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May 13, 2003 | Buck Harvey, San Antonio Express-News
Tony Parker threw the inbounds pass with 14 seconds left Sunday, and it came with a message. Kobe Bryant sure read the pass. Phil Jackson might have read it from his couch. The pass said: This is why Jason Kidd makes sense. Parker's game-ending turnover was only part of it. Kidd can make a mistake too. This message was more about how the Spurs lost, and how they've lost these last few years. With one star going against two.
April 26, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Albert Einstein has been dead for nearly 60 years, relatively speaking, and he's still being tested. Theoretically, at least. General relativity, the theory for which the German-born theoretical physicist is best known, holds up even in the more outlying phenomena of distant space, scientists have found. Astronomers studied a neutron star about 7,000 light years from Earth that is twice as heavy as our sun but only about 12 miles in diameter. The gravity of this spinning, highly magnetic star, or pulsar, is about 300 billion times stronger than the force that's holding your feet to the ground.
March 6, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
German and American astronomers have discovered a dust disk--the stuff from which planets are formed--around a binary star system, the first direct evidence that planets can form around double stars. It is, moreover, only the second dust disk that has been directly observed. The discovery broadens the possibility that habitable planets exist elsewhere in the universe because more than half of all stars in our galaxy are binaries.
April 4, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Einstein was right about relativity, again. NASA's Kepler space telescope has beamed back the latest evidence that light can be bent by gravity, an element of the theory of general relativity. It's not that astrophysicists expect observations to contradict Albert. But the findings represent the first time the phenomenon has been detected in a binary star system, according to NASA. In this case, a dead star, known as a white dwarf, bent the light from its partner, a small “red dwarf.”  The density of the much smaller white dwarf is far greater than that of its partner.
September 25, 1988 | Maryann Hudson
Sherri Turner gives herself a star when she does well, just as her grade school teachers gave her for correctly solving math problems. And when Turner does real well, as she has this season, those little stars add up to a big pot of gold. So when Turner, the leading money winner on the Ladies Professional Golf Assn. tour this season, says she owes it all to the stars, she's talking about the kind you buy in the store.
September 17, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
While the Venice Architecture Biennale remains the most anticipated and ambitious design show in the world -- not to mention the only one featuring cocktail parties in canal-side palazzi -- every edition is marked by a curious split personality. There is a core exhibition, organized by a single curator and displaying work by the leading names of the profession, and along with it a scattered collection of national pavilions filled with designs by mostly anonymous younger architects. Because the pavilions vary so much in quality -- and theme -- they always knock the central exhibition at least a bit off message.
Mary Jane Lamond has one of those angelic voices that makes her sound like a star in the making. Only in Lamond's world of traditional Celtic music, fame and fortune are not the grand prize. She believes songs are simply to be shared--primarily with friends and neighbors. Such community-based folk music is part of the fabric of everyday life in her hometown of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
February 28, 2003 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Emmitt Smith has the NFL's all-time rushing record, but he now lacks something essential to every football player: A team. Smith was released Thursday after 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, cast aside in favor of Troy Hambrick, his younger, cheaper understudy. The move was expected -- Smith's salary-cap figure for next season would have been $9.8 million -- yet it's the highest-profile parting of the ways since San Francisco let go of Jerry Rice after the 2000 season.
March 6, 2009 | John Johnson Jr.
The first spacecraft dedicated to finding potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system is poised to blast off from Cape Canaveral tonight on a three-year mission to probe 150,000 stars in the most sweeping hunt for Earthlike objects ever undertaken by NASA.
March 27, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
On Jan. 30, 1937, Michael Redgrave was performing the role of Laertes in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Old Vic in London. After the performance, Laurence Olivier stepped onto the stage to announce, "Ladies and gentleman, tonight a great actress was born: Laertes has a daughter. " Olivier's words were prophetic. Redgrave's first daughter, Vanessa, did indeed become a great actress and an even bigger star than her father. But in British author Tim Adler's biography, "The House of Redgrave," which arrives in the United States on Monday, he recounts that Michael Redgrave didn't rush to the side of his actress-wife, Rachel Kempson, and baby Vanessa on the night of her birth.
March 7, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Back in the days of the Hollywood star system, actors were routinely told by studios what roles they should take, who they should date and even what names they should have. Stars like Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland sued for more freedom, but it would be decades before they would fully get their wish.  Many of these actors were essentially owned by the studios, and dollar-hungry companies like MGM and Warner Bros. weren't going to let something as small as a person's will get in the way of their moneymaking.
September 9, 2012 | By Lew Sichelman
In the 1970s, clothing shoppers were advised in a popular advertising jingle from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union to "look for the union label. " In that same spirit, anyone shopping for an energy-efficient home today would be well-advised to look for the sky-blue Energy Star label. No disrespect toward LEED, Energy Performance and GreenPoint, all of which are fine rating systems in their own right, but Energy Star seems to have become most popular among home builders looking to differentiate themselves from the competition.
August 29, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Astronomers have for the first time found a simple sugar, one of the building blocks of life, around a young star. The sugar, called glycoaldehyde, is in the dust disk surrounding the star and would most likely be incorporated into planets as they form. The finding suggests that at least some of the building blocks of life may have been present when the Earth itself condensed from the dust surrounding our sun, researchers said. A team headed by astrophysicist Jes K. Jorgensen reported Wednesday in the Astrophysical Journal Letters that it observed the sugar during the preliminary scientific validation studies of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
August 1, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
The apparently peaceful spiral galaxy pictured above in the constellation Eridanus -- the River -- has hosted two violent supernovae in the last 30 years, belying its tranquillity, astronomers said. Called NGC 1187, the galaxy lies about 60 million light-years from Earth and was discovered by English astronomer William Herschel in 1784. It was notable mostly for lying face-on to the Earth, which provides an excellent view of its spiral arms. The bluish features of the arms indicate the presence of young stars born out of interstellar gas, while the yellow bulge at the center is mostly made up of old stars, gas and dust.
June 27, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
For the first time, astronomers have been able to directly observe reflected light from a planet circling a distant star, allowing them to ascertain unprecedented details about the "hot Jupiter. " In the past, researchers have been able to obtain some information about the atmosphere of such planets when the planets pass between their star and the Earth, briefly dimming the star's output. But the newly analyzed planet, called Tau Bootis b, does not transit its star, making such observations impossible.
June 29, 2009 | Claudia Eller
The stars are not twinkling bright this summer. Hollywood's movie studios, hopeful that marquee-name actors would push their summer box-office receipts to record levels, are finding that the heavyweights aren't winning over audiences like they used to. With all but a couple of big-budget films already opened, the summer of 2009 is shaping up to be one of the worst on record for Hollywood's A-list talent.
February 8, 2004 | Diane Haithman
In what Britain's Daily Telegraph dubbed "a lovely tiff," a war of words has developed in recent weeks between Michael Billington, theater critic for the Guardian of London, and celebrated playwright David Hare. Billington wrote in the Guardian of his fear that British theater was becoming too "American" by acquiring the mentality of instant hits and flops that seems endemic to Broadway.
October 4, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
In a move that could alter the way cars are rented, General Motors Co. is launching an innovative service that will allow GM auto owners to put their vehicles up for short-term rental. GM is teaming up with a small San Francisco company to offer private-party, or peer-to-peer, auto rentals using the automaker's OnStar vehicle communications system. The OnStar system would be combined with a mobile phone application to match owners with renters. The service, expected to start in Northern California early next year, reflects how online commerce is moving beyond purchasing music, books and consumer goods.
November 22, 2009 | By ON THE SPOT, Catharine Hamm
Question: My husband and I own four time shares that we use frequently but have never had this problem until recently. We stayed at an RCI property that was billed as a five-star resort. We had to change the bed linens and bath towels ourselves by taking them to the laundry room to exchange, and we had to empty our trash by lugging it to the dumpster on the other side of the property. Our bed was a Murphy bed. There was no restaurant on site; the closest was five miles. No spa. No shampoo, no lotion, no shower cap. Oh, and they left a tip envelope, yet they offered no services.
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