March 9, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Paul Menard wasn't sure if he would even race Sunday, but the NASCAR driver had one of his better finishes in recent years. Menard finished third Sunday in the Kobalt 400 after leading six laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At one point he passed four-time Las Vegas winner Jimmie Johnson for the lead. "Just had a really solid car all day and all weekend," said Menard, who drives the No. 27 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and has one career Sprint Cup Series win, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2011.
March 3, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before erasing the Oscars from my already packed DVR. The Skinny: I'd love to tell you I was at all the hot parties last night. While I was certainly in demand - sorry, Graydon and Madonna - I opted to stay home and watch the way the little people do, which is with a bag of Doritos on my lap. Today's Fix includes all the Oscar recaps and reviews you'll need. Also, the box=office report and the latest on Comcast, Charter and Time Warner Cable. Daily Dose: Dodger fans who are not Time Warner Cable subscribers won't be totally out of luck if the team's new channel is unavailable from other area pay-TV distributors.
March 2, 2014 |
The Academy Awards - Oscar to his friends - are upon us. The whole world is watching, as the kids used to say back in the Days of Rage, or pretending not to watch but watching out of the corner of its eye, or not watching but getting the news all the same. It is undeniably the case that people who make movies, and the movies themselves, will be praised and prized and patted on the back, backed by the institutional weight of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - a celebration, seen around the world, of the signal art form of our time, except (you may also have heard)
February 18, 2014 |
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. Even if defined only by distance, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory twin Voyagers are America's greatest space adventure. They've been flying successfully for more than 36 years and are billions of miles from home. What isn't widely known is that they almost never made it out there. The first proposed mission in the late 1960s was for four spacecraft to take advantage of a rare alignment of the four outer planets of the solar system; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune would all be on the same side of the sun. However, in December 1971, NASA decided it couldn't afford the $1-billion price tag for a 12-year "grand tour" mission with four spacecraft.
February 17, 2014 |
A massive asteroid the length of three football fields will make its closest approach to Earth tonight, and you can watch it fly by live, right here. Beginning at 6 p.m. PST, the astronomy website Slooh.com will provide a live video feed of the asteroid from a telescope in the Canary Islands. The free show will last about an hour and will be visible in the video box above. Asteroid the length of 3 football fields eludes sky-watchers The asteroid is known as 2000 EM26, and although it is big, it poses no threat to Earth.
February 15, 2014 |
What does a company do when it retrieves government-confiscated building materials? If that company is Gibson Guitar Corp., it makes guitars from it. Late last year, the 120-year-old Nashville music company released a limited series of Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars with fingerboards made from wood that federal agents had seized in factory raids. The company produced 750 instruments for that first batch, which quickly sold out. Responding to continued demand, Gibson this year released about 1,000 more Government Series guitars, which sold out "in minutes," according to Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz. PHOTOS: Daughters of rock stars "We kept getting calls, and we had wood left over," said Juszkiewicz, 60. Those who still want to get their hands on a Government Series Gibson guitar might have to resort to EBay, though.