January 6, 2014 |
Lady Gaga's "Artpop" is apparently not all she wanted it to be, and in explaining the delay in her "Do What U Want" video, the performer took some time to beg her fans for their forgiveness - even as she slammed the people in her operation who she said didn't have her back. Oh, yeah, she also indulged in a bit of self-aggrandizement, but that's pretty much standard Gaga, right? Part of the show. Regarding the "DWUW" video, she said she was given only a week to plan and execute it, and that time frame didn't work for her. All this tied to an album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in November but dropped off precipitously in sales after that.
January 2, 2014 |
Some traumas end up borne privately, but this was not one of them. At her memorial service in Denver on Wednesday, Araphahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis' father stepped to the stage, and in a gentle voice, with cameras and a large audience watching, ended up thanking everybody in increments. A thanks for coming to this celebration of Claire's life. A thanks to an Arapahoe County sheriff's deputy -- the one who found Davis' daughter Dec. 13 in the hallway at the Centennial, Colo., school where she'd been shot by a classmate with a shotgun.
September 25, 2013 |
When five giant mortgage firms signed a landmark $25-billion mortgage settlement last year, officials hailed debt forgiveness as the primary strategy to preserve homeownership. The banks hoped to avoid further enforcement action over widespread foreclosure abuses; federal regulators and state attorneys general aimed to prevent even more foreclosures. "This isn't just about punishing banks for their irresponsible behavior," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said.
September 21, 2013 |
With the curtain drawn on the most controversial edition of CBS' reality show "Big Brother," cast member Aaryn Gries, whose ethnic and homophobic slurs made national headlines, is bracing herself to face a new reality - that many people feel she's a racist. But the 23-year-old college student from San Marcos, Texas, who was unaware of the tempest her remarks created until emerging from the show's imposed isolation earlier this week, is determined to reverse that perception. "I'm trying to show that I'm remorseful, and I hope that comes across because I really do feel very bad," she said in an interview with The Times.
August 22, 2013 |
Over the last couple of weeks, a tiny monochromatic skyline has been growing in my kitchen. Since opening Lego's new “ Architecture Studio ,” my two daughters (who are 9 and 4) and I have been putting together, dismantling and redesigning a group of about 10 buildings. We've kept the results on display on a shelf above the sink. Because the Architecture Studio includes bricks in just two shades - white and transparent - the buildings we've created all seem to be related, at least distantly, to modern architecture.
August 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Eliot Spitzer came to a gospel concert in Brooklyn in search of what he's wanted for five long years. As New Yorkers waited in line and lounged in camping chairs at a park before the show one recent evening, the disgraced former governor and attorney general, his white dress shirt sleeves rolled up, gripped hands and grinned. "Welcome back!" one woman shouted. "You were a great AG!" cooed another. Spitzer's political revival has also taken him on a repentant sinner's path to houses of worship on New York City's fringes.