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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The flashes and bright lights that were reported across Central and Southern California on Wednesday night likely were long-lasting meteor streams known as the South Taurids, according to the National Weather Service. The Taurids are known for having exceptionally bright meteors. On Wednesday night, people used Twitter to describe what resembled a meteor shower, bright lights or fireballs in the sky. Mary Slosson said she driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway when saw a "flareup" that "looked like something burning up upon entry into atmosphere" over the Culver City area.  The flash of light caused drivers to hit their brakes and swerve to catch a glimpse, Slosson said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
"Presentism: Light as Material" at YoungProjects is first and foremost a visual experience. The work by a dozen artists has plenty of conceptual heft and emotional resonance, but stakes its primary claim on our attention through optical means. This used to be a given in art, but for many decades now it's been just another option on the strategic menu. "Presentism" awakens a wistful gratitude for the direct sensual hit. The show, intended to complement the James Turrell retrospective recently closed at LACMA, induces a state of wonder that often feels primal, inversely related to the sophistication of the technology used to achieve it. Most of the pieces, whether videos, projections, or light-driven sculptural installations, reverberate in the body with a distilled, low-tech purity.
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HOME & GARDEN
February 2, 2006 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
ONE illuminating idea to emerge from the New York International Gift Fair: a lighting line from the fledgling San Clemente company Shine. Russ Ortiz, the former marketing director who developed the Goddess stores for Nike, and his wife, decorator and gallery artist Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz, exhibited a collection of 14 voluptuous table lamps named after Hollywood screen sirens.
SCIENCE
April 2, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
To maximize your chances of fighting flab, new research offers some simple advice: Wake up early and go outside. People who loaded up on light exposure at the beginning of the day were most likely to have a lower body mass index, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. That relationship between morning light and BMI was independent of how many calories the study participants consumed. It may sound crazy, but there is sound scientific evidence to back up the link.
TRAVEL
April 6, 2003
Harbin, China, glows every winter during the city's ice lantern festival. Blocks of ice embedded with tinted lights are stacked to re-create landmarks such as English castles and Paris' Arc de Triomphe. The result, says Camarillo reader Albert Huen, is a nighttime "fantasyland." The retired medical physicist visited in December, when temperatures hit minus 30. Heat packs in his bag kept the camera battery from freezing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2001
Last night at about 7 p.m., I was driving past Balboa Park. On my radio was a person talking about conserving energy. I noticed that in the park were about 16 tennis courts all lit up. Each court had at least four high-powered lights turned on. There was not a single person on any of these courts. When I drove back past the park at 9 p.m., the lights were still on and the courts were still empty. I don't believe that this park is any different from any other park in the city, county or state.
SPORTS
November 23, 1988
Spike Dykes, football coach at Texas Tech, came from a town in Texas so small that he was dazzled by the bright lights when his father took the family on a visit to Clovis, N.M. He told Al Carter of the Houston Chronicle: "My daddy put us up in this hotel with two silver doors at the end of the hall. "I said, 'Daddy, what are those?' "He said, 'Damned if I know.'
NATIONAL
December 9, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
At dusk, when this nighttime town flips on its klieg lights, Rob Lambert and Jim Gianoulakis go looking for darkness. These two graying stargazers want to establish an observatory in one of the most light-polluted places on the planet. For them, it's all about making the best of a bad situation: If the lights of Las Vegas unnaturally brighten the nighttime sky, well, just point your telescope in the other direction. "If you build a facility in a remote area with pristine night skies, you're probably going to be missing the people to come and utilize it," said Gianoulakis, president of the 150-member Las Vegas Astronomical Society, who recently inherited the post from Lambert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2001
Talk about ostentatious waste of electricity; take a look at the Trinity Broadcasting Network (our local Taj Mahal) building in Costa Mesa. It is lit up with thousands of lights as if it was Christmas. What a terrible message our religious leaders are displaying during this period of electricity shortages. MELVIN J. BEITSCHER Newport Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1987 | CLARKE TAYLOR
Citing the possibility of a Directors Guild strike and the need for more experienced hands, United Artists has replaced Joyce Chopra as director of "Bright Lights, Big City," with James Bridges, director of such films as "The China Syndrome" and "Urban Cowboy." The studio confirmed Monday that screenwriter Tom Cole and cinematographer Jim Glennon also were dismissed from the film over the weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The flashes and bright lights that were reported across Central and Southern California on Wednesday night likely were long-lasting meteor streams known as the South Taurids, according to the National Weather Service. The Taurids are known for having exceptionally bright meteors. On Wednesday night, people used Twitter to describe what resembled a meteor shower, bright lights or fireballs in the sky. Mary Slosson said she driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway when saw a "flareup" that "looked like something burning up upon entry into atmosphere" over the Culver City area.  The flash of light caused drivers to hit their brakes and swerve to catch a glimpse, Slosson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
People from Fresno to San Diego used Twitter Wednesday night to say they saw what resembled a meteor shower, bright lights or a fireball in the sky. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles said the agency had not received any reports about meteor showers or other similar phenomena. The Griffith Observatory said the only calls it had received were from reporters. Mary Slosson said she was driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway when she saw a "flare-up" that "looked like something burring up upon entry into the atmosphere" over the Culver City area.  The flash of light caused drivers to hit their brakes and swerve to catch a glimpse, Slosson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Ezra Koenig wanted to be clear about this: The frontman of Vampire Weekend was not comparing his band to the Beatles. "What we're talking about is making me think like a fan, which is a little bit dangerous because it could come across as me trying to put myself in the same league as one of the biggest albums of all time," he said, responding to a question about the value of mystery and ambiguity in music. "But, yeah, you think about 'Sgt. Pepper.' Is it a concept album about a lonely hearts club?
NATIONAL
December 9, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
At dusk, when this nighttime town flips on its klieg lights, Rob Lambert and Jim Gianoulakis go looking for darkness. These two graying stargazers want to establish an observatory in one of the most light-polluted places on the planet. For them, it's all about making the best of a bad situation: If the lights of Las Vegas unnaturally brighten the nighttime sky, well, just point your telescope in the other direction. "If you build a facility in a remote area with pristine night skies, you're probably going to be missing the people to come and utilize it," said Gianoulakis, president of the 150-member Las Vegas Astronomical Society, who recently inherited the post from Lambert.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - When Ulysses Bermudez hikes upstairs to check on his elderly neighbors in his public housing project, he is met by a fetid stench from people unable or afraid to go down the 14 dark flights to use portable toilets set up in the street. "People can't live like this," he said. But on Monday, a week after super storm Sandy slammed into New York, many still do. Hundreds of residents in the Red Hook West project, Brooklyn's largest, are without heat, electricity, elevators or water.
SCIENCE
September 28, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
As NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues its meandering route across the planet's rocky surface, a team of engineers and scientists back on Earth are having their own Martian experience: They're learning to live on "Mars time" by adjusting to its slightly longer, 24.65-hour day. Those extra 39 minutes and 35 seconds may seem like a small difference, one easily absorbed into the variable nightly sleep schedule of the average human. But it's not a one-time change like jet lag; instead, it's like traveling across a time zone every single day. So adjusting to even a slight change in schedule is difficult for people to deal with.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1987 | CLARKE TAYLOR
After a weeklong halt, production has resumed on United Artists' "Bright Lights, Big City," with major cast changes and costly re-shooting planned for the film. Production came to a standstill May 11 with the dismissal of director Joyce Chopra, screenwriter Tom Cole and cinematographer Jim Glennon after four weeks' shooting on locations here.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
Let's face it: Eating at a fast food restaurant is not about the ambience. It's fast, and its music and lighting seem geared to on-the-fly dining -- sort of laundromat-meets-elevator. But did it ever ever occur to you that meals served amid bright lights and intrusive contempo-jazz might contribute to overeating? Or that dimming the lights a tad and soothing the pace of that frenetic soundtrack might have the opposite effect? A new study , published this week in Psychological Reports: Human Resources and Marketing, says it does -- and fast-food restaurants could institute such changes without fear of losing money.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2012 | By Steve Appleford
The heat outside a North Hollywood rehearsal studio is in the triple digits, and inside isn't much better, but Alanis Morissette manages a cool, beatific calm beneath the hot lights of a film crew. She is fast approaching "the fever pitch" of activity that accompanies her every album release, even after a break of four years. A camera sweeps in on a boom for a close-up of the singer-songwriter, cheerful in a gleaming white blazer, her auburn hair long and parted down the center. She is here to talk up a new album, "Havoc and Bright Lights" (out Tuesday)
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