CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2009 |
The attorney for a gang member kicked in the head by an El Monte police officer at the end of a televised car chase thinks his client has a great case. On Thursday, Nick Pacheco filed a $5-million legal claim against the city on behalf of the 23-year-old. But just in case, the attorney said his heavily tattooed client will be getting an extreme makeover in time for a trial, complete with a thick Tom Selleck mustache -- think "Magnum P.I."
June 28, 2009 |
One of Michael Jackson's most famous lyrics proclaims, "It don't matter if you're black or white." But when it comes to the late singer's identification with African Americans, that declaration becomes much cloudier.
March 30, 2009 |
In this crummy job market, Stephanie Yang figures any little advantage will help. Even double eyelids. So on a cold January morning, the 21-year-old college senior walked into one of dozens of plastic surgery clinics here and plopped down $730, the equivalent of one year's tuition. An hour later she came out with two big bandages over her eyes. When she removed the dressing the next day, Yang was aghast at her red, puffy eyelids.
November 18, 2007 |
It's 8:30 on a Friday night and Melissa Boock is unenthusiastically contemplating going out with friends. The decision would be easier had she properly prepped her hair that day, a ritual that begins at 11 a.m. with a shower, after which she pulls her wet tresses into a tightly wound bun that sits atop her head for precisely six hours and winds down in the later evening, only to be hit with an intensive product-and-straightening session just before her outfit choice is solidified.
October 27, 2007 |
Some Neanderthals may have had fair skin and red hair, giving them an appearance resembling modern Europeans, researchers reported Friday in the journal Science. The researchers found the MC1R gene and used DNA analysis to find a variation that produced the same pigmentation changes as in humans. It would have been an advantage for Neanderthals, allowing them to soak up more vitamin D from the sun in cloudy Europe.
March 19, 2007 |
UNLIKE professional athletes who use anabolic steroids to improve their game, a 27-year-old mortgage broker in Orange County turned to "the juice" for reasons of pure vanity, "as simple as a looking-good thing." At the suggestion of a bodybuilder friend, he purchased a round of the drugs -- including oral and injectable steroids, as well as injectable human growth hormone -- for $1,000 in Mexico a few years ago. The drugs helped him buff up in just six months.