Police in riot gear and biohazard suits removed anti-Wall Street activists from an encampment outside the Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday, arresting an estimated 200 people as they enforced the mayor’s eviction order. Skip to next paragraph Busloads of police closed in on the 8-week-old Occupy LA camp after midnight and declared the hundreds of protesters congregated on the lawn, sidewalks and streets around City Hall to be an unlawful assembly, ordering them to disperse or face arrest.The Los Angeles encampment, which officials had tolerated for weeks even as other cities moved in to clear out similar compounds, was among the largest on the West Coast aligned with a 2-month-old Occupy Wall Street movement against economic inequality and excesses of the U.S. financial system.IN PICTURES: Occupy LA and other Occupy protestsMayor Antonio Villaraigosa had originally welcomed the protesters, even supplying them with ponchos for inclement weather. But as city officials complained of crime, sanitation problems and property damage they blamed on the camp, the mayor decided the group had to go.He initially set an eviction deadline for 12:01 a.m. Monday but city officials held off on enforcing it for 48 hours in the hope that protesters would drift away on their own.The strategy appeared to pay off, with police avoiding the use of tear gas or pepper spray that marked evictions of Occupy protesters in Oakland and other cities. Except for some minor initial scuffles with police, the crowd was boisterous but mostly peaceful.By contrast, about 100 Occupy protesters in Philadelphia peacefully vacated their camp early on Wednesday after police moved in and warned protesters they faced arrest unless they left on their own, police said. In Boston, city officials are laying the legal ground work for evicting Occupy Boston protestors from a camp set up in Dewey Square. Park.At least 20 protesters in Los Angeles left the area as soon as police moved in early Wednesday, carrying tents and other belongings out of the camp. Later, a number of others were escorted out by police after apparently agreeing to walk away without resisting.TENTS FLATTENEDOfficers then swept into the park, arresting anyone who refused to leave and dismantling the camp. Tents were pulled down and flattened after police peeked inside each one with a flashlight.
By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff A few thoughts and observations on the hiring of Bobby Valentine:
38 super-hot models, 69 costume changes and $2 million worth of Swarovski crystals: The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is finally here!Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel and many more lingerie-clad lovelies are scheduled to strut their stuff on the catwalk tonight for this year’s event.The show will reportedly feature six segments — Ballet, Super Angels, Passion Play, Angels Aquatic, I Put a Spell on You and Club Pink — and feature musical acts Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.While we’ll have all the new shots for you later tonight, check out the gallery above to see the most sizzling looks to hit the runway since the first show way back in 1995.With supermodels like Heidi, Gisele, Naomi, Tyra and more, one thing is certain: Victoria’s Secret’s has one hot history!This year’s show will air on CBS November 29 at 10pm.
Here are a few reminders about television today:1. WFTV-Channel 9 anchors Vanessa Echols and Greg Warmoth are playing for charity on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” at 10 a.m. on WFTV, of course. If you miss them this morning, they will be back at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Here’s an update: They were only in the last five minutes of this morning’s program.2. Your Gibbs has been moved tonight. “NCIS” will air at 9 p.m. on CBS. The network opened the 8 p.m. slot for “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” one of the best-loved Christmas specials.3. Gibbs is the opening act for “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” at 10 on CBS. Maroon 5, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj perform. The models include Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge and Lindsay Ellingson.4. The Fox lineup is new tonight: “Glee,” “New Girl” and “Raising Hope.” The ABC lineup is mostly new: “Last Man Standing,” “Man Up!” and “Body of Proof.” A first-rate rerun of “The Middle” is wedged in at 9. The NBC lineup is new: “The Biggest Loser” makeover show and “Parenthood.”5. If you liked Scott Turow’s “Presumed Innocent,” you might try the sequel, “Scott Turow’s Innocent,” at 9 tonight on TNT. The movie launches “TNT Mystery Movie Night.” The cast is very good: Bill Pullman, Alfred Molina, Richard Schiff and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden.
What we learned from Day 2 at the 2011 Maui Invitational: Tennessee point guard Trae Golden needs to work on his shot selection. (AP Photo) Since the start of the season, there has been plenty of analysis regarding what Duke doesn’t have, all of which neglects how unconventional the Blue Devils were when they won the NCAA championship two years ago. Duke played then with converted shooting guard Jon Scheyer at the point and occasionally relied on Nolan Smith for creative play. Duke plays now with converted shooting guard Seth Curry at the point and occasionally relies on Austin Rivers for creative play. Except Rivers is more purely talented than either Scheyer or Smith. Duke then played then with defense-first bigs Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek. Duke now plays with defense-first bigs Marshall and Miles Plumlee. Except the Plumlees are more purely talented, and they have help from offensively gifted junior Ryan Kelly. The No. 6 Blue Devils shot 11-of-21 on 3-pointers in their 82-75 victory Tuesday over No. 15 Michigan. Kelly, Curry, Rivers and Andre Dawkins all made multiple threes. The value of that shooting ability seems to be consistently underrated by people appraising Duke. That’s a power forward, point guard, shooting guard and small forward—they all can be on the floor at once. This is not to say this Duke team is superior to the one that earned the championship two years ago. That team had extraordinary chemistry and exceptional leadership. For now, it is apparent this team has more weapons and, in Rivers, a player capable of the sort of magic Duke expected from Kyrie Irving last season. It’s a nice start. Up front, Tennessee had forward Jeronne Maymon tearing Memphis’ interior defense—what little there was—to little Tiger pieces on those too-limited occasions when somebody threw him the ball. On the perimeter, Tennessee had Trae Golden running the point. The dichotomy between their performances is the clearest illustration of why Tennessee could not quite complete its comeback against Memphis and why the Tigers left their losers-bracket game Tuesday with a 99-97 double-OT victory. It’s not fair to hang the Volunteers’ defeat entirely upon Golden. Among the 11 who appeared, the only player to reach double-figure scoring in this track meet aside from Golden and Maymon was forward Kenny Hall, who contributed 11 points. How many crucial Tennessee possessions, though, featured Golden dribbling away shot-clock time or taking quick, wild shots when everyone in the gym, everyone watching on ESPN, probably people simply feeling it through ESP knew the ball had to find Maymon’s hands? Golden was 3-of-7 from the field at halftime. He finished 3-of-19. He went 0-for-7 in the second half, as Maymon was carrying UT back from a 55-45 deficit at the break. Golden was 0-for-5 in the two overtime periods. That’s not how a point guard is supposed to play. This essentially is the first time in Thomas Robinson’s career he’s had to take on two defenders at once. In the past, he always was playing alongside the Morris twins, who were more established players and thus most often the focus of opposing defenses. Now Robinson gets doubled when he catches in the post, and he still struggles to handle the attention. He has been fine. He has scored in double figures in every game and didn’t commit more than two turnovers in a game until Tuesday’s 72-56 victory over UCLA. But he had five against the Bruins, and it’s not like their defense was sensational. Ben Howland had the Wear brothers, mostly, doing hard big-to-big traps on Robinson and he often was forced off his spot or gave up the ball. Robinson still managed a solid 7-of-11 shooting night and 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Indeed, imagine what he’ll be when he gets used to all the attention. Travis and David Wear still are young college basketball players. They saw limited action as freshmen at North Carolina, then spent last year inactive after transferring to UCLA. But that doesn’t explain their poor shot selection, unsound defense and curious lack of balance in the Bruins’ loss to Kansas in the Maui semis. They were a combined 0-for-5 in the first half against KU, and there was no mystery as to why. They took terrible shots: guarded, out of rhythm, out of range. The Wear brothers have been coached by both Roy Williams and Ben Howland. That’s a lot of Final Fours and a couple national titles. It’s reasonable to expect them to play with a greater sense of precision. Conventional wisdom is the Wolverines must hit from 3-point range to be competitive with elite teams. Certainly, that doesn’t hurt. But against Duke, Michigan was only 7-of-21 from 3-point range and still wound up hitting 49.2 percent from the floor and hanging with one of the nation’s best teams. Michigan shot better than 57 percent on 2-pointers, with big man Jordan Morgan hitting 6-of-7. “They’re an outstanding basketball team,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “They’re very difficult to defend. I thought defensively in the first half we did a great job. The second half, you know—they just come at you.”
Lucy Nicholson/Pool/AP PhotoThe Los Angeles Police Department moved in on the Occupy LA protesters at City Hall overnight, arresting at least 200 as many demonstrators refused to leave after an order to disperse. Meanwhile, police in Philadelphia cleared out Occupy protesters from a downtown encampment, arresting at least 50 people.In LA, police in riot gear brandishing batons descended on the area just after midnight, having been transported en mass by 30 MTA buses from Dodgers Stadium to downtown LA. An estimated 1,000 officers began closing off streets and surrounding the encampment.“This has been declared an unlawful assembly,” an officer announced to the crowd,according to ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC. Protesters were told they had at most 10 minutes to disperse.“The people united will never be defeated,” responded the crowd of demonstrators. Around 12:15 a.m. police entered the encampment and began carrying out those refusing to walk out, and began tearing down tents.The number of people arrested totaled at least 200, according to LAPD chief Charlie Beck.Officers dressed in all white hazmat-like suits and wearing latex gloves and booties with gun belts on the outside then moved in to clean up the camp. Police used a large cherry picker that reads “LAPD Bomb Squad” on the side to pick out the protesters who perched themselves high in trees and refused to come down.In a statement released early Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa addressed the enforcement of City Hall Park’s closure.“At approximately 12:30 a.m., the LAPD began enforcing the closure of City Hall Park after giving those in the park a final opportunity to leave without facing arrest. We have taken a measured approach to enforcing the park closure because we have wanted to give people every opportunity to leave peacefully. I ask that anyone who remains in the park to please leave voluntarily,” his statement said.Villaraigosa also said that the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority had previously walked through the park to assess need of those who have nowhere else to go. He added that during the park’s closure, a First Amendment area will remain open on the Spring Street City Hall steps.Officials earlier in the evening had set a 10:30 p.m. for dispersal of the crowds who have occupied the area since the beginning of October. There was an original deadline for Occupy protesters to vacate City Hall at 12:01 a.m. Monday, but protesters flooded the streets in hundreds, leading police to draw down.Occupy Los Angeles was one of the first groups in the ‘Occupy’ movement to pop up after Occupy Wall Street began in New York on September 17. It has been one of the largest and least volatile of the worldwide ‘Occupy’ encampments.The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that rousted protesters roamed around Center City during the night, scattering and regrouping as police tracked their moves.“We followed them around Center City all night long and finally arrested some of them,” Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told the newspaper. Three police officers suffered minor injuries, two while making arrests and one while taking down a tent.
NBA Roundhouse is one of many new series that will run on Pippen Ain’t Easy. In the NBA Roundhouse, we cover all things NBA not just the Bulls. It just another one of the ways Pippen Ain’t Easy makes taking in the NBA easier for you by keeping it all neat and tidy in one placeNBA Roundhouse So…About That Nuclear WinterIn case you still don’t know, the NBA is back and will be back in full swing come Christmas Day and preparation for that day begin Wednesday when agents and teams can begin talking contracts. December 9th is the first official day of what is an intensely abbreviated offseason.But let’s reflect first on exactly what happened and who won. We have had threats and petty bullying all lockout long and once David Stern said nuclear winter, it did two things. It made half of the NBA community laugh at Stern basically swinging so big with an angry face it was hard not to chuckle.But the other thing it did was get the attention of the more serious people involved. This was a threat that actually worked and Stern deserves some credit for that. It’s fractional credit but it’s still deserved. Stern really is that bug eyed crazy to drive the car off the cliff and the Union slowly came to that realization and had to give in to the best available deal to calm Stern down.The players get just a little over 52 percent of the total revenue but they should have gotten more. Stern played chicken and the players flinched, but ultimately they win. If the league balloons in revenue like they all expect, they get paid and paid more then the owners.But the sheer amount of concessions given up to get to that point was all owner greed and the boos should be directed at the owners box come opening day, not the court.Let’s Make a DealOne of the most entertaining aspects of the NFL and it’s lockout was the wild offseason the followed where four months worth of action went down in a 48 hour window. The deals and trades were flying across the wire and although the NBA may not have that intense of an offseason, it’s not going to be boring.In fact, a major deal is already brewing on the East Coast with the Boston Celtics trying to trade Rajon Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul.Now although this deal makes sense but also manages not to at the same time, the best part of it is that it signals what should be one of the most entertaining and compacted NBA offseasons probably ever.And last years fire sale of elite talent is pretty hard to top.There aren’t as many elite names floating around but aside from the mega blockbuster in pre-production in Boston, notable names are looking to change uniforms all over.Nene wants out of Denver and is most likely going to be the Miami Heat’s top priority. Brandon Roy may be cut via an amnesty clause which puts him on the market. Jamal Crawford, Jason Richardson, Tyson Chandler, David West, and Glen Davis are all unrestricted free agents meaning they can go anywhere they choose.Miami needs a big man center to compete with an Eastern Conference that is gigantic there, the Bulls need a shooting guard to complete their championship puzzle, the Nets are dealing for Dwight Howard and the Knicks are looking for the third member of their Big 3.Folks the NBA is back and the transaction flood gates are about to open and hopefully it’s a good omen for the 66 game season that awaits us. Tags: NBA
Associated Press 10:32 PM Monday, November 28, 2011 COLUMBUS — Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is not only a great evaluator of talent, but he can spot a sleeping giant of a program as well.So, the fact his No. 3 Blue Devils (7-0) will face No. 2 Ohio State today in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge is really no surprise to the all-time winner in men’s Division I basketball.He made the prediction the Buckeyes could become a power when he ran across Ohio State coach Thad Matta on the recruiting trail in the summer of 2004, shortly after Jim O’Brien was fired for violating NCAA rules.“After I got this job, I was recruiting and Coach K stopped me and said, ‘Hey, I really believe you’ve got one of the top jobs in the country,’ ” Matta said. “He said, ‘I’ve looked at Ohio State the past 25 years and I think you can win there.’ ”The Buckeyes did, reaching the 2007 national title game before losing to Florida and recording a 34-3 record last season while reaching the Sweet 16 for a second straight year.Ohio State lost three seniors from that team but it hasn’t showed. The Buckeyes are 6-0, though the only ranked team they have faced was then-No. 7 Florida on Nov. 15, a team they defeated, 81-74.Duke is coming off wins over No. 15 Michigan (82-65) and No. 14 Kansas (68-61) en route to the Maui Invitational title last week.The Buckeyes have relied on 2011 national freshman of the year Jared Sullinger (18.8 points per game, 10.7 rebounds), William Buford (17.7 ppg) and Aaron Craft (9.2 ppg, 33 assists, 21 steals) while developing chemistry with a young team.Duke spreads its scoring around. In fact, five players — Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Austin Rivers, Mason Plumlee and Andre Dawkins — average double figures.More than 19,000 fans will pack Value City Arena for this one, and students have camped outside the building for several days with a fervor usually reserved for football games.
As a matter of fact, Jim, there is something special going on at Syracuse University right now. Something especially disturbing. Something that demands a more serious manner from a guy that a good portion of the nation would love to see fired right now.Your right-hand assistant, Bernie Fine, was fired two days ago amid allegations of child molestation. This was your first chance to stand behind a microphone and defend/explain yourself with live words after a jarring turn of events Sunday.A third accuser came forward and a surreal audio tape was released indicating that Fine’s wife, Laurie, knew or at least suspected her husband was abusing former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis. Those revelations and the termination of Fine suddenly put your vigorous attack of Fine’s accusers – calling them liars in search of a payday – in a new light.You apologized in a statement Sunday, saying, “I deeply regret any statements I made that might have … been insensitive to victims of abuse.” But Tuesday night, here and now, you needed to turn that stated regret into a living, breathing, believable emotion at the podium.It didn’t happen.Boeheim was not combative, but neither was he contrite. The words “I’m sorry” were not uttered once in a long and interesting news conference. He said a lot more than many anticipated he would say, but he never said those two words.On this night, he sounded like another icon coach caught in a moment he can’t quite decipher, facing criticism he can’t quite fathom, failing to understand that a lifetime of having all the answers in a sporting context doesn’t mean you have all the answers in the greater realm. He sounded like a guy who doesn’t get it.This issue is far bigger than sports. And as Joe Paterno found out earlier this month, there is a big, unforgiving world outside the cocoon of college sports that doesn’t care how many games you won or how long you’ve worked at a university if you have an accused pedophile on your staff or in your building. Even a hero coach can be abruptly and unceremoniously cut off at the knees in the court of public opinion.Paterno lost his job, as swift and precipitous a fall from grace as we’ve ever seen in college sports. As of Tuesday afternoon, Boeheim had the support of his chancellor, Nancy Cantor, and that seems appropriate. The only thing we know he’s done wrong is to make some very inappropriate statements; he has not, to anyone’s knowledge, covered up or failed to report any allegations of criminal behavior by Fine.But Boeheim’s mouth hasn’t done him many favors as the Fine saga plays out.[Wetzel: Twist in abuse scandal puts Boeheim on hot seat]The crowd that watches CNN and Fox News and MSNBC? A lot of them are interested in this story, but a lot of them don’t know the flippant Boeheim persona. When they see the video clips of an occasionally smirking, joking coach in the midst of a pedophilia investigation involving his trusted assistant, I don’t anticipate it playing well in mainstream America.Repeatedly Tuesday night, he said “we have to wait” until the investigation plays out. Problem is, Boeheim refused to wait before firing shots at Bobby Davis and his stepbrother, Mark Lang.I asked him if he wished now that he would have waited before speaking out then. Without saying no, he said no.“I supported a friend,” he said. “That’s what I did. I’m proud I did. You know them 48 years, you went to school with them, I think you owe an allegiance and debt to him …”That drew applause in the interview room from Boeheim’s family members and others. It probably won’t draw a lot of applause from outside the 315 area code because it’s only half an explanation. Boeheim did far more than support a friend; he went on the offensive – to the outrage of some advocates of sex-abuse victims.Among those is Fr. Robert Hoatson, a Catholic priest who runs a non-profit organization called Road to Recovery based in New Jersey. The New York Daily News reported that Hoatson was in Syracuse on Tuesday to meet with a potential fourth victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Bernie Fine.While Boeheim was giving the media an indication that he believes Fine and Syracuse will be exonerated – “I do my job; what happened on my watch, we will see,” he said – more allegations could be forthcoming.Give Boeheim credit for this: He stood in there and answered a lot of questions, probably more than the Syracuse media relations department wished he would have and more than his wife, Juli, wished he would have. (At one point, off to the side of the room, she was signaling for Syracuse officials to cut off the questioning.) EMU's Rob Murphy is a former Boeheim assistant.(Nate Shron/Getty Images) He clearly believes there has been a lot of unfair criticism aimed his way, and he’s right to a degree. In the world of hanging judges on Twitter, plenty of people seem inconvenienced by waiting for the legal proceedings to play out; they just know they want Jim Boeheim fired and Bernie Fine imprisoned and Laurie Fine sent to jail or therapy or both. (If Twitter were around during the Duke lacrosse fiasco, the entire university might have been shut down before the involved players were cleared of charges.)But Boeheim’s repeated assertion that after 36 years at Syracuse he’s little more than a glorified blue-collar employee rings false.“I have zero say in who’s hired, fired, assigned,” he said. “Period. I have a say in who starts and what plays we run.”He does not wield the power of Joe Paterno at Penn State – nobody does – but neither does he have zero say around here. Just ask his point guard, Scoop Jardine.“Why wouldn’t he [have a say in major decisions at Syracuse]?” Jardine said. “He’s been here, what, 36 years?”The 36 years of service and 863 victories are helping him now with the home base. In the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night, there was a lot of support for the coach.He got a standing ovation from the crowd when he stepped on the court that bears his name, and another one when the public-address announcer introduced him. Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy, a former Boeheim assistant, had an emotional embrace with him before the game.“I look at Coach Boeheim as a mentor,” Murphy said. “A father figure.”[Recap: Syracuse 84, Eastern Michigan 48]Murphy’s director of basketball operations, Victoria Sun, was a Syracuse student manager from 1993-95. She never saw anything amiss with Fine, and she maintains a good relationship with Boeheim. She sent him a “happy birthday” text Nov. 17 – which turned out to be the day the Fine allegations first surfaced.“I grew up watching Syracuse, loving Jim Boeheim and Syracuse basketball,” Sun said. “When something happens to what I consider my family, it kind of hurts.”In a troubling and unsure situation, one thing seems certain: It’s no time for the embattled basketball coach to be cracking jokes. It only deepens the belief that Jim Boeheim doesn’t get it. Updated Nov 29, 11:57 pm EST
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has felt music beating in his veins since he was a little boy.Growing up in Los Angeles, Levine has been playing with almost all of the same guys who make up Maroon 5 since high school, and the group has earned numerous awards, including three Grammys. Their smash hit singles — “This Love, ” “She Will Be Loved,” “Harder to Breathe,” “Makes Me Wonder” — have garnered the band worldwide acclaim.In an interview with “Nightline” at the RdV Lounge in New York City, the rock star talks about the top five songs on his playlist that have made an impact on his musical style.1. “Electric Avenue,” Eddy GrantAdam Noah Levine was born in Los Angeles on March 18, 1979. His father, Fred Levine, owns a boutique chain in downtown L.A.Maroon 5′s Adam Levine said he first picked up a guitar at age 10. Credit: Courtesy Adam Levine”[Electric Avenue] was the first tape I ever bought, and I made my parents listen to it all the time,” Levine said. “I probably drove them a little crazy with that, so I am sorry to my parents for that. My family is a very musical family, they appreciate music, but I was obsessed with this tune. I loved that song so much, still to this day. It’s irresistible. It’s just one of those songs.” 2. “Thriller,” Michael JacksonOne of the fondest memories of his childhood, Levine said, is making the winning shot in a basketball game at age 6. The experience gave him the confidence to succeed in anything he wanted to pursue — mainly music.”I remember ‘Thriller’ was just everyone’s soundtrack. It was the biggest record on earth and everybody wanted to be Michael Jackson,” Levine said.”Michael Jackson was probably his biggest at this time, it was the early to mid-80s,” he continued. “I’d dance around the living room with my glove on like every other kid at that age during that time. It’s almost as if pop music is kind of something I loved so much as a kid, and then when I was 13, 14, 15, I kind of left it behind because I didn’t think it was particularly cool.”3. “Longview,” Green DayLevine first began making music with his friends, guitarist Jesse Carmichael and bassist Mickey Madden, while attending the Brentwood School, a K-12 school in L.A. In 1994, the trio added drummer Ryan Dusick and formed the alternative rock band Kara’s Flowers.”When I was in high school, I was a little rebellious,” Levine said. “I wanted to play music. I didn’t want to do the things they were teaching me. I picked up a guitar and that was it. The second I picked up a guitar, I never really put it down again. I fell so madly in love with it, it’s all I did. It consumed my every thought, and I’d have friends over that didn’t even play instruments and I would just put instruments in their hands.”Levine at age 14. Credit: Courtesy Adam Levine”I remember hearing Green Day for the first time and being kind of blown away,” Levine continued. “When I heard ‘Longview’ on the radio, I was just kind of enamored by it. I was like, ‘Wow, what’s this?’ It was very accessible, melodic rock and roll music, but it was a little pissed-off and obnoxious.”