October 4, 2013 |
While showing flickers of promise, smart homes -- residences that digitally monitor and regulate energy use and technology in the house -- have yet to take off in the U.S. But at the Solar Decathlon in Irvine, they're everywhere. Almost every residence in the U.S. Department of Energy college competition uses some form of the technology, which has evolved quickly in recent years, competition manager Joe Simon said. He was a contestant with the University of Illinois in 2007 and 2009.
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October 1, 2013 |
Hours after their labor contract expired, thousands of Los Angeles County workers took to the streets of downtown Tuesday morning, rallying for higher wages and accusing county leaders of failing to recognize the sacrifices they made during the recession. Linda Dent, vice president of a union that represents 55,000 county employees, said the workers did without raises during the recession to help the county stay afloat. "We sacrificed for the last four years for L.A. County," Dent told the crowd of SEIU Local 721 members gathered in front of the Hall of Administration and spilling into Grand Park.
September 27, 2013 |
A 15th birthday, or quinceañera, is a very special occasion for young Latinas. It's also apparently very important for Google. The search giant has been pulling out all the stops this week to make its 15th anniversary a memorable one. It's latest celebration came in the form of its Google Doodle. If users head over to Google.com and press play on the birthday doodle, the image will turn into an interactive mini game that features a piñata. Users can then press their keyboard space bar to whack the piñata.
September 26, 2013 |
BEIJING - Chinese people switching on their 7 p.m. television news might have done a double take, suspecting that the state broadcaster had mistakenly plugged in a tape from the 1970s before the death of Mao Tse-tung. For 24 minutes, the flagship Chinese news - probably the television program with the largest viewership - showed President Xi Jinping presiding over an extraordinary public session in which Communist Party cadres in engaged in self-criticism. Self-criticism, the Communist Party's equivalent of group psychotherapy, is a venerable tradition that has largely lost steam since the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, when people denounced themselves and one another, donning dunce caps and delivering beatings.
September 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Outside the capital the prospect might seem unthinkable, but inside it seems increasingly likely, and to some inevitable: In less than two weeks, the federal government, from the Agriculture Department to the Weather Service, may shut its doors. Agencies already have contingency plans for stopping all but essential work. Soldiers would be required to report for duty but would not be paid. National parks would be closed and overnight campers would be given two days to leave.
September 12, 2013 |
TORONTO - Watching Steve McQueen's achingly brilliant "12 Years a Slave" at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by many things. The film's artistry - script, performances, imagery - is significant. The movie is beautifully, painfully wrought at every turn. But in a larger sense, it stands as a striking testament to how much the texture and tenor of conversations about race have changed through the prism of film in the years since Barack Obama took office. Quite simply there are more movies that specifically address black-white friction in modern terms - the many shades of human interaction more starkly framed by the color of one's skin.
September 3, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It took Serena Williams 19 minutes to win the first set of her U.S. Open quarterfinal match against 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro on the Spaniard's 25th birthday. The second set wasn't much better for Suarez Navarro, who received an occasional gifted point but not too many as Williams moved into the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-0 win in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night. The match lasted 52 minutes. In a semifinal scheduled for Friday, Williams will face fifth-seeded Li Na, who became the first Chinese player to make the Open semifinals.
August 28, 2013 |
Off we go into the last season of the Bowl Championship Series, an era that has seen Rankman pluck No. 1 names like Leland Stanford out of the Oklahoma State Cowboy's hat. Longshot choices have been made dating to the pre-BCS year of 1997, when Gerber-fed Rankman picked North Carolina as his preseason No. 1 and then got incredulous patched-in phone calls from Mayberry and Mount Pilot. It sparked a like affair with Coach Mack Brown that followed him to Texas and lasted until last season's Oklahoma loss.
August 27, 2013 |
Former USC and Nebraska assistant coach Marvin Sanders begins his first year as head coach at Los Angeles Loyola on Friday against Harvard-Westlake, and expect the Cubs to send running back Nico Evans again and again behind linemen John Turner and Chris Brown. It's going to be let's see if you can stop the Cubs running the ball. "We're going to try to establish the run first, absolutely," Sanders said. Sophomore Tre Polamalu, the son of former USC assistant Kennedy Polamalu, a Loyola assistant, will start at quarterback.
August 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency is facing its worst crisis since the domestic spying scandals four decades ago led to the first formal oversight and overhaul of U.S. intelligence operations. Since former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden's flood of leaks to the media, and the Obama administration's uneven response to them, morale at the spy agency responsible for intercepting communications of terrorists and foreign adversaries has plummeted, former officials say. Even sympathetic lawmakers are calling for new curbs on the NSA's powers.