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January 17, 2014 |
Newport Beach residents say they are skeptical of a city proposal to outsource lifeguard services for a 1.2-mile stretch of coastline popular with tourists. The city is reviewing proposals from groups interested in patrolling Corona del Mar State Beach, which is currently watched over by city lifeguards who are considered part of the Fire Department. No one is expected to be laid off from Newport Beach's full-time lifeguard staff of about 13. Instead, that number could shrink from attrition as the city outsources positions instead of hiring replacements for retirees, the Daily Pilot reported . At a meeting hosted by the Corona del Mar Residents Assn.
January 14, 2014 |
Dance music's newest Member of the Order of the British Empire will now be holding court in Hollywood for a monthly residency. Pete Tong, the influential U.K. DJ and broadcaster, recently relocated to L.A. to further his myriad dance music projects in America. Now that roster includes a monthly installment of his "All Gone Pete Tong" residency series at Sound nightclub , which kicks off Jan. 24. The first night will feature the excellent neo-house guests Benoit & Sergio, with Lee Foss' Modern Amusement joining for a Feb. 14 edition.
January 13, 2014 |
Within the space of two years, Rosanne Cash lost her mother (Vivian Liberto), her father (Johnny Cash) and stepmother (June Carter), deaths she wrestled with on her two previous albums: 2009's "The List" and 2006's "Black Cadillac. " She takes the longer view in "The River & the Thread," her sterling new album informed by her nearly 10 years as an adult orphan in the world. In deeply personal and insightful songs, Cash assesses who she is and where she came from as well as what has been bequeathed to her by her parents and by geography on the road to figuring out what truly is her own. The album's title stems from a line in the opening track, "A Feather's Not a Bird," in which she evenhandedly recognizes the forces that shape a person, with the understanding that it's up to each person how those elements direct their lives.
January 5, 2014 |
New York theaters The theater piece was a reminder of my good old days in New York ["Spirits of Theater Stir," by Kelly Merritt, Dec. 22]. The Beacon was my neighborhood movie theater, changing double bills twice a week (before round-the-clock TV), and the Hudson, home of the NBC late show with Steve Allen (with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme making out in the balcony, and the "man on the street" interviews out the back entrance).Those were the days when theaters, refurbished or not, were always busy, and you could sit in the balcony for $4.80, where I saw Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Shirley Booth, Bert Lahr, Kim Stanley, Ethel Merman, Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin, Robert Preston and Yul Brynner, Zero Mostel, Gwen Verdon, Judy Holliday.
January 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Congress comes back to session this week with leaders of both parties planning a war of words in 2014 - dueling agendas that promise little substantive legislation but lots of messages aimed at establishing clear contrasts for voters heading toward the midterm election. After they dispatch a few must-pass fiscal measures early in the year, legislators seem unlikely to put together major accomplishments. Rather, the Republican-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate will essentially become something like sound stages for the advertising wars that will unfold in the handful of states and districts that could decide partisan control of the next Congress.
January 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers took to the airwaves Sunday to argue about extending long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans who were cut off last month, a politically sensitive issue in an election year. Democrats urged their Republican counterparts to join in granting emergency unemployment benefits. Republicans countered that they want to explore other options, including new job training initiatives. Both sides intend to highlight the dispute during this year's midterm election campaigns.
January 5, 2014 |
Question: Each year half a million knee replacements are done in this country, and almost as many hip replacements. These metal implants almost always set off the alarm in the screenings (I know). But the screening of a traveler with an implant is quite variable. Why doesn't the Transportation Security Administration have a standard exam for us "bionic" travelers? R. E. Berg Newport Beach Answer: We've criticized the TSA for treating all of us as potential evildoers, and in an interview in December 2013, TSA administrator John Pistole said the agency was moving away from its one-size-is-the-right-size philosophy.
January 4, 2014 |
Researchers in Japan are fighting gravity with sound. In the video above, you can watch as a series of small, lightweight objects float and dance in thin air -- manipulated by invisible ultrasound waves. The sound waves are not just invisible, but also silent to our human ears. "The human ear can detect up to 20 kHz frequency, but we use 40 kHz transducers that are out of the range that humans can detect," said Yoichi Ochiai, a PhD student at the University of Tokyo who put the video together.
January 2, 2014 |
SEATTLE - Waving angry signs and clenched fists, several hundred union members rallied Thursday afternoon for a vote against a contract that would cut their benefits but guarantee that Boeing Co. builds its latest wide-body jet in the Puget Sound area. "This is the fight of our lives," said local union leader Wilson Ferguson of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as the raucous crowd in the union's hall cheered. "This is the front line of the labor movement right now. Thank you for coming out and supporting us. " The machinists union, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington state, is planning to vote Friday on a contract aimed at keeping the aerospace giant's 777X project in the region.
December 30, 2013 |
Keira Knightley may be married, but she's still sounding the feminist horn for women in Hollywood. The English actress covers Harper's Bazaar UK's February issue and opened up about the male-dominated field she works in. The 28-year-old said she thinks "it's great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had" about feminism. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "Somehow, it [feminism] became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it's great that we're coming out of that," the "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" star said.