June 20, 2013 |
Sara Broncho-Morning has never been to Brimfield, a town of about 10,300 in northeast Ohio. But the Redlands resident -- and tens of thousands of others around the country and the world -- regularly reads the Facebook page for the town's police department . It's where she finds observations like this: "Attention Residents....This is an APB. We repeat...an APB. It's an All Pig Bulletin. If you have a black pot-belly pig...make sure you still have it. Some nice residents recovered one at Old Forge and Congress Lake last night.
June 14, 2013 |
History may be written by the victors, but Alexander Hamilton became a victor by writing history. He died at the hands of lifelong rival Aaron Burr in a famous duel, yet posterity has been kinder to Hamilton because of the power of his pen. During his lifetime, Hamilton couldn't stop Burr from eclipsing him politically - Burr became vice president and invented the Democratic Party , while Hamilton's career died with George Washington. But with years of letters impugning Burr's motives and morals, Hamilton was able to sway enough opinions to deny Burr a second term as vice president and the governorship of New York.
June 7, 2013 |
One swing of the bat and more than 44,000 fans in Dodger Stadium erupted. As the ball sailed over the right-field fence - with the bases loaded - even Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was at a loss. "I don't believe it!" he exclaimed to television viewers. "A grand-slam home run!" On the Dodgers radio broadcast, veteran announcer Charley Steiner shouted, "This doesn't happen even in Hollywood!" As the stadium shook with emotion and Dodgers in the dugout exchanged high-fives and hugs, a chiseled 6-foot-3, 245-pound ballplayer circled the bases.
June 5, 2013 |
Zach Smith is a long snapper who will be a preferred walk-on at USC in the fall. He also is becoming something of Internet sensation. Smith, a senior at the Menlo School in Atherton, Calif., and friends put together a video of trick snaps -- "Zach Smith: Long-snapping mix tape," he says during the intro-- that was posted to YouTube on Sunday. By Thursday morning it had generated more than 436,000 views. Among the feats: Smith snaps footballs through the windows of a parked car, over the full length of a court into a basketball hoop and into trash cans from varying distances.
June 3, 2013 |
A man who gained Internet fame as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” was ordered held on $3-million bail after a plea of not guilty to murder was entered on his behalf in a New Jersey court. Caleb McGillivary, 24, is accused of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found May 13 in his home in Clark, N.J. The case now goes to a grand jury. McGillivary wore an oatmeal-colored T-shirt as he questioned Judge Brenda Coppola Cuba about what was going on during the proceeding in a courtroom in Union County, N.J. Told at the end of the appearance that he was being held in lieu of $3-million bail, McGillivary replied: “OK, fine.
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May 2, 2013 |
Deanna Durbin, the singing starlet with the bubbly personality and the jewel-tone voice whose enormously popular movies were widely credited with saving Universal Pictures from bankruptcy during the Depression, has died. She was 91. Her popularity peaked by her late teens and by her mid-20s Durbin had left Hollywood forever, made wealthy by her relatively brief career. She died in April in France, said family friend Bob Koster, the son of Henry Koster, who directed Durbin in films early in her career.
April 10, 2013 |
If you have ever arrived at a hospital writhing in agony and had the six faces of the "Wong-Baker Pain Assessment Scale" thrust in front of you, you know that the medical profession's understanding of pain is, shall we say, in a rudimentary state. But a new study suggests there may be a more revealing way to communicate the experience of pain than pointing to a grimacing stick-figure face with furrowed brows and some tears. A group of scientists at the University of Michigan have succeeded in using functional magnetic resonance imaging to tease apart the brain's consistent response to physical pain from its very similar response to emotional pain.
March 14, 2013 |
Join us for a live video chat with Hugh Howey , author of the sensational dystopia "Wool. " First self-published as an e-book -- as a single short story, even -- "Wool" gained its own momentum and is now a 528-page print book published this month by Simon & Schuster. Yes, Howey wrote a little bit more after the initial short story was finished. "Wool" is a dystopia in which a community lives in a 100-story tube, connected by a narrow spiral staircase at its center.
February 9, 2013
If you're joining in on Lonely Hearts Clubs this Valentine's Day, the physical feelings of a broken heart may be familiar. "The idea that people experience pain after rejection may be more than just a metaphor," said Ethan Kross, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan who has studied the merger of physical and psychological manifestations after such loss. In his 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Kross found that the areas of the brain that are activated when someone experiences physical pain are the same areas that are affected by emotional loss or heartbreak.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS — There's no more sudden a superstar than San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. A few months ago, he was all but anonymous. Now, he can't walk through a hotel lobby without 49ers fans spotting him and making a beeline for him. It doesn't help matters this week that there's a movie-screen-sized photo of him throwing a pass directly opposite the front desk of the team's hotel on Canal Street. "I've watched him go from us going to Wal-Mart or gas stations with no one noticing us, to we can't get out of the car, or we have to pull off at the red light because people are following us," said his roommate in the Bay Area, Ricardo Lockette, a practice-squad receiver for the 49ers.