January 28, 2013 |
MOSCOW - They have discovered a world where no rules or laws apply, where they can be heroes, if only for a few terrifying minutes. They are skywalkers, or roofers, as they proudly call themselves. The craze, which is believed to have started a few years back with a couple of young Russians, now has hundreds of followers here and thousands of others around the globe. It works this way: The roofers climb a skyscraper, a construction crane, a tall monument, a tower or a bridge.
January 27, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - We slipped out of Istanbul at dusk, gliding across the Bosporus strait toward the Aegean Sea, Asia on the left bank, Europe on the right, four masts towering 204 feet overhead, polished teak floors underfoot, the notes of Buddy Justineau's piano drifting out from the lounge: “You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh…” The Bosporus, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, is the world's...
January 24, 2013 |
“Fish Lamps,” currently on view at Gagosian, is a return to a familiar form for architect Frank Gehry. He created his first set of glowing, fish-shaped sculptures in 1984 as a commission for the Formica Corp., using their plastic laminate ColorCore. Created last year, the current iterations consist of jagged “scales” - thin, pale, brittle-looking shards - layered seductively over metal skeletons that emit a golden glow from within. The approach is simple, but the effect is magical.
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January 23, 2013 |
Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday said Sheriff Lee Baca's suspension of deputy overtime has dramatically reduced patrol operations and jeopardized public safety. In a contentious meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Baca was attacked for ignoring the needs of unincorporated parts of the county in favor of cities that contract with his department for police services. They said his overtime cuts were disproportionately affecting unincorporated neighborhoods. Supervisor Gloria Molina went so far as to accuse Baca of "stealing" police resources from residents in those areas.
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The official Inaugural Ball served up a mixture of high and low culture Monday night: There was the first lady decked out in a custom Jason Wu ruby-colored chiffon-and-velvet gown. And there were the food tables, laden with oversized bowls of pretzels, salted nuts and bright orange Cheez-Its. The night felt a bit like a senior prom on steroids: Oversized colored globes and bunting were hung from the massive ducts lining the ceiling of the cavernous convention hall.
January 15, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser's" Cate Laughlan said the red team put in the work in the gym. It just didn't show up on the scale. "It was not a reflection about the work we did," she said of the team's abysmal weight-loss numbers. The only person more unhappy than Cate, who was sent home, was Dolvett Quince, who was flying high after winning the first two weigh-ins. While she was disappointed to be sent home so early in the game, Cate said was completely transformed by her time at the ranch, brief as it was. To date, she has lost about 50 pounds (including 10 pounds more than was shown in the "Where are they now" segment)
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January 2, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown will push this year to upend the way schools are funded in California, hoping to shift more money to poorer districts and end requirements that billions of dollars be spent on particular programs. Brown said he wants more of the state's dollars to benefit low-income and non-English-speaking students, who typically are more expensive to educate. "The reality is, in some places students don't enjoy the same opportunities that people have in other places," the governor said in an interview.
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December 29, 2012 |
NIPTON, Calif. - Gerald Freeman unlocks the gate to the small power plant and goes inside. Three rows of solar collectors, elevated on troughs that track the sun's arc like sunflowers, afford a glimpse of California's possible energy future. This facility and a smaller version across the road produce some 70 kilowatts of electricity, about 80% of the power required by Nipton's 60 residents, its general store and motel. Freeman, a Caltech-trained geologist and one-time gold mine owner, understood when he bought this former ghost town near the Nevada border that being off the grid didn't have to mean going without power.
December 24, 2012 |
The people who put "Les Misérables" on screen dreamed a mighty dream, they really did. They dreamed of filming one of the most popular of modern theatrical musicals - 60 million tickets sold in 42 countries and 21 languages since its 1980 Paris debut - in a way that had not been done before, enhancing the emotion of what was already a hugely emotional piece. And, despite some built-in obstacles, they succeeded to a surprising extent. The biggest obstacle to their success, paradoxically, was the show itself, a whopper of a tale wrestled from Victor Hugo's massive novel.
December 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of House Speaker John A. Boehner's defeat on his “Plan B” tax plan, President Obama offered a scaled-down, stopgap budget proposal Friday afternoon designed to avert tax increases and spending cuts due to take effect next month. Obama's latest proposal would raise taxes on wealthier Americans, extend jobless benefits for 2 million Americans and lay unspecified groundwork “for further work on both growth and deficit reduction.” Before leaving for his home state of Hawaii for a short Christmas vacation, the president spoke with Boehner on the telephone and met with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.