January 18, 2013 |
Long laboring in obscurity, independent filmmakers are getting a chance to have their short films seen by a global audience through a new distribution agreement with YouTube. But to do so, they may sacrifice the chance of winning an Oscar. Kat Candler was delighted to learn on Thanksgiving morning that her film "Black Metal" was among 65 shorts selected for exhibition at the Sundance Film Festival and one of a dozen handpicked by Sundance's curators to be featured on YouTube, the online video site whose worldwide audience exceeds 800 million.
January 10, 2013 |
Between 1940 and 1971, many pregnant women were treated with a synthetic estrogen, diethylstilbestrol -- commonly known as DES -- to prevent miscarriage and other complications. The drug didn't work for that purpose, but it did have biological effects on the women who took it, as well as their children. On Wednesday, four sisters who'd been exposed to DES in the womb reached a settlement with one of the drug's principal makers, Eli Lilly & Co., during a federal trial in Boston, the Associated Press reported.
December 27, 2012
There's a lot of fiction being spread about the new requirements to expand the reading of nonfiction in public schools. Some teachers say they have already been forced to cut important poetry and literature from their classes to make way for government reports and lists of invasive plants. To some extent, the complaints appear overblown. Contrary to what some news outlets have reported, no one is proposing to dump "Macbeth" for pamphlets about insulation. Nor is the proposal as ridiculous as some suggest; the planned changes could valuably broaden students' reading, writing and thinking skills.
November 30, 2012 |
Residents of three southern New Jersey towns were told to stay indoors and 18 people were treated for exposure after a bridge collapsed Friday, causing a freight train to derail and release a potentially hazardous chemical, officials said. Three train cars dropped from the bridge into a creek in Paulsboro in Gloucester County at about 7 a.m. and were leaking, according to the statement that authorities e-mailed to reporters. PHOTOS: Train derails; tanker car topples into creek At least one of the cars that fell into the creek is believed to have contained vinyl chloride, which can cause dizziness and harm breathing.
November 26, 2012 |
In a finding that points to a link between environmental toxins and autism, a new study shows that children who were exposed to the highest levels of traffic-related air pollution during gestation and in early infancy were three times more likely to be diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder than were those whose early exposure to such pollutants was very low. The study , published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that...
November 10, 2012 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Before climbing into her car to practice Friday, Danica Patrick talked about how she'll again appear in Super Bowl ads in February for her main racing sponsor, GoDaddy.com. "It is a big deal" because the ads provide "amazing exposure for me as a brand," Patrick said. Indeed, the popular Patrick has made a lucrative career melding her race-car driving with her sexy "brand" as a sports celebrity. But the racing part is still a work in progress. Patrick, 30, is nearing the end of her first full season in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series, where she has been cutting her teeth in anticipation of joining NASCAR's elite Sprint Cup Series next year.
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November 5, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District's mental health department, along with a group of partners, recently landed a $2.4-million grant to work with students exposed to traumatic events. The grant is the latest in an ongoing partnership among the district, UCLA, USC, the Rand Corp. and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a group of trauma centers funded within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. L.A. Unified and its partners used the first chunk of money from the network in 2003 to do exploratory work about students and trauma.
November 3, 2012 |
"Redneck Island" hardly sounds like a welcoming place for a gay man. But Adam Freeman, a Nashville hairstylist who came out of the closet four years ago, shipped out to CMT's reality show this year for several weeks, finishing unscathed and in second place. A niche version of CBS' long-running mega-hit "Survivor," the program featured hunting, bowling and fishing events in which Freeman competed against proudly beer-chuggin' good ol' boys and country gals. The father of five was open about his sexual orientation and says his only regret was not packing "enough lip gloss and hair spray.
October 2, 2012 |
The music industry has been grappling with the following question for much of the last few years: Do streaming services such as Spotify, which allow users to listen to albums for free, cannibalize sales? Leave it to a banjo-wielding English folk-rock band to provide one very loud answer. "Babel," the sophomore album from Mumford & Sons released on Glassnote Records last week, has had the biggest debut sales week of 2012, selling approximately 600,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
September 18, 2012 |
Deepening the mystery surrounding the health effects of bisphenol A, a large new study has linked high levels of childhood and adolescent exposure to the industrial chemical to higher rates of obesity - in white children only. The latest research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., measured bisphenol A, or BPA, levels in the urine of a diverse group of 2,838 Americans ages 6 to 19. Researchers from New York University also reviewed data on the participants' weight, dietary intake, physical activity and socioeconomic backgrounds.