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March 18, 2014 |
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot, 4-inch fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, created her own high-end clothing line and dressed fashion fans including Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead Monday. Sources differ on her age but police said she was 49. Her body was found in her New York City apartment by an assistant. Though there were widespread reports that she was found hanged, police said no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner's office is investigating.
March 16, 2014 |
New coach, new freedoms, new fun ... all of it dancing toward the same old crushing chomp. The good news for UCLA fans is that their freshly minted Pac-12 tournament champions will open the NCAA tournament next weekend down the street in San Diego with a winnable bracket against upstart Tulsa, overhyped Virginia Commonwealth, and hot-but-untested Stephen F. Austin. The bad news is that, if they survive to advance to the Sweet 16, waiting for them will be the familiar bite of Florida.
March 15, 2014 |
This has been the tacit understanding in the UCLA locker room for more than two months. It was not to be spoken out loud, maybe here and there it would slip out, but Travis Wear certainly wasn't going to hide his feelings Friday. "Obviously, we wanted another chance at them," Wear said of fourth-ranked Arizona. "We only got the one opportunity to play them. This is big. " The Bruins got their wish because of an 84-59 victory over Stanford in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It put UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament final against the Wildcats.
March 14, 2014 |
MONTALCINO, Italy - " Scusi ," I said to a well-dressed man in this medieval Tuscan village, where even the gas station was somehow part of the farming landscape. "Can you tell me how to get to Castiglion del Bosco?" "Hmm, yes," he said in English, taking my map, then, " Un momento . " He dialed his cellphone, and I realized he was asking someone for the best route. Not the first or last time we found the Italians to be incredibly helpful. "I can tell you how to get there, but my wine is much better," he said, laughing.
March 14, 2014 |
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube will ride again in "Ride Along 2" on Jan. 15, 2016, Universal Pictures has announced. The follow-up to the hit buddy comedy "Ride Along" will once again debut over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, a date that proved successful for the original, which set box office marks when it opened to $48.6 million over the long weekend. Since then, the film has grossed more than $130 million domestically. "Ride Along" stars Hart as a fast-talking security guard trying to prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, a gruff Atlanta cop played by Ice Cube.
March 13, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before finding a way to get that lost hour back. The Skinny: I literally got chills watching "The Americans" on FX last night. I know I keep plugging it but trust me, it's worth an hour of your time. Thursday's roundup includes a look at Disney's search for an Anne Sweeney successor and the new journey for Noah's ark. Also Jimmy Fallon has made NBC's "Tonight Show" his own with a dose of energy and originality, says our critic Mary McNamara. Daily Dose: The WWE is still shopping its franchise shows "Raw" and "Smackdown," which have been airing on NBCUniversal's USA and Syfy for years.
March 13, 2014 |
How to take a white-water trip through the Grand Canyon without getting wet: Stay home and click on Google's Street View of the classic 286-mile ride on the Colorado River. It's red-rock heaven all the way, with pull-offs that scramble up side canyons too, in the latest take-you-there visuals debuting Thursday (today) on Google Maps. Google's take-you-there 360-degree Street Views (no, they aren't changing the name to "river views") have captured major landmarks like the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as five national parks in California.
March 11, 2014 |
A nice afternoon at the ballpark during spring training. Sure sounds like the makings of a nice family outing. But there's one toddler in Juniper, Fla., who may want no part of it next time around. That's because of what happened during Monday's exhibition game between the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers. Everything was fine -- the tyke was chilling in his wagon behind the outfield fence when the Mets' Chris Young hit a ground-rule double in the bottom of the first inning. That's when the trouble started.
March 10, 2014 |
Bagel served. In tennis, a bagel is defined as any set won by the score of six games to zip. It ain't easy, winning a set that way, 6-0, not in high school JV, not at your local park against the retiree with the arthritic knees. Imagine how tough it is at the professional level, where every other game you're staring down 130-mph serves aimed at your gut with more silky spin than a Brooks Brothers cashmere cardigan. But Stanislas Wawrinka, the hottest thing going in tennis after his recent Australian Open welcome-to-the-party title, got a first-set bagel in his match with Andreas Seppi at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.
March 6, 2014 |
Harley-Davidson continues its aggressive push to put new models onto showroom floors and between riders' legs for 2014. Only months after announcing the impending arrival of the new Street 500 and Street 750, the company has now unveiled two new 2014 models, the Low Rider and Super Low. The Low Rider is a return to old times. The company put a similar model on the market in 1977. The 2014 version, which the company promises contains "old school class and exciting new performance," is propelled by the Harley Twin Cam 103 engine and features dual front disc brakes, an attractive 2-into-1 exhaust, and traditional Harley good looks.