August 2, 2013 |
One of the unforeseen perks of the maligned Bowl Championship Series was the annual major-bowl quest of the mid-major. Will the last year of the BCS mean the last year of the underdog? Not necessarily, but the new College Football Playoff in two years will be different and less intriguing. Instead of a madcap BCS standings race for a coveted "BCS buster" spot, the lucky winner will be hand-picked by a selection committee. The committee will determine the top team from the "Group of Five" leagues and place it into a major bowl game.
July 30, 2013 |
You booked the flight, you reserved the hotel room and the rental car and maybe you even figured out your meal. You're set. No surprises, right? Maybe not. As we too often find out when traveling these days, the cost of the trip is not necessarily the cost of the trip. Little fees, taxes, charges and surcharges pop up along the way, sometimes so often that before you're even at your destination, your budget has been all but blown. Keep your eyes peeled for these expensive travel fees.
July 29, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jered Weaver allowed one run and five hits in seven splendid innings, "the best I've ever thrown the ball in Texas," he said, and J.B. Shuck, who got the silent treatment after hitting his first big league home run, responded by walking the length of the dugout and hilariously high-fiving invisible teammates. It was all fun and games for the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington Monday night . . . until someone got hurt. Closer Ernesto Frieri failed to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, giving up a leadoff home run to A.J. Pierzynski and a two-out, walk-off homer to Geovany Soto in a crushing 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers that extended the Angels' losing streak to four and buried them deeper in the American League West standings, 14 games behind first-place Oakland.
July 19, 2013 |
In April 2004, Rajat Gupta gave a talk at Columbia University. One student asked the former global managing director of McKinsey & Co. for his views on money and wealth creation. "Yeah, I am driven by money.... However much you say that you will not fall into the trap of it, you do fall into the trap of it," he said. Those words would prove prescient. Eight years after he uttered them, Gupta was convicted by a New York court of insider trading, of leaking privileged information gleaned from his position on the board of Goldman Sachs to Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the hedge fund Galleon.
July 17, 2013 |
Last week, L.A. at Home shared the story of the Ruin and how owners Paul Goff and Tony Angelotti turned a falling-down stone house near Joshua Tree National Park into an enchanting outdoor room for parties under the stars. This week, we asked Goff to share the how-to behind the Ruin's bottle bar. Lighted at night, the piece is its own bit of desert enchantment. To build the bar, the couple called in a pro, neighbor Tony Bayevich, who had inset bottles in the walls of Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace and nearby Rimrock Ranch Cabins.
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July 16, 2013 |
Can kidz rite 2day? Despite popular perceptions that the onslaught of texting, tweeting and other digital technologies is ruining students writing skills, a national survey of teachers released Tuesday found such advantages as greater creativity, personal expression and increased collaboration. Teachers gave more than half their students grades of good to excellent for effectively organizing writing assignments, considering multiple viewpoints, synthesizing content from multiple sources, using appropriate style and tone, and constructing strong arguments in the survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
July 13, 2013 |
Every time I return to my native land, I begin, once again, to understand the function of memory. This is the land I once walked across, from Dublin to Galway, in a nine-day rainstorm. This is the land where, as a child from the uncomplicated suburbs, I began to recognize the heft of violence. This is a land where light plays with shadow, a land of saints, scholars, schizophrenics. Ireland is built on the wounds and the mercies of the past. Everywhere we are is everywhere we have once been.
July 12, 2013 |
We discovered the Ruin about 12 years ago when it was a small, abandoned stone house. We were hiking in Pioneertown's Pipes Canyon, and there it was, all by itself in a cove-like setting of boulders and desert plants and barely the remains of a road to get to it. We hiked back about a year after and the roof had been knocked in, or it had caved in after years of weather and neglect. A few months later, on another visit, we saw the western wall where the front door and window once stood were gone.
July 11, 2013 |
It's not every day you stumble upon the ruins of a 15th century hospital, but that's exactly what happened to Apple in Spain, where it is building a store. Apple's basement construction of a new store in Madrid has reportedly unearthed the outer wall of a hospital built to treat plague victims more than half a millennium ago, according to El Pais . The Buen Suceso hospital and a church of the same name were demolished in 1854 to make room for Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, but parts of both buildings remained.
July 8, 2013 |
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - They waited for a week. Then, on Monday, they waited a little longer, until authorities cleared them to go through. Residents who wanted to see their town and the damage wrought by the Yarnell Hill fire could finally go home. “I had butterflies,” said Dianne Stitt, 47, recounting the moments when she reentered Yarnell, about 30 miles southwest of Prescott. “But I'm glad to be home. I'm grateful to have a home to go back to.” Stitt was among the fortunate.