November 7, 2013 |
The last time Antron Brown played Pomona, he wound up in a sand trap, which would have been fine if he'd been driving a ball at the Mountain Meadows Golf Course across the street and not a 320-mph dragster at the Auto Club Raceway. Brown, 37, has had two crashes in 16 years on the National Hot Rod Assn. circuit. One came last February at the Winternationals in Pomona, where his 8,000-horsepower top-fuel engine exploded as he crossed the finish line ahead of David Grubnic. Brown's car careened into Grubnic's lane, flipped upside down and disintegrated as it drifted down the strip, coming to rest in the safety sand trap at the end of the track.
November 5, 2013 |
Toyota Motor Corp. revealed a sneak peak of its FCV Concept hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Tuesday, an early version of the car it thinks will popularize fuel cell autos just as the Prius made hybrids mainstream. “It is a very intriguing proposition for us,” said Bill Fay, general manager of Toyota's U.S. sales arm. “We think it could be the best zero emissions solution that hits the market.” The four-seater, which looks like a futuristic and aggressive Prius, is expected to go on sale sometime in 2015. There's no word on what the price might be. Although there is a dearth of hydrogen stations -- just a handful in California and some in pockets on the East Coast -- there are plans to build more as automakers start to sell fuel cell cars.
November 5, 2013 |
Suzanne Dinatale lost her job as sales manager for a biotech company in July. She applied almost immediately for unemployment benefits to help cushion the blow. Dinatale, 41, of Manhattan Beach, said she had no problem receiving the forms she needed to get the ball rolling with California's Employment Development Department. "After that, nothing," she told me. "I called them and got hung up on. I sent emails that got no responses. " Dinatale is now dipping into her retirement savings to get by. "This is the first time I've ever needed unemployment," she said.
November 4, 2013 |
Omar Oraby is 7 feet 2 and stands up straight as a light pole. Sometimes kids who are extremely tall try to look less tall. They hunch their shoulders. They nonchalantly bend their knees. But Oraby is proud of who he is. He's proud of his height. He is proud to be a USC senior and well on his way to a college degree. He is proud to be a basketball player with soft hands, nifty footwork and talent that doesn't always come naturally to a big man from a country that doesn't produce many basketball players.
November 1, 2013 |
Is it time for an intervention of galactic proportions? Astronomers say they've caught the Milky Way popping pills - giant capsules of gas clouds encapsulated in magnetic fields that are hovering around the fringes of our galaxy. The findings, described in Astrophysical Journal, could help explain how the galaxy has been fueling new star growth. The Smith Cloud is a cloud of hydrogen gas discovered by and named after Gail Bieger (née Smith) that's hurtling toward our galaxy at roughly 73 kilometers per second.
November 1, 2013 |
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- USC tailback Javorius Allen ran off the practice field last week holding a football. Allen had dropped the ball on one of his two carries against Utah, losing opportunities to show the progress he has made as a third-year sophomore. He told himself he would not waste another chance. On Friday night at Reser Stadium, Allen seized the moment, rushing for three touchdowns in the Trojans' 31-14 victory over Oregon State. Allen scored on runs of nine, 18 and 52 yards as the Trojans won at Reser Stadium for the first time since 2004.
October 30, 2013 |
Craving a burger off a fast-food dollar menu? Chances are that it now costs more than a buck. Customers are still reeling from McDonald's move last week to update its Dollar Menu, which for more than a decade offered burgers, fries and other items for less than a dollar apiece. The menu accounts for as much as 14% of the chain's overall U.S. sales. But soon, the list will morph into what's being called the Dollar Menu & More, which mixes the standard $1 items in with $2 goods and $5 shareable family meals designed to, as McDonald's puts it, "fill the need for choice, flexibility and other preferences.
October 29, 2013 |
Lakers 116 - Clippers 103 (end of regulation) The Lakers upset the Clippers on Tuesday night at Staples Center, opening the season with a stunning bench performance. Heading into the fourth quarter with a four-point deficit, the combination of Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hill completely overwhelmed the Clippers. Henry led all scorers with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Farmar had 16 with six assists. Coach Mike D'Antoni stuck with the lineup through the entire period, letting the group close out against the Clippers' stars.
October 26, 2013 |
More than a week ago, Alemany was on the verge of perhaps not making the Pac-5 playoffs after being upset in its Serra League opener by Loyola and losing two key defensive players to injuries. Now the Warriors are suddenly close to winning another Serra League championship after consecutive wins over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Bishop Amat. Leading the way has been junior receiver Desean Holmes. He had seven receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown in a 35-27 win over Notre Dame.
October 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A new study has detected air pollutants, including carcinogens, in areas downwind of Canada's main fossil fuel hub in Alberta at levels rivaling those of major metropolises such as Beijing and Mexico City. The study by researchers from UC Irvine and the University of Michigan also found a high incidence of blood cancers such as leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma among men in the area, compared with the rest of Alberta and Canada. "When you get cancers that can be caused by the carcinogens we are seeing, that is reason for concern," said Isobel J. Simpson, a lead author of the study and a researcher at UC Irvine's chemistry department.