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October 4, 2013 |
Vo Nguyen Giap, the communist general widely regarded as one of the military geniuses of the 20th century, who masterminded the defeat of the French and the war against the Americans in Vietnam, has died. He was 102. Giap died Friday at a military hospital in Hanoi, the Associated Press reported, citing a government official. Though Ho Chi Minh was the symbol of Vietnam's fight for independence and reunification, it was Giap who carved out the victories. From Dien Bien Phu to Khe Sanh to the Tet offensive, his name became synonymous with the battles that defined a chapter of world history and emboldened liberation movements from Africa to Latin America.
September 25, 2013 |
Vin Scully not doing a Dodgers World Series would be like the pope not doing Christmas. Yet, if the Dodgers make it that far, that's exactly what we will face. The most amazing broadcaster of all time, baseball's most charming diplomat for 64 seasons, would not be calling the games on network television -- or any television. In the postseason, of course, the big networks take over. Joe Buck would do the World Series, not Scully. Oh, heavenly father, say it ain't so. Nothing against Buck, for he's got baseball in the blood.
September 24, 2013 |
A Caltech researcher who fused economics and neuroscience to make sense of human decisions that often don't make cents has won the MacArthur genius grant. Colin Camerer came to Caltech in 1994 with an MBA in quantitative studies and a doctorate in decision theory from the University of Chicago's business school, a place he described as “the temple of beliefs in highly rational people who make really good decisions and take into account the future.” “I just thought that was a useful caricature, but not the right model of human nature,” Camerer said.
September 17, 2013 |
R. Kelly flexed his relatively tough side a couple of months ago with " My Story ," the lead single from his upcoming album "Black Panties," which is due to be released Nov. 11. The R&B maestro goes much softer, though, in "Genius," another new track reportedly set for inclusion on the upcoming disc. It's a lighter-than-air slow jam in the effervescent tradition of such Kelly classics as " Step in the Name of Love ," " Number One Hit " and " Ignition (Remix) ," the last of which he famously mashed up with Phoenix's "1901" at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
August 13, 2013 |
In addition to hiring assistants Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis to join Dan D'Antoni on Coach Mike D'Antoni's staff, the Lakers also brought in Larry Lewis and Mark Madsen as player development coaches. "It's an awesome opportunity," said Lewis to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com . "I'm very grateful for it, and appreciative at the same time. " Lewis looks forward to learning D'Antoni's system and helping players find ways to contribute. "There are spots on the court that guys have to go to, especially in the beginning of each possession," said Lewis. "It's a system where each player is sort of demanded to know everyone's spot. That's the interesting thing about it. It flows, evolves and lives.
August 8, 2013
Perfection and aesthetics do not usually go together, but the deliciously mysterious monochromes in Maxwell Hendler's "All Summer Long" make their pairing seem natural. As a colorist he's a genius, and that's all he needs to make paintings so gorgeous you see everything in a split-second and cannot stop looking, well into autumn and far beyond. Manny Silverman Gallery, 619 N. Almont Drive, (310) 659-8256, through Aug. 17. Closed Sundays and Mondays. http://www.mannysilvermangallery.com