June 6, 2011 |
Venerable Oakmont Country Club in Glendale was a field of dreams Monday. Also, a place of nightmares. It was a final qualifying day for next week's U.S. Open golf tournament. There were 11 similar events around the country, with varying numbers of spots available. Oakmont was given five. In essence, this was a conflicting pursuit, one of those be-careful-what-you-wish-for things. Win one of the five spots and you get to play at Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C., where the United States Golf Assn.
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April 19, 2011 |
The University of California's recent decision to boost its enrollment of out-of-state students for the extra tuition they pay was evident in the higher number of non-Californians offered freshman admission for the fall, according to data released Monday. Applicants from other states or countries made up 18.1% of the 72,432 students admitted to at least one of the nine undergraduate UC campuses, up from 14% last year and 11.6% in 2009, the figures show. The trend was most dramatic at UC Berkeley and UCLA, where 31.2% and 29.9% of freshman admission offers went to non-Californians.
March 27, 2011 |
A state basketball advisory committee is expected to make a proposal that could deal with the issue of the growing number of private school teams reaching the state finals in almost every division, according to Marie Ishida, executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation. Seventeen of the 20 teams that traveled to Sacramento this weekend were private schools, and for the first time, all 10 state champions were private schools. "I think the committee is going to be coming up with criteria and ideas" in the next few months," Ishida said.
March 8, 2011
Through Monday's games (Previous rank) 1. San Jose, 38-22-6. The Sharks were riding a 17-2-1 surge before losing a third-period lead against Dallas on Saturday. Only cloud: defenseman Dan Boyle (upper-body injury) has missed four games. (3) 2. Chicago, 37-23-6. The defending champions are looking the part again with an eight-game winning streak. Jonathan Toews has points in nine straight games, with eight goals and 23 points in that span. That's why he's the captain, eh?
December 7, 2010 |
Pixar has won the Academy Award for best animated feature three years running. The "Toy Story" movies, in one of the academy's more glaring oversights, have never won a single Oscar. (The animation feature category didn't exist when the first two "Toy Story" films were made.) Will the third time be the charm for Buzz and Woody? Here are their main rivals in a year that, because there were only 15 eligible movies, will feature just three nominees for the animated feature category.
December 2, 2010 |
Oscar's best picture category doubled in size last year from five to 10 nominees. Yet, the number of pure comedies it nominated remained constant: zero. All five movies receiving Golden Globe nominations in the comedy/musical category last year ? "The Hangover," "(500) Days of Summer," "It's Complicated," "Julie & Julia" and "Nine" ? were ignored by academy voters. In fact, in the last five years, only "Juno" and "Little Miss Sunshine" have crossed over from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
November 21, 2010 |
Jeanette White gripped five quarters with dirt-stained fingers and plopped them into a boxy video poker machine named Fortune 1: Clang! Clang! Clangclangclang! The machine's glowing screen, with graphics evoking the antique arcade game Pong, wished her "GOOD LUCK. " She pressed some buttons ? tap, tap ? and ended up with a pair of eights and another of kings. She was rewarded with the satisfying sound of a win: Clinkclinkclinkclinkclinkclinkclink! The Eastside Cannery, a hotel-casino east of the Las Vegas Strip, has earned White's loyalty ?
September 8, 2010 |
After months of speculation, Piers Morgan, the British newspaper editor best-known to U.S. audiences as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent," has finally completed talks to take over Larry King's weeknight talk show on CNN. CNN, hoping to bolster its flagging prime-time lineup, has settled on Morgan after delicate and wide-ranging negotiations that cleared numerous obstacles, from the host's visa status to his role as a judge on NBC's summer...
August 19, 2010 |
Advice guru Laura Schlessinger said she'd been considering ending her three-decade radio career for the last year, and the furor over racially insensitive remarks she made on-air last week was merely the tap on the shoulder she needed to leave. Though she announced her plan to quit "The Dr. Laura Program" at the end of the year on Larry King's CNN show Tuesday night, she said she made the decision last Friday — three days after uttering the N-word and other statements about race on her show, and two days after apologizing for the same.