July 1, 2011 |
In 2008, as financial crisis threatened the U.S. banking system, President George W. Bush asked Congress to approve an emergency bailout. Leaders of both parties blessed the idea; both presidential candidates — Barack Obama and John McCain — endorsed it. But conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats rebelled, the House defeated the bill — and the stock market plummeted in real time during the roll call. It took the prospect of economic meltdown to get the House to reverse itself and approve Bush's Troubled Asset Relief Program.
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June 13, 2011 |
On his first day as a student at Stanford University after serving as an enlisted Marine in Iraq, William Treseder rushed to get to the dining hall by 6 a.m. Stanford dining halls, it turned out, open in the morning at the same time that Marine chow halls close: 8 a.m. "That was the beginning of understanding of what a different place this is," said Treseder, now 28 and just a few classes away from graduating with a degree in science, technology...
June 11, 2011
'Finding Sarah: From Royalty to the Real World' Where: OWN When: 9 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children) 'Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals' Where: OWN When: 10 p.m. June 19 Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
June 6, 2011 |
Whenever there’s an advance in the fight against cancer, there’s going to be some real excitement. And, if history is a judge, there’s going to be some disappointment, too. Treatments that look promising in the lab can fizzle in human trials. And even drugs that seem to work well in human studies may not end up helping many patients in the real world. A new study showing that the chemotherapy drug vemurafenib can prolong the lives of people with malignant melanoma — the especially aggressive and dangerous form of skin cancer that kills about 8,700 Americans each year — has rightfully lifted the spirits of doctors and patients alike.
May 5, 2011 |
Asthma pills appear to work just as well as inhaled steroids at relieving asthma symptoms in real-life settings, researchers have found, apparently because people prefer swallowing a pill to sticking something up their nose. In one clinical trial, asthma sufferers who took as a first-line therapy the oral medications Singulair or Accolate , each a brand of leukotriene-receptor antagonists, reported as much symptom relief on a quality-of-life survey at two months as those who used an inhaled glucocorticoid, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
April 20, 2011 |
Though it was a Monday night and tax day to boot, finding a parking spot at Hustler Casino in Gardena was no easy feat. It may have been the ongoing poker tournament that helped the crowd swell above normal size. But over the weekend, a breed of player not usually found in clubs had also swarmed the casino. Wearing sunglasses under their hoodies and hats, they stood out "like a zebra around a bunch of cows," manager Craig Kaufman said. They were online poker players, who usually disdained Hustler's plush velvet detailing and soft jazz background music in favor of a dozen simultaneous poker games sprawled across home computer screens.
April 8, 2011 |
Reality shows have taken over much of television. This weekend, the unscripted genre is poised to overrun Los Angeles. A gaggle of reality show luminaries are slated to converge upon the Convention Center for the inaugural Reality Rocks Expo. The two-day event, which is cosponsored by the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets, is being touted as "the ultimate reality TV experience" and aspires to be the Comic-Con of the unscripted reality show world. "Let's face it, the stars today on television are reality stars," said Robert Sunshine, one of the producers of the event and the senior vice president of the Film Group, who added that he's "surprised there was nothing done on a national scale" to recognize the power of the format.
March 9, 2011 |
The premise was simple: Put a bunch of twentysomethings in a cool pad and watch their lives unfold on camera. And yet the seemingly basic (and cheap) idea behind "The Real World" helped birth a genre that has eaten television whole. A show that started as a novelty item in a land of scripted fare has launched more than just a sub-genre. Reality programming has become part of the fabric of our society, turning numerous D-list celebrities (Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, the late Anna Nicole Smith)
January 14, 2011 |
"Every Day," starring Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt, is an intimate, often uncomfortable, sometimes whimsical look at a sandwich marriage ? those midlife couples caught between growing kids and aging parents with no time for themselves. So a comedy of manners this is not. Instead writer-director Richard Levine ( "Nip/Tuck") is concerned with lives derailed by ordinary events. Schreiber's Ned is the center of this crumbling universe and the one being buried by the weight of his world.
November 7, 2010 |
It can be a mighty relief when a disliked boss decides to leave, creating a dangerous moment during which emotions must be kept in check. It can certainly be a mistake to follow the example of one employee I knew who pinned a departing manager against a wall and told him, in robust language, to go away and not come back. Unfortunately, the manager returned a year later to an even more senior position. Anecdotes such as this abound in Robert Sutton's book "Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best ?