July 2, 2013 |
Josh Hamilton finished a workout with the team's strength and conditioning coach Tuesday afternoon, went into the Angels' dugout for some water, took a small wad of chewing tobacco out of his mouth and flung it to the floor. Asked if he had resumed chewing tobacco after quitting last July - a move that led to withdrawal symptoms and may have contributed to his second-half slump with Texas - Hamilton said, "No comment. " This is a sensitive subject for Hamilton, whose well-chronicled addiction to cocaine and alcohol led to a three-year suspension from baseball from 2003-2005 and who has struggled with tobacco and caffeine use. Hamilton has also struggled since signing a five-year, $125-million deal in December, hitting .223 with 10 home runs, 29 runs batted in and 81 strikeouts entering Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals.
June 25, 2013 |
Gliese 667C might be the dimmest of a stellar threesome, but it's got something its two brighter companions don't: a trio of super-Earths circling around the star's skinny habitable zone, where the planets could potentially be capable of supporting life. For astronomers, the record-breaking trio are the crown jewels of a planetary system containing as many as seven possible planets (though researchers say the evidence is currently strongest for just five of them). The three lie inside the habitable zone, a Goldilocks region where the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water -- a necessary ingredient for life.
June 6, 2013 |
Your browser does not support iframes. As if Yasiel Puig, or any other major league outfielder, doesn't have enough to worry about, add one thing to the list. Umpire Jordan Baker is quickly gaining fame for a pretty gross habit: After each half inning, he turns and throws his chewing gum into the outfield. The gum-throwing, first reported by Lobshots.com , means that at the end of each game Baker leaves 18 wads of chewing gum in the outfield. Who has to clean this up? You have to bet if an outfielder has to dive for a ball during a game and lands on several wads of gum, he won't be happy.
May 20, 2013 |
They've been waiting underground for 17 years, and now cicadas are emerging en masse to take over the eastern half of the United States. Right now, billions of the Brood II cicadas are emerging from the ground and are making big noise all up and down the East Coast. While some people are dreading the coming onslaught of creepy-looking red-eyed bugs, and others are polishing up their storehouse of cicada recipes , Science Channel is planning to dedicate much of its Memorial Day weekend programming to the little fellas.
May 10, 2013 |
No two readers are alike. No two mothers are alike. And the only way to really find out what might be a good book to get your mother for Mother's Day is to ask her what she likes to read. My own mother's reading habits have always been a bit of a mystery to me. I don't remember her reading many books when I was growing up in L.A. as the son of Guatemalan immigrants. She was a single mom, working a series of clerical jobs and raising an only son, and she never had much free time. So I got on the phone and called Guatemala - my mother retired and moved back to Latin America two decades ago - and asked her: “ ¿Cuáles son sus libros favoritos?
April 20, 2013 |
OK, you've had nearly a third of the year. Lost that weight? Smoking a thing of the past? Nicer to your husband? If you are like many people, such resolutions have disappeared as completely as the bubbles in your Champagne toast. But you can start again. We all have habits that we could stand to break. But desire isn't everything, and it can be difficult to know where to start and frustrating to carry on through setbacks, temptation and outright failure. Still, in order to live healthful and productive lives, many of us need to make changes.
April 18, 2013 |
NASA scientists announced Thursday that the Kepler mission had confirmed finding three planets , slightly larger than our own Earth, orbiting in their stars' so-called habitable zones -- that "Goldilocks" region where temperatures are not too hot and not too cold. Researchers don't know for sure, but the planets' sizes and proximity to their stars mean that they could be rocky and could have liquid water, two attributes thought necessary for a planet to harbor life. What is certain, the scientists said during a press conference Thursday, is that the discoveries mark yet another step forward in the space agency's quest to find an Earth-sized planet in a star's habitable zone.
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April 16, 2013 |
Los Angeles County prosecutors have closed an investigation into the spending habits of West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, whose charges on a city-issued credit card were the focus of a nearly two-year probe. Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said criminal charges will not be filed against Duran, who charged dozens of meals to his city expense account, spending more than $7,000 at local restaurants over three years. There was "no evidence available to contradict the claim of city officials that they were conducting public business during these meals," Huntsman wrote in a letter Thursday to a person who filed a complaint against members of the City Council.
April 5, 2013 |
It's "proxy season" again for most public companies - called that because most shareholders submit their votes via proxy rather than attend the companies' annual meetings in person. This year's season represents a critical juncture in public company corporate governance because of the 2012 season, which earned the moniker "Shareholder Spring" in some circles. The reference was to the dramatic "Arab Spring" across the Middle East, which was marked by wide-scale protests seeking reform within autocratic governments.
April 4, 2013 |
Among the household items put to unintended use in the new film "Evil Dead," a playfully reverent if not-overly-so remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult favorite horror movie, are a nail gun, an electric knife, a jerry-rigged defibrillator, and, in an obvious nod to the original, a chain saw. The feature debut of Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez, discovered via a short on YouTube, "Evil Dead" has a gleeful exuberance of its own analogous to the mad invention...