June 6, 2012 |
Here's a way to beat the high price of gas on your next road trip to Las Vegas: Take a bus, specifically a bus-hotel package. GotoBus.com offers a bus tour that includes two nights in Vegas and a day spent touring the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The cost is $99 per person -- and a third person goes free. The deal: Two people pay $99 each and score the free third spot. You all have to stay in the same hotel room, but it's an inexpensive way to go -- particularly with all the sightseeing stops included (provided you like to pack a lot into your vacation days)
March 4, 2013 |
“Downton Abbey" is going to look quite different when it returns for a fourth season. On Friday Siobhan Finneran -- better known to fans as O'Brien, Lady Grantham's constantly scheming, severely coiffed maid -- confirmed that she is leaving the beloved costume drama. Finneran follows co-stars Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay out the door, though it seems likely her character will do so under less tragic circumstances than theirs: In the Season 3 finale, O'Brien was jockeying hard for a new job that would allow her to see more of the world.
March 13, 2013 |
The crowd at New York's legendary Comedy Cellar is always primed for high-profile drop-ins like Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld. But this was different. Dave Chappelle was in New York - and on stage. Chappelle, one of the country's most sought-after yet reclusive comedians after walking away in 2005 from his still-influential Comedy Central show, spent three recent nights onstage at the Cellar, sometimes joined by friends, including Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans and Paul Mooney.
February 23, 2013 |
A decade ago, as Ford engineers prepared the next-generation Mustang, they stared down an inescapable truth: The best Mustangs were built in the 1960s. So they set out to build a brand-new 1968 Mustang fastback, wrapping modern technology in retro sheet metal. That strategy carried its own risks, like asking the Rolling Stones to rerecord "Exile on Main Street. " It's clear now that it worked brilliantly, setting off an unlikely second coming of the muscle car era. In a familiar stampede, Chevrolet and Dodge - which scrambled in the '60s to make their own "pony cars" - followed Ford's lead again with refried versions of the original Camaro and Challenger.
March 11, 2013 |
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson will set sail on three " Dancing With the Stars: At Sea" cruises offered this year by Holland America Line . Passengers will see Johnson, who won four medals in Beijing in 2008 and was a "DWTS" champ in 2009, perform aboard ship and appear at photo and autograph sessions during two weeklong sailings to Alaska and one to Canada and New England . Mark Ballas, Johnson's winning partner on "DWTS," will...
May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In spring 2010, agents in the Cincinnati office of the Internal Revenue Service, which handles applications for tax-exempt status, faced a surge of filings by new advocacy groups, with little guidance on how to treat them. Their decision to deal with the problem by singling out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny has now triggered a criminal inquiry, congressional investigations, the departure of two top IRS officials and the naming of a new acting commissioner Thursday.
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May 10, 2013 |
In a major case of academic poaching involving crosstown rivals, USC has lured away two prominent neuroscientists from UCLA with a promise to expand their internationally renowned lab that uses brain imaging techniques to study Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, autism and other disorders. Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson will move to the USC Keck School of Medicine campus next fall, along with scores of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staffers who now work at UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, known as LONI.
March 25, 2013 |
Since being rescued from the scrap heap two years ago after it was canceled by the CW, "The Game" has proved to be a winner for BET. The football-themed series scored record ratings in its 2011 cable debut, remains the channel's top-rated series, and with "Real Husbands of Hollywood" anchors BET's scripted comedy slate. But as it kicks off its sixth season Tuesday, "The Game" is reeling from the loss of its two MVPs: Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Pooch Hall. Though she is punching up the series with new cast members, creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil admitted that dealing with the absence of what she called "the heart" of "The Game" has been a formidable challenge, forcing the show into its third reboot in six years.
April 16, 2013 |
“The Nance,” a new play that deals in sexual identity on and offstage, opened Monday at the Lyceum Theater. Two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane stars as Chauncey Miles, a performer during the dying days of burlesque who plays up effeminate gay stereotypes for a laugh. In the 1930s, straight men usually (and safely) played these stock characters -- known as nances -- except in Chauncey's case. The play, written by Douglas Carter Beane (“Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella” “The Little Dog Laughed”)
September 6, 2012 |
Dorothy Lucey said her voice may have done her in. Lucey, who exited Fox 11's morning news show "Good Day L.A. " last May in a bittersweet ouster after 17 years, is speaking out about her departure, saying it was marked by "blood. " "It did involve blood," Lucey, whose contract was not renewed, wrote on her blog, "God and Gossip. " Lucey, who has a touch of raspiness in her voice, wrote that her new boss on the show told her that she "made his eyes bleed. Not the crusty yucky pink eye. New guy was saying when I spoke I made his eyes bleed.