May 5, 2013 |
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard belts home run for blind child. It makes a great headline and a better story. There is always some skepticism when you hear about a major leaguer hitting a home run at the request of a fan, but one of the feel-good stories of the weekend came from such a moment. Howard met a 7-year-old boy only identified as A.J. from Center Valley, Pa., on Friday night before the Phillies hosted the Miami Marlins. The story goes that A.J. asked Howard to hit a homer for him. The big first baseman did just that in the second inning when he smacked his fifth home run of the season.
May 3, 2013 |
Toyota is issuing another recall of FJ Cruiser SUVs. This time, the automaker is recalling 11,489 of its model year 2007-2013 Cruisers because of a headlight problem that could blind oncoming drivers. In March, Toyota recalled 209,000 Cruisers because of a problem with seatbelt retractors that could become detached from the vehicle frame. The Cruisers in the newly issued recall were manufactured from Jan. 25, 2006, through Feb. 23 of this year, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
April 29, 2013 |
Astronomers knew this day would come. The Herschel Space Observatory has run out of coolant and ceased looking into the cold, distant universe. Without liquid helium to keep the instruments chilled to minus 456 degrees Fahrenheit, the European Space Agency telescope began to run a fever and went blind, leading scientists on Monday to shutter this floating window into space. Launched in 2009, the European Space Agency telescope fixed its infrared eyes on cold, distant regions of the universe, picking up the glow from far-off objects that would have remained invisible otherwise.
April 10, 2013 |
It may seem like "The Voice" Season 4 blind auditions just got started, but on Tuesday night, they came to an end. Each of the four coaches added a final singer - like a cherry on a sundae - to complete his or her team of 12. Blake Shelton, quick on the trigger, capped off his team with 24-year-old Jersey girl Jacqui Sandell, a classically trained dancer who now sings with a garage band and cutely joked that her autobiography should be called "From...
March 5, 2013 |
Blind baking, or pre-baking a crust, is common when you are using a filling in the pie shell that does not need to be baked, or that bakes up quickly. Both flaky pie and short tart crusts need to be weighted before baking so the pastry doesn't puff on the bottom or slip on the sides. RECIPES : 34 pie recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen To blind-bake a crust, line the dough with foil, parchment or a large coffee filter, then fill it with weights. You can use formal pie weights - - the ceramic or metal weights you can buy in a store - - or keep it simple and use rice or dried beans.
February 28, 2013 |
Mindful of the repeated rounds of cuts the military has already endured, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, recently delivered a grim warning: "If you want [the military] to be doing what it's doing today, then we can't give you another dollar. " His worries reflect reductions that started in 2009 and have reached crippling levels, even in President Obama's proposals to avert sequestration. I take the general at his word, but I am concerned that the president does not. Sequester hurts national security, not just because 50% of the cuts fall on the military's 18% share of the overall budget but because the Pentagon has been the only place the president is willing to cut. For four years he has mismanaged our nation's most vital resource, our uniformed military, fomenting the sequester-inspired readiness crisis it faces today.
February 8, 2013 |
Give Me Everything You Have On Being Stalked James Lasdun Farrar, Straus and Giroux : 224 pp., $25 When someone crawls over Madonna's garden wall or breaks into Brad Pitt's house, it's unpleasant but not unexpected: the price of fame, if also prosecutable. Imagine, though, if in the course of your everyday, nonfamous life someone emerged with a similar obsession. First they seemed affectionate, then convinced of a deep connection, then became furious and set upon destroying your life.
February 4, 2013 |
More than a century after she went blind, a new study casts doubt on how bright, blue-eyed “Little House on the Prairie” older sister Mary Ingalls lost her vision. Using medical papers from the 19 th century, unpublished family journals and old newspaper clippings, medical historians claim it was viral meningoencephalitis that destroyed Ingalls' vision in 1879, not the scarlet fever that wreaked havoc on families across the American frontier. They make their case for the new diagnosis in a study published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS — He's a real person. He's not some cartoon giant being dragged out of a cold fog by Sandra Bullock in a scene that made America cry. He's a real football player. He's not just some lost soul in oversized pads requiring an on-field pep talk from Bullock before blocking someone in a scene that made America cheer. When Michael Oher sat down at a ballroom table Thursday with bright eyes, firm handshake and thoughtful answers, one could immediately understand his dislike for the incessant rewinding of a scarred and distant childhood.
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January 31, 2013 |
Weeks of genteel discourse between two leading contenders for mayor of Los Angeles dissolved Thursday as City Councilman Eric Garcetti accused Controller Wendy Greuel of using "fake projections" and "flim-flam" to inflate how much her audits could benefit the city treasury. Greuel shot back that Garcetti was "clowning around with the numbers" while he "turned a blind eye to waste, fraud and abuse" at City Hall. The attacks came days before mail-in voting begins in the March 5 primary election, as both candidates continued to focus more on their past records in city government than how they would make the tough decisions the next mayor is likely to face on employee pay, pensions and health benefits.