November 5, 2013 |
You don't just have to be a cereal or beer fan -- or a natural foods junkie -- to love barley. This ancient grain has long been used in a variety of ways, and it's perfect for adding substance and heft to a variety of recipes, from breads to soups and stews, as well as salads. Check out these ideas: Cucumber and yogurt soup with barley: For a soup at once filling and refreshing, you can't beat this recipe, which combines cool cucumbers and yogurt with fresh garlic, mint and dill, along with pearl barley and crunchy walnuts.
November 1, 2013 |
As the FBI sorts out details of Friday morning's shooting at LAX, airport officials have cut back outgoing flights -- a move that may leave many travelers in need to LAX-adjacent lodging tonight. Here are several airport-close options, culled from my 2012 report on the South Bay and Century Boulevard. Along Century Boulevard, the main drag for lodging near the airport, I had three favorites among many contenders. All three typically drop their rates well below $200 on Friday and Saturday nights, but tend to be much pricier on weeknights, when business travelers predominate.
October 31, 2013 |
"How I Met Your Mother" will be coming to a close in 2014 after nine successful seasons on CBS. But no network in its right mind is ever willing to walk away completely from a cash cow, so that would explain why Deadline reported Wednesday that a possible "HIMYM" spinoff is currently in development. The spinoff, from "HIMYM" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, as well as "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey, would reportedly follow a young woman and her completely new group of friends as she searches for Mr. Right.
October 31, 2013 |
How did David defeat Goliath? According to the Bible, it was because God was on his side. But according to Malcolm Gladwell, it was largely because Goliath had a disorder known as acromegaly, a tumor on the pituitary gland. This disorder, identified in the late 19th century, manifests as gigantism, and it may affect vision. Gladwell lays out his case in his new book, "David and Goliath. " Acromegaly could account for Goliath's unusual size, he writes, and the vision problems it can cause could explain a range of details in the Bible: Goliath's slow movements; his request that David come to him rather than the other way around; his need for an attendant to walk with him onto the battlefield; even the fact that Goliath taunts David by saying, "You come against me with sticks?"
October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve kept intact its large-scale campaign to stimulate the economy, saying it was awaiting more evidence of sustainable progress in the recovery. Although the Fed's decision Wednesday to hold the line on its monthly $85-billion bond-buying stimulus was widely expected, the central bank's statement revived the idea on Wall Street that policymakers could still make a reduction of the bond purchases by year's end. A first cut in the Fed's stimulus program, which has helped to drive down long-term interest rates, is likely to be small and in itself not a big deal.
October 27, 2013 |
In today's world, brimful as it is with opinion and falsehoods masquerading as facts, you'd think the one place you can depend on for verifiable facts is science. You'd be wrong. Many billions of dollars' worth of wrong. A few years ago, scientists at the Thousand Oaks biotech firm Amgen set out to double-check the results of 53 landmark papers in their fields of cancer research and blood biology. The idea was to make sure that research on which Amgen was spending millions of development dollars still held up. They figured that a few of the studies would fail the test - that the original results couldn't be reproduced because the findings were especially novel or described fresh therapeutic approaches.
October 25, 2013 |
Here's an idea for raising government revenue whose time may have come. Instead of taxing the income of the wealthy, tax investment transactions that don't contribute much, if at all, to economic growth. The idea is known as a financial transaction tax. It would amount to fractions of a penny on the dollar value of every stock, bond and derivatives trade -- perhaps 5 cents per $100. But estimates of its potential return run as high as $700 billion a year. That would bump up current federal revenues by about 24%. A proposal for a financial transaction tax introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., would exempt stock and bond trades of ordinary people who don't make their living from fancy trading -- individuals with income up to $50,000 and couples earning up to $75,000.
October 24, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Speaking before a gathering of women in technology, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recalled an uncomfortable exchange with two men on a different stage discussing the scarcity of women in the industry. One commented that he would like to hire more young women but not all are as competent as Sandberg. The other said he, too, would hire more young women but his wife fears he would sleep with them and, he confessed, he probably would. Sandberg's husband, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, told her later that night that the men did her a favor with their honesty.
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October 24, 2013 |
STEVINSON, Calif. - A leggy bridesmaid smoothed her Grecian-pleated dress and stuffed lipstick and two cigars into her cowboy boots. Over by the horses, the best man slipped a flask out of his vest and offered a mare a sip. The preacher was late, but everything else was on schedule for the sunset wedding at the Double T. The cows had been herded from the pasture to make room for cars, and the barn was hung with white lights and Mason jars....
October 23, 2013 |
In my Wednesday column , I described a vision of our future as imagined by economist Tyler Cowen : More rich people, more poor people and a smaller middle class; constant measurement of workers to help employers eliminate slackers; and “the creation of a new underclass,” including retirees clustered in shantytowns that resemble “the better dwellings you might find in a Rio de Janeiro favela .” Is there any way to...