March 2, 2014 |
There is a sense of despair when it comes to privacy in the digital age. Many of us assume that so much of our electronic information is now compromised, whether by corporations or government agencies, that there is little that can be done about it. Sometimes we try to rationalize this by telling ourselves that privacy may no longer matter so much. After all, an upstanding citizen should have nothing to fear from surveillance. In "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," author Julia Angwin seeks to challenge that defeatism.
February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. media members covering Alpine skiing were in attack mode through five Olympic races. The United States had one medal, Julia Mancuso's unexpected bronze in the women's super combined, headed into the men's super-giant slalom Feb. 16. Patrick Riml, U.S. alpine director, was called upon to answer for the team's slow start. Riml was adamant it was too soon to render a final verdict. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "The Games aren't over yet, we're halfway through," Riml said.
February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. Alpine medal calculation for Sochi changed the second the ink dried on Lindsey Vonn's statement saying knee surgery would render her unable to compete. Sochi was not going to be Vancouver, when Team Alpine USA won eight medals and, on the way out, almost offered the Austrians ski lessons. Yet, Sochi wasn't supposed to be Nagano 1998, either, when Picabo Street claimed the only U.S. medal (gold) in a super-G she won by a hundredth of a second. The halfway point of the Sochi Games has left the U.S. Ski Team at a crossed-tips crossroads.
February 12, 2014 |
Mindy Kaling was one of the many celebrities hobnobbing with politicians at a White House State Dinner on Tuesday. "The Mindy Project" star chronicled the entirety of her evening on Twitter and Instagram, taking followers inside the White house fete , which was hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to honor French President Francois Hollande. The dinner also took place amid a torrent of rumors revolving around the French leader's personal life. Journalist Valerie Trierweiler, who was considered the French first lady, split with Hollande last month after a swirl of reports that romantically linked him to an actress . PHOTOS: White House State Dinner's entertainment side The party took place in a tent on the White House lawn with more than 300 people attending.
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February 10, 2014 |
Julia Roberts' sister was found dead Sunday in the bathtub of a Westside home, and law enforcement sources said there is no evidence of foul play. Los Angeles County coroner's officials cautioned that they have made no final determination on the cause of death. But law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said some type of drug overdose might have been involved. Nancy Motes, a younger half-sister of the Oscar-winning actress, was found by a friend at a home on North Bundy Drive about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to police. An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a final determination of cause of death may take several weeks while toxicology results are gathered.
February 10, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Julia Mancuso knows that trying to catch Lindsey Vonn in World Cup victories is futile, like a baseball pitcher saying he wants to catch Cy Young. Mancuso and Vonn both are 29 and with Vonn leading by the World Cup score of 59 to 7, that ballgame is over. Mancuso has been left to carve out a different legacy, but it's the one America, and NBC, will probably remember longer. FRAMEWORK: Best images from the Sochi Olympics Mancuso's ski racing legacy will be the Olympics.