HOME & GARDEN
February 7, 2014 |
So I'm waiting at a stoplight when another piece of techno-pop skitters across the car radio, and the notion hits me: Is romance dead? Better suited perhaps to a Time magazine cover or an article in New York magazine, the question nonetheless is soon embedded in my brain. "Hey, is romance dead?" I ask a colleague. "For you, maybe," she says. I've been married 32 years, so the truth is yes and no, hot and cold, feast or famine. You want swoony, gobsmacked love, look at my wedding photos.
February 6, 2014 |
The school that gave us Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble has also given us Anthony Ireland. We just haven't noticed. For four years, Ireland has played on the same Gersten Pavilion basketball court at Loyola Marymount where Gathers and Kimble became a national force in Paul Westhead's shoot-without-conscience offense. On the night of March 4, 1990, Gathers collapsed and died of a heart condition on the court. In his honor, his friend, the right-handed Kimble, shot his first free throw of each ensuing game left-handed.
February 5, 2014 |
UCLA is certainly Jim Mora's team. His third - and arguably least successful - recruiting day came and went. The players he recruited now outnumber the ones he inherited - although quarterback Brett Hundley is a handy guy to still have around. So where the Bruins are now headed has Mora's coaching DNA. "We talked last year about consistency," Mora said. "Now I'm looking to go win some games that people don't think we can win on a more consistent basis. I don't want to make excuses about going to Stanford and losing or going to Oregon and losing.
February 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A Target Corp. official told a Senate committee that a massive security breach affecting up to 110 million holiday shoppers lasted three days longer than previously thought. Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan disclosed the latest information in written testimony at a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering ways to protect consumers' personal information. The malicious software that enabled hackers to steal information from credit and debit cards from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 was later found on 25 additional checkout machines and continued to collect shoppers' information for three more days, Mulligan wrote.
February 3, 2014 |
Here's the emotion that Sunday's boring Super Bowl managed to stoke: the irritation Time Warner Cable subscribers are feeling for the cable company. And here's the surprising news: The cable company fell on its sword. Kind of. Time Warner Cable announced Monday that it would provide a $5 gift card to subscribers who don't have digital cable and could only watch the game on a standard definition channel. But even the subscribers who have digital TV - the majority - and so watched the game on a high-definition channel get something: credit for the cost of an on-demand movie once it is purchased.
February 3, 2014 |
Christian Staack was totally stoked about seeing the Eagles in concert at the Forum. More than a month before the Jan. 24 gig, he went to Ticketmaster's website and spent about an hour picking the perfect seat, one that afforded a head-on view of the stage plus full stereo sound. He paid $184 for the ticket, plus $30 in fees and $25 for parking. Staack ended up in a lousy seat on the extreme side of the stage, and his request for a partial refund was denied by the Forum's owner, Madison Square Garden Co. How that happened speaks volumes about the indifference with which some companies feel they can treat customers.
February 1, 2014 |
The Lakers' injuries keep coming, as if anything's really surprising anymore. Pau Gasol was the latest to receive bad MRI exam results and was expected to miss at least a week because of a strained right groin, the Lakers said Saturday. He won't be available for their three-game trip to Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia, which means the Lakers might be 20 to 25 games under .500 when Kobe Bryant returns from a fractured knee. Or, it should be said, if Bryant returns from a fractured knee this season.
February 1, 2014 |
As 13 wildfires ripped across Arkansas on Friday, state forestry pilot Jacob Thomas Harrell took a small plane out to look for additional hot spots. Late Saturday, search crews still had not found any sign of either Harrell or the single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion since his last radio call more than 30 hours earlier. “We are going to be here until we find Jake,” State Forester Joe Fox said in a statement released Saturday evening. “Tonight and tomorrow's efforts are already planned and we are aggressively covering as much ground as quickly and safely as possible.” Two planes, a helicopter and a number of people from state, local and federal agencies have been involved in the nonstop search, the Arkansas Forestry Commission said.
January 31, 2014
Re "Gay marriage, in court again," Editorial, Jan. 29 With the Proposition 8 case last year, the Supreme Court might well have been forced to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. Instead, Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris refused to do their duty and defend the law, thus giving the justices an easy out by finding that those arguing for Proposition 8 had no standing. Perhaps Brown and Harris could have kept their hands clean with the appointment of a special counsel to represent the 52% of voters who passed the proposition.
January 30, 2014 |
EUGENE, Ore. - There have been times when UCLA sophomore guard Jordan Adams has thought about last season's Pac-12 Conference tournament championship game. The Bruins reached the final riding on Adams' back. They then were manhandled in the title game by Oregon because of his foot. Adams suffered a broken bone on the last play against Arizona in the semifinals and could only watch the final. “I wished I could have played,” Adams said. “We were a hot team. But things happened.” BOX SCORE: UCLA Bruins 70, Oregon Ducks 68 Things happened Thursday.