CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 |
Past the neatly coordinated neighborhoods, the master-planned homes and immaculate lawns, on an old military runway in Irvine, a community that imagines life on a smaller scale has taken root. There, hundreds of college students from across the U.S., Canada and Europe have designed and built 19 solar-powered homes in a unique competition to see which will emerge as the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is a rigorous competition - the rule book is 68 pages long and regulates everything from acceptable average interior temperature (71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit)
October 6, 2013 |
Hide the children, close the shades, batten down the hatches - a grueling five-week football survival test begins Friday night. It's called playing in the Trinity League. "It's five weeks of sheer, unadulterated fun," said Bruce Rollinson, Santa Ana Mater Dei's coach. "Last man standing. " The opening games should produce large crowds and intense play: Bellflower St. John Bosco (5-0) vs. Santa Margarita (3-2) at Saddleback College; San Juan Capistrano JSerra (5-0) vs. Orange Lutheran (5-0)
October 4, 2013 |
Solar Decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy biennial student competition to design and build modern sustainable houses, was forced to close temporarily on Friday because of the Santa Ana winds whipping through the competition site at the Great Park in Irvine. About 1:30 p.m., however, officials said the houses would reopen for public touring around 2:30 this afternoon. Portions of the related green design expo remained temporarily closed Friday. [ Update: The green design expo reopened Saturday.]
October 4, 2013 |
Sell your oven. Empty your cupboards. There's no need for a mixer or food processor. Keep the fridge for drinks, and maybe the blender. Eating has never been easier. The trick? Bars, bars and more bars. Vegan, chocolate, gluten-free, low-glycemic, raw, sugar-free, nutty, crunchy, gooey, for kids, for weightlifters, familiar old granola bars. Packed with protein, fiber, super-fruits - even some with sugar and fat. Bars for pregnant women, and the YaffBar that's for you and your mutt to share.
October 3, 2013 |
The Pac-12 has become the conference of East Coast night owls and insomniacs. That's the best-case scenario. Or the conference, which has had several games go well past midnight in the Eastern and Central time zones, is missing out on influencing polls and awards nationally. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott chose the night owl theory, saying, "Truth is, they rate well. We get a lot of attention because there's not a lot that is going on. " Except sleep, maybe.
October 2, 2013 |
“The X Factor” has been off to a rocky start this season. The fledgling competition has y et to deliver on the hype creator Simon Cowell lobbed upon the media before the show premiered in 2011. Unlike “American Idol,” Cowell's first stateside swing at picking music talent, “X Factor” hasn't proved beneficial to its winners. Season 1 champ Melanie Amaro has issued only a handful of coolly received singles, and last year's winner, Tate Stevens, “parted ways” with his label after his debut didn't make much of a splash.
October 2, 2013 |
On the eve of announcing a widely anticipated bid for Texas governor, Democrat Wendy Davis is trailing her main GOP rival but starts the race within shouting distance, according to a new poll. Republican Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott leads Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, 29% to 21% in the survey, outside the poll's margin of error. But the race is clearly in the formative stage; half of those sampled were undecided. Davis, 50, burst onto the national scene in June after leading a filibuster that temporarily stopped passage of strict abortion restrictions.
September 30, 2013 |
Make the rounds in the Dodgers' clubhouse and this becomes clear: The players like Don Mattingly. They really, really like him. Players smile when they talk about him. They laugh when they share stories about him. They sound proud that he'll be leading them Thursday in the opening game of the National League division series against the Atlanta Braves, his first playoff game in three years as Dodgers manager. But the Mattingly the players know isn't the same person the public sees, a laid-back, self-effacing Midwesterner.
September 23, 2013 |
Eminem asks for a jar of Gundelsheim pickles at every gig, Katy Perry loves flowers, but “absolutely no carnations” and The Foo Fighters prefer vegetarian soup choices since “meaty soups make roadies fart. " Tour riders - an inventory of incredibly specific, non-negotiable requirements artists provide venues before an appearance -- have long provided fodder for music writers looking to gape at the sometimes bizarre demands or rock stars (the Smoking Gun has a treasure trove of them, including Van Halen's holy grail list of needs )
September 23, 2013 |
Following the success of shows as disparate as "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Scandal," our nation's capital has become the thrilling center of the universe, and politics has become the new police precinct. Two of the more anticipated shows of this fall season, "Hostages" on CBS and "The Blacklist" on NBC, follow D.C.-based stories and face off, beginning Monday at 10 p.m. Which is so bad for "Hostages"; though it gets points for ambition, "The Blacklist" blows it out of the water.