June 14, 2012 |
A triumph of genial impudence over good sense and better taste, "Rock of Ages"is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. Blessed with unstoppable energy, an undeniably bawdy sense of fun and Tom Cruise in backless leather pants, it takes songs you may never have loved and turns them into a musical that's easy to enjoy. Those tunes, undying anthems like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," come courtesy of the 2009 musical tribute to 1980s rock that was nominated for five Tonys and is still playing on Broadway.
April 11, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — How does a 28-year-old make $400 million in 18 months? With the right idea at the right time in mobile apps for smartphones. Kevin Systrom won the start-up sweepstakes this week when Facebook Inc. said it would pay $1 billion in cash and stock for his photo-sharing app maker, which has a loyal following of 30 million users but never made a dime. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called Systrom to personally negotiate the deal for the social media giant, which is expected to fetch a valuation of $100 billion as soon as next month when it begins selling shares to the public.
January 9, 2012
My husband and I got a kick out of the My Turn article ["A Penny for Your Walks? Count on It. " Jan. 2]. We are daily outdoor walkers who have discovered the same incentive as Jack Russell. We have found everything from pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters on our 3-mile excursions to paper money including $1, $5, $10 and $20. It doesn't happen often, but it makes each walk an adventure. We think of the coins as pennies from heaven, dropped by my father-in-law who also walked and picked up coins before he passed away.
December 10, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich maintains his record in the private sector did not include lobbying. But rival Ron Paul charged that he had personally profited from taxpayers' money in his work for Freddie Mac. "He was earning a lot of money from Freddie Mac while I was fighting over a decade to try to explain to people where the housing bubble was coming from,” Paul said during the GOP debate in Iowa. "I think you probably got some of our taxpayers' money. " Gingrich and Mitt Romney entered tonight's debate as arguably the two leading candidates.
November 1, 2011 |
The rate of preterm births has been getting better overall, but the U.S. still gets a "C" grade on the March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card. The report, issued Tuesday, shows that the country's preterm birth rate has been decreasing since 2006, when it was 12.8%. In 2009 that rate was 12.2%, but still short of the March of Dimes' goal of 9.6% by 2020. Almost every state showed some improvement from 2006 to 2009, with 16 states receiving a grade of B (including California)
October 7, 2011 |
In the oppressively ruminative indie "How I Got Lost," floundering sportswriter Jake (Jacob Fishel) and his cynically aggressive Wall Street buddy Andrew (Aaron Stanford) are twentysomethings in a perpetually floating angst a year after 9/11. Spurred by Andrew's belief that their life plans are at the root of their problems, the pair escape New York for seemingly no reason. But their stop in rural Ohio reveals a certain emotionally motivated determination on Andrew's part, while Jake's romantic woes over a mysterious beauty he left behind begin healing when he meets a single-mom waitress (Rosemarie DeWitt)
HOME & GARDEN
September 17, 2011 |
Kristan Cunningham wasn't too thrilled with the house-for-lease listing photos, but the address was near architectural greatness — Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House on the hillside above and his Hollyhock House visible in the distance. "This was the one property I was least interested in seeing, but once we went inside, I didn't make it farther than the living room," Cunningham says, describing how she was instantly taken by the interiors. Her partner of 15 years, Scott Jarrell, went upstairs.
August 7, 2011 |
The Angels are one of the richest and most successful franchises in Major League Baseball — in fact, in all pro sports. They're valued by Forbes at $554 million (up 6% from a year ago), carry the fourth-largest player payroll in the major leagues, and at this point in the season rank fifth in per-game attendance. As they're very much in the hunt for their division lead, it's quite possible that lucrative post-season games will be added to the schedule. So why are they trying to nickel-and-dime their stadium ushers, ticket sellers and janitors?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- The "Bordeaux red" 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, with heated leather seats and a $39,975 price tag, wasn't intended to be an airport taxi. Taxpayers bought the car last year to serve as state Sen. Sam Blakeslee's full-time ride - a perk granted to California lawmakers at public expense. But the San Luis Obispo Republican soon had a change of heart. With many Californians hurting during a tough economy, his office tried to cancel the request. According to state records and interviews, the local dealership scoffed.
July 12, 2011 |
Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of a wide range of birth defects, including skull defects, missing or deformed limbs, clubfoot, cleft palate, protrusion of the gastrointestinal system through the skin and heart problems, according to the first major study to examine the incidence of such risks. Smoking during pregnancy is already well known for increasing the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight and premature birth, said Dr. Allan Hackshaw of the University College London Cancer Institute, who led the study, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update.