February 18, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - There were many moments over the last five months when Gracie Gold felt panicky. They began right after her 18th birthday, Aug. 17, when the relationship with her former coach, Alex Ouriashev, had deteriorated to the point of no return. "She was really, really crumbling," said her mother, Denise Gold. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "I was kind of lost," Gracie Gold said. The confusion continued well after she made a September coaching shift to Frank Carroll, which involved a move with her mother and twin sister, Carly, from the Chicago suburbs to Los Angeles.
February 16, 2014 |
Gossiping publicly about the private lives of well-known people is one of the most popular forms of licensed sadism that our society indulges in. It's permissible to play roughly with the cardboard figures of these people we don't know, to bully them, humiliate them, and treat them in ways we would never think of treating our neighbors or friends. In discussing their lives, our standards of accuracy are pitifully low, our manner is casual, and we openly smile and laugh in response to events that are not at all funny to those involved in them.
February 3, 2014 |
You wouldn't think that dissolving part of the brain, particularly one that helps hold the organ together, would help a gerbil rethink a problem. But that's exactly what a team of German scientists has done. Their results, published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that a lot more is going on in the spaces between neurons, and an area of the brain once thought of as a simple processor may be more like a calculator. Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg were focusing on a microscopic scaffold that stabilizes the synapses, the tiny gaps where electrochemical signals are relayed between neurons.
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January 29, 2014 |
More than one-quarter of passengers on the Metro Orange Line may be riding for free, according to the most extensive study to date of fare evasion along the San Fernando Valley bus line. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority staffers wrote in a new report that, based on two days of checks along the transit line, about 25.9% of passengers either did not have a valid fare or had not paid correctly before boarding. Officials called the discovery frustrating and unexpected.
January 27, 2014 |
Jude Law, testifying in the News of the World phone-hacking trial Monday in London, was surprised to learn that a close relative had gotten cash to pass along information about him to the tabloid. "I didn't know anyone around me was talking to the newspapers," said the 41-year-old actor, according to the Associated Press. At the time, in 2005, the tabloid was printing stories about Law's then-girlfriend, Sienna Miller, having a romantic relationship with actor Daniel Craig. Law was handed a note with the relative's name written on it, Reuters reported, and was asked when he'd first heard about such a sale of information.
January 26, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks arrived Sunday night for a week of Super Bowl preparations, and the third-year cornerback was greeted by a six-deep crowd of dozens of reporters during a news conference at the team hotel. "I'm a little surprised by it," Sherman said of the massive reception. "But they told me to expect a little bit after last week. " Sherman, who played at Compton Dominguez High and Stanford, then laughed heartily. Sherman, of course, became one of the Super Bowl's main story lines after tipping away a potential game-winning pass against the San Francisco 49ers and then punctuating the play with his postgame comments about 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree . Sherman's comments and the emotional way he delivered them sparked an intense weeklong debate across all media platforms.