October 21, 2012 |
A reader recently asked about car rental abroad. He was concerned that his age (80) would bar him from renting a car. It does in some countries. But an email from a reader suggested a solution to this dilemma, although this wasn't just any reader. The email said, "Throughout Canada, you can take the DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment Tool, or DCAT. This is a 45-minute cognitive assessment done on a computer, but it does not require any computer skills to perform. It is administered by a DriveABLE certified member in a physician's office.… I have done over 500 examinations at my office in the Atlanta area.
October 2, 2012 |
Yes, yes. We know what you're thinking. You looked at that headline and thought, "This man is daft. The academy doesn't honor that kind of movie. " Put aside for a moment what type of movie Oscar voters generally recognize and simply consider this question: What if best picture means just that? Best picture. And not best picture within a narrowly confined set of criteria that generally include characters with impediments or accents, preferably working in a historical epic that tackles an Important Issue or two and imparts Life Lessons just as the musical score reaches the sweet spot of its crescendo.
September 29, 2012 |
The only thing more endangered than being Arkansas' head coach is being undefeated. Stanford found out Thursday night what others will discover Saturday. The Cardinal sin of losing at Washington leaves 26 unbeatens as the season winds toward an Agatha Christie finish of "And then there was none, one, two or (God forbid) three. " Conference USA and the Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences have no unscathed schools and are eliminated from the title pool - but you knew that already.
September 16, 2012 |
Question: On a recent flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai, an older woman passenger collapsed on my lap and then on my feet. The flight crew had to bring an oxygen tank to her. It was terrifying, and I didn't know what to do. If this ever happens again, what should I do? Kevin Orbach Nantong, China Answer: The quick answer is to summon help, stay calm and do what you can, which sounds simple but isn't. What you are required to do, what you can do and what you should do are different questions, so we'll start with the easiest one first.
August 30, 2012 |
The most compelling assertion in Daniel Mendelsohn's lengthy consideration of criticism on the New Yorker's Page-Turner blog this week is the very first one: “I didn't dream of being a novelist or a poet,” he tells us. “I wanted to be a critic.” It's not that I feel the same way, exactly - for me, criticism is, as it has always been, an important component of my writing life but hardly the only one - and yet with that simple admission, Mendelsohn...
August 29, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - With just three days left in this year's legislative session, state lawmakers got a dose of the strong emotions swirling through the Capitol for and against a plan to overhaul California's century-old workers' compensation insurance program. The bill formally introduced Friday seeks to increase benefits for injured workers while cutting medical and legal costs to avoid an estimated 12.6% hike in premiums facing employers in January. At issue is a 170-page bill to revise the $17-billion system to protect injured workers that is only now beginning a fast and furious trip through the Legislature.
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Ron Paul's fiercely loyal supporters fought until the bitter end on Tuesday, challenging rule changes that weakened their delegate count at the Republican National Convention and made it harder for future candidates to re-create what the Texas congressman did in his third presidential bid. That bid ended Tuesday, when Mitt Romney was nominated by the GOP to take on President Obama. Coming into the convention, Paul didn't have anywhere near the number of delegates necessary to challenge Romney's nomination.
August 8, 2012 |
Meryl Streep will be returning to the Oscars next year -- as a presenter, not as a nominee. And, yes, it's difficult to muster any measure of sympathy or outrage over a woman who has now won three Academy Awards and received 17 nominations. But the fact that Streep likely will be roundly ignored for her deeply felt turn in the domestic drama "Hope Springs" speaks volumes to the narrow range of movies and performances that academy members reward. In "Hope Springs," Streep plays Kay, a 60ish woman dissatisfied with her marriage after 31 years.
July 25, 2012 |
LONDON — Two-time Olympic champion fencer Mariel Zagunis was selected to lead the 529-member U.S. delegation into Friday's opening ceremony as flag bearer, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced. Zagunis was chosen by a vote of members of Team USA. "I'm extremely humbled by this incredible privilege," Zagunis said. "As an athlete, I can't imagine a higher honor than to lead Team USA into the Olympic Games... " That announcement came after Michael Phelps had removed himself from consideration because his first event is Saturday morning and the opening ceremony could last until midnight Friday.
July 11, 2012
The proposal by Shell Alaska to drill for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas of the Arctic sounded from the start like a dangerous environmental prospect in a particularly fragile ecosystem. The weather provides only a brief window of opportunity for oil exploration before winter ice makes it too hazardous. Booms and skimmers, the traditional methods of containing an oil spill on the water's surface, are much less effective in those choppy, ice-flecked seas, and the usual emergency support - equipment, docks and Coast Guard vessels - are far away.