• The Long Beach Bayou Festival brings Mardi Gras flavor to the Queen Mary

    The sounds and flavors of New Orleans and a Mardi Gras party return to the city this month with the Long Beach Bayou Festival set for June 23-24.
    This 32nd annual festival moves from its previous home at Rainbow Lagoon Park to the busy Queen Mary, which this year has seen an uptick in music festivals taking place on the ship grounds thanks to a recent partnership with concert promoter Goldenvoice.
    Presented by Benoit Entertainment Group, the Bayou Festival will bring more than a dozen
  • SUV crash causes sinkhole in Downey

    The sinkhole that swallowed the sidewalk and part of a home’s driveway is seen Sunday, June 17, 2018, in an image from the KCAL9/CBS2 helicopter. (Photo courtesy of CBS2)
    DOWNEY — A woman swerving to avoid an oncoming car sheered-off a utility pole and fire hydrant, damaging a water main and causing a 20-foot sinkhole on a Downey street, authorities said Monday.
    The crash took place about 9:50 p.m. Saturday at Rieves Avenue and Brunache Street, Downey police Sgt. Vince Rosario said.
  • Former Artesia Mayor John Carlos Martins dies in motorcycle crash

    ARTESIA — Services are pending for former Artesia Mayor John Carlos Martins, killed Friday morning while riding a motorcycle in a crash with a car near Ojai in Ventura County.
    Martins, 54, was with a group of bikers on a weekend ride about 8:20 a.m. Friday, headed for the San Luis Obispo area, when he crossed the double-yellow line on Highway 150 and hit a Nissan Altima head on, the California Highway Patrol said.
    It’s not known what caused Martins to sweep into the oncoming car.
    Par
  • CHP investigating fatal crash on 91 Freeway in Corona; lanes reopen

    A crash on the 91 Freeway in Corona on Sunday night turned fatal and for a time closed the westbound lanes east of Lincoln Avenue.
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    A California Highway Patrol SigAlert was issued at 10:06 p.m. for the westbound lanes. But by 11:10 p.m., all westbound lanes were open, Caltrans said.
    Details on the crash were not immediately available, but CHP officers on the scene summoned
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  • Overwatch League: Los Angeles Valiant wins the Stage 4 Finals

    Brady “Agilities” Girardi after the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship Final at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.
    Dong-Gyu “Mano” Kim during the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship Final at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Valiant won the Overwatch League Stage 4 Champio
  • NBA Draft Updates: LA Clippers enter first round with back-to-back picks

    The Los Angeles Clippers have the opportunity to shape its future with a pair of first round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 21 at 4 p.m. PT.
    The Clippers draft class could serve as the backbone of its future. The Clippers have made headlines recently regarding its future home.
    Clippers owner Steve Ballmer’s has said he plans to honor the team’s lease to play at Staples Center through the 2024 season. In Inglewood, Ballme
  • Sacramento is giving voters a double dose of sneakiness

    Senate Bill 863 is a double dose of sneakiness — combining, in just 17 words, two separate efforts to block Californians from knowing what their elected officials are doing.
    First of all, it continues the unseemly practice of misusing “budget trailer bills” for purposes that are unrelated to the budget.
    When voters decreed a few years back that the state budget no longer needed a two-thirds legislative vote to pass, they unwittingly applied that looser standard to those an
  • De’Anthony Melton hopes to show he’s worthy of NBA draft pick after lengthy absence from competition

    STUDIO CITY — The evaluation of a little-seen prospect for the NBA draft happens in a high school gymnasium at the edge of the Hollywood Hills. About 50 NBA front office personnel pack a corner of the visiting stands.
    De’Anthony Melton joins a final group of prospects to step onto the floor at the Harvard-Westlake School. Attention is fixed on the former USC guard, who works out for the final 40 minutes with three other backcourt players – Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford, K
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  • This week’s best bets in Sports TV

    THIS WEEK’S BEST BET
    NBA draft, Thursday June 21, 4 p.m., ESPN and NBA Network
    Lakers fans have been riveted by the draft the past four seasons, hoping that the right lottery pick would produce players would turn fortunes around. The Lakers had the seventh overall pick in 2014, and the second pick in 2015, 2016 and 2017. For those shaky on team history, the last time the Lakers had a single-digit first-round pick before 2014 was 1982, when they drafted James Worthy.
    Most Laker fans will wa
  • Newman’s bitter parting shot reinforces wisdom of voters

    SACRAMENTO – If voters had second thoughts about bouncing Democratic Sen. Josh Newman from office in a high-profile recall election held during the June 5 primary, his self-centered stem winder on the Senate floor last week should disabuse them of any such regrets. I was left humming the chorus from a 1980s rock song: “Don’t go away mad, but just go away.” It wasn’t the classiest way to end a short and undistinguished legislative career, but at least it&rs
  • Washington’s dangerous fixation on Iran

    President Donald Trump must not go to sleep at night without worrying about Iran. Why is he so fearful of Tehran?
    Iran is a struggling regional power. It lags well behind its competitors in economic and military clout. And Tehran clearly is not in America’s league.
    Nor does the Middle East matter much to America any more. The U.S. is becoming the world’s leading energy producer. Israel has become a regional superpower and doesn’t need Washington’s protection. Syria and wh
  • Erik Goeddel’s scoreless streak is approaching a Dodgers record

    LOS ANGELES – In September 1991, the Dodgers traded a minor league pitcher named Jeff Hartsock to the Chicago Cubs for Steve Wilson, a left-handed reliever. Wilson did not allow a run in 11 games to end the year, or in four appearances to begin the 1992 season.
    Until now, Wilson’s streak of 15 consecutive scoreless appearances has been the standard for a new Dodgers pitcher.
    Erik Goeddel is making it interesting.
    In 13 games since he was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners
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  • Angels’ Chris Young homers again, taking advantage of his increased opportunities

    OAKLAND — Chris Young seems to have benefited from more regular time.
    Young hit his third homer of the week in the Angels’ 6-5, 11-inning loss on Sunday, continuing his recent upturn.
    Young’s average had dropped as low as .130 on May 19. In June, though, he’s hitting .235, but with a .316 on-base percentage and a .559 slugging percentage.
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  • Whicker: Ex-Angel Will Smith thriving in San Francisco’s bullpen

    LOS ANGELES – It’s just a coincidence that the Angels are importing huge shipments of Robitussin for their bullpen, while Will Smith steams deep into his second month of 2018 without a home run against his name.
    “Don’t say that,” he yelped when it was brought up Sunday afternoon. “No comment.”
    Smith was an Angel prospect until late July of 2010, when the Angels made one of those cover-all-the-bases deadline deals and traded him to Kansas City for infield
  • Angels bullpen falters again in loss to Oakland A’s

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, celebrates with Jose Fernandez after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Albert
  • Dodgers see offense go quietly in loss to San Francisco Giants

    Fans try to catch a two-run home run ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt as Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger looks on during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)SoundThe gallery will resume insec
  • Brooks Koepka wins second straight U.S. Open with final-round 68 at Shinnecock Hills

    Dustin Johnson plays his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    Brooks Koepka hits out of the rough on the sixth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsRickie Fowler plays his shot from the 13th tee during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship,
  • 5 Freeway briefly shut down in Aliso Viejo as pedestrian walks around roadway

    A pedestrian wandering around on the 5 Freeway forced a brief shutdown of 14 lanes of traffic Sunday in Aliso Viejo, the CHP said.
    The incident was on the 5 Freeway south of El Toro Road. The pedestrian was taken into custody and was being evaluated.
    Both directions of the 5 Freeway south of the 405 merge were closed briefly at about 2:55 p.m.
    Southbound lanes were reopened in a few minutes, while northbound lanes lanes were closed about 20 minutes.
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  • Family pet killed in Stanton fire, house red-tagged

    Approximately 30 firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority and Anaheim Fire Department knocked down a house fire in Stanton, Sunday morning, authorities said.
    About 9:16 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the home on the 8000 block of Kennelly Lane in Stanton. The blaze was knocked down by 9:52, authorities said.
    Approximately 30 firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority and Anaheim Fire & Rescue knocked down a house fire in Stanton Sunday morning, June 17. (Courtesy of
  • World Cup: Brazil plays to draw with Switzerland in Group E

    Brazil’s Neymar reacts after failing to score during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
    Brazil players leave the pitch after the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBrazil’s Marcelo
  • World Cup: Here’s what it looked like in East LA and Santa Ana after Mexico beat Germany

    Mexico’s soccer team won Saturday’s opening World Cup match against Germany, and Southern California cities including East Los Angeles and Santa Ana, which have large Mexican populations and communities, celebrated big time.
    In East LA, people lined Whittier Boulevard waving Mexican flags and wearing green jerseys and sombreros. Drivers honked their horns as they passed by.
    Some were even lighting fireworks just after the game ended locally at 10 a.m.
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  • Although dad and daughter are separated by an ocean, Father’s Day bonds are strong

    There are 6,248 miles and an entire ocean separating Tracey He and her dad, but distance shrinks to nothing when there’s blood bonds and love.
    She is an 18-year-old graduating senior at Dana Hills High. Her father is a practicing surgeon in Beijing.
    Following his divorce five years ago, father and daughter only manage to get together once a year when she flies to Beijing. But with FaceTime, they see each other whenever they want.
    Tracey He, 18, right, waves to her father Xiaodong He on her
  • Trump adviser says ‘nobody likes’ migrant family separation policy

    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press
    A top White House adviser on Sunday distanced the Trump administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of split and distraught families.
    President Donald Trump has tried to blame Democrats, who hold no levers of power in the government today, for a situation that has sparked fury and a nationa
  • Smokin’ Grooves revived with The Roots, Erykah Badu at sold-out festival in Long Beach

    As Long Beach works to preserve and revitalize the Queen Mary, it’s appropriate that the Smokin’ Grooves festival attracted thousands to the ship’s waterfront grounds Saturday, June 16 — the event itself the one-day revival of a revolutionary hip-hop tour.
    With a sold-out crowd, the 38-act lineup was a cross between well-known rap and R&B artists and up-and-coming performers across three stages, topped by Erykah Badu and featuring performances by t
  • Travel: 4 things to know about Egypt before you go there

    The allure of ancient Egypt, home to the earliest civilization we can experience, continues to tug across time.
    The King Tut exhibition now at L.A.’s California Science Center — more than 150 artifacts from the world’s most celebrated Egyptian tomb – offers a jaw-dropping but minuscule preview of what you’ll see along the Nile River.
    If Tut’s treasures have whetted your appetite, of if you’ve just dreamed of crawling in pyramids, wandering through massiv
  • World Cup: Mexico stuns defending champion Germany (updated)

    Mexico’s Miguel Layun controls the ball during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
    Mexico’s Hirving Lozano, left, scores the opening goal past Germany’s Toni Kroos during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)SoundThe gall
  • World Cup: Mexico stuns defending champion Germany

    Mexico’s Miguel Layun controls the ball during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
    Mexico’s Hirving Lozano, left, scores the opening goal past Germany’s Toni Kroos during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)SoundThe gall
  • World Cup: Serbia beats Costa Rica on Kolarov free kick

    SAMARA, Russia — Aleksandar Kolarov scored from a left-footed free kick in the 56th minute and Serbia opened its World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday.
    After David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov curled the ensuing free kick over the wall. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Real Madrid, couldn’t reach it.
    Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 tournament, had the early advantage in a tough group that includes five-time champion Brazil and Switze
  • San Clemente approves $1.2 million renovation for lifeguard headquarters

    San Clemente director of Public Works Tom Bonigut, who is overseeing the $1.2 million renovation to the city’s 50-year-old Lifeguard Headquarters building, points to the building’s crumbling and rusting faade, which will be repaired as part of the project, while giving a tour of the planned renovations on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
    Evening beachgoers hang out near the 50-year-old San Clemente Lifeguard Headquarters building, wh
  • 1 dead, 22 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting

    By MIKE CATALINI, Associated Press
    An all-night arts and music festival turned deadly Sunday morning when gunfire erupted in a crowd, sending people stampeding and leaving one suspect dead and 22 people injured, authorities said.
    Seventeen people were treated for gunshot wounds, said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri. Four of those, including a 13-year-old boy, remain in critical condition late Sunday morning.
    Two suspects opened fire around 2:45 a.m. during the Art All Night Trenton festiv
  • 1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting

    By MIKE CATALINI, Associated Press
    An all-night arts and music festival turned deadly Sunday morning when gunfire erupted in a crowd, sending people stampeding and leaving one suspect dead and 20 people injured, authorities said.
    Sixteen people were treated for gunshot wounds, said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri on Sunday morning. Four of those, including a 13-year-old boy, were in critical condition.
    Two suspects opened fire around 2:45 a.m. during the Art All Night Trenton festival tha
  • A few fathers (and mothers) of invention, sports and other stuff for Father’s Day

    It’s Father’s Day, so let’s look at a few folks known as the fathers (or mothers) of some of the goods that Dad might enjoy today.
    A lot of dads love to barbecue, so next time he’s flipping burgers, give a tip of the hat to William G. Wepfer and Melton Lancaster, the fathers of the gas grill. The two redesigned a charcoal grill to run on bottled propane in the 1960s.
    1960s? That’s when the father of light beer, Joseph Owades, introduced a product call
  • Authorities ID Irvine man killed in Seal Beach freeway crash

    SEAL BEACH — The Orange County coroner Saturday publicly identified the 39-year-old man killed with his 3-year-old son in a crash on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Seal Beach that injured two other family members and a person in the other vehicle.
    He was Tarun Katara, of Irvine. The boy’s name had not been released as of late Saturday.
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    The crash occurred about
  • World Cup Group G preview: Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia

    Here’s a look at the World Cup’s Group G, which includes talented Belgium and hard-luck England, in addition to first-timer Panama and Tunisia.
    BELGIUM
    Belgium has all the ingredients for success at the World Cup. Romelu Lukaku leads the attack, supported by the creative genius of Eden Hazard and with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. Thibaut Courtois is in goal.
    But for all the exceptional talent, Belgium keeps underwhelming at major tournaments, only reaching the qua
  • World Cup Group F preview: Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden

    Here’s a look at the World Cup’s Group F, which includes defending champion Germany, unpredictable Mexico, defensive-minded South Korea and a team in transition in Sweden.
    GERMANY
    Germany coasted through World Cup qualifying with 10 wins out of 10 and a European record 43 goals before getting a reality check.
    The World Cup holders haven’t won any matches since qualifying for Russia. After drawing friendlies against England, France and Spain, Joachim Loew’s team lost 1-0 t
  • World Cup Group E preview: Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland

    Here’s a look at the World Cup’s Group E, which includes a determined Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia and a talented squad from Switzerland.
    BRAZIL
    Brazil is shaking off the embarrassment of losing 7-1 to Germany in its home World Cup. Since Tite took over as coach in 2016, the five-time world champions have become a winning machine again and were the first to qualify for Russia.
    Neymar, who missed the Germany humiliation through injury, is now racing to recover from a broken foot to make
  • World Cup Group H preview: Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal

    Here’s a look at the World Cup’s Group H, which includes struggling Colombia, on-the-rise Poland, hopeful Senegal and Japan with a new coach.
    COLOMBIA
    At the last World Cup, James Rodriguez was catapulted to football stardom when he took the ball on his chest and swiveled before smashing a volley in off the underside of the bar in the Maracana against Uruguay.
    It helped to secure Colombia’s spot in the quarterfinals in 2014. But James has struggled to live up to the highs
  • World Cup Group G preview: Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal

    Here’s a look at the World Cup’s Group H, which includes struggling Colombia, on-the-rise Poland, hopeful Senegal and Japan with a new coach.
    COLOMBIA
    At the last World Cup, James Rodriguez was catapulted to football stardom when he took the ball on his chest and swiveled before smashing a volley in off the underside of the bar in the Maracana against Uruguay.
    It helped to secure Colombia’s spot in the quarterfinals in 2014. But James has struggled to live up to the highs
  • Actor Mary McCormack says her husband’s Tesla shot flames while in traffic

    LOS ANGELES — Actor Mary McCormack has shared video of her husband’s Tesla car shooting flames while in Southern California traffic.
    McCormack said in an accompanying tweet Friday, June 15 that there was “no accident” and the incident was “out of the blue.” She said a couple flagged him down and told him to pull over.@Tesla This is what happened to my husband and his car today. No accident,out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd.Thank you to the kind
  • Dodgers starter Alex Wood subdues Giants as Kike Hernandez, Matt Kemp supply power

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) high fives third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner makes a catch in foul territory off the bat of San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Majo
  • Patriarchy or no, it’s good to have dad around on Father’s Day

    This Father’s Day takes place amid growing assault on what is widely called “patriarchy.” In the era of #MeToo-inspired militant feminism, it’s become increasingly fashionable to reject maleness and castigate fatherhood, as largely irrelevant and even damaging.
    To be sure, patriarchy has its faults, as #MeToo and feminists well before them have rightly pointed out. But today’s wrath is not confined to chronic abusers like Harvey Weinstein, but the entire gender.
    Soc
  • The California gas tax and the outrageous tactics to keep it

    A few weeks ago this column addressed the issue of polling and how it can be manipulated and, even when it is not manipulated, how wrong it can be.  Still, candidates, consultants and the media do a lot of polling to test the viability of whatever it is they support or oppose.
    Sen. Josh Newman’s recall election was a bitter fight. While polling suggested he was in trouble, those supporting the recall were well aware that polls can be wrong. But even recall proponents were surprised th
  • Medicare’s big challenges threaten seniors and taxpayers alike

    Medicare is in trouble. Again.
    The Medicare Trustees report the program’s Hospital Insurance trust fund is spending billions more than it takes in. In just eight years, they estimate, the fund will be insolvent. At that point, the account will decline, and the trustees warn, “Beneficiary access to health care services could rapidly be curtailed.”
    Bad news, yes. But surprising? No. Two years ago, the Congressional Budget Office also predicted trust fund insolvency by 2026.
    The r
  • Electric and autonomous cars will change way California pays for roads

    California and the rest of the United States mostly rely on fuel taxes to pay for roads.  Senate Bill 1, California’s 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase, raises over $5 billion a year from new gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, and from new vehicle fees. The new tax squeaked by legislators in a two-thirds vote, but may not survive opposition by voters.  State Sen. Josh Newman was recalled June 5 based on his support of SB1, and Republican-led efforts are likely to qualify a No
  • Wondering who to root for in the World Cup?

    WASHINGTON — The San Francisco Giants were in town the other day, and took two out of three from the local team. As a Washington Nationals fan, I was disappointed, but mildly, as it’s only June and baseball season lasts until late September. Also, it was the Giants, my boyhood team.
    When I was a little kid in the Bay Area in the 1960s, if you had told me that I would root against my beloved Giants as a grown man, I would have said you were out of your mind. Times and circumstances ch
  • 2018 NBA Draft Profile: Marvin Bagley III of Sierra Canyon and Duke University

    Forward Marvin Bagley III, second from right, talks with Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Randive, right, as Vlade Divac, the Kings general manager, left, looks on after he worked out for the basketball team Monday, June 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and the former Duke star is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
    Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III scores on a reverse slam dunk early in the game ag
  • Smokin’ Grooves: See photos from the Long Beach R&B and hip-hop festival

    Smokin’ Grooves brought the Roots, Erykah Badu and more R&B and hip-hop stars to the Queen Mary in Long Beach Saturday, June 16. See photos of the fans and performers early in the day.
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    Ravyn Lenae entertains the crowd at the Smokin’ Grooves Festival that took over the grounds surroundi
  • Saga of same-sex marriage in California: It’s legal, but it hasn’t been without a fight

    June is big month for weddings, and for legislation about same-sex marriage. On June 16, 2008, clerks in several California counties began issuing marriage licenses to thousands of same-sex couples. That decision was fought in the courts for five years. In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state’s right to allow same-sex marriage. Two years later, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot prevent same-sex couples from marrying.
    NATIONAL OPINIONS
    Since 2007, the percentage of peo
  • John Lamb’s return to majors spoiled by bullpen in Angels’ loss

    OAKLAND — John Lamb’s nice comeback story was erased quickly in one disappointing sequence from Noé Ramírez.
    Lamb, making his first big league appearance in nearly two years, had a one-run lead when he ran out of pitches in the sixth inning, prompting the Angels to give the ball to Ramírez.
    By the time Ramírez got the next three outs, the Angels were down by two on their way to a 6-4 loss to the Oakland A’s on Saturday.
    Lamb gave up two runs in five-
  • World Cup: Croatia neutralizes Nigeria in 2-0 victory

    KALININGRAD, Russia — Even in a more defensive role, Luka Modric can still lead the attack.The Croatia midfielder scored one goal and set up the other in his team’s 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday at the World Cup.
    Modric sent in a corner that was headed by two teammates and then deflected into the net by Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo in the 32nd minute.
    “We scored at the perfect moment. After that it was easier for us to play our game,” Modric said. “Aft

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