CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 |
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) attacked Republicans on Thursday for their repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare, saying threats to shut down the government or limit the debt ceiling are irresponsible and ineffective. “The big problem we have are Republicans,” she said, speaking at a health center in North Hollywood. “They are the obstacle.” Despite the continued discussions about repeal, Boxer said the states and federal government are moving forward with the Affordable Care Act and plan to begin enrolling people in new coverage options in October.
August 21, 2013 |
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an unprecedented plan to boost economic growth and shore up his country's shrinking labor force - help more women return to work. About two-thirds of Japanese women leave the workforce after the birth of their first child. Most do not return for years, if ever. It's a major reason the employment rate of Japanese women is one of the lowest in developed economies, particularly among those married and well-educated. Abe's government wants to change that situation for women such as Saori Tachibana.
August 20, 2013 |
Lady Gaga made several public appearances Monday to promote her new "Applause" single and music video, changing outfits as she went. By midday, fashion watchers had spotted her in outfits by Balenciaga and Mathieu Mirano, as well as the Balmain fall 2013 black leather top and purple draped skirt she wore on Sirius XM 1's "The Morning Mashup Live" show. [Because I'm Fabulous] A seashell bikini, a bra made of hands, a fiber-optic light tail, parachute wings -- these are just some of the elements adorning Lady Gaga amid numerous costume changes in the new "Applause" music video, which was released Monday.
August 19, 2013 |
The promoter for Amir Khan and Devon Alexander said Monday the two have agreed to a welterweight fight Dec. 7, with the venue to be determined. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions said he is awaiting word from officials in Dubai to see whether they have the “full capacity” to stage the International Boxing Federation title fight. If they don't, Schaefer said the bout will be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. “Both of them want to fight this year,” Schaefer said.
August 16, 2013 |
That the experience of military leadership offers some useful lessons for leaders in other fields has long been understood. Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" is still read by business leaders and sports coaches, and more recently Norman Dixon's "On the Psychology of Military Incompetence" offers lessons from military failure. The latest crossover book that draws from military experience is author Donovan Campbell's "The Leader's Code: Mission, Character, Service and Getting the Job Done," published by Random House.
August 13, 2013 |
“Fifty Shades of Grey” isn't just a fun, racy read, according to a new study that finds the bestseller glamorizes violence against women. Analyzing the naughty novel, psychologists at Michigan State University and Ohio State University concluded that its characters' behaviors are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's official definition of intimate partner violence - and that the book perpetuates dangerous abuse...
August 12, 2013 |
Former Newbury Park outfielder Andrew Lambo, 25, is set to reach the major leagues. The Pittsburgh Pirates will promote him on Tuesday from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates acquired Lambo in a trade with the Dodgers in 2010. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
August 9, 2013 |
Whither goest the sport of boxing these days? How about to a country where it was banned in 1959 and not allowed back until 1986? That would be China. This is promoter Bob Arum's grand plan. He has had many over six decades of promoting the sport, and most have worked out. Arum is the New York lawyer who promoted the first fight he saw, was Muhammad Ali's promoter, and, at age 81, has slowed down about as much as a freight train running downhill. Much is at stake, much more than usual, when Arum and his Top Rank Promotions send out superstar Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 |
They are the hardest-working stiffs in Los Angeles. At least until they go on "sick leave. " Ginger and Sarah are among dozens of robotic mannequins who work 10 hours a day, seven days a week, standing outside hair salons, restaurants and quick-lube businesses, waving at passersby and encouraging them to stop and spend a little money. The motorized dummies are the newest breed of sign spinners -- the ubiquitous attention-grabbers who dance on street corners and toss their arrow-like signs in the air to promote nearby apartments and condos, cellphone companies, furniture sales and fast-food restaurant deals.
August 5, 2013 |
The management shakeup continues at Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting unit. Turner Broadcasting System Inc. on Monday promoted David Levy to president to oversee channels including TBS and TNT. He had been president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner. The promotion comes a few weeks after Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes picked John Martin as Turner's new chief executive when current CEO Phil Kent steps down in 2014....