October 5, 2012 |
On Thursday, "The X Factor" brought us back to Boot Camp in Miami, where the 60 remaining contestants vied to be among the 24 acts to make it through to the next round, to be held at the judges' homes. To prove their worth, the singers would have to tackle "Task 2": They'd be divided into pairs, and each duo would be required to agree on a song and then take the stage together to sing it. These performances wouldn't really be duets, since the performers would take turns singing, with no overlap.
October 4, 2012 |
"The X Factor" did what it could to make the most of the hour it was allotted before the presidential debate Wednesday night. It whisked us - along with about 120 contestants - to Boot Camp in Miami, showed us the high life at a fancy hotel, and then gave us our first task: watching the contenders each sing one song of their own choosing - a high-pressure performance that would determine whether they would stay in the competition for the remainder of...
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September 30, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Marine Gunnery Sgt. Douglas King, lean as a whippet and possessed of a commanding, rapid-fire voice, set the tone quickly and without equivocation as he addressed the Saturday morning assemblage of civilian runners. "You're going to get motivated, the Marine Corps way !" he bellowed. "You're going to get it whether you like it or not. " And with that, the 11th annual Boot Camp Challenge was underway - 2,000 civilians vying for the bragging rights that come with completing a three-mile obstacle course designed for recruits at the boot camp here.
September 13, 2012 |
A military jury at San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base sentenced a boot camp instructor to a year in prison after finding him guilty on charges of having an unprofessional relationship with a trainee, violating an order from his commander and obstructing justice. Staff Sgt. Kwinton Estacio, 29, had faced up to 13 years in prison. The jury imposed the sentence late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, jurors acquitted Estacio of unwanted sexual contact, Lackland spokesman Brent Boller told The Times.
August 4, 2012 |
It's too late to lose that unwanted weight for summer. But if you start now - and aim to shed a modest 2 pounds a week - you could drop as much as 40 pounds in time to ring in 2013. The hardest part, however, might be choosing a new diet. This season's crop of cookbooks includes a whiplash-inducing array of advice. For every book urging you on to eat: More carbs! More protein! More fat! there's another seemingly well-reasoned argument to do the opposite. As if this isn't confusing enough, there's a new bogeyman on the diet scene: gluten.
August 1, 2012
Re "Deficit debate driven by the wealthy," Column, July 29 Your readers are entitled to better than Michael Hiltzik's column on deficit reduction, which substitutes invective for rational discussion. The Simpson-Bowles plan may not be the best possible for deficit reduction, but to dismiss it out of hand is absurd. The plan was considered by a bipartisan committee of 18 members chosen by the president and Congress. It was approved by 11 of the 18 members of the commission.
August 1, 2012
Re "Dirty but essential," Opinion, July 27 Robert Bryce begins his Op-Ed article on coal at Peabody Energy's huge North Antelope Rochelle Mine near Gillette, Wyo. Is that really the best place to get an idea as to how "essential" coal is to our future? I would point Bryce to a Georgia Power Co.plant featured in a July 14 National Public Radio report. The plant manager explained all the reasons why his plant converted from coal to natural gas - part of a wave of conversions that accounts for the two fuels each being responsible for about one-third of the nation's electricity production.
August 1, 2012
Re "Streets paved with frustration," July 29 William Fleischman's comment that he and his fellow Holmby Hills residents pay "millions of dollars to Los Angeles in property taxes, and we're getting back thousands of dollars in services" must be in jest. Perhaps he forgot about the police, fire, justice, permitting, planning, parks, recreation, street lighting and multiple other services the city of Los Angeles provides. Our infrastructure, at all governmental levels, is in disrepair, as we have been falsely led to believe we don't have to pay for it. What we do pay is not adequate for the level of infrastructure Fleischman demands.
August 1, 2012
Re "Targeted lesson," July 29 The Marine Corps' efforts to afford educators "a more nuanced view of the military" are commendable. Anyone who has an important role in forming the future leaders of our nation has a duty to present balanced perspectives on the vocational options best suiting their charges. The finest take-away from a stint at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego for educators would be a deeper appreciation that it is the civilian arm of our government that actually wields the military lever of national power.
August 1, 2012 |
The Cal State San Bernardino campus, where UCLA will hold a two-week football training camp starting Saturday, sits near historic Route 66, where some of the motels are relics from an age that predates the interstates, the Internet and the insanity of the Bowl Championship Series. Jim Mora, UCLA's first-year coach, has devised a 1950s-style black-and-white camp to match, saying, "It's going to be hard. It's going to be tough. Yeah, it's going to be hot. Yeah, we're going to push them.