May 10, 2013 |
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - They're trying. The cyclists and team managers participating in the eighth Amgen Tour of California gathered Friday at City Hall to speak about the future of the sport. Not the past. Please, not the past. At least there was no chance Lance Armstrong would be riding this year. In the past there was usually a mystery. Would Armstrong ride? He did two times, including the year Floyd Landis blew the doping side of the sport wide open by accusing Armstrong of using illegal substances on the same day that Armstrong crashed in Bakersfield and left the race limping and angry.
May 5, 2013 |
My sisters and I spent the majority of our adolescence as foster kids in Los Angeles County. We entered the system after my parents divorced. My mom, who was both poor and mentally ill, wasn't equipped to be a single parent to six young children. No one told us about the bad odds we faced. Teenage girls living in foster care are 21/2 times more likely than other girls to become pregnant by age 19. Information about sexual development, reproductive health and pregnancy prevention is not readily available, in part because none of the many individuals who interact with youths in foster care has specific responsibility for providing such education.
April 25, 2013 |
In bike-unfriendly cities such as Los Angeles, people who love cycling speak in wistful tones about a faraway place where the bike reigns supreme. Go to Amsterdam, they say. In that mecca of the bike, you will find special roads set apart for cyclists, protected from the dangerous automobile by concrete barriers. But more than that, you will find a city where biking is part of everyday life. A city where executives, working stiffs and hand-holding lovers all pedal side by side. Pete Jordan, a native Californian, went to Amsterdam several years ago on a biking pilgrimage.
April 25, 2013 |
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will play host to the first championship game in the new College Football Playoff. "The stadium itself was the biggest determiner," Bowl Championship Series Executive Director Bill Hancock said after the announcement Wednesday. "It's still THE stadium with a capital 'T'. " It helped immensely that Cowboys Stadium can seat 103,000 for football. The game will be staged Jan. 12, 2015, and marks the start of a Super Bowl-like venue rotation.
April 23, 2013 |
Payday loans often trap consumers in a cycle of debt, a new report by the federal government finds. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that the average consumer took out 11 loans during a 12-month period, paying a total of $574 in fees - not including loan principal. A quarter of borrowers paid $781 or more in fees. "There is high sustained use - which we consider to be not only when a consumer rolls over the loan, but also when he pays it off and returns very quickly to take out another one," Richard Cordray, director of the bureau, said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
April 23, 2013 |
The last vestiges of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, conceived years ago on a cocktail napkin, will be phased out this week at a swank Pasadena hotel. College football power brokers are meeting in Southern California to tie up loose BCS ends as they pin down the particulars for a new four-team playoff beginning in the 2014 season. "We've done a lot of the heavy lifting," BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said. On this week's agenda for the BCS commissioners: • Picking a name for the new system.
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April 22, 2013 |
Some brought children. Some brought friends. Alden Delos Santos brought Chihuahuas. Delos Santos, 41, carried his puppies Bianco and Sriracha in a front pack as he joined as many as 150,000 other bicycle riders in the sixth and biggest CicLAvia, a celebration of cycling, walking, in-line skating, skateboarding, scootering and any other form of transportation that requires no motor. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the burgeoning cycling event with Times reporter Samantha Schaefer.
March 16, 2013 |
NEW DELHI, India - The gang rape of a 39-year-old Swiss tourist while on a camping trip with her husband has further ratcheted up the spotlight on sexual violence in India. The woman, who had been cycling with her husband in impoverished Madhya Pradesh state in central India, was attacked by at least seven men while the couple were camping for the night, police said Saturday. The assailants also robbed the couple of $180 and a cellphone. The attack comes at a sensitive time for India.
February 22, 2013 |
Cut together from a reported 10,000 hours of footage from the BBC's natural history archives, the wildlife documentary "One Life" is a visually gorgeous, at times astonishing screen experience. Co-writer/directors Michael Gunton and Martha Holmes have crafted a vivid and immersive look at an eye-popping variety of animals - and one unique plant - from essentially birth to rebirth. Along the way, this globe-hopping journey stops for intriguing glimpses of such key life chapters as maternal nurturing, the endless quest for food, battling nature's predators, mating rituals and creating the various species' next generations.