March 27, 2014 |
For the first time in months, most Californians are shelling out more than $4 for a gallon of regular gasoline. And with the busy summer driving season ahead, prices are likely to move even higher, fuel analysts said. It's a rite of spring as predictable as warmer weather or blooming flowers: Gasoline prices are edging up. A gallon of regular gasoline Thursday cost an average of $3.99 in the Golden State, the highest since September 2013, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report.
March 15, 2014 |
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire from the Supreme Court after the completion of the current term in June. She turned 81 on Saturday and by all accounts she is healthy and physically and mentally able to continue. But only by resigning this summer can she ensure that a Democratic president will be able to choose a successor who shares her views and values. A great deal turns on who picks Ginsburg's successor. There are, for example, four likely votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade on the current court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel A. Alito Jr. If a Republican president selects Ginsburg's replacement, that justice easily could be the fifth vote needed to allow the government to prohibit all abortions.
March 14, 2014 |
I'm one of those music fans who never really gave their hearts to CDs. Sure, I bought a million of them, but their chilly perfection always left me cold, and I quietly mourned the warmth of vinyl. So it was particularly satisfying that when MP3s came along, not only did CDs fall by the wayside, but a new generation of listeners got turned on to vinyl. Of course, I had never given up my turntable, but it got a little less lonely in the album fan club. Then I saw something that's been making waves at SXSW this week: a wayback machine that turns MP3s into vinyl.
March 14, 2014 |
CERRETO, Italy - Think of an Italian summer and you think of azure seas, sun-splashed beaches, cool mountains cupping dark lakes and overheated crowds of tourists investigating every museum and ancient church. Things are different in Tuscany as well as in Umbria, where I live, for part of the year. Every local community, no matter how small, puts on its own summer festa, or festival. Some are based on religion: Each village has its own patron saint to celebrate with a day of services and parades followed by a night of feasting, dancing and, of course, fireworks.
March 14, 2014 |
"Summer Dreams" (CBS, Saturday). A vivid, elegantly made, two-hour documentary centering on the NBA Summer League, a 10-day yearly event, held in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas, where pro-ball hopefuls and rookies run and dribble, pass and shoot before a worldwide array of coaches and executives -- a kind of last-chance marketplace for some, and a pre-season workout for contracted others. ("The 'American Idol' of basketball," Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson calls it. "It's a little stepping stool, man," says undrafted outsider Dwayne Davis.)
March 11, 2014 |
CBS has set its summer slate, with return dates for "Big Brother" and Stephen King's "Under the Dome" announced -- among others -- and a slight delay for the Halle Berry-Steven Spielberg limited-run series "Extant. " The end of June kicks off the rollout. "Big Brother" will return Wednesday, June 25. New legal drama "Reckless" will make its debut a few days later, on Sunday, June 29, finished off by the third season premiere of "Unforgettable. " Then, on Monday, June 30, it's time to gear up for people trapped in a bubble, with the return of “Under the Dome.