August 28, 2013 |
A Montana judge has come under fire after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student and for making statements in court that the victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. Outrage is particularly sharp in Billings, where the crime took place, because the girl committed suicide in 2010, just shy of her 17th birthday, as the criminal case was pending. A protest was planned for Thursday, and organizers have called on Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh to resign.
August 24, 2013 |
The suburb of Sunland-Tujunga is a long way from the downtown L.A. alley that houses The Smell, the club where the noise-punk duo No Age cut their teeth. But it's where No Age guitarist Randy Randall went in search of a little new space. “I tell people it's the new Eagle Rock,” he said. “It was affordable and it's actually really beautiful.” Randall's physical uprooting makes sense, given all the other deconstructions going on in No Age's universe. “An Object,” the band's third studio full length, finds them ripping up their sound and renewing a commitment to re-imagine the structures of their music.
August 24, 2013 |
Running back Demario Richard of Palmdale High might as well carry around his birth certificate, because it's the only way to convince people of his age. When he tells strangers how old he is, the reaction is always the same: "Wow!" He enrolled at Palmdale as a 13-year-old freshman. He'll be playing this fall as a 16-year-old senior. "I've been going through this since I was young," he said. "I remember one year we were playing against a team, 'We want to see his birth certificate.' I showed my birth certificate.
August 23, 2013 |
Alex Each always believes in Kobe. His wife might elbow him in the ribs if he didn't; the first name of the Lakers' biggest star is the middle name of the couple's youngest son. So even things like Kobe Bryant's uncertain return from a torn Achilles' tendon, Dwight Howard's departure and the absence of brand-name reinforcements can't dampen the longtime Lakers fan's enthusiasm for his favorite team. "Kobe has had more resurrections than any athlete I can remember," said Each, 39, an electrical engineer from Fairfax, Va., who watches every Lakers game via NBA League Pass, even if it means TiVo-ing it and fast-forwarding through commercials well after midnight.
August 22, 2013 |
A three-century record of penguin poop shows that the flightless birds probably thrived during the Little Ice Age, a Chinese research team says. Contrary to some reports that the Adelie penguin fared better in warmer conditions, when sea ice broke up, Earth scientist Zhou-Quing Xie of the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China, says that from 1490 to 1670, the middle of the so-called Little Ice Age, Adelies thrived on Ross Island off...
August 21, 2013 |
The news that Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be starring in a third “Expendables” movie raises a question: Should there be an age limit for action heroes? Obviously, plenty of actors have had long, distinguished careers. Paul Newman, the young stud in “Hud” and “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof,” stayed at it long enough to win a Golden Globe at 80 years old for his work in HBO's “Empire Falls.” The legendary Sir Laurence Olivier had a six-decade career on stage and screen.
August 18, 2013 |
Some bands are better than others. Chord by chord, line by line, beat by beat, hook by glorious hook, none is as convincing in 2013 as the Queens of the Stone Age. Even their codas kill. The 6,000 heads moving in lockstep unison Saturday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre during "No One Knows" offered undeniable proof. With necks rubbery, noggins kept time with the Queens' rolling thunder beat as if snipers were commanding it from above, chunka-chunka riffs pushing through the venue as the band carried its devoted base through a song about rules to follow, pills to swallow. They traveled with Queens founder-singer-guitarist-desert dweller Josh Homme "through the desert of the mind with no hope," drifted through the ocean, "dead lifeboats in the sun," as the perfectly engineered band hummed. The group has been on the road for dozens of dates this summer, and holy boulders does it show.
August 17, 2013 |
They weren't looking for fame. When Brian Collins, a Ball State freshman doing a little college telecast, lost his place, lost his head, lost his thought process and said, "Boom goes the dynamite" during an Indiana Pacers clip in 2005, he had no idea it would become a YouTube sensation, get more than a million hits and cost him dates. When Mallory Holtman and teammate Liz Wallace of Central Washington carried Western Oregon's Sara Tucholsky around the bases after she tore an anterior cruciate ligament rounding first base during a home run trot, Holtman never expected to be on a billboard for an insurance company's "Responsibility Project.
August 15, 2013 |
Archaeologists have debated for decades over what caused the once-flourishing civilizations along the eastern Mediterranean coast to collapse about 1200 BC. Many scholars have cited warfare, political unrest and natural disaster as factors. But a new study supports the theory that climate change was largely responsible. Analyzing ancient pollen grains from Cyprus, researchers concluded that a massive drought hit the region about 3,200 years ago . Ancient writings have described crop failures, famines and invasions about the same time, suggesting that the drying trend triggered a chain of events that led to widespread societal collapse of these Late Bronze Age civilizations.