February 14, 2013 |
On Sunday, Beyoncé scored her 17th Grammy, which puts her just one trophy behind the second most awarded female singer, Aretha Franklin. But that was just a relaxing Sunday evening for the pop superstar, who has spent the last two weeks leaving more glitter-encrusted impressions on the zeitgeist. First, she performed at President Obama's inauguration ( perhaps you heard about it? ) and then headlined the Super Bowl halftime show, all without issuing any new music. For all the praise that's justly been lavished on Beyoncé during her career, the singer hasn't had many blemishes.
February 12, 2013 |
The United States is expanding its military presence in Honduras on a spectacular scale. The Associated Press reported this month in an investigative article that Washington in 2011 authorized $1.3 billion for U.S. military electronics in Honduras. This is happening while the post-coup regime of Honduran President Porfirio Lobo is more out of control than ever, especially since the Honduran Congress staged a "technical coup" in December. But as the Obama administration deepens its partnership with Honduras, ostensibly to fight the drug war, Democrats in Congress are increasingly rebelling.
January 30, 2013 |
With singer-pugilist Chris Brown making more of the wrong kind of headlines this week , it was only a matter of hours before we heard from his on-again-off-again-on-again paramour, Rihanna. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Rihanna tells Rolling Stone that she's glad to be back together with Brown, who's currently serving five years' probation after pleading guilty to assaulting her the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards. "I decided it was important for me to be happy...
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January 27, 2013 |
What if you were asked to write your failures on a wall, in indelible ink, for everyone to see? Would you make a confession? Would you bare your soul? What if the person doing the asking was your boss? Jeff Stibel, chief executive of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., likes to keep his Malibu headquarters hopping. He came up with the Failure Wall one night late in 2010 when he was having a glass of wine with his wife. They were toasting a business success. Stibel said he found failure more fruitful.
January 25, 2013
For a muscular agency that combats vicious drug criminals, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration acts like a terrified and obstinate toddler when it comes to basic science. For years, the DEA and the National Institute for Drug Abuse have made it all but impossible to develop a robust body of research on the medical uses of marijuana. A pro-marijuana group lost its legal battle this week when a federal appellate court ruled that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug, defined as having no accepted medical value and a high potential for abuse.
January 15, 2013 |
The Tour de Fraud, Lance Armstrong version, continues. Tighten your helmet chinstraps and grab your handlebars. Armstrong apparently has 'fessed up. To Oprah. Please, just spare us. Was Dr. Phil booked? PHOTOS: Lance Armstrong through the years How you do something is often as revealing as what you do. Armstrong took a deadly serious moment, an international news story, and made it into Hollywood. Is this guy real or is he Memorex? He taped a show Monday, which won't appear until Thursday, and allegedly told all. Or at least 'fessed up to a lot. Who knows?
January 1, 2013 |
For the last two decades, video game movies have been so bad that the genre itself has become shorthand for failure. So when French game publisher Ubisoft, best known for its "Assassin's Creed" series and Tom Clancy-branded military games, decided to take a stab at movies, the company didn't search for a Hollywood expert to be its partner. Ubisoft decided to hire him. Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive of the 2-year-old Ubisoft Motion Pictures unit, takes a hands-on approach to translating his company's intellectual property from interactive to linear media.
December 28, 2012 |
EL PASO - Tony Burnett said he learned his lesson, was better for it and was having a great time at the Sun Bowl. Leonard Williams also said he learned from a mistake and had been welcomed by the people of El Paso. The USC players each had caused a local uproar for negative remarks they made about El Paso via Twitter. The fallout included a front-page story in Friday's El Paso Times with a headline that read "Trojan Trouble. " The lengthy story also touched on the Trojans' late arrival for a bowl-sponsored dinner event on Wednesday night.
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December 23, 2012 |
The bullet that struck Larney Johnson while he was playing basketball with friends punctured his kidney before lodging in his spine and immediately paralyzing him. Paramedics rushed him to California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, where surgeons repaired his kidney. But three years later, he said, doctors made a startling discovery: a surgical sponge had been left behind. Johnson had to undergo a second operation to remove the sponge before spending six weeks in bed recovering.
December 18, 2012 |
Larry Drew II's UCLA basketball career will end when the Bruins' season does — and Ben Howland regrets this. The UCLA coach regrets this not just because he will lose a veteran leader and an unselfish, steady point guard who is averaging 8.3 assists a game, third-highest in the nation. No, Howland regrets this also because he knows the fifth-year senior would have played for him much longer than one season if not for a mistake Howland said he made years ago. "I take full responsibility for him not being here as a freshman," Howland said Monday, a day before the Bruins (7-3)