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February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
With Bob Costas still recovering from an eye infection, former "Today" cohost Meredith Vieira will anchor NBC's prime-time and late-night coverage Friday of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.   "It's an honor to fill in for him," Vieira said Friday morning on "Today. " "You think about the Olympics, and you think the athletes and then Bob Costas. " Costas, who had anchored NBC's coverage of the Winter and Summer Games without interruption since 1988, was sidelined earlier this week by the infection, which left his eyes red and sensitive to bright studio lights and proved distracting for many viewers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bob Costas still isn't out of the woods yet with his eye infection troubles. The NBC sportscaster called into "Today" on Wednesday to let anchor Matt Lauer know that he'd be filling in once again during the network's prime-time Olympics coverage. "You're coming out of the bullpen again tonight," Costas told Lauer. Costas arrived in Sochi, Russia, to cover the Winter Olympics with an infection in one eye, but by Monday, the infection had spread to the other eye, causing viewers to fear for Costas' health (and complain a bit about how uncomfortable it was to look at)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Eye-yi-yi: Viewers may not see much of Bob Costas for a while as the NBC Olympics host continues to battle an eye infection that has temporarily taken him off the air.  "It's a slow process," Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "He's very frustrated. " Costas' health woes have become a hot topic on social media at the 2014 Winter Game in Sochi, Russia. The longtime NBC sports broadcaster covered the first few days of the Games, but the eye infection steadily worsened and over the weekend became obvious as viewers saw redness and irritation spreading to his right eye as well as the left.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bob Costas has been tearing up a lot lately. The NBC sports broadcaster said so in a "Today" show phone interview Wednesday, blaming sensitivity to light due to a viral infection in both eyes. We suspect, however, it might have something to do with having to sit out the 2014 Sochi Games prime-time coverage for a second straight night. Hey, we understand -- after 157 consecutive Olympic nighttime broadcasts, a guy can get a little attached to his job. "Actually, I don't feel that bad," Costas said , "and the irony of it is, we've all felt worse than I feel right now and gone into work....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Taylor Swift's Rapunzel-like locks are gone! The country darling has chopped off her hair, introducing a chic bob in lieu of her signature long blond look. The shearing, which was successively chronicled on social media, comes just after the seven-time Grammy winner completed the European leg of her blockbuster Red tour at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday. The big chop was recounted by Swift and her friends, Victoria's Secret model Cara Delevingne, 21, and singer Ellie Goulding, 27. "Lights" singer Goulding joined Swift onstage earlier that night to perform "Burn" at the arena, which was reportedly packed with more than 15,500 fans.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Metrolink will open a new station next year that should make it easier for travelers from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley to get to Bob Hope Burbank Airport (BUR). The Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way station planned at San Fernando Boulevard and Hollywood Way broke ground in June. The Metrolink stop will be added to the Antelope Valley Line , which runs between Lancaster and the airport via Santa Clarita. The rail service agency is spending $3.7 million in transportation funds for the station that goes almost all the way to the airport.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Susan King
Bob Balaban was born, so to speak, into movie royalty. His father and uncles were founders of the Balaban and Katz theater chain of Chicago movie palaces. His uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount for three decades, and grandfather Sam Katz was an MGM executive. As a "little nerdy Jewish kid in Chicago," Balaban loved the movies and theater but had no inkling he would be involved in show business. "I was trying to do well in school and hoping I would survive adolescence," said Balaban, currently appearing in George Clooney's World War II adventure "The Monuments Men," which opens Feb. 7. But then he broke his arm at age 10.  "My parents could think of nothing for me to do in the summer, so we got on a train to Los Angeles," said Balaban, 68, by phone from New York, where he lives.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Hear ye, hear ye. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has declared Feb. 6 "Bob Marley Day. " Toronto residents, get partying. The mayor, who gained fame by smoking crack and making outrageous public statements, is reportedly a big fan of Marley. In December he had his colleagues dancing to the reggae icon's "One Love" during a city council meeting.  Ford isn't the first Toronto mayor to love Marley. It's a tradition that began in 1991 with Mayor Art Eggleton. Marley is esteemed by the Canadian city for his "message of peace, love and unity ," as a Facebook account attests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez stood and applauded when acting Mayor Todd Gloria, in his state of the city address, proposed raising the minimum wage in San Diego beyond the scheduled statewide increases. Councilman Kevin Faulconer, Alvarez's opponent in the Feb. 11 election, remained seated, hands folded in his lap. He later told reporters that raising the minimum wage could be bad for business and lead to elimination of jobs. Differences over economic issues illustrate the divide between Alvarez, a Democrat, and Faulconer, a Republican, as the hurry-up campaign to find a successor to the disgraced Bob Filner enters its final stretch with prickly debates and dueling TV commercials.
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