De Gea Transfer Farce: ManUnited blame Real Madrid for collapse of deal

first_img David De Gea 1 Manchester United have blamed Real Madrid for the late collapse of David De Gea’s proposed move to Real Madrid.A £29m deal has been agreed for the sale of the  Spanishgoalkeeper on Monday, with Keylor Navas going  to Old Trafford as part of the agreement.But shortly after the 11pm deadline for European transfers it emerged the necessary paperwork had not been lodged in time and the deal had therefore fallen through.There was no sign of De Gea’s name, nor that of Navas, on a confirmed list of La Liga transfers, which was published after the deadline had passed.United insist they uploaded the requisite documents to FIFA’s Transfer Matching System before Monday’s 11pm deadline for the close of the Spanish transfer window  (BST).Sources at Old Trafford have rejected reports in Spain that they submitted their paperwork after the deadline and claim they have a time-stamp from FIFA as proof.It is understood that United feel it was Madrid who failed to file their paperwork in time and believe they must take the blame for the deal’s collapse. Reports in Spain indicated the documents did not reach the Spanish league office until 28 minutes after the deadline.Although Madrid retain a glimmer of hope that the deal will somehow go through, there have never been any successful appeals regarding late transfers in the league’s history.In February this year, Levante lost an attempt to overturn a ruling that cancelled their loan bid for Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz because they had missed the deadline for submission.Quite why Madrid left it so late to try to secure De Gea’s signature is a source of debate among the powers that be at Old Trafford.Madrid made De Gea their number one target earlier this summer following the departure of Iker Casillas to Porto and the two-time United player of the year himself was determined to complete the move too.The 24-year-old, who joined United from Real’s neighbours Atletico Madrid four years ago, hails from the Spanish capital and his pop star girlfriend Edurne Garcia also lives in the city.But it was not until the final day of the window that Madrid made their first significant bid for the player, and that was too late to get the deal over the line.The United board are said to be ”relaxed” about the situation.Although De Gea is yet to play for the club this season, United know they will now have a world-class goalkeeper to choose, should he be deemed mentally fit enough to play in Louis van Gaal’s eyes.last_img read more

Chelsea striker wanted now, Ramires swap deal and Brazilian’s move to be accelerated

first_img 7 7 7. John Terry – Hiddink to urge Chelsea to hand captain contract extension? – Speaking after the 3-3 Everton draw, Terry, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign and seems to be in no rush to hang up his boots, spoke of his desire to extend his future at Stamford Bridge, expressing his wish to be given the opportunity to see out his career at Chelsea. Hiddink could be influential in persuading Roman Abramovich to hand the 35-year-old a new deal, with the Dutchman stating that the centre back fully deserves to remain with the club beyond the season. 3. Graziano Pelle – Saints forward to leave after Charlie Austin’s arrival? – Pelle, who scored the third in Southampton’s 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in October, is set to leave St Mary’s and could be on his way to the English capital. The striker is out of contract at the end of next season, and the Blues are said to be monitoring his situation. ESPN report the Saints are against offering the Italian a new deal given he’ll turn 31 in the summer, thus leaving the door open for suitors, including Chelsea, to make a move. 4. Reece Oxford – Chelsea locked in four-way battle for Hammers starlet? – The London Evening Standard report that Oxford is on the transfer wish list of Premier League quartet Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, while Championship outfit Fulham are also interested in his signature. The 17-year-old caught the eye in West Ham United’s opening game of the season win against Arsenal, and while he has gone on to play only a further 58 minutes in the Premier League, he has remained impressive in the Hammers’ U21 setup. 7 1. Alexandre Pato – Blues to rush Brazilian’s deal after Costa’s injury? – With the possibility of Diego Costa spending time on the sidelines after suffering a bruised tibia during the 3-3 draw with Everton, Chelsea could be forced to accelerate their move for Pato with a tough clash against Arsenal to come this weekend. Radamel Falcao remains injured, while Patrick Bamford is likely to be used sparingly – if at all – leaving Loic Remy the solitary centre-forward should Costa be forced for a spell in the recovery room. Liverpool and Arsenal have also been linked with a bid for Pato, but the reigning Premier League champions are understood to be the most interested in sealing a deal. 7 7 Chelsea are yet to act in the January transfer window, but that could all change soon.Diego Costa’s recent injury suffered in the draw with Everton may force Roman Abramovich to part with his cash sooner than had been expected.And there are plenty more rumours on the Blues to digest.Take a look at the latest transfer news on Chelsea by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 5. Patrick Bamford – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants struggling striker to replace Charlie Austin? – Sky Sports have reported their understanding that Queens Park Rangers have made an enquiry over the availability of Bamford this month. The England Under-21 international ended his loan stint with Crystal Palace at the beginning of the year, and it’s uncertain whether he is part of Hiddink’s plans for the first team between now and the end of the season. The 22-year-old starred in the Championship last term, and he is said to be one of two strikers that manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants to sign in the January transfer window following Charlie Austin’s move to Southampton. 6. Diego Costa – Atletico Madrid to try to entice striker back to Spain? – Diego Simeone is keen to re-sign Costa this month before Atleti’s transfer ban comes into action, according to Spanish news outlet Fichajes. The report states that the Brazil-born striker is not happy in England, and the Liga outfit could take advantage of his misery by rushing to bring him back to the Estadio Vicente Calderon by the end of the January transfer window. As interim manager, Hiddink could be powerless to prevent the forward from leaving Stamford Bridge. 7 2. Ilkay Gundogan – Chelsea to propose Ramires swap deal? – In reports cited by the Telegraph, the Blues are looking to take advantage of Borussia Dortmund’s interest in out of favour midfielder Ramires by proposing a trade for Gundogan. The latter was expected to leave the Westfalenstadion in the summer before signing a new deal, with Arsenal and Liverpool among the frontrunners for his signature. Interest, however, hasn’t subsided and Chelsea could now be leading the chase. 7last_img read more

Boss disappointed with Mark Clattenburg following Manchester City’s defeat to Tottenham

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed his frustration with referee Mark Clattenburg after his side’s controversial defeat to title rivals Tottenham.Spurs benefited from a dubious penalty decision as they won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium in a highly-charged Premier League contest.Harry Kane opened the scoring from spot after Raheem Sterling was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball as he turned his back to block a cross from Danny Rose.It was the second time this season Clattenburg had frustrated City in a Spurs clash after two controversial offside decisions in the 4-1 loss at White Hart Lane in September.Pellegrini said at his post-match press conference: “More important than my view of penalty is that everyone saw what happened. Unfortunately for us it was the same referee, Clattenburg, as when we lost against Tottenham in the first round with two clear goals offside.“It was a penalty that was decisive for the game. I don’t have nothing more to say.”Asked why he approached the fourth official after the game, Pellegrini said: “Just to congratulate the referee – about the decision.”When asked about the appointment of Clattenburg, Pellegrini said: “For me I don’t think it is a good decision to have the same referee but I don’t want to talk any more about that.”Pellegrini was pressed further on the matter but would not comment.The Chilean said firmly: “I am finished with the referee.”City recovered after conceding the penalty to level through substitute Kelechi Iheanacho but Spurs snatched victory with an 83rd-minute winner from Christian Eriksen.Pellegrini said: “I don’t want to just talk about the decisions. It was a very close game, a very good game. We made a mistake for the second goal.“But that moment, when the referee whistled for a penalty, was a very important moment, we were playing well.”The result lifted Spurs within two points of leaders Leicester and left City fourth, still six points off the top in a compelling title race.It was a second successive damaging defeat after last week’s loss to Leicester but Pellegrini insisted his team can still recover.He said: “The last two results we had here at home were very bad. We never expected not to win a very important six points but we must continue fighting.“I saw a very good reaction from the team. We have 36 points more to play for. It is very important to start working again and believe all things can happen.”last_img read more

Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt might be USC’s worst-loss ever, something USC coach Pete Carroll probably never expected next to his name. How embarrassing was this loss? USC was a 39- to 41-point favorite all week, which means it’s officially the biggest upset by point spread in history, eclipsing Syracuse’s victory over Louisville last month when the Orangemen were 37.5-point underdogs. That means this debacle could arguably one of college football’s biggest upsets. “It just shows you it doesn’t matter,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “That’ s sports.” Uh, not quite. Sports is unpredictable. This was a joke. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER Winning masks a lot of things, including stubborn coaching decisions, but losses expose everything and no team this season got unmasked more than USC did on Saturday night. The No. 2-ranked Trojans became an answer to a trivia question and demonstrated the Reggie Bush-Matt Leinart era might officially be dead in the process, with an embarrassing 24-23 loss to Stanford before 85,125 at the Coliseum. Stanford (2-3, 1-3) did not just upset USC, it did it with a backup quarterback. And it snapped USC’s 35-game winning streak at the Coliseum. The last time USC lost was in 2001, also to Stanford. That might also be the last time the home crowd booed as much as it did Saturday. “Nobody comes in here and wins but us,” Stanford wide receiver Evan Moore said, in between chest bumps and dances on the field after the game. “A loss is a loss whether it’s at the Coliseum or on the moon,” USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson said. Jackson was right. But some serious questions must be asked in the wake of this loss. USC quarterback John David Booty threw four interceptions and the Trojans inexplicably insisted on passing late in the game. His third interception came with just 2:50 left in the game, with the Trojans nursing a 23-17 lead and he attempted to throw all three times after USC got a first down at its own 46-yard line. “We thought about running, but we hit some things with the passing game, like the long touchdown,” Carroll said, referring to a 47-yard touchdown pass to Ronald Johnson in the fourth quarter. But USC needed to run out the clock at the end. Then again, that illustrated another, a stubborn refusal to go with tailback Chauncey Washington, who averaged 3.3 yards a carry and got 23 carries for 75 yards. Freshman tailback Joe McKnight, who each week is supposed to play more, got two carries and disappeared. Even Hershel Dennis averaged 4.9 yards in just seven carries. Booty also threw with a cracked fingertip on his right middle finger, which he injured in the second quarter and he is questionable for next week’s game with Arizona. “I don’t know if I’ll play,” he said. Booty and rest of the Trojans were booed off the field at halftime and the end of the game. “That’s football,” Booty said. “Everybody here’s expectations are so high. Believe me on the inside I was booing too. “There were some balls that were just bad and other times there was pressure and then we were forcing things at the end.” It also did not help that wide receiver Patrick Turner dropped three passes. But let’s face it, Carroll’s also a defensive guru and the Trojans’ pass coverage once again disappeared when needed most. How does a team hope to win a national title when it allows Stanford to convert a fourth-and-20 pass play to set up the winning touchdown? The Cardinal did just that as reserve quarterback Tavita Pritchard calmly completed a pass to Richard Sherman at the USC 9. “Coach called a play but I couldn’t hear it because it was so loud,” Pritchard said. “Don’t tell him I said this, but I called my own play. I think it was similar if I heard him right. I saw the coverage I wanted and Sherm made a great play.” Pritchard then capped it off with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford, also on fourth down. “In my mind I really don’t accept it,” Carroll said. “I don’t know where to put it. Like the Texas loss and all the others, it will be on my shoulders. “To give up like this is such a shame. We made a ton of mistakes. Now we start over. We ain’t losing next week. We don’t ever have the mindset we’re losing.” But start over with what? Minus Stafon Johnson, who is injured, USC has no breakaway threat, or at least will not let McKnight become one. And Booty’s gotten worse the past two weeks. “I’m frustrated,” he said. All of the Trojans experienced their first loss at home, but that’s not as embarrassing as losing to Stanford without its quarterback. “I think it’s embarrassing to lose any game, especially at home, especially being USC,” safety Taylor Mays said. Said offensive guard Drew Radovich: “We’ve been winning here for so long it’s just a big shellshock to everybody.” Maybe the first quarter was a tipoff that things were not well. Booty had a tipped pass, Turner dropped two passes and punt returner Desmond Reed getting tackled in the open field by Stanford’s punter. “It was not about Stanford. It was about us,” Jackson said.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

Astronauts remain upset by reports of launch intoxication

first_imgBy Marcia Dunn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – This weekend as the seven astronauts relax before Tuesday’s blastoff into space, the beer will be cold and waiting at crew quarters at Kennedy Space Center. No one will monitor how much they drink; no breath tests will be given. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We’re all professionals,” says Scott Kelly, commander of the last space shuttle mission in August. While the outside world was aghast at a medical report a few months ago suggesting two cases of drunkenness just before launch, the men and women who fly NASA’s space shuttles are indignant. “It’s just such an absurd thing to think that someone would even do that,” said Kelly, a Navy commander. “I don’t have the words to describe how ridiculous this whole thing is.” He and others agree there’s no harm in having a beer a day or two out, and he did just that. During the three days before liftoff, the shuttle crew is in semi-isolation at dorm-style quarters or at the beach house where astronauts enjoy barbecues with their spouses. Kelly’s co-pilot, Charles Hobaugh, a burly Marine colonel, readily admits he’s no teetotaler. But he says that coming into launch, his drink of choice is skim milk. Their mission came just over a week after the controversial report by a special medical panel that mentioned inebriated astronauts, citing interviews with unnamed sources. What made the anonymous allegations of heavy preflight drinking even worse is that they followed by just months the arrest of Lisa Nowak. The lovelorn astronaut chased her former astronaut-boyfriend’s new love interest halfway across the country and ended up in jail. She intends to plead temporary insanity. It was her case that led NASA to commission a panel of aerospace medical experts to look into the health of astronauts. Their report in late July mentioned the two unverified episodes of drunkenness. It’s been tough on NASA’s 91 astronauts, unaccustomed to bad press, let alone ridicule. “Of course, there are jokes,” said Army Col. Douglas Wheelock, a member of the new crew that will be flying Discovery on Tuesday. His family in the Northeast has called him, wanting to know, “What’s going on down there?” He said the back-to-back scandals have reminded him “that people are looking up to me, not because of who I am, but because of the suit that I have on.” Peggy Whitson, who recently arrived on the international space station as commander, also has found herself treading carefully. The drinking issue weighed heavily on her mind before her Oct. 10 launch aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where preflight toasting is the norm. She said it was “interesting” navigating between the U.S. and Russian cultural differences. “We don’t want people to have an image of us as being a bunch of drunks,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this week. NASA’s long-standing rule – unwritten but universally understood – is that alcohol is forbidden within 12 hours of a launch. No one denies that until then, “alcohol is freely used in crew quarters,” as the astronaut health panel stated in its report. It based its findings on astronauts and flight surgeons who were promised anonymity.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

NFL tells L.A. to forget about new team, cites $1 billion cost of coliseum overhaul

first_imgLos Angeles officials have refused to talk about it, but the NFL flat out told them three months ago that a professional football team will not be coming to the Coliseum, the Daily News has learned. According to letters obtained by the Daily News, the city’s latest hope of luring an NFL team involved pleading for Los Angeles to host a Super Bowl to try to regenerate interest in moving a team to the city. Despite an apparent lack of interest from the National Football League last year, Coliseum Commission President and City Councilman Bernard Parks just months ago wrote again to invite the league to Los Angeles. But in an exchange of letters, NFL Vice President Neil Glat said league owners think the “economic risks” are too great to commit $1 billion to renovate the Coliseum. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Rumors of the exchange surfaced over the summer, but officials refused to disclose details out of apparent concern that a deal with the NFL was still possible and that any release of information would quash potential options. “Unfortunately, notwithstanding all of our best efforts to identify a mutually acceptable solution, we have determined that the Coliseum renovation project as currently contemplated would create significant economic risks for the NFL, such that we are not prepared to move forward with the project at this point,” Glat wrote in the July18 letter. The response came less than a month after Parks and Coliseum Commissioner David Israel wrote to Glat noting that plans for the Coliseum are being developed with USC – its principal tenant. A deal with the University of Southern California, they wrote, would make it “extremely difficult to accommodate the return of an NFL team.” “The Coliseum Commission’s goal in the past and currently is to make our decision based on the best available information we have,” they wrote, adding they had heard reports that “the NFL will never come to the Coliseum.” They also wrote that “many sources” were saying “the L.A. market is used by the NFL as a negotiating tool against other cities.” They said they hoped to have a “clear message” from the league about the possibility of hosting a Super Bowl, having a marquee regular-season game or games at the stadium, or even having the league pay a fee to keep an option at the facility. But Glat flatly rejected the idea of a Super Bowl for Los Angeles, saying it “would be inconsistent with our current practice, given that Los Angeles is currently not home to an NFL team.” As for the other suggestions, Glat wrote that he could not commit the league to any specifics without additional information. At the same time, he said the Coliseum Commission should “make decisions that it perceives to be in the long-term best interest of the Coliseum.” Despite the strong language, Parks and Coliseum General Manager Pat Lynch said late last week that they are trying to keep the door open for future talks with the NFL. “All this means is that it will be team-driven and not NFL-driven,” Parks said. “The NFL has continued to make clear that they hope to have five teams in California in the next 10 to 15 years. “This is a multibillion-dollar operation, and you don’t resolve those issues overnight. I’m still optimistic.” Parks said California and Los Angeles present a unique challenge to the NFL because of the reluctance to use any tax dollars to benefit professional sports. Lynch echoed Parks but acknowledged there is no real drive now for professional football. “Right now, there is nothing going on, but that doesn’t mean something couldn’t happen in the future,” Lynch said. “Teams in other cities could be looking around. There are a number of people in this city who are interested in owning an NFL team, and no one knows what could happen.” But Lynch also acknowledged that he is not aware of any active local effort to try to buy a team. Still, Lynch said he holds out hope that something will be worked out with the NFL based on Glat’s comment in the letter that “we appreciate your efforts to explore a partnership … and look forward to continuing to work with you.” Nearly all of the Coliseum Commission’s recent efforts have been working with USC to try to develop a long-term lease to ensure the university’s football team will continue to play at the facility. To finance improvements, the panel has been exploring the possibility of selling naming rights. However, those familiar with the effort say initial estimates are far below what the commission had hoped for. Without a professional team serving as a draw, advertisers are said to be reluctant to pay premium amounts. The most recent protracted negotiations between the NFL and the Coliseum Commission began with Parks’ election in 2001 to the City Council. Parks’ district includes the facility, which has gone for 11 seasons without a professional football team after the Raiders left for Oakland amid a dispute over promised stadium improvements. The commission paid for a number of plans and environmental reviews and won local concessions to try to accommodate a team. But the deals also included a provision that no local tax dollars be used to finance improvements at the stadium beyond what could be provided by the Community Redevelopment Agency. After more than two years of discussions to develop a basic agreement – and costs for stadium improvements soaring to $1billion – NFL owners balked at a final deal. Now, an individual team would need to try to reach an agreement with the Coliseum Commission. The failed talks with the NFL are only the latest in a long history of problems with professional football in Los Angeles. Over the years, the Coliseum has served as home to the NFL’s Chargers, Rams and Raiders and several offshoot leagues including the U.S. Football League. The Rams’ then-owner Carroll Rosenblum complained about the Coliseum Commission, which is made up of three members representing city, county and state governments. The panel later got into a dispute with Al Davis and the Raiders over improvements, which led Davis to pull his team back to Oakland after a 10-year run in Los Angeles. For now, the prospects of an NFL team coming to Los Angeles are all but at a standstill. Glat wrote in July: “We recognize that at least one of the options likely to be embraced by the Commission would, as urged by the University of Southern California, preclude the possibility of an NFL team playing in the Coliseum for the foreseeable future.” [email protected]om (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Parents see good, and bad, in Internet

first_imgChildren were more likely than parents to consider computers and gadgets helpful to their lives. Among parents, mothers were more likely than fathers to praise technology. The study of 935 sets of U.S. parents and children was conducted by telephone Oct. 23-Nov. 19, 2006. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Parents have become more ambivalent about the Internet, with a new study finding fewer of them considering it good for their children. The Pew Internet and American Life Project said Wednesday that about 59percent of Americans with children ages 12-17 consider the Internet a positive influence on their kids. That is based on a 2006 survey, the latest available on the topic, and represents a drop from 67percent in 2004. Meanwhile, those who do not believe the Internet has had an effect one way or the other increased to 30percent, from 25percent. “The Internet for a lot of parents is now a mature technology,” said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew. “They are not in a honeymoon period with the Internet anymore. They are realizing the Internet is something with good and bad things.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In both years, only a small percentage consider the Internet bad. Although parents are hearing about sexual predators and other dangers online, Lenhart said, they also see the Internet’s benefits for homework. “Parents are seeing both sides of the coin,” she said. The study found parents more concerned about content than time spent online. Sixty-eight percent said they have rules about sites their children can or cannot visit, while only 55percent control the amount of time they can spend online. “Time use is seen as problematic for reasons related to obesity, but parents are more concerned about keeping their children sheltered and safe from a lot of the images and things that come through the content on the Internet,” Lenhart said. Parents were more likely than their children to own desktop computers, laptops, cell phones and personal digital assistants, but the kids were more likely to have Apple Inc.’s iPods and other digital music players – 51percent of children vs. 29percent of parents. last_img read more

Feud between families takes a deadly turn

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.When it was over, the father of one of the boys was dead, and now a grand jury is investigating. Police say the father, 29-year- old Franklin Jude, was struck in the face and fell, hitting his head on the pavement. He died five days later and was buried Monday. “Frank went down on the pavement and smacked his head really, really hard,” said Joanie Parsley, the mother of another student at West Broad Elementary School. “Frank didn’t even have time to flinch – that’s how fast it was.” The coroner ruled Jude’s death a homicide, but no charges have been filed. The case is under investigation, and a grand jury will hear evidence in the next few weeks. The other man was Grant Reese, 23, the boyfriend of the second boy’s mother. Reese insists he was defending himself and gave police his shirt covered with his own blood to prove he was hit. “As soon as he was hit in the nose, he struck the fellow in the jaw, which caused him to fall over,” said Reese’s attorney, Steven Larson. “He said it was instantaneous – `I got hit, I hit back.”‘ Events leading to the Oct. 10 fight began the day before outside the school on the city’s west side. Witnesses say the two men had words after school let out, upset because one of the boys pushed the other. The principal intervened, the police were called and the families were asked to return to the school the next morning for counseling. Violence is not uncommon in the area, a neighborhood of century-old homes where many residents struggle with poverty and drug abuse. A social worker was stabbed to death by a client in 2001 just a few houses away from the school. Jude and his fiancee, Jhonda Phillips, arrived at the school the following day for their meeting with the principal. A meeting with Reese and Star Caulley, the mother of the other fifth-grader, was scheduled for about an hour later. District spokesman Jeff Warner said the principal was careful to set up separate appointments because the families had feuded since last year. When his meeting was over, Jude waited in the parking lot while Phillips went back inside to give their son his lunch money. Caulley and her boyfriend arrived in a van, along with several of Caulley’s other children. Police are investigating what happened next.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SCHOOLS: Sides were called to campus for counseling on their sons, but a fight broke out. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio – The plan was simple: Invite families feuding over problems between their fifth-grade sons to counseling sessions. But that went awry when the two families ran into each other in the parking lot and yet another fight broke out – this time between adults. last_img

$145 million more needed for Expo light rail line

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.Despite evidence that construction costs were rising in recent years, project officials seriously underestimated the rate of inflation for labor and materials when they developed the Expo Line’s budget in 2005. In a written report, Richard Thorpe, chief executive of the Expo authority and the MTA’s top construction official, said the budget assumed the price of labor and construction materials would increase 3.5 percent annually. But construction costs actually rose an average of more than 11% a year, Thorpe said. Based on recently negotiated contracts, he wrote that the 8.6-mile first stage of the line “cannot be completed as originally planned” without additional MTA funding, The Times reported. Without it, he said, the line will end short of Culver City, probably at the La Cienega station. Transit officials said in remarks reported today that they will need an additional $145 million to build the Exposition light rail line from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City. The rise in the cost of the the project, which broke ground in August, once again underscores the huge financial stakes involved in constructing a rail system to the Westside. Rapid increases in construction costs have ballooned the project’s original $640 million budget to $785 million, officials said, and threaten to shorten the line before it reaches Culver City. Faced with the nearly 23 percent increase in costs, members of the Exposition Construction Authority voted yesterday to ask the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which will operate the train system, to provide the extra money. last_img read more

A bigger, better building will be cool digs for dogs

first_img“They get to run on the grass without being on a leash,” said Cheryl Zsadanyi, a volunteer. “That’s good for them. They really enjoy it.” Thanks to the expansion, cats also now have kitty condos, with space to roam and new scratching posts. The number of cages for felines has increased by 68, to 167. In the future, there are plans to have a 10-stall barn onsite for livestock – a first in the Valley, officials said. Denise Margarite, an animal-care technician, said the shelter looks fabulous. “We got a chance to see it as it was coming along,” she said. “They did a good job. We’re looking forward to the grand opening.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was trying, to say the least. We’re excited now.” The building, originally 22,080 square feet, more than doubled in size. Today, there is more than 95,000 square feet of grass and landscape area for the dogs. The new and improved shelter will be able to house 152 dogs, up from 56, which means each dog will get its own kennel that allows it to be indoors or outdoors. Pooches will have heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. The old kennels will be used for sick or aggressive dogs. There are private rooms allowing potential adopters to get acquainted with a pet. In grassy areas resembling dog parks, dogs can be let loose. CHATSWORTH – Homeless pooches are getting fancy new digs that feature air-conditioned dog kennels to help them weather the summer heat. The West Valley Shelter in Chatsworth underwent a 50,000-square-foot expansion, to be unveiled in a grand opening with tours, vendor booths, demonstrations and other activities scheduled for Thursday. Construction on the nearly $14 million project – which features new office space, a community room, grooming area, a spay and neuter clinic, and other features – started in March 2005. “We had to live through it,” said Capt. Jan Selder, West Valley Animal Care and Control district manager for the city of Los Angeles. “They tore down the entire shelter and we worked out of two trailers under difficult conditions. last_img read more