March 7, 2010 |
He sat in front of his locker dressed from cap to shoes in blue for the first time, as difficult to accept for some as he did wearing anything other than black spikes for the last 17 years. "Really, really bright, aren't they?" says Garret Anderson, as if the team is giving him no choice but think blue as he laces up his shoes. At 37, his hair now is a little gray across the top, but just what you might expect from someone who played 2,013 games for the Angels, more than anyone else in franchise history.
January 26, 2010 |
Aries (March 21-April 19): This will be a day for evening the score. Small transactions like paying a bill or larger efforts like repaying a favor or settling a karmic debt will increase your energy reserves. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Someone likes you and at the same time feels competitive with you. The complexity of feeling makes this an interesting relationship. Gemini (May 21-June 21): When you make up your mind to waste away an hour, you do it with such passion that something inevitably occurs -- you find that you were productive in spite of your efforts to loaf.
December 30, 2009 |
On a midwinter day in a Midwestern town that should know better, it became official. The 2009 sports year is not something remembered in a scrapbook, but something worn around your neck. It was, all shiny and sad, the season of bling. It was the story of the year, everyone raising their hand and begging for attention, style over substance, me over we, bling. Andre Agassi embarrasses himself and the tennis tour for the sake of a bestselling book. Manny Ramirez misses one-third of the season for violating baseball's drug policy, yet upon his return to Dodger Stadium he is given a huge ovation.
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December 21, 2009 |
Nelle Becker Slaton, a longtime educator and co-founder of groups promoting science education for minority students and advanced degrees for African Americans, died of natural causes Dec. 1 at her Los Angeles home. She was 88. The death was confirmed by her daughter, Shell Amega. Slaton, who taught elementary school in Los Angeles for 35 years, founded Community Science Workshops Inc. in 1961 with her chemist husband, William. The program began in their living room and eventually served 200 students a year in small classes that provided hands-on lessons in physics, rocketry, chemistry, electronics and other subjects.
December 16, 2009 |
No one can lay a glove on the Golden Globes. It's the award show that has survived so many crazy incidents and outrageous behavior over the years -- remember the time a Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. member was suspended for selling a photo of Tom Selleck to a tabloid? -- that it has developed an almost absolute immunity to criticism. Showbiz journalists have penned detailed exposés, columnists (me included) have mocked the HFPA's picks, TV critics have panned the show, but nothing, not even the infamous choice of Pia Zadora as new female star of the year, has been able to stop the Globes from motoring along as one of Hollywood's most unlikely institutions.
November 13, 2009 |
When it comes to cult classics, few movies can hold a candle to "Oldboy," the deliriously strange and unsettling 2003 Korean thriller directed by Chan-wook Park that is beloved by critics and fanboys alike, having won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The second installment in Park's "Vengeance Trilogy," the film chronicles the saga of a man who, after being imprisoned for 15 years, sets out on a methodical search hoping to explain the secret of his captivity. It's a violent, oddly soulful film that essentially defies description.
November 3, 2009 |
If you've been reading the gloom and doom stories in the press lately, you know that Hollywood is going through its fair share of belt tightening. Unsure about future profits, studios have been cutting back on everything, including movie production budgets, A-list stars' first-dollar gross deals and perk packages as well as movie premieres, screenwriter salaries and -- oh, yes -- newspaper advertising. It's all been a big bummer, especially for the town's talent agents, who have had to weather a thousand-and-one grumpy phone calls from top actors and filmmakers unhappy about seeing their once-reliable salary quotes being tossed out the window.