November 30, 2012 |
PALO ALTO -- The hopping and bopping on the UCLA sideline began as soon as the third quarter ended. Stanford players held off on their dancing until the end. When a 52-yard field-goal attempt by UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn came up short with 34 seconds left, so had the Bruins. Moments later, Cardinal players exploded from the sideline and all that was left for the Bruins was a long walk out the tunnel, with Stanford fans tossing rose petals on them. Stanford's 27-24 victory in the Pac-12 championship game on a drizzly Friday night in Stanford Stadium meant the Rose Bowl for the Cardinal (11-2)
November 23, 2012 |
A natural gas explosion tore through a strip club in western Massachusetts on Friday evening, leveling the business and sending at least eight people to the local trauma center. The smell of gas had sent employees, customers and dancers racing out of the building. Then, at about 5:20 p.m., a gas leak at the Scores Gentleman's Club in Springfield's downtown district ignited, sending shock waves that rattled the community, knocking people down and shattering windows blocks away. Police said there have been no reports of fatalities.
October 19, 2012 |
After a disastrous season with the Dallas Mavericks, former Lakers star Lamar Odom is back in town with a new team: the Los Angeles Clippers. That's not all that's new: Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian, the stars of E!'s reality show "Khloe & Lamar," just announced their new holiday fragrance "Unbreakable Joy. " The timing of the announcement is a bit off, since there's not much joy for Odom so far with the Clippers. He may have "Unbreakable Joy," but he's not exactly breaking a sweat on the basketball court.
October 15, 2012 |
Imagine if every time you were attracted to that delicious smell wafting from your neighborhood Cinnabon's open door, you found upon entering that it was actually a hardware store with no food in sight. It wouldn't be long before that smell no longer sucked you in. That's essentially what scientists tried in an attempt to solve an age-old problem in species conservation: How do you stop predators from attacking their prey? In the new study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Australia exposed black rats to the smells of a bird's nest - avian feces, feathers and the like - by placing scent-spiked fake nests throughout a field.
October 2, 2012 |
UCLA neurobiologist Elissa Hallem has won a prestigious MacArthur fellowship for her work studying a topic you've almost definitely never considered unless you work in her lab: how worms smell stuff. Strange as it may sound, Hallem's work has the potential to reduce the devastating health effect of parasitic worms around the world -- and to improve our still-thin understanding of how all animals smell. Hallem and 22 other winners from the arts and sciences will each receive "genius grants" of $100,000 a year for five years.
September 30, 2012 |
The Signal and the Noise Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't Nate Silver Penguin Press: 534 pp, $27.95 Political consulting and punditry are worlds where merit is all too often a minor concern at best - coming in behind convictions, connections and just plain swagger, among a long list of other things. Sometimes it seems as if the whole thing might be working on a tenure system: How else can anyone explain why Dick Morris is still paid to make bold predictions on national television almost seven years after the release of his book about the 2008 election, "Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race," or why John Kerry picked Democratic operative Bob Shrum as one of his top advisers for his 2004 run after Shrum had already racked up an 0-7 record in presidential campaigns?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2012 |
Regional air quality managers said Tuesday that inspectors had cracked the mystery of the epic stink that had descended over much of Southern California. They confirmed that the rotten egg odor traveled about 150 miles from the Salton Sea to Los Angeles. "We now have solid evidence that clearly points to the Salton Sea as the source of a very large and unusual odor event," said Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. How unusual?
September 11, 2012 |
We served up a plate of bed bugs on the KTLA-TV Consumer Confidential segment today. Specifically, a warning from the Federal Trade Commission that some of the remedies available on the market actually won't do a thing to alleviate an infestation of the nasty little things. We also looked at the latest scandal involving Apple's partner in China, and proof that higher cigarette taxes will reduce smoking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2012 |
When the rotten egg smell wafted into the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church in Saugus on Monday morning, Kathy Gray thought the church's sewer pipe had burst. More than 70 miles to the east, steelworker Chris Tatum's nostrils got the punch in Riverside. He assumed a brush fire had just broken out. "It reeks," he said. "It smells like rotten mush. " Southern California awoke Monday morning to a foul odor that wouldn't go away. Residents clogged 911 lines with calls, prompting health officials from Ventura County to Palm Springs to send investigators looking for everything from a toxic spill to a sewer plant leak.
September 1, 2012 |
At Ventura's Arroyo Verde Park on Sunday, if you squinted really, really hard, you could almost believe you were in the mountains of New Mexico -- the steep, brush-covered hillsides, the pine trees and, most important, the smell of roasting green chiles hanging in the air. Of course, once you opened your eyes, you couldn't help but notice the palms and eucalyptus, and then there were the booming sounds of Armenian pop coming from the wedding at...