June 30, 2013 |
CAIRO - Hundreds of thousands of protesters swelled through villages and cities Sunday, denouncing Egypt's Islamist president and raising fears of a new revolution that could divide the nation, threaten its young democracy and sink its troubled economy. Protesters against President Mohamed Morsi filled streets and squares, yelling "Leave, leave!" on the first anniversary of his inauguration. The chants echoed against distant cheers of support from Islamists who held rival rallies in what has become a dangerously polarized nation.
June 26, 2013 |
Astronomers peering at stellar data from the Kepler space telescope have discovered a surprising find: two planets smaller than Neptune that appear to have formed even in the harsh, unwelcoming environment of a star cluster. The discovery, published in the journal Nature, may show that planetary systems are more robust - and far more common - than previously thought. Such a planetary find has long been thought extremely unlikely because star clusters are thought to be very hostile places for a planet to survive.
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June 26, 2013 |
A decade or so ago, Nathan Rabin's older sister went to Israel on a trip with a youth group. At the time she was a fan of thoughtful folk musicians like Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, but her roommate there listened to Celine Dion - and only Celine Dion. "The first four months were really agonizing for my sister," Rabin said. "But then she cracked. She went from 'I hate Celine Dion' to 'Celine Dion is my favorite artist of all time.'" A former writer for the Onion newspaper's A.V. Club and author of several books, including "The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture," Rabin undergoes a startlingly similar transition in his new book, "You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes" (Scribner: 272 pp., $16 paper)
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June 25, 2013 |
Los Angeles police Tuesday were searching for a gunman who they said ambushed two undercover detectives earlier at the Wilshire Division parking lot. Police spread out across the Mid-City area seeking a suspect but as of Tuesday evening had not arrested anyone in connection with the incident. Authorities said that the two veteran LAPD burglary detectives pulled up to the Wilshire Division parking lot, swiped their key card and waited for the security gate to open. But before they could enter, the gunman opened fire, blasting out the rear window of their undercover sedan.
June 23, 2013 |
A career daredevil in a T-shirt and jeans completed a 1,400-foot long high-wire walk across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday evening in a feat broadcast with a 10-second delay -- just in case. Nik Wallenda's vertiginous feat came little more than a year after he crossed Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada on a 2-inch-thick cable, covering a distance of about 1,800 feet at a height of about 180 feet. But on that crossing, he wore a harness -- unlike Sunday. “Literally, when he finished [Niagara Falls]
June 15, 2013 |
Of all the important numbers rolling around Stan Kasten's busy brain, from a giant Dodgers payroll to shrinking Dodgers victories to the size of the line at reserved-level bathrooms, the number that most shaped his life is the one he's never known. It was tattooed in blue on the left forearm of his father. The number was blurred because, during the five years Nathan Kasten spent in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, he would continually gnaw his skin in an attempt to suck out the ink. "His memories, my lessons," Kasten said.
June 13, 2013 |
CALI, Colombia - Ask Ana Julia Torres how many children she has, and she'll say 652: two human offspring plus the hundreds of tigers, lions, mules, snakes, monkeys and other species residing at her refuge north of here. The creatures have typically been seized from or cast off by narcos, circuses, animal traffickers and bored collectors. Her reference to the "children" inhabiting her 8-acre private facility, named Villa Lorena after her daughter, reflects her deep love for the animals.
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June 9, 2013 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - The two sisters boarded the morning bus to the Happy Isles trail head, ice cream cones in hand. For 50 years, their tradition has been to start a day on Mist Trail with some mint chocolate chip. Before they left on this year's trip, friends told Patty Frehler, 67, and Suzanne Barovick, 66, "Don't go over the falls. " And they weren't entirely joking. On June 1, Aleh Kalman, 19, was swimming above Nevada Fall and the current carried him over the precipice.
June 7, 2013
SCIENCE Post-apocalyptic movies and books often feature humans struggling to survive. That might happen someday for real, and Annalee Newitz wants us to be prepared. "Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction" (Doubleday, $26.95) analyzes Earth's epochal changes, past and possible. Newitz, founding editor of io9.com, casts an optimist's eye forward to how technological innovations may help us avert catastrophe. CHILDREN'S Although "Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale" (Harry N. Abrams, $16.95, ages 6-9)
June 7, 2013 |
In the competitive world of TV comedy, it helps to have an ace up your sleeve, whether it's an intriguing concept, a great cast, smart writing or, even better, all the above. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable, five top comedic actors - Mindy Kaling of "The Mindy Project," Don Cheadle of "House of Lies," Jake Johnson of "New Girl," Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men" and Matt LeBlanc of "Episodes" - sat down with The Times' Mary McNamara and discussed what keeps audiences tuning in to each of their shows.