CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 |
A 57-year-old volunteer fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County this week and died, authorities said. Shane Krogen, a volunteer from Fresno with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest in the mountainous area above Springville when the incident occurred Thursday morning about 10:10 a.m., authorities said. Lt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident occured during part of Operation Pristine, which seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows in California, according to a news release from the agency.
September 11, 2013 |
It's getting easier for Baby Boomers to hide their years. Federal regulators for the first time have approved Botox injections to temporarily ease the appearance of crow's feet. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the drug, made by Irvine-based Allergan Inc., to treat wrinkles that form on the outside edge of the eyes. The decision comes 11 years after the FDA approved Botox for the temporary improvement of wrinkles between the eyebrows, known as frown lines.
September 8, 2013 |
The Angels media guide lists outfielder Kole Calhoun at 5 feet 10, though Manager Mike Scioscia has his doubts. "What is he, 5 foot 3?" Scioscia joked after Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in Angel Stadium. "If you put him on the rack for a couple weeks he might get to 5-9. I'm gonna say he's a solid 5-8. " Asked how tall he actually is, Calhoun said, "For real? I have no idea, unless we took a ruler to it. I write 5-10 for everything. I'm sticking to it. " BOX SCORE: Rangers 4, Angels 3 However tall - or short - he is, the left-handed-hitting Calhoun has a nice height-to-power ratio.
August 29, 2013 |
Lakers guard/forward Nick Young went home Wednesday, hosting his third annual back-to-school giveaway at Robertson Park . "This is where it all started from, right here at Robertson Park," Young said. "It's where I grew up playing. I have history here. This is my neighborhood. " The six-year NBA veteran donated school supplies and barbecue to a park full of children. He even hit the court for multiple sets of two-on-two against eager kids and teenagers. Young partnered up with his personal assistant Adrian (last name unclear, but familiarly called "Big Meat")
August 21, 2013 |
Although our human ancestors climbed down from the trees millions of years ago, our feet have retained the type of flexibility seen in today's tree-dwelling primates, new research shows. For about 80 years at least, scientists have been under the impression that human feet are special. Studies comparing human and chimpanzee footprints in the 1930s suggested that human feet were much stiffer than those of other apes. Humans have arches in the mid-foot region, as well as rigid outer edges, leading scientists to conclude that our mid-foot regions weren't capable of touching the ground, unlike those of our ape relatives.
August 14, 2013 |
When I tell people I live in California, they almost always ask where. But when they hear Los Angeles, all too often their faces fall. They were hoping, I suspect, for Sausalito or Pebble Beach. To them Los Angeles is a place of flat, seemingly endless streets, mini-malls wreathed in smog and choking traffic. We all know what they mean. But there's another way to view the city. A few days ago I hiked to the top of Mt. Lowe, 5,600 feet above sea level, with the entire Los Angeles basin spreading out beyond.
August 14, 2013 |
This irresistible effort has just become this year's top-grossing documentary, and if you haven't seen it yet, this might be a good time to catch up before the deluge of fall films hits. Veteran director Morgan Neville has made a moving and joyous behind-the-scenes film about the world of rock 'n' roll backup singers. It's a universe filled with big, bold personalities and the music they make: When you say names like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, you are conjuring up entire universes of sound.
August 13, 2013 |
A lifelong Atlanta Braves fan fell to his death Monday night at Turner Field during his favorite team's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Ronald Lee Homer Jr. fell about 65 feet, according to authorities. The fall appears to have been an accident, Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee said. An autopsy was planned for Tuesday, the Fulton County medical examiner's office said. The 30-year-old landscaper who grew up in Conyers, Ga., spoke with his mother toward the end of a nearly two-hour rain delay during the game.
July 18, 2013 |
During my childhood, whenever my parents didn't want us kids to know what they were saying, they'd talk to each other in Yiddish, the language they'd grown up with. They took a much dimmer view of this trick when my sister and I would use our rudimentary high school French to do the same thing. When we pointed out the inconsistency, they agreed that conversations in front of others should be held in the common language - and no whispering in front of each other - because shutting people out of the conversation was rude and would make them feel they were being talked about in unkind ways.
July 15, 2013 |
Travelers, how many of you would invest in socks that promise to make your feet more comfortable and less sweaty -- made with coffee sludge? Get in line. A Kickstarter campaign to manufacture Atlas socks made of coffee-infused fabric has created a lot of buzz and raised more than four times the amount of seed money needed to make the socks a reality. Founders were hoping to raise $30,000 with the crowd-sourced campaign; as of Friday, they had raised more than $147,000 and will continue until July 24. "This is a great way to actually be smarter about your buying and finding out what customers want," Kit Hickey says.