September 14, 2013 |
Not a guy to mince words, two-fisted writer-director Samuel Fuller began (and ended) his tabloid classic "Shock Corridor" with a spurious quote from Euripides: "Whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad. " But he might just have well taken his epigraph from Allen Ginsberg's "Howl": "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked …" In 1951, Fuller had the scoop on the Korean War with "The Steel Helmet....
August 31, 2013 |
There's plenty to weep over if you live near or drive around the 405 Freeway on the Westside during the seemingly endless construction project to widen it. Now, it turns out, the freeway feels your pain and weeps along with you. Well, actually, it's the retaining wall that keeps the hillside from cascading down onto Sepulveda Boulevard, just east of the freeway, that weeps. For the next two weeks, crews will be working on a retaining wall -- east of the freeway -- on the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard.
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August 22, 2013 |
Looks like San Diego's about to wake up from its six-week civic nightmare. After two weeks of therapy and three days of legal mediation, Mayor Bob Filner has struck an agreement with city officials and his former press secretary, who sued him for sexual harassment, according to San Diego City Atty. Jan Goldsmith. But the world will have to wait until Friday afternoon, when the City Council, whose nine members have all urged Filner to resign, vote on the agreement in a closed session.
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July 16, 2013 |
An inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers and crew to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. There were no working air conditioners, refrigerators or toilets during the tow back. The findings were contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.
June 19, 2013 |
"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany, a freshly minted best actress prize winner , joined us for a live chat to talk about her role as Sarah Manning and half a dozen other clones on the acclaimed new BBC America sci-fi series. The buzzed-about show has a loyal fan base from around the world, and Maslany was kind enough to say hello ( or "hola," depending on the nationality ) to many who had joined the conversation, while also discussing the joy and nightmare of playing so many parts on the series.
May 17, 2013 |
Sandy Valdivieso and her husband intended to fly from Los Angeles to Dakar, Senegal. They ended up almost 7,000 miles off-course in Dhaka, Bangladesh. How something this bizarre could happen illustrates how a single mix-up on an airline's part can cascade into a travel nightmare of epic proportions. It also highlights how customer service can be found lacking, particularly in light of the fact that Valdivieso spent months trying to secure some sort of compensation from the carrier, Turkish Airlines, but received nothing but runaround.
May 16, 2013 |
About 10 tornadoes slashed through parts of North Texas, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and more than 100 homes damaged or destroyed as the tornado season got off to a frenzied start. At least three Texas counties -- Hood, Johnson and Montague -- were struck by tornadoes that began Wednesday evening and cut a wide swath through the region, where tornado activity is an annual occurrence. Weather observer teams will inspect the region, but the preliminary count of twisters by the National Weather Service stood at 10 by Thursday morning.
April 28, 2013 |
You know the zombies that pop back to life even after you stab them with a pitchfork? It's the same with smartphones. That's the bitter lesson I learned after returning home from Greenland and getting a $1,106 bill from Sprint for international data roaming, even though data roaming on my iPhone 4S was turned off. How could this zombie data usage happen? And how can I find out if it's happening? Smartphones are the undead of phones. They keep looking for a way to connect to data, even when you don't want them to. Even when you think data service is turned off. The formula is: smartphone + international travel = watch out. I had a BlackBerry before my iPhone and never had a single data charge when traveling internationally.
April 24, 2013 |
Jason Segel is taking his goofy sensibility and packaging it for middle-schoolers in the form of a three-book deal with Random House, the company announced Wednesday. The first installment of "Nightmares!," co-written with “The Eternal Ones” author Kirsten Miller, is due out next year, the publisher said in a news release . Segel first turned his inspiration, an adventure about kids who have to save their town from fear, into a screenplay, according to CBS News . That got stuck in turnaround, but the "How I Met Your Mother" actor bought back the rights recently and converted the screenplay concept into a three-part book series.
April 18, 2013 |
Despite surging cases of infections unresponsive to existing antibiotic drugs, the number of medications under development or receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration is dwindling and remains "alarmingly low," a new report warns. Most concerning, according to the Infectious Disease Society of America , is the "near absence" of antibiotic candidate drugs capable of combating new strains of bacteria that are uniquely dangerous: These "gram-negative" bacteria are not only resistant to most available antibiotic drugs themselves, they can pass genetic materials on to other bacteria that make them impervious to existing medications as well.