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December 21, 2012 |
Today is the last day on Earth. Then again, if you're reading this, maybe not. Doomsday, predicted by Mayan cycle adherents for Dec. 21, didn't come after all. Well, not yet anyway. Depending on when you picked up this story, there may be hours to go. But if you're still with me, civilization as we know it hasn't collapsed and Los Angeles is still standing. This is good news, especially for me. Imagine my frustration on awakening to find that, instead of lolling on the beach, I was grinding out a column as the wandering planet Nibiru/ tsunami/ hyperinflation was fast approaching.
December 20, 2012 |
Rumors about violence after the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, coupled with doomsday predictions associated with the Mayan calendar, have led officials to close more than 30 schools in Michigan two days early for the holidays. In a posting on the Lapeer school district website, Supt. Matt Wandrie said the false rumors of possible violence, coupled with the end-of-time furor surrounding the completion of the current Mayan calendar cycle, led the district to cancel Thursday and Friday's classes, along with sports events and other extracurricular activities.
December 14, 2012 |
Any of you worried about 12/21/12 because it's the supposed “end of the world”? We hope not, but in any case, the Griffith Observatory will be here to allay your fears. The observatory has announced that it “will attempt to dispel misguided concerns regarding the 'End of the World' by staying open late the evening of Friday, December 21, 2012, until one minute after midnight.” If it's still around, of course. “The Observatory normally closes at 10:00 p.m. but will remain open an added 121 minutes to demonstrate that claims regarding the Maya calendar, planetary alignments, rogue planets, galactic beams, and other related phenomena have no basis in fact,” the announcement continues.
November 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Even more than the election that made Barack Obama the first black president, the one that returned him to office sent an unmistakable signal that the hegemony of the straight white male in America is over. The long drive for broader social participation by all Americans reached a turning point in the 2012 election, which is likely to go down as a watershed in the nation's social and political evolution - and not just because in some states voters approved of same-sex marriage for the first time.
October 20, 2012 |
Magic Mike Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Steven Soderbergh's male stripper melodrama "Magic Mike" became a surprise hit earlier this year, drawing huge, raucous "girls night out" crowds thanks to its kitschy story about a studly dancer (Channing Tatum) who keeps running into trouble while trying to make enough money to start his own furniture-building business. But while "Magic Mike" features fun dance sequences and a hilarious performance by Matthew McConaughey as an ambitious club owner, this movie takes a serious turn in its second half, and becomes more of a bummer than it needs to be. Still, kudos to Soderbergh and screenwriter-producer Reid Carolin for turning what amounts to an old-fashioned backstage musical about sex workers into something so (mostly)
October 19, 2012 |
In a perfect world, the Angels would have their top off-season target Zack Greinke secured to a long-term deal or get a firm decision from the free-agent right-hander that he is signing elsewhere by the end of the World Series. That would give General Manager Jerry Dipoto a clear view of the Angels' roster and payroll before having to make three key early November decisions: whether to extend a qualifying offer of about $13 million to outfielder Torii Hunter and whether to pick up 2013 options for pitchers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.