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Freeway fever

first_imgBut from a fan’s point of view, how can you not think about it? Just about every year, every Southern California fan has the same dream: What if? And this year, both teams have a legitimate chance of going all the way. They were both good teams last season, and both made some off-season acquisitions that only improved their chances of reaching the postseason. The Dodgers signed pitchers Randy Wolf and Schmidt, who are expected to build up the starting rotation; veteran Luis Gonzalez adds to an already potent offense with Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent; and Juan Pierre will add a tremendous amount of speed. The Angels signed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., who is expected to help the team offensively and solidify the outfield with Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson. They also signed relief pitcher Justin Speier, who hopefully will improve an already strong bullpen. “I just got to go out there and do the things I do,” Matthews said. “This is a great city, and over the past few years, Anaheim has developed a winning tradition. The fan support is great and it’s always exciting to play in front of sold-out crowds. “You hear that the fans are a little different from Anaheim to L.A., but I think a World Series would bring out the best in both sides. For fans, it’s all about bragging rights. For players, it’s the opportunity to play in a World Series.” Bragging rights, they are one of the biggest – if not the biggest – factor in a rival matchup. Los Angeles resident Anthony Deanda thinks the possibility of the Freeway World Series is definite as well as the fact the Angels would defeat the Dodgers. But his friend Jocelyn Pedraza thinks differently. “I think the Dodgers would totally win,” she said. “Plus I really want them to just so I can throw it in his \ face.” Despite the bragging rights, some fans hope for a World Series that is more meaningful and fun. “It would be so awesome,” said Eric Hertsgaard of Van Nuys. “I would love to see a rivalry build. It would be really great for the area. The draw of fans is already huge and I definitely think it’s possible.” Both teams are good and they just need to stay healthy. “The best thing about L.A. is that it’s OK to be loyal to both teams. It’s not like Chicago where you have to choose between the White Sox and the Cubs.” For some players, a Freeway World Series would be more than just a cross-town rivalry dream becoming a reality. “It would be fantastic for Southern California,” Figgins said. “It’s a fantasy, but for me, I would get the chance to play against my best friend, Pierre. There aren’t many people who get the chance to play their best friend in the World Series.” As for Pierre: “Anything is possible,” he said. “On paper we are as good as anybody. But it would be so awesome for me to play against him \ and to beat him. “A Dodgers/Angels World Series would be so special, but to see him in it with me, that would make it extra special.” So, what is a dream for players and fans alike, could it happen? I guess we will just have to wait and see. Both teams open their seasons today. The Dodgers play a day game in Milwaukee and the Angels are home tonight against Texas. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some prominent publications seem to think the Angels and Dodgers can both get it done. Sports Illustrated predicted that the Angels will defeat the Dodgers in a World Series that many people have only dreamed about. “I would love to see it happen,” said Todd Morrison, a former Aliso Viejo resident and Angels fan of nearly 20 years. “It would be fantastic for the city and for Southern California. “The city would just come alive. And especially with everything \ Moreno has done to push the whole L.A. thing, I just think it would be great.” And what would a Series like that bring to Los Angeles? “A lot of traffic,” joked Jason Schmidt, the Dodgers newly acquired starting pitcher. “No, but really, I don’t believe in fortune telling. Baseball is the hardest sport to predict. … But I guess anything is possible. I just try not to think about it.” LOS ANGELES It happened in New York with the Mets and the Yankees. It happened in the Bay Area with the Giants and the A’s. Could it happen in Southern California? Could the Angels and Dodgers play each other in the World Series, a Freeway World Series, and could it happen this year? No, really … could it? “Well, anything is possible,” Angels utility man Chone Figgins said. “It’s just a matter of doing it. What we look like on paper is one thing, but we have to go out there and get it done on the field.” last_img read more

Email concerning Northern Gateway obtained through FOI ‘suspicious’, says local First Nation

first_img“When people are talking to me about conspiracy theories about Canada is going to push this thing through, with or without us – it didn’t matter, I didn’t want to believe that but now I’m starting to think, ‘maybe there is some truth to that,’” says Chief Sam.The group now claim to have proof federal authorities knew the review process of the project was flawed and approved it anyway.“We could have used this to confirm what we’ve been saying for the past four years – that Canada’s process is nowhere near what the courts have been saying should be in place,” explains Chief Sam.- Advertisement -He says e-mails obtained through a freedom of information request show concerns raised by Environment Canada employees about the consultation process being seriously flawed were ignored.“Their staff people, they’re tasked with doing the actual on-the-ground work are telling them, ‘Look, we don’t think this is right – we think there’s going to be problems here,” says Chief Sam.The pipeline opponents are still hoping they can introduce the four-year-old documents in a pending court battle this October, but the Chief concedes that may not be the case.Advertisement It received federal government approval last June, albeit subject to more than 200 conditions, as recommended by the National Energy Board’s Join Review Panel.At that time, Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer issued a statement saying, “Our government based this decision on independent scientific analysis, which demonstrated that this project is a net benefit to Canada.” “We did miss the deadline for submissions and affidavits regarding it,” Chief Sam goes on to explain. “Four years; we could have used it in the joint review panel itself and now that it’s too late to use it in court, it’s just – that’s why I think the timing of it is suspicious.”He suspects the release of the documents was deliberately delayed until the multi-billion dollar Enbridge project had already been approved.Federal officials have yet to comment, saying the matter is before the courts.The controversial twin pipeline would run from Bruderheim, northeast of Edmonton, to Kitimat and across the Alberta-B.C. border on a line south of Grande Prairie and Tumbler Ridge – north of Prince George.Advertisementlast_img read more