March 3, 2013 |
Metta World Peace is averaging 1 1/2 assists a game, but the one he had over the weekend was eagerly scooped up by Lakers teammate Dwight Howard. While World Peace fought his own battle against flagrant fouls, as in the many called against him, he suggested the NBA wasn't protecting Howard from a slew of hard fouls. Howard's response? Hey, thanks. "I don't want a backlash of people thinking I'm trying to cry about stuff, but most of the injuries, or all of the injuries, that I've had the past couple of years have come from fouls," he said in an interview Sunday.
February 23, 2013 |
Why is it a good idea to go to London in February? If you're not a frequent flier, can you still play the mileage game? And when is it a mistake to be focused on the price? Those are some of the questions that will be answered today and Sunday at the L.A. Times Travel Show at a panel titled “More For Your Money: Budget Tips for Savvy Travelers.” As moderator of the panel (and as a very budget-minded traveler), I'm lucky to have my dream team of bottom-line guys: John DiScala, a.k.a.
February 5, 2013 |
Amazon.com will give away "tens of millions of dollars'" worth of virtual coins that customers can use to buy real apps from the company's Appstore. The Seattle-based online retailer announced "Amazon Coins" Tuesday morning, saying customers will be able to spend the virtual money on apps submitted to and approved for Amazon's Appstore by April 25. The coin giveaway starts in May. "Amazon Coins is an easy way for Kindle Fire customers to spend money on developers' apps in the Amazon Appstore, offering app and game developers another substantial opportunity to drive traffic, downloads and increase monetization even further," the company said in a statement.
February 2, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Lance Barrow doesn't leave anything to chance. Striding out onto the field of a dimly lighted, virtually empty Superdome just days before Super Bowl XLVII kicks off, the husky Texas native explains why CBS needs five times as many cameras as it would for a regular-season game. "I just want to make sure we have everything covered," says Barrow, who as CBS' lead football producer will be quarterbacking the Sunday broadcast for the 100 million people watching in living rooms and bars across the country as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers.
January 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The trillion-dollar coin isn't going to save the day. The U.S. Treasury says it won't mint the coin as a way of escaping the debt-ceiling crisis. The Federal Reserve also nixed the plan. Even though the platinum coin idea started as something of a joke, it caught on in the blogosphere and gained some notable supporters such as Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. The plan envisioned the administration minting a platinum coin, then depositing it at the Fed to draw the trillion bucks to pay government bills should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling.
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December 27, 2012 |
College football coaches won't be the only ones calling the shots at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Dozens of Tournament of Roses Assn. workers are now planning every game detail, including the timing of the traditional B-2 flyover and the toss of a specially minted silver coin to determine who will receive the kickoff. The busiest invisible hands belong to Tournament of Roses senior game manager Edward Corey and game manager Ted Tompkins. Corey, prepping for his 35th Rose Bowl, coordinates each moment from the sidelines.
November 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- On Jan. 1, 2016, the Treasury Department will begin issuing commemorative coins to celebrate Mark Twain's contribution to American literary history, thanks to a bill approved by the House on Thursday evening. Mark Twain was the pen name used by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, most famous for writing "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and other American classics. During 2016, as many as 100,000 gold $5 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $35, while as many as 350,000 silver $1 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $10. Twain remains one of the best-known and widest-read authors in the world, with more than 6,500 editions of his books translated into 75 languages.
November 6, 2012 |
As you might have heard, Tuesday is election day, when Americans will finally decide whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will serve as president for the next four years. But there's also a less critical subplot in this year's election: the battle between New York Times poll wizard Nate Silver and the rest of the pundit class. Silver, who oversees the political forecasting website FiveThirtyEight, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks because of his confidence in an Obama victory.
October 30, 2012
Conference call, the sequel. Or the ongoing saga of the coin toss. … On Saturday, UCLA won the toss and believed it had deferred to the second half. Referees interpreted that as UCLA choosing to kick off, and Arizona State got the ball to start the game and to start the second half. On Monday, the Pac-12 said that a conference official met with Athletic Director Dan Guerrero at halftime and explained that the referees had acted properly. The official brought the same message to Mora postgame, according to a conference official.
October 27, 2012 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- I don't think it was too much to ask. If one has only so many days in a lifetime, and some of them must be spent watching UCLA football, then how about making them more entertaining? I brought it up following the Bruins' last game, helpful as I often am with our local coaches, reminding Jim Mora folks still weren't going to the Rose Bowl because UCLA football hasn't been much fun. Well, I had no idea he would take advice so well, as Mora made even the coin toss entertaining on what would be just a humdinger of an afternoon.