January 12

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January 11

Storied Riviera offers fans L.A. history with sport

first_img“It has a classic design that has withstood the test of time,” said Tom Pulchinski, tournament director. “The scores are pretty much the same now as they were 80 years ago.” Thursday’s opening round of the 2007 tournament was played under sunny skies and a steady breeze. Beats the rain from the past three Nissans. Celebrity watching Fans of every ilk milled around. There were plenty of country club types. There were college kids in jeans and senior citizens in golf gear. There were a lot of golf hats. Given its proximity to Hollywood and its star-filled past, celebrity spotting is typically a constant. On a late afternoon walk I did not spot any, though I saw plenty of women looking like they wanted to be mistaken for a celebrity and several men with way too much tanning-booth time on their hands. Did run into former Dodgers General Manager Fred Claire. A public-relations guy said he spotted actor Don Cheadle. And apparently Pat Perez, tied for second after Thursday’s first round, went the celebrity route Wednesday searching for golf tips. “I worked with (Joe) Pesci yesterday on my putting,” Perez said. “He actually made sense for once.” Of course, celebrities have to actually walk among us on the golf course, so maybe it’s not too inviting for most. Pulchinski said some celebrities show, but it’s not like at the AT&T or Bob Hope stops. The course itself offers challenges of all types. The sand traps are deep, but there is no water on the course – not a stream or lake to be found. The greens can make the strong weak. There are doglegs right and left. The first hole is at the base of the country club overlooking a small cliff. Nearby is a free-standing, old-fashioned clock, the type you might see in a small town square. Only it’s a Rolex. Nearby is a small driving range. When I walked by, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh were practicing, but for some reason no Tiger Woods. The fairways are dotted with concessions. One sold ice cream for $4, though it was Haagen-Dazs. Another sold hot dogs for $5, turkey sandwiches for $7, and those little bags of chips you put in your kids’ school lunches for $2. Beer was $5, and big beer, not to be confused with Big Bear, was $10. There were booths selling Cohiba cigars up to $20 a pop and lighters for $9. Golf is one of the last sporting events in America where you can still smoke. Digital leader boards kept updated scores and are sponsored by Cialis and MasterCard. Not sure what statement that makes about golfers, but it’s my understanding you need the latter to be able to afford the former. Sponsorships and their oversize white tents dotted the course. The Michelob Ultra 19th Hole shared space with the Grey Goose Lounge. Three young women in shorts and T-shirts passed out Grey Goose hats at the lounge entrance. They looked bored. The crowd thinned considerably after Phil Mickelson completed his round by early afternoon. With no Tiger, Mickelson seems the official star of the tournament. Just past a line of Andy Gump port-a-potties was the medical trailer, but there was nothing going on there. No rain means fewer sprained ankles. Here’s one thing here you won’t find at your local public links: Nissans dotted around the course. There were even maps posted so you can find them all, like they were Easter eggs. At one tent with five different new models, a swing simulator offered the chance to take a hack into a screen that mirrors a hole at Pebble Beach. The guy operating it warned, “No drivers.” Apparently Singh complained that when the balls hit the back of the tarp they were making too much noise and disrupting his concentration. Tower room Rising 52 railroad tie steps up from the 18th hole, the classic clubhouse overlooks it all. It’s where guests of sponsors can stay in its hotel rooms. No. 225 is the Walt Disney Room, 223 the Dean Martin Room and 226 is actually named after a golfer, Bobby Jones. Rooms have large, rich wooden doors with brass knockers. There is a private tower room with eight arched windows, a spectacular view and a table for four. The hallways are lined with old black-and-white photos, one showing Horton Smith teeing off in 1929 with small saplings lining the course. Now mature eucalyptus, pine and sycamore trees tower over the course. The Riviera is actually Los Angeles’ oldest home to a major professional sporting event, predating Santa Anita by five years. A course filled with history, and it’s all L.A.’s. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com. If you go TOURNAMENT: through Sunday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. TICKETS: $25 per day; available at the door, by calling the Nissan Open office (800) 752-6736, at Roger Dunn Golf Shops, or online at nissanopen.pgatour.com. Nissan Open facts TV: Today, Golf Channel (noon-3 p.m., with replay 6-9 p.m.); Saturday, noon-3 p.m., CBS; Sunday, noon-3:30 p.m., CBS. PARKING: Free at the VA hospital (off the 405 Freeway at the Wilshire Boulevard West exit), with a $5 shuttle fee to the Longworth gate entrance at the Riviera Country Club.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PACIFIC PALISADES – The sun was shining, and after the past three years, that was welcome news. It flickered through the massive eucalyptus trees, shining down on one of the most storied golf courses in America. Walk around Riviera Country Club and it’s easy to feel it, to absorb what makes its golf tournament different from most other PGA stops, the history that makes it L.A.’s own. The Nissan Open overflows with nostalgia but doesn’t feel antiquated. Serves up memories while still offering the promise of more. It is Los Angeles’ lone stop on the PGA Tour, its one moment as the center of the golfing universe. It began as the Los Angeles Open in 1926, made its debut here in 1929 and has been played every year but one at Riviera since 1973. It’s seen Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Tom Watson claim titles. Seen Gregory Peck, Katherine Hepburn, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin tee it up. It’s nestled beneath the Santa Monica Mountains and must be the most difficult course to reach on the PGA Tour. It’s just off Sunset Boulevard, about a mile from the beach and surrounded by multimillion-dollar homes. The drive from the course to the San Diego Freeway during the tournament can take up to an hour. Most fans use the parking lot at the Veterans Affairs building in Westwood and then bus over on the shuttle. And hopefully bring a good book. The course itself sits almost in a small valley. The hacienda-style country club rests atop a bluff overlooking the course. And it remains one of the most challenging courses in America. last_img read more

January 11

Thousands owed pension money

first_imgWASHINGTON – Having trouble making ends meet living on your retirement nest egg? You might be owed some pension money. A total of $133 million in retirement benefits haven’t been claimed, the federal agency that insures private pension plans reported Tuesday. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. said 32,000 people are owed money. Individual benefits range from $1 up to $611,028. The average unclaimed benefit is about $4,950. “Although the vast majority of workers receive their full pension, sometimes people lose track of benefits earned with former employers,” said Vince Snowbarger, the agency’s interim director. The agency urged people who may have lost track of a pension earned during their career and think they may be owed retirement benefits to conduct a search using PBGC’s online directory – www.pbgc.gov/search. People can search by their last name, company name or state where the company was headquartered, the PBGC said. The states with the most missing pension participants and unclaimed pension money are: New York, 6,885 people, accounting for $37.49 million in unclaimed benefits. California, 3,081 people, $7.38 million New Jersey, 2,209 people, $12.05 million Texas, 1,987 people, $6.86 million Pennsylvania, 1,944 people, $9.56 million Illinois, 1,629 people, $8.75 million Florida, 1,629 people, $7.14 million. The PBGC insures pensions for 44 million workers and retirees. It was created in 1974 as a government insurance program for traditional, defined benefit pension plans. Those plans give retirees a fixed monthly amount based on salary and years of employment. Companies that sponsor these traditional pension plans pay insurance premiums to the agency. If a company cannot support its pension obligations, the agency takes over the plan and pays promised benefits up to certain limits. To avoid missing out on your pension benefit, the PBGC advises workers to tell their employers when they move or change names. They also should hold on to any pension information they receive from their employer.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

January 11

Election ennui

first_imgBut still, it’s sobering to know that while Angelenos are taking their democracy for granted three times a year, Europeans are showing us up in a big way. Hey, this is the country that made democracy famous. On Tuesday, Los Angeles has another election – and another opportunity to be humiliated again by those democracy-loving Europeans. The stakes may not make the difference for the future of an entire country, but they are high on a local level. The two Los Angeles Unified School District races in the San Fernando Valley and the South Bay could very well change the course of public education in Los Angeles. That’s not an overstatement. If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s two reformers – Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic – prevail over their challengers, the mayor will have the majority he needs to start implementing real structural changes in both the governance and the bureaucracy of LAUSD. And even in the city races where there is virtually no competition – such as the 39th Assembly district, where Felipe Fuentes, the candidate hand-picked by local political honchos, is the shoo-in; or the Los Angeles Community College board – it’s important to vote. THE French, it seems, love democracy more than Angelenos. How else to explain that while 85 percent of citizens of France turned out to choose a new president last week, fewer than 8 percent of registered voters voted in Los Angeles’ last municipal election in March, with the future of public schools at stake? Sacre bleu. Granted, France was electing a president, and not just school board members or state Assembly members. And, unlike most races for California’s elected seats, the Nicolas Sarkozy-Segolene Royal match was a highly competitive race. If people don’t vote, then the political machine has won, and it’s empowered to continue working to depress future voting. Politicians have continued to promise redistricting reform, but until they see that the voters are serious about voting, it’s unlikely they will jeopardize their own job stability. That’s not good for the city, for California, for the country. And it doesn’t look well from abroad, where they are actually exercising their right to vote. Don’t let election boredom hijack democracy. Vote on Tuesday. It’s your right. It’s your responsibility. Vive la democratie.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 30

Turks shell Kurdish border region after 12 soldiers killed in ambush

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m heartened that he seems to be implying a reluctance on their part to act unilaterally, and I think that’s a good thing,” Gates said. “I didn’t have the impression that anything was imminent.” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a phone conversation Sunday night that Turkey expected “speedy steps from U.S.” in cracking down on Kurdish rebels, and that Rice expressed sympathy and asked “for a few days” from him. Turkey’s Parliament last week authorized the government to deploy troops across the border, and the military confirmed that soldiers were chasing the rebels and pounding 63 suspected positions with artillery. Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek would not say, however, whether some of those positions were on Iraqi soil. SIRNAK, Turkey – Kurdish rebels ambushed a Turkish military convoy on Sunday less than three miles from the Iraqi border, killing 12 soldiers in the face of growing threats by Turkey to cross the rugged frontier and root out the guerrillas. Turkey shelled the border region in response to the attack, and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani – himself a Kurd – ordered the rebels to lay down their arms or leave Iraq. Turkey dismissed his call, saying the time had come for action. Despite the harsher rhetoric, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday it appears Turkey’s military is not on the verge of invading Iraq’s most stable region in pursuit of the rebels – an incursion strongly opposed by the United States and Iraq. Gates told reporters that in a meeting with Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul he advised against a major cross-border incursion despite the continuing provocations. last_img read more

December 27


first_imgHOW TO AVOID RACE DAY HICCUPS FOR SUNDAY’S NORTH WEST 10K1. GET UP EARLY: Give yourself plenty of time to breakfast and don’t eat anything different from your usual routine. Try to eat no later than an hour before the start. Don’t forget to hydrate.2. DRESS SMART: This is not the day to wear that snazzy new sports bra. You will regret it when it starts to chaff at the 3k mark. Wear road-tested kit. Just don’t experiment with new gear. 3. WARM UP: Walk or jog for 10-15 mins. The warm- up helps to slowly raise your heart rate and helps minimise stress on your heart when you start to run.4. LINE UP PROPERLY: Try to position yourself with runners of similar ability. If you line up with seasoned runners you will more than likely take off too fast and finish in a heap.5. RUN YOUR OWN RACE: You know how you’ve trained so try to find your rhythm. When the adrenaline kicks in, pace yourself. Don’t start too quickly and go hell for leather by following the pack.6. USE OTHER RUNNERS TO BOOST YOUR RUN: If you’re feeling tired, pick out someone a short distance ahead and try to maintain the same distance. Use the pace of other runners around you to keep,you going. 7. RELAX: If you’re tense you will be less efficient. Try to remember to relax your shoulders and focus on your breathing. This will help you run easier.8. HAVE FUN NORTH WEST 10K: HOW TO AVOID HICCUPS THIS SUNDAY was last modified: May 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NORTH WEST 10K: HOW TO AVOID HICCUPS THIS SUNDAYlast_img read more

December 25


first_imgOUT-patient clinics at Letterkenny General Hospital have been cancelled again today after a large number of people in the Emergency Department overnight.Clinics run by Dr Steele, Dr Mohammed and Mr Patell have all been cancelled.Anyone who has an appointment today should ring the hospital. Staff said there was “no one reason” for the large number of emergency admissions overnight. CLINICS CANCELLED AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL AS STAFF STRUGGLE TO COPE was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLINICS CANCELLED AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL AS STAFF STRUGGLE TO COPElast_img read more

December 25


first_imgTERMON GAA club is celebrating the Double after winning the Division 3 title today.With the Intermediate Championship trophy already secured in the clubhouse at Burn Road, Termon added the title today with a five point win over Downings.The final score was 3-08 to 2-06. GAA: ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR TERMON AS CLUB SECURES TITLE was last modified: November 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR TERMON AS CLUB SECURE TITLElast_img read more

December 25

Pulitzer winner August Wilson, 60

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I feel an incredible sense of responsibility on walking how he would want us to walk and delivering his work.” Wilson’s plays were big, often sprawling and poetic, dealing primarily with the effects of slavery on succeeding generations of black Americans: from turn-of-century characters who could remember the Civil War to a prosperous middle class at the end of the century who had forgotten the past. The playwright’s astonishing creation, which took more than 20 years to complete, was remarkable not only for his commitment to a certain structure – one play for each decade – but for the quality of the writing. It was a unique achievement in American drama. Not even Eugene O’Neill, who authored the masterpiece “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” accomplished such a monumental effort. During that time, Wilson received the best-play Tony Award for “Fences,” plus best-play Tony nominations for six of his other plays, the Pulitzer Prize for both “Fences” and “The Piano Lesson,” and a record seven New York Drama Critics’ Circle prizes. “The goal was to get them down on paper,” he told The Associated Press during an April 2005 interview as he was completing “Radio Golf,” the last play in the cycle. “It was fortunate when I looked up and found I had the two bookends to go. I didn’t plan it that way. I was able to connect the two plays.” NEW YORK – Playwright August Wilson, whose epic 10-play cycle chronicling the black experience in 20th century America included such landmark dramas as “Fences” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” died Sunday of liver cancer, a family spokeswoman said. He was 60. Wilson died at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, surrounded by his family, said Dena Levitin, Wilson’s personal assistant. The playwright had disclosed in late August that his illness was inoperable and that he had only a few months to live. “We’ve lost a great writer, I think the greatest writer that our generation has seen, and I’ve lost a dear, dear friend and collaborator,” said Kenny Leon, who directed the Broadway production of “Gem of the Ocean” as well as Wilson’s most recent play, “Radio Golf,” which just concluded a run in Los Angeles. Leon said Wilson’s work “encompasses all the strength and power that theater has to offer.” Wilson was referring to “Gem of the Ocean,” chronologically the first play in the cycle, although the ninth to be written. It takes place in 1904 and is set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District at 1839 Wylie Ave., a specific address that figures prominently, nearly 100 years later, in the last work, “Radio Golf,” which premiered in April at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Pittsburgh, Wilson’s birthplace, is the setting for nine of the 10 plays in the cycle (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is set in a Chicago recording studio). Although he lived in Seattle, the playwright had a great deal of affection for his hometown, especially “the Hill,” a dilapidated area of the city where he spent much of his youth. Wilson, a bulky, affable man who always had a story to tell, usually returned to Pittsburgh once a year to visit his mother’s grave, but he said he couldn’t live there: “Too many ghosts. But I love it. That’s what gave birth to me.” Born Frederick August Kittel on April 27, 1945, he was one of six children of Frederick Kittel, a baker who had emigrated from Germany at the age of 10, and Daisy Wilson. A high school dropout, Wilson enlisted in the Army but left after a year, finding employment as a porter, short-order cook and dishwasher, among other jobs. When his father died in 1965, he changed his name to August Wilson. Wilson was largely self-educated. The public library was his university and the recordings of such iconic singers and musicians as Bessie Smith and Jelly Roll Morton, and the paintings of such artists as Romare Bearden his inspiration. He started writing in 1965, when he acquired a used typewriter. His initial works were poems, but in 1968, Wilson co-founded Pittsburgh’s Black Horizon Theater. Among those early efforts was a play called “Jitney,” which he revised more than two decades later as part of his 10-play cycle. In 1978, he moved to Minnesota, writing for the Science Museum in St. Paul and later landing a fellowship at the Minneapolis Playwrights Center. In 1982, his play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” was accepted by the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. It was there that Wilson met Lloyd Richards, who also ran the Yale School of Drama. Their relationship proved fruitful, and Richards directed six of Wilson’s plays on Broadway. The first was “Ma Rainey,” which opened on Broadway in 1984. Wilson’s reputation was cemented in 1987 by the father-son drama “Fences,” his biggest commercial success. The play, which featured a Tony-winning performance by James Earl Jones, ran for more than a year. It was followed in New York by “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” (1988), “The Piano Lesson” (1990), “Two Trains Running” (1992), “Seven Guitars” (1996), “Jitney” (2000), “King Hedley II” (2001) and “Gem of the Ocean” (2004). Wilson’s plays gave steady employment to black actors, not only in New York but in regional theaters, where most of his plays tried out before coming to Broadway. Besides Jones, such well-known actors as Laurence Fishburne, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Charles S. Dutton, Brian Stokes Mitchell, S. Epatha Merkerson, Roscoe Lee Browne and Leslie Uggams appeared in his plays on Broadway. “August’s work is like reading a rich novel,” says Anthony Chisholm, a veteran Wilson performer in such plays as “Gem of the Ocean” and “Radio Golf.” “It conjures up vivid images in the mind, and it makes the actor’s job easier because you have something to draw upon to build your character.” Later this month, a Broadway theater, the Virginia, will be renamed for Wilson, a rare honor also bestowed on such theater greats as Eugene O’Neill, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Helen Hayes and Al Hirschfeld. Wilson, who was married three times, is survived by his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero; their daughter Azula Carmen; and another daughter, Sakina Ansari, from his first marriage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 24

Top Two MVC Softball Teams Set To Play This Weekend At Ron Buel Field

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The top two teams in the Missouri Valley Conference softball standings are set to play this weekend when Drake hosts Southern Illinois in a three-game series starting Saturday with a single game at 2 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Sunday with game one scheduled for a 11 a.m. first pitch.Free live stats and video stream for the games will be available in the team’s schedule page at www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com. First-place Drake is 16-11 overall and 6-0 in MVC games while second-place SIU is 20-8 and 5-0 in MVC games. In conference play, the Bulldogs won three games each over Evansville and Indiana State while the Salukis won three over Illinois State and then took two over Loyola with the final game against the Ramblers rained out. Last week, Drake pounded out 52 hits and scored 52 runs in a non-conference doubleheader split against South Dakota State and the sweep of Indiana State as the team went 4-1. All three games against the Sycamores lasted just five innings courtesy of the Bulldogs’ blistering offense and solid pitching. Junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) was outstanding at the plate in the five games, batting .556 (10-of-18) with two doubles, four home runs, 10 runs scored, 14 five runs batted in along with a 1.333 slugging and a .579 on-base percentage on her way to being named MVC Player of the Week on Monday. Sowa had a career day in the second game of the series with three home runs, including a grand slam, along with four runs scored and a career-high seven RBI. On the season, Sowa is batting .322 and is second on the team in home runs with five along with a team-leading 26 RBI. Freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) blistered the softball last week with a .692 batting average (9-of-13) with two home runs, six RBI, six walks and 10 runs scored. Frank added a 1.154 slugging and a .789 on-base percentage as she was named MVC Newcomer of the Week for the third time already this season. On the season, Frank is hitting a team-leading .368 along with a team-high seven home runs and is second on the team in RBI with 20. The series between Drake and SIU will feature two of the best pitchers in the league. For Drake, sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.), the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2015, is having a great second season with a 12-5 overall record and a 2.45 earned run average with a league-leading 121 strikeouts. SIU counters with freshman Brianna Jones who leads the MVC in wins with 15 and ERA at 1.41. Jones has already been named MVC Pitcher of the Week three times. Following the MVC series against SIU, Drake will host in-state foe Iowa State on April 5 for a single game at 5 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more