INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana is among 17 states suing over President Obama’s recently announced executive order on immigration.Last month, President Obama announced executive actions that could spare five million illegals living in the United States from being deported.State officials are joining the lawsuit that seeks to have the executive order ruled unconstitutional.Governor Mike Pence said in a statement, “This lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about denying states such as ours the opportunity to be represented in policy making through our elected members of Congress.”“This lawsuit seeks to have the federal courts restore the rule of law and proper balance to our constitutional system of government. I encourage the President to rescind his executive order and immediately begin to work with Congress to pass legislation that will secure our nation’s border and update our immigration laws. That is the proper way to deal with this or any other issue our nation faces.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Laker apocalypse now….So much for being a family-style organization, even if no one will lament Jim Buss’s departure and GM Mitch Kupchak was clearly in the crosshairs.Popular as these moves are among Laker fans, the biggest shakeup in Laker history leaves Magic Johnson in charge amid reports that Rob Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, will replace Kupchak.Johnson and Pelinka have one thing in common: Kupchak was in there bidding but backed off when the Kings asked for Brandon Ingram, whom the Lakers value above all their young players.It’s not clear that Mitch got a chance to make a lower bid with the Kings failing to exhaust all options.Sacramento GM Vlade Divac said that New Orleans dropped its offer from two No. 1 picks to one after failing to get any indication from Cousins, an upcoming free agent, that he will stay. The Kings accepted, anyway.Bumbling Kings owner Vivek Ranadive surely made this call while hiding behind Vlade as his front man.In typical Vivek style, he doesn’t see mere stardom in Hield. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes quoted an unnamed source saying, “Vivek thinks Buddy has Steph Curry potential.”I’m not sure Hield’s mother thinks he’s that good with her Buddy averaging a modest 8.6 points, less than half the 17.5 Steph scored his first season.For sheer grandiosity, the NBA has no one like the pint-sized Ranadive. Even if he decided he’d had enough of the tempestuous Boogie, as anyone would have, that left just one thing to do: Whatever it took to get the best possible package for their most precious asset.These are typically offered, not at the mid-season trade deadline … and certainly not three days before it which the Kings could have used to seek better options … but at the draft in June.Johnson was surely aware of the Lakers’ trade talks or involved in them. Whatever his participation, he would have been as disappointed as any of them when Boogie landed elsewhere.Coincidentally or not, within hours of reports that Cousins was New Orleans-bound, the move that shook Lakerdom was under way.I’d guess it went down this way.A) Jeanie was thinking this was what she wanted to do all along, noting Tuesday on the team’s cable channel, “It was probably so hard for me to make that I probably waited too long. For that, I apologize to Lakers fans.”B) Realizing she needed professional advice, she brought in Johnson.C) Magic came in agreeing with Jeanie’s assessment. “It really wasn’t about the last couple of weeks,” he said. “It’s been about the years.”D) They planned to make the decision after the season but E) moved it up to now, crushed at seeing a star in whom they had invested so much hope in — Kupchak talked to the Kings for at least two years — go to another West team for pocket change.Or, if you prefer the house version, Jeanie explained it this way: “Once the decision became clear in my mind, there was no reason to wait.”Actually there was a reason, the trade deadline a mere 48 hours off.If Kupchak was on the hook for the costly signings of Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, he’ll also be due the credit if Ingram and/or D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. become stars.Mitch isn’t the first Laker who was in the wrong place at the wrong time in the team’s historic downdraft. Mike D’Antoni, all but DOA here, is the leading candidate for coach of the year in Houston, running the style he taught Golden State Coach Steve Kerr who taught it to Laker Coach Luke Walton.The current Laker cast cries out for one thing: Experience.The purge left Ryan West, a Kupchak lieutenant, in place. Whether that means Johnson will ask Ryan’s father, Jerry, to consult remains to be seen … but Jerry is the one with the experience they need, even in so limited a role, not to mention the aura and Laker pedigree.“I can’t turn it around tomorrow,” said Johnson, “or I really would be magic, right?”Don’t let your expectations run wild. There’s a long way to go and they’re now officially out of scapegoats.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly by the Southern California News Group. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNeither has worked a day in his life in an NBA basketball operation, apart from Magic’s involvement since he assumed his new role Feb. 2.It’s hard to sell this as a measured response when you fire your GM two days before the trade deadline, along with John Black, the p.r. director for 27 years, presumably because he was close to Kupchak as, indeed, he should have been.Golden State’s Bob Myers — reportedly the Lakers’ No. 1 choice — is from the same Santa Monica-based office as Pelinka and has shown that agents can become GMs although it helps if they have experienced help like Warrior consultant Jerry West.With Johnson and Pelinka, the Lakers get a double learning curve.Insiders see the bizarre timing as an internal Laker response to not landing Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, the NBA’s most talented center — and, in keeping with this saga, its leading wacko — who went, instead, to New Orleans for rookie Buddy Hield, upcoming free agent Tyreke Evans, journeyman Langston Galloway and a No. 1 pick … essentially spare parts.
Renowned Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykanen died on Monday at the age of 55. Nykanen won several Olympic gold medals, first in Sarajevo in 1984 and three in Calgary in 1988, Xinhua reports.Additionally, Nykanen won six world championships in ski jumping.The death of Nykanen was reported by several Finnish media agencies and confirmed by his family to national broadcaster, Yle. Finnish Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport Sampo Terho praised Nykanen as a great sports hero.After he retired from skiing, Nykanen became an entertainer and published music albums. Nykanen married six times, with five persons. He had three children, newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported.He had a alcohol problems. In 2009 Nykanen was sentenced to prison for aggravated assault.