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October 27, 2013 |
Perhaps in pursuit of prey, a senior saber-tooth cat with chronic arthritis and damaged teeth fell into the death trap now known as the La Brea tar pits and died, attracting swarms of scavenging insects and rodents. Eventually, the rotting carcass and its parasites were entombed in the sticky mire, continuing the cycle of death in a site renowned as the world's richest deposit of late Ice Age fossils. This is only part of the story emerging from remnants of the big cat and other animals excavated by Page Museum paleontologists at the La Brea tar pits.
October 20, 2013 |
He was the afterthought, the other guy, the quarterback who wasn't Peyton Manning. But Sunday night, Andrew Luck was the man. Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth to lead Indianapolis to a 39-33 victory over Denver, spoiling Manning's homecoming and again proving the Colts belong among the NFL elite. Denver, Seattle and San Francisco are 17-1 against the rest of the league . . . and 0-3 against the Colts. A loss by the Broncos (6-1) means Kansas City is the NFL's only undefeated team.
October 8, 2013 |
A Romanian law that calls for the killing of any stray dog captured and unclaimed for more than two weeks has stirred vehement protests throughout Europe and the United States. Animal rights advocates have denounced the legislation upheld by the Romanian Constitutional Court late last month as "inhumane and ineffective" and unlikely to rid the capital, Bucharest, of its tens of thousands of abandoned and desperate canines. The political campaign waged by Bucharest city officials to get legal authority to euthanize the strays was spurred by the Sept.
October 7, 2013 |
October is the month of triple-crown TV viewing. It's playoff time. Nothing better than a couch, a beer and a big-screen TV. To steal from the long-ago "Saturday Night Live" eloquence of Chico Escuela, "Baseball been berry, berry good to us. " Sure, for many, this is football season. But though that is a wonderful game, packed with action and excitement on the college and pro levels, TV has paid for the right to ruin it and is doing just that. The games have more stops than a police drunk-driving checkpoint.
October 3, 2013 |
Brilliantly conceived and beautifully crafted, "Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy" may not only be one of the year's best documentaries but one of the year's finest overall films. The movie is based on readings of actual condolence letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after John F. Kennedy's assassination, read in voice-overs by celebrities. If that may sound a bit dreary or cliched, the result is anything but. Writer-director Bill Couturié (who made the touching, Emmy Award-winning 1987 HBO doc "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam")
September 30, 2013 |
On Sept. 16, 2014, California will join nearly half the states in requiring cars to keep at least a three-foot distance from bikes that they pass on the road. Commenters on our blog posts and news stories that covered the signing of the bill reveal joy, vindication, anger, resentment and misunderstanding among cyclists and drivers. Times letters editor Paul Thornton cited a few in a post Wednesday that highlighted some of the tension; it's worth a look . There are more, and they raise the question: Do cyclist, drivers, walkers and others really think so little of one another, or do they just have a good time ginning up the invective when they lash out anonymously online?
September 26, 2013 |
The love life of the world's most glamorous, fictional martini-sipping spy is up for debate after the London launch of the upcoming James Bond novel, "Solo," an official 007 book penned by William Boyd. At the book party, Boyd speculated on the root of the original international man of mystery's sexual adventures. “It seems to me he wants a relationship," the Guardian reports Boyd saying at the novel's launch at the Dorchester Hotel in London. "It is not just casual sex. " The James Bond character, who frequently wears a tux in his day to day spying-and-killing wheeling and dealings, is almost never casual, apparently even when it comes to the many sexual affairs he's conducted.
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September 25, 2013 |
Of all the people saddened by the news that the little girl named Veronica was forced to leave her biological father and return to her adoptive parents, it had not occurred to me that adult adoptees might be among those hardest hit. “You left out one important group in your article," wrote Tracy Hammond in an email that arrived shortly after I expressed sympathy for Dusten Brown, who relinquished his 4-year-old daughter to the...
September 19, 2013 |
USC Coach Lane Kiffin is trying to keep his players focused on Saturday's game against Utah State. But Kiffin probably couldn't keep the Trojans from being distracted after UCLA receiver Shaquelle Evans made comments about USC during a radio interview on Wednesday. Evans, who is from Inglewood, said "the tables have turned" in a rivalry that will be renewed Nov. 30 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. "I'm from the 'Wood so all I hear is SC. 'Oh, when y'all play SC, they're going to beat you,"' Evans told ESPN-AM (710)
September 18, 2013 |
The champagne is still on hold for at least another day, but the Dodgers bounced out of their clubhouse here Tuesday night happily soaked in a different sort of bubbly. There's nothing like being sprayed with a vintage Matt Kemp. One ball was smacked into the left-field corner. Another ball was blasted off the wall above the center-field fence. There was a line drive up the middle. There was a grounder past the shortstop. One moment Kemp was standing on second base, raising his hands into the air, pointing those hands at the Dodgers' dugout.