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January 23, 2013 |
In a move to reduce costs and move students more quickly toward graduation, California State University trustees approved a plan Wednesday to limit the number of credits required for most bachelor's degrees. Most of these majors must set a maximum of 120 semester units by fall 2014. Some, in architecture, landscape architecture, fine arts and music, will be allowed to exceed that limit. Other exceptions must be approved by the chancellor, after consulting with faculty and others.
January 15, 2013 |
In the words of Golden Globe winner Anne Hathaway: “blurgh.” Did this episode of “The Bachelor” drag for anyone else? I always forget how painful I find the beginning of the season. The tedious group-dates with 9,000 girls and “I'm not here to make friends” declarations. The way-too-early proclamations of love on one-on-one dates. The jealous crying. It's all a bit too predictable. At least Sean is good eye candy. OK, opening the episode with a shot of Sean in the shower with water dripping down his abs may have been just a tad over the top but hey, I'm not complaining.
January 7, 2013 |
Lest there be any concern that our new "Bachelor," Sean Lowe, is too innocent to handle a gaggle of debaucherous women, have no fear. The good ol' Texas boy arrived at the iconic Agoura Hills mansion well equipped to ward off overeager females in sparkly gowns. "I brought a rape whistle in case I'm in trouble," Sean warned one "Fifty Shades of Grey" fan, who had just pulled a cheap-looking tie out of her cleavage. Oh, that's right. There was no shortage of crazy on the season premiere of "The Bachelor" Monday night, the 17th -- yes, you heard me right -- season of this marvelous, soul-ruining show.
November 9, 2012 |
Brian Austin Green pokes at a bowl of chicken and rice soup at the 101 Coffee Shop in Hollywood. The 39-year-old actor has a cold that he doesn't want to pass on to his 6-week-old baby son, Noah. "I'm too old for this sleeping three or four hours a night thing," says Green of having a newborn in his life. Noah is his son with wife Megan Fox, but Green also has a 9-year-old son with former girlfriend Vanessa Marcil. These days Green, who admits that he was quite the party guy in the past, says his priorities are to take it easy and to care for his family.
November 2, 2012 |
Chuck Lorre thinks that people are "crazy" to support Mitt Romney. And he's not too wild about "The Bachelor" either. The outspoken TV producer told viewers in one of his "vanity cards" at the end of Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS that he had "crossed the line" with the text this time, so he just sent the offending words directly to his website. Those who went there found a typically profane, Lorre-esque screed against Romney, gay marriage foes, gun rights advocates and a few other targets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2012 |
A normally busy stretch of the 73 toll road in coastal Orange County will be closed this weekend for filming of "The Hangover Part 3," a deal that is drawing thumbs-down reviews from some. "I think that it's another example of a state agency that just does what it wants without understanding what it does to a local community," said Costa Mesa City Councilman Steve Mensinger. "Clearly," he added, "the state doesn't care what happens in local communities. " The three-mile section of California 73 from the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa to Jamboree Road in Newport Beach serves as a gateway for southbound traffic in the county.
October 16, 2012
A class-action lawsuit filed by two Nashville men who alleged that ABC's dating shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" intentionally excluded people of color has been dismissed. Lawyers for Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson had claimed in U.S. District Court that both shows over the last 10 years and 23 combined seasons had never featured a person of color in the central role. The defendants, including ABC and Warner Horizon Television, which produces the franchise, defended the casting on First Amendment grounds.
October 15, 2012 |
A class-action lawsuit filed by two Nashville men who alleged that ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" dating shows intentionally excluded people of color has been dismissed. Lawyers for Nathaniel Claybrooks, described as an "All-American football player" and Christopher Johnson, described as "an aspiring National Football League player," had claimed in U.S. District Court that both shows over the last 10 years and 23 combined seasons had never featured a person of color in the central role.
September 21, 2012 |
Justin Timberlake said adieu to his single life on Thursday in Las Vegas, as the actor-singer was spotted with a crew of friends celebrating what appeared to be his bachelor party. Kicking off at the Wynn's Sinatra Restaurant, JT and a group of about 25 guys decked out in Rat Pack-esque suits for a meal, according to a Ministry source - more than appropriate as the joint is described as a culinary tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes. Heading to the hotel's Surrender nightclub just before midnight, Timberlake and company climbed out of their formal wear and into bathing suits, splashing in a private infinity pool within a reserved cabana. Timberlake sipped on 901 tequila, his own brand, while his party opted for vodka and Red Bull.
August 22, 2012 |
Over the weekend, Ryan Lochte celebrated his five Olympic medals the way any red-blooded American male would do: by heading to Las Vegas, slipping into a tiny, star-spangled hot-pink Speedo, and partying alongside Prince Harry. Lochte's Sin City revelry capped off a week-long promotional blitz by the swimmer and aspiring actor, including a cameo on the CW soap "90210," a stroll down the red carpet at the premiere of "The Expendables 2," a striptease performance for Giuliana Rancic and Joan Rivers on E!