February 28, 2013 |
So lionized in Europe that France put him on a postage stamp but almost unknown in this country except to left- and right-wing zealots who either esteem or excoriate him, Mumia Abu-Jamal would be the perfect subject for an investigative documentary that explored his life and thought with a calm and even hand. "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary" is not that film. Instead, filmmaker Stephen Vittoria has presented Abu-Jamal as a revered revolutionary who is in it for the long haul, someone whose extraordinary qualities are so much a given that he becomes an object of awe and wonder.
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January 10, 2013 |
Richard McWilliam, hailed for revolutionizing the trading card and sports memorabilia industry as a co-founder and chief executive officer of Carlsbad-based Upper Deck Co., has died. He was 59. McWilliam died Saturday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe. While no cause of death has been announced, the company noted that McWilliam had a history of heart disease and had undergone heart surgery in 2008. McWilliam co-founded Upper Deck in 1989 and immediately set about challenging the leaders of an industry whose origins date to the late 19th century, when cards with pictures of baseball players were sold in packs of chewing tobacco.
December 15, 2012 |
When I was a diehard vegetarian a number of years ago, packaged meat alternatives were slim pickings at best. Sure, you could find the occasional veggie "burger" or "hot dog," but there was no comparison to the real thing. Burned enough times, I grew wary of anything masquerading as meat. Especially a tofu "roast" during the holidays. Meat fanatic that I am nowadays, unless a tofu roast was studded with bacon, I probably wouldn't give it a second glance. But when I saw the Holiday Hazelnut Cranberry Roast en Croute from Field Roast, I was curious . I decided to give a few of their products a try: the holiday roast (hazelnut-infused grain "meat" stuffed with Field Roast sausage, ginger, cranberries and apples, then wrapped in puff pastry)
December 14, 2012 |
Eleven salty dogs are sailing the waters of the Hawaiian Islands through Wednesday, making a splash aboard the Golden Princess cruise ship. They're strolling the Promenade deck, hanging out in the Donatello dining room and playing chase in the kids' park on Deck 15. What's more, most of these lucky canines are experienced sailors with several cruises under their belts, er, collars. Most of them have something else in common. They're graduates of the Guide Dogs for the Blind program.
December 12, 2012 |
Pope Benedict XVI kicked off his own Twitter account Wednesday with style, sending his first tweet using an iPad and his next six using TweetDeck. Tweeting from the Vatican, the 85-year-old leader of the Catholic church sat down at a table to tap away his 140-character tweet using the Twitter for iPad app. "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," Pope Benedict XVI tweeted from his @pontifex account. QUIZ: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
December 11, 2012 |
The Mexican American banda singer Jenni Rivera was a major star in the Spanish-speaking world. She was poised to become a multicultural star too. Already the star of the popular bilingual cable reality show "I Love Jenni," she had recently filmed her first English-language feature movie and was on deck to produce - and star in - a pilot for an ABC television series loosely based on her life. The Long Beach-born pop singer also had introduced her own makeup line, and a perfume, Jenni by Jenni Rivera, sold at Sears, and had partnered with NuMe on a line of expensive blow dryers and flat irons.
November 2, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Is it rude when an investor in the middle of a pitch grabs your Powerpoint presentation and flips through it? "It is rude probably," colorful Silicon Valley angel investor Dave McClure said. But McClure does precisely that when British brother-and-sister team Ben and Hermione Way, cast members on Bravo's new reality television show "Start-ups: Silicon Valley," hit him up in the series' first episode to back their lifestyle and fitness company -- with cameras in tow. They brought along their "pitch deck," the Powerpoint presentation that an entrepreneur shows an investor.
October 11, 2012 |
If the Oakland Athletics reach the American League championship series, the tarps that cover the third deck of their stadium will be removed, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday. "If they advance, they are going to take them off," Selig said. The A's play host to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night, in the fifth and final game of the American League division series. The winner advances to the ALCS. The A's won Tuesday and Wednesday, with the tarps on and sold-out crowds of 36,067 each night.
October 10, 2012 |
Twitter announced a TweetDeck redesign Wednesday that gives the app for reading and organizing tweets a look more closely resembling the rest of the microblogging service. The redesign is TweetDeck's first major aesthetic change since being acquired by Twitter early last year. Twitter said it has made TweetDeck's dark layout cleaner and clearer while also adding a second, lighter theme to the service, which is more in line with Twitter's look. The light theme uses a white background with Twitter's traditional blue throughout.
October 8, 2012 |
A Philadelphia wedding brawl that involved guests from more than one wedding and ended with one man dead of a heart attack was caught on video by a disgruntled hotel guest. Matt Schultz, a guest of the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, took the video, posted Sunday on YouTube, over a balcony looking down on the hotel bar. He complains about the noise on his birthday. Then he asks, "Did they just deck the bride? ... They just decked the bride!" The scene is one of mass confusion and violence.