared Goff, who didn’t have
a big day against Seattle’s stingy pass defense, but didn’t have to.
No. 1 Mater Dei not
only won its first bowl
game, it never trailed
in any of its 15 games.
SEATTLE — The rout already
was in progress, the statement well
on its way to being made.
So when Rams running back
Todd Gurley took a handoff late in
the first half against the Seattle
Seahawks on Sunday, it was a
chance to not only run for another
touchdown, but to do it in style.
Gurley blazed 57 yards to the
end zone, moving the Rams closer
to an NFC West title and tilting the
balance of power in a division recently ruled by the Seahawks.
Gurley rushed for a season-high
152 yards and scored four touchdowns, and the Rams’ defense and
special teams also dominated in a
42-7 victory that a silenced a crowd
of 69,077 at CenturyLink Field and
seemingly signaled a changing of
the guard.
“We didn’t want to let up,” Gurley said. “These guys have been
kicking our ass for the last 10, 15
years so you got to enjoy it. You got
to take advantage of a situation like
this.”
[See Rams, D5]
Bryant tribute fitting —
he’s always hung here
ERIC SONDHEIMER
ON HIGH SCHOOLS
Amid temperatures that
Southern California kids
would label as freezing but
Michigan kids might view as
slightly cool, Santa Ana
Mater Dei players celebrated being the No. 1 football team in California, if not
the nation, after completing
a 15-0 season on Saturday
night at Sacramento State.
“Dilly Dilly!” coach Bruce
Rollinson roared.
With his hands buried in
a customized pocket in the
front of his jersey while
trying to keep warm,
quarterback J.T. Daniels
gave every impression that
he had given his all after a
52-21 rout of Concord De La
Salle in the CIF state championship Open Division
bowl game.
“I’m really dead,” he said.
“My body’s done. It couldn’t
have ended at a better time.
There’s no greater feeling
than getting to watch all
these seniors and send
[See Sondheimer, D7]
Steve Dykes Getty Images
TODD GURLEY and the Rams suddenly are running away with the division after Gurley rushed for a season-high 152 yards and
Kobe returns to Staples for jersey
retirement but he never really left
By Tania Ganguli
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
KOBE BRYANT , who had 60 points in his last game,
will have Lakers fans on their feet again Monday.
Toward the end of Kobe
Bryant’s career, Rob Pelinka
decided he had to save Bryant from himself, and, well,
save himself from Bryant.
So he pulled out a copy of
the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement and
scoured the uniform player
contract for language that
would keep Bryant from
jumping out of an airplane
with a parachute, and forcing his agent to do it too.
Pelinka found it.
So Bryant got wiser the
next time. Shortly after his
retirement, the two set out
on a helicopter ride and Bryant didn’t tell Pelinka of his
daredevil plan. Bryant and
the pilot looked at each
other and Bryant nodded
subtly.
Suddenly, to Pelinka’s
horror,
the
helicopter
zoomed into military maneuvers designed to terrify
the passengers, with the
coup de grace coming near
the end when the pilot shut
off the engine in midair.
“My life was flashing before my eyes,” Pelinka said.
“I almost had a heart attack.
Kobe’s just sitting there
calm and collected.”
The helicopter floated
toward the ground. After a
few moments of thrill/panic,
the pilot turned the engine
back on and brought the two
old friends to safety.
These kinds of experi[See Bryant, D3]
Make room
in the rafters
The Lakers will be retiring
both of Kobe Bryant’s
numbers, 8 and 24, at a
halftime ceremony during
the team’s game tonight
against Golden State at
Staples Center: The other
numbers retired by the
team:
No. Player
13 Wilt Chamberlain
22 Elgin Baylor
25 Gail Goodrich
32 Magic Johnson
33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
34 Shaquille O’Neal
42 James Worthy
44 Jerry West
52 Jamaal Wilkes
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MEN
at Montana 77, UC Riverside 61: The Highlanders (3-7) gave
up the first nine points and never challenged the Grizzlies
(6-4). DJ Sylvester scored 18 points for Riverside.
at Eastern Washington 86, Cal State Northridge 58: Tavrio
Dawson scored 16 points, but the Matadors (1-9) lost their
ninth game in a row. Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 16 points and
grabbed 11 rebounds for the Eagles (4-8).
at Washington 80, Loyola Marymount 78: Jaylen Nowell
scored 21 points and Noah Dickerson added 20 as the
Huskies (8-3) held off the Lions (5-5). James Batemon scored
a season-high 30 points for Loyola.
WOMEN
No. 11 UCLA 77, at Seton Hall 68: Monique Billings scored 17
points and Kelli Hayes added 15 for the Bruins (8-2). Donnaizha Fountain scored a career-high 23 for the Pirates (7-3).
North Carolina passed
the kind of road challenge it
wanted to face before starting Atlantic Coast Conference competition.
Kenny Williams made a
go-ahead three-pointer with
35 seconds left as the seventh-ranked Tar Heels rallied past No. 20 Tennessee
78-73 Sunday.
This was the first game
North Carolina (10-1) played
all season that was decided
by a single-digit margin.
Even its lone loss of the season was a 63-45 blowout
against No. 2 Michigan
State.
“This will be good for us,”
Williams said. “Every game
in the ACC is like that. To
have this experience and
know we can pull it out, I
think it will come in handy
down the road.”
North Carolina capitalized on a 9-0 run in the final minute to win for the fifth
straight time and ended
Thompson-Boling Arena’s
hex on defending national
champions.
Tennessee (7-2) had won
each of the last five times it
had hosted a defending national champion, a string
that included victories over
Connecticut (in January
2012), Florida (February
2007 and February 2008) and
Kentucky (February 1999
and February 2013).
“We always say we need a
game like this to help us later
on down the road,” said
North Carolina’s Joel Berry
II, who scored 21 points. “We
hadn’t had a game like this.
For us to be able to thrive in
this situation and be able to
get the momentum back on
our side was a great thing. It
was all about the defensive
end. We got stops.”
Luke Maye and Williams
added 15 points each for
North
Carolina.
Grant
Williams scored 15 points to
lead five Tennessee players
in double figures.
Tennessee led by as many
as nine points in the second
half and was ahead 70-67 before North Carolina took
control down the stretch.
at No. 5 Arizona State 76,
Vanderbilt 64: Tra Holder
Rick Scuteri Associated Press
ARIZONA STATE’S Remy Martin goes to the basket against Vanderbilt in the
first half. Martin scored six points and the Sun Devils remained unbeaten.
scored 25 points, Shannon
Evans II added 15 and the
Sun Devils overcame a dismal start to beat the Commodores.
Arizona State was coming off a victory last week
over then-No. 2 Kansas that
sent the Sun Devils to their
highest ranking in 36 years.
The Sun Devils (10-0)
looked nothing like the team
that won at Allen Fieldhouse
in the opening minutes
against Vanderbilt (3-7), falling into a 13-0 hole as they
there was no stopping the
Sun Devils.
Top 25 scores
No. 5 Arizona State
Vanderbilt
76
64
No. 7 North Carolina
No. 20 Tennessee
78
73
No. 21 Baylor
Savannah State
118
86
tossed balls out of bounds
and directly to the Commodores. Once they got rolling,
at No. 21 Baylor 118, Savannah State 86: Jo-Lual
Acuil had career highs with
31 points and 20 rebounds
and the Bears had a 21-0
first-half run to rout the Tigers. Manu Lecomte added
25 points for Baylor (9-2),
King McClure had 19, Nuni
Omot 18, and Mark Vital 12.
Dexter McClanahan led Savannah State (3-7) with 22
points.
Metu contributes 31 points
[USC, from D1]
with sophomore forward
Nick Rakocevic on a perfect
pick-and-roll for the game’s
first basket. Rakocevic added a hook after a Santa Barbara three-pointer.
The teams exchanged
baskets before Jonah Mathews drilled a three-pointer
in the corner and Chimezie
Metu knocked in two free
throws.
USC (6-3) soon stretched
its lead to eight points on an
Elijah Stewart three-pointer
in transition, as freshman
forward Jordan Usher dived
through the lane, then flung
a ball to Stewart in the corner. The senior’s shot has never developed into something resembling an NBA
swingman’s, but at this level
it is functional.
The lead lengthened into
double digits before 12 minutes had elapsed. It did not
stay that way, USC lapsing
on free throws and Metu taking an elbow to his head near
the basket. Blood pouring
from his temple, he missed
the final five minutes of the
first half and received
stitches. The Trojans then
strung together two quick
three-pointers and a few
runners, headed for their
locker room the owners of a
52-33 lead. It was an imperfect half, but it was impossible to quibble with the results.
Back for the second half,
Metu swished consecutive
three-pointers and nodded
his head toward Santa Barbara defenders, secure in his
knowledge that he was far
more skilled at the game
they were playing. The Gauchos did not relent and
sliced the Trojans’ lead to 12
points halfway through the
period, where the score generally stayed thereafter.
Metu logged the game’s
second-most
superlative
stat line, with a career-high
31 points and three converted three-pointers. Rakocevic registered 12 points
and 12 rebounds, his second
career and second consecutive double-double.
McLaughlin
had
10
points and only two turn-
overs. He’s scoring and assisting more than ever before while cutting his turnovers. His assist-turnover
ratio is now more than four
to one.
“To have that many assists and so few turnovers,”
Enfield said, “he’s just been
so good all season long.”
Though Santa Barbara
brought an 8-2 record into
the game, the Gauchos
could not contend with the
Trojans’ size. And that was
with Bennie Boatwright,
USC’s burliest player, out
because of a plantar wart on
his right foot. USC was also
without Derryck Thornton,
who’s nursing a shoulder injury,
and
De’Anthony
Melton, who continues to be
held out because of an FBI
probe in a bribery and corruption case.
Max
Heidegger
(17
points), Gary Vincent (17)
and Leland King II (15)
paced Santa Barbara, as
they have all season. Heideg-
USC 98, UC SANTA BARBARA 87
UC SANTA BARBARA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Canty ...............20 3-5 6-7 1-1 0 3 12
King .................35 6-16 0-0 1-7 0 2 15
Heidegger..........34 5-14 3-5 1-3 4 2 17
Jackson ............28 4-8 0-0 0-1 5 1 9
Vincent .............33 7-12 0-0 0-0 6 3 17
Lakoju ..............19 2-4 0-0 3-7 0 2 4
Terrell ...............19 3-4 0-0 0-0 3 2 6
Blackmon............4 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 5
Hart ...................4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Kupchak .............3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Davis..................2 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 1 2
Totals
32-65 11-14 6-23 19 19 87
Shooting: Field goals, 49.2%; free throws, 78.6%
Three-point goals: 12-29 (Heidegger 4-9, King 3-7,
Vincent 3-8, Blackmon 1-1, Jackson 1-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 7 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots:
3 (Lakoju 2, Kupchak). Turnovers: 7 (Heidegger 6, King).
Steals: 6 (Jackson 2, Heidegger, King, Kupchak, Vincent). Technical Fouls: None.
USC
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Metu ................29 11-16 6-8 2-5 1 4 31
Rakocevic..........26 6-10 0-0 4-12 1 2 12
Mathews ...........31 6-11 0-0 2-5 1 1 16
McLaughlin........40 4-10 0-2 1-4 19 2 10
Stewart .............38 7-12 2-2 2-5 3 2 19
Usher ...............19 3-4 1-2 1-3 3 1 8
Aaron ...............10 1-1 0-2 1-3 0 3 2
O’Bannon............5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Uyaelunmo ..........2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Henderson ..........-- 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Karis ..................-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
38-67 9-16 13-37 27 16 98
Shooting: Field goals, 56.7%; free throws, 56.3%
Three-point goals: 13-26 (Mathews 4-7, Metu 3-5,
Stewart 3-7, McLaughlin 2-4, Usher 1-1, O’Bannon
0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 10 (9 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 2 (Mathews, Stewart). Turnovers: 10
(McLaughlin 3, Rakocevic 3, Aaron 2, Metu, Stewart).
Steals: 5 (McLaughlin 3, Metu, Stewart). Technical
Fouls: None.
UC Santa Barbara
33 54— 87
USC
52 46— 98
ger, a sophomore guard,
hails from Malibu. His father
was once an Austrian alpine
skier, his mother the heiress
to Kiehl’s, a cosmetics company sold to L’Oreal for an
estimated $100 million in
2000.
The Oaks Christian graduate is the Gauchos’ top
scorer.
UP NEXT
Tuesday vs. Princeton, 8
p.m., Galen Center, Pac-12
Networks — The Tigers
played Butler and Brigham
Young close to start the season, but lost both. They've
lost six times in 10 tries.
pedro.moura@latimes.com
Twitter: @pedromoura
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Kansas State by 2
Independence: Southern Miss. vs. Florida St.
Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m., ESPN
Florida St by 161⁄2
Pinstripe: Iowa vs. Boston College
Dec. 27, 2:15 p.m., ESPN
Iowa by 3
Foster Farms: Arizona vs. Purdue
Dec. 27, 5:30 p.m., Ch. 11
Arizona by 4
Texas: Texas vs. Missouri
Dec. 27, 6 p.m., ESPN
Missouri by 21⁄2
Military: Virginia vs. Navy
Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m., ESPN
Navy by 11⁄2
Camping World: Virginia Tech vs. Okla. St.
Dec. 28, 2:15 p.m., ESPN
Okla. State by 4
Alamo: Stanford vs. Texas Christian
Dec. 28, 6 p.m., ESPN
TCU by 21⁄2
Holiday: Washington State vs. Michigan State
Dec. 28, 6 p.m., FS1
Wash. State by 2
Belk: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
Dec. 29, 10 a.m., ESPN
Wake Forest by 3
Sun: North Carolina State vs. Arizona State
Dec. 29, Noon, Ch. 2
N.C. State by 61⁄2
Music City: Kentucky vs. Northwestern
Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Northwestern by 7
Arizona: Utah State vs. New Mexico State
Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m., CBSSN Utah State by 4
Cotton: USC vs. Ohio State
Dec. 29. 5:30 p.m., ESPN
TaxSlayer: Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec. 30, 9 a.m., ESPN
Louisville by 7
Liberty: Iowa State vs. Memphis
Dec. 30, 9:30 a.m., Ch. 7
Memphis by 31⁄2
Ohio State by 71⁄2
Fiesta: Washington vs. Penn State
Dec. 30, 1 p.m., ESPN
Penn State by 2
Orange: Wisconsin vs. Miami
Dec. 30, 5 p.m., ESPN
Wisconsin by 61⁄2
Outback: Michigan vs. South Carolina
Jan. 1, 9 a.m., ESPN2
Michigan by 71⁄2
Peach: Central Florida vs. Auburn
Jan. 1, 9:30 a.m., ESPN
Auburn by 91⁄2
Citrus: Notre Dame vs. Louisiana State
Jan. 1, 10 a.m., Ch. 7
LSU by 3
Rose: Georgia vs. Oklahoma
Jan. 1, 2 p.m., ESPN
Georgia by 2
Sugar: Alabama vs. Clemson
Jan. 1, 5:45 p.m., ESPN
Alabama by 3
College Football Championship
Jan. 8, 5 p.m., ESPN
Odds through Saturday
Results
Celebration: N.C. A&T 21, Grambling 14
New Mexico: Marshall 31, Colorado State 28
Las Vegas: Boise State 38, Oregon 28
Camellia: Middle Tenn. 35, Arkansas State 30
Cure: Georgia State 27, Western Kentucky 17
New Orleans: Troy 50, North Texas 30
MONDAY , DEC EMB ER 18, 2017
L AT I ME S . CO M/ S P O RT S
D3
NBA
CLIPPERS REPORT
STANDINGS
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be
determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top
eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the topseeded team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team
would play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of
several tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Houston
2. Golden State
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Denver
5. Portland
7. New Orleans
8. Oklahoma City
W
24
23
20
17
16
16
15
14
L
4
6
10
13
13
13
15
15
PCT GB
.857
.793 11⁄2
.667 5
.567 8
.552 81⁄2
.552 81⁄2
.500 10
.483 101⁄2
9. Utah
10. CLIPPERS
11. LAKERS
12. Phoenix
13. Sacramento
14. Memphis
15. Dallas
14
11
10
10
9
9
8
16
17
17
21
20
21
22
.467
.393
.370
.323
.310
.300
.267
1
⁄2
21⁄2
3
5
5
51⁄2
61⁄2
L10
10-0
9-1
7-3
5-5
5-5
5-5
4-6
6-4
Rk.
S1
P1
S2
N1
N3
N2
S3
N4
5-5
4-6
3-7
3-7
4-6
2-8
3-7
N5
P2
P3
P4
P5
S4
S5
Rk.
A1
C1
A2
C3
C2
A3
C4
S1
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Boston
2. Cleveland
3. Toronto
4. Detroit
4. Indiana
6. New York
7. Milwaukee
8. Washington
W
25
23
20
17
17
16
15
16
L
7
8
8
13
13
13
13
14
PCT
.781
.742
.714
.567
.567
.552
.536
.533
GB L10
7-3
11⁄2 9-1
3
9-1
7
3-7
7
6-4
71⁄2 6-4
8
6-4
8
5-5
9. Miami
10. Philadelphia
11. Brooklyn
12. Orlando
13. Charlotte
14. Chicago
15. Atlanta
15
14
11
11
10
8
6
14
14
18
20
19
20
23
.517
.500
.379
.355
.345
.286
.207
1
⁄2
1
41⁄2
51⁄2
51⁄2
7
91⁄2
5-5
3-7
4-6
3-7
2-8
5-5
2-8
S2
A4
A5
S3
S4
C5
S5
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at LAKERS
at San Antonio
at Charlotte
Boston
Miami
Philadelphia
at Oklahoma City
at Houston
at Minnesota
at Dallas
Line
OFF
111⁄2
OFF
2
21⁄2
11⁄2
51⁄2
OFF
OFF
61⁄2
Underdog
Golden State
CLIPPERS
New York
at Indiana
at Atlanta
at Chicago
Denver
Utah
Portland
Phoenix
Time
7:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
RESULTS
James’ triple-double
sparks the Cavaliers
CLEVELAND 106
WASHINGTON 99
LeBron James had 20 points, 15
assists and 12 rebounds to lead the
Cleveland Cavaliers past the
Washington Wizards 106-99 on
Sunday night for their 18th victory
in 19 games.
James had his fourth tripledouble in the last five games despite being called for four fouls in
the final quarter. Kevin Love had 25
points and nine rebounds for the
Cavaliers.
Bradley Beal led Washington
with 27 points, and John Wall had
15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes in his third game
back after sitting out nine games
because of an injured left knee.
In a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders, neither team
led by more than seven points until
Wall turned the ball over, leading to
a fastbreak for James, who was
fouled and completed the threepoint play to put the Cavaliers
ahead 103-94.
James overtook Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place all time in made
field goals and tied Nick Van Exel
for 24th all time in most threepointers.
He played the first half wearing
one black shoe and one white,
reading “equality” in gold capital
letters.
at Detroit 114, Orlando 110: Reggie
Bullock scored a career-high 20
points and the Pistons tied a franchise record with 17 three-point
baskets. Detroit nearly let the
game slip away when the Magic
went on a 19-0 run to cut the lead to
five points late in the fourth quarter. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points
and 14 rebounds for the Magic,
Mario Hezonja scored 28 points
and Jonathon Simmons had 23.
Indiana 109, at Brooklyn 97: Victor
Oladipo scored 26 points, Domantas Sabonis had 17 and the Pacers
sent the Nets to their third consecutive defeat. Quincy Acy, Caris
LeVert and Joe Harris each had 14
points for Brooklyn. Indiana has
won 13 of its last 17 regular-season
games against the Nets dating to
2003, incuding the last five.
at Toronto 108, Sacramento 93:
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points,
Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points
and a season-high 16 rebounds,
and the Raptors won at home for
the ninth consecutive time. The
Raptors are an NBA-best 11-1 at
home. Bogdan Bogdanovic and
Garrett Temple each scored 18
points for the Kings, who are a
league-worst 4-13 on the road.
— associated press
Pistons 114, Magic 110
Teodosic is eager to play more
By Broderick Turner
SAN ANTONIO — The Clippers
are starting to learn that Milos Teodosic can deliver in the game’s most
tense moments.
They are beginning to see that
Teodosic is willing to step into the
void when the game hangs in the balance.
On a night when his shot betrayed
him through the first three quarters,
Teodosic refused to back away when
the Clippers needed someone to provide a lift against the Miami Heat on
Saturday night.
Teodosic did, making half of his
eight shots in the fourth quarter,
putting the Clippers in position to
win the game.
“Milos is a gamer,” Clippers coach
Doc Rivers said after the game. “At
the end of the game, he’s going to
make big plays for you. He did it the
other night. I just feel for him because
he gets it going, we play him for two
games and then we sit him a game.”
That’s perhaps the biggest challenge for the Clippers right now.
Teodosic had been out for 22
games recovering from a plantar fascia injury to his left foot.
He played in the first two games
against the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic, but Teodosic was held
out for rest against the Washington
Wizards on Friday night.
Perhaps the limited minutes contributed to his timing being off
against the Heat.
For the game, Teodosic was five
for 14 from the field, two for 10 from
three-point range.
But he was a different player in
the fourth quarter.
His basket pulled the Clippers to
within 75-74.
His three-pointer with 6 minutes
11 seconds left gave the Clippers a 7775 lead, leading to Teodosic pumping
his fist.
That’s what the Clippers are
learning Teodosic can do in the
clutch.
Now they just have to find a way to
get him more playing time.
DETROIT
Joe Skipper Associated Press
MILOS TEODOSIC is making big plays in return from an injury.
“He’s on this minutes restriction
that’s driving him crazy,” Rivers said.
“I’m good with it. But it does, it
throws him off. So, as it goes on, he’ll
be able to go a couple more minutes
and I think that will help him as well.”
Seeking better execution
The next step for the Clippers in
these close games is execution.
They keep staying in the game
late, but have not been able to close
out enough of the games with a win.
Against the Heat, the Clippers
turned the ball over six times in the
fourth quarter.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re getting
pretty close,” Rivers said about executing better. “But clearly with
some of your young guys, I don’t
think young guys understand how
important it is in execution and
things like that. I honestly don’t expect them to right away. I think that’s
asking a lot. So what I’m asking them
to do is play hard, try to listen and
play to win. And if we can do those
things, we have a chance to win.”
Rivers to return
After missing the last two games
while under the NBA’s concussion
protocol, Austin Rivers said he plans
to play against San Antonio on Monday night.
Rivers suffered the concussion
against the Magic on Wednesday
night and didn’t play at Washington
and Miami.
“I’ll be back and ready to play,”
Rivers said. “I’m good to go.”
TONIGHT
AT SAN ANTONIO
When: 5:30 PST.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio:
570.
Update: DeAndre Jordan, who is second in the NBA in rebounding (14.9),
has had five 20-plus rebound games,
which lead the NBA. Spurs All-Star
forward Kawhi Leonard is back from
a right quadriceps injury.
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Lakers to honor a legend
[Bryant, from D1]
ences are common for Bryant and
Pelinka. Their relationship is just one
way the Lakers and Bryant remain
intertwined since his retirement at
the end of the 2015-16 season. On Monday at Staples Center, at halftime of
the Lakers’ game against the Golden
State Warriors, the team will retire
both jerseys he wore, Nos. 8 and 24,
during his 20-year career.
Since Bryant retired in April 2016,
he might have physically been gone
from Staples Center, but he never
really left. Now there will be a new reminder there every day of what he
meant to the Lakers.
“It’s the organization that I grew
up loving,” Bryant said. “I studied the
history of it ever since I was a little
kid. I’m fully aware of the jerseys that
get retired up there. … I’ve just been
very, very fortunate to play with an
organization that we’ve just been
with each other for the entire ride. To
have this day come, I’m just very
thankful that I’ve been drafted to
such a class-act organization.”
Bryant heard the news of his jersey retirement through his public relations manager, Molly Carter.
His response?
“Holy [expletive],” Bryant said.
And his response when he heard
the Lakers planned to retire both jerseys?
“Holy [expletive],” Bryant said.
It’s a fitting gesture for a player
whose presence permeates the organization. Winning five NBA championships can do that. As the years
passed and the eras of Lakers
basketball changed, Bryant remained.
In his later years his symbolism
became even greater than his presence on the court. He turned teammates into giddy fans — just as some
of them were as kids.
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr.
remembers Bryant strolling into the
practice facility during the summer
of 2015.
Nance was a rookie playing
pickup with his new teammates
when the whole gym froze. He describes the moment like a child might
describe meeting his favorite player.
“It was just kind of like, ‘Oh my
God. We’re on the same team as Kobe!’ ” Nance said.
Nance remembers fellow rookie
D’Angelo Russell playing it cool. He
remembers Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, who already had played
with Bryant, not having much of a reaction.
“But for me and Anthony Brown
who had zero shame, [we thought],
‘Oh my God!’ ” Nance said. “We’re in
the locker room, like ... ‘Oh this is so
cool.’ But that aura, that swagger
that you saw on TV is exactly what he
is in person.”
Bryant also made sure Nance
knew who the boss was. There was
one famous moment during Nance’s
rookie year when Bryant emerged
from the locker room and needed a
seat on the bench, so Nance was banished to the floor.
Bryant was feted for most of his fi-
ORLANDO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Hezonja......31 10-18 0-0 0-6 2 3 28
Simmons ....36 10-19 3-6 2-6 7 1 23
Vucevic.......36 10-20 0-0 3-14 7 2 24
Mack .........27 1-1 0-0 0-2 2 0 2
Payton........31 6-7 1-2 0-0 7 4 15
Augustin .....29 2-9 6-7 0-1 1 5 12
Isaac .........16 0-4 1-2 1-2 0 1 1
Iwundu.......13 2-5 0-0 2-5 1 0 5
Biyombo .....12 0-2 0-0 0-3 0 0 0
Artis ............5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
41-85 11-17 8-40 27 16 110
Shooting: Field goals, 48.2%; free throws,
64.7%
Three-point goals: 17-33 (Hezonja 8-12, Vucevic 4-6, Payton 2-3, Augustin 2-7, Iwundu 1-2,
Simmons 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 16 (25 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Vucevic 2,
Biyombo). Turnovers: 16 (Augustin 3, Payton 3,
Simmons 3, Hezonja 2, Isaac 2, Vucevic 2,
Iwundu). Steals: 6 (Hezonja 3, Iwundu, Simmons,
Vucevic). Technical Fouls: None.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bullock.......30 8-10 0-0 0-5 0 1 20
Harris.........24 7-17 0-0 1-3 1 0 17
Drummond .29 5-10 2-2 2-6 2 3 12
Jackson......25 7-15 0-0 0-3 6 3 17
Kennard .....14 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 1 3
Johnson......30 1-5 4-6 1-6 5 3 7
Tolliver........23 5-7 2-2 0-2 2 1 17
Smith.........22 2-6 0-0 1-4 6 3 4
Galloway.....20 3-9 5-6 0-1 0 0 11
Moreland....18 3-4 0-0 2-8 3 2 6
Marjanovic ....0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
42-88 13-16 7-39 27 17 114
Shooting: Field goals, 47.7%; free throws,
81.3%
Three-point goals: 17-34 (Tolliver 5-7, Bullock
4-6, Harris 3-5, Jackson 3-7, Kennard 1-1, Johnson 1-3, Galloway 0-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Team
Turnovers: 13 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Drummond 2, Kennard). Turnovers: 13 (Jackson 6, Harris 2, Tolliver 2, Johnson, Moreland, Smith). Steals:
11 (Galloway 3, Harris 2, Johnson 2, Bullock,
Drummond, Kennard, Moreland). Technical Fouls:
None.
Orlando
23 20 36 31— 110
Detroit
36 24 36 18— 114
A—16,312. T—2:07. O—Ray Acosta, Bill
Spooner, Ben Taylor
Raptors 108, Kings 93
SACRAMENTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Carter ........25 2-5 0-0 1-1 2 5 4
Koufos .......25 3-9 0-0 2-6 4 4 6
Cauly-Stn....33 5-9 2-2 0-6 4 2 12
Hill ............33 6-11 0-2 0-1 5 1 16
Temple .......27 6-13 4-4 0-2 2 3 18
Bogdanovic .28 7-10 0-0 1-3 5 0 18
Hield..........17 3-8 0-0 1-2 1 1 7
Mason........14 3-6 0-0 0-4 2 0 6
Jackson......13 1-4 0-0 0-3 0 1 2
Papagiannis 11 2-4 0-0 1-4 0 1 4
Labissiere .....9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals
38-81 6-8 6-32 25 19 93
Shooting: Field goals, 46.9%; free throws,
75.0%
Three-point goals: 11-26 (Bogdanovic 4-7, Hill
4-7, Temple 2-7, Hield 1-2, Jackson 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 15 (13 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 9 (Carter 3, Cauley-Stein 2,
Koufos, Labissiere, Papagiannis, Temple). Turnovers: 15 (Hield 3, Temple 3, Bogdanovic 2, Hill 2,
Carter, Cauley-Stein, Jackson, Koufos, Papagiannis). Steals: 9 (Koufos 2, Bogdanovic, Carter,
Hield, Hill, Jackson, Labissiere, Temple).
TORONTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anunoby .....29 4-8 0-0 1-3 0 2 11
Miles .........21 3-9 2-2 0-1 0 2 10
Valanciunas 27 3-10 7-8 8-16 2 1 13
DeRozan.....33 6-17 9-12 0-1 5 1 21
Lowry .........32 5-11 2-2 0-5 7 1 16
VanVleet .....22 3-4 0-0 0-6 4 1 7
Powell ........21 5-5 2-2 0-1 1 3 14
Poeltl .........20 4-6 1-2 1-4 0 2 9
Siakam ......18 1-9 0-0 2-8 1 0 2
Wright ........13 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 0 5
Totals
36-85 23-28 12-46 20 13 108
Shooting: Field goals, 42.4%; free throws,
82.1%
Three-point goals: 13-30 (Lowry 4-8, Anunoby
3-6, Powell 2-2, Miles 2-7, VanVleet 1-1, Wright
1-2, DeRozan 0-1, Valanciunas 0-1, Siakam 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 12 (3 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 9 (Siakam 3, Valanciunas 3,
DeRozan 2, Powell). Turnovers: 12 (Wright 3,
DeRozan 2, Lowry 2, Powell 2, Poeltl, Valanciunas,
VanVleet). Steals: 8 (Wright 3, Anunoby 2, Lowry 2,
Miles). .
Sacramento
30 33 14 16— 93
Toronto
35 26 22 25— 108
A—19,800. T—2:06. O—Ron Garretson, JB
DeRosa, Tony Brown
Pacers 109, Nets 97
INDIANA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bogdanovic .28 4-8 0-0 0-5 2 1 9
T.Young.......30 2-6 1-2 1-3 1 3 5
Turner.........32 7-11 2-2 0-6 2 3 16
Collison......34 6-10 1-2 1-4 7 3 14
Oladipo ......40 9-14 4-5 0-7 3 3 26
Joseph .......30 5-7 4-4 1-6 3 2 15
Sabonis......21 7-13 3-4 3-8 1 4 17
Stephenson 16 3-6 0-0 0-4 2 0 7
Poythress......5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals
43-76 15-19 6-43 21 20 109
Shooting: Field goals, 56.6%; free throws,
78.9%
Three-point goals: 8-18 (Oladipo 4-6, Collison
1-1, Joseph 1-2, Stephenson 1-2, Bogdanovic 1-4,
Turner 0-1, T.Young 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team
Turnovers: 15 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Sabonis
3, Turner 2, Joseph, Poythress). Turnovers: 15 (Turner 4, Sabonis 3, Bogdanovic 2, Oladipo 2, T.Young
2, Joseph, Stephenson). Steals: 6 (Collison 2, T.Young 2, Oladipo, Turner). Technical Fouls: None.
BROOKLYN
Paul Morse Los Angeles Times
KOBE BRYANT’S No. 8, which he wore while winning three titles
in a row with Shaquille O’Neal, will be retired along with his No. 24.
nal season after announcing his retirement on Nov. 29, 2015. He finished
his career with a 60-point outburst in
a nationally televised win over the
Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016. Then he
left, but he didn’t really.
The locker he’d inhabited was still
his locker. When bequeathed to
Brandon Ingram, it came with
weight.
“Every day I go into the tunnel, I
think about how blessed I am to be in
this position, how this guy spent 20
years in the same position,” Ingram
said. “I have to say it’s an honor.”
But the most direct connection
between Bryant and the Lakers isn’t
on the basketball court anymore.
Bryant doesn’t even watch every
Lakers game these days — he
watches what he can when he isn’t
shuttling his daughters to their afterschool activities, or working on building the studio to produce his new media ventures.
His most direct connection to the
organization is Pelinka, the Lakers
general manager, who came highly
recommended for that position by
Bryant.
“Rob is the godfather to our
daughter Gianna,” Bryant said. “We
live down the street from each other.
He and I are talking all the time.
That’s just the relationship we have.”
Said Pelinka: “He’s one of my best
friends. I always say to people: ‘How
often do you talk to your best
friends?’ I talk to him a lot.”
They talk about their families and
their young children. They talk about
movies and books — Bryant recently
gave Pelinka a copy of “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, with
whom Bryant recently had dinner.
Bryant will send video of his daughter Gianna’s basketball games, and
show him how the girls are executing
the triangle offense.
And of course, they’ll talk about
the Lakers.
“When two friends chat you naturally get advice,” Pelinka said. “There
are moments [of that] on both sides.
He’ll continue to call me for advice on
things that pop up for him and of
course I’ll do the same.”
TONIGHT
VS. GOLDEN STATE
When: 7:30.
Where: Staples Center.
On Air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet,
Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Update: The Golden State Warriors
narrowly escaped the Lakers the last
time the teams met at Staples Center
on Nov. 30. This time they’ll be without injured stars Stephen Curry (ankle) and Draymond Green (shoulder).
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Carroll........22 1-6 0-0 0-4 2 3 2
Hlls-Jffrsn....30 2-10 4-4 3-6 3 2 9
Zeller .........21 5-9 2-3 2-4 0 2 13
Crabbe.......29 5-8 3-3 0-0 3 2 17
Dinwiddie ...24 1-6 3-3 0-3 9 2 5
LeVert ........31 6-11 2-5 1-4 3 0 14
Harris.........25 6-11 0-0 0-1 3 2 14
Acy............22 5-10 0-0 0-2 0 2 14
Allen ..........17 3-5 3-3 1-5 0 1 9
Stauskas ....15 0-5 0-0 0-0 3 1 0
Totals
34-81 17-21 7-29 26 17 97
Shooting: Field goals, 42.0%; free throws,
81.0%
Three-point goals: 12-33 (Crabbe 4-6, Acy 4-7,
Harris 2-5, Zeller 1-1, Hollis-Jefferson 1-2, LeVert
0-2, Stauskas 0-2, Carroll 0-3, Dinwiddie 0-5).
Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 9 (13 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 2 (Acy, Hollis-Jefferson). Turnovers:
9 (Crabbe 3, Hollis-Jefferson 2, Allen, Harris, LeVert, Zeller). Steals: 7 (LeVert 3, Acy, Crabbe, Dinwiddie, Hollis-Jefferson). Technical Fouls: team,
3:59 fourth.
Indiana
28 31 21 29— 109
Brooklyn
29 19 24 25— 97
A—13,934. O—Jonathan Sterling, Bennie
Adams, Marc Davis
Cavaliers 106, Wizards 99
CLEVELAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Crowder......23 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 3 7
James ........40 8-23 2-3 2-12 15 4 20
Love...........33 9-20 2-2 0-9 0 2 25
Calderon.....19 3-4 0-0 0-4 2 0 7
JR Smith.....28 3-9 0-0 0-9 1 3 7
Green.........28 5-12 4-5 2-5 2 0 15
Korver ........23 4-6 2-2 0-1 2 1 11
Osman .......17 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 5
Thompson...16 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4
Frye .............7 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 5
Totals
41-87 10-12 4-42 24 16 106
Shooting: Field goals, 47.1%; free throws,
83.3%
Three-point goals: 14-34 (Love 5-8, James 2-7,
Calderon 1-1, Osman 1-1, Crowder 1-2, Frye 1-2,
Korver 1-2, Green 1-4, JR Smith 1-7). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 9 (6 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Green 2, JR Smith, James). Turnovers: 9
(James 6, Calderon, JR Smith, Love). Steals: 6 (JR
Smith 2, Calderon, Korver, Love, Osman). Technical Fouls: JR Smith, 7:41 first.
WASHINGTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Morris ........27 4-10 1-2 2-7 0 3 10
Oubre Jr......31 4-8 2-2 1-8 3 4 11
Gortat ........23 3-5 1-4 4-9 1 1 7
Beal...........43 10-27 3-4 0-5 5 2 27
Wall ...........31 6-16 1-2 2-10 6 0 15
Scott..........32 8-14 0-0 2-4 4 4 19
Satoransky..25 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 2
Mahinmi.....12 2-3 1-2 1-2 0 3 5
Meeks........12 1-4 0-0 0-3 1 0 3
Totals
39-91 9-16 13-51 20 18 99
Shooting: Field goals, 42.9%; free throws,
56.3%
Three-point goals: 12-33 (Beal 4-13, Scott 3-7,
Wall 2-5, Morris 1-1, Meeks 1-2, Oubre Jr. 1-4,
Satoransky 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 10 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Wall 2, Beal,
Mahinmi, Scott). Turnovers: 10 (Wall 3, Oubre Jr. 2,
Beal, Gortat, Mahinmi, Morris, Scott). Steals: 4
(Scott 2, Morris, Wall). Technical Fouls: Morris,
2:05 first
Cleveland
27 33 23 23— 106
Washington
23 37 23 16— 99
A—20,356. T—2:03. O—Josh Tiven, Mike Callahan, Kevin Cutler
D4
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LAT IMES. C OM/ SP ORT S
NFL WEEK 15: RAMS 42, SEAHAWKS 7
SUMMARY
RAMS.........................13 21
Seattle .........................0 0
6 2 —42
7 0— 7
First Quarter
RAMS — Field goal Zuerlein 36, 12:06.
Drive: 5 plays, 22 yards, 1:30. Key
plays: Gurley 14 run, Goff 8 pass to
Woods on 3rd-and-10. RAMS 3, Seattle
0.
RAMS — Field goal Zuerlein 31, 8:21.
Drive: 7 plays, 37 yards, 2:39. Key
plays: Goff 14 pass to Woods, Gurley 15
run. RAMS 6, Seattle 0.
RAMS — Gurley 1 run (Zuerlein kick),
5:57. Drive: 1 play, 1 yard, 00:03. RAMS
13, Seattle 0.
Second Quarter
RAMS — Gurley 1 run (Zuerlein kick),
8:13. Drive: 5 plays, 36 yards, 2:02. Key
plays: Gurley 10 run, Goff 15 pass to
Kupp. RAMS 20, Seattle 0.
RAMS — Woods 1 pass from Goff
(Zuerlein kick), 3:26. Drive: 7 plays, 39
yards, 4:01. Key plays: Goff 10 pass to
Gurley, Goff 12 pass to Higbee on
3rd-and-1. RAMS 27, Seattle 0.
RAMS — Gurley 57 run (Zuerlein kick),
:28. Drive: 3 plays, 47 yards, 00:51.
RAMS 34, Seattle 0.
Third Quarter
RAMS — Gurley 14 pass from Goff (kick
failed), 7:04. Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards,
3:52. Key plays: Goff 7 pass to Watkins
on 3rd-and-3, Austin 18 run. RAMS 40,
Seattle 0.
Seatle — Willson 26 pass from Wilson
(Walsh kick), 1:23. Drive: 7 plays, 77
yards, 1:48. Key plays: Wilson 15 run on
3rd-and-4, R.Quinn 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Wilson 12 run.
RAMS 40, Seattle 7.
Fourth Quarter
RAMS — Safety (Wilson intentional
grounding in end zone), 10:14. RAMS
42, Seattle 7.
TEAM STATISTICS
LAR
SEA
FIRST DOWNS ........................19
Rushing ................................10
Passing...................................9
Penalty ...................................0
THIRD DOWN EFF ................6-16
FOURTH DOWN EFF................1-3
TOTAL NET YARDS .................352
Total Plays.............................68
Avg Gain ..............................5.2
NET YARDS RUSHING ............244
Rushes .................................43
Avg per rush .........................5.7
NET YARDS PASSING .............108
Sacked-Yds lost ..................2-16
Gross-Yds passing ................124
Completed-Att...................15-23
Had Intercepted .......................1
Yards-Pass Play .....................4.3
KICKOFFS-EndZone-TB.........8-3-1
PUNTS-Avg. .....................5-42.6
Punts blocked..........................0
FGs-PATs blocked ..................0-0
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE ........180
Punt Returns.....................7-128
Kickoff Returns....................2-52
Interceptions ........................0-0
PENALTIES-Yds....................3-25
FUMBLES-Lost ......................2-0
TIME OF POSSESSION ........36:46
11
6
4
1
4-14
0-0
149
54
2.8
78
17
4.6
71
7-71
142
14-30
0
1.9
3-1-1
9-47.4
0
0-0
136
2-18
6-118
1-0
9-60
3-2
23:14
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
RUSHING: RAMS, Gurley 21-152, Brown
10-45, Austin 10-44, Mannion 2-3.
SEATTLE, Wilson 5-39, McKissic 6-20,
Davis 6-19.
PASSING: RAMS, Goff 14-21-1-120,
Mannion 1-2-0-4. SEATTLE, Wilson
14-30-0-142.
RECEIVING: RAMS, Woods 6-45, Gurley
3-28, Kupp 2-21, Watkins 2-14, Higbee
1-12, Carrier 1-4. SEATTLE, McKissic
3-38, Davis 2-20, Richardson 2-18,
Lockett 2-8, Willson 1-26, McEvoy 1-19,
Darboh 1-8, Baldwin 1-6, Graham
1-(minus 1).
PUNT RETURNS: RAMS, Cooper 7-128.
SEATTLE, Lockett 2-18.
KICKOFF RETURNS: RAMS, Cooper
2-52. SEATTLE, Lockett 6-118.
TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS: RAMS,
Donald 4-1-3, Barwin 4-1-1, Johnson
2-3-0, Robey 2-2-0, Littleton 2-2-0,
Joyner 2-1-0, Quinn 2-0-2, Peterson
2-0-0, Ogletree 1-3-0, Johnson 1-1-0,
Hill 1-0-0, Smart 1-0-0, Westbrooks
1-0-0, Christian 1-0-0, Fox 0-2-0,
Brockers 0-1-.5, Longacre 0-1-.5, Walker
0-1-0, Hager 0-1-0. SEATTLE, McDougald 7-2-0, Garvin 6-3-0, Thomas
4-4-0, Griffin 4-1-0, Wagner 3-4-0,
Maxwell 3-1-0, Jordan 2-5-1, Wilhoite
2-2-0, Jackson 2-0-0, Jefferson 2-0-0,
Lane 1-4-0, Reed 1-4-0, Richardson
1-1-0, Clark 1-0-1, Coleman 0-1-0,
Bennett 0-1-0, Smith 0-1-0.
INTERCEPTIONS: RAMS, None. SEATTLE,
Wilhoite 1-0.
FIELD GOALS MISSED: None.
Officials — Referee Ed Hochuli, Ump
Shawn Smith, HL Greg Bradley, LJ Rusty
Baynes, FJ Dale Shaw, SJ Alex Kemp, BJ
Scott Helverson, Replay Tom Sifferman.
Attendance — 69,077.
RAMS IN
SPOTLIGHT
OFFENSE
Tackles Andrew Whitworth
and Rob Havenstein. They
suffered knee injuries in last
week’s defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles, but they
came back and started
against the Seahawks and
helped Todd Gurley rush for
152 yards and three touchdowns, including one for 57
yards. They also protected
quarterback Jared Goff,
who passed for two touchdowns and was sacked only
two times.
— Gary Klein
DEFENSE
Cory Littleton took over for
injured starting linebacker
Mark Barron in the first
quarter and filled the void
admirably. Littleton, signed
as an undrafted free agent
from Washington in 2016,
made four tackles, including
one for a loss when he met
tight end Jimmy Graham in
the backfield in the first
quarter.
— Lindsey Thiry
Steve Dykes Getty Images
SEATTLE QUARTERBACK Russell Wilson tries to avoid Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Donald sacked Wilson three times.
Rams put the clamps on Wilson
They sack him seven
times and limit the
Seahawks to 149 total
yards in easy win.
By Lindsey Thiry
SEATTLE — After capitalizing on nearly every opportunity, the Rams defense
didn’t want to miss a final
one.
As the clock ticked
toward the two-minute
warning Sunday, players
gathered on the sideline and
posed for a photo to commemorate a performance
they won’t soon forget.
The Rams shut down Seattle Seahawks quarterback
Russell Wilson on their way
to a 42-7 rout at CenturyLink
Field to take a two-game
lead in the NFC West with
two games remaining on the
schedule.
“Any time you win you’re
going to be happy,” defensive
lineman Aaron Donald said.
“But any time it’s a great divisional opponent, when it’s
a usual dog fight, to come
out on top at their house is a
really good feeling.”
In their most complete
effort this season, the Rams
held the Seahawks to 149 total yards, 76 fewer than Seattle’s previous low. Five players combined to sack Wilson
seven times. The Rams had
nine quarterback hits and
forced three fumbles, recovering two.
“The overall speed of our
defense, the way they pursue
the football, the way they
tackle as a unit,” coach Sean
McVay said, “I thought that
was a big point in being able
to have the success they
did.”
Several players credited
defensive coordinator Wade
Phillips’
signature
3-4
scheme and the game plan
for their success against the
mobile Wilson.
“It was just a good combination of good coverage on
the back end and then a
good plan up front,” said
Connor Barwin, who started
after sitting out the last two
weeks because a broken
forearm. “At times, there
were guys who were able to
disrupt him and at the same
time we always had guys on
him when he tried to get out
and run.”
Wilson completed only 14
of 30 passes for 142 yards and
a touchdown. He accounted
for 39 of Seattle’s 71 rushing
yards.
Two days after calling
Donald the “best defensive
player I’ve ever played
against,” Wilson was met by
him several times in the
backfield. Donald sacked
Wilson three times and hit
him four other times.
Donald said the Seahawks left him in several
one-on-one matchups.
“You’ve got to take advantage of it,” said Donald,
who made five tackles, two
for losses.
But every defensive player contributed in the dominating effort.
For the seventh time this
season, the Rams forced a
turnover in an opening drive.
And for the second time in
three games, it was safety
Lamarcus Joyner who made
the play. Against the Arizona Cardinals, Joyner intercepted a pass.
On Sunday, he forced re-
ceiver Tanner McEvoy to
fumble after a 22-yard catch.
Linebacker Alec Ogletree recovered and the Rams’ ensuing drive ended with a field
goal for a 3-0 lead.
Joyner said that he gave a
pregame speech to inspire
the defense. “We just knew
that we had to start it fast,”
he said, adding, “I had it set
in my mind that me or someone was going to get a turnover.”
Linebacker
Robert
Quinn, who had two sacks,
said the defense could sense
the Seahawks were “flustered” after the initial turnover.
The Rams kept the pressure coming.
In the Seahawks’ second
series, defensive linemen
Michael Brockers and Matt
Longacre combined to sack
Wilson.
The
Seahawks
punted two plays later.
In the second quarter,
Quinn sacked Wilson and
forced him to fumble. Lineman Morgan Fox recovered
the ball, and the Rams converted the turnover into a
touchdown to take a 27-0
lead.
The Seahawks finished
the first half with 59 yards.
Their only points came late
in the third quarter. McVay
pulled several starters early
in the fourth.
“To be able to hold them
the way they did today, give
full credit to Wade, his staff
and the players being able to
execute,” McVay said.
Several key reserves also
made outstanding plays.
Cornerback Troy Hill
started in place of Kayvon
Webster, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury
last Sunday. Hill broke up a
deep third-down pass early
in the second quarter.
Linebacker Cory Littleton, signed as an undrafted
free agent in 2016 from Washington, replaced Mark Barron in the first quarter after
Barron suffered a knee injury. Littleton finished with
four tackles.
“I can go through everybody’s name on defense who
made plays,” Quinn said,
adding, “It’s just a great
team win.”
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Rams deliver
strong message
[Farmer, from D1]
lot of space to do things, it’s
good.”
The Rams sauntered
away with more than a
signature win. They delivered an indelible tattooing.
With games remaining at
Tennessee and at home
against San Francisco, the
Rams are perfectly capable
of doing a mind-boggling
reversal, from 4-12 to 12-4.
The NFC is looking increasingly like a mosh pit of
good-but-not-great teams,
and the Rams are squarely
in the mix. They are on track
to win the NFC West, meaning they would host a firstround playoff game, a suggestion that before the
season would have gotten
you laughed out of any
respectable establishment.
In the first three quarters of this season, the
Rams went 3-1, 3-1 and 3-1.
They are 1-1 in the fourth
quarter, with two highly
winnable games in their
path.
After each loss, the Rams
have rebounded with a win.
They fell to Washington,
then came back on a Thursday night to win at San
Francisco. They lost to
Seattle, then won at Jacksonville. Lost to Minnesota,
then beat New Orleans. The
trend continued Sunday, a
week after a wrenching
home loss to Philadelphia.
“I think it just shows how
much we believe in each
other,” quarterback Jared
Goff said. “How we don’t let
any team beat us twice.
That we don’t let something
that happened the previous
week carry into the following week. That we’re able to
flush stuff pretty quickly
and move on. It’s the sign of
a good team.”
Sunday’s thrashing was
so complete, the temptation
is to say the balance of
power has shifted in the
NFC West, from Seattle to
Los Angeles. That talk
could be premature,
though, because these
Seahawks are severely
compromised on defense.
They’re without two stars of
their secondary, Richard
Sherman and Kam Chancellor, and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was a shell
of his usual self Sunday,
hobbling around on a bum
hamstring. In the hours
before kickoff, defensive end
Frank Clark was hooked up
to an IV to get hydrated.
These were not the Seahawks we have come to
know.
Are we seeing a seismic
shift in the tectonic plates of
the division? Seattle does
have its hurdles ahead. The
once mighty Seahawks are
hamstrung by age, injuries
and burdensome contracts.
They’re going to have a hard
time keeping Earl Thomas,
Sherman and Chancellor,
three big-money members
of their secondary, and it
will be a delicate balancing
act to get this core group of
Dean Rutz Seattle Times
COACH PETE CARROLL walks the sideline during Seattle’s 42-7 loss to the
Rams, who have a two-game lead over the Seahawks in the NFC West.
players to stay together as
long as it can.
The Rams, meanwhile,
have a star quarterback and
running back who are both
23, and a trio of receivers —
Sammy Watkins, Robert
Woods, and Cooper Kupp —
who are 25 or younger. They
are the NFL’s secondyoungest team, yet play with
uncommon maturity.
Gurley put on a clinic,
punctuating his 152-yard
rushing game by scoring on
three runs and one reception. He joins Marshall
Faulk as the only players in
Rams history with at least
150 yards rushing, three
rushing touchdowns and a
receiving touchdown in the
same game.
Sunday’s was their most
complete performance of
the season, with five touchdowns by the offense, 149
yards given up by the defense, and 180 yards of returns by Pharoh Cooper. He
even fielded a punt with a
Willie Mays-style, over-theshoulder catch, an indication he was feeling especially confident.
Hekker, conversely,
barely broke a sweat with
his two punts.
“I feel fresh,” he said.
“Any time I can go an entire
half without a punt, I know
that our offense and defense
are doing a great job of
getting us the ball back in
plus territory. This doesn’t
happen here.”
The Rams did what the
Chargers failed to do Saturday night in Kansas City.
With the playoff picture
coming into focus, the Rams
slammed the door on the
fingers of a divisional bully.
By comparison, the
fingers of the Rams are just
fine. Well, most of them.
Hekker did have his right
hand packed in ice after the
game, an injury he shrugged
off.
“It’s fine,” he said with a
chuckle. “Probably highfiving too much.”
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BY THE NUMBERS
4-0
Rams’ record after a defeat.
Losses to Redskins, Seahawks,
Vikings and Eagles were followed
by wins vs. 49ers, Jaguars, Saints
and Seahawks, respectively.
7
Times the Rams defense has
forced a turnover on the first
drive this season. Seattle’s two
fumbles in the first half led to
10 points for the Rams.
6
Times the Rams scored on seven
possessions in the first half,
including a 21-point barrage in
the second quarter as they took
a 34-0 lead into halftime.
4
Touchdowns scored by league
leader Todd Gurley, who ran one
yard twice for scores, 57 yards for
another and caught a 14-yard
pass for his 17th TD of the season.
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RAMS REPORT
Cooper gets offense off and running
In the first quarter, McVay threw his red flag to
challenge a 23-yard reception by tight end Jimmy
Graham, who appeared to
fumble as he was tackled.
Officials had ruled the play a
catch but after the review,
the call was changed to an
incomplete pass.
In the fourth quarter,
Seahawks receiver Paul
Richardson appeared to
catch a short pass. McVay
challenged and the call was
reversed as officials ruled
the pass incomplete.
By Gary Klein, Lindsey
Thiry and Sam Farmer
SEATTLE — Pharoh
Cooper showed Sunday why
fans made him a leading
vote-getter as a return specialist for the Pro Bowl.
Cooper returned a punt
53 yards and consistently
gave the offense superior
field position in the Rams’
42-7 victory over the Seattle
Seahawks at CenturyLink
Field. He averaged 18.3 yards
for seven punt returns.
“All week, we expected
some big returns,” Cooper
said. “Last week [Seattle]
had a few miscues on their
punt team, so this week we
felt we could attack in that
area. The special teams unit
did a heck of a job blocking.”
The Rams led 6-0 in the
first quarter when Cooper
fielded a punt at the Rams’
46-yard line. He darted his
way through the Seahawks
before falling just short of
the end zone.
“My knee hit the ground
and the ball kind of bounced
off,” he said. “I thought I was
in for a second, but I think I
was just short.
“I’m still upset with myself.”
Cooper’s return set up
running back Todd Gurley’s
first touchdown.
In the second quarter,
Cooper set up another
touchdown drive with a 26yard return.
“I was kind of surprised,”
Cooper said of punter Jon
Ryan’s strategy not to kick
away from him. “I knew they
were going to try and kick
them short to let their cover
team get down the field a lot
faster, but he kept booting
them far and that just kept
giving us opportunities to
make more plays.”
Cooper, a second-year receiver who also returns kickoffs, took over punt returns
early in the season after
Tavon Austin muffed several kicks, and it appears he
isn’t giving the job back.
“He is getting a great feel
in terms of being able to
catch the ball clean and
understanding how to set
things up,” coach Sean McVay said. “To be able to flip
the field consistently, especially with what our punt return unit has done, has been
huge for our offense.”
Woods returns
Receiver Robert Woods
returned to the lineup after a
shoulder injury sidelined
Silencing 12th man
McVay positioned speakers on the practice field this
week to prepare for the
crowd noise at one of the
NFL’s loudest stadiums. On
Sunday the Rams were
flagged for only one falsestart penalty. Communication did not appear to be an
issue.
“When we started scoring
early and often you could
start feeling it kind of dull
down a little bit,” offensive
lineman Rodger Saffold
said.
By the fourth quarter,
with a 42-7 lead, Saffold said
the crowd wasn’t a factor.
Heads-up play
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images
PHAROH COOPER eludes Tyler Ott and the Seahawks on a 53-yard, first-quarter punt return to set up the
Rams’ first touchdown. Cooper averaged 18.3 yards for seven punt returns.
him three weeks.
Woods caught a one-yard
pass for a touchdown to give
the Rams a 27-0 lead in the
second quarter and finished
with a team-best six receptions for 45 yards.
Quarterback Jared Goff
described Woods’ return as
“big” for the offense.
“He does a lot of things
that kind of go unnoticed in
the running game and everything,” Goff said.
Less = more for Goff
Goff, who was held under
200 yards for the second
time this season in last
week’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and had a costly
fumble,
didn’t
exactly
bounce back against the
Seahawks’ stingy pass defense, but he avoided making many mistakes.
Goff completed 14 of 21
passes for a season-low 120
yards and two touchdowns,
to Woods and Gurley, with
an interception.
The interception came
on a fourth-and-one play in
the second quarter with the
Rams on the Seahawks’ 24yard line.
Safety
Bradley
McDougald tipped the pass
and linebacker Michael Wilhoite caught it.
However, Goff ’s performance was much improved
from Week 3, when he was 22
for 47 with no touchdowns
and two interceptions, for a
season-low 48.9 passer rating, in a 16-10 loss to the Seahawks.
Goff has passed for 3,503
yards and 24 touchdowns
this season, with seven interceptions.
Kupp returns home
Rookie receiver Cooper
Kupp played in front of a
hometown crowd, and several family members and
friends.
Kupp grew up in Yakima,
21⁄2 hours southeast of Seattle, and graduated from
Eastern Washington.
“It was nice to be back
here; fresh air,” Kupp said.
“It felt really good.”
Kupp dropped a short
pass on third down in the
first quarter. But in the second, he caught a short pass
and fought his way to a 15yard gain that put the Rams
at the Seahawks’ one-yard
line. Gurley scored on the
next play to take a 20-0 lead.
Kupp finished with two
catches for 21 yards. He has
caught a team-high 58 pas-
ses for 804 yards and four
touchdowns. He moved into
second place on the Rams’
all-time rookie receiving
yardage list behind Eddie
Kennison, who amassed 924
yards in 1996.
Zuerlein still in lead
Greg Zuerlein, who
kicked field goals from 36
and 31 yards and made four
of five extra points, still leads
the league with 158 points,
averaging 11.3 per game.
Zuerlein has made 38 of
40 field-goal attempts and 44
of 46 extra-point kicks this
season.
Coach McVay aces
his challenges
McVay challenged two
calls, won both and was
awarded a third challenge.
The Rams might have
lost a fumble if not for offensive tackle Rob Havenstein,
who came back from a knee
injury suffered in last week’s
loss.
On the second-to-last
play of the first half, Goff
dropped back to pass and
was stripped of the ball by
defensive end Frank Clark.
For what felt like an eternity,
but was probably only a second, the ball lay on the turf.
That’s when the 328-pound
Havenstein leaped on it like
a wrestler jumping from the
top ropes.
“The crowd was going
nuts, so I was kind of wondering what was going on behind me,” Havenstein said.
“I turned around and the
ball was kind of sitting there
perfectly still.
“I was like, ‘Is that live?’
So I just jumped on it. Had to
get to it somehow. It was like
it was happening in slow motion. You’ve got to play to the
echo of the whistle. Jump on
it and see what happens.”
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Rams can clinch division with one more win
[Rams, from D1]
Crowds at CenturyLink
Field are renowned for making so much noise, the stadium shakes. But the Rams’
victory might portend a seismic shift.
They improved to 10-4
and increased their lead in
the division to two games
over the Seahawks, the NFC
West champs three times in
the last four years.
The Rams avenged a
Week 5 loss to the Seahawks
at the Coliseum and posted
10 wins for the first time
since 2004, when they made
their last playoff appearance.
“Our guys understood it
was a big opportunity,” firstyear coach Sean McVay said.
The Rams play at Tennessee next week and then
at home against San Francisco. A win against either is
enough for their first division title in 14 years.
The Seahawks (8-6) play
at Dallas and end the season
at home against Arizona,
and would need lots of help
to make the playoffs.
Offensive
lineman
Rodger Saffold, whose block
sprung Gurley for his long
touchdown run, said it was
“tremendous” to win so convincingly in Seattle, where
teams were averaging 21
points this season and the
league’s
highest-scoring
team, the Philadelphia
Eagles, had scored just 10 in
the Seahawks’ previous
home game.
“But it kind of ends when
we leave here,” Saffold said,
“because to win the division,
we’re going to have to win another game to put it out of reach.”
The odds would seem to
be in the Rams’ favor if they
keep giving the ball to Gurley, who eclipsed 100 yards
rushing for the fifth time this
season. The third-year pro
has rushed for 1,187 yards
and scored a league-leading
17 touchdowns, statistics
worthy of most valuable
player consideration.
“It’s nice handing the ball
off and just, ‘Oh, there he
goes again,’ ” said quarterback Jared Goff, who completed 14 of 21 passes for 120
yards, two touchdowns and
an interception. “It seems to
happen more often than not,
but [Sunday] especially. Every time a running play came
in, I was like, ‘OK, we got a
good one.’ ”
After last week’s loss to
Philadelphia, when Gurley
rushed for 96 yards in only 13
carries, McVay blamed himself for not getting his star
running back more involved.
“Certainly, you don’t
want to make the same mistake again,” McVay said
Sunday.
With the Rams’ defense
harassing
Seahawks
quarterback Russell Wilson
and forcing two fumbles, and
punt
returner
Pharoh
Cooper providing the of-
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MIKE DAVIS is stopped by linebacker Connor Barwin, who was back in the line-
up as the Rams held Seattle to less than half of their total yardage, 352 to 149.
fense outstanding field position, the Rams built a 27-0
lead on two field goals, two
one-yard Gurley touchdown
runs and Goff ’s one-yard
touchdown pass to Robert
Woods, who returned with a
team-high six catches for 45
yards after missing three
games with a shoulder injury.
Then, with slightly more
than 30 seconds left in the
first half, Goff gave the ball
to Gurley.
“When I handed off, it’s
like, ‘Oh, this could go for
maybe 15, 20 [yards],’ ” Goff
said. “I turn around, and
sure enough, he put in the
extra gear he’s got and ran
right by everybody.”
Said Gurley: “It felt good
to be able to get in some
space and run one of my
longest runs since my rookie
year.”
Left
tackle
Andrew
Whitworth said getting Gurley going in a road game was
“a huge emphasis” this week.
“If we can get him to being explosive and doing
what he does to churn out
those yards, it makes the
whole offense have the opportunity to move faster and
better. He’s definitely a guy
that sets the tone for us.”
For the defense as well.
“It keeps us fresh on the
sideline and we’re able to
just kind of relax and let
them do all the work and be
fresh to get pressure on the
quarterback,”
linebacker
Alec Ogletree said. “When
you’re playing a Russell Wilson and that type of offense
that they have, you definitely
have to be fresh and be able
to sustain it.”
The Rams sacked the
usually-elusive Wilson seven
times and limited him to 142
yards passing and 39 rushing. Lineman Aaron Donald
had three sacks and linebacker Robert Quinn two for
a Rams team that has
bounced back from every defeat with a victory the next
week.
The Rams won at CenturyLink Field two years ago,
but that was during a 7-9
season. After Sunday’s win,
Rams players were quick to
point out that they must do
it consistently to be regarded as the new division
heavyweight.
But that did not make
the victory any less satisfying.
“We just knew it was matter of time before our opportunity came to come up here
and win and be on top of the
division,” Ogletree said.
A Christmas Eve victory
next week at Tennessee
would finish the job. Gurley
is eager for the opportunity.
“We got to go out there
and take care of business,”
he said, “and get a good win
for Christmas.”
gary.klein@latimes.com
Twitter: @latimesklein
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BY THE NUMBERS
180
7
18.3
352
Yards from scrimmage for
Gurley, who ran 21 times for 152
yards and caught three passes
for 28, meaning the Rams back
averaged 7.5 yards per touch.
Sacks by the Rams defense,
including three from Aaron
Donald, who has 11 to tie for sixth
among league leaders, and two
from Robert Quinn.
Average yards per punt return
for Rams’ Pharoh Cooper over
seven opportunities, including a
53-yard return to the Seattle
one-yard line to set up a TD.
Net yards for the Rams,
who more than doubled
the Seahawks’ output of 149.
The Rams averaged 5.2 yards
per play; Seattle 2.8.
RAMS (10-4) AT
TENNESSEE (8-6)
Sunday, 10 a.m. PST.
TV: Channel 11. Radio: 710.
D6
MON DAY , D E C E M BER 18, 2017
LAT IMES. C OM/ SP ORT S
NFL WEEK 15
STANDINGS
West
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
W L T Pct. PF PA NFC AFC Div.
RAMS
10 4 0 .714 438 272 7-4-0 3-0-0 4-1-0
Seattle
8 6 0 .571 321 294 6-4-0 2-2-0 4-1-0
Arizona
6 8 0 .429 246 337 3-7-0 3-1-0 2-3-0
San Francisco
4 10 0 .286 253 337 2-9-0 2-1-0 0-5-0
North
W L T Pct. PF PA NFC AFC Div.
y-Minnesota
11 3 0 .786 343 242 8-2-0 3-1-0 3-1-0
Detroit
8 6 0 .571 358 339 7-4-0 1-2-0 4-1-0
Green Bay
7 7 0 .500 309 333 5-5-0 2-2-0 2-2-0
Chicago
4 10 0 .286 234 294 1-10-0 3-0-0 0-5-0
South
W L T Pct. PF PA NFC AFC Div.
New Orleans
10 4 0 .714 401 282 7-3-0 3-1-0 3-1-0
Carolina
10 4 0 .714 331 286 6-4-0 4-0-0 2-2-0
Atlanta
8 5 0 .615 294 261 7-2-0 1-3-0 2-1-0
Tampa Bay
4 9 0 .308 264 312 2-7-0 2-2-0 0-3-0
East
W L T Pct. PF PA NFC AFC Div.
z-Philadelphia
12 2 0 .857 438 279 10-1-0 2-1-0 5-0-0
Dallas
8 6 0 .571 336 311 6-4-0 2-2-0 4-1-0
Washington
6 8 0 .429 305 359 5-6-0 1-2-0 1-4-0
New York Giants
2 12 0 .143 228 355 0-10-0 2-2-0 0-5-0
West
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
W L T Pct. PF PA AFC NFC Div.
Kansas City
8 6 0 .571 359 302 6-4-0 2-2-0 4-1-0
CHARGERS
7 7 0 .500 311 255 4-6-0 3-1-0 2-3-0
Oakland
6 8 0 .429 281 324 5-6-0 1-2-0 2-3-0
Denver
5 9 0 .357 254 328 4-7-0 1-2-0 2-3-0
North
W L T Pct. PF PA AFC NFC Div.
y-Pittsburgh
11 3 0 .786 344 278 8-2-0 3-1-0 5-0-0
Baltimore
8 6 0 .571 345 256 6-4-0 2-2-0 3-2-0
Cincinnati
5 9 0 .357 233 305 5-6-0 0-3-0 2-3-0
Cleveland
0 14 0 .000 207 362 0-11-0 0-3-0 0-5-0
South
W L T Pct. PF PA AFC NFC Div.
x-Jacksonville
10 4 0 .714 374 209 9-2-0 1-2-0 4-1-0
Tennessee
8 6 0 .571 296 319 7-4-0 1-2-0 4-1-0
Houston
4 10 0 .286 319 380 3-7-0 1-3-0 1-4-0
Indianapolis
3 11 0 .214 225 368 2-8-0 1-3-0 1-4-0
East
W L T Pct. PF PA AFC NFC Div.
y-New England
11 3 0 .786 395 274 8-2-0 3-1-0 3-1-0
Buffalo
8 6 0 .571 264 306 6-4-0 2-2-0 2-2-0
Miami
6 8 0 .429 252 342 5-5-0 1-3-0 2-3-0
New York Jets
5 9 0 .357 285 342 5-5-0 0-4-0 2-3-0
at Minnesota 34, Cincinnati 7
at Jacksonville 45, Houston 7
at Washington 20, Arizona 15
at New Orleans 31, New York Jets 19
at Buffalo 24, Miami 16
at Carolina 31, Green Bay 24
Baltimore 27, at Cleveland 10
New England 27, at Pittsburgh 24
at San Francisco 25, Tennessee 23
Dallas 20, at Oakland 17
Tonight’s game
Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 5:30 PST
y-clinched division
x-clinched playoff spot
z-clinched division and bye
Thursday’s game
Denver 25, at Indianapolis 13
Saturday’s games
at Kansas City 30, CHARGERS 13
at Detroit 20, Chicago 10
Sunday’s games
RAMS 42, at Seattle 7
Philadelphia 34, at New York Giants 29
SCHEDULE
Times Pacific
TONIGHT
Atlanta at Tampa Bay ...............................................5:30
SATURDAY
Indianapolis at Baltimore.................................1:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Green Bay ..................................5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY
RAMS at Tennessee ............................................10 a.m.
CHARGERS at New York Jets .......................................10
Cleveland at Chicago ...................................................10
Detroit at Cincinnati.....................................................10
Miami at Kansas City ..................................................10
Buffalo at New England ...............................................10
Atlanta at New Orleans................................................10
Denver at Washington..................................................10
Tampa Bay at Carolina.................................................10
Jacksonville at San Francisco ...............................1 p.m.
Seattle at Dallas.......................................................1:15
New York at Arizona ..................................................1:15
DEC. 25
Patriots leave Steelers stunned
NEW ENGLAND 27
PITTSBURGH 24
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8-6
8-6
5
Baltimore
CHARGERS
Oakland
Miami
8-6
7-7
6-8
6-8
7
6
8
9
10
NFC
Carolina
Atlanta
10-4
8-5
Detroit
Seattle
Dallas
Green Bay
8-6
8-6
8-6
7-7
BEST OF THE WEEK
PASSING
ELI MANNING, Giants
JIMMY GAROPPOLO, 49ers
RUSHING
C.J. ANDERSON, Broncos
KAREEM HUNT, Chiefs
TODD GURLEY, Rams
Att
57
43
Att
30
24
21
Cmp
37
31
Yards
158
155
152
Yds
434
381
Avg
5.3
6.5
7.2
TD
3
1
TD
0
1
3
270
1-2
5-85
1-13
22-30-1
2-11
4-42.8
1-0
6-63
35:07
Gronkowski repeatedly to set up Dion Lewis’
go-ahead eight-yard touchdown run with 56
seconds remaining. “We just made one more
play than they did.”
The Patriots (11-3) can make sure they
don't have to leave Foxborough in January if
they finish up the regular season with wins
over Buffalo and the New York Jets. Brady
finished with 298 yards passing with two
touchdowns
and
an
interception.
Gronkowski had nine receptions for 168
yards, including three on the winning drive.
The Steelers (11-3) played most of the
game without star wide receiver Antonio
Brown, who left in the second quarter with a
left calf injury. Still, they appeared to take
the lead when Roethlisberger connected
with tight end Jesse James for a 10-yard
touchdown with 28 seconds to go. The play
was overturned on review, with official Tony
Corrente explaining that because the ball
shifted as James twisted his way into the end
zone, it did not “survive the ground” and
therefore wasn’t a catch.
“I guess I don’t know a lot of things about
football,” James said. “I can’t call it, obviously. They think they made the right call.
I’m sure we’ll see it over the next couple
days.”
Eagles ......................34
Giants ......................29
Cowboys .................20
Raiders ....................17
Panthers..................31
Packers ...................24
Nick Foles hit four different receivers on
touchdown passes in his first start of the
year, and Philadelphia rallied from an early
13-point deficit to secure a first-round bye.
Foles, who replaced the injured Carson
Wentz, completed 24 of 38 passes for 237
yards and no interceptions.
“I thought he handled himself extremely
well, a lot of poise,” Eagles coach Doug
Pederson said. “He did a nice job.”
The Eagles spoiled a stellar effort by Eli
Manning, who passed for three touchdowns
and a season-high 434 yards. He passed for
366 yards in a loss to the Eagles in Week 3.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott converted a fourth-down sneak to set up Dan
Bailey’s go-ahead 19-yard field goal with 1:44
left in the game, and Oakland quarterback
Derek Carr fumbled the ball inches from the
goal line with 31 seconds remaining to give
the Cowboys the victory.
The Raiders got a gift when Jourdan
Lewis committed a 43-yard pass interference penalty on a fourth and 10 from their
own 30. On third down from the eight-yard
line, Carr scrambled and reached out for the
end zone. But the ball came loose before
crossing the goal line and went out of the
end zone for a touchback .
Cam Newton threw for 242 yards and
four touchdowns as Carolina ruined Aaron
Rodgers’ return from a broken collarbone.
Greg Olsen had his most productive
game since returning from a broken foot,
catching nine passes for 116 yards and a
touchdown for the Panthers, who kept pace
with the Saints atop the NFC South.
Rodgers threw for 290 yards with three
touchdowns but was intercepted three
times as the Packers’ playoff hopes took a
potentially critical blow.
“I'm disappointed in my performance
today,” said Rodgers, who hadn’t played
since Oct. 15. “Obviously, I didn’t play well.”
Philadelphia ........7 14 10
New York ...........13 10 6
3—34
0—29
First Quarter
NYG—Darkwa 1 run (kick blocked),
9:04.
Phi—Jeffery 3 pass from Foles (Elliott
kick), 5:28.
NYG—King 13 pass from Manning
(Rosas kick), 1:26.
Second Quarter
NYG—Shepard 67 pass from Manning
(Rosas kick), 13:44.
Phi—Ertz 10 pass from Foles (Elliott
kick), 4:49.
Phi—Burton 13 pass from Foles (Elliott
kick), 2:20.
NYG—FG Rosas 28, :27.
Third Quarter
Phi—FG Elliott 28, 9:18.
Phi—Agholor 10 pass from Foles (Elliott kick), 5:47.
NYG—King 57 pass from Manning
(pass failed), 1:57.
Fourth Quarter
Phi—FG Elliott 20, 3:56.
Attendance—76,896.
TEAM STATISTICS
Phi
First downs ................22
Total Net Yards ..........341
Rushes-yards .......27-108
Passing....................233
Punt Returns .............0-0
Kickoff Returns ........4-70
Interceptions Ret. .....1-37
Comp-Att-Int.......24-38-0
Sacked-Yards Lost ......1-4
Punts ..................4-46.8
Fumbles-Lost.............1-0
Penalties-Yards ........7-44
Time of Possession .30:53
NYG
27
504
23-75
429
1-7
5-100
0-0
37-57-1
1-5
3-24.7
0-0
5-67
29:07
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Philadelphia, Ajayi 12-49,
Barner 2-21, Blount 7-21, Clement 4-17,
Foles 2-0. New York, Gallman 8-39,
Vereen 5-15, Engram 1-14, Darkwa 9-7.
PASSING: Philadelphia, Foles 24-380-237. New York, Manning 37-57-1-434.
RECEIVING: Philadelphia, Agholor 759, Ertz 6-56, Jeffery 4-49, Ajayi 2-40,
T.Smith 2-17, Burton 2-15, Clement 1-1.
New York, Shepard 11-139, Engram 8-87,
Gallman 6-40, Vereen 5-15, Lewis 4-74,
King 2-70, Darkwa 1-9.
Don Wright Associated Press
PITTSBURGH’S Jesse James prepares
to cross the goal line with the ball. On
review, it was called a non-catch.
Dallas.................3
Oakland ..............0
7 7
0 10
3—20
7—17
First Quarter
Dal—FG Bailey 45, 4:56.
Second Quarter
Dal—R.Smith 1 run (Bailey kick),
14:04.
Third Quarter
Oak—Crabtree 2 pass from Carr
(Tavecchio kick), 8:03.
Oak—FG Tavecchio 39, 6:14.
Dal—Prescott 5 run (Bailey kick), :45.
Fourth Quarter
Oak—Crabtree 2 pass from Carr
(Tavecchio kick), 10:35.
Dal—FG Bailey 19, 1:44.
Attendance—55,372.
TEAM STATISTICS
Dal
Oak
First downs ................21
19
Total Net Yards ..........330
293
Rushes-yards .......31-126
23-122
Passing....................204
171
Punt Returns ...........2-15
Kickoff Returns ........1-22
Interceptions Ret........0-0
Comp-Att-Int.......18-27-2
Sacked-Yards Lost ......2-8
Punts ..................2-43.0
Fumbles-Lost.............0-0
Penalties-Yards ......7-100
Time of Possession .32:20
0-0
4-103
2-8
21-38-0
0-0
4-45.5
4-1
14-105
27:40
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Dallas, Morris 16-61,
Prescott 6-32, C.Jones 1-24, R.Smith 713, Bryant 1-(minus 4). Oakland, Lynch
16-76, Carr 4-47, Washington 2-3, Patterson 1-(minus 4).
PASSING: Dallas, Prescott 18-27-2212. Oakland, Carr 21-38-0-171.
RECEIVING: Dallas, Witten 4-47,
R.Smith 3-21, Te.Williams 3-19, Bryant 259, Morris 2-0, Hanna 1-31, Beasley 115, K.Smith 1-12, N.Brown 1-8. Oakland,
Crabtree 7-39, Roberts 3-52, Lynch 316, Richard 2-21, J.Cook 2-17, Washington 2-16, Patterson 1-7, L.Smith 1-3.
FIELD GOALS MISSED: Oakland,
Tavecchio 39.
Green Bay ............7 7 3 7—24
Carolina...............7 3 14 7—31
First Quarter
Car—McCaffrey 7 pass from Newton
(Gano kick), 5:57.
GB—D.Adams 13 pass from A.Rodgers
(Crosby kick), :00.
Second Quarter
Car—FG Gano 33, 9:02.
GB—Cobb 33 pass from A.Rodgers
(Crosby kick), :26.
Third Quarter
Car—Olsen 30 pass from Newton
(Gano kick), 11:34.
Car—D.Byrd 9 pass from Newton (Gano
kick), 7:20.
GB—FG Crosby 28, 1:23.
Fourth Quarter
Car—D.Byrd 13 pass from Newton
(Gano kick), 12:24.
GB—R.Rodgers 24 pass from A.Rodgers (Crosby kick), 2:43.
Attendance—74,447.
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: New England, Lewis 13-67,
Burkhead 4-12, Brady 2-(minus 2). Pittsburgh, Bell 24-117, Conner 3-13, Roethlisberger 3-10, Toussaint 1-3.
PASSING: New England, Brady 22-351-298. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 22-301-281.
RECEIVING: New England, Gronkowski
9-168, Cooks 4-60, Amendola 2-23,
White 2-8, Lewis 1-13, D.Allen 1-10, Britt
1-7, Burkhead 1-5, Dorsett 1-4. Pittsburgh, Smith-Schuster 6-114, Bell 5-48,
Bryant 4-59, A.Brown 2-24, James 2-7,
Rogers 1-18, Grimble 1-8, Heyward-Bey
1-3.
TEAM STATISTICS
GB
Car
First downs .................24
29
Total Net Yards...........384
387
Rushes-yards........19-120
38-151
Passing ....................264
236
Punt Returns ............2-15
1-5
Kickoff Returns ...........0-0
2-45
Interceptions Ret. .......0-0
3-10
Comp-Att-Int .......26-45-3
20-31-0
Sacked-Yards Lost.....3-26
1-6
Punts ...................2-41.0
4-43.5
Fumbles-Lost .............1-1
0-0
Penalties-Yards .........6-28
5-40
Time of Possession..26:03
33:57
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Green Bay, A.Jones 3-47,
A.Rodgers 6-43, J.Williams 10-30. Carolina, McCaffrey 12-63, Newton 14-58,
Stewart 11-27, Whittaker 1-3.
PASSING: GB, A.Rodgers 26-45-3290. Carolina, Newton 20-31-0-242.
RECEIVING: GB, Cobb 7-84, D.Adams
5-57, Allison 5-33, R.Rodgers 4-77, Nelson 3-28, A.Jones 1-6, Kendricks 1-5.
Carolina, Olsen 9-116, McCaffrey 6-73,
D.Byrd 3-25, Funchess 1-19, Stewart 1-9.
Bills ..........................24
Dolphins..................16
Vikings....................34
Bengals......................7
Redskins ................20
Cardinals ................15
LeSean McCoy scored twice and became
the 30th player to reach 10,000 yards rushing, and Buffalo stayed firmly in the AFC
playoff picture.
“I’m happy it’s done,” McCoy said of his
personal accomplishment. “Now I look forward to trying to get in these playoffs. We
took care of business today.”
Tyrod Taylor showed no signs of a
bruised left knee that sidelined him for one
game. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 224
yards and a touchdown, and scored on a
nine-yard scamper.
Tre’Davious White sealed the win with
an interception with 28 seconds remaining.
Eric Kendricks had an interception return for a touchdown, Case Keenum passed
for 236 yards and two touchdowns, and Minnesota clinched the NFC North title.
“To guarantee a home playoff game
there? I can’t imagine. I have a feeling it’s going to be even more amped up,” Keenum
said.
Running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon combined for 37 touches and
242 yards from scrimmage for the Vikings.
Teddy Bridgewater replaced Keenum
and played for the first time in 16 months
since suffering a knee injury.
Washington’s defense, embarrassed after two straight losses, stepped up to keep
Arizona out of the end zone.
Arizona, which got all its points on field
goals by Phil Dawson, went 0 for 6 in the red
zone and four for 19 on third down as it was
eliminated from playoff contention. Dawson
has scored the Cardinals’ last 30 points dating to Dec. 3 against the Rams.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was
18 for 26 for 196 yards with touchdown passes
to Jamison Crowder and Kapri Bibbs.
Arizona linebacker Chandler Jones
earned his NFL-leading 15th sack. He’s two
shy of the franchise record.
WILD-CARD RACE
AFC
Tennessee
Buffalo
Passing ....................283
Punt Returns ............1-11
Kickoff Returns .........4-74
Interceptions Ret. .......1-0
Comp-Att-Int .......22-35-1
Sacked-Yards Lost.....2-15
Punts ...................2-48.0
Fumbles-Lost .............0-0
Penalties-Yards...........2-4
Time of Possession..24:53
PITTSBURGH — The New England Patriots have built a dynasty on second
chances. Miss an opportunity to bury the Super Bowl champions and they will find a way
to find a way, usually behind a mix of Tom
Brady and Rob Gronkowski, and defensive
playmaking at just the right time.
It’s a lesson the Pittsburgh Steelers have
learned through the years, one they were determined to finally learn from this time
around. Instead, more of the same.
Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted in
the end zone with five seconds remaining, securing New England’s 27-24 comeback victory Sunday built on more Brady and
Gronkowski magic.
Another AFC East title, a record ninth in
a row. Another shot at home-field advantage
throughout the AFC playoffs.
This one came with an assist from the
NFL rule book that will add “surviving the
ground” to the league’s ever-expanding and
ever-perplexing lexicon.
Plus, the risky decision by the Steelers
quarterback not to spike the ball and set up a
tying field goal, which could reverberate well
into January.
“It was a tight game,” said Brady, who fed
Pittsburgh at Houston......................................1:30 p.m.
Oakland at Philadelphia...........................................5:30
In addition to the division champions, the remaining top two
teams in each conference advance to the playoffs as wild-card
entries, seeds five and six. First tiebreakers are head-to-head
games, division tiebreakers if division teams, best won-losttied percentage in conference games, best won-lost-tied
percentage in common games (minimum of four), strength of
victory, strength of schedule, best combined ranking among
conference teams in points scored and points given up.
New England ........7 3 6 11—27
Pittsburgh ............7 10 7 0—24
First Quarter
NE—Burkhead 1 run (Gostkowski kick),
9:00.
Pit—Rogers 18 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), 5:32.
Second Quarter
Pit—FG Boswell 51, 12:15.
NE—FG Gostkowski 32, 9:04.
Pit—Bryant 4 pass from Roethlisberger
(Boswell kick), :25.
Third Quarter
NE—Cooks 4 pass from Brady (kick
failed), 8:50.
Pit—Bell 3 run (Boswell kick), 1:33.
Fourth Quarter
NE—FG Gostkowski 46, 3:56.
NE—Lewis 8 run (Gronkowski pass
from Brady), :56.
Attendance—68,574.
TEAM
NE
Pit
First downs .................21
21
Total Net Yards...........360
413
Rushes-yards .........19-77
31-143
30-116
Miami .................3 3 0 10—16 Rushes-yards........21-100
212
Buffalo ................7 14 3 0—24 Passing ....................249
Punt Returns ............2-33
1-2
First Quarter
Kickoff Returns .........2-43
3-38
3-63
Buf—McCoy 4 run (Hauschka kick), Interceptions Ret. .......0-0
Comp-Att-Int .......28-49-3
17-29-0
10:12.
Sacked-Yards Lost.....3-25
2-12
Mia—FG Parkey 28, 3:16.
Punts ...................4-46.8
5-41.0
Second Quarter
Fumbles-Lost .............4-0
1-0
Mia—FG Parkey 41, 9:15.
Penalties-Yards .........7-60
3-28
Buf—McCoy 16 pass from T.Taylor Time of Possession..32:25
27:35
(Hauschka kick), 6:05.
Buf—T.Taylor 9 run (Hauschka kick), Individual Leaders
:33.
RUSHING: Miami, Drake 16-78, Cutler
Third Quarter
2-8, Grant 1-7, Gray 2-7. Buffalo, McCoy
20-50,
T.Taylor 6-42, Cadet 4-24.
Buf—FG Hauschka 34, 5:40.
PASSING: Miami, Cutler 28-49-3-274.
Fourth Quarter
Buffalo, T.Taylor 17-29-0-224.
Mia—Drake 1 run (Parkey kick), 7:57.
RECEIVING: Miami, Landry 10-99,
Mia—FG Parkey 26, :39.
Parker 6-89, Drake 6-35, J.Thomas 2-15,
Attendance—62,202.
Fasano 2-15, Grant 1-13, Stills 1-8. BufTEAM STATISTICS
Mia
Buf falo, Clay 5-68, McCoy 4-46, O’Leary 2First downs .................21
21 33, Benjamin 2-20, Tate 1-21, Thompson
Total Net Yards...........349
328 1-16, Cadet 1-14, DiMarco 1-6.
Cincinnati............0 0 0 7— 7
Minnesota .........17 7 3 7—34
First Quarter
Min—Murray 1 run (Forbath kick),
10:31.
Min—Kendricks 31 interception return
(Forbath kick), 5:54.
Min—FG Forbath 53, 1:30.
Second Quarter
Min—Diggs 20 pass from Keenum
(Forbath kick), 6:41.
Third Quarter
Min—FG Forbath 35, 6:34.
Fourth Quarter
Min—Rudolph 1 pass from Keenum
(Forbath kick), 12:53.
Cin—Bernard 2 run (Bullock kick),
6:22.
Attendance—66,833.
TEAM STATISTICS
Cin
Min
First downs ..................8
18
Total Net Yards ..........161
346
Rushes-yards.........20-46
34-124
Passing....................115
Punt Returns ...........2-12
Kickoff Returns ........2-44
Interceptions Ret........1-7
Comp-Att-Int.......14-28-2
Sacked-Yards Lost ....3-17
Punts ..................8-45.6
Fumbles-Lost.............1-0
Penalties-Yards ........5-44
Time of Possession .24:08
222
5-41
0-0
2-34
20-25-1
2-14
5-43.4
0-0
11-93
35:52
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Cincinnati, Bernard 14-30,
B.Hill 5-12, Malone 1-4. Minnesota, Murray 20-76, McKinnon 9-24, Keenum 120, Diggs 1-7, Bridgewater 3-(minus 3).
PASSING: Cincinnati, Dalton 11-22-2113, McCarron 3-6-0-19. Minnesota,
Keenum 20-23-0-236, Bridgewater 0-21-0.
RECEIVING: Cincinnati, Uzomah 4-24,
Bernard 3-13, LaFell 2-53, Green 2-30,
Kroft 2-1, Erickson 1-11. Minnesota, McKinnon 7-114, Diggs 5-30, Thielen 3-30,
Rudolph 2-17, Murray 1-28, Wright 1-11,
Ham 1-6.
Arizona ................3 6 3
Washington ..........7 7 3
First Quarter
Was—Crowder 5 pass from
(Hopkins kick), 13:30.
Ari—FG Dawson 40, 3:47.
Second Quarter
Was—Bibbs 36 pass from
(Hopkins kick), 13:27.
Ari—FG Dawson 35, 7:35.
Ari—FG Dawson 19, :00.
Third Quarter
Ari—FG Dawson 34, 13:37.
Was—FG Hopkins 24, 4:23.
Fourth Quarter
Ari—FG Dawson 32, 11:13.
Was—FG Hopkins 32, 4:30.
Attendance—71,026.
TEAM STATISTICS
Ari
First downs .................19
Total Net Yards...........286
Rushes-yards........34-141
Passing ....................145
Punt Returns ............5-43
Kickoff Returns .........2-28
Interceptions Ret. .......0-0
Cousins Comp-Att-Int .......16-41-1
Sacked-Yards Lost.....5-44
Punts ...................5-50.2
Fumbles-Lost .............3-1
Penalties-Yards .........8-71
Cousins Time of Possession..36:16
3—15
3—20
Was
14
218
20-31
187
2-18
4-95
1-18
18-26-0
1-9
6-53.2
1-1
7-82
23:44
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Arizona, K.Williams 17-61,
Penny 10-45, Gabbert 6-28, Nelson 1-7.
Washington, Perine 14-37, Bibbs 2-6,
Daniels 1-2, Cousins 2-0, Doctson 1-(minus 14).
PASSING: Arizona, Gabbert 16-41-1189. Washington, Cousins 18-26-0-196.
RECEIVING: Arizona, Fitzgerald 5-60,
Foster 4-22, Niklas 3-41, Seals-Jones 211, Nelson 1-46, Ja.Brown 1-9. Washington, Crowder 5-55, Bibbs 4-47, Perine 229, Grant 2-20, V.Davis 2-18, Doctson 216, Paul 1-11.
Ravens.....................27
Browns ....................10
49ers ........................25
Titans ......................23
Saints .......................31
Jets ............................19
Jaguars ...................45
Texans........................7
Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass, ran
for one and Baltimore stayed in the hunt for
a spot in the AFC playoffs.
Cleveland is two losses from becoming
the NFL’s second 0-16 team.
Baltimore forced four turnovers, with
tackle Brandon Williams recovering a fumble and rolling into the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter.
“We’ve been doing some good things for a
few weeks now and obviously it’s getting our
confidence rolling,” said Flacco, who is 17-2
against the Browns. “Guys are starting to
get some mojo and really starting to feel it.”
Jimmy Garoppolo led a scoring drive in
the closing seconds to cap his first home
start, and Robbie Gould kicked a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired.
Garoppolo threw for a career-high 381
yards and a touchdown and became the first
49ers quarterback since the merger in 1970
to win his first three starts. Marquise Goodwin made 10 catches for 114 yards.
Marcus Mariota rallied Tennessee from a
13-point deficit, but now the Titans will host
the Rams next week with their playoff hopes
on the line.
Mark Ingram gave New Orleans much
more than the first-down run they needed to
wind down the clock on New York.
His determined burst across the line of
scrimmage thrust him into the Jets’ defensive backfield with too much speed and vigor for anyone to catch him — a fitting finish
to one of his better days in a memorable season.
Ingram ran for two touchdowns and
gained 151 yards from scrimmage, capped by
his late 50-yard touchdown run, and the
Saints overcame three turnovers.
Blake Bortles threw three touchdown
passes, including two to seldom-used
backup Jaydon Mickens, and Jacksonville
clinched a playoff spot with a drubbing of
AFC South rival Houston. The Jaguars’ seventh victory in their last eight games locked
up the franchise’s first postseason berth
since 2007.
Once the NFL’s poster child for futility
and a punchline for potential relocation, the
Jaguars are now one of the league’s top
turnarounds.
The Texans have lost four in a row.
Punt Returns..............1-0
1-11
Kickoff Returns ...........0-0
3-77
Interceptions Ret.......2-13
0-0
Comp-Att-Int .......26-42-0
20-37-2
Sacked-Yards Lost.......1-9
2-10
Punts ...................5-43.0
5-43.2
Second Quarter
Fumbles-Lost .............0-0
2-2
Penalties-Yards
.........7-57
6-35
Cle—D.Johnson 12 run (Gonzalez kick),
Time of Possession..36:48
23:12
8:12.
Bal—Flacco 2 run (Tucker kick), 3:01. Individual Leaders
Bal—Watson 33 pass from Flacco
RUSHING: Baltimore, Allen 13-70,
(Tucker kick), :59.
Collins 12-19, M.Williams 1-4, Flacco 4-3,
Cle—FG Gonzalez 45, :00.
Woodhead 1-1. Cleveland, Crowell 5-72,
Third Quarter
Kizer 7-35, D.Johnson 7-23.
PASSING: Baltimore, Flacco 26-42-0Bal—B.Williams 1 fumble return (Tucker
288. Cleveland, Kizer 20-37-2-146.
kick), 7:06.
RECEIVING: Baltimore, Wallace 6-89,
Bal—FG Tucker 43, :04.
Woodhead 6-31, Collins 5-33, Watson 4Attendance—56,434.
TEAM STATISTICS
Bal
Cle 74, Maclin 1-22, Campanaro 1-17, PerriFirst downs .................23
15 man 1-9, Boyle 1-9, Allen 1-4. Cleveland,
Total Net Yards...........376
266 Gordon 5-47, D.Johnson 5-40, Crowell 4Rushes-yards..........31-97
19-130 (minus 7), DeValve 2-32, Higgins 2-10,
Passing ....................279
136 C.Coleman 1-16, Coates 1-8.
Baltimore.............3 14 10
Cleveland.............0 10 0
First Quarter
Bal—FG Tucker 31, 8:46.
0—27
0—10
Tennessee ............0 10
San Francisco.......6 10
First Quarter
SF—FG Gould 38, 8:51.
SF—FG Gould 48, 4:35.
3 10—23
0 9—25
Second Quarter
Ten—FG Succop 40, 14:06.
SF—Celek 5 pass from Garoppolo (Gould
kick), 5:30.
SF—FG Gould 28, 1:37.
Ten—Walker 4 pass from Mariota (Succop
kick), :29.
TEAM STATISTICS
Ten
First downs .................23
Total Net Yards...........328
Rushes-yards..........28-90
Passing ....................238
Punt Returns..............1-0
Kickoff Returns .........1-21
Interceptions Ret. .......0-0
Comp-Att-Int .......23-33-0
Sacked-Yards Lost.......1-3
Punts ...................2-55.5
Fumbles-Lost .............1-1
Penalties-Yards .........3-22
Time of Possession..27:25
SF
23
414
22-51
363
1-12
4-65
0-0
31-43-0
3-18
1-43.0
0-0
7-70
32:35
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Tennessee, Murray 18-59, Henry
7-19, Ta.Taylor 1-8, Mariota 2-4. San Francisco,
Hyde 16-25, Breida 5-16, Goodwin 1-10.
Fourth Quarter
PASSING: Tennessee, Mariota 23-33-0-241.
Ten—Matthews 8 pass from Mariota (Succop San Francisco, Garoppolo 31-43-0-381.
kick), 13:31.
RECEIVING: Tennessee, Matthews 6-95,
SF—FG Gould 50, 8:27.
Decker 5-63, Walker 5-37, Davis 3-28, Henry
SF—FG Gould 48, 3:08.
2-9, J.Smith 1-5, Murray 1-4. San Francisco,
Ten—FG Succop 50, 1:07.
Goodwin 10-114, Bourne 4-85, Kittle 4-52, TrSF—FG Gould 45, :00.
.Taylor 4-40, Celek 3-63, Juszczyk 2-16, Hyde
Attendance—70,133.
2-14, Robinson 1-3, Garoppolo 1-(minus 6).
Third Quarter
Ten—FG Succop 31, 8:29.
New York..............0 10 3 6—19
New Orleans.......10 7 0 14—31
First Quarter
NO—FG Lutz 23, 11:36.
NO—Ingram 1 run (Lutz kick), 3:07.
Second Quarter
NYJ—Powell 2 run (Catanzaro kick),
10:58.
NO—Kamara 10 pass from Brees (Lutz
kick), 6:12.
NYJ—FG Catanzaro 29, :09.
Third Quarter
NYJ—FG Catanzaro 26, 8:07.
Fourth Quarter
NO—M.Thomas 4 pass from Brees
(Lutz kick), 7:39.
NYJ—McGuire 2 pass from Petty (pass
failed), 1:51.
NO—Ingram 50 run (Lutz kick), 1:33.
Attendance—73,018.
TEAM STATISTICS
NYJ
NO
First downs .................19
23
Total Net Yards...........294
416
Rushes-yards........28-124
Passing ....................170
Punt Returns..............1-0
Kickoff Returns .......5-106
Interceptions Ret. .......1-6
Comp-Att-Int .......19-39-2
Sacked-Yards Lost.......1-9
Punts ...................7-45.1
Fumbles-Lost .............0-0
Penalties-Yards .........8-50
Time of Possession..30:50
28-131
285
5-36
2-35
2-20
26-36-1
0-0
4-46.8
2-2
8-92
29:10
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: New York, Powell 13-44, McGuire 4-24, Forte 7-24, Petty 2-16, Natson 1-15, L.Thomas 1-1. New Orleans, Ingram 12-74, Kamara 12-44, Line 2-8,
Lewis 1-6, Brees 1-(minus 1).
PASSING: New York, Petty 19-39-2179. New Orleans, Brees 26-36-1-285.
RECEIVING: New York, Anderson 5-40,
McGuire 3-48, Kearse 3-28, Hansen 321, Seferian-Jenkins 2-13, Forte 2-10,
Natson 1-19. New Orleans, M.Thomas 993, Kamara 6-45, Ingram 5-77, Coleman
3-20, Snead 1-23, J.Hill 1-22, Line 1-5.
Houston...............0 0 7 0— 7
Jacksonville ..........7 24 7 7—45
First Quarter
Jac—Bohanon 1 run (Lambo kick),
3:52.
Second Quarter
Jac—Mickens 5 pass from Bortles
(Lambo kick), 14:45.
Jac—Mickens 14 pass from Bortles
(Lambo kick), 10:12.
Jac—FG Lambo 38, :53.
Jac—K.Cole 9 pass from Bortles
(Lambo kick), :26.
Third Quarter
Hou—Hopkins 25 pass from Yates
(Fairbairn kick), 8:12.
Jac—Bohanon 1 run (Lambo kick),
7:13.
Fourth Quarter
Jac—Grant 8 run (Lambo kick), 10:26.
Attendance—64,701.
TEAM STATISTICS
Hou
Jac
First downs ...................9
25
Total Net Yards...........186
Rushes-yards..........21-87
Passing ......................99
Punt Returns ............1-16
Kickoff Returns .........2-25
Interceptions Ret. .......0-0
Comp-Att-Int .......12-31-1
Sacked-Yards Lost.....4-29
Punts .................11-47.1
Fumbles-Lost .............2-0
Penalties-Yards .....14-127
Time of Possession..26:42
464
38-138
326
6-57
2-44
1-0
21-29-0
1-0
6-47.2
0-0
8-54
33:18
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Houston, Blue 12-55,
L.Miller 9-32. Jacksonville, Grant 10-69,
Ivory 17-42, Yeldon 7-27, Bohanon 2-2,
Henne 2-(minus 2).
PASSING: Houston, Yates 12-31-1-128.
Jacksonville, Bortles 21-29-0-326.
RECEIVING: Houston, W.Fuller 5-44,
Hopkins 4-80, L.Miller 2-1, Prosch 1-3.
Jacksonville, K.Cole 7-186, Mickens 4-61,
Yeldon 4-25, Westbrook 2-21, M.Lewis 218, O’Shaughnessy 1-15, Koyack 1-0.
L AT I ME S . CO M/ S P O RT S
MONDAY , DEC EMB ER 18, 2017
D7
CHARGERS REPORT
NHL STANDINGS
Playoff
chances
take a
hit after
big loss
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
Vegas
KINGS
San Jose
Calgary
DUCKS
Vancouver
Edmonton
Arizona
Central
Nashville
St. Louis
Winnipeg
Chicago
Dallas
Minnesota
Colorado
Costly injuries
The
Chargers’
road
through the final two weeks
of the regular season will be
even tougher because of injuries suffered in Kansas
City.
Rookie running back
Austin Ekeler will be sidelined the rest of the season
after breaking his left hand
during a play in which he
committed a costly fumble.
In addition to being the
team’s third-down back,
Ekeler was one of the Chargers’ top performs on special
teams.
Linebacker Denzel Perryman (hamstring) and defensive tackle Corey Liuget
(knee) both could sit out one
or both of the Chargers’ final
two games because of their
injuries.
The Chargers are expected to provide updates
Monday on the rest of the
players who suffered injuries, such as tackle Russell
Okung,
wide
receiver
Keenan Allen and tight end
Hunter Henry.
dan.woike@latimes.com
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
L
9
10
10
14
11
15
17
23
L
7
11
10
11
14
13
15
OL
2
4
4
3
8
4
2
5
OL
4
2
5
5
2
3
2
Pts
44
44
38
37
36
34
30
19
Pts
46
46
43
39
38
37
32
GF
112
103
85
97
88
88
96
78
GF
108
107
112
102
99
94
101
GA
97
81
75
102
95
106
107
122
GA
85
88
94
86
99
95
107
Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one
point.
By Dan Woike
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Inside the visiting locker
room at Arrowhead Stadium, wadded-up athletic
tape covered chunks of the
floor, a reminder of how the
Chargers’ hopes were unraveling.
Before Saturday night,
players had a clear vision of
how this season was going to
go, a triumph in resiliency.
From winless to AFC West
winners, a win against the
Chiefs wouldn’t finalize the
deal but it’d go a long way.
Twenty-five years after
the Chargers became the
only team to turn an 0-4 start
into a playoff berth, the 2017
team was going to make history repeat itself.
“I just knew it,” tackle Joe
Barksdale said.
He was wrong, as were a
lot of people inside the Chargers’ locker room.
A 30-13 defeat at the
hands of Kansas City derailed a lot of plans.
The AFC West is now out
of the Chargers’ control.
The wild-card race is now
out of the Chargers’ control.
They can no longer do it
themselves; they need loads
of help.
They need the Chiefs,
Tennessee, Buffalo or Baltimore to lose a whole bunch
of
seemingly
winnable
games.
They need to beat the
New York Jets and Oakland
and, in the short term, they
swear it’s their focus.
“At this point in the season, we don’t control our
destiny right now. We lost
that today,” coach Anthony
Lynn said.
“We can win out — but
we’ll probably need some
help. All we can control are
these next two weeks.”
It’s not unchartered territory for the Chargers.
They’ve had to respond
to unthinkable losses for the
last handful of seasons.
This season alone they’ve
had to deal with a move to a
new city (and a stadium
filled with just as many fans
of other teams), an 0-4 start
and, in Week 10, one of the
most inexplicable losses a
team can have — even by
Chargers standards.
The Chargers’ sixth loss
came in Jacksonville, where
they were protecting a lead
and intercepted two passes
by Blake Bortles in the final
two minutes — and still
found a way to lose.
According to one veteran,
the postgame locker room
was much worse after the
loss to the Jaguars.
That was anger.
This was disappointment. This was sadness.
“Just
keep
going,”
quarterback Philip Rivers
said.
“We’ve got two games left
and just finish it the right
way.”
But the right way, at least
in the mind of the Chargers,
was to survive 0-4 and turn
that into an AFC West title
and playoff spot.
But 2017 probably won’t
finish that way.
W
21
20
17
17
14
15
14
7
W
21
22
19
17
18
17
15
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Metropolitan
Washington
New Jersey
Columbus
N.Y. Rangers
N.Y. Islanders
Pittsburgh
Carolina
Philadelphia
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Toronto
Boston
Montreal
Detroit
Ottawa
Florida
Buffalo
W
21
18
20
18
18
17
14
14
W
24
20
15
14
12
11
12
8
L
12
9
12
12
12
14
11
11
L
6
13
10
15
13
13
16
18
OL
1
5
1
3
3
3
7
7
OL
2
1
5
4
7
7
5
7
Pts
43
41
41
39
39
37
35
35
Pts
50
41
35
32
31
29
29
23
GF
108
100
95
108
118
99
90
91
GF
123
109
86
87
86
85
95
72
GA
98
96
86
96
114
108
98
90
GA
80
97
85
103
103
103
115
111
RESULTS
Gene J. Puskar Associated Press
JOHN STEVENS , back left, coached the Philadelphia Flyers for more than three
seasons and took them to the 2008 East finals before he was fired in 2009.
A trip home for Stevens
By Curtis Zupke
PHILADELPHIA — It’s
become almost tradition for
John Stevens and Paul
Holmgren to get together
here, an annual meeting of
hockey lifers.
Every summer, Stevens
and Holmgren have breakfast at the Jersey Shore.
Only about four miles on the
waterway separate them —
Stevens in Sea Isle City and
Holmgren in Avalon. They
talk about anything other
than hockey: their kids and
fishing, among other topics.
By the time they’re done, it’s
no longer breakfast.
“It usually lasts four or
five hours,” Holmgren said.
They couldn’t do it this
summer because Stevens
was preparing for his first
season as head coach of the
Kings and couldn’t meet
with his former boss and
mentor, Holmgren, president of the Philadelphia Flyers. Stevens instead will get
a quick hello with Holmgren
and the rest of the Flyers’
family Monday when he revisits the organization so responsible for his career path.
“I think everything I had
in hockey I’m indebted to
them for, both playing and
[after],” Stevens said. “They
brought me back as a player,
and when I got injured, gave
me the opportunity to coach
before I was probably ready,
knowing that I’d work hard
at it.”
It was Flyers senior vice
president Bob Clarke who
first asked minor leaguer
Stevens to attend a coaches’
clinic, and Stevens was on
his way.
“I got an eye injury where
he called my wife before he
called me and told my wife I
was going to coach,” Stevens
said. “That’s the kind of guy
he is, but if you know Clarkie
and Holmgren and those
people, they’re as good as it
gets in the game, and my
family owes them a lot.”
Stevens
started
his
coaching career with the
Philadelphia Phantoms. He
coached the Flyers for more
than three seasons and took
them to the 2008 Eastern
Conference finals before he
was fired in 2009 by then general manager Holmgren,
who also pegged Stevens to
be a coach early on.
“He was such an intelligent player, even though he
didn’t have a great career as
an NHL player,” Holmgren
said in a phone interview.
“He was a studious, soak-itall-in type of player. You factor in the integrity of the person and it [made sense for
him to coach] … I’m surprised it took him as long as
it did to get another opportunity. I’m happy for John.”
Stevens and the Kings
are 0-2-1 on this trip but so
far it’s been a successful
transition from Darryl Sutter. Stevens is polite and
measured, at least publicly.
“He hasn’t snapped yet,”
Anze Kopitar said. “I think
we’re all waiting for that at
some point.”
Stevens credits Sutter for
showing him how to read a
team emotionally. He held
an outdoor practice in New
York, a day after a lifeless
loss to the New Jersey Devils.
“Johnny knows how to
have fun at certain times,
and he knows how to be
stern and kind of lose it on us
every once in a while too,”
Drew Doughty said. “He has
a very good, happy medium
with that, whereas there’s
longer stretches and longer
periods of time when Darryl
was here, things weren’t very
happy around here.”
Stevens was energized
Sunday in his return to the
area he called home for 18
years, and where he spent
his day with the Stanley
Cup. His youngest son,
Nolan, a forward at Northeastern, was in town. Monday’s game doesn’t carry extra meaning, but the location does.
“It’s where I raised my
family,” Stevens said. “It’s
home for my kids. If you ask
them where they’re from,
this is where they’re from.”
KINGS TONIGHT
AT PHILADELPHIA
When: 4 PST.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: The Flyers on Saturday became the third
team in NHL history to win
six straight games or more
immediately after a winless
stretch of at least 10 games
(0-5-5). They did it on
Shayne Gostisbehere’s fifth
career regular-season overtime goal. Only John Moore
and Brent Burns have
scored more such goals
among defensemen since
Gostisbehere’s NHL debut
in 2014.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
Mater Dei could be vying
for another bowl title in ’18
[Sondheimer, from D1]
them off with a CIF state
[title].”
The result left him and
his teammates in rarefied
company.
Rollinson, Mater Dei’s
head coach since 1989,
finally admitted what others
had come to believe about a
team that never trailed once
in 15 games this season.
“Now I can say it. Yes,
best football team I’ve had
during my tenure at Mater
Dei,” he said. “They started
No. 1 and ended No. 1. They
just do it every time. They
punch the clock. They go to
work. They execute. You
can’t say enough about our
offensive and defensive
lines.”
The game started with
Daniels leading Mater Dei
on an 80-yard scoring drive
that saw Amon-ra St.
Brown catch a 38-yard
touchdown pass, then make
the ball spin around on the
turf for nearly six seconds in
a trick he had been practicing since last spring.
“I had to,” he said. “Last
game.”
Mater Dei’s combination
of a strong senior class with
a sophomore class that
went 10-0 as freshmen
helped send the Monarchs
to their first-ever bowl victory and their first-ever win
over De La Salle.
It brought to a conclusion a long,
exhausting season with
many highlights.
Let’s start by proclaiming 2017 as the year of the
receiver. Mater Dei had four
great ones in St. Brown,
Nikko Remigo, C.J. Parks
and junior Bru McCoy.
“Thank you for making
my job easy,” Daniels said of
his receivers.
But top receivers were
Louis Lopez Associated Press
MATER DEI’S J.T. Daniels celebrates after scoring
on a quarterback sneak during Saturday’s bowl game.
seemingly everywhere. The
6-foot-8 Darren Jones of
Upland had 101 receptions
for 2,089 yards and 28 touchdowns. Marquis Spiker of
Murrieta Valley set a state
record for most career
touchdown catches at 69.
Stanford-bound Michael
Wilson of West Hills Chaminade earned Mission
League MVP honors by
averaging 20.7 yards a catch.
This also was the season
for players to rush passers
at will. Junior defensive end
Kayvon Thibodeaux of
Westlake Village Christian
and senior Jeremiah Martin
of Cajon had 20 and 31 sacks,
respectively. Abdul-Malik
McClain of San Juan Capistrano JSerra had 18 sacks.
Defensive backs also
weren’t too bad, led by
Olaijah Griffin of Mission
Viejo. He gave new meaning
to the term lockdown cornerback.
The season ended with
the stunning news that the
City Section had made
history by producing two
state bowl champions in
Narbonne and Crenshaw.
In looking forward, many
of the same teams that
enjoyed success will be back
in 2018. Mater Dei figures to
battle it out again with
Trinity League rival Bellflower St. John Bosco for
supremacy after beating the
Braves twice this season.
Both are loaded with outstanding players from the
class of 2020.
The question of whether
Daniels, a junior and twotime Gatorade state player
of the year, will reclassify
and enter USC this coming
season seems unlikely after
his comment on Saturday
night.
In his best Arnold
Schwarzenegger “I’ll be
back” imitation, Daniels
insisted, “I will.”
eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
Twitter: @latsondheimer
AT WINNIPEG 4
ST. LOUIS 0
AT CHICAGO 4
MINNESOTA 1
CALGARY 6
AT VANCOUVER 1
AT VEGAS 5
FLORIDA 2
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for his eighth career
shutout and Patrik Laine scored his 16th goal for the Jets.
Patrick Kane scored two goals and Corey Crawford made
27 saves as the Blackhawks won their fifth straight game.
Mark Giordano scored twice and Sam Bennett added a
goal and three assists for the Flames.
The Golden Knights scored two empty-netters after Erik
Haula’s go-ahead goal midway through the third.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Columbus at Boston, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Colorado, 6 p.m.
KINGS at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
TUESDAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at N.Y. Rangers, 4 p.m.
Minnesota at Ottawa, 4 p.m.
Boston at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.
Washington at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Vegas, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Toronto, 11 a.m.
Detroit at N.Y. Islanders, 4 p.m.
Winnipeg at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Florida at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Montreal at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
Toronto at Columbus, 4:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Calgary, 6:30 p.m.
Detroit at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
Trevor Hagan Associated Press
THE BLUES’ Carl Gunnarsson gets a soft landing
after falling down with the Jets’ Mark Scheifele.
DUCKS TONIGHT
AT NEW JERSEY
When: 4 PST.
On the air: TV: Channel 13; Radio: 830.
Update: The Ducks’ overtime woes continued with a 3-2 loss
to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, and they remain
winless in four such games (they’re 2-4 in contests that extend to a shootout.). Hampus Lindholm returned after missing five games because of a concussion, but power forward
Nick Ritchie missed his third straight game because of an
upper-body injury. It’s the first meeting between the clubs
since they completed a trade that involved forwards Adam
Henrique and Joseph Blandisi, who joined the Ducks as
defenseman Sami Vatanen was sent to New Jersey.
— Mike Coppinger
PREP BASKETBALL TOP 25
By Eric Sondheimer
Rk. School (W-L)
Next opponent (last week’s ranking)
1 BISHOP MONTGOMERY (7-0)
at Mission Prep tournament, today (1)
2 MATER DEI (5-0)
at City of Palms tournament, Tuesday (2)
3 WESTCHESTER (7-1)
at Tarkanian Classic, Wednesday (3)
4 RANCHO CHRISTIAN (6-0)
at Tarkanian Classic, Wednesday (4)
5 FAIRFAX (6-1)
at Iolani tournament, today (5)
6 SIERRA CANYON (5-1)
at Hart tournament, Dec. 26 (6)
7 EASTVALE ROOSEVELT (4-0)
at Orlando, Fla., tournament, today (9)
8 DAMIEN (9-1)
at Damien Classic, Dec. 26 (7)
9 ST. JOHN BOSCO (9-0)
vs. Alemany, Dec. 26 (10)
10 CRESPI (9-1)
at Arizona Mesa, Tuesday (11)
11 HARVARD-WESTLAKE (9-1)
at Slam Dunk to the Beach, Dec. 27 (16)
12 SANTA MARGARITA (8-2)
vs. Birmingham at Damien Classic, Dec. 26 (8)
13 TAFT (11-0)
at Iolani tournament, today (15)
14 OAK PARK (7-3)
vs. Culver City at Damien Classic, Dec. 26 (12)
15 PASADENA (3-1)
at Tarkanian Classic, Wednesday (13)
16 ETIWANDA (9-1)
vs. Taft at Damien Classic, Dec. 26 (23)
17 CORONA CENTENNIAL (4-2)
at Tarkanian Classic, Wednesday (14)
18 CHINO HILLS (3-3)
at Tarkanian Classic, Wednesday (17)
19 ST. ANTHONY (8-1)
at Torrey Pines tournament, Dec. 27 (19)
20 MAYFAIR (6-2)
at Glenn, today (21)
21 LONG BEACH POLY (6-2)
vs. Compton, today (20)
22 ANAHEIM CANYON (9-1)
vs. Westminster, today (NR)
23 CANTWELL-SACRED HEART (7-1) vs. Ribet, Monday (NR)
24 ALEMANY (8-2)
at Damien Classic, Dec. 26 (NR)
25 TRABUCO HILLS (9-2)
at Tustin Classic, Dec. 26 (NR)
D8
MO N DAY , D EC EM BE R 18, 2017
LAT IMES. C OM/ SP ORT S
THE DAY IN SPORTS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Richardson
to sell team
amid probe
wire reports
The Carolina Panthers announced that Jerry
Richardson is selling the team, amid an investigation into whether the 81-year-old owner paid off former employees over complaints of misconduct.
“I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over
to new ownership,” Richardson, who has owned the
Panthers since their inception in 1993, wrote in a
statement. “Therefore, I will put the team up for sale
at the conclusion of this NFL season.”
The NFL and the Panthers declined comment on
a Sunday report that at least four former employees
received monetary settlements due to inappropriate workplace comments and conduct by Richardson. The Sports Illustrated report cites unnamed sources who said Richardson made sexually
suggestive comments to women and on at least one
occasion directed a racial slur at an African American scout.
The NFL on Sunday said it has taken over the investigation, which Carolina said it requested.
“The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race,
color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally,” team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a release Friday.
“We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are
going to meet it.”
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, like most of
the players, hadn’t read details of the report. Newton said Richardson has served in a “father-like role”
since his arrival in Carolina seven years ago, and that
he has had numerous conversations with him.
“I hope things don’t alter my thinking of Mr. Richardson,” Newton said. “But I do know that he has
given me some things that I will forever be appreciative of.”
ETC.
Kaka retiring from soccer
Brazilian star Kaka announced he is retiring
from soccer at age 35.
Kaka played for Brazil, AC Milan, Real Madrid
and Orlando FC during his career. A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil. He scored 29
goals for his country and played in three World Cups,
including 2002 when Brazil won it all. He won the
Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s World Player award in 2007.
Kaka said he would like to remain involved in the
game, perhaps as a manager or director of a team.
Celtic’s record 69-match unbeaten run in Scottish soccer ended with a surprise thrashing, 4-0 to
Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.
Miami Heat forward James Johnson is out seven
to 10 days with bursitis in his right ankle.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson
was suspended two games by the NHL for boarding.
Jessica Kooreman and first-time Olympians
Thomas Hong and Ryan Pivirotto got the last three
spots on the U.S. speedskating team at the short
track trials in Kearns, Utah. ... Lindsey Vonn pulled
out of a World Cup super-G race in France with a
sore knee, a day after her first win since January.
Justin Rose played 30 holes on the final day to
win the weather-delayed Indonesian Masters.
Billy Joe Saunders toyed with David Lemieux in
beating the Canadian by unanimous decision on his
home turf to defend his World Boxing Organization
middleweight title Saturday night. Saunders (26-0)
put himself in position for a possible shot at Canelo
Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin.
Gian Ehrenzeller European Pressphoto Agency
FLAT-OUT WINNER
Richard Freitag of Germany is on the way to winning the men’s
HS 140 Ski Jumping World Cup event at Engelberg, Switzerland.
GOLF
$750,000 INDONESIAN MASTERS
At Jakarta, Indonesia—Par 72
Royale Jakarta Golf Club—7,324 yards
Final 72-Hole Scores
259 (-29)
Justin Rose, England.................62-69-66-62
267 (-21)
Phachara Khongwatmai, Thailand65-69-68-65
269 (-19)
Scott Vincent, Zimbabwe ...........67-65-68-69
270 (-18)
Yusaku Miyazato, Japan .............67-67-67-69
271 (-17)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand ...68-64-70-69
272 (-16)
Younghan Song, South Korea .....67-69-70-66
Sihwan Kim, United States.........68-67-67-70
274 (-14)
Ajeetesh Sandhu, India .............72-68-67-67
Steve Lewton, England ..............67-70-71-66
275 (-13)
Jake Higginbottom, Australia ......71-68-66-70
276 (-12)
Chan Shih-Chang, Taiwan ..........68-71-68-69
Shubhankar Sharma, India ........71-67-67-71
277 (-11)
Danthai Boonma, Thailand.........71-70-63-73
Hyunwoo Ryu, South Korea ........68-71-68-70
Daniel Chopra, Sweden .............68-71-66-72
Gaganjeet Bhullar, India ............67-71-72-67
278 (-10)
Bowen Xiao, China....................68-73-70-67
S Yongcharoenchai, Thailand ......72-66-68-72
J Janewattananond, Thailand......69-68-74-67
PGA TOUR SCHEDULE
Jan. 4-7—Sentry Tournament of Champions,
Kapalua Resort, Kapalua, Hawaii
Jan. 11-14—Sony Open in Hawaii, Waialae
Country Club, Honolulu
Jan. 18-21—CareerBuilder Challenge, PGA
WEST; La Quinta Country Club
Jan. 25-28—Farmers Insurance Open Torrey
Pines Golf Course, San Diego
Feb. 1-Feb. 4—Waste Management Phoenix
Open, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 8-11—AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am,
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.
COLLEGE
FOOTBALL
FCS PLAYOFFS
Championship
Jan. 6
At Frisco, Texas
North Dakota State (13-1) vs. James Madison
(14-0), 9 a.m.
TRANSACTIONS
BASEBALL
ANGELS—Agreed to terms with shortstops
Kevin Maitan and Livan Soto on minor league
contracts.
San Diego—Agreed to terms with pitcher Jordan Lyles on a one-year contract; designated
pitcher Travis Wood for assignment.
BASKETBALL
Chicago—Recalled guard Kay Felder and
forward-center Cristiano Felicio from Windy City
(NBAGL).
HOCKEY
Minnesota—Recalled goaltender Adam Vay
from Rapid City (ECHL) to Iowa (AHL).
N.Y. Islanders—Recalled goaltender Eamon
McAdam from Worcester (ECHL) to Bridgeport
(AHL).
Toronto—Put defenseman Nikita Zaitsev on
injured reserve; recalled defenseman Martin
Marincin from Toronto (AHL).
FIGHT SCHEDULE
Dec. 30
At Yokohama, Japan, Naoya Inoue vs. Yoan
Boyeaux, 12, for Inoue's WBO junior-bantamweight title; Ken Shiro vs. Gilberto Pedroza,
12, for Shiro's WBC junior-flyweight title; Satoshi
Shimizu vs. Filipino Edward Mancito, 12, featherweights; Takuma Inoue vs. Kentaro Masuda, 10,
bantamweights.
Dec. 31
At Tokyo, Milan Melindo vs. Ryoichi Taguchi,
12, Melindo's IBF and Taguchi's WBA World junior-flyweight titles; Hiroto Kyoguchi vs. Carlos
Buitrago, 12, for Kyoguchi's IBF strawweight title;
Sho Kimura vs. Toshiyuki Igarashi, 12, for
Kimura's WBO flyweight title.
SOCCER
INTERNATIONAL
(Home team listed first)
ENGLAND
Premier League
West Brom 1, Mancheser United 2
Bournemouth 0, Liverpool 4
SPAIN
La Liga
Girona 1, Getafe 0
Leganes vs. Real Madrid, ppd.
Celta Vigo 0, Villarreal 1
Las Palmas 2, Espanyol 2
Barcelona 4, Dep. La Coruna 0
ITALY
Serie A
Verona 3, AC Milan 0
Bologna 0, Juventus 3
Crotone 1, Chievo 0
Fiorentina 0, Genoa 0
Sampdoria 0, Sassuolo 1
Benevento 1, Spal 2
Atalanta 3, Lazio 3
FRANCE
Ligue 1
Nantes 1, Angers 0
Nice 1, Bordeaux 0
Lyon 2, Marseille 0
GERMANY
Bundesliga
Hannover 4, Bayer Leverkusen 4
RB Leipzig 2, Hertha Berlin 3
THIS DAY IN
SPORTS
1991—The Cleveland Cavaliers turn a 20point halftime lead over Miami into the most lopsided victory in NBA history, 148-80 over the
Heat. The 68-point margin eclipses the mark of
63 set March 19, 1972, when the Lakers beat the
Golden State Warriors 162-99.
1993—Julio Cesar Chavez secures his place in
boxing history, retaining his WBC super-lightweight title with a fifth-round victory over Britain's
Andy Holligan. It's the 27th time Chavez fought
for a title without a loss since 1984, breaking Joe
Louis' mark of 26.
AP TOP 25
No. 5 Arizona State 76, Vanderbilt 64
No. 7 North Carolina 78, No. 20 Tennessee 73
No. 21 Baylor 118, Savannah State 86
SOUTHLAND
USC 98, UC Santa Barbara 87
Montana 77, UC Riverside 61
Eastern Washington 86, CS Northridge 58
Washington 80, Loyola Marymount 78
WEST
Army 79, Air Force 54
Colorado St. 66, Texas St. 58
Nevada 77, Radford 62
South Dakota 76, San Jose St. 62
Stanford 71, San Francisco 59
EAST
Binghamton 51, Sacred Heart 48
Boston College 84, CCSU 65
Catholic 72, Gettysburg 71
Duquesne 74, NC A&T 58
Elon 77, Boston U. 69
Franklin Pierce 77, Wilmington (Del.) 76
Hobart 81, NYU Poly 80
La Salle 95, Mercer 85
Old Dominion 82, Fairfield 77, OT
Providence 62, Stony Brook 60
St. Joseph’s 72, Maine 59
Siena 87, Bryant 68
St. John’s 69, Iona 59
St. Michael’s 81, Post (Conn.) 58
St. Peter’s 71, LIU Brooklyn 56
UMBC 76, N. Kentucky 75
MIDWEST
Evansville 79, Midway 52
Miami (Ohio) 109, Rio Grande 70
N. Michigan 77, Michigan Tech 65
Omaha 99, Cornell (Iowa) 58
S. Illinois 71, Lamar 61
SOUTH
Augusta 78, Young Harris 69
Bridgewater (Va.) 92, Buffalo St. 71
Cumberlands 126, Toccoa Falls 54
Furman 90, UNC Wilmington 84
Gardner-Webb 80, Hampton 79
Georgia Tech 79, Florida A&M 54
Hampden-Sydney 85, Johnson and Wales 82
Lipscomb 67, Abilene Christian 65
Mary Washington 68, Randolph-Macon 65
Morehead St. 98, Cent. Arkansas 94, OT
Penn St. 72, George Mason 54
Tennessee Tech 82, Chattanooga 76
W. Carolina 76, UNC Asheville 72
William & Mary 126, Milligan 69
Wofford 70, High Point 57
SOUTHWEST
Houston 92, Prairie View 72
Women
AP TOP 25
No. 2 Notre Dame 91, DePaul 82
No. 3 Louisville 87, Kentucky 63
No. 4 South Carolina 99, Savannah State 38
No. 5 Mississippi State 83, Maine 43
No. 7 Tennessee 90, Long Beach State 61
No. 8 Texas 87, No. 12 Florida State 72
No. 9 Oregon 90, Mississippi 46
No. 11 UCLA 77, Seton Hall 68
No. 13 Ohio State 87, Cincinnati 76
No. 16 Missouri 75, Indiana 55
No. 22 South Florida 82, FIU 52
No. 25 Iowa 71, Northern Iowa 47
WEST
Gonzaga 97, St. Francis (Pa.) 74
Hawaii 65, Arizona 60
Nebraska 81, San Jose St. 55
New Mexico St. 86, Pepperdine 64
Pacific 85, Seattle 73
St. Mary’s (Cal) 69, UT Martin 58
San Francisco 70, Fresno St. 62
UCF 62, UC Davis 55
Weber St. 91, Portland 70
EAST
Albany (NY) 69, St. Bonaventure 52
Boston College 64, New Hampshire 55
Drexel 65, Saint Joseph’s 58
Duquesne 64, Cent. Michigan 61
Fordham 71, Bucknell 62
Gardner-Webb 75, Mount St. Mary’s 67
George Washington 61, American U. 44
Holy Cross 69, Rhode Island 63
La Salle 71, Delaware St. 48
Northeastern 71, Vermont 66
Penn St. 59, Pittsburgh 48
Princeton 58, Wagner 37
Siena 62, Sacred Heart 57
Stony Brook 60, CCSU 55
SOUTH
Alabama 59, SMU 44
Chattanooga 68, Florida Gulf Coast 61
Clemson 53, Jacksonville St. 45
Georgia 60, Georgia Tech 53
Jacksonville 68, Bethune-Cookman 58
LSU 60, Louisiana-Lafayette 45
Mercer 93, Winthrop 45
New Orleans 89, Louisiana-Monroe 51
North Carolina 90, Washington 78
Presbyterian 69, NC Central 60
Samford 80, Troy 73
Syracuse 69, Coastal Carolina 57
Tulane 62, Middle Tennessee 44
UAB 85, Alabama A&M 58
UTEP 93, East Carolina 79
Virginia 77, Ohio 59
W. Kentucky 70, Toledo 56
William & Mary 75, Old Dominion 58
MIDWEST
Cleveland St. 56, Illinois St. 47
Dayton 82, James Madison 54
E. Michigan 78, Detroit 76
Iowa St. 89, UC Riverside 66
Marquette 83, Milwaukee 68
N. Illinois 86, SIU Edwardsville 75
Purdue 65, E. Washington 40
S. Dakota St. 85, Drake 78
St.. Louis 101, Lipscomb 57
Xavier 75, Furman 62
SOUTHWEST
Arkansas 91, Texas-Arlington 57
TCU 89, Northwestern St. 51
Texas Southern 85, Paul Quinn College 59
Texas State 73, Sam Houston St. 41
Texas Tech 80, Rio Grande 64
BOX SCORE
NO. 11 UCLA 77, SETON HALL 68
UCLA (8-2)—Drummer 0-5 0-0 0, Onyenwere
7-9 0-0 14, Burke 5-8 0-0 10, Canada 5-13 1-2
11, Hayes 5-9 2-2 15, Billings 5-9 7-10 17, Miller
0-0 0-0 0, Dean 3-5 0-0 8, Horvat 1-2 0-0 2,
Totals 31-60 10-14 77.
SETON HALL (7-3)—Brown 0-9 5-8 5, Fountain 9-23 5-7 23, Samuels 1-2 0-0 2, Hilaire 1-3
0-0 2, Jackson 1-8 0-0 3, Jones-Pack 1-2 0-0 2,
Philoxy 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Jimenez 6-7
5-5 20, Winters 5-10 0-0 11, Totals 24-65 15-20
68.
UCLA ..............................22 17 21 17—77
Seton Hall .......................15 17 21 15—68
Three-Point Goals—UCLA 5-15 (Drummer 0-1,
Burke 0-1, Canada 0-2, Hayes 3-6, Dean 2-4,
Horvat 0-1), Seton Hall 5-16 (Fountain 0-2, Jackson 1-5, Jimenez 3-4, Winters 1-5). Assists—
UCLA 18 (Canada 10), Seton Hall 8 (Brown 2).
Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—UCLA 39 (Onyenwere 9), Seton Hall 35 (Brown 8). Total Fouls—
UCLA 19, Seton Hall 16. A—1,165.
ODDS
NFL
Today
Favorite
Line (O/U)
Underdog
Atlanta
6 (48)
at TAMPA BAY
Updated odds available at Pregame.com
BASEBALL
CALENDAR
MLB CALENDAR
Jan. 12—Salary arbitration figures exchanged.
Jan. 24—BBWAA Hall of Fame voting
announced.
Jan. 29-Feb. 16—Salary arbitration hearings,
Phoenix.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1—Owners meetings, Beverly
Hills
Feb 15—Voluntary reporting date for pitchers,
catchers and injured players.
Feb. 19—Voluntary reporting date for other
players.
Feb. 24—Mandatory reporting date.
March 29—Opening day. Active rosters
reduced to 25 players.
April 17-18—Cleveland vs. Minnesota at San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
June 4—Amateur draft starts.
June 15—International amater signing period
closes.
July 2—International amateur signing period
opens.
July 6—Last day to sign for amateur draft picks
subject to deadline.
July 10—All-Star Game, Washington.
July 29—Hall of Fame inductions,
Cooperstown, N.Y
LOS ALAMITOS RESULTS
12th Day of a 12-Day Thoroughbred Meet. Copyright 2017 by
Equibase Company.
1096-FIRST RACE. 51⁄2-furlongs. Claiming. Fillies. 2 year
olds. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000. Purse
$30,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
2 Family Girl
Roman
2.80 2.40 2.10
4 Tiger Mom
Gnzalez
3.00 2.10
3 Miss Pretty
Frey
2.20
8 Also Ran: Dream of Eagles, Sugaratsundown, Cuvee Cat.
8 Time: 21.43, 45.26, 57.90, 1.04.25. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
Peter Miller. Owner: Ballena Vista Farm.
8 Scratched: Thursdays Angel.
8 Exotics: $1 Exacta (2-4) paid $3.90, $1 Superfecta (2-43-7) paid $33.60, $1 Trifecta (2-4-3) paid $6.70.
1097-SECOND RACE. 6-furlongs. Maiden Claiming. 2
year olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Purse $17,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
4 Fire When Ready Elliott
8.60 5.20 3.20
2 Joeray
Quinonz
7.20 4.60
1 Charlie Cowden VanDyke
3.20
8 Also Ran: High Rize, Lipster, Fivetwentyninefund, Gryffindor,
Mergie Troid, Downhill Run, Canadian Warrior.
8 Time: 21.85, 45.28, 57.67, 1.10.35. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
Patricia Harrington. Owner: Patricia Harrington.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (2-4) paid $13.80, $1 Exacta
(4-2) paid $24.30, $1 Superfecta (4-2-1-10) paid $475.70,
$1 Trifecta (4-2-1) paid $66.50.
1098-THIRD RACE. 51⁄2-furlongs. Claiming. 3 year olds
and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Purse $14,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
8 InexcssAgain
Frey
6.80 4.40 3.40
9 Ajac
Pena
19.00 10.40
6 WnnngCauswy
Roman
3.60
8 Also Ran: Fueled by Bourbon, Hawk’s Eyes (BRZ),
Luckarack, I B Mike, Big Bad Batman, Shining Hope.
8 Time: 22.25, 45.32, 57.71, 1.03.86. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
Jonathan Wong. Owner: Johnson, Troy and Lo, Charles.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (4-8) paid $38.20, $1 Exacta
(8-9) paid $60.20, $1 Superfecta (8-9-6-2) paid $984.50,
$1 Trifecta (8-9-6) paid $399.40, $1 Pick Three (2-4-8) paid
$40.00.
1099-FOURTH RACE. 51⁄2-furlongs. Maiden Claiming.
Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price
$20,000. Purse $15,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
10 Ramona Lover
Franco
4.80 3.00 2.60
3 Shining Armada Fuentes
5.60 4.80
7 Solar Corona
Boulngr
5.20
8 Also Ran: Bona Fide Image, Dorita’s Candy, Magicalchic,
Molinita, Annitasheaven, Our Bright Star, Bullet Miss.
8 Time: 21.86, 45.67, 58.45, 1.05.28. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
J. Eric Kruljac. Owner: Dunham, E., Kessler, T., Kruljac, J., Reed,
J., Rey, D. and Sondereker, J..
8 Scratched: Valedictoriette, Theverythotofyou.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (8-10) paid $19.20, $1 Exacta
(10-3) paid $14.60, $1 Superfecta (10-3-7-9) paid $204.80,
$1 Trifecta (10-3-7) paid $85.90, $1 Pick Three (4-8-10) paid
$43.50.
1100-FIFTH RACE. 1-mile. Allowance Optional Claiming.
3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Purse
$48,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
6 The Lieutenant VanDyke
7.00 4.00 3.20
4 Hot Sean
Talamo
3.80 3.20
2 Rocko’s Wheel
Pereira
4.20
8 Also Ran: Stormin Monarcho, The Critical Way, Senator
Robert.
8 Time: 24.25, 47.75, 1.11.10, 1.23.23, 1.35.46. Clear &
Fast. Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: Warren, Jr., Mr. and
Mrs. William K..
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (10-6) paid $20.80, $1 Exacta
(6-4) paid $11.30, $1 Superfecta (6-4-2-5) paid $116.60, $1
Trifecta (6-4-2) paid $57.00, $1 Pick Three (8-10-6) paid
$40.20, 50-Cent Pick Four (4-8-10/11/12-6) 4 correct paid
$86.80, 50-Cent Pick Five (2/5-4-8-10/11/12-6) 5 correct
paid $190.70.
1101-SIXTH RACE. 6-furlongs. Maiden Special Weight. 2
year olds. Purse $40,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
5 All Out Blitz
Baze
9.40 4.60 3.20
7 Restoring Hope VanDyke
4.40 3.40
2 Montmartre
Smith
3.40
8 Also Ran: Concur, Paint Me Lucky, Sunny Spot, Your Grace,
Chieftain’s Lad, Dynamic Duo.
8 Time: 22.34, 44.31, 56.48, 1.09.25. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
Simon Callaghan. Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (6-5) paid $38.20, $1 Exacta
(5-7) paid $21.60, $1 Superfecta (5-7-2-8) paid $157.70, $1
Trifecta (5-7-2) paid $83.00, $1 Pick Three (10-6-5) paid
$43.40.
1102-SEVENTH RACE. 1-mile. Claiming. 3 year olds and
up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Purse $17,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
6 Lindante
Franco
12.20 5.60 3.60
3 American League Roman
4.80 3.20
5 Gentrified
Quinonz
4.00
8 Also Ran: Gotta Get Lucky, Harrovian, Flash Henry, Giant
Mark.
8 Time: 23.73, 47.21, 1.11.26, 1.23.90, 1.37.07. Clear &
Fast. Trainer: Gary Stute. Owner: Ferraro, Kyle, Huston Racing
Stable and Mann, Kendall.
8 Scratched: Six Gun Smokin.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-6) paid $64.80, $1 Exacta
(6-3) paid $22.90, $1 Superfecta (6-3-5-1) paid $345.30,
$1 Trifecta (6-3-5) paid $82.00, $2 Consolation Double (5-7)
paid $11.80, $1 Pick Three (6-5-6) paid $152.20, $1 Consolation Pick Three (6-5-7) paid $33.80.
1103-EIGHTH RACE. 51⁄2-furlongs. Starter Allowance.
Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price
$50,000. Purse $28,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
5 DngrouslyClse
Maldndo
6.80 4.20 3.00
9 ChyUpandAwy
Puglisi
9.40 4.60
4 Li’l Grazen
Roman
2.80
8 Also Ran: Coalinga Hills, Yalisha, Troublesome, Dixie Crystal, Royal Astronomer, Lady’s War Dress.
8 Time: 21.57, 44.12, 56.68, 1.03.37. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
Genaro Vallejo. Owner: Battle Born Racing Stable, Pristinus
Stables, Three Sixty Racing Stable et al..
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (6-5) paid $52.40, $1 Exacta
(5-9) paid $30.10, $1 Superfecta (5-9-4-3) paid $639.50,
$1 Trifecta (5-9-4) paid $97.50, $1 Pick Three (5-6-5) paid
$136.80, $1 Consolation Pick Three (5-7-5) paid $45.20.
1104-NINTH RACE. 1-mile. Starter Allowance. 3 year
olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500. Purse $18,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
8 Tasunke Witco
Pereira
7.20 3.40 2.80
2 Seeking the West Roman
3.80 3.00
1 Hot Perfection
Baze
4.80
8 Also Ran: Midnight Harbor, Sense of Glory, Pick One, Private
Prospect, Mon Mousse.
8 Time: 23.98, 47.40, 1.11.78, 1.24.54, 1.37.57. Clear &
Fast. Trainer: Charles S. Treece. Owner: Carver, Jack and
Treece, Charles.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-8) paid $25.60, $1 Exacta
(8-2) paid $11.20, $1 Superfecta (8-2-1-6) paid $309.00, $1
Trifecta (8-2-1) paid $73.20, $1 Pick Three (6-5-8) paid
$81.00.
1105-TENTH RACE. 1-mile. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds
and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000. Purse
$15,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
2 Southern Thunder Frey
13.80 6.80 4.20
7 Downside Up
Maldndo
12.60 6.60
8 Is Trevor Clever Elliott
3.20
8 Also Ran: Haylord, Mr. Matlock, Spend It, Vow’s Son, Royal
Seeker, Sun Kingdom.
8 Time: 23.68, 46.87, 1.12.20, 1.25.56, 1.38.98. Clear &
Fast. Trainer: Jeff Mullins. Owner: Conboy, Michael, Fraser,
Jimmy and Mullins, Jeff.
8 Scratched: Hailey’s Kid Comet.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (8-2) paid $47.00, $1 Exacta
(2-7) paid $76.40, $1 Superfecta (2-7-8-4) paid $2,676.80,
$1 Super High Five (2-7-8-4-10) paid $30,176.00, $1 Trifecta
(2-7-8) paid $444.70, $1 Pick Three (5-8-2) paid $100.60,
50-Cent Pick Four (6-5-8-2) 4 correct paid $301.75, $2 Pick
Six (6-5-6-5-8-2) 5 out of 6 paid $381.00, $2 Pick Six (6-56-5-8-2) 6 correct paid $31,956.40.
ATTENDANCE / MUTUEL HANDLE
On-Track Attendance-1,714. Mutuel handle-$457,154
Inter-Track Attendance-5,258. Mutuel handle-$1,627,330
Out of State Attendance-N/A. Mutuel handle-$5,227,600
Total Attendance-6,972. Mutuel handle- $7,312,084
CALENDAR
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Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
FILM FANS JAM FRIDAY’S screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, helping push it to No. 1 at the weekend box office.
DIVERSE UNIVERSE
The latest ‘Star Wars’
films point to a more
inclusive casting future
By Jen Yamato
As a boy, Rian Johnson
would look out at the Colorado skyline like young
Luke Skywalker gazing upon the twin suns of Tatooine
and wonder what adventure
awaited.
In “Star Wars: The Last
Jedi,” one of the more inclusive “Star Wars” films in the
franchise’s 40-year history,
the writer-director delivers
to many underserved fans
their own similar, and long
overdue, moments of heroic
inspiration.
For some, it’s the steadfast, unwavering spirit of a
Resistance
mechanic
named Rose Tico (Kelly
Marie Tran) and the selflessness of her sister, a rebel
gunner
named
Paige
(Veronica Ngo) — the first female Asian characters to get
significant screen time and
heroine turns in the “Star
Wars” films.
For others, it’s Vice Admiral Holdo, played by a
lilac-haired Laura Dern, one
of Gen. Leia Organa’s top officers orchestrating the Resistance’s military efforts
against the First Order, who
gets a jaw-dropping moment of her own.
“It just feels right, especially now,” said Johnson, 44,
of the diverse heroes —
many of them women — who
lead the charge in the eighth
“episode” set in a galaxy far,
far away. “It’s a sea change
you feel happening. The fact
that it is powerful for folks
who haven’t seen themselves [reflected] on-screen,
as heroes and also villains,
all types of characters… to
see how much that matters
to people, and how emotional that is, has been really
impactful.”
The flag was planted in
2015’s “Episode VII — The
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‘The Last Jedi’ rumbles
to $220 million to top
the weekend box office
By Sonaiya Kelley
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
“IT JUST FEELS right, especially now,” says “Last
Jedi” director Rian Johnson of cast’s inclusiveness.
“Star Wars: The Last
Jedi” dominated the weekend’s box office with force,
debuting with $220 million
domestically, according to
estimates from measurement firm ComScore.
That makes the film the
No. 1 debut of 2017, the second-best opening of all time
and the cornerstone of what
is expected to be the thirdbest overall weekend at
the U.S. box office of all time.
It also managed to scrape
together an impressive
$450 million globally.
As projected, the Rian
Johnson-directed
sequel
could not top “Star Wars:
The Force Awakens,” which
holds the record for biggest
opening with a 2015 debut
weekend gross of $248 million. That film, with J.J.
Abrams at the helm, was
powered by years of antici-
pation for a new “Star Wars”
movie featuring fan favorites
such as Han Solo, played by
Harrison Ford, and Princess
Leia, portrayed by Carrie
Fisher.
“ ‘The Force Awakens’
had some very important
advantages,” said Dave Hollis, president of theatrical
distribution
at
Disney.
“Most notably, massive
pent-up demand, because of
it being the first ‘Star Wars’
film in a decade.”
“We came in with high expectations both in following
the work that ‘The Force
Awakens’ did in 2015 but also
just the high expectations
that fans of the franchise
have when it comes to these
movies,” Hollis said. “To
have this reception to the
film is unbelievably satisfying.”
Fans at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre on Saturday
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Quit Fox News? Not likely Eminem’s latest is
ALBUM REVIEW
a clunky ‘Revival’
Midday anchor Harris
Faulkner says she’s
‘part of the solution’
at the cable channel.
MIKAEL WOOD
POP MUSIC CRITIC
By Stephen Battaglio
NEW YORK — During
summer 2016, in the weeks
after a sexual harassment
scandal broke at Fox News,
daytime anchor Harris
Faulkner would look around
a conference room during
meetings at the network’s
headquarters and wonder
about her female colleagues.
“Are there victims here?”
the anchor of the daily afternoon newscast “Outnumbered Overtime” would ask
herself. “How do I be part of
a culture that can survive
this?’ ” In retrospect, Faulkner said, “It seemed like an
out-of-body experience try[See Faulkner, E5]
Eminem
“Revival”
(Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
“WERE there days when I wanted to walk away?” daytime anchor Harris Faulk-
ner says of working at Fox News. “Yeah ... But I didn’t, and I’m glad that I haven’t.”
Nobody has ever accused
Eminem of having his heart
in the right place.
For years, listening to
hip-hop’s most problematic
giant has meant looking
past (or even justifying) the
dubious moral propositions
present in his work. Some
people tell themselves that
the rapper’s dazzling technical ability offsets his horrific
ideas about women; others
say he’s merely voicing a perspective, not necessarily his
own, that we owe it to ourselves to try to understand.
Yet with his new album,
“Revival,” Eminem has done
something novel: He’s made
it easy to admire his motivation and nearly impossible
to appreciate his execution.
Released Friday, “Revival” follows a widely discussed performance Eminem gave during October’s
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Putting ‘quince’
in turning 15
Five Latina teens,
including two from
L.A., are the focus of
an HBO docu-series
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Photographs from Center for Land Use Interpretation
“F-4 DEBRIS BASIN” is part of the exhibition “Desert Ramparts: Defending Las Vegas From the Flood.”
ART REVIEW
Keeping it dry, Vegas style
Sin City’s massive
flood-control system
is the sublime star of
‘Desert Ramparts.’
By David Pagel
In 1917, Marcel Duchamp
turned a urinal on its back,
signed it “R Mutt” and presented it as a work of art.
The public was outraged.
Even today, people believe
that the Frenchman was
making fun of artistic pretensions and that his work
mocked old-fashioned ideas
about tastefulness.
That’s true. But I also
think that Duchamp was impressed with America’s
plumbing. It’s just as interesting to think of his sculpture as an invitation to look
at the ways cities in the
United States channel water
— pumping, flushing and
dumping it, through pipes,
aqueducts and rivers — to
make modern life clean and
safe.
That’s what “Desert
Ramparts: Defending Las
Vegas From the Flood” does.
At the Center for Land Use
Interpretation in Culver
City, the eye-opening exhibition takes visitors on a trip
through the desert around
Las Vegas, where the Regional Flood Control District of Clark County has,
during the last 30 years,
overseen the construction of
about 650 miles of concrete,
rock and gravel channels
and more than 100 detention
basins, each the size of a
small lake.
Forget
industrialstrength art. Think speciesscale plumbing.
On two walls of the exhibition, seven monitors display
“HEADWORKS Detention Basin” was designed to hold runoff but can be seen
as art on a species-level scale. The image is part of the exhibition in Culver City.
‘Desert
Ramparts’
Where: Center for Land
Use Interpretation, 9331
Venice Blvd., Culver City
When: Open Fridays
through Sundays, through
December
Info: (310) 839-5722,
www.clui.org
aerial videos of structures
that look like skate parks or
racetracks or runways for
intergalactic spacecraft until you notice the tiny
houses, streets and skyscrapers in their backgrounds. The massiveness
of the poured concrete
structures and piled rock
embankments hits you in
ways 18th century philo-
sophers described as sublime.
All the bulwarks were
made to form a network to
protect Las Vegas from flash
floods, which, given the geography of the region, can be
apocalyptic.
On a third wall, a touchscreen monitor takes you to
20 sites around Las Vegas.
Projected above is a slide
show that includes 150 images, some up close, abstract and sculptural; others
distant and architectural.
Some of the dams, dikes
and debris basins recall the
tank-stopping fortifications
built in Europe during World
War II — only bigger. Others
resemble oversize amphitheaters, their stepped
forms seeming to be seats for
gigantic beings. Others have
the presence of parade
grounds, where unimaginably vast crowds might
gather. Still others recall
labyrinths or ziggurats,
their angled embankments
suggesting rituals that defy
comprehension.
People do not appear in
any of the images. All we see
is evidence of human activity. This makes it easy to
imagine that you are looking
at the work of a species that
has vanished from the planet. That feeling is intensified
by the knowledge that you
are looking at structures designed and built — at considerable expense — to prevent
such destruction from taking place.
The paradox is poignant.
And it would not be lost on
Duchamp, whose appreciation for the absurdity of human activity is exemplary, if
often overlooked by both his
fans and detractors.
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Photographs from HBO
ASHLEY LOPEZ is ready for anything, be it for her next boxing match or celebrating her quinceañera. She is one of five Latina teens spotlighted in HBO series “15.”
Putting own spins on quinceañera
An L.A. boxer and a
trans teen are part of
an HBO series on the
Latina rite of passage.
By Sonaiya Kelley
Planning the perfect
quinceañera is one thing.
Planning the perfect quinceañera while still sporting
fresh bruises from your first
boxing match is another.
Add cameras and a film
crew to the mix and you’ll
have an idea of what Ashley
Lopez was dealing with.
“The most stressful part
was the fight, of course,”
said Lopez. “Because it
wasn’t just a fight, it was going to be filmed by HBO. I
was like, ‘Wow, that’s really
big. If I lose, if I just get
knocked out right here, the
whole world’s going to see.’ ”
Lopez, an amateur boxer
from East L.A., is one of five
subjects of a series of documentaries on the cable
channel
about
quinceañeras, the celebration of a
Latina’s 15th birthday.
In the same vein as
MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16”
(but with considerably less
of that series’ signature privilege ), “15: A Quinceañera
Story” aims to spotlight the
myriad ways Latinascelebrate the day. The 30-minute
films, which span celebrations in L.A., Texas and Florida, run on consecutive
nights, starting Tuesday.
Directed by Matthew
O’Neill and executive produced by husband and wife
duo Tommy Mottola and
Thalía Sodi (a music executive and recording artist, respectively), the four films
follow five Latina girls
through the planning and
staging of their highly
unique quinceañeras.
“It was originally meant
to be one film, but then we
found so many incredible
young women that it became four short films,” said
O’Neill. “People too often
think of the Latino commu-
ZOEY LUNA , center, is flanked by members of her court. “I feel like a quinceañera stops time,” she says.
‘15: A
Quinceañera
Story’
Where: HBO and HBO
Latino
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
through Friday
Rating: TV-G (suitable for
all ages)
nity as monolithic; in these
films, you see five young
women who are fierce and
dynamic in such different
ways.
“They come from different backgrounds, different
places, different passions
and different personal stories. What unites them is the
honoring of their community and their culture.”
The quinceañera is a rite
of passage that historians
say came about as a result of
Spanish culture mixing with
customs of the indigenous
peoples the Spaniards colonized. Today, they are celebrated in Latin America, the
Caribbean and the U.S.
The L.A.-based subjects
are Lopez and Zoey Luna, a
trans girl celebrating her
quinceañera with several
trans madrinas (or godmothers) who were never
able to have celebrations of
their own. “They’re so very
supportive of me,” Luna said
of her madrinas. “They’re
basically like my fairy godmothers, honestly.”
To find subjects for the
docs the filmmakers combined “the reach of the internet and good old-fashioned
street walking,” said O’Neill.
“It was a pretty rigorous
process. We reached out to
every community around
the country that we could.
We talked to quinceañera
planners, community activists, community organiza-
tions and found them in all
sorts of different ways. For
example, we found Ashley
by walking along Whittier
Boulevard and striking up
conversations
in
every
quinceañera dress shop.”
Luna was discovered
when the filmmakers happened upon an article about
a court case she and her
mother, Ofelia, had against
her public school. After administrators at the school
asked her to transfer, the
ACLU wrote a letter of support to make sure her rights
were protected.
“I thought it would be a
really great step into having
trans inclusiveness in media,” Luna said of her
quinceañera. “A lot of people don’t know transgender
girls that are even teenagers,
and so I thought it would be
cool like, ‘Hey, I’m a trans
teenage girl. It happens, it’s
a normal thing.’ And also
that we do have quin-
ceañeras.”
Since being brought together to do press for the series, Lopez and Luna have
become friends, cracking up
between takes at The Times’
photo studio and coordinating a sleepover at Luna’s
house at the end of the interview. “I feel like we’re like sisters, to be honest,” Luna
said. “We just clicked right
away,” Lopez agreed.
Where Lopez, who grew
up with older brothers, is
tough, with a tomboy’s sensibilities (and an obsession
with rapper ASAP Rocky),
Luna is the quintessential
girly-girl who references ’90s
TV series “Buffy the Vampire
Slayer” at least 15 times during
the
interview.
“I
should’ve been born in the
’90s,” she said.
Filming lasted for about
seven months and captured
the struggles leading up to
the parties as well as the
parties themselves. Lopez
had to juggle preparing for
both a huge fight and a huge
party scheduled just days
apart while her boxing coach
was being threatened with
deportation. Luna, on the
other hand, struggled with
drama among her classmates and with finding boys
to participate in her chamberlain, or court.
“It’s really hard,” said
Luna. “Because everyone
wants to know, ‘Have you got
the surgery? Did you get
your nose job? Did you get
your boobs done? Why do
you have cellulite?’ There’s a
lot of ignorance and a lot of
hate, because people see me
so confident, but I’m myself
and I know who I am.”
“These young women inspire me,” said O’Neill.
“They celebrate, I think,
many of the different
strands of what it means to
be a young Latina today in
the United States.
“Too often, the Latino
community is defined in
broad brushstrokes and
generalizations. Really, the
thing that unites these
young women is the fact that
they’re all celebrating their
culture with a quinceañera.
Otherwise, they’re totally
different. And different in so
many self-assured and selfconfident ways.”
Despite having such different interests, the girls are
in agreement about what
the ritual means to them.
“I feel like a quinceañera
stops time,” said Luna. “It
really makes you think
about what’s important to
you. I think it’s a realization
point....”
“And what’s cool with
that realization point is you
get a celebration,” Lopez
said.
“It’s so much fun,” Luna
added. “Because you find
out all these things about
yourself and about the people who care about you, and
then you get to just throw
this awesome party with this
amazing dress.”
sonaiya.kelley
@latimes.com
‘Revival’: motivation strong, execution weak
[Eminem, from E1]
BET Hip-Hop Awards in
which he fiercely criticized
President Trump — hardly a
radical act for a musician, of
course, but a surprising one
for Eminem, whose audience of middle-American
white males arguably overlaps with Trump’s base.
Even if you don’t share
Eminem’s opinion of the
president, you had to be impressed by his willingness to
risk alienating a piece of his
fan base to speak his mind.
And here, indeed, he doubles down on his critique of
Trump in “Like Home,” describing him as a chump who
parrots Fox News and who
won’t denounce members of
the KKK because he plays
golf with them.
“Take it back to the
Shady National Convention / Wish I would’ve spit on
it before I went to shake his
hand at the event,” Eminem
raps, referring to a televised
2004 concert at which
Trump appeared. “Or maybe had the wherewithal to
know that he was gonna try
to tear apart / Our sacred
land we cherish and stand
for.”
There’s more politically
minded stuff, such as “Untouchable,” a dense, wordjammed track Eminem delivers in alternating guises: a
white police officer and a
black man the cop has
pulled over.
And “Revival” contains
seemingly heartfelt apologies to some of the people
Eminem has hurt, including
the ex-wife he once fantasized about killing and his
now-21-year-old daughter.
On the surface, this
proudly grown-up vibe con-
Kevin Winter Getty Images
EMINEM , at the Grammys in 2010, stumbles on the
well-intentioned but shallow “Revival,” critic writes.
jures (or perhaps was meant
to conjure) thoughts of JayZ’s “4:44,” another album by
a fortysomething MC struggling to figure how out he fits
into hip-hop in middle age.
But where Jay-Z raps
with style and elegance to
spare, Eminem hits clunker
after clunker on “Revival,”
his clumsiest record. It’s not
just the corny jokes and
goofy puns, either, although
those are plenty bad: “This
type of pickle we’re in is hard
to deal,” he says in “Like
Home,” pronouncing “deal”
— yep, it’s true — like “dill.”
In “Believe,” for which he
borrows the choppy triplet
flow associated with the Atlanta trio Migos, he says he
“started from the bottom,
like a snowman, ground up.”
The cringe-worthy lines
keep coming.
The production — by
Rick Rubin, Alex Da Kid and
others, including Eminem
himself — is just as ungainly,
with turgid rock guitars and
dreary midtempo grooves
that make this 19-track set
feel even longer and more
punishing than it is.
Yet what’s most troubling about “Revival” is how
shallow so much of Eminem’s thinking is here. “Untouchable,” in particular, is
staggeringly simplistic in its
examination of white privilege: “Seems like the average
lifespan of a white man is
more than twice than a black
lifespan,” he raps.
In “Walk on Water,” a
hymn-like tune with vocals
from Beyoncé, Eminem airs
his anxieties about being
past his prime but never digs
deep to explore why he’s still
compelled to compete.
And how is it that, on an
album professing to be
woke, he didn’t think better
of repeatedly using the
phrase “me too” in a sleazy
outlier of a song, “Heat,”
about pursuing a woman
more or less against her will?
Eminem may no longer
view himself as part of the
problem. But “Revival” is
not the solution.
mikael.wood@latimes.com
Twitter: @mikaelwood
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A fresh new force for ‘Star Wars’
[Director, from E1]
Force Awakens” with director J.J. Abrams’ introduction of heroes like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John
Boyega) and Poe Dameron
(Oscar Isaac) to a canonical
universe historically dominated by white men. It continued in 2016’s “Rogue
One,” in which a culturally
diverse band of misfits led by
Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso steal
the plans to the Death Star.
With even more for audiences to cheer in “The Last
Jedi,” the new “Star Wars”
focus on inclusive storytelling has crystallized into
one of the most refreshing
and powerful raisons d‘être
of the franchise’s rebirth.
“I think it’s important
people see themselves represented in film. I think it’s
not a small thing,” Abrams
said in 2015 when asked by a
fan at Comic-Con if Asian
actors would be featured in
“The Force Awakens.” (A
few were, in small roles.)
“There is every intention
to carry on exactly what J.J.
is talking about in all the
‘Star Wars’ movies that we
intend to make,” promised
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Two films later, Lucasfilm has yet to deliver on gender diversity behind the
camera, and persistent calls
to include LGBTQ characters in the “Star Wars” films
have gone unanswered. But
Kennedy’s promise to continue strides toward meaningful diversity in the franchise takes a leap forward in
“The Last Jedi,” whose director agrees: Representation “really matters.”
Critically acclaimed but
hardly a household name,
Johnson had three modestly
scaled films (“Brick,” “The
Brothers Bloom,” “Looper”)
and three pivotal episodes of
TV’s “Breaking Bad” under
his belt but no plans to take a
studio directing gig, when
Lucasfilm came calling with
an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“When he got this, one of
the things I said to him was,
‘The secret here is Kathy
[Kennedy],’ ” said producer
Ram Bergman, who has collaborated with Johnson on
all of his films since “Brick,” a
teen neo-noir shot for just
$330,000. “She’s not just an
executive. She’s been a producer for so many years,
made so many great movies,
and worked with filmmakers. And she really did create
an environment where Rian
and I could do what we
wanted.”
Johnson seized the liberty both he and Bergman say
Lucasfilm afforded them,
writing “The Last Jedi”
while Abrams filmed “The
Force Awakens” and following the lead of the grounwork that installment laid
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
WRITER-DIRECTOR Rian Johnson, left, and producer Ram Bergman have worked together on several of Johnson’s films besides “Jedi.”
down while looking for ways
to push the canon forward in
intriguing new directions.
The strong female bent of
“Last Jedi,” Johnson says,
came from an iconic source
of inspiration: Princess Leia
herself, Carrie Fisher.
Props to a princess
“I was very much taking a
cue from Leia and Leia’s
place in these movies going
back to the original trilogy
and the impact she had on
me as a kid — when she was
literally the only female
character,” Johnson said.
Fisher reprised the role for
“The Last Jedi” before she
died last year during postproduction.
“I remember the scene in
the Death Star: ‘Into the
garbage chute, flyboy.’ That
had a huge impact on me.
Carrying Carrie’s spirit into
this movie felt really right.”
The story finds the current trilogy’s central heroes
faced with intense personal
challenges immediately following the events of “The
Force Awakens,” as the Resistance finds itself trapped
by the imposing armies of
Supreme Leader Snoke
(Andy Serkis) and his minions, Kylo Ren (Adam
Driver) and Gen. Hux
(Domnhall Gleeson).
Cocksure X-wing pilot
Poe clashes with his superiors. Ex-storm trooper Finn
leads a mission back to his
old stomping grounds to infiltrate enemy lines. Rey,
who has tracked missing
Luke Skywalker (Mark
Hamill) to a remote island
hideaway, wrestles with her
growing powers, her quest to
find her parents, and latenight ForceTime calls with a
certain darksider.
In a film that slyly subverts the traditional malehero imperative, the bestlaid plans and aggro methods of men on both sides of
the Force give way to the valor of women. “The Last Jedi”
also posits the radical notion that one doesn’t need
Skywalker blood to inherit a
powerful destiny, a populist
concept that should ripple
across the galaxy in future
installments to come.
To wit, the heart of “The
Last Jedi” beats within the
eager chest of the most ordinary of Resistance rebels,
one of the new characters
Johnson dreamed up: Rose,
a spaceship grease monkey
who was never meant to be a
hero and an instant fan favorite Johnson wrote, in a
way, to serve as a relatable
audience surrogate.
“I wanted someone who
10-year-old me would truly
be able to relate to, someone
who was a genuine nerd,
someone who it would be a
little surprising that they
were front and forward in a
‘Star Wars’ movie — because
that’s how I would feel if I
was stuck in the middle of a
‘Star Wars’ adventure,”
Johnson said with a laugh.
“Like, ‘What am I doing
here?’ ”
Finding his Rose, the
most important new addition to the cast, was a laborious search for the best actress for the role. Once Johnson cast Vietnamese American San Diego native Tran
as Rose, the search to cast
the pivotal role of her sister
Paige led him to Vietnamese
actress and singer Ngo.
“I was not looking for a
specific ethnicity,” said
Johnson, who auditioned
Caucasian actresses as well
as women of color for the
part. “We saw a lot of talented actresses of a very
broad range — but honestly,
it was more about finding
Kelly. There was something
about Kelly that had that
kind of genuine oddball nature and a real sweetness to
her. She has the most open
heart of anyone I’ve ever
met, and I knew that was going to shine through onscreen. I knew that I was going to be rooting for her in
the movie.”
Writing inclusively for a
woman, and then casting
the role for any ethnicity,
thus led to the biggest leap
forward for Asian representation Hollywood has ever
dared to make on such a
large scale.
Dern’s character, another of the film’s breakout new
additions, was born out of
Poe’s story line. For Johnson, Holdo represents everything that might directly
challenge what Isaac’s confident fighter pilot brings to
the films.
Poe’s new challenge
“[Poe] is a hotshot pilot,
so you ground his X-wing
and you face him with the
question of bravado versus
true heroism, which is leadership,” explained Johnson.
“I started watching World
War II movies, because you
see that type of relationship
reflected a lot in films like
‘Twelve O’Clock High’ or
‘The Dawn Patrol.’ The fact
that it’s a woman, and not
only that, but it’s a woman
who isn’t in a general’s outfit
but has a real feminine energy, seemed like the toughest
thing that Poe could come
up against.”
Holdo now features in
one of Johnson’s favorite
scenes, a two-hander between Dern and the late
Fisher that gets audiences
misty-eyed.
Fisher herself helped reshape an emotional goodbye
she and Dern share in “The
Last Jedi.” “I rewrote that
scene with those two actors,” said Johnson. “Laura
[Dern] really wanted to find
a way to pay tribute to Carrie
and what Leia meant to her
growing up, and that’s where
that moment came from.
And the [response to Holdo
attempting to say “May the
force be with you”], ‘I’ve said
it enough, you go ahead’ —
that was Carrie’s line.”
It remains to be seen how
Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which is expected
to close out the trilogy in
2019, will address the loss of
Fisher from the franchise,
admits Johnson.
“She was obviously going
to play a huge part in whatever the last chapter was going to be,” said the filmmaker, who has been tapped
to helm a new untitled “Star
Wars” trilogy that he and
Bergman will begin work on
in the new year.
“I also think there’s the
context of the audience; we
all know she’s gone,” said
Johnson. “We know what
we’re dealing with coming
into the next one.”
jen.yamato@latimes.com
First place for ‘Last Jedi’
FATHER and daughter moviegoers Edgar Deleon
and Arianna drove up from San Diego for the film.
STORMTROOPER wannabe Victor Barboa poses
for photographs across from the El Capitan Theatre.
Photographs by
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
A ‘STAR WARS’ fan emerges from an early showing
of “The Last Jedi” in Hollywood on Friday.
[Box office, from E1]
ner of “Star Wars” gear,
twirling lightsabers and
donning capes, with one person even sporting a furry
Chewbacca onesie. L.A. resident Destini Bryant dressed
as Princess Leia with the
requisite side buns and signature white dress that the
late Fisher made famous.
“I just love Carrie Fisher a
lot,” she said. “So all of our
friends, we’re dressed up …
in homage to the originals.
Especially this year, it’s our
first movie without her, so
we had to pay a little tribute.”
Bryant and three cosplaying friends were seeing
the movie at El Capitan as
part of a larger group of 75
“friends of friends of
friends.” San Fernando Valley resident Kacee Forte also
showed up with a large
group, about 20 friends. Saturday night marked the
third time the group gathered to see a new “Star Wars”
movie. “It was hilarious,”
said Forte, who wore a “Star
Wars” T-shirt. “I was
shocked, I was screaming. It
was amazing.”
Men 25 and older made
up 42% of the opening-weekend audience, according to
PostTrak polling, and 89%
rated “Last Jedi” positively.
Women younger than 25 represented the smallest segment of the audience at just
10%; women 25 and older
were 23% of the audience,
and men under 25 accounted for 25%.
About 62% of all ticket
buyers were white; 15% were
Latino, 10% Asian and 9%
black, said PostTrak.
The film was a hit with
audiences and critics, gar-
Estimated sales in the U.S. and Canada:
3-day
Percentage
gross
change from
Total
(millions) last weekend (millions)
Movie
(Studio)
Days in
release
1 Star Wars:
The Last Jedi
$220
NA
$220
3
(Disney)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 Ferdinand
$13.3
NA
$13.3
3
(20th Century Fox)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------3 Coco
$10
-46%
$150.8
26
(Disney)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------4 Wonder
$5.4
-36%
$109.2
31
(Lionsgate)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 Justice League
$4.2
-57%
$219.5
31
(Warner Bros.)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------6 Daddy’s Home 2
$3.8
-36%
$96.6
38
(Paramount)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------7 Thor: Ragnarok
$3
-52%
$306.4
45
(Disney)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------8 The Disaster Artist
$2.6
-59%
$12.9
17
(A24)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------9 Murder on
the Orient Express
$2.5
-52%
$97.2
38
(20th Century Fox)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------10 Lady Bird
$2.1
-39%
$26
45
(A24)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Industry totals
3-day gross
(in millions)
Change from
2016
Year-to-date
gross
(in billions)
Change
from
2016
Change in
attendance
from 2016
32.3%
$10.3
-2.9%
NA
$280
Sources: comScore
Los Angeles Times
nering a rare five out of fivestar audience rating on
PostTrak, a 93% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and
an A rating on CinemaScore.
Also new this week, Fox’s
“Ferdinand” premiered at
No. 2 with $13.3 million, below analysts’ expectations of
$15 million to $20 million.
“I’ll always take No. 2
against the second-biggest
opening in history,” said
Chris Aronson, president of
domestic distribution at
20th Century Fox. “It’s all
good. This was a very calculated move on our part, and
we’re thrilled with the result.
We know that ‘Star Wars’ is a
juggernaut, no one will deny
that, but it’s a PG-13 film, and
we think that we have a very
satisfying movie for the
younger crowd and their
parents.”
The film debuted on the
low end of wide-release animated films this year, ahead
of disappointments like
“The Star” and “My Little
Pony: The Movie” but far behind middling performers
like “The Emoji Movie” and
“The Lego Ninjago Movie.”
Fox hopes the A rating on
CinemaScore is a sign the
film will have stronger legs
over the holiday season.
“We’re just starting to
pick up momentum,” said
Aronson. “You’ll start to see
it Monday. You’re going to
see a huge multiple on this
movie.”
“Ferdinand” is based on a
beloved children’s book
about a bull that would
rather sniff flowers than
fight in the ring. It was produced by Fox’s computer
animation unit Blue Sky
Studios.
Following the announcement last week that Walt
Disney Co. will buy film and
TV assets owned by 21st
Century Fox, it’s worth noting that the studios were responsible for more than 93%
of the weekend’s total gross
from the top 10 films.
“They have the top movies in the marketplace,” said
Paul Dergarabedian, senior
media analyst at ComScore.
“Three out of the top five
films are from Disney or Fox.
Even if you look at the top 10,
five out of the top 10 movies
are from Disney or Fox.”
sonaiya.kelley
@latimes.com
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Putting the news in Fox News
[Faulkner, from E1]
ing to process all the nuances and the details that were
coming out.”
Nearly 18 months later,
the channel has more than
survived, finishing 2017 as
the most watched cable network for the second straight
year despite losing its top
rated prime-time personality, Bill O’Reilly, also under
a cloud of harassment allegations. And Faulkner has
kept her eye on how the network was going to make
good on a stated commitment to improve diversity
and conditions for the women who work there.
“Were there days when I
wanted to walk away?” she
asked in her brightly decorated office at the network’s
Midtown Manhattan headquarters. “Yeah, especially
when people judged me in
public in front of my children. But I didn’t, and I’m
glad that I haven’t.”
Fox News, with its polarizing conservative personalities, can stir enough passion among viewers that
strangers who recognize
Faulkner on the street will
ask her how she can work
there after the harassment
allegations were revealed.
But the 52-year-old UC
Santa Barbara alum believed she could be “part of
the solution.” On Oct. 2, she
became one of five solo women who now host their own
daily hours on Fox News (a
year ago, there were only
two, including Megyn Kelly,
who left for NBC). Faulkner,
who joined Fox News in 2005,
is also the only black woman
with a daily program on one
of the three major cable
news channels.
Faulkner’s show, “Outnumbered Overtime,” is
watched by an average of 1.6
million viewers, has lifted
the ratings for the 1 p.m.
Eastern time slot and has an
82% advantage over CNN
and a 78% lead over MSNBC.
Faulkner also remains a cohost of “Outnumbered,” the
talk show that proceeds it; it
draws 1.8 million viewers
each day, also leading its cable news competition by a
wide margin.
As one of the commentary-free anchors who puts
the news in Fox News, Faulkner juggles guest interviews
and breaking stories with
no-nonsense precision during the midday hours when a
White House briefing or an
off-the-cuff comment by
President Trump can shift
the national conversation
for the rest of the day.
Lately, the “Outnumbered” circle has been discussing the sexual misconduct allegations of news personalities at other networks
and members of Congress.
Faulkner makes a point of
reminding her co-hosts that
Fox News has dealt with the
same issues.
“We can’t talk about it
like it didn’t happen in our
own halls to some degree,”
she said.
The spotlight on the harassment issues that plagued
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
HARRIS FAULKNER , anchor of “Outnumbered Overtime,” is one of five solo women who now host their own daily hours on Fox News.
‘It’s becoming different. I’m not Pollyanna. ... I pray that we
are [midway] toward the end in this journey.’
— Harris Faulkner,
on changes in wake of sexual harassment scandal at Fox News
Fox News is still intense. On
Saturday, parent company
21st Century Fox was forced
to clarify remarks that Executive Chairman Rupert
Murdoch made in a TV interview that appeared to minimize the severity of the
problem.
When asked by Sky News
whether the allegations
were harmful to the company, he replied, “That’s all
nonsense.” The company
said Murdoch was referring
only to the scandal’s effect
on his efforts to acquire European pay TV service Sky.
“Under Rupert’s leadership and with his total support, the company exited
(former Chief Executive)
Roger Ailes, compensated
numerous women who were
mistreated; trained virtually
all of its employees; exited its
biggest star; and hired a new
head of HR,” a 21st Century
Fox spokesperson said in a
statement. “By his actions,
Rupert has made it abundantly clear that he understands that there were real
problems at Fox News.”
Faulkner, speaking before Murdoch made his comments, said she has seen
signs of a transformation
since Ailes and other executives left. “It’s becoming dif-
ferent,” she said. “I’m not
Pollyanna. Nobody has a
magic wand. I pray that we
are [midway] toward the
end in this journey.” She
cites a human resources department that has doubled
in size and access to outside
legal counsel. “If women are
in a place where they want to
communicate now, they almost have so many choices
they have to ask which
should I choose,” she said.
The fear of retaliation for
speaking out has also
abated. “One thing I can tell
you that is very different
from a year and a half ago is
if I get stopped in the hallway
and somebody sees me talking about this, I don’t need to
feel like I need to go, ‘Uh-oh.
Shhhh,’ ” Faulkner said. “If
you’ve got something to say,
let’s say it.”
Faulkner did not become
a part of a racial discrimination suit filed by former
and current black employees in April that has since
gone to arbitration. She was
not asked to be a part of it,
nor did she want to be. At the
time, she believed she was
seeing progress on that front
as well.
“You can’t change anything from the kitchen or inside of the courtroom,” she
said. “I’ve been black my
whole career. I’ve been curvaceous my whole career.
I’ve had people say just all
sorts
of
inappropriate
things. I have seen and heard
them do some things I would
never imagine people would
do.”
For Faulkner, that includes a 2015 holiday cooking
segment on “Fox & Friends”
in which she prepared her
mother’s peach cobbler recipe with her then-8-year-old
daughter Bella at her side.
During the demonstration,
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Faulkner
if she served Kool-Aid at her
meals.
“Do I do what?” Faulkner
asked.
After Kilmeade asked a
second time, Faulkner said,
“No, I don’t make Kool-Aid”
and went back to the demonstration.
Faulkner recalled how
she had made a decision to
stay focused on the task at
hand. She did not want
Kilmeade’s use of a racial
stereotype to spoil the experience for her daughter and
the viewing audience.
“I processed in that moment who I needed to be as a
mother in front of millions of
people,” she said. “I can’t
make the moment all about
the color of my skin, whether
someone makes an inappropriate comment or not. I still
feel like there are people
watching me with the idea
that it’s aspirational to make
your dreams come true. And
I’m making one of my mom’s
favorite things.”
Faulkner was willing to
let Kilmeade’s gaffe go. But a
clip of the exchange went viral on YouTube, where it has
received 1 million views.
Then she saw Larry Wilmore
dissect it on his Comedy
Central show. During the bit,
the show highlighted the
face of Faulkner’s daughter.
Faulkner’s two phones
lighted up with calls from
friends who’d watched. Her
daughter was getting asked
about it by classmates. After
giving Kilmeade the benefit
of the doubt, she decided she
needed to discuss the “Fox &
Friends” exchange with him.
“I went to his office,” she
said. “We sat. He said, ‘I
didn’t mean anything by it. I
want you to know I have no
idea what it really means,
blah, blah, blah.’ By the end
of the conversation, I apologized. He said, ‘Why are you
apologizing?’ I said, ‘Because I need to hear the
words “I’m sorry” right now.’
So we moved on. What I
learned is that if we let it, it
will divide us completely …
but it was very costly to stick
through that moment so
that the people around me
could learn about [perseverance] and forgiveness.
If he came to me this day and
apologized, I would accept
it.”
Through a Fox spokesperson, Kilmeade declined
to comment on the matter.
Faulkner has seen the rewards of gutting it out
through difficult times. She
was stalked by a man for five
years early in her career in local TV. But at a career stop in
Minneapolis, she met Tony
Berlin, now a public relations executive, who became
her husband and father of
her two daughters.
Faulkner’s willingness
to stick with a mission
through adversity is rooted
in her background as a
military brat. Her father
was an Army pilot who did
two tours in Vietnam, and
his influence is strong in her
life.
“You have to be resilient,”
she said. “Don’t cut and
run.”
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
‘Outnumbered’
Where: Fox News Channel
When: 9 a.m. weekdays
‘Outnumbered
Overtime’
Where: Fox News Channel
When: 10 a.m. weekdays
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COMICS
BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
In a holiday-season cartoon, Frosty the Snowman
has his hands in the air. He is
being robbed by a masked
snowman armed with — a
hair dryer.
Today’s deal saw some
highway robbery: South
made an impossible game.
Against four spades, West
led the king of hearts. When
East followed with the four,
South false-carded with his
eight, trying to make East’s
four look like an encouraging spot card. But West interpreted his partner’s play
correctly and shifted to the
jack of clubs.
Dummy played low, East
contributed the five, and
South ... played the deuce!
Maybe West should have
been suspicious, but he led
another club. South produced the ace, drew trumps
with the A-Q, threw his king
of diamonds on the king of
clubs and led the queen of
diamonds for a ruffing finesse.
When East’s ace covered,
South ruffed and got back to
dummy with a trump to
pitch two hearts on the J-10
of diamonds. Making four. I
guess West was lucky that he
wasn’t iced by his partner.
Question: You hold: ♠ 5 3
♥ 9 5 4 ♦ A 9 6 3 ♣ Q 7 6 5. Your
partner opens one club, you
respond one diamond and
he bids 1NT. The opponents
pass. What do you say?
Answer: Bid two clubs to
play at your eight-card or
longer trump fit. Partner did
not bid a major or raise diamonds at his second turn, so
he must have at least four
clubs. True, your sequence
may invite the opponents to
balance their way into the
auction, but you can’t assume that will happen.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
♠Q982
♥ 10 6 3
♦ Q J 10
♣K83
WEST
EAST
♠6
♠53
♥AKJ
♥954
♦87542
♦A963
♣ J 10 9 4
♣Q765
SOUTH
♠ A K J 10 7 4
♥Q872
♦K
♣A2
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
1♠
Pass
2♠
Pass
4♠
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ K
Tribune Media Services
ASK AMY
Give the gift of reading
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
You’ve sought inspiration
before, but this time the inspiration is seeking you. But
you have to listen for it.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): You’ve a way of neutralizing potential problems before they occur. You set a
tone with your grace.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Get ready to drum up some
gracious humility for a hardearned victory.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
The only way to know your
talents is to try things out.
Don’t worry about the end
game. Expressing yourself is
the important thing.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Metaphorically,
there’s
some extreme brightness in
your world now. To enjoy it
and not get hurt, you’ll need
symbolic sunscreen.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
All things you own come
with responsibility, even if
it’s only the responsibility of
keeping them in your space.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Today you’ll be particularly
adept at the jobs that tap
into your people skills. And
you’ll make some money,
too.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
The experience of creating
beauty really calms you
down these days. This isn’t
about art so much as it is
about moments.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Those who absolutely must have the best are
invariably unsatisfied. If
only the best will do, the best
usually won’t do.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): As you unpack the issues, you’ll examine them,
pinpoint the problem and
start to assemble a plan of
action.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): The sun has no need to
compete with the moon. Nature’s features are quite
naturally in balance today,
and you’ll feel this in your
own realm as well.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): Acting in a manner
that’s brief and to the point
will be an act of love on this
day, when there is so much to
accomplish.
Today’s birthday (Dec.
18): It goes like this: You say
you’ll do it, and then you do.
Your follow-through won’t
require willpower or selfcontrol. It will only require
desire and deep commitment. It’s a year when you’ll
use your words sparingly
and with seriousness when it
counts, yet much of the time,
you’ll be lighthearted, juggling many fun experiences
at once. Aquarius and Gemini adore you. Your lucky
numbers are: 40, 2, 22, 18 and
38.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
latimes.com/horoscope.
Dear Readers: This is a
special day for me, because
this is the day I take a break
from hosting your questionsto advocate for a cause that
is dear to me: literacy.
In my long career as a
writer and reader, I have volunteered in classrooms, libraries and prisons, reading
with others and sharing the
work of writers important in
my own life. I do so in honor
of my late mother, Jane, who
passed along to me her own
love of reading and writing.
This is a legacy I continue to
happily share — through the
many books I recommend in
this space, and also the two
memoirs I have authored.
What I learned from my
mother’s life-lesson is that
when you have a book, you
are never alone. Reading unlocks worlds of imagination
and creativity. Literacy imparts real power, and this is
especially important for
people who feel powerless.
The magic of literacy can
happen at any time, but it is
especially important in
childhood. Reading helps a
young child’s brain develop
and mature. Reading for
pleasure is a lifelong gift of
entertainment and learning.
Today, in memory of my
mother on her birthday, I
joyfully share a simple idea
that adults can easily adopt
in order to give the children
in their lives the gift my
mother gave to me, by
putting “A Book on Every
Bed.”
Here’s what to do: On
Christmas morning (or
whatever holiday you celebrate), make sure that each
child in your household
wakes up to a wrapped book
at the foot of their bed. The
gift could be a new book or
an old favorite from your
own childhood.
After the child unwraps
the book, the most important aspect of this gift is unveiled, when the parent sits
and shares it with the child.
The sad fact is that more
than a third of families in the
United States do not regularly share books with their
young children. Starting a
celebration morning by
reading together will forge
an unforgettable intimacy
for both the child and the
parent.
This year I am partnering
with Children’s Reading
Connection, a new national
early
literacy
initiative
founded in my hometown of
Ithaca, N.Y. Their advocacy
focuses on the importance of
helping families to share
books with babies and children. Even babies too young
to talk with tune in, in a deep
and abiding way, when they
are held and read to.
This is an important prescription for health and success in growing brains, and
sharing a book is a wonderful way for families to connect. Every year I hear from
teachers, librarians, parents
and grandparents who tell
me they have adopted the
“book on every bed” tradition in their homes. I can
think of no nicer way to kick
off a busy Christmas morning than by snuggling up
with a book before opening
other gifts.
Parents and caregivers
can put a book on every bed
in their own households; you
can also help to spread the
cause of literacy by generously sharing this idea in
your own community. For
families
who
celebrate
through service projects, I
suggest adopting a local
classroom or daycare center
and providing a book for
each child to unwrap on
Christmas morning.
To learn more, and to
watch an “instructional” video of me demonstrating
this concept, go to childrens
readingconnection.org or
my Facebook page: face
book.com/ADickinson
Daily.
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COMICS
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LAT IMES. C OM/ CALENDAR
TV HIGHLIGHTS
SERIES
MOVIES
Kevin Can Wait Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones
and Ryan Cartwright also
star in this new holiday
episode. 8 p.m. CBS
Tickling Giants Filmmaker
Sara Tickler’s 2016 documentary chronicles the
improbable story of heart
surgeon Bassem Youssef,
who walked away from his
medical career to be a
comic. 9 p.m. Starz
Toy Story (1995) 10 a.m. Disney
Frozen (2013) 5:30 p.m.
Freeform
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) 6
p.m. TOON
The Voice The final four artists perform for the last
time. 8 p.m. NBC
The Great Christmas Light
Fight Hosts and judges
Carter Oosterhouse and
Taniya Nayak decide
which families win the
grand prize. 8 p.m. ABC
Man With a Plan After no
one shows up at their
potluck dinner, Adam and
Andi (Matt LeBlanc, Liza
Snyder) make an effort to
mend fences with their
neighbors. 8:30 p.m. CBS
Superior Donuts When
Arthur and Fawz (Judd
Hirsch, Maz Jobrani) become opponents in an
election, Franco (Jermaine Fowler) serves as
Arthur’s campaign manager. 9 p.m. CBS
Holiday Baking Championship In the season finale Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale
decide which of the finalists takes home the grand
prize. 9 p.m. Food
Carmen Delaney PBS
A YOUNG power-lifter
is profiled on “Independent Lens: Supergirl.”
that follows her through
training and competitive
events. 10 p.m. KOCE
Christmas Cookie Challenge The competition
ends its season with
Santa cookie shapes
made without the use of
cookie
cutters,
and
Christmas wreaths made
using only cookies. 10 p.m.
Food Network
Ellen’s Game of Games In
this energetic new game
show, contestants compete in wild games for
cash prizes. 10 p.m. NBC
SPECIALS
Man v. Food Casey Webb visits Seattle, where the
menus includes a Japanese-influenced burger
and a musically inspired
breakfast served in a
record shop. 9 p.m. Travel
Popstar’s Best of 2017 Elizabeth Stanton hosts this
new one-hour special,
which counts down the
greatest and most memorable moments of the
year. 8 p.m. KTLA
9JKL When Luke (Tone
Bell) wants to break up
with Sydney (guest star
Ginger Gonzaga), Josh
(Mark Feuerstein) tries to
contrive a way for his
friend to do so without endangering Josh’s highly
coveted spot in Sydney’s
spin class. 9:30 p.m. CBS
Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic This new special looks at Walt Disney
World and Disneyland to
reveal how a team transforms the theme parks
into winter wonderlands.
8 p.m. Freeform
Scorpion In a new episode,
Walter (Elyes Gabel)
turns down a chance to
spend quality time with
his friends to focus on his
work, but when he falls
down some stairs and hits
his head, he’s left unconscious and dreams of
meeting his guardian angel.10 p.m. CBS
Independent Lens Naomi
Kulin, an Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey,
was 10 years old when she
broke a world powerlifting
record by hoisting 215
pounds. Jessie Auritt’s
documentary “Supergirl”
is a coming-of-age saga
Agnelli The story of Gianni
Agnelli, the legendary
Italian industrialist, as
told by family, friends,
lovers, professional confidantes and rivals in this
new special. 8 p.m. HBO
The Hollywood Walk of
Fame Honors 2017 Montel
Williams hosts this new
one-hour special tied to
the unveiling of a new star
on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, this one in tribute
to Selena, the pop star
and “queen of Tejano music” who died in 1995 at age
23. 9 p.m. KTLA
The Year in Memoriam 2017
ABC looks back at a year
that saw the passing
iconic figures. 10 p.m. ABC
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning (N) 7
a.m. KCBS
Today (N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America (N)
7 a.m. KABC
Live with Kelly and Ryan
Jessica Chastain (“Molly’s
Game”);
Anderson
Cooper. (N) 9 a.m. KABC
The Dr. Oz Show Exhaustion. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors Healthy treats.
(N) 2 p.m. KCBS
Steve Hillary Rodham Clinton; Angela Bassett (“91-1”); Leslie Odom Jr. (N) 2
p.m. KNBC
Harry Henry Winkler; Carter Oosterhouse; Patti LaBelle. (N) 2 p.m. KTTV
Dr. Phil A woman who
claimed to be an abused
wife, says she lied. (N) 3
p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Chris Pratt and Bryce
Dallas Howard; the National performs. (N) 3 p.m.
KNBC
The Real Katt Williams
(“Father Figures”). (N) 3
p.m. KTTV
To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbé Film festival winner:
“Cut:
Exposing
FGM.” (N) 6 p.m. KVCR
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KVCR
The Daily Show The biggest
events of 2017. (N) 11 p.m.
Comedy Central
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11:30
p.m. KOCE
The Tonight Show: Jimmy
Fallon Anna Kendrick;
Rhett & Link; Randy
Newman performs. (N)
11:34 p.m. KNBC
Late Night Aaron Sorkin;
Kenny Chesney performs.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC
Last Call Bill Pullman;
Mura Masa performs;
Mark Mothersbaugh. (N)
1:38 a.m. KNBC
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