May 16, 2013 |
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -- Eric York was obsessed with the big cats -- their health, temperaments and survival rates amid the park's annual tourist invasion. For years, he wandered the area's crags, gullies and woods, tracking and tagging the region's last remaining mountain lions as a biologist for the Grand Canyon National Park. In 2007, tragedy struck. At age 37, the Massachusetts native was killed doing the job he loved, but not in the way people might guess. He wasn't mauled by a lion, but fell victim to a case of pneumonic plague he contracted doing a necropsy on a dead female cat. Because the park lacked a forensic lab, York did his postmortem for the mountain lion research program in the garage of his home in the village of about 2,000 park employees.
May 13, 2013 |
Prince Harry has a future in American football if that whole royal heir/third in line to the throne thing doesn't work out. The young royal set out on his U.S. visit over last week and, over the weekend, he partook in a very American pastime: football. The pigskin kind, not the soccer kind. On his Sunday visit to the U.S. Air Force Training Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Prince William's younger brother threw the ball around with a few cadets and helped support the cheerleaders by acting as the base to a human pyramid topped by the academy's Falcon mascot, E!
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May 8, 2013 |
Authorities have launched a search for a 36-year-old college student and Army veteran who vanished just before she was to be recognized at an appreciation dinner over the weekend. Police are characterizing the disappearance of Maribel Manriquez Ramos as suspicious. Ramos is a former Army sergeant who served in South Korea and Iraq. She was scheduled to be recognized at a veterans appreciation dinner, but never showed up. Ramos was just weeks from graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a major in criminal justice.
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May 7, 2013 |
A few weeks after the death of public health leader Antronette Yancey, organizations around California and the nation will participate in an "Instant Recess" break Tuesday afternoon to honor her work. The Oakland-based Prevention Institute is asking participants to stand up at 1 p.m., click on this YouTube video and take a short exercise break led by the Los Angeles Sparks women's basketball team. Yancey, a researcher and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, died April 23 of lung cancer.
May 6, 2013 |
Sir Elton John and Taio Cruz entertained at the star-studded 20th anniversary "Race to Erase M.S. " gala fundraiser Friday night in Los Angeles. Kelly Osbourne presented the charity's Medal of Hope to her mother, Sharon, and brother Jack. Charity founder Nancy Davis hosted and among those attending were fashion designers Tommy and Dee Hifiger and a host of celebrities including Rod and Penny Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris, Marg Hellenberger, Howie Mandel, Anne Heche, Cybill Shepherd, La Toya Jackson, Daisy Fuentes, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Mel B, Victoria Justice, Cat Deeley, Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Bella Thorne, Ziggy Marley, Kristin Cavallari, Kathy Hilton, Camille Grammar and Kim Richards.
May 6, 2013 |
Otis College of Art and Design added a new element to the mix for its 31st annual scholarship benefit and fashion show Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton -- an honor called the Style Icon Award, which was presented to Sally Perrin, L.A.-based creative director of luxury leather goods brand Perrin Paris . The inaugural award was presented by costume designer Bob Mackie (one of this year's senior design mentors) who noted: "Personal style has no age or social status, and can exist anywhere in life.
May 3, 2013 |
Two Southern California cultural institutions will be honored at the White House on Wednesday. The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana and the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library are among the 10 institutions selected from among 33 finalists around the country to receive a 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service -- the nation's highest honor for community service in those two fields. First Lady Michelle Obama - along with representatives of the The Institute of Museum and Library Services - will present the awards.
May 2, 2013 |
HBO's "The Newsroom" and NBC's "Parenthood" are among the productions being honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as programs that have "used the power of television to create social change" and exemplify "television with a conscience. " The sixth annual Television Academy Honors will be presented May 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The ceremony will be hosted by Dana Delaney ("Body of Proof"). Other honorees include: --"Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Smile as Big as the Moon" --"DL Hughley: The Endangered List" --"Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" --"Hunger Hits Home" --"Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" --"One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Loss, Fear & Betrayal" ALSO: Oprah lands Jason Collins interview 'Rectify' to get second season on Sundance 'Ellen,' 'The Young and the Restless' lead daytime Emmy nominations
May 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK - About seven years ago, the Broadway producer Daryl Roth saw an oddball British movie called "Kinky Boots," about a struggling shoemaker who turns to the fetish-footwear business, and had a flash of inspiration. "Not everyone I talked to believed it could work as a Broadway musical," she said with a laugh on Tuesday. "But the movie had what I thought could be a really good blend: a very different world than many people knew but a lot of heart that they could relate to. " On Tuesday, Roth's outlier thinking was validated.
April 29, 2013 |
Opera, fashion and art came together Saturday night when Genlux magazine fashion editor, filmmaker and photographer Amanda Eliasch threw a Brit Week bash at her West Hollywood hillside home above the Sunset Strip. The colorful poolside party for fellow creatives from across the pond was held in an eclectic setting, with a panoramic view of Los Angeles to the south, a hot pink piano due north and a burgundy crocodile, stirrup-dangling bench near the southeast outdoor bar that could've ambled out of "50 Shades of Grey.