October 15, 2012 |
Welcome to Better Know a Model, a regular feature in which we give you a quick look at what's in the Los Angeles Times test garage to preview vehicles we'll be reviewing soon. Late last week, we got in this 2013 Ford Fusion SE. It's powered by a mid-level engine, an EcoBoost turbocharged engine making 178-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Power heads to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode. Photos: 2013 Ford Fusion SE in Times test garage The car Ford sent us was fairly loaded (you'll see a lot of this)
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August 27, 2012 |
Plumes of smoke from roasting lamb skewers curl into the night air. Crowds jostle past fermented tofu stands and vats of curry fish balls. "Xia bing'er! Xia bing'er!" one vendor sings in the high, lilting dialect of Beijing. "Shrimp pancakes!" David Fung, a new Houston Rockets hat on his head, slides through the Asian night market in Pasadena with his brother, Andrew. "Dude, this is like the 626 Olympics," he says, weaving to the beat of Rihanna and YG. PHOTOS: 626 Night Market The two are swept up in the moment and start belting out a version of their viral YouTube rap about the 626 - the area code of much of the San Gabriel Valley.
August 21, 2012 |
For the first time, astronomers have seen evidence of an aging star consuming its own planet. Such events are not uncommon as aging stars expand in size, engulfing nearby planets. But the events happen relatively quickly on a cosmological time scale and it is considered unlikely for one to be observed directly. The star in question is known as a red giant. Such stars begin with a mass about the same as that of the Earth's sun. As they age, the hydrogen fusion reactions in their core become less efficient and most of the fusion is transferred to the outer shell of gases.
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August 13, 2012 |
Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons thought they were going to change the energy world forever. On March 23, 1989, they announced at a news conference at the University of Utah that they had discovered a tabletop process for producing nuclear fusion at room temperatures. This so-called cold fusion, they said, would provide a clean, renewable, limitless source of cheap energy that could free the United States from its dependence on foreign oil. The pair garnered headlines around the world, and literally hundreds of scientists, both professional and amateur, tried to replicate what appeared to be a simple process.
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July 22, 2012 |
To the little girl, going to work with her father felt like visiting a petting zoo, with chickens, ducks, doves and rabbits in cages in the back of the shop. Even as she fed the animals, she knew about the other part of Al Salam Polleria. The part with things like the boiler, the de-featherer and the cutting station. "But I guess, yeah, if you think of it as a butcher shop then that might be weird," said Iman Elrabat-Gabr, now 37. "But the memories I have of it are not a butcher shop, more of a farm.
July 14, 2012 |
An unexpected downpour will dampen, but not diminish, great artists. That was the case Thursday night when Grand Performances presented Guadalajara's 10-year-old experimental dance ensemble, Pájaro de Nube, at the intimate Marina Pavilion outdoor water garden downtown. Then again, the brief rainstorm was entirely suitable to the mystical, hour-long work "Stones of Water" ("Piedras de Agua"), conceived and co-directed by choreographer Beatriz Garcia and composer Marcos Garcia.
June 13, 2012 |
Like jazz itself, the drummer Lumar LeBlanc was born in the city of New Orleans. And like a lot of musicians there, he played in the traditional brass-band style that originated in the 1920s and '30s, favoring familiar marches and ballads. "Like 'When the Saints Go Marching In' and '(What a) Wonderful World,'" LeBlanc says now. "But being young, we heard things on the radio, like Public Enemy and other rap music. We would sneak in some of these tunes. We found audiences were captivated by these funky beats and these newer sounds … played on a snare drum, a bass drum, a sousaphone, two trumpets, a saxophone and two trombones.
May 29, 2012 |
When: 7. Where: Ventura College Sports Complex, Ventura. On the air: No broadcast. Update: The last time Chivas USA faced the Fusion was in a practice game in January - and the Fusion won, 1-0. This time the teams will be playing for real in a third-round matchup in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the nation's oldest knockout soccer tournament. The Fusion, one of three amateur teams still alive in the tournament, is led by former Chivas midfielder Rodrigo Lopez.
April 11, 2012 |
No one's ever called music impresario April Williams lazy. She began booking and producing music in the upstairs room at Vitello's restaurant in Studio City at the end of 2009. It's now one of the most coveted jazz spots - for musicians and listeners alike - in Southern California. On April 18, she breaks new ground with a spring music series at the Federal, in the heart of the NoHo Arts District near a Metro Rail station. She could hardly inaugurate her new enterprise more auspiciously: Williams has tapped Bob Sheppard, one of the preeminent West Coast jazz saxophonist stylists and busiest recording session players in the Hollywood studios.
March 25, 2012 |
It's an incredible narrative befitting a new arrival in Tinseltown: From humble beginnings growing up in a tiny Italian village as the grandson of a barber and son of a hairdresser, Rossano Ferretti at age 15 leaves home on a quest to conquer the world of hairstyling in the mid 1970s. En route to becoming an international sensation, he's mentored by the legendary Vidal Sassoon's team, and amid the swirl of London's swinging fashion scene sets his scissors to the heads of supermodels, coifs celebrities and opens, to date, 19 hair salons (Ferretti calls them hair spas)