January 5, 2014 |
As President Obama ponders a task force's recommendations for reining in electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, a federal judge in New York has allowed another government agency to invade the privacy of Americans. Judge Edward R. Korman ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents may confiscate and examine the contents of laptop computers of Americans returning to the country even if they lack reasonable suspicion that the devices contain evidence of criminal activity.
January 4, 2014 |
The Chargers beat long odds to get into the playoffs, so they aren't saddled with the weight of expectations. They won their final four games of the regular season, and five of the last six, to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2009 season. Quarterback Philip Rivers has had his best season, completing a league-leading 69.5% of his passes for 4,478 yards with 32 touchdowns with and 11 interceptions. He has reversed the trend of the previous three seasons, when he had 48 interceptions to go with his 83 touchdowns.
December 27, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian's fiance, Kanye West, just synthesized high fashion with fine art, giving his girl a hand-painted Birkin handbag for Christmas. Well, what else do you get the girl who appears to have everything and then some? But the lofty Hermes satchel itself isn't the only rarity, the "Yeezus" rapper commissioned artist George Condo to paint the one-of-a-kind handbag with a surrealist portrait of nude subjects -- at least four of them -- depicted with his signature monstrous faces. PHOTOS: Our favorite celebrity couples of 2013 Art is fashion and fashion is art after all. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" starlet, 33, shared a photo of the decadent bag on Instagram on Thursday, captioning it with information-laden hashtags: "#HandPaintedGeorgeCondo #HermesBirkin #OneofOne #ChristmasPresentFromYeezy" West, 36, has collaborated with the American contemporary artist in the past, commissioning him to paint five different album covers for West's 2010 album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
December 21, 2013 |
At this very moment my neighbor, Cassy, is awaiting delivery of a 100-year-old cider press she bought on eBay. She, like many of us, has apple fever. I made an apple galette at least twice this week. And I'm dreaming of the apple hand pies I used to buy in frosty weather from the famous bakery Poîlane on Rue du Cherche-Midi in Paris. But even if you don't bake, you can get in on the apple frenzy at restaurants and bakeries. Now that we've got pumpkin desserts out of the way, inspired bakers are turning their attention to apples.
December 19, 2013 |
For decades, Candlestick Park has felt as ancient as Jurassic Park. Now, with the San Francisco 49ers set to say goodbye to their slouching home, and move next season to a shiny new stadium half an hour down the peninsula, the memories are bubbling back. "It was a dump, but it was our dump," said Dwight Clark, a star receiver for the 49ers from 1979 to '87. "We had a lot of history there and a lot of success. It's sad to see it go, but that's progress. " It was Clark who made "The Catch," the most famous play in club history, reeling in a six-yard, last-minute touchdown pass from Joe Montana to beat Dallas in the 1981 playoffs and earn a trip to the Super Bowl.
December 19, 2013 |
Owners of an upscale apartment complex across the street from the popular Grove shopping center in Los Angeles are spending a fortune to make some of their best units even more luxurious - and more expensive to rent. In a handful of pricey neighborhoods across the city, some apartments are beginning to resemble a cross between a $1-million home and a five-star resort. The movement is turning on its head the long-held assumption that wealthy Los Angelenos buy, not rent, their residences.
December 19, 2013 |
The rash of injuries to Lakers point guards that has afflicted starters, backups and fill-ins alike struck Kobe Bryant on Thursday, the All-Star learning he will miss about six weeks with a broken bone in his left knee. Bryant initially shrugged off the injury he suffered Tuesday in the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies as a hyperextended knee, but an MRI exam showed he had broken the lateral tibial plateau. He stayed in the game after conversing with trainer Gary Vitti.
December 17, 2013
Josh Smith scored 30 points, Greg Monroe had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss of the season Monday night, stunning the Pacers, 101-96. The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ended a six-game skid in the series and ended a nine-game losing streak in Indianapolis. Lance Stephenson had a season-high 23 points, and Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), whose 11-0 start at home was the best in franchise history.
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December 17, 2013 |
The politically powerful head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's largest union has refused to cooperate with an audit of two nonprofit trusts established to improve relations between management and labor at the city-owned utility. City officials began trying to account for more than $40 million in ratepayer money poured into the nonprofits' accounts over the last decade after The Times reported in September that the DWP had only scant information on how the money has been spent.
December 17, 2013 |
If you like Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, you'll love the sculpture of Alexander Calder. And vice versa. As an artist Calder certainly wasn't in the business of illustrating difficult scientific postulates. (Born on the cusp of the 20th century, he died at 78 in 1976.) In fact, one frequent knock on him was the claim that, while charmingly whimsical, his sculpture is physically, emotionally and intellectually lightweight. After all, this is the guy who built an entire miniature circus out of cardboard, some buttons and a bunch of twisted wire.