CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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 |
Matt Frattin is now intimately familiar with the repercussions of a couple of miscues while playing for Kings Coach Darryl Sutter . Frattin, a right wing acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the off-season, was among the group of Kings who lapsed in allowing Nashville's Matt Cullen to score a first-period goal Thursday. And when a similar Predators pass got by Frattin and pressured Kings' defenders about midway through the third period, he found his minutes in the Kings' 2-1 shootout victory to be 2 minutes 22 seconds after the second intermission.
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.
October 17, 2013 |
Sam Berns is a bright, funny high school junior in Foxboro, Mass., who is about to turn 17. He loves math and science and plays percussion in the school's marching and concert bands. He and his father have seen the Dave Matthews Band so many times in concert, he's on a first-name basis with the group. "Junior year is fun and hectic at the same time," said Sam. "I really enjoy being in classes and being in school with my friends. It's also cool to watch football games as a junior because a lot of my friends are now actually playing the game, and it's fun to watch them and root for them!"
October 16, 2013 |
The hive of awards season buzz already surrounding her performance in writer-director Spike Jonze romantic-dramedy “Her” has left Scarlett Johansson feeling “strange” rather than, say, proud or optimistic enough to call her stylist to reserve a red carpet gown. “I feel very disconnected from the awards process,” Johansson said from Paris, where she is shooting the thriller “Lucy” with writer-director Luc Besson. “I don't even know how it works. And I'm an academy member!