January 7, 2014 |
The record-industry score-keepers at Nielsen SoundScan recently confirmed something many music fans had probably already assumed: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" - the cheeky disco-funk jam with the controversial, nudity-enhanced video - was the biggest-selling single of 2013, with 6.5 million copies sold. The tune, nominated for record of the year at this month's Grammy Awards, spent 12 straight weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100, longer than any other song last year; that video, meanwhile, has racked up nearly 300 million views on YouTube.
December 29, 2013 |
UCLA's Myles Jack was doing an interview, one of many since the freshman linebacker added running back to his chores and became a college football phenomenon. Teammate Eddie Vanderdoes saw this as his cue. "Man, we were walking on campus after the Washington game and everyone was yelling, 'Myles! Clickclack Jack! Boobie!" said Vanderdoes, a freshman defensive end. "All the women were swooning. " Jack, his voice rising in mock anger, barked back, "That's just rude!" and pleaded, "None of that happened.
December 26, 2013 |
Elizabeth Lopez maneuvered a massive steel claw over the side of a 134-foot sailboat and guided its descent through swaying kelp and schools of fish 10 miles off the coast of San Diego. She was hoping to catch pieces of a mysterious marine ecosystem that scientists are calling the plastisphere. This biological community starts with particles of degraded plastic no bigger than grains of salt. Bacteria take up residence on those tiny pieces of trash. Then single-celled animals feed on the bacteria, and larger predators feed on them.
December 25, 2013 |
The hottest holiday commercials this season have ditched the heartwarming, home-for-the-holidays scenes to strike a dramatically different chord. Advertising executives have instead chosen sly humor over sentiment, as major marketers including American Honda Motor Co., Netflix and K-Mart are betting that tongue-in-cheek sells. Perhaps for good reason: U.S. consumers are tired of sugarcoated Christmas commercials, according to a recent online survey of more than 2,000 consumers.
December 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The fliers all say the same thing, but in different languages: Perdido . Brakujacy . Disparet . Vermisst . Perso . Missing. They are on lampposts, on the sides of mailboxes and in subway stations from the northern Bronx to Brooklyn. They are stuck with tape on flat surfaces from trendy SoHo in Manhattan to desolate side streets of Queens. It has been nearly three months since Avonte Oquendo, a doe-eyed 14-year-old with autism, was captured on video dashing out the door of his school on Oct. 4 in a well-traveled neighborhood of Queens, across the road from the playgrounds, dog runs and jogging paths lining the glistening waters of the East River.
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December 22, 2013 |
When Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. heard that the pope had honored Kurt Waldheim, the Austrian president he had exposed as an ex-Nazi complicit in war crimes, he fired off a note to the Vatican. Pope John Paul II making Waldheim a papal knight was "like giving a rotten structure a fresh coat of paint," the billionaire head of the World Jewish Congress wrote with his customary directness. He received no reply to his 1987 letter - but the same blunt approach helped him persuade the Soviets to allow Jewish emigration and the Swiss to acknowledge that their banks had swallowed up the life savings deposited by Holocaust victims.
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December 16, 2013 |
A group representing nearly 5,000 U.S. educators has voted to back an academic boycott of Israeli colleges and universities to protest that country's treatment of Palestinians. The American Studies Assn. announced Monday that the results of an online vote - in which about one-quarter of its members participated - overwhelmingly supported the effort intended to draw attention to the effect of Israeli laws on Palestinian academics and students. "People who truly believe in academic freedom would realize protesting the blatant and systemic denial of academic freedom to Palestinians, which is coupled with material deprivation of a staggering scale, far outweighs concerns we in the West might have about our own rather privileged academic freedoms," David Palumbo-Liu, a Stanford University professor, said in a statement.
December 14, 2013 |
The only real secret to roasting a great prime rib is starting with the best meat possible, and the rib roast I ordered from McCall's Meat & Fish Co. in Los Feliz was so beautiful I badgered my husband to photograph it before it went into the oven. I admired its plump, sturdy shape, the way butcher Nathan McCall had neatly frenched the bones and tied up the roast with precisely spaced knots. It was all natural - no hormones, no antibiotics - Prime Angus beef. At $17.99 a pound, it cost just over $140.
December 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. are going after the only thing more fleeting than a Snapchat message: the teenage attention span. On Thursday, Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook, introduced a way to send private messages with photos and videos. And Twitter this week added the ability to send photos - not just text - in private messages. Though both services gained popularity for letting users express themselves publicly, they are now also giving users the choice to share photos privately.
December 12, 2013 |
This year's best dressed Hollywood newcomer is Lupita Nyong'o, the Yale School of Drama-educated actress garnering awards buzz for her role as the abused slave Patsey in "12 Years a Slave. " Nyong'o, who is styled by Micaela Erlanger, has been working the red carpet circuit since September and hasn't made a misstep yet. What's she doing right? She's got range, and each look has something special to say. Nyong'o is comfortable in everything from an indie cool Rodarte flame-colored brocade and leather dress (an inspired choice for a film festival in the Mardi Gras capital of the world, New Orleans)