September 3, 2013 |
Quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek played it close to the vest on Tuesday. Receiver Marqise Lee tried, with mixed results. The USC players awkwardly attempted not to reveal the starting quarterback for Saturday's Pac-12 Conference opener against Washington State, a mystery Coach Lane Kiffin has continued for another week despite its potential for becoming a distraction. Kiffin told reporters on Sunday that he had chosen a starter, but he declined to reveal who it would be, explaining that he did not want to subject the quarterbacks to scrutiny and criticism.
September 1, 2013 |
When you fire up the backyard barbecue, friends come 'round and you're feeling pretty good at ribs or chicken. Maybe you are ready for the big time: competition barbecue? For anyone who's tempted, the place to be Sunday was Paramount Studios for the Los Angeles Times' The Taste, where a panel of experts talked with Noelle Carter, The Times' Test Kitchen manager, about how they got their starts and what keeps them in the running. For people who are great at one meat, listen up: Every competitor in most contests has to make chicken, ribs, pork shoulder and brisket.
August 27, 2013 |
Missy Lynn, an active-duty member of the United States Air Force and freelance makeup artist, won the NYX Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites (FACE) Awards competition on Saturday, beating out 1,000 other online beauty gurus for the title of Beauty Vlogger of the Year. The 23-year-old Louisiana native submitted this video, showing how to create a beautiful alien face worthy of a feature film, to earn her place among the six finalists. And then she came out on top in the final, live challenge during the BeautyCon convention in Los Angeles.
August 24, 2013 |
Organizers of the Archon Genomics X-Prize called off their $10-million competition Thursday, just two weeks before teams were set to begin work on 100 high-quality human genome sequences, in 30 days, at a cost of less than $10,000 per genome. Writing in the Huffington Post , X-Prize Chief Executive Peter Diamandis said that the decision was an acknowledgment that the field of genetics didn't need the extra push of a prize competition to get inventors and scientists working on better, more affordable genome sequencing technologies.
HOME & GARDEN
August 23, 2013 |
Love lettuce wraps. Love burritos. Love the crumbs you clean from the toaster just before it's about to catch fire. So when it comes to food, I am not picky. I bust my tail - in the pool, on the trails - six days a week just to be able to eat everything within view. Otherwise I would have the same circumference as the late James Gandolfini. As Mark Twain said, "Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company. " Pick your reason, the 21st century will go down as one of extremism.
August 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Do you feel that hint of a chill starting to swirl through the housing market? The cooling is slight, but it's real. Home prices are not rising as fast in most metropolitan areas as they did earlier this year and much of 2012. Multiple-bid competitions - fierce in many places this spring and late last year - aren't as intense in many markets. Inventories of homes for sale have increased this summer, reversing near droughts of listings that helped fuel higher prices. Add in rising mortgage rates, and you've got a distinct, measurable momentum shift in the pace of the nationwide housing recovery.
August 23, 2013 |
Suppose, for the purpose of argument, that by the time you read this Time Warner Cable and CBS have settled their schoolyard dispute over transmission fees, and your CBS and Showtime shows are available again on your Time Warner cable box. Problem solved, right? No. The problem's just beginning. I bet you know it, though you may not know you know it. Let's say that as a Time Warner Cable residential customer, you made up for the loss of CBS programming by watching more on Netflix.
August 13, 2013 |
After years of airline mergers that have dramatically reduced choices for travelers, the U.S. Justice Department has sued to halt what would be the largest airline marriage in U.S. history. The Justice Department joined six states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit Tuesday to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines. If successful, the government could slow a consolidation craze that has dramatically cut the number of major U.S. carriers. A US Airways-American Airlines merger would create the world's largest airline, with more than 100,000 workers and 187 million passengers a year.
August 10, 2013 |
The "Arab Spring" may not have succeeded in bringing democracy to the Middle East. But it has provided powerful evidence of a different phenomenon: the illusion of U.S. influence over governments we once considered our clients. Take Egypt. Before 2011, the Bush and Obama administrations tried to nudge the autocratic Hosni Mubarak toward democracy; Mubarak ignored the advice. Last year, the Obama administration pleaded (gently) with the freely elected Mohamed Morsi to make his Muslim Brotherhood government more inclusive; Morsi ignored the advice.
August 9, 2013 |
Cocktail connoisseurs will converge on the Big Island on Aug. 17 in search of the best mai tai at a Big Island festival devoted to the drink. The mai tai - a rum-based, coconut and pineapple-flavored drink - is an island favorite. About 20 mixologists from around the world will be blending their recipes at the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival as they seek the top prize of $10,000. The mix-off will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m at the Royal Kona Resort . The panel of celebrity judges includes Philip “Ippy” Alona , a local restaurateur and competitor on Food Network's “ Chopped ”; hockey player T.J. Gorence of the Philadelphia Flyers ; and Mark Nigbur, master distiller for Sammy's Beach Bar Rum , which is produced on Maui.