March 4, 2011 |
Around the world, authoritarian regimes have tried to keep their citizens from hearing news of the protests raging throughout the Middle East and in their own countries. Some have tried shutting down cellphone and Internet service, but that has only sparked new flames of anger and discontent. Even the Chinese government, which has unleashed the most sophisticated Internet blocking system in the world, can't contain all the information and chatter on countless websites, social networks and blogs.
March 1, 2011 |
Christina Aguilera's boyfriend has been released from custody after being booked on suspicion of drunk driving in a case that also saw the pop star arrested. Matthew Rutler was swarmed by more than 30 photographers and reporters when he exited the West Hollywood sheriff's station Tuesday morning. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pulled over Rutler's car early Tuesday near Sunset Boulevard and Clark Street on the Sunset Strip after noticing Rutler was squealing his tires, "burning rubber" and speeding, according to Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
February 7, 2011
AOL has purchased the Huffington Post. ( Los Angeles Times ) If we had to choose between watching Christina Aguilera mangle the national anthem or watching "Burlesque," we'd ... ( Los Angeles Times ) Not all the movie sneaks aired during the Super Bowl went over well, but people sure are stoked about "Super 8. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Some people are questioning whether Groupon's Tibet-themed ad went too far. ( Los Angeles Times ) Kim Kardashian pushed the envelope with her sexy Skechers Super Bowl ad. How long before she starts publicly regretting this move?
February 6, 2011 |
Japanese public high school teacher Sawa Kawamura used to smile on her way to work. But in recent years, this quiet woman has come to dread the classroom. In 2004, Kawamura, a slender fiftysomething teacher with long black hair, refused to stand and sing while the national anthem was played. She was given a formal warning that she had defied instructions from her superiors. The notice remains on her record and could haunt her when she is up for rehiring. "It's only twice a year, during formal school ceremonies, that we're ordered to sing the anthem," Kawamura said, "but it has changed relations at work.
January 10, 2011 |
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staff briefly considered shuttering their Tucson district field office in the aftermath of the mass shooting that left the congresswoman in critical condition, killed her director of community outreach and wounded two colleagues. But they couldn't do it. "Congresswoman Giffords would not want us to stop what we do, and that's why the decision was made to open as normal at 8 a.m.," said spokesman C.J. Karamargin. "Obviously, the circumstances are anything but normal.
January 2, 2011 |
The first time Natalie Vinti took the field with Mexico's national soccer team, her arms were covered with more ink than those of an NBA point guard. Only Vinti's Magic Marker tattoos weren't paeans to friends, family or the old neighborhood. They were one-word commands in Spanish such as fuera (out) and sola (alone), a kind of bare-skin Berlitz to help her communicate with teammates. "I can't formulate the words fast enough in my head in Spanish," said Vinti, whose understanding of the language at the time went only slightly beyond the menu at Taco Bell.
October 28, 2010 |
Fans of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert may be hoping for a political call-to-arms at Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear at the National Mall, but based on the schedule the Comedy Central duo provided the National Park Service, it appears they're in for more of a comedy-and-music variety show. According to the permit application filed by the rally's organizers, the event will kick off at noon ET with a pre-show performance by The Roots and will conclude with a taped piece dubbed "The Sanity and Fear Awards.
October 12, 2010 |
European soccer, relatively free from black eyes in recent years as far as crowd trouble goes, received a pretty good shiner from Serbia's lunatic fringe Tuesday. Rioting Serbian fans caused their country's Euro 2012 qualifying match against Italy in Genoa to be delayed by 35 minutes and then abandoned altogether after only six minutes of play. There was trouble outside the stadium before the game and more trouble inside during the build-up. Fans tossed flares and fireworks onto the field, cut through or broke down security fences, burned a flag, booed their own national anthem and brawled with riot police.
August 10, 2010 |
Are the Dodgers getting you down? Are you tired of all the McCourt mangling and Brox bashing and Kemp crashing? Do you sometimes wonder if anyone likes them anymore? Well, someone still does. Steer your computer to YouTube, punch in " Tommy Lasorda national anthem," and click on the 51-second clip to find that person. Lasorda, for the first time in his 82 years, does the only thing he has never done on a baseball field. He sings the national anthem. He's at the Dodgers' triple-A park in Albuquerque, and he's part of a female singing group, and it's an amateur video, but that's clearly his voice, selling his favorite team by crooning his favorite song.
February 6, 2010 |
I tend to shun celebrations that don't have at least some spiritual component, but I always make an exception for the Super Bowl. It's a magical day, rife with camaraderie and new friends. Met my first wife at a Super Bowl party. She jumped out of the cake, then ate it. Score. Super Bowl parties are also, as any real fan will tell you, the absolute worst places to watch a football game. In my experience, most of those who go to Super Bowl parties have no interest in the game itself.