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February 23, 2014
Stunning photos and report on the Anasazi ruins of Cedar Mesa, Utah ["Rock of Ages" by David Kelly, Feb. 16]. Thank you. I went to Natural Bridges National Monument; now I'll go back and explore more ruins. The drive on Highway 261 south off the edge of Cedar Mesa into Mexican Hat is not for the faint of heart. They're not kidding when they recommend 5 mph. Anne Eggebroten Santa Monica Trust your map, or your spouse? Regarding the Letters column ["Women Can Read Maps Just Fine," Feb. 16]
February 8, 2014 | By Chris Foster
There was nothing like a little lip service to wake up UCLA's basketball team. The Bruins appeared in a daze against USC in the first half Saturday night. It had the hangover look from their last effort, a loss to Oregon State. So Steve Alford took a page from the coaching handbook at halftime. BOX SCORE: UCLA 83, USC 73 "We got chewed out," guard Jordan Adams said. Maybe Alford should have done that with his pregame speech. The Bruins found another gear in the second half - at least for seven minutes - and carved out an 83-73 victory over USC in the Galen Center.
February 4, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to get a glimpse of Facebook's future, download Paper, the social network's new mobile news reader. The app for the iPhone is part of what Facebook says is its big push to deliver "the best personalized newspaper in the world. " But it's more than just an app for reading news. It's Facebook reimagined for the smaller screen. Paper doesn't just help users discover news on dozens of topics. It can also be used by users to browse their News Feed, get messages and notifications and search Facebook.
February 3, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The things people do for charity. Bestselling author Neil Gaiman promised he would read "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss if the fundraising campaign for Worldbuilders reached $500,000. With about five days left to go, it did. Calling the book "rather wonderful," a slightly rumpled Gaiman read the children's book classic. As he explains on his blog, Gaiman is "very beardy, because I am not going out in public, and am just writing. " Founded by author Patrick Rothfuss, Worldbuilders holds a different fundraiser each year for Heifer International.
January 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ecoterrorist Rebecca Rubin was sentenced Monday to five years in prison -- and to read a book by Malcolm Gladwell. The prison sentence was the shortest she could have received under federal sentencing guidelines, Slate reported . The reading assignment: That was extra. Rubin belonged to a group that acted as part of the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front in the 1990s. Rubin admitted in her plea agreement to freeing horses at a Bureau of Land Management facility and failed attempts to set fire to a U.S. Forest Industries facility in Medford, Ore., and to buildings and ski lifts in Vail, Colo.
January 24, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The folks who run the Bad Lip Reading channel on YouTube released their latest video this week: their take on the NFL. The video, which you can watch above, is well worth the four minutes it will take to watch. Some of my favorite moments: Tom Brady saying, "Is this the party?" Peyton Manning listing some things that could gross him out. Charlie Whitehurst and Philip Rivers discussing the ocean drying up. Jim Harbaugh explaining what he would do if he went to Transylvania.
January 16, 2014 | Sam Farmer
RENTON, Wash. - For Seattle fullback Derrick Coleman, the Seahawks' home field is the loudest stadium he's never heard. Coleman is legally deaf, and has been since he was 3, so he won't have need for earplugs Sunday when the Seahawks play host to San Francisco in the NFC championship game. "I feel it, I don't exactly hear it," he said of the noise at CenturyLink Field, where twice this season the Seahawks "12th Man" set Guinness Book records for being the world's loudest crowd at a sporting event.
January 16, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
So, the state of Ohio conducted a little experiment Thursday: Can you execute someone using just two drugs? And the result? Why, yes you can. But it wasn't quick , and it may not have been painless. First, a little background. The executed man, Dennis McGuire, was convicted in 1994 of raping and murdering Joy Stewart, 22, who was eight months' pregnant. And he eventually confessed to the crime. So there's no doubting his guilt. And Ohio, like several states, previously used a three-drug execution method.
January 3, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
We all know that reading a novel can transport you, delight you and intrigue you while you're reading it. Now, thanks research by scientists at Emory University, we know that immersing yourself in a novel causes measurable physical changes in the brain that can be detected up to five days after the reader closes the book. The Emory researchers, in a paper for the journal Brain Connectivity, compared the effect to “muscle memory.” "The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist," neuroscientist Gregory Berns said, according to a report in the journal Science Codex . "We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else's shoes in a figurative sense.
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