November 21, 2012 |
In the ever-escalating effort to bestow the ultimate holiday gift (come on, admit you feel the urge to be at least a little bit competitive about it), the tendency is to focus myopically on the material. That's all well and good as long as there are sports-stadium naming rights, moon rocks or French vineyards to be bought. The downside, of course, is running the risk that one's fantastic gift will be overshadowed by someone else's even bigger display of seasonal largesse. Why go to all the trouble, for example, of cloning your wife's favorite pet only to have your thoughtfulness all but forgotten the second she finds out your father-in-law has given her a South Pacific archipelago?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2012 |
Officials in Lancaster are crediting the city's new aerial surveillance system with aiding in the capture of a suspect wanted in connection with a double slaying. The incident unfolded Tuesday when Los Angeles Police Department officers were conducting undercover surveillance of an apartment complex on the east side of Lancaster, looking for a man wanted in connection with two homicides, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Lancaster. Shortly before 3 p.m., the officers determined that their suspect was inside one of the apartments and called on deputies to help take him into custody.
September 7, 2011 |
Want to explore the solar system and follow NASA space missions in real time? NASA is giving the public the chance to do just that through a new Internet-based tool called Eyes on the Solar System. The space agency said the tool combines video game technology and NASA data to create an environment for users to ride along with agency spacecraft as they explore the cosmos. "You are now free to move about the solar system," Blaine Baggett, a manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, said in a statement.
July 3, 2011
The Statue of Liberty has been photographed countless times from all directions, but Jill Bowker, who had tickets that allowed access to the icon's crown, took a fresh look. The result is a bird's-eye view of the tablet in Lady Liberty's left arm. The inscription in Roman numerals says, "July 4, 1776," the date when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. Bowker and her family were in New York in May for their eldest daughter's graduation. The Sun Valley resident used a Samsung TL 225 12.2 megapixels camera.
March 28, 2011 |
It was a time when a movie's "hero" could actually be the villain. A time when women were femme fatales who could wrap unsuspecting males around their little fingers. A time of dark streets, men in fedoras and trench coats who called coffee a cup of Joe and smoked unfiltered cigarettes. In other words, it was the time of film noir. On Friday, " Noir City: Hollywood, 13th Annual Festival of Film Noir" rolls into the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre for a three-week stay.
January 8, 2010 |
Visitors to St. Paul's who do not want to make the 528-step climb to the top of the cathedral's magnificent dome still can get a bird's-eye view, thanks to an exhibit that opens this spring. Computer animation and film footage will take people on a "flight" through the dome. The as-yet-unnamed exhibit will also screen films about the history of the 300-year-old stone building and the 1,600 years of worship at this site, including the spectacular services held for royalty. The images will be shown on a 270-degree screen in the cathedral's crypt (basement)