March 21, 2013 |
In "Bob's New Suit," a family deals with a series of intersecting dramas. Bob and Jenny (Hunter S. Bodine and Hayley DuMond) decide to get married just as Bob's sister Stephanie (Shay Astar) announces she is transitioning from female to male and will now go by Steve. Their parents, Polly and Buster (Suzi Bodine and John Bennett Perry), struggle to take it all in as Buster deals with escalating health issues. Though Alan Howard, a former studio executive and film critic in his debut as a writer-director, captures the way in which personal and family dramas intersect so there is not one episode or incident that prevails in making life chaotic, he also can't stop himself from piling problems one on top of another like a late-night sandwich gone out of control.
March 8, 2013 |
Once again, the oft-dreaded daylight saving time change is upon us. The day that the clocks “spring” forward also inevitably takes a spring out of our step. Sure, the birds seem to chirp a little later, the sunlight shines a little less as we drag ourselves through the morning routine. But as study after study has shown, that seems to be about the only highlight in those first days after the change. According to the Better Sleep Council, a nonprofit organization supported by mattress manufacturers, 61% of U.S. adults say daylight saving time affects their work the Monday after the changeover.
March 3, 2013 |
The small-market Minnesota Wild made the biggest splash in last summer's free-agency market by signing winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to identical 13-year, $98-million contracts. They immediately became symbols of the long, salary-cap-minimizing deals NHL owners freely handed out and then insisted be banished. The new collective bargaining agreement limits contracts to seven years, except for eight years when a team re-signs its free agent. Were Parise and Suter the last passengers on the free-agency gravy train?
March 2, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - "I'm no health freak," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said of his recent effort to eat healthier by cutting down on "stuff like pizza and wings. " "I just think the older you get, the more you have to do to kind of maintain a healthy weight," the popular NASCAR driver said. "Not getting too crazy about it, though. " At 38, Earnhardt is entering his 14th full season in the Sprint Cup Series. He finished second to teammate Jimmie Johnson in the Daytona 500 a week ago, and hopes to extend his strong start Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
March 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The nation's toughest gun control law hasn't taken full effect, but New York state lawmakers are considering tweaking the restrictions, especially if the gun owners happen to be from Hollywood. Exempting filmmakers from the assault weapon ban passed in January is a measure under consideration by legislators in the state capital, Albany. Another possible change that lawmakers say might be necessary: exempting law enforcement officials from the ban. Speaking to reporters this week, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo described the possible changes as "technical corrections," not the scaling back of a law that the National Rifle Assn.
February 26, 2013 |
Can someone who has coached all of his career at the college level suddenly reverse course and be successful at the high school level? That's one of the questions facing Marvin Sanders, who was hired Saturday to take over the football program at Los Angeles Loyola. Sanders, 45, was the secondary coach at USC for one season in 2012, then was fired by Coach Lane Kiffin when the Trojans revamped their defensive coaching staff. He has coached at the college level since 1992, when he became an assistant at Nebraska Wesleyan.
February 21, 2013 |
A wristwatch that reads your text messages out loud, a jacket that heats up when you're cold, eyeglasses that display directions as you walk down the street. Gimmicks, or fashion of the future? Although those products may seem like something out of a James Bond movie, the world's largest technology companies and start-ups alike believe "wearable tech" is the next big frontier, and they have been pouring money and research into developing high-tech clothing and accessories.
February 9, 2013 |
Frank Ocean cut a sharp figure in crisp jeans, a butterscotch tuxedo jacket and his signature multicolored headband while rehearsing at Staples Center for the Grammy Awards ceremony. But as the R&B singer conferred with Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich following a run-through of his performance Thursday, another wardrobe item came into view: a wrist splint on Ocean's left arm. It was the result, presumably, of his alleged brawl last month with Chris Brown in the parking lot of a West Hollywood recording studio.
February 3, 2013 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Two turns off the alley and I was hopelessly lost. In less than five minutes, I couldn't see the guest house where I had been staying for a week, even though it was one of the taller buildings in Haiti. With a few quick turns, my guide led me and a friend into a world we couldn't possibly imagine, much less navigate. For four hours, we traversed Petionville, one of the towns that makes up the sprawling metropolis of Port-au-Prince. It was all narrow passages and stairs between concrete buildings that cascade off one another, spilling down the ubiquitous hills of Haiti before hitting bottom and starting the climb back up. We would be so deep in the maze we could barely see sunlight, then we would duck through a passage and find ourselves on a spit of openness with 6-foot cornstalks sprouting through the garbage-strewn ground.
January 23, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Just a few days ago, Yair Lapid was a political rookie making his first foray into Israeli elections with a newly formed centrist party. He awoke Wednesday as a major power broker. Israeli pundits and journalists wasted no time anointing Lapid, 49, a possible heir-apparent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose conservative Likud Party delivered a disappointing performance at the polls. Lapid's new party, Yesh Atid ("There Is a Future"), won 19 seats, nearly overtaking Likud, which came in first with 20. "New King Is Crowned," blared one newspaper headline.