| Aug 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When Spike Jonze's movie "Her" came out last year, it was buzzed about for its dystopic take on a society where people have affairs with their phones and its vision of a near-future L.A. where you could take Metro to the beach.
But "Her" left me feeling...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 5:55 PM
Stafon Johnson, looking a little bigger than he did in his playing days as a standout running back at Dorsey High and USC, still knows how to twirl a football and show off his hand-eye coordination for his teenage pupils hoping to run and score touchdowns...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 5:01 PM
Those of us thinking it would take something Biblical to reboot L.A.'s crosstown football rivalry got to check "flood" off the list after UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was turned into an aquarium by a busted pipe on Sunset Boulevard.
There hasn't been so...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 12:00 PM
A few weeks ago, I watched LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger salute the largest-ever graduating class of teenage cadets in a ceremony at USC's Galen Center, where he congratulated them for their commitment to public service.
Last week, Paysinger was...
| May 12, 2014
| 10:41 PM
Stephanie Krol's memories of her earliest years are blessedly spare and remarkably benign.
She remembers going back and forth between foster care and street life with her mother, who was homeless and often resorted to prostitution. She remembers being...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 6:25 PM
Tony Orlando may have had the best line on impending prison release: "I'm coming home, I've done my time."
USC returns home Tuesday, and it's a new dawn. Tie a yellow ribbon around the old Felix Chevrolet sign.
USC won't forget what the NCAA so...
| Aug 29, 2010
Steve Franklin, a middle school teacher in L.A. Unified, had some issues with The Times series on teacher evaluations, so he fired off a letter to the editor. It read, in part:
"When somebody can prove that high test scores produce good citizens,...
| Nov 29, 2009
At the end of a long, brutal fight, Pete Carroll extended an olive branch.
Rick Neuheisel poked him with it.
In the final seconds of a game that had already been decided, Pete Carroll made a common gesture to save players while allowing UCLA to save...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:24 AM
So now we’re done with one of the worst days in sports.
No, not Wash Your Face With Sochi Water Day. And no, not Some Idiot Interviewed Dennis Rodman Day.
I’m talking about national signing day. On Wednesday, it was football. There’s...
| Feb 20, 2010
Steve Cooley's isn't a face that's all over YouTube or the nightly news, and he's fine with that. In spite of the celeb cases that have come through the county district attorney's office -- the decades-long case against Roman Polanski and murder cases...
| Nov 5, 2011
In 2003, Dana Gioia walked onto the battlefield that was the National Endowment for the Arts and brokered a peace. He chaired the NEA for six years, longer than the Civil War. The George W. Bush appointee increased the agency's budget and worked to...
| May 13, 2010
| 6:35 AM
Throw Lawrence Taylor out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame! And while we're at it, strip Reggie Bush of his Heisman Trophy and reconsider Brian Cushing as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year.
It's been quite the week for the Morality Police, and...