November 6, 2013 |
ORLANDO - He talked about how the "basketball gods punished" his team, about how the Clippers were "very casual in our approach" to the game against the Orlando Magic and about how their steadfast belief that offense will cure all is "fool's gold. " That about covered it all for Coach Doc Rivers as he lamented the Clippers' 98-90 loss to a young Magic team Wednesday night at Amway Center. The Clippers fell behind by 19 points in the third quarter, but rallied to take a five-point lead in the fourth by finally playing some defense.
October 24, 2013 |
Remember when California mapped earthquake faults throughout the state? The ambitious effort trickled to a stop, with no maps completed from 2004 and 2011, according to records reviewed by The Times . Gasp. ALSO: A propofol-free colonoscopy? Some doctors say yes PHOTOS: Tea party backlash: Protest signs to cheer you up PHOTO ESSAY: Five women more newsworthy than Miley Cyrus Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
October 17, 2013 |
While Uganda's parliament considers an anti-homosexuality bill, which would mandate the death penalty for serial "offenders," Western-supported megachurches flourish in the African country. Roger Ross Williams' incisive and absorbing documentary "God Loves Uganda" makes a compelling case for the link between the two situations without connecting all the dots for viewers, and without condemning the young missionaries who flock to "the pearl of Africa" believing they are saving souls. Williams' alarm is balanced by his measured observation of a group of twentysomethings from the Kansas City-based International House of Prayer.
October 8, 2013 |
They call it the "God particle. " It holds the key to humanity's presence on Earth - indeed, to the existence of all the matter in the universe. Feuding nations have set aside their differences and devoted billions of dollars to finding it. Scientists built massive supercolliders capable of producing temperatures nearly as frigid as the coldest spots in outer space in their quest to unravel its secrets. Even then, it took nearly half a century to get a glimpse of the thing. Now, in a crowning moment, two theoretical physicists have won the Nobel Prize in physics for having the gumption to envision that such a thing might have existed in the first place.
September 30, 2013 |
CAIRO - In politically fractured Egypt, there's one belief that almost every faction seems to hold in common: God is on our side. (And not, therefore, on yours .) Egypt's social and cultural mix is hieroglyphic in its complexity: Islamists, progressives, conservatives, and those marching in lock step with the powerful military. But in the Arab world's most populous and influential country, the many guises of piety are rarely absent from discourse. More than two months after the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood was driven from power and the country's army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, surged to the fore, Egypt remains deeply divided about the role of religion in public life.
September 14, 2013 |
TORONTO - The entertainment world these days is filled with hyphenates: bubble-gum pop queens trying their hands at acting, film auteurs flocking to cable TV. At the Toronto International Film Festival this year, a different trend was on display, as a number of longtime movie actors used their connections and leverage accumulated in front of the camera to nab the big gig behind it: directing. Every generation sees a performer or two who toggles easily between acting and directing - Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Clint Eastwood, to name a few. But these days, it seems to be more common for actors to take a whirl in the director's chair.