October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Developers of the problematic Obamacare website faced tough questioning at a House oversight committee Thursday, as both Republican and Democratic lawmakers frustrated by the shoddy roll-out sought answers over what went wrong - and when it would be fixed. The hearing was not without its political rhetoric: Republicans seized on the opportunity as their best chance to stop the Affordable Care Act they have been unable to undo; Democrats pivoted to Obamacare's overarching goal of getting uninsured Americans covered.
August 27, 2013 |
Get back, my friend. I got a big personal space today, and you're in it. And science is on our side. Some European scientists found that the average "peripersonal space" is around 8-16 inches, but it varies with anxiety. The researchers measured eye-blink reflexes and compared that with test subjects' ratings of anxiety in different circumstances. The people who were more anxious wigged out more strongly to far-away stimuli than the mellower bunch did. In other words, the high-anxiety group had a large “defensive peripersonal space," according to the study published Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience.
August 24, 2013
In Williamsburg, Va., we had very good food and drink at the Fireside Chophouse Bar & Grill. It's been family-owned for 40 years. They paid attention to detail, and the personal service was great. Fireside Chophouse, 1995 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, Va.; (757) 229-3310, http://www.firesidechophouse.com . Steaks from $19.99; children's menu. Ruth Mullen Thousand Oaks
August 16, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1/2 cup olive oil plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced shallot Kosher salt, coarse black pepper 1 large globe eggplant, about 1 1/2 pounds 10 fresh basil leaves, torn Fleur de sel 1. Coat the peppers with one-half teaspoon of olive oil....
August 15, 2013
Maybe the most aptly named ensemble working today, the Cookers are a collection of seasoned jazz pros that includes Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss and Billy Hart who deftly navigate the fertile ground between hard bop and post bop. The spirit and sound of '60s jazz may be well represented in spirit, but the results are hot enough to sound thoroughly of today. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 8:30 p.m. Sat. , 7:30 p.m. Sun., $20-$25. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com .
August 8, 2013 |
Executives from CBS and Time Warner Cable were grilled Thursday by an angry New York City Council about their distribution dispute that has left consumers there and around the country without access to the network's programming. "We're not here to judge who's good and who's bad, we're here for our constituents," said Mark Weprin, chairman of the council's Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee. "We've got to stop pointing fingers, we don't think either one of you is right. " Weprin's remarks were echoed by several other members of the council.