April 17, 1989 |
It was a chilling moment, in the dawn of a new age. It was midway through the second period of the Kings' Saturday night mega-win at the GW (Gretzky Wayne) Forum. Responding to a note flashed on the message board, the frenzied, frothing Forum fans broke into a chant. "Luck-y butt! Luck-y butt!" Not Shakespeare, perhaps, but any chant is a welcome replacement for America's most shopworn chant, the one referring to the opposing team or star player inhaling by creating a vacuum with its (or his)
July 27, 2009 |
Sometimes it's hard to tell what's more annoying -- mosquitoes or mosquito repellent. If you spray yourself down with a typical repellent before a picnic, you can expect your potato chips and fried chicken to have a distinct DEET aftertaste. And the car ride home? Better roll down the windows if you value fresh air. But there's another option. As you may have seen on TV ads, SC Johnson has come out with Off! Clip-on, a product that promises to repel mosquitoes without any spray or odor.
September 15, 2008 |
A tangy, sour, fermented milk drink may not sound like a likely candidate to move from health food stores to mainstream supermarkets, but that's exactly what kefir has done. The beverage is steadily gaining fans convinced of the health benefits -- proponents tout its purported ability to help cure cancer, reduce high cholesterol and treat high blood pressure -- yet the scientific studies to support the claims are still few. Kefir's closest cousin is yogurt, also made by fermenting milk with bacteria.
December 21, 2012 |
Author Lee Child created a killer character with Jack Reacher. A brutal ex-military officer with a thirst for justice, he's a force - a massive force. Six-foot-five, 220-250 lbs., with a 50-inch chest is specified on Child's website . For months, fans of the books - 17 so far - have been anticipating the film "Jack Reacher," which opens this weekend, with comments such as: "hope it flops. " They are not looking forward to seeing Tom Cruise, not known for his bulk, portray the hero of Child's novels.
April 19, 2013 |
It was an emotional roller-coaster at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night in Los Angeles, even more so than usual for the annual event. Consider disco queen Donna Summer , whose husband and three daughters accepted the award for her posthumously, 11 months after the singer and songwriter lost her battle with cancer. Or 80-year-old producer Quincy Jones -- the most nominated Grammy Award winner ever -- who said his induction into the Rock Hall made him feel “that finally, I have arrived.” Also enduring a long wait for recognition was Heart, whose founding sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson were finally admitted to what's historically been the boys' club of hard rock music after a decade of eligibility.
January 21, 2012 |
While watching one of his recent YouTube videos, it's immediately clear that John Green isn't just an author. He's a multimedia darling playing to 1,000-seat auditoriums of screaming fans. Some of the crowds showing up for his mostly sold-out, 17-city tour in support of his latest young-adult novel are subscribers to the Vlogbrothers, the video blog Green runs with his brother that draws seven million viewers per month. Others rank among his 1.17 million Twitter followers. Many have read his new bittersweet tragi-comedy, "The Fault in Our Stars," about two teenagers fighting cancer and falling in love.
April 13, 2013 |
When it came to mass recognition in the United States, the late Latin music star Jenni Rivera used to say she wasn't Coca-Cola, and maybe she wasn't Pepsi either. But she wasn't going to let anyone tell her she wasn't at least akin to Fanta. The sentiment - more colorfully expressed in Rivera's words according to friend and manager Pete Salgado during a recent interview in Studio City - may partly explain why the Mexican regional superstar floated under the radar of most non-Spanish-language outlets before her death last year.
December 4, 2012 |
A certain subset of McDonald's fans is gearing up for their favorite time of year. No, not Christmas. McRib season. The Golden Arches are bringing back the cult-favorite, limited-time pork sandwich this month, according to the company's website , which teases that “the fun returns December 17.” Some markets in the U.S. will launch the promotion early; Los Angeles will follow the national timeline. The sauce-drenched offering is normally sold earlier in the fall. But McDonald's is hoping to match the 9.8% same-store sales surge the chain encountered during last December's unseasonably warm weather, according to a company memo leaked to AdAge.
July 12, 1998 |
This is life that should exist on the other side of the moon with no chance of ever being seen down here. Forget the United Way campaign. Support NASA and a one-way space shuttle capable of jettisoning the get-a-life-challenged people here, who willingly spent $15 a day to be demeaned and disappointed at the Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship.
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August 1, 2006 |
Serial killer Wayne Adam Ford had few public admirers when Victoria Redstall, a former spokesmodel for breast enhancement supplements, breezed through the doors at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga determined to meet him. Redstall, a British-born actress from Studio City, admits to a lifelong fixation on serial killers and said meeting Ford in April -- to interview him for a documentary -- was "the dream of a lifetime."