March 22, 2013 |
As he explores his new roles within the Republican party and the business world after last year's presidential campaign, Mitt Romney plans this summer to bring together “experts and enthusiasts” in both spheres for a gathering in Park City that is expected to include potential 2016 contenders Chris Christie and Paul D. Ryan. In an email to guests obtained by the Times, Romney said he hoped to unite “political, business and other thought leaders” at the conference. The 2012 Republican nominee said in the email that Solamere, the investment firm cofounded by his son Tagg and his campaign finance chairman Spencer Zwick, would be among the sponsors of the gathering.
March 22, 2013 |
Nathanael Johnson was born without a doctor and later toddled around his Northern California yard without diapers, free to ingest whatever germy creatures he got his hands on, but no sugar allowed. With parents like his, it's little wonder he grew up wondering about the miracles of modern science. What's really welcome about his deeply reported book, "All Natural," is that his upbringing makes the investigation of nature versus technology fun as well as thought-provoking. He questions mainstream wisdom, "expert" advice and the all-natural solutions for childbirth, germs, raw milk, sugar, factory farming of animals and more.
March 12, 2013 |
So we know that Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson is unhappy that star receiver Percy Harvin was traded Monday from the Vikings to the Seattle Seahawks. We can assume that a lot of fans are unhappy to lose a Pro Bowl player who led the team in receiving yards the last three seasons. But we also can figure that Harvin himself is happy with the move, since he's been demanding a trade for some time now, and that some fans might be relieved to have such a malcontent out of the locker room.
February 12, 2013 |
Why is Pope Benedict XVI quitting? And who might replace him? Those are two of the questions we put to John Thavis, who spent more than three decades covering the Vatican for the Catholic News Service. He peels back the veil of the Vatican in his book "The Vatican Diairies: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the power, personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Roman Catholic Church," which comes out Feb. 25. Perfect timing. Thavis, who has recently returned to live in Minnesota with his family, was in Rome this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Loma Rica) has long touted the virtues of low-tax, limited-regulation Texas as a model for what California should aspire toward to improve its business climate. He has led fact-finding missions to the Lone Star State, where colleagues join him in seminars with Texas officials and business leaders. His efforts to import the Texas style of government have largely fallen flat in Sacramento. Now, with Democrats having more power in the Capitol than they have in decades, it is looking even less likely Logue's pitch will gain traction. So Logue is turning to stinging sarcasm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - For many, this city's biggest selling point is its proximity to other, more exciting places, like the cosmopolitan hills of San Francisco or the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe. But for almost three decades, there has been one thing people didn't need to leave town for: professional basketball. For Sacramentans, the Kings are more than just an NBA franchise. They're a sign that the city is not second-rate. Fair-weather fans here are scarce; devotees have stuck with the Kings through miserable season after miserable season.
January 13, 2013 |
The third season premiere of "Downton Abbey" was heralded by the sort of media blitz more in line with the Summer Olympics or a new Robert Downey Jr. franchise than anything appearing on PBS' "Masterpiece. " The public television network hosted a red-carpet preview screening for PBS SoCal members aboard the Queen Mary, for mercy's sake. And merchandising for "Downton" threatens to out-deluge that for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," with books and jewelry, mugs and calendars, and T-shirts identifying themselves with one of the Crawley sisters or demanding that authorities "Free John Bates.
January 8, 2013 |
As was often the case, television personality Huell Howser captured the Coachella scene perfectly. Howser, who died Sunday at age 67 , traveled throughout Southern California during a career highlighting its myriad cultural offerings. As such, he journeyed to Indio, Calif., with typically boundless curiosity for a segment on KCET-TV in 2008 on the annual festival. Howser's take comes near the end of the feature: "It's just a beautiful, beautiful feeling here. Everybody is mellow and kind of chilling out here waiting for the particular group that they're here to listen to. It's all good.
January 7, 2013 |
The title of “Abraham Lincoln in Two Miles a Penny” refers to the legendary account of the 16th president of the United States walking six miles to return a three-cent overcharge to a customer. Writer-performer Ed Trotta's acclaimed one-man show about the Great Emancipator plies its modest wares to fairly engaging effect. After an aural prologue of historical events ending with a gun shot, Trotta enters from the lobby, looking eerily like Lincoln. His jovial greeting makes it immediately clear that this particular dead president knows the score: “I never thought I'd set foot in a theater again.” It turns out that Lincoln has received a dispensation “from belonging to the ages” to address 21st century audiences, primarily to dispel his “legend,” which “is sticking in my craw.” Opening at the Lincoln Memorial, Trotta's text merges biographical overview and self-assessment with the celebrated wit. Much of the material is familiar -- self-educated lawyer, his courtship of Mary Todd, the Cabinet of political rivals, Gettysburg, and so forth.
January 4, 2013 |
They sneak a peek. They steal a glance. They turn around and gawk, sometimes forgetting to carry out their own assignments as NFL quarterbacks. When a quarterback puts the football in the hands of a great running back - especially a player as talented as the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson - that up-close, low-angle view of the darting, twisting, spinning, blasting ballcarrier is almost hypnotic. Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer can fully appreciate what Minnesota's Christian Ponder witnessed from his unique vantage this season, when Peterson became the seventh player to run for 2,000 yards in a season.