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September 8, 2012 |
Sometimes what I think the Pulitzer committee is after, humor-wise, isn't just one epic exposé, as per last week's gem on rotten-tomato fights. It's a body of hard-hitting work. That's what leads me to this steamy parking garage in Burbank, looking for Deep Throat. My investigative partner is my buddy T-Bone (not his real name), who is also overdue for a Pulitzer, which is named - bet you didn't know this - for a St. Louis publisher responsible for some of the most exploitative journalism of all time.
July 13, 2012 |
Anyone who has ever longed for more expressive ears, your moment has arrived: This week the Japanese company Neurowear has made Necomimi -- its plush, mind-reading cat ears -- available in the U.S. Using electroencephalography (EEG), the same technology doctors use to detect seizures and measure brain activity, the company has created a pair of plush catlike ears that are supposed to respond to the wearer's mood -- drooping when you are lost in thought, perking up when you are concentrating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2012 |
Atop his chocolate mare JJ, Rene Herrera follows a dirt path from Gabrielino Equestrian Park on the eastern end of Hansen Dam Recreation Area to a nearby creek shaded by cottonwoods. Families with coolers and bags of food have beaten Herrera and two other horse riders there, seeking refuge in the wooded waterside from temperatures in the 90s. While a dozen children splash around in a swimming hole, the adults kick back in hammocks and camp chairs, eating grilled chicken and shooting the breeze.
July 9, 2012 |
Fido the dog and Ginger the cat need not worry about being replaced by a new baby - in fact, they could be helping parents raise healthier children. A new study finds that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than kids from pet-free zones. The study, published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics, provides fresh evidence for the counterintuitive notion that an overly clean environment may not be ideal for babies.
June 22, 2012 |
Dick Clark was fond of saying "music is the soundtrack to your life. " It probably won't be the soundtrack to the sale of Dick Clark Productions. Put on the block last week by Red Zone Capital Management, a private equity firm controlled by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, Dick Clark Productions counts among its assets more than 30 years of episodes of "American Bandstand," the weekly dance show of top hits that usually featured big-name singers performing as well. That would seem to be a potential gold mine of rock 'n' roll history, but making money off of it is another story.
June 18, 2012 |
Over the years, Disney theme parks have offered over 200 different varieties of Mickey Mouse ears for guests to wear. The latest version, which debuted Friday with the relaunch of Disney California Adventure, includes technology that let the ears glow and change colors in sync with the music of shows at Disney theme parks. But they are not cheap: The price for the glowing ears is $25 while the plain black version sells for about $14 at the park. The video above shows how the ears glow to the "World of Color" attraction at California Adventure.
June 14, 2012 |
If life were a movie, the president of the United States (probably played by Will Smith) would be leaping into action to save humankind from the calamity that a new scientific report says is about to befall the Earth. A paper prepared by 22 international scientists and just published in the journal Nature warns that overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change have pushed the world toward a tipping point beyond which lie irreversible,...
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June 9, 2012 |
At 2 o'clock on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 1996, cellist Vahe Hayrikyan of Sun Valley parked on North Martel Avenue in Hollywood and entered an apartment building to meet with his pianist about a recital. Twenty minutes later, he stepped back outside to find his car window smashed. His car stereo was gone, but that was replaceable. Also gone was his cello, a 200-year-old blond beauty, which was not. Nor were his two bows, one of which had been given him by a dear friend and was worth roughly as much as the cello.
June 7, 2012 |
Just where does an up-and-coming jazz talent go after covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers? While that's a reductive way to introduce a talent as promising as Linda Oh -- who turned in a deft reworking of "Soul to Squeeze" on her album "Entry" -- the bassist-composer follows up her promising debut with "Initial Here," which provides further proof that Esperanza Spalding is not the only female bassist-bandleader worthy of acclaim. Oh was born in Malaysia and raised in Australia before moving to New York five years ago. Backed by a roster of top-tier New York City talent that includes keyboardist Fabian Almazan, drummer Rudy Royston and saxophonist Dayna Stephens, Oh looks to her diverse background for inspiration.
June 5, 2012 |
OKLAHOMA CITY -- On a volume scale of 1 to 10, this might go to 11. Some of the noisiest fans in the NBA could unleash their inner Nigel Tufnel, the guitarist from Spinal Tap, and crank up the decibels to another level for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. "I can't imagine it being much louder than it has been," Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday, "but if it is, that would be great. " The Thunder has given its supporters ample reason to roar. Three consecutive victories over the San Antonio Spurs have given Oklahoma City a 3-2 lead in a wildly vacillating best-of-seven series, which resumes Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.