CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 |
Skating fans in Culver City were celebrating a temporary victory after city officials dug out an obscure document that advocates hope can keep an ice rink in the neighborhood. City officials informed the owner of Culver City Ice Arena of its findings last week. They said a use variance granted in 1960 prohibits the use of the property for anything except an ice rink. The new lessee, Planet Granite, plans to convert the 52-year-old rink into a rock climbing, fitness and yoga facility.
February 5, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- Roads were closed, transit was thrown into turmoil, a store awning collapsed and thousands of people were without power Wednesday as the second storm this week dumped heavy snow across the Northeast and left streets coated with ice. “Nobody likes days like today,” New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said at a news briefing, where he repeated what has begun to sound like a mantra during the Northeast's bitter winter : “If you don't...
February 5, 2014 |
In his podcast, rapper-actor Ice-T talks about recording an audiobook for Audible. The recording was hard -- because the story was what he describes as "a [expletive] Dungeons & Dragons book. " "When you read these books, you make up the pronunciation in your head," he says. "But to actually verbally say this words? Son. Son. " "It took me 3½ hours to read 25 pages. " This is how he tells it on his freewheeling, full-of-adult-language podcast : "Dungeons & Dragons is some of the most crazy, deep, deep, deep nerd [stuff]
February 1, 2014 |
MOSCOW - Once I came to Moscow to cover an urban ballooning expedition. In winter. But when the balloonists came face to frigid, wind-lashed face with the winter here - well, we never got off the ground. And so, as icy gales scoured the city, I strolled near the Moskva River until I faced a vast, low-hovering cloud, lighted from within, scented with chlorine and cigarettes. Occasionally, a near-naked Muscovite would emerge, dripping, and wander off to look for a towel and his pants.
January 30, 2014 |
Jack Mortell leaned in and his eyes widened at the scenario he dreamed up: Who would win if all the gold medalists in speedskating from the upcoming Winter Olympics faced off against one another? "I think people would want to know, don't you?" Mortell asked, grinning. "I think that kind of race would generate some interest. " Fans may find out. In May, Mortell and well-heeled investors plan to launch Ice Derby, an entertainment ice show centered on a professional speedskating tour and featuring figure skating and ice dancing.
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 27, 2014 |
As a child, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter didn't hear many stories about his father, Bob, winning a gold medal as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. "Every teacher that I had, they were telling me all about it and wanted me to bring the medal in to school as often as I could," Ryan said. "I didn't know that much about it when I was younger, so they were more excited about it than I was. And that's where I learned how special it was. " No U.S. men's team has won gold since Coach Herb Brooks' underdog team upset the mighty Soviets and beat Finland in the Miracle on Ice, though Ryan's team lost to Canada in the 2010 finale at Vancouver.
January 25, 2014 |
If the rink set up at Dodger Stadium wasn't their childhood field of dreams, it was surrounded by attractions the Kings and Ducks never saw in Saskatchewan or Finland: palm trees, a beach volleyball court, and a rich baseball history. Wearing eyeblack on their cheeks and smiles on their faces, the teams took to the great outdoors Friday to practice for Saturday's Stadium Series game. The Kings skated at 4 p.m., when the temperature was about 67 degrees, and said the ice was mushy in a few spots but not much different from what they normally find indoors.
January 25, 2014 |
You've got a red carpet, you've got the USC marching band, you've got KISS lighting up the inky night while standing inside what looks to be some sort of fire-breathing insect. Kings fans Giselle Bishop and Christina Dean celebrated it all in black and white tutus and high-top shoes. They looked like smog. "It was her idea," Bishop said, proud of her friend. By the way, didn't KISS sound good? Well, they were "tracked," as they say in the recording business, their instrumentals pre-recorded.
January 24, 2014 |
First off the Dodger Stadium ice Friday, Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr assessed, “It's soft, but it'll be fine.” The Kings' hourlong skate in advance of Saturday night's first Stadium Series game against their Pacific Division-rival Ducks at Dodger Stadium went orderly in 64-degree temperatures. The ice was most damp in front of the teams' bench area, but didn't obviously hinder the Kings going through their routine. “It has kind of a hollow feel to it, but it's outdoors and we're in Southern California.