April 24, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A desperate politician willing to break federal laws to get elected president? Or a husband and father trying to protect himself and his family from humiliation from public disclosure of his extramarital affair? Those were the starkly different portraits of John Edwards presented during opening arguments Monday, the first day of the former presidential candidate's criminal trial on charges that he violated campaign finance laws. Edwards is accused of accepting more than $900,000 from benefactors to pay for expenses of his mistress and hide the affair from his family - revelations that could have derailed his bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
January 6, 2012 |
Sinéad O'Connor and 50 Cent couldn't be more different, but when it comes to over-sharing on Twitter, the 1980s icon and gruff rapper have quite a bit in common. While we've become accustomed to Kanye West's rants and boasts on the social media site (such as crowning himself the new Steve Jobs this week), or Laurieann Gibson's smackdowns with Lady Gaga fans, O'Connor and 50 are the latest in a recent rash of celebrities — namely musicians — whose meltdowns and bouts of TMI (Too Much Information)
June 27, 2011 |
If time-lapse photos existed to illustrate the movements of the crowd during the first two nights of the Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a bird's-eye view would show clusters of human ants, an estimated 80,000 for each of the three days of the annual electronic music festival, moving in packs within the grounds of the 1,200-acre complex as if by mysterious force. Zoom in, and patterns would begin to emerge. Within the facility's 1.5-mile oval track, home on most weekends to racing events like the Kobalt Tools 400, thousands of bobbing heads gathered in darkness around five booming, crystal clear sound systems, bouncing among carnival rides and strobing lights to the sounds of some of the world's most popular DJs -- including Benny Benassi, DJ Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, and Skrillex -- and some of the genre's most innovative and forward-thinking masterminds, such as Richie Hawtin, Green Velvet and Rusko.
June 3, 2011 |
A months-long campaign by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Hispanic Media Coalition to protest the Liberman Broadcasting Inc. talk show "Jose Luis Sin Censura" has picked up steam, with two large companies agreeing to pull their commercials from the program. The organizations said Thursday that Time Warner Cable and AT&T Inc. have withdrawn advertising from the show, which is produced in Burbank and runs on Liberman's Spanish-language EstrellaTV network, including on the network's flagship station, KRCA-TV Channel 62 in Los Angeles.
May 20, 2011 |
Reactions to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn spectacle have been starkly different on the two sides of the Atlantic, and self-congratulations abound. Although national amour-propre makes sense for both the United States and France in this scandal involving the former head of the International Monetary Fund, each nation would do better to look through the eyes of the other. The United States is justly proud that rich and poor alike stand equal before the law. Americans — really, American feminists — should congratulate themselves on a genuine revolution in the treatment of rape victims.
March 7, 2011 |
On the heels of the Cosmopolitan Hotel , which opened in December and added 2,995 rooms to Las Vegas , get ready for Nobu (yes, that Nobu), a new boutique hotel inside Caesars Palace. On Monday, Caesars Palace and Nobu Hospitality announced a deal to design and build the world’s first Nobu-branded boutique hotel. The interior of the Centurion Tower at Caesars Palace will undergo a multimillion dollar renovation to create the 180-room Nobu Hotel, which will include a penthouse and 16 suites.
March 6, 2011 |
As I sat on a high ledge of the 734-year-old Mingalarzedi Temple, looking out over the hundreds of ancient temples around Bagan, I wondered how long it would take a visitor to see them all. Archaeologists say there once were about 5,000 temples, but earthquakes, decay and long-ago looters have destroyed more than half of them. Still, that's a lot of temples to explore in this 16-square-mile archaeological treasure trove. We visited Myanmar in February 2010 and, yes, I did feel a twinge of guilt when booking the trip.
March 4, 2011 |
In Las Vegas, you can lose even before you hit the tables. The city’s cabbies are notorious for taking longer routes than usual, adding a good $10 to your $15 fare. You can protest, of course. But who wants to start a fun weekend escape with a fight? Well, you do, unless you like giving money away. I got taken for a ride on a recent trip from McCarran International Airport to the Orleans Hotel & Casino . Learn from my mistake. Here’s the most important tip: If you’re going from the airport to the Strip or downtown, your cabbie should not take you on the freeway.
February 25, 2011 |
A tear rolled down Eweis Abdullah's cheek, but his voice didn't crack or waver. He had told his story of injustice often over the years; a cadence settled over it. He was born a farmer's son, running through his father's wheat fields and growing into a man who raised cattle and chickens at the edge of Cairo. The land became more valuable as the city grew, and local police officers, armed with pistols and threats, decided they wanted it. "I was a well-known merchant. I was respected," he said as he stood in a downtown courthouse hallway unrolling papers that recorded years of outrage.
February 25, 2011 |
The clumsily shot and scripted "Now & Later" is a hollow concoction of sex, politics and endless chatter that's just a few camera angles short of hard-core porn. But, in truth, without its blunt ? and seemingly non-simulated ? array of sex scenes between international banker-on-the-lam Bill (James Wortham) and Angela (Shari Solanis), the free-spirited Nicaraguan nurse he hides out with for a little "Last Tango in Downtown L.A.," writer-director Philippe Diaz's film would be way more of a full-frontal bore.