US Supreme Court’s Ginsburg again being treated for cancer

first_img“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam,” she said in a statement. “I remain fully able to do that.”Supreme Court justices serve until they die or voluntarily retire, and Ginsburg has clung to her position despite her age and health struggles, aware that if she leaves it could change the US judicial landscape.President Donald Trump’s administration would relish an opportunity to appoint a new justice who would tilt the court in a more solidly conservative direction, potentially shifting US law and social policy for decades.The four liberals — with moderate conservative Chief Justice John Roberts often acting as a swing vote — have prevented a reversal of long-standing abortion rights, rebuked stronger executive powers for the president and staved off greater involvement of religion in public life. Ginsburg, who was appointed to the court by president Bill Clinton in 1993, has suffered at least three previous bouts with cancer over the past two decades, including colon cancer and lung cancer.’I wish her the best’ “My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease,” Ginsburg said.”I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” she said. “I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine.”Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work.”Ginsburg said a brief hospitalization this week for an infection was unrelated to her cancer diagnosis and treatment.Asked Tuesday at a White House press conference about Ginsburg’s health, Trump said: “I wish her the best… She’s actually given me some good rulings.”Trump has welcomed some of the Supreme Court’s rulings, but more often over the past three years it has dealt his administration setbacks — on his immigration policies and, more recently, his bid to prevent his finances from being made public. Both Trump’s Republicans as well as Democrats have made the balance of the court a campaign issue for November’s presidential election.Trump, who has already appointed two justices to the court, said in June he was planning to release a list of potential candidates for the next vacant seat if he is reelected.”If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice,” he tweeted.Democrats have sought to mobilize voters, warning that Trump should not be allowed to name another justice.Hugely popular with Democrats, Ginsburg has become a feminist hero and an unintentional social media icon fondly known as “The Notorious RBG,” a riff on slain rapper The Notorious B.I.G.”She is the consummate fighter,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond, calling Ginsburg “an extremely independent, clear, talented and farsighted jurist.””Even when her views do not prevail, she writes incisive dissents that eviscerate the majority’s arguments and show how similar cases should be resolved in the future,” he said.Ginsburg has been hospitalized several times in recent years, including for two days in May to remove gall stones.Her hospital stays have always seen her actively participating in court activities by teleconference.”She’s got this,” said Representative Joyce Beatty, one of several Democratic members of Congress who wished her a speedy recovery. “There’s a reason she’s #NotoriousRBG.”Topics : US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 87-year-old anchor of its liberal wing, said Friday that she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer but will remain on the bench.Ginsburg, one of the four progressive justices on the nine-member court, said a biopsy in February had revealed lesions on her liver.Ginsburg, the oldest member of the court, said a course of immunotherapy had proved unsuccessful but chemotherapy was “yielding positive results.”last_img read more

Hoffarth: Ken Levine’s ‘Going … Going … GONE!” connects with media covering Dodgers

first_imgYou probably wouldn’t be missing all that much. Except, based on this play, there is enough drama, comedy and suspense happening up there to distract those from doing their jobs. Which really happens.We’ve been in that environment of sharp-tongued banter that covers anything from comparing Marriott hotel points, National Anthem critiques, Springsteen lyrics, no-hitter betting pools, speculating on which female reporter is wasting her time embedded with some well-known carousing jock, what movie should be avoided on an off day, food fetishes, mocking poor shirt choices, plus the occasional pranking (and distracting) a colleague.But deep down there was always a sense of camaraderie and cooperation amongst competition. It’s a respect for the craft with maybe a little jealousy for those who do it best, and that goes back decades.If today’s media members are too wrought with insecurity, cynicism, social awkwardness and other defense mechanisms that probably show up in most any other work places, Levine has mined, shaped and presented it perfectly and painfully to capture this non-hostile environment, despite what it may sound like. Who could have figured out that while the playoff-bound Dodgers were turning double plays on the Dodger Stadium diamond, a stage play was practically writing itself amongst the derelict group of media members up in the press box. Of course, if it wasn’t for Ken Levine’s ear for quick-witted dialogue and ability to craft a script about it based on years of Emmy winning sitcom writing, as well as hanging around the work area for writers and broadcasters when he did “Dodger Talk” pre and postgame on the radio in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the current play “Going … Going … GONE!” might never have made it this far.This dinger does so, thankfully, at the intimate Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood, with a run that started in early October and was recently extended through Nov. 20.Most will never be in a big-league press box — not so much where the broadcasters call the game on TV and radio but where the daily beat writers, columnists, bloggers and other reporters are assigned seats by the team to, in some ways, live out a paid fantasy. As the 90-minute production ends, you’re left with Levine’s ultimate moment of Zen: How would you like to be remembered when you’re gone? Press box pushes limits“I think I was having a mid-AARP crisis,” said Levine, a scriptwriter for legendary TV shows such as “M*A*S*H,” “Cheers” and “The Simpsons” who also had a life-changing moment with his pursuit of a baseball play-by-play career that led to a 1993 book, “It’s Gone!… No, Wait a Minute: Talking My Way into the Big Leagues at 40.”“When I have written plays in the past, I started with a relationship and then the theme falls into place as I write it. This time I did it backwards. I had this theme first, then listed several venues where I could set it. Baseball seemed ideal in that everything that happens in a game gets charted and recorded in an encyclopedia. The present is linked to the past and how we try to define immortality.“Then taking it to a baseball press box, where there are already rich characters, was the next step.”And as that press box dwindles in size due to newspaper budget cuts and consolidations, what we’re left with, intentionally, is a play featuring only four flawed media folk who are left standing, sitting, eating as their survival instincts clash with their human sensibilities, all while a potential no-hitter is being thrown by the Dodgers pitcher but ends up going into extra innings, blowing everyone’s deadline and mind.Shana Sanders (Annie Abrams) is the cute blonde Sports Vision TV reporter who subs in for the night and crashes the boy’s club dynamic. She’s also the one really paying the closest attention to what’s happening on the field.Dennis Minishian (played by David Babich) is the L.A. Daily News writer asked to be the official scorekeeper for the first time. In real life, Minishian was a long-time press box statistician (who worked by day as a lawyer) and died at 61 in 2003. Levine’s intentionally used Minishian’s name in the play both to honor him but also make him think about how someone might want their legacy to be.Mason Young (played by Dennis Pearson) is the L.A. Times African-American writer who tries to stay noble to the cause all the while trying to bring levity as his computer is put out of service by a foul ball and he’s writing a story on deadline through his iPhone that keeps autocorrecting incorrectly.The biggest presence in the room on every level is daily blogger “Big Jim” Tabler (Troy Metcalf), who Levine based on the late “Big Joe” McDonnell, the radio personality who became the dean of the Dodgers press box for years with his boisterous, agitated demeanor but was someone who deep down just wanted to be heard and accepted despite an ongoing battle with obesity. McDonnell died last spring at 58.“We’re a brotherhood,” Tabler says at one point before going off to find another churro. “This is a safe zone. Even if we have no (bleeping) idea what we’re talking about.”“This is what it must be like when Nobel Prize winners get together,” adds Sanders.Message deliveredAt last Friday’s performance, where the actors and Levine took questions from the audience, those in attendance included iconic L.A. talk show host Tom Leykis as well as Josh Lewin, the play-by-play voice of the UCLA Bruins who once worked in the minor league baseball circuit with Levine.“I’ve been in that press box many times,” said Leykis, “and I believe that Ken really captured the flavor and the lack of political correctness in there. I agree that it’s unlikely that these guys are all that introspective, but after all, plays often have higher missions.“Actually, I see the press box here as a metaphor, rather than this being a baseball play or a press box play. It was a way for Ken to make a point about our legacies using a very real setting.”Lewin said he “didn’t expect to be moved the way I was — there were some really poignant hit-you-where-you-live moments. The journey to find out what is and isn’t important as you grow older and more naturally jaded certainly resonates, and Ken took the audience down that hopscotch court very deftly.”There’s no need to know a lot of baseball, or sports metaphors, to get what’s happening here. Members of the media focused on the role of messenger and historian as they ride the highs and lows of life vicariously through documenting athletics’ achievements may never pause and wonder if this is as good as it gets. That could be too internally disturbing and may actually cause one to make a career change.Just remember that “Going … Going … GONE!” isn’t gone yet. There’s still time to figure how it could end.More media notes at MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES• If Fox Sports could get the Dodgers and Cubs to play a best-of-11 series, we may eventually find FS1 on our remote control without the usual five-second rule. Not only did the NLCS Game 2 last Sunday at Wrigley Field (Clayton Kershaw’s 1-0 win) become the greatest draw in the three-year over-marketed existence of FS1 with 7.29 million viewers, but Thursday’s Game 5 at Dodger Stadium (an 8-4 Cubs win) had 7.18 million, even as Chicago loyalists had a Bears’ NFL game head-to-head. No doubt Saturday’s Game 6 will top all that as well. Fox (KTTV-Channel 11) has the World Series starting Tuesday with all games at 5 p.m.WHAT CHOKES• You can hit enough groggy Angelenos with a pillowcase full of deflated footballs Sunday morning, and some may still not know why so many born-again Rams fans are trying to beat the sunrise to watch their team perform against the New York Giants in London on NFL Network or KCBS-Channel 2. San Francisco-based Ben Koo, over at and, feels your pain as he wrote a piece this week entitled, “Rams 6:30 a.m. local kickoff is a middle finger to fans and another example of NFL prioritizing money over them.” He does declare: “Now a line has been crossed … I would say I’m surprised they’ve pushed it this far, but this is the same league and only league that more or less requires you to have a satellite dish and pony up $300 to maintain your fandom of your team if you’re a displaced fan. … I know many people are beginning to prioritize a lot of things over the NFL and sleep is definitely on that list now more than ever.” You can all take your Sunday afternoon nap now.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more