Live updates: Golden Globes 2021 — and the #TimesUpGlobes controversy

The 78th Golden Globes arrive this evening after a difficult week for the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the organization behind the event. A Times investigation has brought new scrutiny to the 87-member group, whose nominations this year featured even more head-scratchers than usual. The investigation — which landed as the HFPA has increased its charitable donations and attempted to shake the perception that its voters can be swayed by gifts and high-priced junkets in exotic locales — revealed dissent within the group, with some members raising concerns about escalating payments from the nonprofit to its own members. The Times reporting also highlighted the fact that the group currently has no Black members, further fueling criticism over this year’s Globes picks,

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A final week of cramming could help UCLA ace the test of March

In the last weighty quiz before the bigger tests of March, give UCLA a “D.” Didn’t take care of the ball against Colorado. Didn’t show the needed poise to finish. Didn’t get the win that showed the Bruins could prevail in a hostile setting against a team that’s a lock to make the NCAA tournament. It would be easy to say that this UCLA team, minus Chris Smith and Jalen Hill, was like someone walking into an exam without a lucky pen or a good night’s sleep. Except not even the Bruins are buying that they are too depleted or too young to win these kinds of games, even against a veteran opponent playing on its home court during senior

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A final week of cramming could help UCLA ace the test of March

In the last weighty quiz before the bigger tests of March, give UCLA a “D.” Didn’t take care of the ball against Colorado. Didn’t show the needed poise to finish. Didn’t get the win that showed the Bruins could prevail in a hostile setting against a team that’s a lock to make the NCAA tournament. It would be easy to say that this UCLA team, minus Chris Smith and Jalen Hill, was like someone walking into an exam without a lucky pen or a good night’s sleep. Except not even the Bruins are buying that they are too depleted or too young to win these kinds of games, even against a veteran opponent playing on its home court during senior

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MLS is back, with a new team in the mix

After the shortest season in league history, one interrupted for four months by the coronavirus outbreak, MLS teams open training camps Monday in preparation for a year that is shaping up to be hugely consequential. The league is expanding to 27 teams with the addition of a franchise in Austin, Texas. The flow of young South American talent has continued with FC Cincinnati’s addition of Brenner, a 21-year-old Brazilian forward, on a $13-million transfer, and Atlanta adding Argentine youth internationals Santiago Sosa and Franco Ibarra. And new stadiums are opening in Austin and Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, continuing a spurt that will see the league add at least 10 soccer-specific stadiums between 2017 and 2023, a building boom that rivals

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MLS is back, with a new team in the mix

After the shortest season in league history, one interrupted for four months by the coronavirus outbreak, MLS teams open training camps Monday in preparation for a year that is shaping up to be hugely consequential. The league is expanding to 27 teams with the addition of a franchise in Austin, Texas. The flow of young South American talent has continued with FC Cincinnati’s addition of Brenner, a 21-year-old Brazilian forward, on a $13-million transfer, and Atlanta adding Argentine youth internationals Santiago Sosa and Franco Ibarra. And new stadiums are opening in Austin and Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, continuing a spurt that will see the league add at least 10 soccer-specific stadiums between 2017 and 2023, a building boom that rivals

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‘Saturday Night Live’ pokes fun at Newsom, Cuomo in spoof vaccine game show

Following another chaotic and frustrating week of news involving problems associated with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, “Saturday Night Live” took a few jabs at a beleaguered Gov. Gavin Newsom and his own handling of the pandemic. In the late-night comedy show’s opening sketch, Dr. Anthony Fauci, played by Kate McKinnon, introduced Newsom’s character as being “hated by every single person in California except for those 10 people he had dinner with in Napa that one time.” When asked how things were going in California, Newsom, played by Alex Moffat, responded: “Teeth, white. Body tight. Covid, pretty bad.” He was joined on stage by two other news-making governors: New York’s Andrew Cuomo (Pete Davidson) and Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer (Cecily Strong). The

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Santa Monica COVID-19 memorial event is part of a push for a national day of mourning

A Santa Monica memorial honoring those who have died from COVID-19 is part of a grassroots push to designate a national day of remembrance, organizers say. The memorial will take place at noon Monday at Building Bridges Art Exchange, where an installation of felt roses by artist Marcos Lutyens pays tribute to those from Los Angeles’ Westside who have died from the disease caused by the virus. Volunteers will lay a wreath as part of the Floral Heart Project, an effort launched by New York artist Kristina Libby that is coordinating the laying of wreaths in about 75 U.S. cities and towns. Los Angeles leadership coach Carolyn Freyer-Jones will lead participants in a minute of silence. She and her brother

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Balancing act begins for SoCal students playing high school and club soccer at same time

Youth soccer competitions were allowed to begin Saturday in Los Angeles County and Orange County after 11 months of being prohibited because of the coronavirus. That doesn’t mean they weren’t being played before Saturday, but this time, they were officially allowed under state and county guidelines, and club soccer is expected to move forward immediately. With high school soccer teams also cleared to play, athletes, coaches and parents will have to figure out a balancing act of how to handle the situation of a one-time CIF waiver that allows participation on club and high school teams at the same time. L.A. Cathedral coach Arturo Lopez said most of his club players intend to also play high school soccer and he

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Earthquake: 3.6 quake recorded near Porterville, Calif.

A magnitude-3.6 earthquake was reported at 5:46 a.m. Sunday 63 miles from Porterville, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake occurred 63 miles from Ridgecrest, 63 miles from Lindsay, 65 miles from Exeter and 68 miles from Farmersville. In the past 10 days, there have been four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes of 3.0 to 4.0 occur each year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 3.6 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS. Even if you didn’t feel this small earthquake, you never know when the Big One is

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Column: Why not use pandemic-emptied buildings as homeless shelters? One woman is trying

“Mama. That’s what they call me.” Rose Rios lets her words trail off to wave at a man approaching her Mid-City home. His name is Salvador, and he’s one of the many Angelenos she has helped get off the streets and into housing as the founder of Cover the Homeless Ministry. For more than a year, he lived in her guest bedroom. Rios took him in after finding him in a tent, suffering from the aftereffects of a stroke, including temporary blindness. “She Mama,” Salvador told me, as if on cue, before strolling away. He has his own apartment now. “The Mother Teresa of this country.” But unofficial sainthood is not what Rios is seeking. Looking around at what she

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