August 18, 2012 |
Talk about an electric fundraising effort: This week Matthew Inman, the guy behind the comic website The Oatmeal, launched an online campaign to raise money to buy Nikola Tesla's last laboratory and turn it into a museum. In less than 48 hours the campaign had raised more than half a million dollars, $400,000 of which was donated in the first 20 hours. That may sound kind of insane. Then again, everything that has to do with Nikola Tesla is kind of insane. This is the man credited with inventing AC electric current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, radio tubes and improved turbine engines, among many other crazily futuristic things -- all at the turn of the 20th century.
December 22, 2009 |
Appearing at a downtown courtroom Monday morning, UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic pleaded not guilty to a felony charge stemming from an altercation at a recent concert. Dragovic is expected to claim he was acting in self-defense when he pushed the alleged victim into a glass case, causing injury. "Now it's all up to my lawyer," he said. "So I don't have to worry about it." The player's roommate, Aleksandar Stanisic , was also charged and entered the same plea.
December 23, 2009 |
Another day in court still awaits Nikola Dragovic, about a month or so down the line. The UCLA forward still must answer to a felony charge stemming from a recent fight at a Hollywood concert. But the mere act of standing in front of a judge this week, pleading not guilty, seems to have done wonders for Dragovic on another type of court. "Just by not having to deal with lawyers, not going to meetings, just even think about it, I'm able to put more time into basketball," Dragovic said.
November 15, 2010 |
The adjustment was small, but the payoff proved hefty. In the USC men's basketball team's first half against UC Irvine on Saturday, junior forward Nikola Vucevic knew the Anteaters would double-team him any time he touched the ball. But instead of being aggressive, the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Vucevic looked to pass, which explains his paltry halftime stats: two points on one-for-three shooting. In the second half of USC's 62-49 win, though, Vucevic scored 17 points, including nine of the Trojans' first 13 after intermission, to finish with a career-high-tying 19. What changed?
September 21, 1997 |
Historian Kevin Starr calls him "the most influential transportation activist of this generation." He made an unsuccessful run for mayor in 1993. He has built a highly successful electrical engineering firm, spent long hours promoting civic projects and created strong ties to powerful political figures. Yet, few Angelenos would recognize Nikolas Patsaouras, or even know his name.
February 2, 2010
A preliminary hearing for UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic and his roommate, Aleksandar Stanisic, was postponed Monday until March 15. Both are facing assault charges stemming from an altercation after an Oct. 24 concert at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood. Prosecutors have said the incident began when Stanisic argued with a man and his girlfriend during the show. Later, a confrontation occurred outside the theater in which prosecutors allege Dragovic rushed the man and pushed him into a glass case, which shattered, lacerating the man's Achilles' tendon.