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March 29, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers center and champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar opened up in his blog at , sharing a number of personal regrets. In an entry entitled, "10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Turning Pro," Abdul-Jabbar compares dating as a youth to "Darth Vader approaching a bunny. " The logistics of dating were naturally complicated for Abdul-Jabbar at 7-foot-2. "I wish I'd been able to ignore the physical differences as I can now and just sit down, preferably on a shorter chair than them, and just talk to them about movies and books and history -- anything but basketball," he blogged.
March 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tumblr this week gained its 100 millionth blog, a milestone for the social network, which has become very popular with teens and young adults. The New York-based social network keeps a counter on its "About" page that shows how many blogs exist on the site. That counter crossed the 100 million mark this week, and is now sitting at 100.1 million. Additionally, the counter shows that nearly 45 billion posts have been published on the social network. Tumblr lets users create a blog or multiple blogs, which they can customize by using themes or writing code.
March 21, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Call me flabbergasted. Deliberately destroy six entire vintages of a fabled wine, and the Italian justice system metes out a measly four-year sentence? Two less than the prosecutor requested, actually. Sentenced was Andrea Di Gisi, a former employee of Gianfranco Soldera of Case Basse , a top Montalcino estate in southern Tuscany. Fired by Soldera, Di Gisi's motive allegedly was revenge. By entering the cellar of Case Basse at night and opening the valves of casks so that the wine gushed out onto the cellar floor, he effectively stole six years' work from his former boss.
March 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kim Kardashian is taking this "mommy blog" thing pretty seriously, and the latest post in the pregnant star's mommy blog category is all about staying healthy. The reality TV star, who is pregnant with rapper Kanye West's baby, debuted the series of posts late February with a riveting piece on finding the perfect maternity jeans . Now, she's taking to the interwebs about a week after a miscarriage scare to talk about her new approach to healthful living while conveniently promoting Harley Pasternak's fitness book, "The Body Reset Diet.
March 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Justice Department employees in the Civil Rights Division's voting section have shown a "disappointing lack of professionalism" during the Bush and Obama administrations, according to an independent review that found a polarizing culture, with many staffers venting frustration in personal emails and blog posts filled with racial and other epithets. The department's inspector general's office is sending its findings, released Tuesday, to top Justice Department officials for possible discipline or other administrative action against three unidentified employees.
March 12, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - For a 25-year-old computer whiz enlisted in a People's Liberation Army hacking unit, life was all about low pay, drudgery and social isolation. Nothing at all like the unkempt hackers of popular imagination, the young man wore a military uniform at work in Shanghai. He lived in a dorm where meals often consisted of instant ramen noodles. The workday ran from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., although hackers were often required to work late into the evening. With no money and little free time, he found solace on the Internet.
February 27, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Ever feel the need to take off your top while forming a soyrizo loaf? Are you the kind of person who likes to take off their pants and get comfortable before baking a dairy-free cake? Do you prefer to eat your veggie lasagna without socks on? Then nude vegan cooking is for you. Three students named Greta, Jess and Luke from the United Kingdom  have started the blog (warning: It's not safe for work). It's exactly what it sounds like. According to the blog, "We like to cook naked, for ourselves, our friends and lovers out of our huge, messy shared house in Manchester.
February 27, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
There's no question about what the ultimate accessory was this week at TED 2013 in Long Beach: Google Glass.  QUIZ: How much do you know about Google? In conference hotels, parties and at the conference itself, random people could be spotted wearing the ultimate must-have-but-incredibly-scarce gadget.  On Wednesday, Google's Sergey Brin took to the stage at TED 2013 wearing his pair to discuss his, ahem, vision for Google Glass. His appearance came on the day when applications were d ue in a contest to win the right to buy one of the $1,500 devices.
February 26, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan,
Los Angeles Times
As archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony responded to criticism of his handling of sexual abuse cases with a high-priced crisis management firm, full-page ads in Spanish and English newspapers, and a report naming accused priests. In retirement, Mahony's public relations operation consists mainly of his thoughts and a computer keyboard. Since last month, when outrage flared anew over files showing he shielded abusers, the cardinal has thrown himself into social media to give the public his side of the story.
February 25, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
We talk a lot of meat on Daily Dish, so it felt like time to show a little love to Meatless Monday. Here are highlights from Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter that celebrate the meatless side of life. Starting with fruity, a recipe for Russian salted cabbage with carrots, apples and garlic from the blog Mango & Tomato, an orange blueberry loaf from Stephanie Arsenault of the blog Global Dish and a batch of homemade Orangina made from a gift of fresh oranges by Jenn from the blog Just Jenn Recipes.
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