CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 |
Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit commuter train Saturday, two days into a labor strike that officials warned could cripple the area's transportation system starting Monday. The workers were investigating a report of a dip in the track when a train on a routine maintenance run hit them, BART officials said. One of the deceased was a BART employee and the other was a contractor. They were not immediately identified. One was acting as a lookout while the other inspected the track, officials said.
October 12, 2013 |
Margo Martindale leans conspiratorially toward Beau Bridges on a love seat in an sparse second-story lounge at CBS Studios in the San Fernando Valley. "Where are you in 'Masters of Sex'?" she asks. Bridges' jaw drops, and his trademark bushy eyebrows flutter up in mock surprise. "What do you mean?" he gasps. "You want to know if I'm a master?" "Why, yes, I do, dah-ling !" Martindale says with an exaggerated Southern drawl and batting her eyelashes. "That's a very personal question!"
August 25, 2013 |
While some denim brands are pushing the trends this fall -- giving blue jeans motocross details, quilting finishes or leather-like coatings -- two of the biggest players are looking back instead of forward. Levi's and Gap are both mining their archives and leveraging a nostalgic longing for decades past. The most high-profile effort is Levi's relaunch of its Orange Tab collection in mid-August. Produced from 1969 through the late 1970s, the line was created as a less expensive offering for the burgeoning youth movement of the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 |
California students scored slightly lower in math and English on standardized tests this year, the first dip since 2004, in what education officials Thursday blamed in part on brutal budget cuts over the last several years. But Los Angeles Unified School District students posted small gains in math, the best performance among the state's 10 largest school districts, and had a smaller dip in English than their peers statewide. Overall, 48% of students were at grade level in English and 45% in math.
July 20, 2013 |
Paiche are enormous. Paiche have teeth on their tongues. Paiche, living fossils barely evolved since the Miocene epoch, have lungs and breathe air, which is pretty unusual for fish. Paiche are also easy to catch, a problem even in the sparsely populated Upper Amazon, where, despite laws against commercial fishing, they are becoming rare. If your experience with paiche, also called pirarucu, comes mostly from the Discovery Channel, you may be surprised to learn of the existence of the local restaurant named Paiche, where customers may be observed consuming paiche tiradito , paiche tucked into lettuce leaves, grilled paiche ribs glazed with chile and sweet miso and paiche stewed in a spicy sauce.
June 18, 2013 |
Tyler Perry was tweeting up a storm during the May premiere of "The Haves and the Have Nots," his first TV drama for OWN, the network co-owned by his longtime friend Oprah Winfrey. "Keep watching this show. It is going to BLOW YOUR MIND from week to week," tweeted Perry to his 2.5 million followers about his soap opera that revolves around a wealthy white family and the black hired help. "Now tomorrow, make sure you talk about how good this show is at your job, OK?" About a month after the launch of Perry's show - and another, a comedy called "Love Thy Neighbor" - people are still talking about the new OWN lineup, though not always positively.