October 28, 2013 |
Judi Dench is back to walking the red carpet, with "walking" being the operative word here. The vivacious 78-year-old Academy Award winner had knee-replacement surgery just six weeks before the premiere of her latest film, "Philomena," in London's Leicester Square nearly two weeks ago. Now she's thrilled to share her current state of mind and thoughts on her speedy recovery time. "When I had it done on September 6, I said to my surgeon, 'On October 16, I will walk up a red carpet unaided,' and so I did," she told the Daily Mirror.
October 27, 2013
Re "Getting a clue about flu shots," Column, Oct. 25 Similar to David Lazarus, I went to my local CVS last week for a flu shot and was told that it was not covered by my insurance. Because my insurance policy is a new one, I agreed and paid $31.99 for my shot (my husband, on Medicare, got his for free). After reading Lazarus' column, I called my insurance company, Aetna, and was told that flu shots were absolutely covered at CVS and most other pharmacies under my plan, and that I shouldn't have been charged anything.
October 26, 2013 |
EUGENE, Ore. - There was no reason to celebrate. UCLA Coach Jim Mora made that clear after seeing second-ranked Oregon pull away from the Bruins in the second half for a 42-14 victory Saturday. There was no reason look back on consecutive weeks against the Ducks and No. 8 Stanford and feel good about the effort against the Pac-12's two top teams. PHOTOS: UCLA falls to Oregon, 42-14 "We didn't come up here to play them close," Mora said. "We didn't come up here to give it the old college try. We came up here to win the game and we didn't get it done.
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October 25, 2013 |
Last spring I wrote about a novel campaign to keep dogs and cats out of the South Los Angeles shelter by helping pet owners through difficult times. With a little money and a lot of volunteers, the intervention program run by Downtown Dog Rescue has paid vet bills and pet deposits, repaired backyard fences, spayed and neutered hundreds of dogs, and found homes for pets whose owners had to give them up. In just seven months, the group has kept more than 1,500 dogs and cats from winding up in the shelter.
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October 25, 2013 |
Every Rose Parade has its queen, and the newest one is a 17-year-old varsity equestrian team captain who aspires to be a neurosurgeon. Ana Marie Acosta of Altadena was named the 2014 Rose Queen at a coronation ceremony in Pasadena on Thursday night, chosen from the s even members of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Royal Court. Together, they will make more than 100 public appearances, culminating in their featured spot in the 125th Rose Parade on Jan. 1. “It was such a great feeling because there's so many great girls up on this court and I'm so glad to be a part of them,” Ana Marie told KTLA-TV.
October 24, 2013 |
A venomous bark scorpion, its stinger poised to strike, confronts a furry, little grasshopper mouse somewhere in the desert. A deadly melee is about to begin and you won't believe who wins. Even though the bark scorpion possesses one of the most painful -- and potentially lethal -- stings in the animal kingdom, he's about to become lunch for a twitchy little rodent. Thanks to evolution, the grasshopper mouse no longer feels the intense burning, and subsequent throbbing, that humans or other mice feel when injected with scorpion venom -- pain that would stop most predators dead in their tracks. In fact, after several stings to the face, a grasshopper mouse stops briefly to groom itself, then resumes its savage attack before feasting on the overwhelmed scorpion.
October 22, 2013 |
Shooting guard J.J. Redick said Tuesday an MRI exam this month revealed he had a partial tear of his left quadriceps and not just a bruise. But Redick said he now felt "great" enough to practice Monday and Tuesday and is available to play Wednesday night in his first exhibition game when the Clippers host the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Redick said his injury occurred the first day of training camp in La Jolla. He said he tried to practice two days after the Clippers returned to Los Angeles but was "just dragging my leg. " So the Clippers shut down Redick.
October 21, 2013 |
This may be remembered as the autumn that network TV executives fell head over heels in love - with the DVR. Not that long ago, digital video recorders were seen as a threat to broadcasters' way of life, much as VCRs were seen as a killer for the movie business 30 years ago. How could any contraption that allowed viewers to skip commercials from sponsors be good for the television business? But now, armed with special data from Nielsen, executives are trumpeting the big viewership gains their shows are seeing up to a week after original air dates.
October 19, 2013 |
Susan Bennett, a 64-year-old Zumba-loving Atlanta suburbanite, shocked tech geeks, over-connected teens and men attracted to the sound of her digital voice when she revealed this month that she is the original voice of Siri, the iPhone persona who helped Zooey Deschanel identify the sound of rain and Samuel L. Jackson find organic mushrooms for his risotto. She has a storyline on "The Big Bang Theory" and makes the seemingly far-fetched premise of Spike Jonze's upcoming film "Her," about a man who falls in love with the voice of his phone's operating system, not so unbelievable.
October 18, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Wayne Gretzky doesn't know Peyton Manning well. Yet he knows Manning better than anyone possibly could. It was 25 years ago Saturday that Gretzky, as a newly minted member of the Los Angeles Kings, returned to Edmonton to face the Oilers, an NHL franchise he had led to four Stanley Cup championships over the previous five years. So he understands the emotions the Denver Broncos quarterback is confronting as he prepares to return to Indianapolis on Sunday, his first homecoming to a place where he won a Super Bowl and an unprecedented four NFL most-valuable-player awards.