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Thanksgiving doesn't have a Grinch. Allow me to volunteer

22 Nov 2018 11:15

Thanksgiving has never had a Grinch, so I’ve thrown my hat into the ring. The holiday has an urgent problem. It’s definitional. The problem is “thank you” itself.

To be clear, I don’t mind political showdowns at the big dinner or the Saturday leftovers party. Knowing these battles are a nationwide...

Dear America: The 'Brexit' mess will affect you too

22 Nov 2018 11:15

The U.K. is at a critical stage in “Brexit,” its departure from the European Union. For some, it’s not decisive or rapid enough. For many, it’s too much, too fast. The lack of consensus may pass or it may represent a larger crisis. It’s not clear yet.

What is clear is that for months and perhaps...

Here's to the bright spots of unity in a divided world

22 Nov 2018 11:10

The iconic — and probably mythic — image of Thanksgiving is that of Plymouth settlers uniting with the Native Americans who’d helped them make it through their first winter to celebrate their first harvest. Historians will note that the peace between the Wampanoag tribe and the colonists did not...

Alaska wants more roads in Washington's Tongass National Forest. The answer should be no

22 Nov 2018 11:05

The Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest intact coastal temperate rain forest, covers some 17 million acres of southeast Alaska, where it provides near-pristine habitat to an astonishing range of wildlife. According to the National Audubon Society, loggers over the decades have felled more...

Americans don't trust their government, its institutions, or each other. This is not a good place to be

22 Nov 2018 11:05

Let’s be clear: I am not asking you to feel sorry for Kat Timpf.

Yes, the 30-year-old television commentator and National Review writer was chased out of a Brooklyn bar a few weeks ago by a shouty woman enraged that Timpf works for Fox News Channel. Must have been unpleasant, especially considering...

Don't judge a dead man's values by the charity solicitations he receives in the mail

22 Nov 2018 11:00

To the editor: I enjoyed Amy Koss’ account of the charitable solicitations that her father has continued to receive long after his death.

She describes a plan randomly to donate to some of those charities that have continued to write him, presumably assuming that her father had once deemed each...

U.S. has little to show for stalled nuclear talks with North Korea

22 Nov 2018 11:00

Nearly six months after President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un embraced at a historic Singapore summit and made vague promises of peace and prosperity, talks have flatlined and Pyongyang has taken no significant steps to reduce its nuclear arsenal or production facilities.

Fears of...

Asylum seekers blocked at Texas border bridges say Mexican officials are demanding money to let them pass

22 Nov 2018 11:00

Asylum seekers funneled to bridge crossings at the Texas border are being blocked from approaching the U.S. side, forced onto waiting lists overseen by Mexican officials.

The asylum seekers and immigrant advocates say that has put them at risk of extortion, discrimination and deportation, with...

As deadly flames approach, a mother calls her daughters to say goodbye

22 Nov 2018 11:00

This is how I die.

She is standing in the driveway of a sand-colored house — she doesn’t know whose — and the air is choked with smoke.

The sky is a nuclear orange. Wind is hurling embers against her body and into her blond wavy hair.

She has just seen an ambulance melt. Transformers are blowing...

Want to design a good math program? Just do what Jaime Escalante did

22 Nov 2018 11:00

To the editor: The approach to teaching described by David L. Kirp — less emphasis on individual teacher effectiveness, and more of a focus on coaching instructors and tweaking lessons depending on the performance of the students, who are drilled less often under this method — is standard education...

Nursing home workers are already unsung heroes. Those in Paradise showed what bravery and dedication really are

22 Nov 2018 11:00

To the editor: After a week of learning the heart-wrenching statistics of homes destroyed and lives lost in the Camp, Hill and Woolsey wildfires, your front-page coverage Saturday of yet another heartbreaking facet of these calamities gave me pause.

The story of Sheila Craft of Paradise, Calif....

Car strikes crowd of children at China school, killing 5 and injuring 18

22 Nov 2018 09:55

A car plowed into a crowd of children outside a primary school in northeastern China on Thursday, killing five people and injuring 18, a local government spokesman said.

The driver was taken into custody after the crash around noon in the coastal city of Huludao in Liaoning province, said the spokesman...

Indian island police struggle to get the body of an American killed on North Sentinel

22 Nov 2018 09:20

Indian authorities were struggling Thursday to figure out how to recover the body of an American killed last week after wading ashore on an isolated island cut off from the modern world.

John Allen Chau was killed by North Sentinel islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his...

From the Archives: Time for Turkey

22 Nov 2018 09:00

Yes, it's time for giving thanks, gathering with friends and family, watching football and enjoying a turkey dinner.

Goalie John Gibson is shaky in first game back, but Ducks hang on for victory over Canucks

22 Nov 2018 06:50

Adam Henrique skated toward the left post, and sharp angle be damned, somehow found a way to slip the puck past Jacob Markstrom with a short-side, top-shelf shot.

It’s the kind of creative offense the Ducks have lacked all season, but for one night only, they were able to generate Grade-A scoring...

Kings' standing on Thanksgiving doesn't bode well for their playoff chances

22 Nov 2018 06:50

In an odd but undeniable pattern that began with the 2005-06 season, more than 75 percent of NHL teams that have held playoff positions at Thanksgiving have gone on to make the playoffs. The percentage dipped a bit last season when several teams faded out of the picture — including the then-West-leading...

NBA: 76ers top Pelicans by a point after Anthony Davis' missed free throw

22 Nov 2018 06:15

Joel Embiid had 31 points and 19 rebounds and Philadelphia beat New Orleans 121-120 after Anthony Davis missed the third of three free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

The 76ers are 10-0 at home. They looked in control, up nine points with just under 2 1/2 minutes to play, before a late surge by the...

Burroughs girls' basketball caps dominant tournament run with title

22 Nov 2018 06:00

BURBANK — A quick start to the 22nd annual Providence Pioneer Shootout final was exactly what the Burroughs girls’ basketball hoped for against Highland at Providence High on Wednesday.

The Indians forced seven turnovers and grabbed eight offensive rebounds to establish a 10-point lead at the end...

LeBron James returns to Cleveland and leads Lakers to victory over Cavaliers

22 Nov 2018 05:55

During a timeout in the first quarter Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers played a 90-second love letter to LeBron James.

It opened with highlights from the team’s 2016 championship run. It spent more time on James’ work in the community, ending with footage from the I Promise School, which...

LeBron James will need more help than he got in Cleveland if Lakers want to compete in the West

22 Nov 2018 05:05

When LeBron James returned to Cleveland eight years ago as a member of the Miami Heat, he was reviled. When he came back Wednesday night, he was celebrated. The difference? The wine-colored banner celebrating the 2016 NBA championship that hangs in the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena.

That spring,...

Butte County faces massive cleanup after Camp fire: 'It is a historic, almost biblical disaster'

22 Nov 2018 04:20

The cleanup facing Butte County’s mountain towns is monumental in size but probably won’t start for weeks.

“It is a historic, almost biblical disaster,” said state Sen. Jim Nielsen, a Republican who represents Paradise and has toured the destruction left in the fire’s wake. “Old Testament stuff.”


USC's seniors prepare for their last game against rival Notre Dame

22 Nov 2018 03:40

Although the 2018 season has not gone as expected for the USC football team, there is still plenty at stake in Saturday’s regular-season finale against intersectional rival Notre Dame. It marks the seniors’ final game in the Coliseum, the significance of which coach Clay Helton addressed after...

It's the Charisma Osborne show in Windward win over Harvard-Westlake

22 Nov 2018 03:07

Varsity Times Insider: The latest sports news from Southern California's high school teams

22 Nov 2018 03:07

Former tennis star Justin Gimelstob arrested on suspicion of Halloween night attack

22 Nov 2018 02:50

Los Angeles police arrested tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob on suspicion of felony battery Wednesday in connection with a Halloween night attack on another man, a department spokesman said.

Gimelstob, 41, surrendered to police in West Los Angeles and was booked on a felony battery...

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