March 1, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - As he recovers from surgery on his right knee, Albert Pujols' spring-training routine hasn't changed much over 2 1/2 weeks. He is taking batting practice, fielding grounders hit at him and jogging on a treadmill. He has not run the bases and appears at least two weeks away from playing in an exhibition game. But Pujols, 33, said Friday he would be ready for the April 1 season opener at Cincinnati. Asked how many spring games he would need, Pujols said, "None. As long as my body feels good, I'm ready to go. " He was serious.
February 28, 2013 |
Kids with autism spectrum disorder could have a new ally in the classroom: animals. Autistic children who played with guinea pigs rather than toys were more talkative, made more eye contact and displayed a more positive attitude, according to a study in the journal PLoS ONE. The experiment, which tested 99 children in 15 classrooms with guinea pigs, found that animals could help students with autism improve relationships with their peers and teachers,...
January 9, 2013 |
Jennifer Aniston can be a lot of fun on late-night when she doesn't have anything to promote. Free of the obligation to talk about any upcoming projects and appearing on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" purely "out of love," as the host put it, Aniston helped her pal launch his show in its new 11:35 p.m. time slot, wielding weapons including a sledgehammer, a pair of scissors and yes, embarrassing vacation photos. She used the first to take out Kimmel's new desk while declaring "out with the old, in with the new!"
June 18, 2011 |
On Sunday we honor the fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, fathers-to-be, husbands, uncles, stepfathers, foster fathers and father figures who have meant something in our lives. They're not just significant to us, they also matter to health and medical research scientists who study them and their behavior so that we may learn and grow. So in honor of Father's Day, here's a rundown of how dads have helped to better mankind: We know that they may be just as stressed out as women when a baby is due. A study published online in March in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that among 66 couples, men were freaked out about family and pregnancy issues and generally felt overloaded.
March 27, 2010 |
Google Inc.'s announcement last month that it would build a high-speed broadband network set off fierce competition among 600 communities, the Internet powerhouse said in a blog post Friday. Google hasn't been specific about the criteria in selecting which community will get the experimental fiber optic hookup, simply saying it wants to increase Internet access and spur competition. The service would offer connection speeds of 1 gigabit per second -- 100 times faster than many high-speed home connections, the company said.
HOME & GARDEN
October 31, 2009
Thank you for the excellent article on guinea pig groups ["The New Face of Animal Rescue," Oct. 10]. This is a very real, very serious issue that has driven many people to open shelters across the country, including in the Chicago area. People laugh because the animals are small. But they experience hurt, neglect and, unfortunately, death like so many animals without homes. People are so quick to dismiss them and assign a value based on the price at a pet store, but guinea pigs live much longer than people assume and require a significant amount of daily care.