November 21, 2013 |
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted Thursday morning that the Angels and St. Louis Cardinals have discussed a trade that would send third baseman David Freese to Anaheim, a move that makes some sense for the Angels but would hardly address their most pressing need - starting pitching. But knowing Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, who is far more aggressive and creative in trade talks than his two predecessors, Tony Reagins and Bill Stoneman, the guess here is that Freese is not Dipoto's only Cardinals target.
November 13, 2013 |
Michal Ruminski was 6 when his father took him through a local supermarket here. The store shelves were empty, except for some bottles of vinegar, but that was precisely the point. His father wanted the young boy never to forget the deprivations of living in a backward communist state. Today, streets once patrolled by soldiers and armored vehicles now teem with trendy cafes and tony boutiques, not to mention grocery stores filled to bursting. And Ruminski, now 39, as managing partner of a venture capital firm, can provide his wife and his own 6-year-old son all the comforts of life.
November 10, 2013 |
After 16 years at the helm of Coach, Reed Krakoff left the American heritage brand this fall to chart a solo course with his own label, which is starting to really gain momentum. In the three years since launching his namesake brand, Krakoff has dressed Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore his cobalt blue dress on the March 2013 cover of Vogue. He has a robust accessories business (the Boxer and Atlantique bags have been big hits), which accounts for about 70% of sales, and his ready-to-wear clothing is gaining momentum among women looking for something intellectual, modern and American.
November 1, 2013 |
Will Forte is the kind of person who's going to find something to be anxious about no matter the circumstances. So when the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member found himself unexpectedly cast in Alexander Payne's new seriocomic road-trip movie, "Nebraska," he felt all the natural emotions - excitement, gratitude, disbelief. But there was also a voice in his brain telling him, "This is nice, but somebody's going to talk some sense into Alexander, so don't get too happy. " "I tend to drive myself crazy like that, overthinking things," Forte said during an anxiety-free interview.
October 31, 2013 |
Joel Rosario fits on the back of a racehorse as perfectly as a carrot fits in a snowman's face. He is Nicklaus with a five-iron in his hand, Crenshaw with a putter. If this were hockey, he'd be the Great One. He is fast becoming that in horse racing. Rosario will ride 12 horses in this weekend's Breeders' Cup, and even though none of them were given morning-line odds of better than 6-1, gamblers are likely to give his horses more action than their odds may deserve. That's because Rosario will be in the saddle.
October 24, 2013
Re "The no-pills, no-frills cure for heartburn," Opinion, Oct. 20 I commend Dr. Michael P. Jones for his clear and upfront presentation of acid reflux, its causes and treatments. I found it particularly powerful that he himself has suffered from this problem and has found that the most effective, non-pharmaceutical way to deal with it is to put down the fork and exercise. Just imagine if other medical problems were handled this way - less expensively yet effectively. His closing paragraph says it all: "The healthcare crisis is largely self-inflicted....
October 24, 2013 |
As the trial of former Bell Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia gets underway in downtown L.A., lawyers are gearing up for an all-out fight over this nearly irrelevant question: Who was the mastermind behind the widespread graft and sweeping corruption in the city? Spaccia claims to have been a victim of Robert Rizzo, the city manager who has long been portrayed as the chief culprit in the campaign to defraud the city. Rizzo was charged with 69 felony counts to Spaccia's 13. And he was her boss, the man who ran Bell for 17 years.
October 12, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Jim Mora said he was still learning about the UCLA-California rivalry. It is the Bruins' longest continuous running series, as they have played California every year since 1933 (and twice a year in the mid-1940s). UCLA held a 50-32-1 lead in their 83 games before Saturday. Stanford is the only team UCLA has played more, as the Bruins will face the Cardinals for the 85th time next week. As rivalries go, this ranks second to USC for the Bruins. Mora got a dose of it a year ago, when a poor California team routed the Bruins, 43-17.
October 10, 2013 |
Congress has spent much of the last three years stumbling about like a traveler who's lost his map, with no coherent strategy for bolstering the weak economy or putting more jobless Americans back to work. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has worked indefatigably, creatively and bravely to keep borrowing costs low, which has helped the housing industry regain its footing and encouraged U.S. businesses to expand. President Obama sought to keep the Fed on track Wednesday, nominating the reserve board's No. 2, Janet L. Yellen, to be its new chair.
October 4, 2013 |
The Internet is a treasure trove of Catherine O'Hara's golden comedic moments, from her uncanny impression of an elderly Katharine Hepburn talking about her "first time" on an episode of the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy series "SCTV" to the wacky, eccentric characters she's embodied in Christopher Guest's comedies, such as a travel agent who has never been on a trip in 1996's "Waiting for Guffman. " And then there are a few not-so-golden moments - such as a campy Dristan commercial from the late 1970s that features a very young O'Hara suffering from a bad cold until her older sister gives her a bottle of the sponsor's congestion-relief tablets.