January 16, 2013 |
I admit, I'm playing catch-up here, but I couldn't let another moment go by without acknowledging the Story Prize finalists, which were announced Tuesday. The three short story collections in the running are Dan Chaon's "Stay Awake," Junot Diaz's "This Is How You Lose Her" and "Battleborn" by Claire Vaye Watkins. The winner will receive a substantial prize -- $20,000. The Story Prize simultaneously announced the debut of a new prize, the Spotlight Award, designed for the Story Prize founders to single out a work due additional attention.
April 1, 2006 |
Of the 10 horses scheduled to run in the $100,000 Tokyo City Handicap today at Santa Anita, Romeo Plus is coming off the most impressive race. Making only his second start on the dirt in the U.S., the 6-year-old Argentine-bred won an optional claimer by 2 1/2 lengths on March 1. He won at the Tokyo City distance of 1 1/8 miles in his second start for trainer Paddy Gallagher.
May 29, 2004
A few weeks ago, residents of Riverside, San Jose and Ventura were understandably proud when Partners for Livable Communities named each to a widely publicized list of the nation's "Most Livable Communities." What an honor! Something that fiscally troubled municipalities can tout proudly for years to would-be residents and businesses basically without cost. Or not.
September 3, 2003 |
How many Cruz Bustamantes does it take to screw in a lightbulb? The answer to that question could decide the winner of California's recall election. As we noted two weeks ago, Bustamante's candidacy is doomed unless late-night comedians start taking him seriously enough to tell jokes about him.
September 13, 1998 |
How time flies. Has it been half a century since "Seinfeld" received its first Emmy nomination? Or does it just seem that way? Sunday is the night that the most repetitious of all awards shows expands to four hours. And with good reason: Three hours is hardly enough time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Emmys. So gather the balloons. In other words, the telecast will feature the industry congratulating itself for its half century of congratulating itself.
February 4, 2013 |
Mayan apocalypse? Avoided. Y2K anarchy? Suppressed. Gigantic asteroid hurled by the sun's gravity toward Earth? Well … Close but no cigar. Better go to Vegas, Earthlings, you're on a winning streak of avoiding disaster. In what NASA officials are calling the closest near-Earth fly-by in at least a generation, Asteroid 2012 DA14 , is expected to buzz by our blue marble on Feb. 15. The 150-foot space rock will cross from south to north in the afternoon, coming within 22,200 miles of Earth.
January 9, 2012 |
From New Orleans -- Alabama's Crimson Tide football team had been hearing the song all week, at every rally and on every street corner of this LSU hyped-up city. Hold that Tiger. Hold that Tiger. And so it did. The Crimson Tide's 21-0 victory, the first-ever shutout in a national title game, got Alabama the $30,000 crystal bowl with the Bowl Championship Series' initials on it, and the final No. 1 ranking too. It will get the Tide little more, certainly not any sort of national groundswell of support as a team of legendary greatness.
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February 26, 2002 |
The guests at the wedding of Maureen Kennedy and Brian Gillespie should douse the couple with water, not rice, on Sunday. That's because Kennedy and Gillespie are running in the L.A. Marathon, and the marriage will take place when they reach Mile 6. The Moorpark couple met at that point during the 1998 marathon. Right from the start, they learned the give-and-take of relationships. Gillespie had trouble keeping up with Kennedy in that race, so she slowed down.
February 12, 2003 |
You'd think that being nominated would be honor enough. But when Tuesday's Oscar nominees were announced, it quickly became clear that friends, acquaintances and -- especially -- those whose businesses benefit from the conferred status of celebrity patronage, felt a need, well, to kiss up. So, in addition to the coveted nod from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, nominees were instantly deluged with congratulatory gifts. A gold-monogrammed journal from Harry Winston.
November 7, 2008 |
Italy's famously impolitic Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi described U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday as "young, handsome and even tanned." Berlusconi appeared to be joking about America's first black president at a news conference after talks with Russia's president. It wasn't the only perhaps unwelcome comment about Obama's victory. In a rare conciliatory gesture, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a letter of congratulations.