October 27, 2013 |
For generations, beef shoulder was a blue-collar cut of cow, fit for the meat grinder or crockpot but not much else. But where others saw pot roast, Tony Mata saw potential. Mata is a Dallas meat scientist whose mission is to find hidden gems in rough parts of the steer. He and a team of researchers came up with the industry's newest steak by mining the muscle under the shoulder blade for a tender pad of flesh. Unveiled last year at a trade show, the meat is starting to land on restaurant menus.
October 27, 2013 |
BAKERSFIELD - Peddling the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the heart of Bakersfield - when you're neither Owens nor Haggard - could rank on the scale of tough gigs right up there with hauling coals to Newcastle and selling ice to Eskimos. That was anything but the case, however, when 20-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill and longtime friend steel guitarist Paul Franklin brought their new tribute album, "Bakersfield," to its namesake town to celebrate the distinctive West Coast strain of country music and its two most prominent practitioners, who emerged there more than half a century ago. It was no surprise, ultimately, that Gill and Franklin were accorded heroes' welcomes for shining the spotlight anew on a richly fertile period and place by nearly 3,000 Bakersfield residents who filed into the Rabobank Arena Theater on Friday night.
October 25, 2013 |
The final preseason game for the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors was canceled with 5 minutes 58 seconds left in the first quarter Friday when officials deemed the court unsafe for play after several players fell. Milwaukee unveiled the BMO Harris Bradley Center's new court in September, which uses a Nitropanel floor system designed to absorb impact on the floor and reduce player injury, according to the Bucks' official website . The Bucks had a 14-9 lead over the visiting Raptors when the game was stopped, according to the Associated Press.
October 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Devin Nunes was a low-profile Republican from California's Central Valley, perhaps best known for his battles with environmentalists over water, including once bringing a bowl of fish to a Capitol Hill hearing to argue that their interests were being elevated over those of farmers. And then he uttered four words, describing colleagues who were willing to let the federal government shut down over Obamacare as "lemmings with suicide vests. " That put the six-term legislator in the very small circle of Republicans willing to speak out against his party's strategy.
September 23, 2013 |
CASPER, Wyo. - These are boom times in the resource-rich Cowboy State, courtesy of an oil explosion whose ripples can be felt across the land. Good-paying blue-collar jobs in the petroleum and natural gas fields are as plentiful as pickups here, and the unemployment rate - 4.6% in July - remains far below the 7.4% national average. But critics worry that the prodigious oil output includes a potential byproduct. Despite such fast-dollar success, heavy reliance on a single industry known for its dramatic downturns could one day help paint the state into a precarious financial corner, they say. Many fear the day when Wyoming's oil market fails, as it last did in the mid-1980s, exposing a fundamental flaw in the state's job picture: The lure of the oil dollar has prompted teenagers to skip college, or abandon high school, for the petroleum fields - many without a Plan B if things go bust.
September 18, 2013 |
To strike Syria or not - for Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), that wasn't exactly the question. In the Wall Street Journal, he said he couldn't even consider U.S. military intervention unless the military budget was liberated from the sequester. McKeon has represented his rock-ribbed GOP district, in north L.A. County and Ventura County, since 1993. His campaigns have benefited from the district's aerospace and defense industries. He chairs the Armed Services Committee. And the nascent diplomatic deal to "sequester" Bashar Assad's chemical weapons?