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February 17, 2014 |
Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda Corp., owner of a line of upscale organic salon products, and game-changer in the world of beauty products who brought Earth-friendly production practices and products to market on a mass scale, has died. He was 72 and had pancreatic cancer. Rechelbacher, widely known by his first name, died Saturday at his home in Osceola, Wis., the company announced. In 1978, Rechelbacher launched Aveda Corp., with a staff of two and a goal of building a bridge between beauty and medicine.
February 16, 2014 |
Several former high school baseball standouts from Southern California made impressive debuts this weekend in the collegiate ranks. Former JSerra outfielder Clay Williamson went six for eight for Cal State Fullerton, helping the Titans win two of three games. Former Mater Dei catcher Jeremy Martinez had five hits for USC in a three-game sweep of Northwestern. Former Cypress shortstop David Fletcher went five for 13 for Loyola Marymount, which won two of three games against Utah Valley.
February 15, 2014 |
Under the Articles of War enacted by the British Navy in the 18th century, many crimes qualified as capital offenses, including mutiny, treason, robbery, sodomy and murder. Executions were often carried out by hanging, with the convict strung up from the ship's yardarm. By accounts from that era, these hangings were more a gradual strangulation than a snap of the neck. They were also complicated, requiring several men to hoist and secure the convict at a considerable height on a moving ship.
February 14, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Severe weather put a big freeze on factory production last month, causing output to fall the most since the Great Recession ended, the Federal Reserve said Friday. Manufacturing output fell 0.8% in January compared with the previous month, the first drop since July and the biggest falloff since May 2009. The decline was "partly because of the severe weather that curtailed production in some regions of the country," the Fed said. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years The drop in factory output caused overall industrial production to unexpectedly fall 0.3% in January.
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Keeping track of players from the Kings and Ducks who are representing their respective homelands in games Friday in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament: Czech Republic 4, Latvia 2 - No Kings or Ducks in this one, a rarity. Sweden 1, Switzerland 0 - Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller backed up Swiss teammate Reto Berra after starting the opener. Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg played 4 minutes and 23 seconds for Sweden and had no shots. Canada 6, Austria 0 - Kings winger Jeff Carter had a natural hat trick, scoring the three goals on five shots in only 8:46 of playing time.
February 13, 2014 |
"Ma, sooner or later, there comes a point in a man's life where he's gotta face some facts. And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain't got it. " - Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine) in the 1955 Oscar winner "Marty" On May 24, 1953, NBC's "Goodyear Television Playhouse" aired Paddy Chayefsky's transcendent drama "Marty," starring Rod Steiger as a lonely Bronx butcher who finds love with a shy, plain woman (Nancy Marchand). Running just 51 minutes, the live telecast directed by Delbert Mann became one of the triumphs of the Golden Age of television in the 1950s.
February 12, 2014 |
Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach.
February 12, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Doomed from the start. No phrase better captures the last two playoff-free seasons for the Angels, who were 18-25 and eight games back in the American League West by mid-May 2012 and 15-27 and 12 games back by mid-May 2013. After lavishing $240 million on Albert Pujols before 2012 and $125 million on Josh Hamilton before 2013, the Angels spent modestly this off-season, their only free-agent splurge on reliever Joe Smith for three years and $15.75 million. Expectations are lower for 2014 - most projections have the Angels finishing third in the division - but if they are to contend, they must hit stride opening day, a mission they hope to accomplish by infusing spring training with a keener focus and greater sense of urgency.
February 9, 2014 |
Former model Babette loves living "off the grid," as she puts it on her website. But that doesn't mean, ever, letting herself go. On the subject, she says: Philosophy: "It's important to keep up appearances, even when no one is looking. " Exercise: "A body in motions stays in motion. " Her friend Kathryn Moore attests that Babette routinely walks five miles a day. Skin: She likes a sun-kissed look but tans easily, so doesn't overdo it. Beauty products: "What I can find in the drugstore, nothing expensive, whatever works.
February 7, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS -- Countertops that charge smartphones, lighted toilet seats and beverage chillers that can be illuminated with favorite school or team colors were among some of the new and possibly useful things under the Las Vegas sun this week at the combined International Builders and Kitchen & Bath Industry shows. Drawing high interest from conventioneers were Corian surfaces with embedded wireless power mats. Just plunk an iPhone on the counter and it starts charging. DuPont and the Power Matters Alliance also see these counters working in public spaces such as coffee shops.