CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Citing studies linking soda to obesity, a state lawmaker and medical experts proposed a first-in-the-nation bill Thursday that sugary drinks sold in California carry health warning labels similar to those on cigarette packs. They want warning labels on the fronts of all cans and bottles of soda and juice drinks that have sugar added and 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The label would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s)
February 7, 2014 |
Nailing down the latest superfruit in vogue can be an elusive goal, a quest largely driven by modern marketing and, quite possibly, producers of television's "The Dr. Oz Show. " Origins in advertising, not science, complicate the matter: The term "superfruit" has only been used for about a decade to sell the potential health benefits of nutrient-dense fruits. "There's always a 'latest and greatest' superfruit," said Robin Rogosin, a nutritional supplement and body care buyer for Whole Foods Market.
February 6, 2014 |
After an atomic apocalypse, only 10 people out of a group of 21 can live in a specially outfitted bunker for a year, at which point they will restart civilization as we know it. Which 10 would you pick - and why? This is the set-up of "After the Dark," an unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply. Impressively written and directed by John Huddles, this existential sci-fi thriller follows a so-called thought experiment in which one Mr. Zimit (James D'Arcy)
January 30, 2014 |
Director-cinematographer Lotfy Nathan takes a decidedly judgment-free approach to the provocative characters and situations in his urban documentary "12 O'Clock Boys. " Good thing? Maybe. But some viewers may not prove as neutral as they consider this unvarnished, kinetic, often disturbing portrait of illegal dirt bikers in inner-city Baltimore. For three years, starting in 2010, Nathan follows a brash kid named Pug, who's 13 at the start. His goal is to join the controversial local dirt-bike group called the 12 O'Clock Boys, so-named for driving their bikes straight up like the hands of a clock.
January 27, 2014 |
And you thought the 405 Freeway on a Friday evening gets congested. It has nothing on the bumper-to-bumper jam at the top of the leaderboard Sunday during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Scott Stallings finally managed to inch away from the traffic with a birdie on the par-five 18th hole on the rugged South Course, giving him the third PGA Tour victory of his career and a $1.098-million check. Stallings shot a four-under-par 68 to finish at nine-under 279 on a soft day in which the course gave up more low scores than it had during the grueling third round but also retained enough of its muscle to keep anyone from building more than a one-shot lead at any point.
January 25, 2014 |
Donkeys who stare, salesmen who pester, filmmakers who prod, killers who smile and kids who run wild are just a few of the weird, wacky and wonderful ideas that drive the indefinable 66 that fill this year's shorts program at the Sundance Film Festival. With technology making it relatively inexpensive and easy to go from idea to execution, the outer edge of creative invention can often be found in short films. From my sampling of this year's lineup, the further out, the better. Take "Rat Pack Rat," from filmmaker Todd Rohal ("The Guatemalan Handshake")