November 4, 2013 |
Monday night at Staples Center, many fans came to harass the contrarian to that ever popular Randy Newman song. They wanted to see Dwight Howard fail because he didn't love L.A. Actually, it was just the Lakers portion of the metropolis that the star player didn't care for all that much. Howard's new team, the Houston Rockets, were here to play the Clippers, a game that was to be, for some, a sideshow to the Dwight Returns soap opera. The real show was a Clippers offensive blitz that earned a few new entries in their record book and was a dazzler for that portion of the crowd of 19,404 that had come to see basketball more than to boo Howard.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's Early Bird, an influential daily digest of news and opinion articles about the military that began early in the Cold War, died Friday, another victim of digital news and the government's desire to control the flow of information. "It had become too big," said Col. Steve Warren, the head of the Pentagon's press office, who terminated the 65-year-old clip service. "It had become too powerful, and I believe it had the tendency to take a small story and purely by accident turn it into a crisis.
October 31, 2013 |
"Free Birds" is an odd duck. The animated feature has a nifty premise: time-traveling turkeys, for starters. They're critters on a mission, as one would assume, their goal nothing less than rewriting American culinary history - and the fate of their species - by changing the main course at the first Thanksgiving. Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler contribute spirited voice work, and the movie renders the Plymouth Colony in a rich autumn palette. But like the ungainly avian creatures at the center of the herky-jerky adventure, this 'toon seldom gets off the ground.
October 31, 2013 |
"Ender's Game" will have a happy beginning this weekend, but maybe not a happy ending. The pricey adaptation of Orson Scott Card's popular 1985 sci-fi novel is poised to debut at No. 1 with a so-so $23 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. But the animated 3-D film "Free Birds" -- which cost only half as much to make as "Ender's Game" -- won't be far behind, with a decent $20 million. The only other film debuting nationwide this weekend, the AARP-aimed comedy "Last Vegas," is poised to launch with a solid $15 million.
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October 28, 2013 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a proposal to list the bistate sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, affording special protections to about 5,000 birds along the California-Nevada border. The bird is a genetically distinct subpopulation of the Mono Basin sage grouse, and officials were petitioned to list it for protection in 2005. In California, the birds are found in Inyo, Alpine and Mono counties. Federal biologists estimate that about six groups of birds are occupying about half of their historical range.
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October 26, 2013
Mary Finch Hoyt Press secretary to Rosalynn Carter Mary Finch Hoyt, 89, White House press secretary to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, died Oct. 17 in Washington, according to Carter's spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. She had cancer, the Washington Post reported, citing her family. Carter said that Hoyt was a "trusted adviser and loyal friend who served the nation with honor and distinction. " During the 1968 presidential campaign, Hoyt served as press secretary to Jane Muskie, wife of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Edmund Muskie, and in 1972, she served in the same role for Eleanor McGovern, wife of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.
October 23, 2013 |
Live by the tweet, die by the Twitter sword. That's Jofi Joseph's fate. But he's not the first - and he certainly won't be the last - to perish from the wounds of 140-character cuts. Joseph, most recently a director in the nonproliferation section of the White House's national security staff, was fired after being unmasked as the lamebrain behind the Twitter handle @natsecwonk. And just what irked his bosses? Perhaps tweets like this one, saved by the website the Daily Beast, which smartly anticipated writing the tweeter's Twitter obit someday: “I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me.” “Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener?
October 18, 2013 |
The bird museum in Camarillo may be little known, but it houses a vast collection of all things avian, including 225,000 sets of bird eggs from about 4,000 bird species and 18,000 bird nests. The museum has invited the public to take a tour Saturday during a free open house. The deal: The nonprofit Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology , as it's more formally known, works to preserve ornithology collections for research, education and conservation efforts involving birds worldwide. The one-day event, now in its 11th year, allows visitors to tour the collection of eggs and nests as well as thousands of bird specimens.
October 17, 2013 |
Nobody would file the novels of Donna Tartt under "thrillers. " But that is what she writes. And without a great plot, any thriller - even a beautifully written and very literary one - falls apart. Her previous novel, the self-consciously Southern Gothic "The Little Friend," was, despite its promising subject matter of meth and death, a little lacking in plot and disappointed some fans of her debut, "The Secret History. " Tartt's latest, "The Goldfinch" - only her third novel in 20-plus years - coheres magnificently.
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October 16, 2013 |
A UC Berkeley law school graduate student was sentenced to six months at a prison boot camp Wednesday for beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort. Justin Alexander Teixeira, 25, will serve his sentence at a prison boot camp at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs outside Las Vegas. Upon successful completion of the program and three to five years of probation, his felony charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor, the Associated Press reported.