September 23, 2011 |
Rock documentaries made by fans of the band fall into two categories: They either exclude nonbelievers or draw them into the fold. "Pearl Jam Twenty" starts out exclusionary but opens the gates before it's through. Writer-director Cameron Crowe, whose idea it was to examine the celebrated Seattle-based band in time for its 20th anniversary, is no ordinary fan. His films include "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous," and he has the Matt Damon-starring "We Bought a Zoo" due for December release.
August 5, 2011 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proclaimed Aug. 7 to 13 to be National Farmers Market Week . In Southern California, unlike most of the rest of the country, we enjoy exciting offerings of local produce year-round. But even here, high summer gives us the greatest abundance and diversity. Stone fruit and heirloom tomatoes, our markets' summer glory, are at their peak, while grapes and apples are coming on. The busier markets are often so crowded that it can be difficult to make one's way through them.
July 24, 2011 |
Doctors' offices are full of brochures listing new nonsurgical procedures that promise to tighten skin, eliminate redness or brown spots and get rid of fat. Though the machines have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the clearances don't encompass all of the cosmetic procedures that are popping up in doctors' offices; physicians can use approved products for off-label procedures. What follows is a sampling of some of those devices and cosmetic procedures that are associated with them.
June 23, 2011 |
Bahrain sentenced eight prominent activists to life in prison Wednesday in the latest crackdown on a 5-month-old rebellion in the island monarchy that has been criticized by international human rights groups for mass arrests, torture and shooting of protesters. The verdicts by a military court follow the lifting of martial law but indicate that the ruling Sunni Muslim family will not tolerate unrest from the majority Shiite Muslim population, which is demanding an end to discrimination.
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June 8, 2011 |
Every morning, she climbed the wide marble steps of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was not trained for this work. She was a homemaker, not a historian. But she had a lifetime of simmering anger and unanswered questions. By lamplight in the grand reading room, she scoured thousands of documents, inventing her own organizing system to keep track of the information she found. She brought home so many copies that she commandeered a bathtub and used it as a filing cabinet.
May 6, 2011 |
For the last few weeks, after Disneyland has closed its gates for the night, a team of workers, including eight divers, has labored through into the morning in Frontierland and New Orleans Square, ferrying building materials to Tom Sawyer Island and sinking support structures into the floor of the surrounding "river. " Meanwhile, at corporate headquarters in Burbank, Laura-Lee Hartung has been combing through her list of a select 700 guests, checking such details as whether Disneyland's catering chef has prepared a menu that meets the needs of a visiting girl with certain food allergies.
April 18, 2011 |
If — like me — you are old enough to say, "It didn't used to look like this," then — like me — you're probably seeking places that are still relatively unaffected by rampant tourism. Last summer, I had the pleasure of visiting such a place. Nukubati, a small island resort, is about as untouched by time as it gets. Thirty-seven years ago, I came to Fiji, an archipelago in the South Pacific at the western edge of the Polynesian triangle, with my parents and had my first taste of adventure travel.
March 24, 2011 |
Lane Kiffin is two workouts into his second spring at USC, but he is still fielding questions about his time at Tennessee. Bruce Pearl , who admitted that he provided misleading and incorrect information to NCAA investigators, was fired this week as basketball coach at Tennessee. In the wake of Pearl's firing, Kiffin was asked Thursday whether he was concerned that he might be suspended by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. USC's needs mean opportunities for JC transfers Last month, after an investigation into Tennessee's athletic program, USC and Kiffin received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding Kiffin's 14-month tenure in Knoxville.
March 17, 2011 |
Bahrain's security forces arrested at least half a dozen opposition leaders Thursday and surrounded Shiite Muslim neighborhoods on the second day of a crackdown that, at least for now, appeared to have left the regime's opponents frightened and divided about how to respond. Opposition activists said the most prominent of those arrested were Hassan Mushaima, a hard-line Shiite leader of the Haq movement who had only weeks ago returned from London exile, and Abdul Jalil Singace, another Haq leader who had been released from prison less than a month ago. Haq has been one of the most prominent opposition groups demanding the elimination of Bahrain's Sunni monarchy.
March 17, 2011 |
They made their stand in a traffic circle known as Pearl Square a month ago, putting up tents, arming themselves mostly with sticks and rocks, and creating a bulwark of noisy protest that brought this tiny island nation nearly to a standstill and threatened its monarchy. It took about an hour for the government to rout them. Bahrain's riot police and soldiers moved in at dawn Wednesday. They first seized the highway overpass that looks down on the square. Some protesters climbed the incline to engage them, but they were no match for the government troops.