CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 |
A 30-year-old former ice skating coach has been convicted of sexually abusing two of his underage students, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Donald James Vincent was convicted of felonies including forcible lewd acts upon a child and oral copulation/sexual penetration with a child under 10, district attorney's officials said in a statement. Vincent was a coach at Paramount Iceland, and abused the students at his homes in Downey and Hacienda Heights between 2007 and 2011, according to prosecutors.
January 10, 2014 |
Polina Edmunds got a wake-up call two years ago. And she gave the top women in U.S. figure skating one Thursday night. The 15-year-old from San Jose made her senior-level debut by finishing what only she thought was an unsurprising second on a night of short-program surprises at the U.S. championships. Two-time defending champion Ashley Wagner wound up fourth. The unpredictable Mirai Nagasu was third. Gracie Gold, for whom short programs have been a nemesis, was in utter command of this one. In her competitive debut of a new program, set to Grieg's "A Minor Piano Concerto," Gold rolled up 72.12 points for a lead of 5.37 over Edmunds going into Saturday's free skate.
January 2, 2014 |
Skating at an Alpine lodge. Playing beer pong around the clock. Shopping for the most-blogged-about gifts. Such dreams can now come true along Las Vegas Boulevard. Through Jan. 20, Caesars Palace is creating a winter wonderland at its Caesars Chalet . Overlooking the Strip, the chalet features an outdoor ice-skating rink, falling snow and hot drinks, with and without alcohol. Skating sessions are available 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. The half-hour sessions cost $11, and skate rental is available for $5. Just across the Strip, the first properties at the Linq have opened.
HOME & GARDEN
December 14, 2013 |
Christmas makes old men of us all, particularly the women, who grow grumpy and put-upon because most of the holiday prep falls to them. Christmas is a glorious celebration till it gets its claws into you. If you're not too careful, you grow cynical over the drumbeat of sales-sales-sales, the idiot radio stations that start the yuletide tunes in mid-November, the whole colossal runaway holiday sled. Our Thanksgiving was a triumph of the human spirit, and by Sunday of that weekend I was nearly Christmased out. I'd had just the right amount, yet there stood before us several more weeks of holiday mayhem.
December 6, 2013 |
A powerful pre-winter storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin, drove the wind-chill factor to minus 40 in North Dakota and kept shivering ice skaters huddled next to the hearth in South Dakota. And with more than two weeks until winter officially arrives, a swath of the nation less accustomed to ice and snow braced for impact on Friday. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, southern Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri.
June 18, 2013 |
Over the years, cirque-style shows have dealt with themes as wide-ranging as Hollywood and 1960s counterculture, magic and martial arts, evolution and sexuality, fairy tales and mythology, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. But cirque meets the Wild West? That was something I wanted to see. Photos: 'Boom Town' cirque show at Knott's Berry Farm I caught the new "Boom Town" cirque show at Knott's Berry Farm during an annual passholder preview over the weekend.