July 17, 2013 |
WNBA star Brittney Griner remembers a day in seventh grade as if it were yesterday. Class had just let out and the hallway was flooded with students. As Griner made her way through the crowd, a boy stopped her. "You're a dude," he said. "I just stood there and took it. I was humiliated. The whole school was laughing at me," Griner recalled. In college at Baylor, Griner was a phenomenon on the court. She finished as the NCAA's second-leading women's scorer of all time and created a buzz with her dunks and athleticism, twice winning player-of-the-year awards.
July 13, 2013 |
AT PHOENIX When: 3 p.m. PDT. Where: US Airways Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 9-4, Mercury 8-6. Record vs. Mercury: 0-1. Update: The Sparks won on the road for the first time this season Thursday, beating the Tulsa Shock, 94-78. The Sparks are in second place in the Western Conference, one game behind Minnesota going into Saturday's games and 1 1/2 games ahead of the third-place Mercury. The Sparks have won four games in a row. Diana Taurasi is leading the Mercury with 21.4 points, 5.6 assists and 3.9 rebounds a game.
June 20, 2013 |
NASA has signed on to a mission to explore Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden inked the agreement to join the BepiColombo mission Thursday in Rome. The mission is already being built and tested by the European Space Agency. Enrico Saggese, president of the Italian Space Agency, also signed the memorandum of understanding. As currently designed, BepiColombo will include two spacecraft that will orbit Mercury and map the planet at multiple wavelengths.
May 27, 2013 |
As you head home from the barbecue or the beach Monday evening, take a moment for a little planet gazing. Jupiter, Mercury and Venus form a close triangle in the night sky Monday, and they shine brightly enough that even light pollution from a city like Los Angeles won't get in the way of their visibility. To find the planetary trio, wait 45 minutes after the sun has set. You will need an unobstructed view of the Western night sky. Look for the planets low in the sky, just above where the sun has set. You can find a map of where the planets will be in the sky here . PHOTOS: Awesome images from space Jupiter and Venus will be shining brightly, respectively making up the left- and right-hand points of the base of this planetary triangle.
May 8, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- An 8% cut in homeowner insurance rates for customers of Mercury General Corp. is back in play, now that a judge has denied a stay request by the Los Angeles insurer. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in March ordered the rate decrease, totaling $16.5 million for 270,000 policyholders. But Mercury lawyers asked for a stay in Sacramento Superior Court. Expensive homes | Southern California sales get outrageous The lower rates are now in force and should show up on coming bills for new policies and renewals.
March 23, 2013 |
It's only five weeks into the NASCAR season and Denny Hamlin can't keep himself out of the news. First, NASCAR fined him $25,000 for questioning the capability of the Sprint Cup Series' new race car. That was followed by his widely publicized feud with rival driver and former teammate Joey Logano. Then Hamlin won the pole position for Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota, he said, "was just ridiculous fast. " Now the headlines Hamlin seeks are those announcing his first win of the season and first victory at Auto Club Speedway, where the Virginian has never won in 12 Cup starts.
March 5, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- State regulators have ordered Mercury Casualty Co. to cut its homeowner's insurance rates by 8.2%, but the Los Angeles-based insurer is contesting the ruling. "The rate reduction provided for in this decision would offer much-needed financial relief for homeowners and would no doubt help consumers keep more of their hard-earned dollars in today's tight economy," said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in a statement released Tuesday. After holding a public hearing, Jones approved a decision by a state administrative law judge that rejected a 7.3% increase proposed by Mercury.
March 5, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - State regulators have ordered Mercury General Corp. to cut its homeowners insurance rates by 8.2%, instead of the increase in premiums that the company had sought. As a result, the Los Angeles insurer is contesting the ruling in court. The rate cut was announced by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "The rate reduction provided for in this decision would offer much-needed financial relief for homeowners and would no doubt help consumers keep more of their hard-earned dollars in today's tight economy," Jones said in a statement Tuesday.
March 1, 2013 |
Using a variety of techniques, scientists in France have analyzed the "highly fragmented mummified heart" of England's King Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, and discovered that the people who embalmed it, mostly likely cooks, used a combination of earthen and botanical elements -- from mercury to myrtle to frankincense -- to preserve the organ and give it a good smell. Their measurements enhance anthropologists' understanding of medieval burial procedures, the researchers wrote in a report published online Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports . King Richard earned his nickname on the battlefield, as a great warrior in campaigns across Europe and in the Holy Land (famously, he launched the Third Crusade to try to take Jerusalem back from the conqueror Saladin)
February 25, 2013 |
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate problems with stalling or surging engines in nearly 725,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs and Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2009 through 2011 model years. One such problem has been described as "limp home mode," in which the affected cars or SUVs suddenly drop to 20 mph and about 900 rpms. The mode is supposed to be triggered only by a serious engine problem and is meant to allow the driver time to maneuver to a safe place before stopping.