January 18, 2013 |
The second half of Lance Armstrong's much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey airs Friday night with the disgraced cyclist scheduled to discuss a range of topics about his life outside of cycling. Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his competitive career during the first portion of the interview Thursday night. Winfrey asked him why he chose to reveal the truth now, after years of vehement denials. "I don't know that I have a great answer," he responded.
January 18, 2013 |
A night after Lance Armstrong admitted to doping throughout the course of his athletic career, the disgraced cyclist spent the second half of his much-hyped television interview with Oprah Winfrey talking about fallout from the scandal. Armstrong, who had appeared calm and composed the night before, teared up when he described telling his children about his past misdeeds. “I said, 'Don't defend me anymore,'" he recalled. “'Don't.'” PHOTOS: Lance Armstrong through the years At the same time, he expressed a desire to return to sanctioned competition, such as marathons, and seemed to disagree with the lifetime ban the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency handed down last fall.
January 16, 2013 |
Now that Lance Armstrong has finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his storied athletic career, the shamed cyclist could be pulled into courtrooms around the globe for legal battles with people seeking millions of dollars. That's one of the many downsides to the confession of a once-adored athlete who for more than a decade not only denied doping but aggressively counterattacked his accusers. But a significant question remains about whether there is an upside to his coming clean in an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to air later this week.
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January 15, 2013 |
Even in the complicated world of pot politics, it's a confusing prospect: In the May municipal election, Los Angeles voters could face not one but three ballot measures geared toward regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. All three of the proposals would allow some pot shops to remain open, albeit under different regulations. The first two measures, which are sponsored by two groups of medical marijuana activists with competing interests, qualified for the ballot last week.
January 10, 2013 |
Back when he was in medical school in the 1970s, Gary Michelson was nauseated by the portion of his training known as dog lab - a class where surgeons-in-training removed dogs' organs one at a time, over 13 weeks, with no post-operative pain relief, until their animal "patients" could no longer survive. The lab bothered Michelson so much, he openly defied the dean's orders to do the operations. "I said, I don't understand that I need to mutilate a dog to learn how to be a competent surgeon for human beings," he said.
December 29, 2012 |
While plenty of punk fans were receiving new Converse sneakers for the holidays, L.A. noise-rock duo No Age was protesting the company (and the working conditions under its parent company Nike) at a show ostensibly promoting the shoe brand. On Dec. 18, at a Converse-sponsored show in Barcelona, Spain, the band sneaked a 20-minute collage film of sweatshop workers, Black Friday consumer mayhem and weeping children into their live show. In what they described as a "Planned Contradictory Action," in the middle of their set the group projected the video and played live ambient noise while surrounded by Converse banners.
December 13, 2012
MUSIC This year's installment of Power 106 FM's annual Cali Christmas upends many of its recent traditions. The hip-hop and R&B round-table usually gets a few titans from its upper airplay ranks, some singles-toting newbies and an L.A. legend or two. But this year's lineup is a study in contrasts and shows how quickly generation gaps can emerge in the young and fast-moving Power 106 audience. Rick Ross, the rotund and resilient Miami kingpin, tops the bill with guest-verse staples Meek Mill and 2 Chainz in tow. The most exciting acts include Compton's Kendrick Lamar, whose lauded major-label debut, "good kid, m.A.A.d.
December 4, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a $20-million settlement of a lawsuit that claimed Facebook used members' names and likenesses to publicize products with its “Sponsored Stories” advertising feature without their permission, any compensation or any way to opt out, violating California law. Users can claim a $10 payment under the revised settlement. More than 120 million users may be eligible to file a claim. Any remaining funds after fees are paid to attorneys will go to advocacy groups.
November 17, 2012 |
Formula One returns to the United States on Sunday after a five-year absence and, for the international racing series' sponsors, it's not a year too soon. The U.S. Grand Prix will be held at a newly built, $300-million track called Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. With the race being the next-to-last event on the F1 schedule, Sebastian Vettel of the Red Bull team is trying to win his third consecutive F1 title. He has a 10-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, a two-time champion.
October 22, 2012 |
You can add Oakley to the list of sponsors who have dropped Lance Armstrong like a hot potato in the wake of the USADA report detailing an alleged doping program on Armstrong's teams throughout his Tour de France championship runs. Oakley makes sunglasses and sporting apparel. Other sponsors that have dropped Armstrong include Nike, Trek Bicycles, Anheuser-Busch, 24 Hour Fitness and Honey Stinger. PHOTOS: Lance Armstrong through the years Oakley said it was waiting to hear whether UCI, cycling's governing body, would strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.