October 31, 2013 |
The Lakers opened the season with one impressive win and one impressive loss. Expectations by and large are low for the franchise. Oddsmaker MyTopSportsBooks.com gives the Lakers 40-1 odds to win the 2013-14 NBA championship. Pregame.com isn't quite as generous, giving the Lakers 75-1 odds and picking the team to win 35 games. Good news from MyTopSportsBooks.com for Coach Mike D'Antoni -- he's not a top-three favorite to be the first coach fired (that goes to his former assistant Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Bobcats with 4-5 odds)
October 24, 2013 |
Richard Kadrey's new novel, "Dead Set," gave me nightmares. And I can't stop myself from telling him - even though the bestselling horror author dresses in black, has intimidating tattoos and the watchful bearing of an assassin. He's reluctant to take off his dark glasses. "Cool," he says, stirring his coffee in the dim daytime light of a Los Angeles bar. "It's an experiment. " "Dead Set" (Harper Voyager, $22.99) is far less violent than the bestselling Sandman Slim series he's known for: "There's fewer bad words and less actual bloody body parts.
October 17, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian is at it again. This time, she's sharing a steamy selfie of her post-baby body in a skimpy white bathing suit. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star flaunted her figure on Instagram late Wednesday, posing in a white one-piece that leaves little to the imagination. Read: Plenty of sideboob and contoured buttcrack action. The photo, which showcases her infamous derriere, simply bears the caption "#NoFilter. " PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West No filter, indeed.
August 30, 2013 |
The state of California and the Bank of America have a lot in common, says BofA Chief Executive Brian Moynihan. Both were all but written off by critics as the economy tanked. Both endured painful budget cuts and remain hampered by unemployment and housing issues. And yet each is now well positioned as the economy recovers, according to Moynihan, who spoke to The Times during a recent round of visits with California business owners and venture capitalists. Despite lingering image problems, BofA is gaining traction, Moynihan says, thanks to what he calls "addition by subtraction.
August 4, 2013 |
Travelers be warned: Misconduct cases among airport screeners jumped 26% in a recent three-year period. But the chance of an airport screener pilfering a laptop computer from your bag is still slimmer than winning the lottery, according to the union representing Transportation Security Administration workers. The debate over the integrity of TSA screeners heated up last week with the release of an audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which found 9,622 cases of misconduct among TSA workers from fiscal 2010 through 2012, with a 26% increase in incidents over that time.
July 11, 2013
According to the rich narrative laid out by the documentary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," it's hard out there for a pimp, not to mention the life that leads to it, and after it. One of black literature's most venerated chroniclers of street life and crime, the author of seven popular autobiographical books (most famously "Pimp: The Story of My Life"), Slim comes in for a vivid, warts-and-all biography as told by fellow writers (Emory Holmes, Odie Hawkins), admiring entertainers (the doc's executive producer Ice-T, Chris Rock)