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February 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The new head of Homeland Security played down a recent warning that terrorists might try to sneak explosives onto commercial planes in passenger shoes, saying the threat has been around "for years. " In a press conference at Los Angeles International Airport, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the advisory was "the type that we routinely issue in response to the latest intelligence. " Law enforcement officials, speaking anonymously, said the alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner.
February 20, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Are you a casual fan of figure skating and have some questions after watching it during the Sochi Olympics? Former competitive figure skater Laura E. Davis, the deputy mobile editor for The Times, has some answers. 1. Why don't figure skaters get dizzy? It may look like the jumps and spins that figure skaters do would make them so dizzy they would fail a DUI test, much less be able to continue delicate tricks on ice. But spinning that fast doesn't throw you off like spinning slowly does.
February 19, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security warned airlines Wednesday to watch for explosives hidden in the shoes of passengers flying into the United States from overseas, officials said. The alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner, said two law enforcement officials who described the bulletin on the condition of anonymity. Officials said the threat was not specific to a particular airline, flight, country or time.
February 14, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
If the five-toed shoe and the kettle bell were among the biggest innovations in workout gear in recent years, how do you make them better? That's the question that inventors face every day as they try to improve the seemingly unimprovable. Below, find four valiant - and fairly successful - new takes on old fitness standbys. Split-toe running shoe TOPO ATHLETIC Run Trainer: Ultralight low-rise running shoe with a split-toe "Tabi" design that separates the big toe from the rest of the foot, theoretically allowing it to move independently and work as a key stabilizer, amplifying the foot's natural biomechanics.
February 12, 2014
Re "Subway to remove bread ingredient," Feb. 7 It is appalling what the Food and Drug Administration calls safe. To my surprise I find that the FDA-approved chemical azodicarbonamide, considered to be "safely used" in food, is used in some Subway bread and is also commonly found in rubber shoe soles and yoga mats. Tasty. I understand that Subway promotes a healthy lifestyle, but this is one thing my exercise and eating habits should not have in common. The American food industry possibly is not only sickening people with chemical enhancements such as azodicarbonamide, which has been linked to asthma and respiratory problems, it is also starving us of nutrients by providing foods that temporarily satisfy but are so processed and artificial that there is little to no nutritional value left in them.
February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Like the Echo Park Lake that reopened last June, the neighborhood surrounding Echo Park Avenue has experienced a sense of renewal with the addition of several new retail stores and restaurants. "We're in a golden moment right now because the neighborhood has changed, but not too much," said artist Peter Shire, who has lived north of Sunset Boulevard for more than 60 years and worked there for several decades. Chango and Fix Coffee have been joined by chef Miles Thompson's restaurant and bar Allumette and the new tea house and retail space Valerie Echo Park from popular pastry chef Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
As letter of intent day approaches on Wednesday and committing and decommitting picks up steam, it's a good time to remember the tale of Jordan Payton, who two years ago was in the national spotlight as a receiver at Westlake Village Oaks Christian. During his recruiting year, he made commitments to USC, California and Washington, twice going on national TV to make his announcement. On signing day, he changed again and signed with UCLA. "It's crazy, but the people have to understand this process is crazy," Payton said in 2012.
January 18, 2014 | SANDY BANKS
The wind, the calendar and the drumbeat of earthquake anniversary stories have me on edge this week. I'm back to sleeping with a flashlight at hand, a pair of shoes next to the bed and a wad of cash tucked away. The gusts of wind that roar through the canyon and rattle my windows trigger long-buried flashbacks of terror. It's been 20 years since the Northridge earthquake jolted my block in Northridge. Official reports say the 6.7 temblor lasted less than 20 seconds. But ask anyone in my neighborhood and they'll tell you that must be wrong.
January 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
An untidy mess It's been such an upside-down season for the New York Knicks that Metta World Peace might represent the voice of reason. Andrea Bargnani has shown a disdain for shot clocks, Coach Mike Woodson has stashed one too many timeouts in his back pocket and now J.R. Smith has become the shoelace bandit. The NBA fined the continually wayward guard $50,000 on Wednesday after Smith unsuccessfully tried to untie the shoelace of Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe while standing at the free-throw line.
December 20, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The era of the peacock pro-basketball player is upon us. Having an off-court look is as important as on-court play, stylists are de rigueur and a player's presence in the front row of fashion shows no longer turns heads. Since the City of Angels is now a bona fide two-team town, we thought it time to take a look at how the Lakers and Clippers would fare in a full-fledged fashion throw-down. Hardwood wardrobe Clippers: Not fireworks worthy but maybe seaworthy. The Los Angeles Clippers home uniform is old-school patriotic white with red and blue trim, the away version predominantly red with pops of blue and white.
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