November 17, 2013 |
Maybe the last season of the Bowl Championship Series was supposed to end this way. There are four undefeated contenders left, three weekends to play and only two spots for the Jan. 6 title game at the Rose Bowl. One-loss Stanford, which muddled up the standings last week with its No. 4 ranking ahead of undefeated Baylor, lost a second game to clear out the top four spots. Alabama struggled to a 20-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday but remained affixed on top in Sunday's latest BCS standings with an average of .991.
November 11, 2013 |
Question: I am a single woman, and none of my single friends has the money to take a vacation. And my married friends want to travel with their spouses. Yet everything I see is geared for two. I don't want to have a stranger as my roommate at a resort, on a cruise or on a singles trip. Do you have any suggestions so I don't have to pay the huge premium to have my own room? A. Siegel Studio City Answer: This is an age-old problem for single and older women who want to travel but don't want to get stuck with a big bill, with a whack-job roommate or with being the odd woman out. People who are paired up aren't always welcoming to solo travelers, said Mary Ann Zimmerman, who runs SWT Tours ( www.poshnosh.com )
November 10, 2013 |
The top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. Rank; school; record; last week; next opponent (previous) 1. ST. JOHN BOSCO 10-0; def. Servite, 42-21; vs. Agoura, Friday (1) 2. GARDENA SERRA 10-0; def. St. Paul, 56-10; vs. Pacific, Friday (2) 3. MISSION VIEJO 10-0; def. El Toro, 60-25; vs. Crespi, Friday (3) 4. LONG BEACH POLY 9-1; def. Long Beach Wilson, 57-0; vs. Orange Lutheran at Veterans Stadium, Friday (4) 5. CORONA CENTENNIAL 8-2; def. Corona, 74-0; vs. Etiwanda, Friday (6)
November 10, 2013 |
ARUSHA, Tanzania -- Fire was the last thing my husband, Steve, and I expected on our trip to Tanzania for a 12-day safari. Yet here we were in our Land Cruiser, bouncing along rutted dirt roads through walls of fire. Our hosts reassuringly explained that these fires were intentionally set by rangers - a necessary evil to keep the Serengeti's famous grazers nourished and content on land that had been set aside for them. And it worked. In just a few days, the green flash of new grass began to pop through the thin coat of jet-black ashes, enticing the return of wildebeests, zebras, impala and gazelles - and with them, a steady flow of tourism dollars.
November 7, 2013 |
Those who have waited years to see how Oregon's lightning-quick offense might match up against old-school Alabama in a national title game are going to have to wait at least another year. Stanford, though, might have already provided the answer. For a second consecutive year, with the same man-powered game plan, Stanford knocked Oregon out of the national title race. Last November it was a three-point, Saturday night squeaker in Eugene. This November it was the No. 6 Cardinal toppling the No. 2 Ducks with a 26-20 win on Thursday night at Stanford Stadium.
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November 6, 2013 |
The SUV listed in a statewide Amber Alert issued Wednesday for a Bay Area baby allegedly abducted by his father may have been spotted in San Diego, authorities said. Authorities believe 22-year-old Mesut Guler, of Sunnyvale, abducted his 2-week-old Henry Guler-Romero late Tuesday night after an argument with the baby's mother, with whom he was living. Shortly after 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert for the infant, who authorities said was believed to be with Guler in a tan, medium-sized 2004 GMC Envoy SUV with the license plate number 6HIL892.