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January 29, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
For years, rumor had it that Bobby Brown had introduced Whitney Houston to drugs - but Michael Houston, one of the singer's two older brothers, has revealed to Oprah Winfrey that the real story was quite different. It's a story that has Michael Houston "living, but not alive" since his younger sister's death almost a year ago. "I feel responsible for what I let go so far," he told Oprah in a Monday interview on OWN that primarily featured mother Cissy Houston, who has a new tell-all memoir out. In that book, Cissy says she didn't understand her children doing drugs then, and she doesn't understand it now. Said Michael Houston, "We were always, you know, being together most of the time, and her following behind me -- I taught her to drive.
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NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
For most garden plants, flowering is a sign of renewed life. That's not the case with the succulent blue agave ( Agave tequilana ). Like other agaves, tequilana flowers only at the end of the plant's life. A 15-foot  asparagus-like stalk emerges from the center, sending out puffballs of flowers at the top. The mother plant then dies, but not before producing pups at its perimeter. Most blue agaves never get to that stage, however. The sugar-rich sap that develops prior to flowering can be fermented into the alcoholic drink called pulque; the heart, or pina, is used in the production of tequila.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twenty-five years ago Friday, Steve Wilhite invented the GIF file format and bestowed upon the world the perfect vehicle for some of the best memes ever created. It's more than a picture but not quite a video, but so often, it's just perfect -- especially with the rise of Tumblr. But what Wilhite also did when he invented the format for CompuServe back in June 15, 1987, was begin one of the most hotly debated arguments of all (Internet) history: Is GIF pronounced like "gif" as in the first three letters of "gift" or "jif" as in the peanut butter . It's an argument that's raged across the Internet on forums , has Web pages dedicated to it and is even addressed by Wikipedia . So which is it?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Al Roker went sans underpants in George W. Bush's White House - but it wasn't because he was feeling sexy on the job. Rather, the "Today" show weatherman had accidentally pooped his pants on his way in. He'd included the anecdote in his new book, "Never Goin' Back," released a week ago, and discussed it in an interview with Nancy Snyderman on Sunday's "Dateline. " By Tuesday, however, after the tale of his tail took on a life of its own, he found himself on "Today" discussing it again.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
HOME & GARDEN
March 28, 2014 | By Kyle Schuneman
Features such as fireplaces and wood beams not only look good in a room, they also provide a focal point for decorating. But many apartments lack these architectural elements and instead offer just plain white walls, boxy rooms and open, undefined spaces. In my 1960s-era unit, for example, living, dining and kitchen areas blend together and lack definition. Temporary plaid wallpaper was a solution in the living room. But the dining room was proving to be a challenge. The only feature in the room was a single pendant hanging from the ceiling.
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Unlike many plants considered invasive, fennel does everything it can to ingratiate itself into the garden. Its leaves are attractive -- feathery and delicate -- and the umbrella-shaped blooms of bright yellow flowers that come in summer serve as miniature landing pads for pollinators. Every part of fennel, root to leaf to pollen to fruit, is infused with the varying levels of its iconic licorice flavor. Unlike other aromatic crops -- dill, cumin, anise, caraway -- only fennel ( Foeniculum vulgare )
BUSINESS
March 8, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Everybody loves lists. Most of those you see in the papers or online tend toward the inconsequential (The Six Best "Fast & Furious" Movies). So here's a list with a bit more gravitas: The five biggest lies you're being told about entitlement programs. Never mind that the very word "entitlement" is a lie. Social Security and Medicare got that name because workers became "entitled" to those benefits by paying into the system. In recent years, however, the term has become distorted to signify benefits people are entitled to without earning them.
FOOD
May 6, 2011
Follow the food trucks like a pro. Since they're constantly on the move, here's how to find some favorites on Facebook and Twitter. Where multiple, non-truck-related Facebook pages exist for a given truck name, we have provided a website. Entering Facebook through an official website is the best way to ensure that you are getting to the truck's authentic Facebook page. Kogi, @Kogibbq; http://www.kogibbq.com The Grilled Cheese Truck, @grlldcheesetruk; http://www.facebook.com/grilledcheesetruck CoolHaus, @coolhaus; http://www.facebook.com/coolhaus Nom Nom Truck, @nomnomtruck; http://www.nomnomtruck.com Dosa Truck, @Dosatruck; http://www.facebook.com/dosatruck Barbie's Q: @BarbiesQ; http://www.barbiesq.com Komodo: @Komodofood; http://www.facebook.com/KomodoFood The Lardon Truck, @getyourlardon; http://www.facebook.com/getyourlardon Frysmith, @frysmith; http://www.eatfrysmith.com Lobsta Truck, @lobstatruck; http://www.facebook.com/lobstatruck
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jada Pinkett Smith has responded to the rumor that she has an open relationship with hubby Will Smith, dubbing it "the most persistent" rumor that has dogged them during their 16-year marriage. Asked flat-out, "Is it true?" in a sit-down with Marc Lamont Hill on HuffPost Live , Jada replied, "I think, no, I think people get that idea because Will and I are very relaxed with one another and I think because, from how I've answered questions" about how she deals with other women when it comes to being married to a superstar.  Note that the word "no" actually appears in that quote, though it was hardly the highlight of the sentence.
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