CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 |
A day after he was carried out of the Mendocino National Forest -- having survived nearly three weeks on his own -- 72-year-old Gene Penaflor described how "it all went dead" after falling down a canyon. He had separated from his deer hunting partner deep in the forest on Sept. 24 when he accidently stepped off the edge and fell "straight down" -- so straight, that he landed upright on his feet. "I thought my knee cap was broken," Penaflor told KTVU-TV on Sunday.
October 13, 2013 |
We Americans like to think of ourselves as animal lovers. But is this claim true? One way to answer this question is to follow the money. According to government, industry and interest group stats, we spend about $50 billion on our pets annually and donate another $6 billion to animal-related and environmental charities. This sounds like a lot until you compare it to the amount we collectively devote to killing members of other species: $72 billion on hunting and fishing, $60 billion on animal research and $240 billion on meat, poultry and seafood.
October 9, 2013 |
Scientists have discovered two gene mutations that they believe are associated with an increased risk of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but these eating disorders are complex, and it has proved difficult to identify the paths. But, using two families with very high incidences of eating disorders, scientists say they found rare mutations, one in each family, that were associated with the people who had the disorders. The study suggests that mutations that decrease the activity of a protein that turns on the expression of other genes - called a transcription factor - increase the risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 |
The inflatable puppy in a hot dog bun was designed to turn heads and stop traffic. And no doubt it would on so many other corners, in so many cities other than this one. Even at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, it was a bit odd to see a bunned, 10-foot-long dog lying on its side, with big black eyes and a belly striped with ketchup and mustard. But was it any odder, really, than to walk through a web of Spider-Men - one rail-thin, one chubby, one wearing a bulging fanny pack?
October 4, 2013 |
Sell your oven. Empty your cupboards. There's no need for a mixer or food processor. Keep the fridge for drinks, and maybe the blender. Eating has never been easier. The trick? Bars, bars and more bars. Vegan, chocolate, gluten-free, low-glycemic, raw, sugar-free, nutty, crunchy, gooey, for kids, for weightlifters, familiar old granola bars. Packed with protein, fiber, super-fruits - even some with sugar and fat. Bars for pregnant women, and the YaffBar that's for you and your mutt to share.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- The cost of financing California government with bonds is expected to consume 7.7% of the state's general fund tax revenue over the next year, according to a new report from the state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. The total bill is pegged at $7.5 billion for principal and interest. That's a reduction from last year, when it totaled $8.6 billion and was 8.8% of revenue. Most of the state's debt load of $92.5 billion come from bonds approved by voters to fund schools, universities, levees and other infrastructure projects.
September 27, 2013 |
Anya Von Bremzen makes her living writing about some of the most wondrous food in the world. It's a remarkable career for a woman born in 1963 Moscow, an era of bread lines and making do. Her new book, “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing” (Crown, $26), turns a bittersweet eye and an intelligent heart on Soviet history through food. It's her own history and her mother's, beautifully told. Von Bremzen, now a resident of New York and the author of five cookbooks, talked about the book with The Times.
September 26, 2013 |
With a charming, flawed heroine straight out of Jane Austen, a Dickensian rags-to-riches story and thwarted romances that hark back to the Brontës, Elizabeth Gilbert has taken cues from the greatest 19th century writers for her big 19th century-style novel, "The Signature of All Things. " Gilbert, who dominated bestseller lists with her memoir "Eat, Pray, Love," is new to historical fiction - but she has plunged into it with a creative passion. She pairs elaborate scenes of life in the 1800s with surprisingly modern twists - like the cache of dirty books her heroine, Alma Whittaker, finds most interesting.
September 21, 2013 |
Officials traced the death of a 4-year-old Mississippi boy in August to a day spent playing on a Slip 'n Slide in a New Orleans suburb. Cause of death: a rare, brain-eating amoeba. At first, officials thought the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri , had been present in muddy water that the boy was playing in on the property. Naegleria fowleri is commonly found in freshwater streams, lakes and rivers. But testing confirmed last week that the microscopic organism came from the St. Bernard Parish water system that fed the slide.