September 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Congress is considering commemorative coins to honor the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mark Twain and the centennial of Mother's Day. Now a group of lawmakers wants some change. Specifically, they want some of proceeds from the coin sales to help erase Washington's red ink. They contend that commemorative coins are being used to circumvent the congressional ban on lawmakers earmarking funds for pet projects. Under their legislation, Congress could still issue commemorative coins, but any proceeds - after paying for the coin's production - would go to deficit reduction "instead of becoming a money-maker for private entities," said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)
September 20, 2012 |
In terms of the NFL's possible return to Los Angeles, there are two ways to interpret Phil Anschutz's putting AEG up for sale. Farmers Field is either going to be fast-tracked or wind up on the conceptual scrap heap with dozens of other failed stadium dreams. At this point, no one knows which way it will go - not the NFL, and not even AEG. On one hand, taking Anschutz out of the equation is a good thing. In the eyes of the NFL, his demands were unreasonable. He wanted a big chunk of a team at a deep discount - hey, he'd be providing the stadium, after all - and no owner was willing to do that deal.
September 17, 2012 |
Northern Nevada officials say there's a lesson here of a Howard Hughes ilk: You can never judge a person's worth by the kind of life he or she leads. Authorities in Carson City recently made an astounding discovery in the home of a local recluse whose body was found in his residence. Walter Samaszko Jr. had left only $200 in his bank account. But hidden throughout the house were other treasures - including gold bars and coins valued at $7 million. “You never anticipate running into anything like this,” Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover told the Los Angeles Times.
September 8, 2012 |
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Making a play for veterans and evangelical voters in this conservative military community, Mitt Romney on Saturday accused President Obama of straying from the nation's guiding principles. After spontaneously reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in his speech, Romney referred to the fact that U.S. coins bear the motto "In God we trust" and said he would resist any move to change that. "For me, the Pledge of Allegiance and placing our hand over our heart reminds us of the blood that was shed by our sons and daughters fighting for our liberty and sharing liberty with people around the world," Romney said.
August 27, 2012 |
Fans of the long-running "Super Mario Bros. " series have now had about a week to explore the 80-plus stages and six worlds of Nintendo's latest addition to its popular franchise. Some, perhaps, have no doubt even bested the game's challenge of accruing 1 million coins. Full disclosure: This reviewer is not one of them. But "New Super Mario Bros. 2" is a blast to explore regardless of Mario's in-game class level. Games in the "Super Mario Bros. " series -- whether they carry the "New" title or not -- have become staples of consistency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2012 |
The bootleg DVD hawkers, the panhandlers and the pregnant women with toddlers pulling on their arms had all gone home. The TV went off, and it was just me, the attendant and a young man with a duffel bag full of clothes. I was at a 24-hour coin laundry in Westlake trying to figure out why on earth anyone would do laundry in the middle of the night. I'd been assured the parking lot would be closed and only people with laundry would be admitted. We were mere blocks from what used to be big bad MacArthur Park, site of a notorious "open-air drug bazaar," as authorities liked to call it during the crack epidemic.
July 4, 2012 |
Scientists continue to celebrate the announcement Wednesday that in all probability, the long-sought Higgs boson - a.k.a. the “God particle” - has been detected at a European atom-smasher outside Geneva. For the physics community as a whole, it's a confirmation of its theories about why there is mass in the universe. For one particular physicist, it means that a payoff of rare chocolate coins is in the offing. In 2005, MIT physicists Frank Wilczek and Janet Conrad made a friendly wager.
June 25, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Bobby Kersee could not help but appreciate the irony Sunday as he watched Italy and England break a tie immediately with penalty kicks in their quarterfinal match at the European soccer championships. That was happening while U.S. officials still were struggling to find a tiebreaker for third place in the women's 100-meter final at the Olympic track and field trials - almost 20 hours after the race ended Saturday. Even if the situation involving two athletes whom Kersee coaches is apparently unprecedented, the fact that officials never foresaw it, quickly botched it and dithered over resolving it seemed once again to underline the sad truth that the only amateurs left in Olympic sports are those who run them.
June 5, 2012
If the phrase “kill screen” makes your blood percolate, then Insert Coin(s) is probably the place for you. The self-described “videolounge gamebar” combines the three essential Ds: drinking, dancing and Donkey Kong. Warm up those thumbs while a waitress supplies you with gaming juice (or, as it's known in nongaming circles, booze). After you've tired of trying to break your high score on Ms. Pac Man, head to the dance floor, where some of Sin City's top local deejays will keep you bouncing well past your bedtime.
April 22, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. 'Free' gas - A federal judge has ordered a company to stop a marketing scheme in which consumers were promised "free gas for life" if they purchased a book online, the Federal Trade Commission said. Consumers who attempted to buy the book ended up being charged a monthly fee for an online magazine and did not receive the promised free gasoline, the FTC said. Under the court order, the Green Millionaire website can no longer offer "free" products and must clearly disclose how much consumers will be charged for its products.