CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Every year at this time, tens of thousands of visitors flood the trails and scenic byways of Yosemite National Park in search of one last summer communion with Mother Nature. But now, as the devastating Rim fire rages through the High Sierra and spreads deeper into Yosemite, would-be park visitors are having to decide whether to cancel plans made months or years in advance or press ahead with a visit that could potentially end in a smoky evacuation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2013 |
Marijuana policy, like immigration policy, is something the country just can't seem to get right. For the latest evidence of how confusing pot laws can be, just take a look at Anaheim, where a property owner is fighting a federal government attempt to seize his two-story commercial building, which is worth about $1.5 million. Tony Jalali's crime? On two occasions he rented one of his 12 office spaces to medical marijuana dispensaries, thinking such operations were perfectly legal in California.
August 10, 2013 |
No matter the occasion, my friend Rafael inevitably shows up with a platter of prosciutto di San Daniele, the sweeter cousin of Parma ham, that he's purchased at Roma Deli in Pasadena. It's always perfectly sliced, the way they do it in Italy, so thin the ham almost melts on the tongue and you can taste every bit of its salty-sweet goodness. That's an example of sumptuous minimalism in a charcuterie or salumi plate. And it used to be about the only option if you wanted to put together one at home.
August 8, 2013 |
Meditating just a modest amount may help curb cigarette smoking, even in smokers who don't intend to quit, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. After a few hours of meditation, smokers puffed significantly less and had increased activity in brain regions associated with self-control - without even knowing that their behavior had changed. Researchers from several institutions recruited 60 college students, including 27 smokers.
August 2, 2013 |
On March 30, 2007, a 150-acre brush fire blackened the Los Angeles skyline. Dozens of Angelenos-- including Archie Tucker -- gathered to take pictures as the blaze eerily made its way to the Hollywood sign. Tucker shot this image with his Nikon D8400 just a few blocks up from a tunnel at the Griffith Observatory. Though the smoke appears threatening, it was later determined that there was no imminent danger and therefore no damage done to the city's beloved landmark. Two Illinois teens vacationing in Los Angeles with their parents later confessed to starting the fire.
July 25, 2013 |
The taller a postmenopausal woman is, the greater risk she faces of developing cancer, according to a new study. In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers concluded that a woman's cancer risk increased 13% with every 4 inches of height. The study is the latest of several to report an association between women's height and cancer, according to lead study author Geoffrey Kabat, a cancer epidemiologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
July 20, 2013
20 minutes. 24 pieces 12 hard-boiled eggs 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup capers; if salted, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton de la Vera), plus more for garnish 1. Carefully peel the eggs and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks to a medium work bowl, arranging the egg whites cut-side up on a plate. 2. Use a fork to mash the yolks as smooth as possible, then add the mayonnaise, capers, cumin and smoked paprika and beat together until smooth.
July 19, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland - Could this British Open be the first golf major ever won by an old man who smokes a cigar and has yet to totally recover from a broken leg he got in a skiing accident? Or by someone who wears his hair in a ponytail, knows and partakes of the finest wines and, were he not a golfer, would be a pilot? Or someone who warms up on the driving range by twirling a golf club in his hand and shrugging his neck a couple of times, and who goes to a physical therapist each morning to get work on a tennis elbow he didn't get playing tennis?
July 18, 2013 |
About three-quarters of homeless people smoke cigarettes, and the complacent approach to that situation needs to change to support efforts to get them to quit, doctors wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Vulnerable and marginalized populations continue to use tobacco at high rates,” including the 2.3 million to 3.5 million people in the United States who are homeless. There exists “a fatalistic attitude among healthcare professionals toward addressing tobacco use in this population,” they wrote in the Thursday issue of the journal . The authors acknowledged particular difficulties in getting homeless people to stop or reduce their smoking, including psychiatric and substance abuse issues.
July 17, 2013 |
A new device that analyzes the smoke that arises when an electrosurgical tool slices through or cauterizes flesh may help physicians determine, during a surgery, whether tissues they're removing are cancerous or not. Using mass spectrometry to determine the components of the aerosolized tissue, chemist Zoltan Takats and colleagues at the medical school at Imperial College London and other institutions found that they could tell if tissues were...