CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 |
The up-and-coming stars sat in a circle at Motown headquarters, staring in disbelief at the stylish woman who was lecturing them like a small, chic drill sergeant. "Do not confuse me with your mother," she told the Supremes, the Temptations, the Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and other luminaries-to-be. "She's stuck with you and I'm not. " Berry Gordy Jr., who founded the Detroit music label in 1959, had decided his young diamonds-in-the-rough required some polishing, and Maxine Powell - former model, actress and proprietor of a top local modeling school - was just the person to do it. From 1964 to 1969, Powell ran Motown's in-house "charm school," a mandatory course of instruction in proper sitting, standing, eating, dressing, chatting with fans, responding to reporters and every other act of public deportment that might make or break a Motown star.
October 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Walking out of the theater after the official U.S. debut for Steve McQueen's slavery tour de force “12 Years a Slave” on Tuesday, a viewer could be heard adding skepticism to her admiration. “I wanted to ask about why there were so few redeeming characters,” she said as she spoke to her friend after a post-premiere Q&A at the New York Film Festival. “I mean, in most movies you don't find even the wife of the plantation owner part of the problem.” She never did ask her question.
September 27, 2013 |
Ted Labuza ate sour cream two weeks past its due date. And lived to tell the tale. Dana Gunders went to the market and found fat-free milk in quarts that had no date label; the half-gallons had a "sell-by" date. A container from a different brand had a "best-by" date. Even though nearly all consumers make some decisions about what to throw away based on those stamped dates, they cannot rely on them, said Gunders, food and agriculture staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
September 18, 2013 |
Confused by the “sell by,” “use by” and “best before” labels on the foods sold at grocery stores? So are more than 90% of Americans, who prematurely discard edibles because they've misinterpreted the dates stamped on the products, according to a report released Wednesday. Many consumers read an item's sell-by date as an indicator of when the food will spoil. But it's an inaccurate assumption, according to a study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 |
Singer Jackie Lomax will perhaps be most remembered for what didn't happen during his long career. Despite several brushes with fame - and solo recordings featuring no less than Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Levon Helm backing him - Lomax never became a star. He never had anything close to a hit album, despite admiration for his wide-ranging, bluesy vocals. Harrison even wrote a song for him, "Sour Milk Sea," that was released as a single, and that went nowhere too. But Lomax, who played numerous concerts in the Ojai area where he'd lived in recent years, seemed to take it in stride.
September 12, 2013 |
The British government of David Cameron may be on a serious austerity binge , but there's one cause they seem to be happy to fund -- exporting the country's pop music. The prime minster has announced that he's wrapping up the details of the new Music Export Growth initiative, according to Britain's Telegraph newspaper . It's designed to help replicate the international success of British artists like Adele. That singer, while signed to Columbia Records in America, is on the British indie XL (which discovered her and nurtured her career)
September 11, 2013 |
Rapper and fledgling fashion designer Kanye West is looking for a vice president of production and a chief financial officer for a "clothing project. " Both positions are posted on LinkedIn. "The venture will be very high profile and, unlike those in which celebrities merely lend their name to a label, this venture will have the power of Mr. West's creative genius at the heart and soul of it," says the posting for VP . "Mr. West will play a hands-on role in leading design efforts, having studied and worked with design houses such as Fendi, Giuseppe Zanotti, Nike and Louis Vuitton," it says.
September 10, 2013 |
Patients should not be prescribed long-acting or extended-release opioid pain relievers unless they need daily, round-the-clock treatment of their pain that can't be managed by any other means, the Food and Drug Administration has told physicians. The new guidelines are to be included on the labels and patient information sheets of all prescription opioid pain relievers that dissolve slowly after taken. Along with a call for new research aimed at identifying what doses and modes of use are most likely to harm patients, the revised labels are the latest step taken by the agency to stem a growing epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction in the United States.
September 10, 2013 |
Responding to calls to stem a growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction and overdose deaths, federal officials are urging doctors to reserve the most powerful pain drugs for patients who need long-term, around-the-clock treatment that can't be managed by other means. Leaders of the Food and Drug Administration said they hoped new drug labeling guidelines unveiled Tuesday would prompt doctors to be more cautious in prescribing long-acting and extended-release forms of oxycodone, morphine and other narcotic painkillers, known as opioids.
August 11, 2013 |
On a recent afternoon, Homer Gaines hiked with girlfriend Tami Stillwell to the gusty peak of Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay, bent down on one knee and slipped a topaz and white-sapphire ring on her finger, capturing the entire marriage proposal on a computerized device that he was wearing like a pair of glasses. Gaines, a 41-year-old Web developer from Fort Myers, Fla., is one of 10,000 "explorers" testing Glass, the much talked about hands-free wearable computing device from Google that lets users take photos and videos, make phone calls, send and receive text messages, search the Internet and get turn-by-turn directions.