September 7, 2013 |
Is it time for a stellar identity crisis? Astronomers studying cold brown dwarfs have found that the boundary between star and planet might be much blurrier than once thought. These strange 'failed' stars, described online in the journal Science, could help shed light on the atmospheres of distant exoplanets. Scientists have managed to find out a lot about stars and their atmospheres by studying their light, including their temperatures and their distances. But that's easier said than done for exoplanets: The operating ground rules are very different between a massive, hot, bright star and a very small, cool, dark planet.
August 15, 2013 |
Gov. Jerry Brown, his investigative panel and a San Francisco Superior Court judge appear to be of one mind: A renewed strike against the Bay Area Rapid Transit District would jeopardize and harm the public's health, safety and welfare. Thus, the court ordered a 60-day injunction against a strike, as provided for by California labor law, until midnight Oct. 10. In most public transit labor disputes, unless binding arbitration is substituted for the injunction, state intervention is unlikely to solve the deeper problems and may only put off an eventual work stoppage.
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August 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court unanimously rejected an attempt Wednesday to revive Proposition 8, ending the pending legal challenges over the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage. The state high court's decision, made in closed conference, does not foreclose future attempts in other courts to stop the marriages, though the chance of any new bid succeeding appeared dim. The court issued its decision in a brief order that did not explain the justices' reasoning.
June 25, 2013 |
Broadway will dim its lights Wednesday to honor James Gandolfini, the "The Sopranos” star and Tony nominee who died last week at the age of 51. The Broadway League announced Tuesday that theater marquees will go dark for one minute at 8 p.m. Gandolfini, best known for playing New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos,” also starred on stage. In 2009, he earned a best actor Tony nod for his role in Yasmina Reza's comedy "God of Carnage,” which two years later was produced at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre.
May 23, 2013 |
Every element of Ingmar Bergman's 1961 film “Through a Glass Darkly” - the performances, the plot, even the scenery in Faro, Sweden - seems to exist solely to express his singular artistic vision. Anybody can rent it, and the story of a woman vacationing with her family, descending into hereditary insanity, seducing her teenage brother and envisioning God as a giant spider isn't really one of those perennial crowd-pleasers that cry out for multiple platforms. So why adapt it for the stage?
April 28, 2013 |
Superman can be stupid? The things we learn watching the young develop. And hopefully that's all this is, Yasiel Puig, growing up and having a rough moment along the way. Remember, Puig is only 22, stupid rich, in a foreign country, on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb, and no doubt bored out of his mind. Which in absolutely no way is intended to excuse his arrest on reckless driving charges . Hopefully this is simply a shock, a lesson learned, a one-time mistake.