March 9, 2008 |
IN 1854, when Peter Mark Roget's "Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases" arrived on these shores, Harper's magazine noted that its "practical utility, we think, is overrated by its author." It asked whom the "Thesaurus" (Latin for "treasure" or "treasury") was meant to serve: "[T]he beginner in composition will seldom find it convenient to avail himself of such an aid," while "the practiced writer, on the other hand, is naturally in possession of a vocabulary, which renders the habitual consultation of such a work superfluous."
February 4, 1999 |
Adolescence can be such a fun and terrifying time for an NBA basketball team. If you get a nice growth spurt, mental and physical, it can lead you to clear-eyed maturity and breakthrough success. Or, it can give you a nervous breakdown. The Lakers, still growing and loaded with energy, talent and anxieties, are on the verge of something, but it will take this jam-packed, pedal-down season to determine exactly what.
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September 18, 2000 |
Three people were killed and two injured Sunday when a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol drove a 1993 Ford Explorer off a freeway offramp and into a tree in San Juan Capistrano, authorities said. California Highway Patrol investigators said three passengers, two men and one woman, died instantly, and the driver and a fourth passenger were taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo in critical condition.
May 24, 2013 |
"Can you give mommy a cue? Are you hungry?" 21-year-old Alexis Neiers cooed to her crying newborn in the middle of a faux-upscale Calabasas restaurant last week. "When she puts her hands in her mouth, she's hungry. Right now, she's just tired. Maybe a little constipated. " None of the other diners paid much attention to Neiers - former reality TV star, recovering addict and convicted felon - as she pulled her daughter, Harper, to her breast and began to feed the 3-week-old. It was a moment of utter normalcy for Neiers, who shot to notoriety in 2009 when she was arrested and charged with being a part of a group of celebrity-obsessed young burglary suspects that came to be known as the "Bling Ring.
September 11, 2013 |
"Enlightened" star Laura Dern has finalized her long-running divorce from Ben Harper, according to reports out Wednesday. The Grammy-winning musician originally filed for divorce from the Emmy-nominated actress in October 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. Court documents said the couple, who had been married since 2005, had already separated in January of that year. They have two children together, and Harper had asked for denial of spousal support. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013 Dern, 46, daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, and Harper, 43, attempted to reconcile in 2012 and stepped out for HBO's Golden Globe Awards after-party at the time.
May 8, 2011 |
Whether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free. " What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a closer look — including sussing out pretty makeup products that are paraben-free. What are parabens? Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
January 25, 1994 |
The Dallas Cowboys were dealt the first setback of Super Bowl week Monday when their quarterback acknowledged that he can't use the NFC championship victory as inspiration. Because Troy Aikman doesn't remember it. Doesn't remember completing 14 of 18 passes. Doesn't remember throwing for two touchdowns. Doesn't remember leading the Cowboys to a 38-21 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
July 3, 1987 |
The news accounts, now 70 years old, offer only fragments of the "ghastly drama" that surrounded the marriage of Mary Kenan Flagler Bingham, "the richest woman in America." She was the widow of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler and her estate was worth between $60 million and $100 million. Her bridegroom was Judge Robert Worth Bingham, a Kentucky lawyer without independent means. Their wedding in 1916 made headlines, even in New York. And so did her mysterious death eight months later.
July 14, 1991 |
In other competition: WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Overcoming a 14-point first-half deficit, the South rallied to bury the West in women's basketball, 71-57, at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The West, which led, 27-13, midway through the first half, shot just 25% after intermission. West center Sara Wilson, a Hart High graduate who now plays at Oregon, made one of five field-goal attempts and finished with five points in a team-high 26 minutes.
June 5, 1989 |
It was the wedding to end all weddings, and the media event to end all media events: the marriage in 1956 of American movie star-glamour queen Grace Kelly to the dashing Prince Rainier of Monaco. Caught up in this fast-lane fairy tale were six young women chosen to be Grace Kelly's bridesmaids. And now one of them has written a book about it, titled "The Bridesmaids." Author Judith Balaban Quine was one of the six who wore a daffodil yellow dress the day Kelly married her prince, along with Maree Frisby, Rita Gam, Carolyn Scott, Sally Parrish and Bettina Thompson.