July 26, 2013 |
You know you shouldn't have, but you did. You got sunburned. And now you're itching to know what to do about it. Here are a few tips from Dr. Latanya Benjamin, a pediatric dermatologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine; Dr. Ray Jalian, a clinical instructor in dermatology at UCLA; and Dr. Stefani Takahashi, an associate professor...
June 24, 2013 |
Science fiction writer Richard Matheson passed away Sunday at age 87. Novelist and writer for film and television, Matheson had a long and storied career that saw him influence multiple generations of writers working in a broad cross-section of genre storytelling. Author Stephen King famously declared Matheson his greatest influence as a writer A broad range of films has been adapted from his works. His novel "I Am Legend" alone provided the basis for the 2007 Will Smith movie of the same name but also 1971's "The Omega Man" with Charlton Heston and 1964's "The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price.
June 23, 2013 |
Question: I read with interest the articles concerning the use of magnetic stripe and Chip and PIN cards in Europe and, as a result, have just obtained a Chip and PIN card. The customer service representative added one caveat: "Bad guys" in Europe have a device that can read the PIN from some distance from the location of the transaction and can then fraudulently use it for their own purposes. She strongly advised the purchase of a protective sleeve that can thwart this illegal use. Albert P. Taylor North Tustin Answer: Every transaction carries some risk, security experts agree, but the agent seems to have conflated a couple of security concerns.
June 20, 2013 |
Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. And as it turns out, zombies do it as well. They swarm. And when they're done swarming, they swarm all over again. That unstoppably manic movement is the most unexpected part of "World War Z" as well as its most memorable. But while the rest of the film, directed by Marc Foster and featuring the irreplaceable charisma of Brad Pitt, is zombie business as usual, it's fun to see this kind of familiar material done with intelligence and skill.
June 19, 2013 |
The excellent, atmospheric drama "Aliyah," which follows a brief transitional period in the life of a French-Jewish drug dealer, evokes such fine, existential 1970s character studies as "Five Easy Pieces" and, especially, Karel Reisz's "The Gambler. " It's the kind of serious, thoughtful, yet accessible portrait we see all too little of these days. First-time director Elie Wajeman, working off an understated, naturalistic script he co-wrote with Gaëlle Macé, swiftly draws us into the Parisian working-class world of Alex (a strong Pio Marmaï)
June 16, 2013 |
City Councilman Eric Garcetti campaigned for mayor for 622 days. He raised more than $8 million and secured the votes of 222,300 residents of Los Angeles. Now comes the hard part: governing. He has his skeptics. Some worry that he's too liberal to rein in spending. Some fear that he's too amiable to demand performance. Some think he's too young (at 42) or that he's too much a creature of government. And some believe that Los Angeles is so unwieldy, its problems so thorny, that the city defies repair, even by the most talented chief executive.
June 16, 2013 |
In the more than two decades since the U.S. government declared chimpanzees in the wild to be an endangered species, not much has improved for those great apes. The threats of habitat loss, poaching and disease have only intensified. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed reclassifying captive chimpanzees as well, moving them from the "threatened" category to "endangered," a change that brings with it stricter guidelines covering the handling and use of the animals. In the future, any procedure that harms, harasses or kills a research chimp would require a permit.
June 16, 2013 |
Layovers don't have to be a pain in the derrière. This app points you to short-term hotel stays, tours and travel deals to help you fill the hours. Name: Smart Layover Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iOS What it does: Shows travelers on long layovers that they don't have to be stuck at the airport. Users can find attractions and tours, travel deals and day-use hotel options along with terminal maps and tips. Get flight alert notifications and security wait times too. Cost: Free What's hot: You're not at the mercy of a packed bar or pricey express spa. The "Tours and Attractions" feature connects you to sightseeing tours in more than 140 countries.
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June 9, 2013 |
The corner of Pico and Sepulveda boulevards is your standard Westside traffic nightmare, with rush hour commuters inching along at discouraging speeds just blocks from an even more congested 405 Freeway. The intersection, already a subject of bitter conversations among nearby residents, could see thousands more cars each day if the Los Angeles City Council this month signs off on a plan for 638 apartments, a supermarket, new restaurants and possibly a Target store. Backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the so-called Casden West L.A. project is one of the city's most controversial examples of transit-oriented development - shopping and housing concentrated around a planned Expo Line light rail station.
June 7, 2013 |
Southern California Edison made its smartest decision in a long time by announcing that it would retire the San Onofre nuclear plant. As evidence has piled up in the nearly year and a half since both Units 2 and 3 went dark, it has pointed more and more strongly to a scenario under which the utility played things too fast and loose with its two new steam generators, which cost $670 million but quickly showed wear in the vast arrays of tubes that...