October 17, 2013 |
MORNING No. 11 South Carolina (5-1) at Tennessee (3-3) 9 a.m., ESPN Tennessee coach Butch Jones said South Carolina was as good as any team his Volunteers have faced this year. That's saying something when you consider Tennessee trailed No. 2-ranked Oregon, 59-7, after three quarters. Las Vegas bookmakers have made South Carolina about a touchdown favorite, but Jones has a right to be nervous. Last week, South Carolina crushed Arkansas, 52-7, and limited the Razorbacks to only 37 offensive plays.
October 17, 2013 |
California kids under 12 are drinking fewer sodas and sports drinks than they were a few years ago, but more teenagers are downing at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day than in 2005 to 2007, according to a report Thursday. Forty-one percent of children ages 2 to 17 drank at least one soda or other sugar-sweetened beverage a day in 2011-2012, an 11% drop from 2005-2007, the report says. Within those ages, 65% of people ages 12 to 17 drank at least one such beverage, up from 60% in 2005-2007, an increase that the report called “particularly troubling.” Among children 6 to 11, the rate of daily consumption was 32%, down from 43% in 2005-2007; and among children 2 to 5 years old, it was 19%, down from 27% in 2005-2007.
October 13, 2013 |
Can you imagine a scene in which you turn into the oak-shaded driveway of a grand country estate, pull up outside the manor house and are greeted by a row of staff standing at attention? The car door is opened, bags and vehicle are whisked off by capable hands and the head steward asks, "Madam, may I draw you a bath?" Of course you can, especially if you're a "Downton Abbey" devotee like me. You may not get blue-eyed Matthew fawning over you or have a lady's maid to up-do your hair, but a stay at New Zealand's five-star Otahuna Lodge will give you a tantalizing taste of landed gentry living.
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October 12, 2013 |
In the hills high above Ensenada, on the road to Ojos Negros, a dust-covered, mustachioed cowboy named Don Heriberto Aguilar has found the perfect life. A trip to Aguilar's rancho was not on my itinerary in Mexico. I was there to research a story, which will be coming soon, on more than three decades of good deeds performed in Baja California by the owners of Benning Violins in Studio City. But Tito Quiroz, a musician who started Ensenada's Academia Benning (which he named for his longtime mentors)
October 6, 2013 |
Although writer John Steinbeck died 45 years ago, we continue to visit Salinas, Calif. - his birthplace - and surrounding Monterey County in search of the characters and settings found in his classics "The Pastures of Heaven," "East of Eden," "Cannery Row" and "Tortilla Flat. " Although we can't find Doc, Junius Maltby or Lee Chong's grocery store, the essence of the Salinas Valley lingers in the blend of cultures, overcast skies, farming communities and locals who combine a passion for their work with a penchant for libations.
October 1, 2013 |
Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, at least one more glass a day. Frankly, I think it's great. Sure, the science behind some of her claims is somewhere between iffy and debatable. If you're not dehydrated, drinking more water won't give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office vaguely claims. But it might take up belly space that otherwise would have gone to grape soda, Red Bull or some other sugary concoction. Team Michelle won't admit this is the real agenda, insisting this is just a healthy, helpful reminder from the first lady.
September 30, 2013 |
If you are trying to cut down on the amount of wine you drink, choose a narrow glass, the experts say. And in this case, the experts are researchers, not bartenders. Drinking from a wide glass or pouring the wine while you hold the glass both might get you a heavier handed pour, the researchers from Iowa State and Cornell universities said. Unlike a bottle of beer or a shot of spirits, a glass of wine is rarely an exact measure. The scientists set out to test some of the conditions that might affect the pour.
September 19, 2013 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturay's menu of games: MORNING North Texas (2-1) at No. 9 Georgia (1-1) 9 a.m., KDOC Any wonder why the Southeastern Conference is No. 1? While the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV continue to hold subscribers hostage with their impasse, the SEC continues to spread its superiority ideology to the SoCal market via local access cable.
September 12, 2013 |
Got a kid who speaks young? Reads early? Sure, that predicts better school achievement. But - isn't there always a but? - it also could mean more frequent drinking during adolescence and young adulthood, scientists say. Researchers in Finland looked at two groups of twins in long-term studies and assessed them at different ages. “We found that differences in language development in early childhood and school age predict alcohol use behaviors in adolescence and up to young adulthood,” said Antti Latvala, a researcher at the University of Helsinki and an author of the study published online Thursday and to appear in the February 2014 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.