February 9, 2014 |
The public knows a great deal more now about a Los Angeles Police Department shooting than it did a few weeks ago. We know that officers fired more than 100 shots into and at a truck in Torrance on the morning of Feb. 7, 2013, only to discover that fleeing former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner was not inside; instead, the truck was occupied by two women delivering morning newspapers. We know that one officer fired 28 rounds, and that officers were so poorly arrayed that they fired toward one another, adding to the confusion in the predawn darkness.
February 1, 2014 |
Forget the turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the three-stage neck-warming system, the color heads-up display. The most interesting feature of the 2014 BMW 435i convertible is the elaborate setup built into the caboose of this car. With the car's folding hardtop stowed in the trunk, it's hard to access the 7.8 cubic feet of luggage space below it. So BMW devised an automated system that raises the folded roof out of your way when the trunk is...
January 24, 2014 |
Appearances to the contrary, actress Cameron Diaz wasn't always the picture of health. A few months of kung fu training changed all that, and now she's written a guide for women to make smart decisions about their bodies. For Diaz, "The Body Book" is about dispelling confusion and letting people know how things work from the eyebrows on down. What motivated you to write "The Body Book"? Two years ago I was 39 and having conversations with other women my age, and they kept saying the same things about how they were confused about their bodies and how to get them to where they wanted to be. I thought it was crazy that someone could live their whole life in their own body and not know how it works.
December 26, 2013 |
If you're among the small number of directors or actors who isn't white, there is finally some cause to be excited about what's happening in Hollywood. For the first time in Academy Awards history, a black man - British filmmaker Steve McQueen - may win the directing Oscar for his heralded, harrowing film "12 Years a Slave. " Besides McQueen, critics and awards voters are celebrating the work of other people of color, singling out "Gravity's" Mexican-born filmmaker, Alfonso Cuarón, the African American talk show host Oprah Winfrey from "Lee Daniels' The Butler," and a variety of black actors, including Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave")
December 13, 2013 |
The budget agreement reached by the House and Senate this week is a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the process. By putting in place a bipartisan plan for the next two years, the agreement represents a much-needed improvement over the uncertainty of governing by crisis that has dominated fiscal policy the last several years. But the fundamental fiscal challenges we identified in the 2010 report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and the need for reforms of entitlement programs and the tax code, go unaddressed.
December 1, 2013 |
Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option. " But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough. Now is the time to get rid of the Senate's archaic and abusive filibuster in all matters that come before it. And fortunately, Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) are taking advantage of the momentum from the Senate vote to try to do just that.