October 10, 2013 |
Kitchens moved outside. So did rugs, lamps and the dining table. Now we even have the outdoor bed. It was inevitable that curtains and window shades would follow suit. At the 2013 Solar Decathlon, the university design competition on view through Sunday at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, the phenomenon is driven by function, not style. Several teams have deployed louvers, blinds and screens on the homes' exteriors to block sunlight and its accompanying heat before they enter the house, not after they have passed through a window or glass door.
October 2, 2013 |
The takeaway message of "The Voice" Season 5 blind auditions, Night 4: "Life ... is full of second and third chances," and if you're motivated, you can make those chances pay off. That's what Shakira told contestant James Irwin last season when he failed to turn any chairs during the blinds. On Tuesday night, Irwin returned to prove her right. The 31-year-old St. Louis father of a toddler son, who'd heartbreakingly described the loss of his premature newborn twins last season, had spent the months since his last audition honing his craft -- giving up the construction work that had apparently proved a distraction -- and returned determined to turn at least one chair. His emotional take on "Losing My Religion" intrigued the coaches right off the bat, prompting all four to push their buttons in rapid succession.
October 1, 2013 |
By the end of night three of "The Voice's" Season 5 blind auditions, Christina Aguilera had added four new singers to her team, Adam Levine had snagged two, and Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green had each scooped up three. The lucky (and talented) vocalists who'd made it through were all thrilled. That's to be expected. But what's more remarkable about "The Voice," of course, is how respectfully and supportively it deals with even those who fail to advance. That kindness was underscored on Monday night when veteran singer Malford Milligan - a 54-year-old from Austin, Texas, who has toured with B.B. King but struggled to conquer self-esteem issues after having been bullied as a child because he is, he says, "a black albino" - took the stage.
September 25, 2013 |
"Is it true that it's now named 'The Blake Shelton Show'?" Christina Aguilera quipped during a coach bonding session that kicked off the second night of "The Voice" Season 5. Actually, Shelton shot back, it's " 'Blake Shelton Presents The Voice.' " Laugh if you wish, but now that he's coached a singer to victory on "The Voice" three years in a row, Shelton's fellow coaches aren't going to let him bag a fourth win without a serious fight....
September 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - An Indian court sentenced four men to death Friday in the December rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, one of most closely watched legal decisions in the country's recent history. Judge Yogesh Khanna announced the sentence in a one-paragraph order, in contrast to his 237-page verdict a few days ago. "In these times when crime against women is on the rise, courts cannot turn a blind eye," he said. The victim, who died of massive internal injuries two weeks after the assault on a moving bus, has not been named under Indian law. The four death row convicts, ages 19 to 35, were among six apprehended after an attack that struck a deep nerve in India.
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September 12, 2013 |
Except for intermittent floods and quadrennial presidential contests, Iowa doesn't generally make a lot of news. But people around the world in general, and CNN's Piers Morgan in particular , went crazy this week after Iowa's premier newspaper, the Des Moines Register, published a story about how the state's new gun law allows blind people to own and carry firearms in public. You read right: Blind people may not be able to drive to the gun store, or even sign the permit application without assistance, but they may legally carry a gun in public.