December 5, 2013 |
Alicia Keys is unlocking her archives through a new interactive website. The site, AK Vault , is fully curated by Keys from the “big steel fortress at my studio that holds my secret treasure-trove where everything unreleased resides.” From there Keys promises to share a wealth of material including live performances, videos, diary entries and music. AK Vault allows fans to explore the material by album or by clicking on animated icons for photos, music, videos, etc. Some material is still locked - there isn't access to 2009's “The Element of Freedom" or her most recent album, “Girl on Fire,” as of yet - but the singer has stocked the site with a few goodies.
December 4, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - After a frantic search across a wide section of central Mexico, authorities said Wednesday that they had found a stolen truck that was transporting a large amount of dangerous radioactive material, a substance that can be used in making dirty bombs. The truck and its contents were found in the state of Mexico, about 20 miles north of the capital, not far from where they were stolen Monday. But the metal container with the radioactive material had been opened by the thieves, who then chucked it about half a mile from where they abandoned the truck, an official with the Mexican nuclear safety commission told The Times.
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November 30, 2013 |
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to fight wildfires in the West. But it helps. A Valencia resident is turning to space-age technology to create improved fire safety shelters for firefighters who battle blazes in rugged and remote areas. Fire shelters are cocoon-like covers made of foil and woven silica cloth that are designed to provide emergency protection from flames as hot as 500 degrees. But the fire shelters, deployed as a last-ditch effort when firefighters are overrun by fast-moving blazes, have not always been effective.
November 14, 2013 |
As a theater major at USC, Cyrus Hobbi is accustomed to studying dramas. But the burly Trojans offensive lineman never anticipated that he would be at the center of one on the football field and in social media. Or that reliving onstage his wrenching experience last season against Stanford would help him move past it. Last December, in a small theater on campus, Hobbi delivered a 15-minute solo performance before an audience of about 100. Writing and performing the play for a class was a catharsis for the third-year sophomore from Arizona.
October 26, 2013 |
Don't call "Unvarnished," Joan Jett's first new album in seven years, a comeback: The queen of noise has been here for years. For an artist whose first band was laughed off as a novelty act and whose first solo album was rejected by a couple dozen labels, Jett has shown remarkable staying power. With her black shag and husky snarl, the woman born 55 years ago as Joan Larkin ranks among the most iconic of rock stars. This summer, the Sunset Strip Music Festival acknowledged her legendary role in L.A. history by making the former Strip denizen its first female honoree.
October 23, 2013 |
One of the key players in the often-fascinating rivalry between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Los Angeles Kings could be missing Thursday night's game at Staples Center. Coyotes captain Shane Doan is out with a lower-body injury and did not play in the victory against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. However he is making the trip to Los Angeles and will be a game-time decision against the Kings. The Coyotes "looked fine last night," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said Wednesday.
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October 18, 2013 |
The ground service worker charged with setting off two dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport, causing a massive security response, initially removed the cooling agent from a plane cargo bay out of concern that it could harm a dog that was being loaded for transport, his lawyer said. Dicarlo Bennett on Thursday pleaded not guilty to two charges of possession of a destructive device in a public place in connection with the dry ice bombs that exploded in a Terminal 2 toilet and on the tarmac outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal earlier this week.
October 7, 2013 |
It may be too soon, a mere decade after the California recall, to assess its lasting legacy. There have been significant changes in the way elections are run in the state, which, if proponents are correct, may eventually produce a more compromising class of lawmakers less beholden to special interests. Far easier is noting all that wasn't accomplished by the upheaval: The budget wasn't balanced or the deficit painlessly whittled away. The interest groups and their seductive cash weren't banished from Sacramento.
October 3, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant had a simple response to the recent article in The Times with the headline, "Injury clouds the future for Bryant, Lakers. " Bryant recently included a snapshot of The Times paper on his Facebook and Instagram page with the following message: "#cloudy? #eat. " Bryant, who currently has 16.9 million Facebook "likes" on his fan page , is in the final year of his contract with the team. The Lakers All-Star, who is recovering from an Achilles' tear suffered in April, has long been a collector of bulletin-board material, used for motivation.
October 3, 2013 |
In this season's new comedies, casting has too often outclassed concept, with terrific performers trying to elevate material that does not always return the favor. That trend continues Thursday with three shows in which very good actors work very hard with mixed results. NBC's "Welcome to the Family" is the evening's clear winner, though its catalytic event - teen pregnancy - is not exactly a laughing matter. But to modernize "Bridget Loves Bernie," creator Mike Sikowitz ("Rules of Engagement")