October 24, 2010
UNDERRATED Doves: It was easy to lose track of this excellent Manchester band over the past 10 years, but luckily the new best-of compilation "The Places Between" gives everyone a chance to get reacquainted. It's a bit of a mystery why Doves, still adored in Britain, stayed under the radar in the U.S. while Coldplay and Muse took off, because we'll put Doves' "Catch the Sun" and the magnificently catchy "Black and White Town" up against any rock song of the '00s. The DVR as social filter: In addition to the obvious gains in efficient TV-watching these little wonders allow (seriously, get one ASAP)
February 1, 2010 |
After seven seasons without an individual title on the Professional Bowlers Assn. Tour, Mike Fagan resorted to almost anything to get him over the hump. He even depended on some superstition. The 29-year-old with the boyish features and spiky hair sported an unshaven look for his final match at the One A Day Dick Weber Open on Sunday at Fountain Bowl. He didn't ditch the razor to look older, mind you. But maybe appearing mature could help. After all, he was facing Walter Ray Williams Jr., a Hall of Famer and the all-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titles leader with 46. All of a sudden it wasn't about the way Fagan looked.
August 7, 2009 |
Some say it was the prayers, others the all-night vigils, still others the three days without meat or alcohol. Whatever it was that foiled the angry god, residents in this village of about 600 breathed a huge sigh of relief Thursday when the day passed without another death. "We were so scared," said Kuldeep Singh, 32, village head. "Now we feel better." Amloha has been on a knife's edge since late December when the first person died mysteriously.
July 1, 2007 |
Have you ever had an unlucky streak when everything went wrong? Then you'll sympathize with Addison Darby, the unluckiest girl at Brookside Elementary School. Sue Wilkowski tells Addison's story in "The Bad Luck Chair." Luckily, the book will be published on July 5, in time to make it your Friday the 13th book club selection. Fourth-grader Addison Darby dislikes being the center of attention.
March 22, 2007 |
A hundred residents of a Russian village have refused to switch to new passports because they believe the documents' bar codes contain satanic symbols, state TV reported. "We believe these new passports are sinful.... People say they contain three sixes," said Valentina Yepifanova, an elderly resident of Bogolyubovo.
HOME & GARDEN
December 28, 2006 |
THEY cook, they clean, they shower in the extreme. At midnight they eat hoppin' John or 12 grapes or a dozen black-eyed peas -- all supposedly prescribed by the ancients to bring good luck in the new year. Canvas Southern California and you'll hear a thousand different home rituals -- ethnic customs, family traditions or just plain kooky rites of weirdness -- that are meant to be lucky. Skeptics may call it silly superstition, but what the heck.