CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1992
The new 29-cent stamp picturing the White House and the American flag is both beautiful and patriotic. As a symbol of distress, I place these stamps on my letters upside down. All the world knows that displaying a country's flag upside down is a sign of disaster. Let's all affix our stamps this way as long as there is a Republican in the White House. ERNEST A. BECKER Fullerton
January 15, 2012 |
It's been nearly 15 years since his last feature, but the influence of writer-director Whit Stillman, the indie auteur who assayed the social and emotional mores of an urban haute bourgeoisie with his films "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco," has only grown, his talky nuance and spiky affection becoming more resonant with time. Which makes the new "Damsels in Distress" both such a welcome return and somewhat of an unexpected departure. Pitched as something of an old-fashioned campus comedy, the film, set to open in March, follows a group of coeds led by the determined Violet (Greta Gerwig)
October 14, 2013 |
A hug isn't a solely human impulse - bonobos do it too, to comfort distressed peers or to make up after a fight. Now, a study at a Congolese sanctuary finds that young bonobos who could handle their own emotions were better at offering others a shoulder to lean on. What's more, bonobos raised by their mothers were much better at these social and emotional skills than orphaned bonobos. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, highlights the importance of mother-child bonds in developing such social and emotional abilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1990
There are kind, helpful young men in our society! While driving alone the morning of June 26 on the San Diego Freeway through the Santa Monica Mountains, my car suddenly stopped. After several cars and trucks went around me, a young man pulled up in front, offered to call the CHP on his phone and immediately drove off. Next a van stopped, three young men jumped out and pushed my car across an on-ramp to the shoulder. They jumped back into their vehicle and off they went. The CHP arrived and called the Automobile Assn.
March 21, 1986 |
A distress call from a yacht reported to be sinking with 10 people aboard sent the Coast Guard searching Thursday up and down the coast and in four ports, but no signs of the boat or crew were found. A Coast Guard spokesman described the distress call as unusual and said no record of the boat had been found.
September 8, 2008 |
The products: Humans have long believed in an almost magical connection between strong flavors and good health. The burn from the hot pepper? It must be energizing the body. The pungent tang of a raw oyster? It must be energizing a very particular part of the body. And the zingy sweetness of an Indian curry? For centuries, people in India have believed that the spice turmeric can ease digestive distress and arthritis. In recent years, scientists have taken an intense interest in curcumin, a bright-yellow compound in turmeric that seems to fight inflammation -- in test tubes and lab rodents, at least.