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December 7, 2013 |
Sarah Soriano started yelling just after the parade float rounded the corner. "Fire! Fire! Fire!" The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Rose Parade float stopped suddenly in the middle of Adelante Street in Irwindale early Saturday morning, its riders hustling down through a massive white cake and to the ground below. "OK, 22 seconds!" Soriano, a Tournament of Roses volunteer, hollered before the riders climbed back onto the float and rolled away. They did well, she said. In a fire drill like this one, the float must be stopped and all riders evacuated within 45 seconds, the Tournament of Roses stipulates - one of hundreds of rules each float must abide by. Saturday was the final day of road and safety tests for numerous entries built by Fiesta Parade Floats and Paradiso Parade Floats in Irwindale.
December 5, 2013 |
How will your favorite films fare with academy voters this year? Time for another consultation with the Oscar 8-Ball, which sees all. Well ... except for the ending of the original "Planet of the Apes. " ("You maniacs!") SAVING MR. BANKS You may rely on it: A movie about the magic of moviemaking? It worked for the last two best picture winners — "The Artist" and "Argo" (though the latter had the thriller elements too, not to mention Ben Affleck's awesome '70s beard) — so why not "Banks," a warmly sentimental, behind-the-scenes story about Walt Disney's attempt to persuade famously prickly British author P.L. Travers to sign away the screen rights to her beloved creation, Mary Poppins.
December 5, 2013 |
Imagine that a hip-hop song inspired by a successful marriage-equality ballot initiative became one of pop's biggest hits. Now picture the rapper behind it bringing an underground king like Big K.R.I.T. and a Golden Era legend like Talib Kweli as his fiery opening acts. And if that rapper headlining the date did all this with an independent, self-released debut studio album? Why, this MC must be a revolutionary. So how strange that Macklemore -- an apple-cheeked rapper who advocates for gay marriage, self-awareness of privilege and personal financial responsibility -- is one of pop's most mocked villains.
December 4, 2013 |
Cyber security researchers recently discovered a server with about 2 million stolen Internet passwords, and as expected, many of the login credentials are no more complex than "1234. " Of the stolen passwords, nearly 1.6 million come from websites. More than 318,000 come from Facebook, nearly 60,000 from Yahoo, more than 54,000 from Google and nearly 22,000 from Twitter. Fortunately, most of the companies have reportedly reset the passwords for users' whose accounts were compromised.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 |
Aaron Miller was surprised and saddened by reports that a black freshman had faced weeks of racial harassment by some of his white roommates in a San Jose State University dorm. The alleged abuse was poles apart from Miller's own experience as a black student on the diverse campus. "It was awful to believe that something like that could happen on a campus where I had felt so welcome, loved and supported," said Miller, 20, a junior majoring in political science. But with three white students charged with hate crimes and a fourth suspended from school, the San Jose State campus has been forced to confront the possibility that racial and ethnic relations may not be as smooth as once thought.
November 23, 2013 |
With millions of turkeys thawing and piles of stuffing waiting to be prepared, Thanksgiving is one of the riskiest times of year for food safety. Bacteria can be lurking anywhere in crowded holiday kitchens, spread by cross contamination or undercooked food. That's why epidemiologists see a spike in food-borne illness in November and December. Companies such as poultry producer Butterball join government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in stepping up efforts to educate consumers about the potential dangers of the annual fall feast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 |
The Los Angeles man who vanished while walking his dog Tuesday night was found at the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific station Friday afternoon, police said. Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard to walk his dog, police said. The 90-pound chocolate Labrador retriever came back alone, Vela's fiancee told the Los Angeles Times, and had blood on his leash. Authorities had no immediate information about how Vela turned up at the station or his condition.
November 21, 2013 |
It's disappointing that the Supreme Court denied a request to temporarily block an onerous new abortion law in Texas from taking effect while a federal appellate court determines whether the law is constitutional. The high court's decision could force as many as a third of the abortion clinics in Texas to close, creating a hardship for thousands of women seeking to terminate their pregnancies. The Supreme Court's decision was the wrong one. Now supporters of abortion rights must turn their attention back to the appellate court, which we hope will declare the underlying law unconstitutional.
November 15, 2013 |
A master bedroom, a porch, a 14-foot boat and most of two houses were swallowed by the earth when a sinkhole opened up in a family's backyard in western Florida. The gaping hole in the waterfront town of Dunedin was more than 70 feet wide by Friday. The ground began to collapse Thursday morning, and seven houses around the hole were evacuated, Fire Chief Jeff Parks told The Times. No one was injured. Though local officials were shocked by the size of the crater, sinkhole disasters are about as common in Florida as alligators and sunshine.
November 14, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Officials are letting a fire burn out at a Chevron liquefied gas pipeline that exploded in a rural north Texas town Thursday when a construction crew accidentally drilled into the conduit. The town of Milford, about 50 miles south of Dallas, was evacuated, with many of its 700 residents going to a gym in the nearby town of Italy. They are not expected to be allowed back until Friday morning at the earliest, Milford Fire Chief Mark Jackson said. He said no injuries were reported after the 9:40 a.m. blast.