August 10, 2012 |
LONDON -- The Olympics is turning into a non-event for the Lopez family, at least in taekwondo. Two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez lost his opening match Friday, beaten by Ramin Azizov of Azerbaijan in the men's under-80-kilogram event. Azizov is seeded No. 1. Lopez must now hope that Azizov keeps advancing so that Lopez can try to get back into bronze-medal contention through the repechage. Lopez said he has been bothered by an ankle injury. On Thursday, Lopez's sister, Diana, was also a first-round loser after feeling a pop in her knee during a repechage fight.
February 25, 2011 |
There's something inspiring for old-fashioned book lovers out there about an early scene in Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches" (Viking: 579 pp., $28.95). Magical creatures suddenly gather as a woman opens a legendary lost book. Never mind that most of these creatures ? vampires, daemons, witches ? are all plotting to get the book out of the hands of Diana, an American professor on a research trip in England. Menace aside, the scene is almost an hommage to the printed word: There's far more magic in an old book than in an iPad no matter how good the latter's backlighting is. "My fingers trembled when I loosened the small brass clasps?
September 18, 2005 |
THERE'S nothing like a red double-decker bus zipping down the wrong side of the street to let you know you're in London. I've always loved London's cheery behemoths but only as a symbol. When it came to getting places, I used to be strictly an Underground gal.
January 29, 1987 |
David Moller lays cradled in his 6-year-old sister Diana's arms sucking vigorously at the formula-filled bottle. David might appear a bit smaller than most other 5-month-old infants, but that's because David is a "preemie" and his delivery was not routine. The baby now sucking, burping and occasionally smiling up at Diana had made recent medical history.
August 18, 1989 |
An American intelligence officer, carrying vital knowledge about the Allies' planned invasion of Normandy, is captured and tortured by the Nazis. He wakes up in an American military hospital in Germany and learns the war has been over for two years. Or has it? Tonight's TNT cable movie "Breaking Point," at 5 p.m. and again at 7, 9 and 11 p.m., is an abundantly stylish remake of "36 Hours," the 1964 film with James Garner, Eva Marie Saint and Rod Taylor.
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June 10, 2013 |
In a office decorated with Chinese art and diagrams of body parts, Dr. George Ma cares for more than 4,000 patients. Nearly three-quarters are covered by Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for low-income Californians, and Ma said he receives $10 a month to treat most of them. This summer, when California makes a controversial 10% cut to Medi-Cal rates, he could get paid less. Ma said he didn't go into safety net medicine for the money, but he worries that the reductions will make it even harder for his patients to get medication, medical equipment and appointments with specialists.
April 13, 2013 |
When it came to mass recognition in the United States, the late Latin music star Jenni Rivera used to say she wasn't Coca-Cola, and maybe she wasn't Pepsi either. But she wasn't going to let anyone tell her she wasn't at least akin to Fanta. The sentiment - more colorfully expressed in Rivera's words according to friend and manager Pete Salgado during a recent interview in Studio City - may partly explain why the Mexican regional superstar floated under the radar of most non-Spanish-language outlets before her death last year.
May 7, 2013 |
The museum dedicated to Princess Diana will close next year and her sons Prince William and Prince Harry will be taking possession of her belongings. Diana left personal items to her brother, Earl Spencer, to be "looked after" until her sons turned 30. Her youngest, Harry, will be 30 next year. The museum's collection includes 28 dresses, two tiaras, priceless family jewelry, along with pictures, letters and home movies. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage “It will close worldwide in August 2014,” a spokesman for Diana's brother told the Telegraph.
February 19, 2012 |
Americans have long gone to China to adopt babies. In a twist, Chinese couples are now coming here to become parents — through surrogacy. China does not permit surrogate parenting, but that country's rising affluence has given many couples the option of coming to U.S. surrogacy clinics. California, with its large Chinese American community and its courts' liberal attitude toward surrogacy, is a prime destination. Jerry Zhu and Grace Sun of Beijing have so far saved $60,000 toward the expected $100,000 cost of surrogate birth.
April 29, 2011 |
After weeks of speculation that at times verged on the absurd, Catherine Middleton emerged Friday for her wedding in a gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The gown is classic-looking, in silk gazar with long intricate lace sleeves, and it will probably be a force of pop culture for years to come, influencing fashion trends and reinforcing the sociological significance of the white wedding gown. "We knew she would wear something classic, but having Sarah Burton as the designer added something modern," said Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.