CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 |
The search for a Los Angeles woman who 53 years ago was a Sports Illustrated cover girl has ended sadly for a collector of autographs from cover subjects. Model Dolores Greer, 81, died last month on the same day that cover autograph collector Scott Smith was being interviewed by The Times for a story that was published Tuesday . Greer's obituary appeared in Sunday's Times. The saga of Smith's search for the model who illustrated the magazine's Oct. 17, 1960, cover story on the "new look in sports clothes" has spanned more than three decades.
July 14, 2013 |
LONDON - If money talks, then in Britain it has a decidedly baritone voice. And that, many say, is a scandal. Three months ago, the Bank of England announced that Winston Churchill had been chosen as the new face of the 5-pound note, in recognition of "a truly great British leader, orator and writer … a hero of the entire free world. " Starting in 2016, Churchill's jowly mug will peer out pugnaciously from the back of what is probably Britain's most widely used bill, worth about $7.50.
June 27, 2013 |
The twin rulings on marriage equality Wednesday were historic in different ways. One of them - Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's decision in Windsor vs. United States, which struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act - will be celebrated for its ringing endorsement of the equality and dignity of same-sex couples. The second decision is poised to be historic not so much for its language but for its effect. In Hollingsworth vs. Perry, the court found that Proposition 8's proponents lacked legal standing to appeal a lower court decision declaring that measure unconstitutional.
June 26, 2013 |
At the New York Auto Show in April 2012, Nissan made it clear that it had a busy 15 months planned. The Japanese automaker announced that it would overhaul its aging lineup with five completely redesigned vehicles. Since then, Nissan has brought us new versions of the mid-size Altima , the seven-passenger Pathfinder crossover , and the compact Sentra. The renewed attention to these volume-sellers has been a success; through May, Nissan said its sales are up 8.1% from a year earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2013 |
The Supermoon put on quite a show Saturday night in Southern California -- and it had many reaching for their cameras. The so-called supermoon will reach its closest distance to the Earth at exactly 4:32 a.m. PDT Sunday, but both Saturday evening and Sunday morning will offer good opportunities to observe the spectacle, according to NASA. The supermoon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. Here are some of the images aggregated from social media: Goodnight, #Supermoon . #solstice #california (that's the moon at dusk.)
June 21, 2013 |
Here is what the collateral damage from the 405 Freeway construction looks like: a room full of tired and frustrated people who live on the Westside but can't find their way home. How do you get to the neighborhood east of Sepulveda Boulevard in the hills - if Sepulveda is closed? How do you know if so many exits on the northbound 405 are closed one night that you might have to go halfway to the San Fernando Valley before you can creep back down to the Westside? “It's freeway lottery,” one resident said.
June 20, 2013 |
If last year's quietly wrenching Oscar-winner "Amour" revealed the artistic heights achievable by a story of lifetime love and imminent death, "Unfinished Song" reveals an all-too-common middlebrow miasma of easy tears and microwaved warmth. Much like a critic faced with one too many movies like this, cranky pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) thinks of the eccentric, ebullient choir practice his ailing wife (Vanessa Redgrave) goes to at the senior center as a waste of time. Perky choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton)
June 19, 2013 |
BOSTON - The mysterious circumstances behind the injury that sidelined Chicago wing Marian Hossa for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final remain, so much so that Blackhawks center Dave Bolland wasn't even sure if he'd seen Hossa around. "No, I don't know if I've seen him," Bolland said, the day after Hossa was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't reveal the nature of Hossa's injury or when it occurred, but he did shed light on the veteran's status for Game 4 on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
June 19, 2013 |
Brigetta Barett is accustomed to hitting high notes, athletically and artistically. Barrett, who won a silver medal in the women's high jump at the London Olympics last summer and is a six-time NCAA champion, sang the national anthem before winning her most recent NCAA title for the University of Arizona. She brings the world's second-best high jump mark this year into the U.S. track and field championships, which will take place this weekend at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden, seeking to reinvigorate the White House's stalled gun safety push, touted incremental progress Tuesday in nearly two dozen executive actions pledged by the administration in January. In a speech to administration officials, members of Congress and gun control advocates at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Biden also tried to goad Congress to act on the issue, vowing that White House and gun control supporters would continue to press for new firearms laws.