September 4, 2013 |
It looked a sweet deal: Citibank would give Ole 50,000 American Airlines miles if he took out a new credit card. The only catch was that he'd have to spend at least $3,000 over three months. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Ole had no problem with that. He applied for the card and, when it arrived, called to activate it. That's when he learned that the three-month clock had started two weeks earlier, when he'd originally applied for the card. Hardly seemed fair.
September 13, 2012 |
It's amateur night in Jersey as a group of hard-luck construction workers battle "the man" in the ham-fisted, recession-era drama "Blue Collar Boys. " Writer-producer-director Mark Nistico clearly has a lot on his mind about the haves versus the have-nots. Unfortunately, he expresses his angst here via such an unsympathetic bunch of ready-to-rumble knuckleheads you practically end up siding with the film's brick-subtle bad guys. At the center of the mayhem is Charlie (Gabe Fazio)
March 14, 2010
Happily for the Celtics, it's not over when some writer says it's over, but when the clock actually strikes 12. Right now, it's only, say, 11:46 p.m. Going into the weekend, they were 17-18 since Christmas with recent losses to the lowly Nets at home and last week's back-to-back games in Milwaukee and at home to Memphis. Not that losing by 20 to the Grizzlies was torture, but Celtics Coach Doc Rivers called the two-minute warning "the only good message this entire game."
October 21, 2013 |
Move over birthday candles, and step aside telomeres; there may be a new kind of biological clock in town. And this one may prove useful in predicting where age-related diseases such as cancer are most likely to strike. The proposed new body clock measures DNA methylation -- the process by which genes are altered as the body's cells differentiate and their genetic programs change to meet new demands. Researchers pored over the DNA of some 8,000 samples from 51 different tissues and cells -- including blood, brain, muscle, heart, lungs, liver and pancreas -- to devise a formula by which DNA methylation could be used to determine the age of the tissue from which the tested cells are drawn.
March 11, 2012 |
Around here, they're sometimes called the "clock people. " They zip over from San Francisco every summer to this remote valley, heave their vehicles up the mountain and while away hours gawking at bristlecone pines, considered among the world's oldest living things. Over time an unlikely bond formed between the city-dwellers and a rural patch of Nevada that the rest of the state ignores. How else to explain the visitors leaping into this region's water war with Las Vegas? In the late 1990s, when Dave Tilford was working in real estate, he got a call.
August 30, 2009 |
The Obama administration is racing to demonstrate visible headway in the faltering war in Afghanistan, convinced it has only until next summer to slow a hemorrhage in U.S. support and win more time for the military and diplomatic strategy it hopes can rescue the 8-year-old effort. But the challenge in Afghanistan is becoming more difficult amid gains by the Taliban, rising U.S. casualties, a weak Afghan government widely viewed as corrupt, and a sense among U.S. commanders that they must start the military effort largely from scratch nearly eight years after it began.