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first_img Meet Remy, Harvard’s rambling resident feline, and his family Related Study spaces call to students Harvard researchers recount working and living at one of the most remote places on Earth: The South Pole People from the Harvard community share their favorite spots on campus Whether seeking solitude or socializing, there’s a spot for you Not just a humanities cat Harvard community celebrates the season with games, firepits, and marshmallows Unwinding and connecting at WinterFest When the weather outside turns frightful a fire is so delightful. So with the start of winter just a couple of weeks away we’ve assembled a guide to campus hot spots where you can get out of the cold. While most of these fireplaces are gas or electric — the majority of Harvard’s public wood-burners were sealed long ago for safety reasons — they still do a pretty good job of warming the spirit.,Smith Campus CenterLocated in the heart of campus, the Smith Center features five gas hearths, said Julie Crites, the director of Common Spaces. Two, on the upper floor of the Harvard Commons, are open to the public. Each is sleek, modern, and surrounded by plenty of chairs and couches. Another can be found in the Collaborative Commons and two more are on the 10th floor’s Riverview Commons, but access to these require a Harvard ID. The fireplaces will be lit daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.,Gutman LibraryIf curling up with a book before a fire sounds inviting, head to the first floor of Gutman Library. There are three fireplaces nestled inside, which turn on automatically when the temperature outside dips below 48 degrees during open hours (typically 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.). “The fire is fueled by gas and arranged with synthetic logs to provide the aesthetic of a real wood-burning fire,” said Jason L. Carlson, chief of operations at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Behind glass for safety reasons, two of the fireplaces sit right in the main lobby. The third sits in a nook behind the cafe.,Wasserstein HallHarvard Law School has three fireplaces, all of them in the Wasserstein Hall Caspersen Student Center. Two are on each end of the Robert B. and Candice J. Haas Lounge, and one is on the terrace level of Harkness Commons in what is fittingly referred to as the fireside lounge. The fires typically run during open hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in the fall and spring, and often attract visitors from across campus. For instance, when asked what brought him to Harkness from the School of Engineering, Ph.D. student Colby Banbury didn’t hesitate to say “the fireplace.”  “It’s a cozy environment to work in when it’s snowing,” he said, adding that coming by has become a habit that he’s likely to continue through the cold months.,Spangler Center Across the Charles River, Harvard Business School has four fireplaces in the first-floor lounge area of the Spangler Center. They are conveniently located near the building’s coffee bar, so visitors can grab a hot beverage and bring it over to sit and enjoy the fire. A fifth fireplace is in Spangler Grille’s lower level. They are typically on 2 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. In total, HBS has 38 fireplaces but only these five are active.Tosteson Medical Education CenterLike at HBS, there are a number of fireplaces across the Harvard Medical School campus but only one works, said Sean Allen, facilities operations manager at Harvard Medical School. That one is found across from the atrium in the Tosteson Medical Education Center. This electric hearth is surrounded by modern furniture in a living-room setting, along with study carrels, group study rooms, and windows overlooking the Seeley G. Mudd courtyard. The fire is “always on,” Allen said, “though [with] very low energy usage.”,Science Center PlazaWinterFest is coming. Harvard’s Common Spaces’ annual event gives visitors a reason to spend some time outside and get toasty next to a handful of blazing fire pits. WinterFest will run from Jan. 27 through March 13, and the fire pits will be lit on select days. If the fire isn’t enough to pull you in, hot chocolate and marshmallows are usually available, too.,The HousesAlmost all of the Houses and deans’ residences have fireplaces, but most are now just ornamental, like the ones in Quincy House or Eliot House. Fireplaces that do see some use are generally not in areas open to the general public but limited to College students, House staff, and their guests. These are mainly in deans’ residences, historic spaces like the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Suite in Adams House, or new gas units like the one in the Dunster dining hall. “Now that the weather has turned we have been lighting it for community night dinners on Thursdays and for various other special occasions as well,” said Sean D. Kelly, faculty dean of Dunster House and the Theresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy. The House, he said, also has outdoor firepits. “There’s nothing like a fire to bring people together.” Places we love Life on the ice The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

first_img JFK speaks from his Harvard past JFK’s Winthrop House suite gets a historic facelift One of the revelations about John F. Kennedy in Fredrik Logevall’s new biography, “JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917‒1956,” is that the man was an excellent letter-writer and diarist. The Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and professor of history makes effective use of the collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, part of which has become available only recently.“He always had a knack for the English language, even if he was an indifferent student in prep school and in his first years at Harvard,” Logevall says. “His teachers, frustrated by his lack of application overall, were always impressed by his way with words. It is an interesting contrast with his older brother, Joe Jr., the family’s supposed golden child, whose writings had a more dutiful, less imaginative quality.”The first of a two-volume set, “JFK” aims to give the clearest picture yet available of the 35th president set against the historical, political, and cultural context of a pivotal age. The book begins with great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy’s arrival in Boston during the Irish potato famine and runs through Jack’s childhood, studies at Harvard, and military duty, and finally his rise in politics in 1956, when he almost became the Democrats’ vice presidential pick. Logevall spoke with the Gazette recently about the man and the book.Q&AFredrik LogevallGAZETTE: There have certainly been many books written about JFK. What were you able to find that hadn’t been found before?LOGEVALL: You’re quite right. There are a lot of excellent books out there on various aspects of his life and career, and especially the presidency — one thinks, for example, about the many studies of the Cuban missile crisis, Civil Rights, the Bay of Pigs disaster, the marriage with Jackie, and the assassination in Dallas. But we don’t have many true biographies, even one that is a full-scale examination of the entire life and that looks closely at his early life, in particular his teens and 20s, which I believe were key years for him (as they are for most of us). Mine is a “life and times” biography that places Kennedy in his own context, that of a rising American power in world affairs. I guess the conceit of the book is that I can tell two stories together: the story of John F. Kennedy’s rise and the story of America’s rise. I believe we can better understand the first half of the so-called American Century through the lens of Kennedy’s life.,GAZETTE: What did you find that people have missed about JFK in the past?LOGEVALL: One thing that people have underplayed is the degree to which he was a serious student of democracy and world affairs at an earlier point than we imagine. We tend to think of him as a callow playboy, not serious about public policy or his career until quite late, until he runs for Congress in 1946, and maybe not even then. But you can look at the papers he wrote as an undergraduate at Harvard, some of which are available, and you can look at his senior thesis which became a best-selling book [“Why England Slept”] and see a young man already thinking deeply and in sustained fashion about important issues. A second finding is that the young Jack Kennedy was in important respects his own master. Though his father was a towering force in his life and those of his eight siblings, Jack proved willing and able, to a degree I did not expect, to chart his own course. The Harvard years are interesting in this regard: In 1939‒40, as World War II began and debate raged in the U.S. about how to respond, Jack showed himself willing in a way his older brother, Joe Jr., never was to separate himself from his father. Long before Pearl Harbor, Jack had become an interventionist while his father adhered throughout to a staunch isolationist position. Later, during his political campaigns, Jack always kept the key decision-making role for himself, notwithstanding the common misconception that his father called the shots.John F. Kennedy recording for public speaking class at Harvard, 1937 GAZETTE: Another family relationship we learn more about is with his brother Bobby, and how this became increasingly important.LOGEVALL: Yes, the age difference between the two brothers was such — 8½ years — that in the early years, when Jack was at prep school and then at Harvard, they weren’t particularly close. But what we see especially in 1951, when they traveled together along with their sister Patricia on an extended tour of the Middle East and Asia, is that they developed a strong bond. Bobby admired his brother to no end, and Jack could now see Bobby’s intelligence and loyalty and good cheer. Then in 1952 Bobby, all of 26 at the time, came aboard to take charge of Jack’s floundering Senate campaign against Henry Cabot Lodge and helped to turn the thing around. Jack could now see just how important Bobby could be to his career, could see the powerful combination of doggedness, shrewdness, and ruthlessness that his brother possessed.,GAZETTE: He was quite a complex character. He did have his playboy side, but some of his war actions can be called heroic.LOGEVALL: Yeah, I think that is right. There is a seriousness of purpose which you see in his letters home from the South Pacific, and more dramatically in the actions he took to help save his crew after his boat, the PT-109, was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Was there heroism there? I believe so, even if he deserves no accolades for allowing his boat to be rammed. The efforts he made in the succeeding days to try to save his crew were really quite extraordinary. We might note here as well that he came back from the war, as many of the servicemen did, with a seriousness of purpose evinced to some degree before but deepened as a result of seeing combat. He was convinced that the U.S. would need to play a leading role in world affairs, even as he also had a skepticism about the use of the military’s power that he would carry with him for the rest of his days.GAZETTE: His coming out against Joseph McCarthy seems to be a bit of a political turning point.LOGEVALL: Well, he never fully came out in stark opposition, which was a problem. The relationship with McCarthy was complicated, partly because of family ties. He never felt the kind of personal connection to McCarthy that Joe Sr. felt and that Bobby felt. And there were a lot of aspects of McCarthy’s political persona that he found off-putting — the disdain for senatorial good manners, the disregard for facts, for reasoning from evidence. That said, liberals at the time had good reason to be frustrated by JFK’s reluctance to really condemn McCarthy. Even in 1954, when McCarthy’s influence was in decline and the Senate held a censure vote, JFK, recovering in the hospital following a serious surgery, did not instruct his aide Ted Sorensen to register his position on the vote. He could have done so, but he didn’t, and that caused a lot of grief for him with liberals later on. He preferred to sidestep the issue, aware that there were an awful lot of Irish Catholic voters in Massachusetts who still backed McCarthy. He didn’t want to get on their bad side.,GAZETTE: The book deals a lot with the influence of World War II on his character development. Do you think he took a lot from other aspects of American life at the time, including popular culture?LOGEVALL: To a degree, certainly. When he returned from the war and was figuring out what he wanted to do, he had a fascinating stint as a journalist. He showed good reporting instincts and could have made it a career. In this period he also liked to pal around in Hollywood, where his father had been a movie mogul in the 1920s and still had connections. Jack dated actresses like Gene Tierney and liked to be on the set, liked to go to movies. Popular music I think interested him less, and until Jackie came along he evinced little interest in art. He did like poetry, and he memorized a lot of it starting already in prep school at Choate. But the Hollywood connection is interesting to me, and probably plays some role in his later skill at using images and film to advance his political career. He was among the first politicians to see that images matter, that the right use of film can make a powerful difference. Television was a huge emerging thing as his career builds, and he had that savvy understanding of the medium and how he could use it to his advantage, kind of like FDR used radio so effectively.GAZETTE: Many of the reviews I’ve read have focused on his womanizing, which we already knew about. Do you think that’s ultimately that important a part of his character?LOGEVALL: Yes, the womanizing is an important part of who he is. His father led by example, carrying on with innumerable women in the 1920s and 1930s, and the older kids knew very well what was going on. Joe Sr. made clear he expected his sons to follow his ways. But I can’t have it both ways: If I’m going to argue that JFK was able to resist his father’s pressure and be his own man when it came to politics and career choices, I have to maintain that he could have broken with him on this issue too. Here he was his father’s son, with a tendency to see women as objects to be conquered. But there are paradoxes here, among them the fact that his administration took important progressive steps, establishing, for example, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, with Eleanor Roosevelt as chair. In 1962, at the urging of the commission, Kennedy ordered federal agencies to cease sex discrimination in hiring.,GAZETTE: In the second volume you’ll have to unravel the mystery around the assassination. Do you have a sense of how you will approach that?LOGEVALL: There is certainly a fascination, and it shows few signs of fading. It is a vexing issue to any biographer of JFK, and it has spawned a whole cottage industry of its own. I haven’t yet written Volume 2 so I haven’t fully decided how I will proceed on this. But certainly I will talk about Lee Harvey Oswald’s background, about what led him to take this action, and will give the reader a full sense of how it all culminated in this terrible moment. And I think I will owe the reader my assessment of what I believe happened. So I will provide it. I don’t think I will get heavily into the deliberations of the Warren Commission or the various conspiracy theories that have sprouted up over the years. That’s another book, not to mention a potential morass.GAZETTE: What do you think happened?LOGEVALL: My reading of the evidence we have indicates pretty clearly to me that Oswald was the lone gunman. Claims to the contrary all come up short. Oswald’s associations and meetings in the weeks leading up to the assassination are worthy of investigation, however, and have been examined in recent studies. I will delve into that material and be interested to see what I find.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Thoughts on JFK at 100 Related A room fit for a president Session recalls the president and his policies, and his understanding of global ties Centennial exhibit includes earliest known recording of future president’s voice last_img read more

first_imgSolar-plus-storage projects spreading across the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A new wave of solar farm development, pairing solar photovoltaics with battery storage, is accelerating across the United States, most notably in California, Hawaii, Florida and the Northeast.Roughly 40 such systems were in operation in the U.S. as of late September, combining about 533 MW of storage with 1,242 MW of solar capacity. Meanwhile, companies are developing at least another 85 co-located solar and storage projects, most of which are in the near- to medium-term planning stages or under construction, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. The planned projects combine 4,175 MW of storage with 8,921 MW of solar.These dynamic renewable energy assets can operate past sunset and into the hours of peak electricity demand typically served by natural gas-fired and hydroelectric generation. Adding energy storage to PV can also help reduce curtailments, or cuts of solar production during periods of midday oversupply on the grid, a growing challenge throughout California and other parts of the country, and smooth the variability of the renewable resource.The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, or LADWP, in September approved power purchase agreements for output from the Eland Solar and Storage Center in Kern County, a planned 400 MW solar project with 200 MW to 300 MW of batteries. Under development by 8minute Solar Energy LLC, the Eland facility is billed as “the largest solar and battery energy storage system in the United States.” The contracts, pending approval from the Los Angeles City Council, have all-in prices between $30/MWh and $40/MWh, depending on battery size. That is comparable to other recently contracted solar-plus-storage projects in the West.But some of the biggest U.S. solar-plus-storage buyers are outside of California. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. affiliate NV Energy Inc., for instance, in June announced plans to add 1,190 MW of solar capacity paired with 590 MW of battery storage in Nevada. Platts Analytics has identified a recent surge in solar-plus-storage projects in the deeper development pipeline. As of September 2019, for example, the California ISO’s interconnection queue showed 23,377 MW of energy storage under consideration with solar projects on the grid operator’s transmission system. That is up from 5,965 MW in June 2018.More ($): Solar-plus-storage power plant development accelerates in the U.S.last_img read more

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Senate appropriators approved an FY17 Financial Services funding bill that contains no legislative riders restricting the CFPB, thus setting up a battle with the House.The Senate approved the bill on Thursday and the committee report was made public on Friday.The House version of the bill would convert the CFPB into a five-member commission; the Senate bill would not. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgWith 1:27 left in the Rose Bowl and his team needing a touchdown to even the score, Sam Darnold had a decision to make.USC, marching downfield quickly, had a first down at Penn State’s 27-yard line. Taking the snap out of the shotgun, the redshirt freshman quarterback surveyed the field. He surely must have seen junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wide open in the left flat for an easy 10-yard pick-up. That would have been the safe, conventional play: A first down catch to temporarily stop the clock and set up in the red zone with plenty of time remaining to tie the game.Out over the middle in the end zone was another option. Sophomore wide receiver Deontay Burnett had run a post route through the teeth of the Penn State secondary, but he was well covered; linebacker Cam Brown was playing Burnett shallow and safety Marcus Allen was back deep. Any pass would have to be pinpoint accurate, or else it would be a sure interception and a comeback-that-wasn’t.Very few quarterbacks in the country at any level would have taken that throw over the conventional, no-risk first-down conversion.But if we’ve learned anything about Darnold, it’s that he’s hardly conventional, and that a high-risk, high-reward play is essentially his bread and butter.It didn’t take long for offensive coordinator Tee Martin to realize he had something special in Darnold.The redshirt freshman’s first career start was a 31-27 loss at Utah, but he had played well. Darnold completed 18 of 26 passes for 253 yards and had his team in position for a win until a last-second touchdown gave the victory to Utah.Listening in on his headphones upstairs, Martin saw a certain bravado in the way Darnold conducted himself both on the bench and on the field.“For me, listening upstairs from what he was saying on the sideline, he has this macho leadership about him, a sense of confidence,” Martin said. “I think the guys feed off that. I thought he did a good job of managing the offense and making plays, too. There were some decisions out there that he made that was next-level type stuff.”The following week, Darnold earned his first career win in a breakout performance at home against Arizona State. By halftime, he had 212 yards passing. He finished with 352w yards in the air for three touchdowns as the offense dropped 41 points on the Sun Devils.His teammates started coming around to him, welcoming a revamped offense after the early-season struggles under then-starting quarterback Max Browne. Darnold’s dual-threat ability had become apparent.“It was exciting to see a guy like [Darnold],” junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson said. “He can run the ball, throw the ball and run while he’s throwing.”By now, head coach Clay Helton also probably knew the talent he had unleashed in Darnold. But the following week against Colorado, USC barely scraped by with a 21-17 win after the quarterback was responsible for three of the team’s four turnovers, fumbling twice and throwing his first career interception. Still, Darnold threw for 358 yards, his most of the season. And USC had just beaten the Pac-12 South leader.So Helton didn’t make turnovers too much of a concern. He knew a quarterback as aggressive as Darnold would commit errors. He didn’t want Darnold becoming a robot. After the game, Helton reinforced that message to his quarterback, telling him to “drive it like you stole it.”“You play the game with no fear and he does,” Helton said. “He does some things that people can’t do, so you let him do it.”Lo and behold, Darnold came back strong the following week against Arizona and proved his coach right. Under the scorching Tucson sun, Darnold torched the Wildcats for five touchdown passes, throwing, scrambling and running circles all over the defense. Up big in the fourth, Helton pulled Darnold and the starters and put in the second unit. He expected the first-year starter — fresh off the best performance of his young career — to come off the field and give him a smile. Instead, he got a promise.“Coach, there’s more out there,” Darnold said to Helton.Specifically, Darnold was upset at a few deep balls that didn’t connect with receivers.“You saw the long balls in the first half,” Darnold said. “Guys were open and I missed them.”“He’s a perfectionist,” Helton added. “He’d be a great coach one day. He’s one of those guys that expects perfection and demands it of himself — as well as his teammates — and that’s important.”Darnold answered his own call by dropping another five-touchdown performance the next week against Cal, and then led USC’s 45-20 rout over Oregon on Nov. 5.That set up a date on the road with then-No. 4 Washington, an unbeaten team looking to ruin Darnold’s darling season. But the redshirt freshman stood his ground, out-dueling Heisman Trophy contender Jake Browning and silencing the raucous Husky Stadium crowd.Both of his touchdown passes were vintage Darnold plays — tough throws to the back of the end zone and absolute lasers that were right on the money — but the one to redshirt freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe to give USC a two-score lead in the fourth quarter would be a harbinger of things to come. On third-and-goal, Darnold rifled a pass over multiple defenders right into the outstretched arms of Imatorbhebhe, who hauled it in.It was such a risky throw that redshirt junior defensive back Chris Hawkins thought it would be intercepted.“It was one of the most beautiful passes I’ve ever seen,” he told Darnold on the sideline.If he hadn’t by then, Imatorbhebhe definitely had gained complete faith in his quarterback.“I don’t question Sam anymore,” he said. “I know he’s going to put it right where I can catch it, so it’s my job to catch it. He can make pretty much every throw on the field.”The upset over Washington was the ultimate confirmation: This kid out of San Clemente was the real deal, and in a span of weeks, had gone from backup redshirt freshman to the quarterback of the future. But just for good measure, Darnold led the Trojans to blowouts over rivals UCLA and Notre Dame to end the season on an eight-game win streak.And before USC’s postseason game, Martin had one more prophetic quote on Darnold.“He’s going to push the defense and see how much he can get,” Martin said after the UCLA game. “He’s like a kid playing around the stove until he gets burned, but he’s going to pull his hand up. He’s like the kid who’s going to put his hand as close as he can again the next time.”If it wasn’t apparent already, it’s clear that Darnold wouldn’t just settle for a simple little dump-off to the flat. Not if he can help it. And definitely not in the fourth quarter of a one-score game in the Rose Bowl.No, Darnold didn’t care that he had plenty of time on the clock. Didn’t care that it was first down and not fourth down. Didn’t care that he was ignoring his best receiver for a wide-open reception and instead throwing to a well-covered sophomore who replaced the injured redshirt junior Steven Mitchell Jr. in the starting lineup earlier in the season.Of course, he was going for it all. And of course, the throw was perfect, right over the outstretched arm of Brown. By the time Allen entered the picture, Burnett already had the ball and a foot in the end zone.“How does he make this throw with that coverage?” marveled Kirk Herbstreit on the ESPN telecast.Burnett credited his chemistry with Darnold.“Me and Sam are always having talks,” he said. “I see what I see and what he sees around the field.”Ultimately, though, the decision rested with Darnold to look off his top receiver and go for the deep ball. He said Burnett was supposed to “keep a straight line” on the play instead of run a post route.“But just the player that he is, he made a play, and I saw him,” Darnold said. “So I’m happy I threw it to him and not the shallow (receiver).”With that, the game was tied, and the rest is history.If the Washington upset was the moment Darnold became a legitimate quarterback, the Rose Bowl was the game that propelled him to Heisman Trophy frontrunner next season. He broke Vince Young’s bowl record for total yards (473), along with the record for touchdown passes (5). He threw for 453 yards, eclipsing former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez’s mark of 400 yards in the 2009 Rose Bowl. He finished the season with multiple touchdown passes in nine straight games; the last USC quarterback to do that was Matt Leinart. And he’s just 19 years old.If Sam Darnold followed the script, he probably would have set none of those marks. If he didn’t consistently go for the home run over the safety valve, USC might not have even been in the Rose Bowl. If he didn’t have that quiet confidence, that calm demeanor, that sense to stay poised and deliver clutch throws on the biggest stage, then we’re definitely not talking “USC” and “national championship” in the same breath next season.Quite frankly, USC let Darnold be Darnold this season, and it was probably the best decision that could’ve been made.“Certain animals are born certain animals, and you can’t change it,” Martin said.In an ESPN interview after the game, Darnold was asked how he inspired a sense of belief in his teammates.“I think just staying poised. I’m never going to change for anyone,” he said. “That’s just who I am.”last_img read more

first_imgOne side trip worth considering: What if the Angels were so intrigued/remorseful with having Howie Kendrick return to second base — just as the Dodgers are about to activate Hector Olivera, someone they could plop down at 3B and move Justin Turner to 2B? Could a Kendrick-for-Andrew Heaney swap work — again?Maybe it’s too far-out for Farhan Zaidi. And Bill Stoneman isn’t going to lose that rock-and-a-hard-place stare. But does all this depend on whether the departed Jerry Dipoto runs all the numbers from Arte Moreno’s mother-in-law house before any of this gets to the next level of discussion?• Now that there’s FCC approval of a DirecTV and AT&T merger, where on the “to-do” list is getting the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. channel and the Pac-12 Network on the dish service that continues to market itself as the premier landing spot for sports fans? Much sooner for the later, since AT&T is a conference corporate sponsor. More haggling with the former, as our business insiders tell us, and it will likely mean a nasty jump in that monthly statement after all that waiting.Or put it this way: It should happen before the next Greinke child arrives.• Nice of the Angels to give Huston Street a dousing of precious tap water from the dugout bucket the other night after his 300th career save – considering less than one-fifth of them came for the franchise.Does it make anyone else wonder why Angels ever had to go down this road with Street, a 31-year-old finesse pitcher? What would life have been like today if 2002 playoff lifesaver and now 33-year-old hardballer Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez stuck around for all of his 369 career saves spanning the last 14 seasons, including back-to-back All-Star appearances with Milwaukee?• It was jokingly suggested now that Fernando Valenzuela has become Americanized, the Dodgers can officially retire No. 34.That did not come from Donald Trump.The Dodgers’ longtime position on this – which can obviously be changed with the current ownership group – is only retire players’ numbers who are in the Hall of Fame (with an exception to the late Jim Gilliam’s No. 19, which was somewhat of an overreaction to an unfortunate situation).So considering what’s happening in Cooperstown this weekend, does that imply that Joe Torre’s No. 6 and Pedro Martinez’s No. 45 get taken off the Dodgers’ distribution list before they even revisit the value of a Valenzuela tribute?• At what stage of this Tour de France does Lance Armstrong finally show up with a card table near the Eiffel Tower signing baseballs?• The Lakers’ attempt to inspire newly acquired center Roy Hibbert begins by shackling him with Andrew Bynum’s old No. 17?• The Riviera Country Club, with all its golfing mythos, is apparently so lacking in the “operational capabilities” needed to handle a U.S. Open, according to USGA vice president and championship committee chairman Diana Murphy, it simply gets passed over for the available 2023 major.The Los Angeles Country Club, which has this obscenely expensive and expansive backyard infrastructure that allows frolicking by its well-to-do members who’ve famously rejected applicants from all kinds of races, creeds and colors, is given the nod instead.The USGA turns its back on “Hogan’s Alley” and partners up with “Hatred Valley” instead?• For those old souls partial to the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high top – can we size you up for a new, improved version?The shoe brand that came out in 1917, disappeared for a point when non-supportive canvas became obsolete, came back as a nonconformist kick and then got bought up by Nike, plans a relaunch next week. The classic exterior won’t be messed with, but all that inside will be upgraded with a new high-tech cushion insole.Kind of like what USC wants to do with the L.A. Coliseum?• What kind of world are we living in if Hulk Hogan can’t be associated with the high morals of the WWE any longer?• The Electronic Sports League, the world’s largest video game organization based in Germany, says it is partnering with the World Anti-Doping Agency to put together a drug testing program for its competitors. It’s because one of its star “players” competing in a $250,000 tournament recently in Poland boasted of taking the psychostimulant Adderall – that ADHD medication already banned by all major sports leagues.Pretty depressing, eh? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It’s not OK to keep using the OKC as an ATM machine for the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Dodging another one-and-done situation with the Triple-A SWAT Unit, the Dodgers show desperation now in finding another arm or three for this rotating starting rotation.Kershaw and Greinke and everyone gets cranky. Particularly during this pregnant pause in Greinke’s childish pursuit of zero tolerance. Planned parenthood can be a no-win situation.And holy halo, the Angels are mighty desperate for some outfield help, preferably with some power. Because Vernon Wells ain’t walking through that door.The team has a depth chart up on its website. It lists Cowgill, Joyce, Robertson and Kubitza. It reads like a Pacoima law firm that represents slip-and-fall victims. By gosh, Josh Hamilton even feels lousy about it.center_img Before the two Los Angeles of Los Angeles rivals meet next week at Dodger Stadium, knowing full well the non-waiver trade deadline is hours before that Friday first pitch, wouldn’t one of these following scenarios resolve everyone’s riddled rosters in a quick and quiet manner?Start with pointing Scott Van Slyke toward the visitor’s dugout (as the Dodgers once did with Juan Uribe), allow Mike Scioscia to check his abacus, and then reciprocate with Matt Shoemaker. It’s beard for beard.And no worries, SVS. They’ll do a bobblehead up for you come playoff time.But look, there’s more: Carl Crawford for C.J. Wilson. As long as their massive overvalued salaries work for all the accountants and sabermetricians needed here.Let’s really go outside the boundaries: Yasiel Puig for … the Dodgers have no trade embargos with Cuban players now, right? Let’s have Mike Butcher finish that sentence. (And what’s keeping the Angels from hiring Bud Black back as their pitching coach?)last_img read more