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October 28, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
You know a bill is in trouble in Congress when its opponents come up with increasingly infantile reasons for killing it. That's the coming fate of immigration reform in Washington. To hear House Republicans talk, it's worth killing because (a) passing it would give President Obama a victory when he's already had too many, (b) he's just using it to hurt the GOP, (c) it may or may not, but probably will, lead to "amnesty," and (d) Obama wants it to happen. Yes, obviously a, b, and d are basically the same thing, but the point is that a tolerably powerful cadre of House Republicans don't want immigration reform to happen.
October 26, 2013 | By Chris Woolston
In cookbooks, health food stores and alternative health clinics, the word is getting out: Acid is the latest dietary villain. It's not necessarily the acid in foods like tomatoes and lemons that supposedly cause the trouble. Instead, a growing number of people claim that meats, wheat, soda, coffee, alcohol and processed foods of all sorts produce acid in the body after they've been digested. The acid, in turn, is said to fuel health problems including arthritis, obesity and cancer.
September 19, 2013 | By David Ng
Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, has returned to the renowned theater for the first time since undergoing operations to deal with the aftermath of a horrific acid attack that severely damaged his eyesight. Filin, 42, wore sunglasses inside the theater Tuesday, where he was surrounded by journalists. According to reports, he said he felt well but isn't able to return to work yet. Filin has traveled to Germany to receive treatment for his eyes, and his vision has reportedly recovered somewhat but is still significantly impaired.
August 22, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
What gives carbonated drinks their zesty bite? Bubbles might be your first guess - but you'd be wrong. In fact, bubbles aren't needed to experience the burning sensation, but they do enhance it , according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. The secret behind soda's sharp taste is the acid that forms on your tongue when you take a sip. Carbonated beverages are produced by dissolving carbon dioxide in liquid, typically under...
July 23, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Nikolai Tsiskaridze has some more controversial comments for his former employer. The Bolshoi ballets's former lead dancer, who was ousted from the famed company in June, has questioned the severity of the acid attack on the theater's artistic director Sergei Filin. "I'm just asking for proof," he told the Guardian. "Normally a person who has had an acid attack has burnt hands, has no eyelashes or eyebrows, and they can't use their voice. " PHOTOS: Bolshoi acid attack Despite 18 operations, Filin was left nearly blind after a masked man in January threw sulfuric acid into his face.
July 22, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila
The biggest champion of Barbera was the late, great Giacomo Bologna of Braida in Barbera d'Asti territory. His "Bricco dell'Uccellone" was as big a leap as Gaja's Cabernet "Darmagi" at the time. Braida, a Barbera specialist, also produces "Montebruna," a young, easygoing Barbera with bright, pure fruit, round and soft on the palate, and just enough tannins to give it some grip. the 2011 Montebruna is almost violet in color. It comes from a vineyard in Rochetta Tanaro and is lighthearted enough for pasta dishes.
July 21, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
A senior violinist died last week from injuries sustained after falling into the orchestra pit at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The death of Viktor Sedov, 65, is the latest bad news in a mounting string of tragedies involving the historic theater that have led to chatter about a supposed "Curse of the Bolshoi. " Sedov played in ballet and opera productions at the Bolshoi for nearly 40 years, a spokeswoman told the Guardian , adding that he was a popular member of the orchestra, known for his "sense of humor and extraordinary erudition.
June 21, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Sergei Filin -- the artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet who was attacked with acid this year -- has been left nearly blind despite 18 operations, according to company spokeswoman Katerina Novikova. He is preparing for a 19 th operation at a clinic in Germany. Filin, 42, was returning home late at night in January when a masked man hurled sulfuric acid in his face. He suffered severe burns to his eyes and face. Initial reports, after his treatment in Germany, were optimistic, but Filin's right eye is completely sightless and he's lost 95% of his vision overall,  Novikova said.
June 18, 2013
Tangy frozen lemon yogurt Total time: 10 minutes, plus chilling and freezing time Servings: Makes 1 quart Note: (This recipe is from David Lebovitz. Read the original article here. ) Greek-style yogurt is available at Trader Joe's and well-stocked markets. Citric acid is available at some pharmacies, as well as at specialty cooking and baking supply stores; fruit preservatives such as Fruit-Fresh can be substituted and are available in the canning section of well-stocked markets.
May 3, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details. An infinite jest, Chicago lyricist Chance the Rapper's stellar new mixtape "Acid Rap" begins with a woman's seductive voice -- chanteuse Lili K. -- uttering, "Even better than I was the last time, baby, ooh oooh oooh, we back, we back, we back. " Over the following 13 songs the assured voice of Chance runs through a surreal tale of pills, rap, a Chicago high school for gifted students, cigarette stink, "chauffeurs with road rage," cocoa butter kisses, Chuck E. Cheese and LSD.
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