December 31, 2006 |
THE number of outbreaks of illness on cruise ships nearly doubled in 2006, including a spike in the last six weeks. So far this year, 36 disease outbreaks on cruise ships have been reported to the Vessel Sanitation Program of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2005, there were 19. "We've had more outbreaks in the last six weeks than we have had in quite some time," said Dave Forney, chief of the program, whose mission is to quell such outbreaks.
September 18, 2006 |
Gyms, in my book, should be clean. Not just somewhat kept up, but absolutely spotless. That's why I have no hesitation chasing down people who fail to wipe down their machine after sliming it with copious amounts of sweat or who leave the shower with questionable things floating atop the drain. I've always felt alone in this fixation. Then I met Marcia Jeffries, an environmental health specialist with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Recreational Health Program.
April 2, 2006
Friday is No Housework Day. This one stumps a lot of folks. Designer Christopher Lowell, who admits he couldn't identify his own vacuum cleaner in a lineup, says it's hard to celebrate not doing something he doesn't do anyway. "Isn't life too short?" Actually, the question you want to ask is, "What would Lucy Ricardo do?"
February 26, 2006 |
It all began with what looked like a spider bite on Eileen Moore's left thigh. Nothing to worry about, she figured. Within 24 hours, the "bite" became a 6-inch welt with a bubble of pus that eventually ripened into a black wound. Over the next few months, scabs dotted her face. A hangnail caused her middle finger to bloat like a sausage. Her pierced ears oozed pus.
January 1, 2006 |
OH, those little annoyances of traveling: Your contact lenses turn gritty halfway through your trip. Your ankles swell after sitting too long on a plane. Your toothbrush gets grimy after days on the road. You want a workout but there's no gym at your hotel. You think you have to buck up and deal with it but, no, there are solutions out there -- some low-tech and high-tech products that go easy on a post-holiday budget.
December 20, 2005 |
A group of high-ranking Iraqi officials from the Saddam Hussein regime, including two biological weapons experts known as Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax, has been released after almost three years in detention, American officials said Monday. The move came as violence again broke out across the country and as an Islamic militant group released a videotape it said showed the execution of an American hostage kidnapped this month. One of the eight people released was Rihab Taha -- dubbed Dr.
November 13, 2005
DVD releases through the end of the year haven't left out pop music fans. New discs cater to a broad selection of tastes, including fans of punk rock, hip-hop, former Beatles and the crooning of early Streisand: All Access DVD Magazine: The Remix, Volume 1. DVD magazine featuring hip-hop artists including Jay-Z, Slim Thug, Mike Jones and Fat Joe. Music Video Distributors: includes performances, interviews, $14.95, Tuesday. Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials.
October 31, 2005 |
Punk nostalgia is nothing new, but its audience is definitely not limited to aging misfits. Observe the "Waking the Dead" concert Saturday at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, where first-wave punk veterans played to a crowd heavy with young fans in black leather and T-shirts championing such ancients as the Clash and Public Image. Many were barely in their teens, embracing a sound as distant to them as the rock of the 1950s and '60s.