May 14, 2012 |
In the unfolding scandal involving accusations against John Travolta, last week's salacious sexual-misconduct allegations had given way Monday to a boatload of I-said-he-said, heck-no-I-never-said, and let-me-clarify-what-you-think-I-said minutiae. Fabian Zanzi, the cruise-ship crew member who last month accused Travolta of inappropriate sexual behavior on the high seas, has spoken up again - this time in English - repeating allegations that while he was on the job several years ago, the actor asked him for a massage and a chat, then disrobed, gave him a naked hug and offered $12,000 in exchange for sex. After reporting the 2009 incident to his Royal Caribbean supervisors, Zanzi received a written warning for fraternizing with a passenger, according to personnel papers obtained by TMZ. The document noted that the VIP attendant's self-reporting had been considered as a mitigating factor in determining disciplinary action.
April 13, 2012 |
Two days after feeling additional pain in his sprained left shoulder, guard Ramon Sessions described the shoulder before the Lakers-Nuggets game Friday as "good. " "The shoulder is feeling the best it has felt," he said. Sessions says he hardly felt that way during the Lakers' 98-84 victory Wednesday over the San Antonio Spurs. After taking a blow to the shoulder, Sessions sat out with 3:05 left in the third quarter and later returned for the final 6:30 of the game. He appeared tentative during that stretch, logging only one field-goal attempt and an assist.
HOME & GARDEN
April 7, 2012 |
There was a certain period of time - one of shyness and uncertainty, my body strung like a banjo - when a massage therapist could touch me only with a court order. Thankfully, those days are almost over, for the other day I found myself in Thousand Oaks getting a golf ball massage. "Let me show you my holster," says therapist Heather Karr. Which is something a woman has never said to me, even in the occasional fantasy sequence. Yet, there is something emotionally stirring to "Let me show you my holster" that I can't quite put my finger on. But Karr can. She puts her fingers on just about anything.
March 10, 2012 |
Kale is about as unlikely a food star as you can imagine. It's tough and fibrous. Bite a piece of raw kale and you'll practically end up with splinters between your teeth. Nevertheless, kale has become a green of the moment because, given a little special care, it actually can be made not only edible but delicious. You can cook it, of course, the lower and slower the better. But surprisingly, one of the most popular ways to use kale these days is in salads. Though kale leaves have always been found on almost every salad bar, it wasn't for reasons of edibility - it was for decoration, because this was one green so tough it would last forever without wilting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2012 |
Two massage parlors may lose their licenses after employees were arrested on suspicion of prostitution in recent weeks. The South Pasadena City Council, which in recent years has wrestled with concerns about a proliferation of massage parlors, scheduled hearings regarding the businesses for March 7. South Pasadena police arrested Massage Villa owner Ling Ling Kuo, 44, of Alhambra on Feb. 10 on suspicion of operating a disorderly house....
February 1, 2012 |
Everyone knows that it can feel really good to get a massage. Now scientists may have figured out why, by identifying how massage switches genes on and off, thus reducing inflammation and coaxing muscle adaptation to exercise. The discovery provides strong evidence that massage merits further study as a treatment for injuries and chronic disorders, said Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a researcher at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and lead author of a study about the research released Wednesday.