January 24, 2014 |
Every Grammy Awards telecast is a production nightmare: three-plus hours of multiple live music performances, unpredictable stage antics and rambling acceptance speeches. But this year's production, which airs Sunday night from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, may be the most challenging Grammys ever - and it has nothing to do with Kanye or Miley. Within 24 hours of the ceremony Sunday, the Grammy production team will embark on another major network TV special, this one recorded next-door at the L.A. Convention Center.
October 22, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Cuba announced Tuesday that it would move toward ending a two-tier national currency system widely criticized for creating a privileged class with access to a special peso. The notice, published in Granma, the official Communist Party newspaper, was not unexpected: President Raul Castro had announced his support for such a plan in July. But the announcement Tuesday was short on details about how the country's leadership plans to unify the regular peso, which is worth pennies on the U.S. dollar, and the "convertible" peso, or CUC, which is pegged to the dollar.
October 11, 2013 |
It's tough to be a writer of crime fiction. Not because of the genre but because of the expectations: A book a year, preferably part of a series, the same character over and over again. This is why, say, Walter Mosley and Michael Connelly have branched out; Mosley set aside his hero, Easy Rawlins, for six years before bringing him back in 2013. The same is true of George Pelecanos, the Washington-based author of the "D.C. Quartet" and a dozen other novels who has written about a variety of detectives as well as for television ("The Wire," "Treme")
September 21, 2013 |
One reason for all the yardage being piled up and the many points being scored during the first four weeks of the high school football season is the proliferation of quarterbacks who can pass and run. It's 21st century football, and defensive coordinators are suffering nightmares trying to teach their defenders what to do. These are among the two-way threats who had big Friday nights: - Cristian Solano of San Fernando passed for 164...
September 14, 2013 |
Have you ever forgotten the code to one of those little combination locks? Or maybe one of the numbers mysteriously shifted, and you couldn't get the lock to lock or you couldn't get it to open? Finally, here's backup for what fails you. The Dual Combi/Key Lock opens and locks with a three-digit combination mechanism on the bottom or a keyhole on the front (two keys included). Either method can override the other. Then you can reconfigure the lock so it can serve another day instead of getting trashed.
August 20, 2013 |
Sen. Ted Cruz's decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship has inspired several commentators -- including my colleague Patt Morrison -- to meditate on the cultural implications of his decision. I'm more interested in a political question: Has the Calgary-born Texan alienated a potentially significant bloc of voters with his suggestion that being an American is an all-or-nothing proposition? “Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and a U.S. senator,” Cruz said.