May 17, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian has reportedly sent out baby shower invitations, furthering rumors that this July she and rapper-boyfriend Kanye West are expecting a baby girl. The reality TV starlet, 31, is said to have sent out invites for the June 2 bash in music boxes that play West's song "Hey Mama" when opened. There's also a wind-up ballerina twirling to the song the rapper wrote for his late mother, according to E! News. If this story is to be believed, it's safe to say that the couple is likely expecting a girl, which had previously only been rumored.
May 17, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - Greg Cantori plans to downsize when he retires. Really, really downsize. His retirement home is 238 square feet - one-tenth the size of the average new American house - and sits in his Maryland yard. He and wife Renee can hitch it to a truck and take it with them wherever they go. "It's so cheap - that's what's so cool about this," said Cantori, 52, who envisions a surf-and-turf future, alternating between the house and a sailboat. "We bought the house for $19,000.
May 11, 2013 |
"How do I make this old bike go faster?" That refrain, heard frequently among the teeming masses riding from downtown to the beach in last month's CicLAvia and sure to be repeated again at the next one on June 23, has one obvious answer (work out more, dude) and three not-so-obvious ones: Oil the chain, adjust the seat to the proper height (so there's a slight bend in your knee at the bottom of the pedal stroke) and get some "clip-in" cycling shoes and pedals. Snapped into matching pedals via a step-in cleat you attach to a port on the bottom, clip-in shoes include a stiff sole and the ability to pull up as well as push down, thereby providing a huge mechanical advantage that transfers more of your energy into the crank.
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May 10, 2013 |
Rinconia Drive is one of those narrow, tree-shaded roads that snakes up the Hollywood Hills, lined with a mix of older bungalows and towering modern mansions. But when you get to Chris Brown's concrete-and-steel-and-glass Jay Vanos-designed home, the mood changes dramatically. A flashy Lamborghini is parked in front, blocking the sidewalk and part of the street. A creature in a silver spacesuit is perched on a ledge. And on the walls are massive paintings of monsters, standing 8 feet tall in bright neon colors.
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May 8, 2013 |
More details emerged about the 73-year-old hiker who fell to his death at a popular Yosemite waterfall, officials said. Kenneth Stensby's body was spotted by searchers at the base of Vernal Fall at about 6 p.m. Monday and was extricated about 1 p.m. Tuesday, park officials said in a statement. The statement said the Minnesota man, described as an avid hiker, was fatally injured when he fell from a cliff near the top of the 317-foot waterfall. His death marked the first accidental fatality at the park this year, spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.
April 25, 2013 |
Called up Bill Iffrig the other morning; he answers - no agent, no publicist. We chat awhile about running and how he came to be America's most famous marathon man. Iffrig is the older gentleman - all table legs and elbows - blown off his feet in Boston last week, crumpling to the ground as if fragged by shrapnel, bystanders rushing to his side. Looped over and over in the hours after the crash, it was something you almost had to have seen on TV, or later on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
April 19, 2013 |
The tires on Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s Ford Mustang are shrieking as he jerks his car sideways at nearly 90 mph on this serpentine race track in Long Beach. Walls are closing in on either side, leaving no room for mistakes. As the next turn nears, Gittin pumps the clutch and yanks a neon green hand brake. The rear wheels lose traction, sending the car into a power slide and unleashing a torrent of smoke into the packed grandstands. The move brings nearly 15,000 spectators to their feet.
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April 13, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - An influential state senator has a plan to allow electronic billboard ads that are currently banned by state law - including pitches for beer and gambling - next to a proposed NFL stadium in Los Angeles. The proposal, approved by a legislative committee, has outraged activists who oppose the proliferation of electronic billboards. They say lawmakers intend the measure as special treatment for Philip Anschutz, the Denver billionaire who wants to build the stadium in downtown Los Angeles.
April 7, 2013 |
Anyone who meets 16-year-old pole vaulter Kaitlyn Merritt of Santa Margarita can easily envision her one day becoming an astronaut, mountain climber or F-15 fighter pilot. It's in her DNA to never stay on the ground for too long. "When I was little, my parents said I used to climb everything," Merritt said. "I climbed the cabinet. I climbed the couch. " So it's only natural that Merritt has become the best female pole vaulter in the nation for her age group. She set a national sophomore record and a meet record on Saturday in the Arcadia Invitational when she cleared 13 feet 8 inches.
April 5, 2013 |
Casey Kasem, who gained a national radio audience after "American Top 40" launched in 1970, and his wife, Jean, are listing their Westside estate for sale at $42 million. With 12,000 square feet of living space, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, the home has been the site of intimate interviews and sleepovers for as many as 20 youngsters a night. The yard has served as the site of elaborate celebrity-studded gatherings and paintball battles. The syndicated radio host bought the property for Jean Kasem in 1989 as a gift.