December 16, 2012 |
Your face says it all: You are starting to panic. Don't. If you're shopping for a traveler, you might just find the answer to your gift-giving conundrum in these pages. Our team of travelers has tested items large and small, pricey and affordable, and we want to share them with you so you can share them with others. This is by no means comprehensive, but it can start the old synapses firing. If you can't get said item in time for the big day, cut out the picture, tie it up with a bow and use it as an IOU. The true traveler will always have a use for it because there's always that next trip.
December 12, 2012 |
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - About a month ago, Lori Rebimbas stood inside the darkened ruins of her flooded house and wept. When the mother of two returned last week there were no tears. “I'm done crying,” she said. In the days and weeks after the storm , Rebimbas, 41, felt stranded. A Federal Emergency Management Agency inspector had deemed her home uninhabitable. Her two cars had flooded. Her family had nowhere to stay, and with many along the Jersey Shore scrambling for rentals , Rebimbas was afraid she would have to move and pull her two boys out of school in Point Pleasant.
November 21, 2012 |
Last summer snow globes got a reprieve when the Transportation Security Administration relaxed the rule that banned the water-filled tchotchkes from carry-on luggage. But in the clear-eyed cold of winter, it's small comfort -- very small comfort -- as the holiday season approaches. Snow Globe Central of Denver points out the TSA allows only snow globes that appear to "contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size.)" But the most popular snow globes are bigger, and carry much more liquid.
November 20, 2012 |
If you're traveling solo, maybe you can justify paying a bag fee to check your suitcase. But if you're a family of four and you're flying, say, on United from LAX to Washington's Dulles for the upcoming holidays, you'll pay $25 a bag for each family member's first bag, $35 for each person's second. If you're a family of heavy packers (or you have an infant who requires extra gear), those costs can add up quickly. Those fees don't do your wallet any good, but they do help the airlines: In 2012, revenue from ancillary fees (that includes bags)
November 16, 2012 |
Ford Motor Co. has a funny way of making a point. On their way from Detroit to Los Angeles for the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, Ford officials stuffed the company's new 1.0-liter engine into a carry-on and popped it into a TSA security-screening bin. “The engine block is small enough to fit in your luggage, or about the length of the iPad,” company spokeswoman Debra Hotaling said. Check out the picture above. The engine fits in the plastic bin that you drop your shoes and wallet into.
November 10, 2012
As far as language goes, words that describe what's in style at the moment tend to ebb and flow. "Groovy" has fallen by the wayside, and "rad" has become retro irony, uttered by hipsters in bars who might not have even been alive when the term peaked in the 1980s. But the word "cool" has persevered. Ansgar Kelly, a research professor in English at UCLA, said its staying power lies partly in the fact that it has roots in an entirely different meaning. "It is a real word," he said.
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September 29, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday outlawing the open carrying of rifles and shotguns in cities across California. The measure was among dozens of bills the governor approved that take effect Jan. 1, including proposals intended to help curb student fee hikes at the state's public universities and exempt hybrid drivers from toll charges in carpool lanes. Brown also signed a measure banning state agencies from regulating Internet phone service - a priority for the tech industry - and took steps to establish a state-run retirement plan for low-wage, private-sector workers.
September 18, 2012 |
On Monday, fans of "The Voice" struggled to process the news that both Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green would vacate their big red spinning chairs next season, to be replaced during their temporary coaching hiatuses by Shakira and Usher. Who will reveal way too much cleavage, don sparkly diapers and randomly rid herself of talented contestants? Who will adorn himself with feathered and furry friends and make us uncomfortable by flirting ruthlessly with comely female contenders?
September 13, 2012 |
It wasn't only Andrew Luck. When Josh Nunes was named Stanford's starting quarterback, following in the footsteps of the top pick in the 2012 NFL draft was only one of the potential burdens. "There's inherent pressure being behind Andrew," Nunes acknowledged during a phone interview. "Not only that, but there's the quarterback tradition at Stanford from Jim Plunkett to John Elway and Andrew. " Not that Nunes is anxious about it. "That kind of all went out the window," he said, "as soon as I got that first snap out of the way. " A fourth-year junior from Upland, Nunes has guided the No. 21 Cardinal to victories over San Jose State and Duke.
September 2, 2012 |
Matt Barkley turned and shoved the ball into Silas Redd's hands, and Redd ran forward, charging between his new teammates on a field 2,800 miles away from his old ones. He picked up eight yards, churning his thick legs like a locomotive powering uphill, before two defenders brought him down. Redd's first carry in a cardinal-and-gold uniform Saturday in the USC's 49-10 win against Hawaii was tough, each yard a struggle. But when he picked himself up, applause from a sun-splashed Coliseum crowd washed over him. The junior left behind Penn State, where he rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season, in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions handed down after a child sex abuse scandal.