February 21, 2014 |
A look at the top events on Saturday at the Sochi Olympics: MEN'S SLALOM The U.S. hasn't been a factor in the men's slalom in a long time, so don't expect a sweep of the slalom after Mikaela Shiffrin's win on the women's side. Even though Ted Ligety won the giant slalom, it doesn't really translate to the tighter gates of the traditional race. The winner will probably come from Austria, Germany or Norway. FOUR-MAN BOBSLED Steven Holcomb is hoping to become the first U.S. driver to win back-to-back Olympic golds in 82 years.
HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2014 |
When Samad Firdosy bought the two-bedroom, one-bath home in La Crescenta in 2005, it was a fairly conventional single-story ranch house - with one difference. The house was nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and bordered in back by a 6-acre watershed owned by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. But it failed to take advantage of its rustic landscape and mountain views. Firdosy says he purchased the house intending to add more space but just couldn't visualize how. So the Jet Propulsion Lab materials engineer called a friend - Ali Jeevanjee of LOC Architects in downtown L.A. - to design an addition for him. Jeevanjee had grown up with him and done a renovation for Firdosy's parents.
February 15, 2014 |
Irregular shapes and a variety of exterior finishes set a bold tone at this newly built contemporary in Bel-Air. Walls of glass offer views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir, downtown Los Angeles and the distant mountains. Location: 2170 Stradella Road, Los Angeles 90077 Asking price: $8.85 million Year built: 2013 Architect: Patrick J. Killen House size: Six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 5,402 square feet Lot size: 26,642 square feet Features: Steel-beam framing, concrete and wood floors, retractable walls of glass, high ceilings, three indoor fireplaces, open dining area, home theater, office, 73-foot solar-heated infinity pool, spa, fire pit, three-car garage About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
February 14, 2014 |
UCLA VS. UTAH When: 2 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 570. Records: Bruins 19-5, 8-3; Utes 17-7, 6-6. Record vs. Utes: 0-1. Update: This matinee features two of the best all-around players in the Pac-12, if not the nation. UCLA's Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-9 guard, averages 15.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.8 assists. He is shooting 52% on three-pointers. Utah's Delon Wright, a 6-5 guard, is averaging 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists, and has 66 steals.
February 7, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- It isn't enough that Olympic athletes ride the rails with skill and verve, get to the bottom of the course faster than the rest of the field or even hurl stones with reasonable accuracy down a sheet of ice. That's just not sufficient any longer. How about adding singing, dancing and lip syncing to the Olympic motto of faster, higher, stronger? In the realm of parody videos, it all really picked up momentum two years ago at the Summer Games in London. USA Swimming's video, a visual rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," went viral just before the Games, a byproduct of the vision of Olympic swimmers Kathleen Hersey, Caitlin Leverenz and Alyssa Anderson, and USA Swimming staffer Mark Russell.
February 1, 2014 |
The stereotypical Sundance movie is thought of as something capital-Q quirky, typically a story of family dysfunction or coming-of-age. This year's festival, across its numerous sections, featured a newfound immersion in genre storytelling that pushed the films to places that were familiar but with unexpected and most welcome twists. Gareth Evans' "The Raid 2," for instance, does for the blood-soaked Asian action film what "The Dark Knight" did for the superhero film, injecting it with a seriousness, a depth of characterization and a scope of storytelling that raises it to a new level of legitimacy.