April 5, 2014 |
Radiant Orchid, the trend color of 2014 as decreed by color specialist Pantone, has shown up all across the beauty spectrum. The flower is appearing literally - as the key ingredient in Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, for instance. Or it's an inspiration - for example, as the basis of trendy nail wraps from Jamberry Nails Radiant Orchid Collection. In skin care, orchid extract is touted as an effective moisturizer; orchid leaves contain plant pigments called anthocyanins - also present in blueberries and acai - known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
April 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Devin Nunes may not be well-known outside of California. But his bid to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee would elevate the national profile of the Central Valley Republican. Nunes hopes to take the committee gavel from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who plans to retire from Congress when his term ends at the beginning of next year. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) will choose the next chairman if Republicans hold on to their House majority in the fall elections.
April 2, 2014 |
CHICAGO -- A trip to Disneyland did not accompany Stanley Johnson's unprecedented fourth upper-division California state championship, but the Windy City is the place to be this week anyway. Hours after the 6-foot-6 Arizona recruit led Mater Dei to the state Open Division title Saturday night, he was on a plane headed to the McDonald's All-American game. He was the first player on the West squad to report to practice Monday. With a host of NBA executives seated just a few feet away, he went down hard Tuesday.
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March 28, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Keith Jackson came seemingly from nowhere to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education, a young newcomer running as a champion of parents and the "problem children" he knew growing up in the city's historically black Western Addition. He disappeared from public prominence years ago after a troubled tenure on the board and for well over a decade earned a comfortable if unassuming living as a niche player in local politics, representing candidates and corporate interests before San Francisco's hard-pressed African American community.
March 26, 2014 |
Michael McFaul was a scholar from Montana when he made his first trip to the West's Cold War enemy, the Soviet Union. Thirty years later, he was President Obama's chief Russia expert, then the United States ambassador in Moscow. He left the ambassadorship last month, after two years in the job, to return to teaching at Stanford University, his alma mater. In 1994, after a neo-fascist Russian figure denounced him, someone shot a bullet through his Palo Alto office window. Now the architect of Obama's 2009 "reset" watches from a virtual window as Russia is once again on the outs with the West.
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March 23, 2014 |
Some girls choose soccer or cheerleading. Ivy Wolk chose roller derby. "This is it, this is for me," the petite, wide-eyed 9-year-old said to her mom the first time she saw the Los Angeles Derby Dolls hit the track, and one another, two years ago. Split lips, black eyes, rink rash and bruises are trophies here. "It's not child abuse, it's derby," she once told her mother, who made sure she alerted her daughter's pediatrician about the girl's newfound love for the sport. "There have literally been days where I have been like, 'I must be crazy.' But she just picks herself up and gets back out there," said her mother, Tracy Wolk.