| Jun 28, 2012
If you're a particular kind of writer, the kind with a taste for "social observation" and a belief in the divine partnership of unbridled humor and unapologetic honesty, Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday, almost certainly fell into the category of Central...
| Jul 30, 2012
Last week, when a boy in Los Angeles foster care appeared before Judge Amy Pellman, she welcomed him warmly and clearly knew his history. Pellman asked how his martial-arts class was going, complimented him on his grades and urged him to enroll in a...
| Dec 31, 2012
City Councilman Dennis Zine has never struck me as a controller type. He's garrulous, outgoing, street-smart — the remnants of his first career as a Los Angeles police officer and union representative. He was a forceful personality at the Police...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 7:17 PM
Deflate the balls until they are prunes, switch the jerseys until Lane Kiffin is wearing one, and it still won't detract from one undeniable USC truth.
Marqise Lee is the best college football player in the country.
Talk about firing the coach, rip...
| Sep 29, 2012
| 8:08 PM
BOULDER, Colo. -- Proving it was no fluke when Sacramento State, Colorado State and Fresno State somehow found a way to beat Colorado, UCLA did the same Saturday.
The gutty little Bruins, while not winning by 55 like mighty Fresno State, did a...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 6:05 PM
Bums me out that San Francisco stands poised to be a world champion in yet another sport. I was up there recently and it seemed to be mostly falling down. There are no right angles in that decaying city, and termites eat better than the tourists....
| Oct 5, 2012
| 12:20 AM
SALT LAKE CITY — His Heisman Trophy gone, his team's national title hopes faded, Matt Barkley probably wondered what else could get snatched from him.
How about the football? By some runny-nosed Utah sophomore? On USC's second play of the game? How...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 11:18 PM
PHOENIX — Ninth inning, down by one run with Kemp, Gonzalez and Ramirez due up.
Go Dodgers go.
And yes, the following story is brought to you by your hometown columnist with the positive slant that you have come to expect from your hometown...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 10:27 PM
The national anthem is just about to conclude Friday night before the Lakers' game.
Corrie Cox is standing with her hand over her heart with four of her six children by her side, and what a glorious moment.
The anticipation of those watching and...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 10:45 PM
The words, spoken by a glowing superstar at the end of a giddy tournament, formed an outline of hope. Five months later, into this same blueprint a despairing team buries its head.
It was Kobe Bryant talking about Dwight Howard. It was the caretaker of...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 10:53 PM
I came to Staples Center on Friday night pretty darn excited, the Lakers coming off two incredible moral victories and Magic Johnson and Jim Buss full of good cheer.
Happy days are here again.
Or, as Buss put it in a radio interview, "How can you not...