January 29, 2014 |
A classic clash of man and nature will unfold next month as paddle boarders compete in the “Stand Up World Tour,” which returns to Oahu's North Shore. The winter months bring dramatic surfs to Oahu 's North Shore, and the world's best stand-up paddle boarders plan to seize the opportunity in a Feb. 8-16 competition as conditions allow. Male participants will compete off Sunset Beach ; women's events will be at the nearby Turtle Bay Resort . “Stand-up paddle boarding is an extension of surfing,” said Tristan Boxford, chief executive of the Waterman League , which sponsors the event.
January 25, 2014 |
Steven Holcomb, the veteran bobsled champion, and Kate Hansen, a promising slider in the luge, made it a banner day for U.S. competitors in season-ending World Cup competitions on Saturday. Holcomb became the seventh two-man bobsled pilot in World Cup history to win a second season title when he and brakeman Curt Tomasevicz finished seventh in Konigssee, Germany, on Saturday. Hansen became the first American to win a major singles luge competition since 2009 and a World Cup event since 1997 when she took the victory in Sigulda, Latvia.
January 17, 2014 |
It is, Kristen Stewart agrees, just like falling in love. "It's just a very familiar, necessary feeling when you read a script you want to do," the actress says, coming alive at just the memory. "I've gone with my gut, taken a lot of the thinking away, and been very lucky. "As an artist," she continues, her energy rising, "If you view what you do as product, you'll never do anything true to yourself, never do anything you're proud of. I've never thought, 'My career should go in this direction.' There's no way to be tactical for me. " PHOTOS: Sundance Film Festival 2014 | The Scene Stewart got that familiar feeling when she read writer-director Peter Sattler's script for "Camp X-Ray," which has its debut Friday as part of the Sundance Film Festival's dramatic competition.
January 16, 2014 |
In a bit of life imitating Aesop's fables, a tortoise has beaten a hare in a skiing competition in China. Yes, that first line is real. (And OK, so it wasn't a hare but a pet rabbit; it still could do the long jump.) The contest, held at Sanmenxia in central China's Henan province, calls on sports enthusiasts to enter the race along with a furry friend. The weirder the pet, the more points the owner is given. PHOTOS: Amazing images from 2014 so far The 40 human contestants were allowed to place their animals on either skis or sledges, or simply lead the animal during competition.
January 11, 2014 |
BOSTON -- Will there be a bump in the night that creates controversy when U.S. Figure Skating announces Sunday which two pairs it is sending to the 2014 Olympics? It will, of course, be pretty much a tempest in a domestic teapot, given the low standing of U.S. pairs in international competition. Given the non-specific nature of the USFS Olympic selection rules, it is possible Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, who took second overall after Saturday afternoon's free skate at the U.S. Championships, could be bumped in favor of Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who finished third by .29 but have a more impressive international record.
January 8, 2014 |
The Foothill League has long been known for its success in football and baseball, but basketball teams are more than holding their own this season. League play doesn't begin until next week, and it should be a competitive league season. Canyon Country Canyon is the big surprise at 15-1. Dean Hendrix-Davis and Ben Taufahema have been having big seasons. Newhall Hart is 12-1 and considered the league favorite behind guards Lewis Stallworth and Myles Franklin. Valencia is 12-4 and will be tough to beat.
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January 6, 2014 |
The creator of the General Educational Development test, long the measure of high school equivalency for dropouts, has unveiled a revamped computer-only exam that has spurred competition from two other test providers letting students decide which format they prefer. The new version of the 71-year-old GED, which debuted last week, for the first time does away with pencil-to-paper test sheets. The exam is also meant to be more rigorous and places a greater focus on job readiness than high school equivalency.
January 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit. Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000. Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring hometown Republican congressman and former lumberjack champion Sean P. Duffy, for a donation of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per political action committee. Or join Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey)
January 4, 2014 |
Taylor Swift energetically paced the room of her West Hollywood hotel on a recent visit to Los Angeles. "I'm trying to outrun the jet lag," she said with a smile, looking far from ragged in her matching purple sweater and skirt. Before landing in L.A., she'd flown from Australia to London, then on to Nashville on her way back from the latest leg of her "Red" tour. But Swift, 24, is nothing if not game to be front and center for every facet of her career, so she committed to the schlep to L.A. for a Directors Guild of America screening of "One Chance," the film that's earned her a second Golden Globe Award nomination for her original song, "Sweeter Than Fiction.
January 4, 2014 |
In the lobby of the historic Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, Bob Laemmle proudly points to a wall of glass-encased photos and letters from cinema luminaries of the last half-century. "This is one of Ingmar Bergman," he says proudly, gesturing to a photo of the Swedish director, his arm around the shoulder of Bob's father, Max, taken during the 1972 premiere of "Cries and Whispers. " Next to it is a letter from the director and actor Andre Gregory, thanking Max for a party he hosted in support of the 1981 movie "My Dinner With Andre.