March 13, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - A drum kit stood assembled and cans of beer were piled in a bucket. But otherwise, the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie's was empty Thursday afternoon, an unusual sight for the ordinarily bustling South by Southwest music festival. Earlier that day, a suspected drunk driver had plowed through a crowd gathered in front of the downtown venue, killing two people and injuring 23 others, police said. An annual conference that also includes portions dedicated to film and technology, SXSW brings thousands of people to downtown Austin every March - an estimated 325,000 came in 2013.
March 6, 2014 |
No advice is more confusing to writers than "write what you know. " Taken to its solipsistic extremes, it would mean novelists could not write characters outside of their own gender, race, geography or professional background. While the works of Susan Straight, Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth George and others make clear the fallacy of that thinking, a writer's experiences and observations do play a significant role, along with research, in creating a believable universe for their characters and stories.
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February 27, 2014 |
The California Highway Patrol has recommended a murder charge be filed against the owner of a "party bus" after a 24-year-old man fell out of it and died on the 101 Freeway last year in Studio City. The CHP submitted its traffic collision report for review last week in the incident in which Christopher "C.J. " Saraceno II lost his balance and fell down the steps of the 2001 Ford F-550. The L.A. County district attorney's office is considering filing criminal charges against Ayrapet Kasabyan, president of Hyros Corp., which operates Platinum Style Limousine Service.
February 26, 2014 |
It was just a little thing. When veteran TV reporter Miles O'Brien was stacking some cases filled with TV gear on Feb. 12, one of the cases fell on his left arm. "It hurt, but I wasn't all '911' about it," O'Brien, a former CNN reporter for 17 years, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday in which he recounted the incident. "It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be OK without any medical intervention. Maybe a little bit of denial?" Maybe. Because what happened next shocked him, as well as many of his fans and aquaintances, who have been sharing the post he wrote detailing what happened next . The next day, his arm got sore and swelled up. It kept getting worse.
February 21, 2014
After a weeklong stay, the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix sent me on my way on Jan. 5 with five stitches, a titanium alloy plate in my neck and a hard plastic Össur Miami J cervical collar that will remain on my neck until late March. A few weeks later, I learned what I'd been charged for the Miami J: $447. Had I been given the chance, I could have purchased the brace online for less than $100. Allowing that sort of comparison shopping is one small thing policymakers could do to slow the growth of healthcare spending.
February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Freestyler skier Maria Komissarova of Russia is recovering after a 6 1/2-hour surgery following a training accident at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Saturday while preparing for the Sochi Olympics women's skicross event next week, according to Russian officials. Komissarova crashed at the end of a series of three jumps near the top of the 1,200-meter course, according to Jenny Wiedeke, spokeswoman for the International Ski Federation. “The operation is over … it's been successful,” said Mikhail Verzeba, a Russian ski federation official who told the Associated Press that Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back.