March 31, 2012 |
Monterosso won the $10-million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, handing the ruler of Dubai an emotional victory after one of his horses was euthanized earlier Saturday. Monterosso, who finished third last year, also gave a much-needed confidence boost to Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's stables, which had not won the race since 2006. All four of their horses were longshots. Capponi grabbed the lead coming into the straight only to see Monterosso bolt past and beat his stablemate by three lengths.
March 14, 2012
QUICK TAKES A horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday during production of the racetrack drama "Luck," the third death in connection with the series, and HBO agreed to suspend filming with horses while the accident is investigated. The American Humane Assn., which oversees Hollywood productions, had issued an immediate demand "that all production involving horses shut down. " The animal was being led to a Santa Anita Park racetrack stable by a groom when it reared and fell back Tuesday morning, suffering a head injury, according to HBO. The horse was euthanized at the track in Arcadia, where "Luck" is filming its second season.
February 24, 2012 |
While the Dow Jones industrial average has risen toward 13,000, another high-profile market has unexpectedly risen alongside it: gold. The price of the precious metal has surged since the beginning of the year and rose every day this week to climb above $1,780 an ounce Thursday, its highest level in three months. Some investors worried last fall that gold had lost its luster when its price came crashing down amid fears of a double-dip recession. Since the beginning of the year, though, the yellow metal has regained its allure as investors once again sought out a stable place to store money.
January 29, 2012 |
Israel's current coalition government is one of its most stable in decades, and the next scheduled national poll is nearly two years off. Yet election fever has gripped the country and some believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is quietly preparing to call for an early vote, perhaps in the middle of this year. The two biggest political parties - Netanyahu's conservative Likud and its main rival, the centrist Kadima - recently announced that they would hold primaries to select leaders whose names would be on the next election ballot.
November 6, 2011 |
Robin Givens is stirring on an antique divan, waking with a wicked hangover to several harsh realities. At least she's not alone. Sheldon Epps, who may be one of the calmest and most self-possessed men in show business, is sitting not 12 feet away. Epps is there to guide Givens — who became a 1980s sitcom star, then saw her marriage and divorce from boxer Mike Tyson turn into a public soap opera — and the rest of the cast of "Blues for an Alabama Sky. " Pearl Cleage's 1995 drama, set in Harlem during the Great Depression, examines the gumption and talent it takes to hold on to one's dreams and integrity when times are lean and how easily they can be snuffed out. Epps is in his 15th season as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse.
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October 29, 2011 |
Mace Siegel, a prominent owner of thoroughbred racehorses who was considered a godfather of Southern California horse racing for his role as an advocate for the sport, has died. He was 86. Siegel, who was also a leading developer of regional shopping centers, died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home of complications related to old age, said his daughter, Samantha. "Mace was a pillar in our industry," George Haines, president of Santa Anita Park said in a statement. "His compassion for the horses, horseman and fans was second to none.
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August 28, 2011 |
A 33-year-old man was in critical but stable condition Saturday after being stabbed during what began as a fistfight on the Metro Gold Line as it traveled through Pasadena, authorities said. The violence Friday evening came on the heels of a fatal stabbing the week before on a Metro Red Line train. That stabbing also followed a fight and was the first slaying on the subway since it began operations in 1993. The latest attack took place aboard a northbound Gold Line train about 6:30 p.m. Friday.
August 23, 2011 |
DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio was at a comic-book store in New Jersey when he noticed something alarming. Over the course of an hour, only two customers came in. And, this was a Saturday — the busiest day of the week for most retailers. "The walk-in, casual fans have gotten away from us," DiDio observed. "We are down to just the die-hard buyers. " Comic-book stores have become increasingly barren, with sales dropping consistently over the last three years and down an additional 7% so far in 2011.
August 17, 2011 |
Fitch Ratings reaffirmed its AAA credit rating for the United States and said it did not anticipate a downgrade in the near future. The firm, one of the three major credit-rating companies, said Tuesday that the outlook for the U.S. rating was stable because the recent deal to raise the debt ceiling and cut the budget deficit showed the nation's political leaders could do what's necessary to reduce the nation's soaring debt. The debt-ceiling deal signed by President Obama last week "was a significant positive development that provided a substantive and necessary increase in the federal debt ceiling.
August 17, 2011 |
A sharp discrepancy between Syria's nose-diving economy and its relatively stable currency is fueling speculation among observers that either another country, presumably strategic oil-rich ally Iran, has injected huge amounts of cash into its economy, or Damascus is quickly draining its foreign currency reserves. Syria's overall economy, stock market, vital tourism industry and foreign investment have collapsed, according to economists and analysts. It appears to have hemorrhaged cash, with the bulk flowing to Lebanon, which has long served as a conduit for Syrian finances.