December 14, 2010 |
Crib bumpers are the last thing the Maxwells worried about in taking care of their infant son. In fact, they bought the crib bumpers to prevent Preston from getting hurt. This Chicago Tribune story recounts the day the Maxwells found their infant son, not breathing, in his crib -- his face between the mattress and the bumper pad. FOR THE RECORD: Crib safety: An earlier version of this post gave an incorrect name for the school that did a 2007 study on the safety of crib bumpers.
November 21, 2010 |
As families sit down at the table Thursday to give thanks for a bountiful feast, we can also give thanks for the bounty of California, where the harvest is diverse and year-round. And ? more thanks ? many of California's abundant crops and natural resources provide more than just good nutrition: They can help in the pursuit of beauty too. Grapes ? anti-aging "Grapes are naturally rich in antioxidants, so they offer incredible health-protective benefits whether eaten or applied topically," says Dr. Howard Murad, a dermatologist and associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA.
October 15, 2010
Adding indifference to injury, the Supreme Court this week refused to hear the appeal of a woman who was ejected from a speech by President George W. Bush because she had an antiwar bumper sticker on her car. The case would have provided the court the opportunity to rule that citizens who pose no threat of disruption may not be barred from presidential events that are advertised as open to the public. In 2005, Leslie Weise and Alex Young obtained tickets for a Bush town hall meeting on Social Security held in Denver.
October 13, 2010 |
The president and his aides are entirely free to screen the audience for his public speeches and to remove those who may disagree with him, under a ruling the Supreme Court let stand Tuesday. By a 7-2 vote, the justices turned down an appeal from a Colorado woman who was ejected from a speech by aides to then-President George W. Bush because her car had a bumper sticker that said "No More Blood for Oil. " Meanwhile, the court agreed to hear an appeal from a jealous wife who was convicted under a federal anti-terrorism law after she tried to poison her husband's mistress.
October 1, 2010 |
Aromatic matsutakes, a seasonal delicacy prized by the Japanese, rank among the elite of true wild mushrooms ? along with porcini, morels and chanterelles ? but are generally less available and less well known at farmers markets. Part of the reason is that although appreciation of matsutakes is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture, production of these mushrooms, which must be foraged from the wild, has plummeted over the last century in that nation, which now imports most of its supplies from other lands such as China, Korea and the United States, pushing up prices.
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July 4, 2010 |
Time was when "beach bum" was a phrase of endearment in laid-back Ocean Beach. No more. This normally quiet neighborhood is being torn by a dispute over the recent emergence of a beach subculture of unkempt young males sleeping in doorways, urinating in public places and panhandling aggressively. The flash point was the appearance of bumper stickers proclaiming: "Welcome To Ocean Beach. Please Don't Feed Our Bums." The stickers — sold at a local landmark business, The Black, better known for the sale of bongs, posters and jewelry — are flying off the shelves and cropping up on shop windows and cars around town.
June 27, 2010 |
In the long-running contest to win Latino voters' hearts and minds, the Republican Party jumped out to a stunning lead this month. And for a party saddled with leaders displaying more than a few retrograde impulses these days — on immigration and even the landmark Civil Rights Act — that's no small accomplishment. Consider the recent string of Latino Republicans to triumph in GOP primaries in three states over the last few weeks: In California, appointed Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado won his six-way Republican primary with 43% of the vote and the right to fight for a full term this fall.
February 12, 2010 |
The scores of customers who join the long line at the Alhambra farmers market on Sunday mornings to buy Jerry Dimitman's Wong pummelos all know the drill: Get there early, and be prepared to wait as each shopper scrutinizes the giant pear-shaped citrus fruits, holding them in the hand, one by one, to judge their weight, looking for heavy, shapely specimens. Plenty of pummelos are grown in California, but most are the flat, pink-fleshed Chandler variety. And especially as Chinese New Year approaches -- it will be Sunday, Feb. 14, this year, the Year of the Tiger -- many Chinese Americans seek out the necked, yellow-fleshed fruits they remember from their homeland.
October 2, 2009 |
NASCAR's title playoff moves to the nation's heartland this weekend with everyone bracing for another of Jimmie Johnson's trademark late-season assaults -- none more so than his teammate, Mark Martin. Martin, the 50-year-old veteran and sentimental favorite to win his first championship, holds a skimpy 10-point lead over Johnson ahead of Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway, the third race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Johnson, an El Cajon native trying to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive Cup title, moved closer to Martin with a dominant win last Sunday at Dover, Del. Juan Pablo Montoya is third, 65 points behind Martin.