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HEALTH
March 15, 2010 | By Karen Voight
In seated twists like this one, it's important to sit up tall and focus on lengthening your spine before you begin to twist. Done correctly, spinal twists increase circulation and build strength and flexibility in your back muscles. But you must be warmed up properly before you perform them. —Karen Voight Sit on the floor with both legs straight in front of you. Bend your left knee and place your left foot flat on the floor in front of your left sitting bone. Bend your left elbow and place it on the inside of your left knee with your fingertips pointing upward.
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TRAVEL
January 3, 2010 | By Valli Herman, Reporting from Las Vegas
Sin has a sophisticated new look. Peter Marino, the high-society architect known for designing the Chanel and Fendi boutiques in Beverly Hills and the Presidential Suites at the Four Seasons Hotel New York, put his luxurious spin on the most exclusive areas of the Aria Resort & Casino. The New York-based architect designed the high-limits gaming areas at Aria and the ultra-luxe VIP Sky Suites that span Floors 58 and 59 in the resort's south tower. The suites weren't finished for the Dec. 16 grand opening, and thus not every part of the project had met with the Marino team's approval "due to a plethora of contractual reasons," said Catherine Philbin, a spokeswoman.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
Just a few weeks ago, Katie Featherston was balancing plates brimming with spaghetti and baked ravioli, working as a waitress at Buca di Beppo at Universal CityWalk. Micah Sloat was a struggling actor/computer programmer living in North Hollywood. Now, they're watching the micro-budget horror movie they filmed three years ago develop into a full-blown phenomenon. The two play the young couple haunted by a spectral force in the breakout hit "Paranormal Activity." The suspenseful supernatural thriller, reminiscent of "The Blair Witch Project," has become one of the year's biggest success stories.
HEALTH
October 19, 2009 | Karen Voight
This is a safe and effective way to strengthen the muscles in your back that run parallel to your spine. Start with just a small range of motion and make sure your feet are touching the floor. This will help isolate and train those underworked areas of your back. -- Karen Voight 1Lie face down on a flat padded surface or mat. Straighten your legs behind you with your toes facing the floor, your inner ankles facing each other. Place the palms of your hands on a round, full-length foam roller.
HOME & GARDEN
October 10, 2009 | David A. Keeps
While the kids go door to door for sweets, some adults might celebrate Halloween with something a little stronger. Whip up a batch of bloody Marys or zombies, and you can deploy the frozen skulls and crossbones of the Bone Chillers ice cube trays, $9.95 each from Z Gallerie -- ideal for bartenders who like to take orders by asking, "What's your poison?" www.zgallerie.com. -- David A. Keeps
HEALTH
August 31, 2009 | Karen Voight
Here are two ways to help you stretch your inner thighs and hamstrings. It's very important that you remember to keep your back straight. A common mistake is to lean forward with a rounded upper spine, which makes the stretch less effective. -- Karen Voight 1 Sit on the floor with your legs extended straight in front of you. Place your hands behind you and keep your spine upright as you slide both legs out to the sides as far as they can go. Make sure your toes and knees are facing up toward the ceiling.
WORLD
June 6, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux and Maher Abukhater
An Israeli border police officer shot and killed a Palestinian man and seriously wounded a teenage boy Friday during a violent demonstration against Israel's installation of a barrier in the West Bank.
HEALTH
May 25, 2009 | Karen Voight
Typical yoga routines include a variety of backbends practiced repeatedly throughout the postures. When doing these backbends, it's important to create an "even" arch along the entire spine so you don't end up "crunching" your lower back. Here are two versions of backbends. -- Karen Voight 1 Lie face down on a mat or a padded surface with your elbows under your shoulders and your legs extended behind you. Keep your inner ankles and inner knees facing each other.
SPORTS
May 4, 2009 | Associated Press
Rich Behm, a Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant, was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed during Saturday's collapse of the team's tent-like practice structure in a severe storm at Irving, Texas. The team announced Behm was in stable condition at Parkland Hospital on Sunday after surgery to stabilize a fracture to the thoracic spine. The 33-year-old Behm was among a dozen people hurt in the accident and was one of three Cowboys staffers who remained hospitalized.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2009 | Richard Schickel, Schickel is the author, most recently, of "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story."
Moguls, yes. Dictators, not so much. Which is the short way of saying that David Welky's long and dutiful study of Hollywood's relationship with the larger political world in the years prior to World War II is a lot less melodramatic than its title implies. That's because Welky has the academic's tendency to get lost in the archives, stressing material only a professor can love. That's too bad, because there is a powerful story buried in this mound of material.
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