July 17, 2013 |
There was primping, flirting, laughing, betting, drinking - and that was before the first race went off on opening day at Del Mar. In what has become the social event of the year in San Diego County, a crowd of 43,030, the largest to attend a horse race in California this year, showed up on Wednesday to create a party-like atmosphere complete with hats seemingly designed from an unknown civilization. "Oh my God. Look at this," one female track visitor said in awe of a hat that included an iron replica of the Eiffel Tower covered with flowers and feathers.
July 17, 2013 |
Opening day at Del Mar on Wednesday brought out more than just partygoers and horse racing fans. It's the day for the fabulous hat contest, and people showed up with their greatest imaginations on display on their heads. Hats with cherries, hats with eggs, hats with an Eiffel Tower welded to iron were among the spectacles. "It's a day to have fun," said one San Diego resident who brought her three grandchildren to the track with hats made from scratch. ALSO: Who will win the British Open?
July 15, 2013 |
Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey apologized Monday after photos surfaced of him and his twin brother, Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins, wearing caps in apparent support of murder suspect Aaron Hernandez, their former college teammate at Florida. "I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation," he tweeted. "I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.
July 5, 2013 |
Most cultural critics have a natural appetite for controversy. But some subjects are so contentious that they strike fear in the most courageous writers. The nightmare scenario: Your editor calls you and says, "Kanye has a new song called 'Hitler's Shorty Wants a Corn Dog.' Can you analyze the intersection of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and phallic meats-on-sticks? We need 800 words in 2 hours. " To pop cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, this nightmare is more like a daydream. In his new book, "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)
June 25, 2013 |
The Headwear Association is planning to give away a whole lot of hats across the country this week as part of an awareness campaign about the damage the sun can cause to unprotected skin. As part of its annual Hat Day in the Sun, the trade group is set to distribute, free of charge, thousands of wide-brimmed, sun-protection hats on Wednesday in cities including New York, Boston and Boulder, Colo. A SoCal hat handout is scheduled for Friday at the Eagle Rock Farmers Market. The free hats are being provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Co., Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, Korber Hats, F&M Hats and San Diego Hat Co. The group has also shared the following tips as to what makes a good sun hat: "Wide brims.
June 19, 2013 |
Many days late at night, Skyler Rojas, a rising junior at UC Berkeley, finds himself exchanging messages on Skype with a good friend. The conversations tend to focus on cybersecurity -- how to protect and break into computer networks. Trading tips and tricks in a constant quest to improve his skills has paid off for Rojas. The 19-year-old from Highland Park picked up a $2,000 award from the Information Systems Security Assn. of San Francisco at the Cornerstones of Trust conference in the Bay Area on Tuesday.
May 26, 2013 |
On a historic night at Home Depot Center, Robbie Keane made some history of his own Sunday by recording the first hat trick of his Major League Soccer career to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders FC in the clubs' first meeting since the Western Conference championship series in November. Midfielder Robbie Rogers entered the game to a rousing ovation in the 77th minute, becoming the first openly gay male athlete to play in an American professional team sport.
May 25, 2013 |
Principal Steve Elwood enters the narrow passageway where nobody else at Lee Williams High School dares to go. He leans low to open a half-sized hallway door, leading the way into a musty windowless chamber the size of a small tomb. Light pours into the cramped space, illuminating the dust that rises from the gravel floor like at an exotic archaeological dig. Even though it's mid-May, there's an odd chill to the air. The room isn't used for anything, yet it was somehow included in the building plans for the new school.
May 15, 2013 |
A traveling selection of hats, helmets, bonnets and caps once owned by Dr. Seuss makes a SoCal stop at a Laguna Beach art gallery on Friday. Photo Gallery: 7 things you didn't know about Dr. Seuss The touring "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!" exhibit is part of a year-long celebration to mark the 75 th anniversary of Theodor "Seuss" Geisel's second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins ," (and the one I credit wi th sparking my life-long love of hats)