October 8, 2013 |
In the months immediately following Nicolas Maduro's election as president of Venezuela, he seemed to want to prove the naysayers wrong. I had been one of them, calling Hugo Chavez's designated heir-apparent "viscerally anti-American" in an opinion piece for this newspaper in 2012. Because of the strained relations between the two countries, neither has had an ambassador at its embassy since late 2010. But there were some encouraging signs. In June, two months after he was elected, Maduro sent his personal friend and political ally, Calixto Ortega, to Washington as the charge d'affaires (acting ambassador)
September 16, 2013 |
A resurrected Revolutionary War hero, a double-ax-wielding horseman (headless), ghost trees, Colonial witches, horned beasts, ancient priests, a sassy female cop and at least one Starbucks joke? Long before Tom Mison's fit and dashing Ichabod Crane got around to mentioning (oh yes, he did) the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, I was hopelessly, hopefully hooked on "Sleepy Hollow," Fox's new literate if historically zany spook-fest of a police procedural. Too much going on in the pilot, you say?
September 14, 2013 |
With macho-sounding names like Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and the Spartan Race, obstacle course races have turned mud, sweat and tears into a flood of revenue. Over the last year, obstacle races have surpassed marathons in popularity, with an estimated 1.6 million participants paying hefty fees to slosh through mud pits, crawl under barbed wire, scale 10-foot walls and plunge into troughs of ice water. Course organizers are raking in millions of dollars in the process. But race organizers and participants say the adrenaline-pumping races may have reached a crucial point, with course designers now forced to dream up new obstacles and themes or risk losing the novelty that has driven the hugely profitable sport.
September 4, 2013 |
Football is serious business but offers enough unintentionally funny moments to occasionally split your sides. Labor Day weekend's laugh track featured California's coaching staff accusing the opponent of faking injuries to slow down its offense. Now wasn't that rich, as in Rodriguez. First-year Cal Coach Sonny Dykes, who led the nation's highest flying offense last year at Louisiana Tech, thought Northwestern players were purposely cramping up to cramp Cal's style - and the fact that Cal somehow managed to run 99 plays in a 44-30 loss didn't dampen the premise.
August 15, 2013 |
Most electric vehicles are best used as second cars, given their short range and long recharging times. Now comes the Innova Dash -- a "third car" that lies somewhere between a golf cart and a passenger vehicle. “It's meant to be more of a third-car option than a primary vehicle,” said Marta Cyhan, Innova's U.S. managing director. “This is for people to try out, rather than [opt for] complete substitution.” PHOTOS: Plugging in: Electric cars Innova, an early-stage company based in Oak Brook, Ill., starts taking orders on the mini-electric car today and expects to deliver them starting in October.
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August 7, 2013 |
The jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing was at an estimated $425 million, sparking a dash to buy tickets in Southern California. Since California joined the game in April, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said, enormous jackpots have become more common. About a month after California joined the $2 game, a Powerball jackpot climbed to about $600 million, setting a record for the game. Quiz: Test your knowledge of Powerball The massive jackpot up for grabs Wednesday has been rolling since late June.