November 30, 2012 |
Your recycling bin is filled twice as high as your garbage bin. You buy carbon offsets to make up for the climate havoc caused by your jet-setting ways. You would no more be caught buying non-organic produce than taking it home in a plastic bag from the checkout counter. You are, in short, a magnificent green god(dess). But where are you going to find an environmentally friendly Christmas tree? Like the paper vs. plastic conundrum, the question of what kind of Christmas tree is greener -- real or artificial?
November 29, 2012 |
"The Collection" is an effective if ultimately disappointing sequel to the 2009 grunge-horror flick "The Collector," both films directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton. (The new film's poster brags that the duo wrote "Saw" sequels 4-to-7. Make of that what you will.) Here, a superhuman psychopath wreaks havoc on a city, spiriting away victims for crude experiments. When he abducts a rich man's daughter (Emma Fitzpatrick), a team of hired guns grab Arkin, the only guy who's ever escaped from the killer, to help rescue her. Josh Stewart reprises his role from the first film, but he's also familiar from a small, standout role as a henchman in "The Dark Knight Rises.
November 28, 2012 |
Scott Altenberg, the Gardena Serra football coach, doesn't know whether to laugh or cry when he tells the story of senior linebacker Ardis Perez. Two years ago, Perez broke his neck on the opening kickoff of a semifinal playoff game against Paso Robles. "He didn't move for 20 minutes," Altenberg said. "When he went down, I literally couldn't move myself. It was a real scary moment. " Perez said, "All I remember is it felt like I was floating down, and I couldn't move. I closed my eyes and started praying.
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November 20, 2012 |
A Southern California liberal arts college announced Monday that it has created the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, emulating the actor's penchant for combining art, media and environmental science to educate students about policymaking. Pitzer College, one of the first to launch an environmental studies program, teamed up with the actor and devoted preservationist known for his consistent and effective advocacy. The program will combine the school's core values of conservation and sustainability and blend it with its liberal arts and media curriculum.
November 8, 2012 |
BEIJING - China's new leaders, set to be unveiled next week at a once-a-decade transition, will soon be handed the keys to the world's second-largest economy. But unlike their predecessors, who embraced growth at all costs to spur the country forward, China's incoming rulers will be tasked with steering the economy toward a more sustainable path. China must boost its private sector, reduce its reliance on low-cost exports and big-ticket public projects, and put more money into the hands of ordinary Chinese, experts said.
November 5, 2012 |
CLEVELAND -- Prayer has sustained Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul D. Ryan through his long days of campaigning; he keeps a rosary in his pocket and says the serenity prayer every morning. That's what Ryan told a tele-town-hall organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition Sunday night as he made a closing appeal to faith-based voters two days before the election. “As you can imagine, we pray throughout the day. ... It keeps us humble, it keeps us strong, it keeps us in a good place,” Ryan said in answer to a question about how his faith has gotten him through the campaign.
October 23, 2012 |
Quarterback Sean Mannion will start for No. 7 Oregon State against Washington on Saturday, less than three weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Mannion missed two games after he was hurt in an Oct. 6 victory over Washington State in Seattle. The 6-foot-5 sophomore was injured on a handoff, and an MRI exam revealed the need for surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee. Cody Vaz started in Mannion's place and Oregon State has remained unbeaten, rising to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12.
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October 22, 2012 |
Director Tony Scott was not suffering from cancer and did not have any serious underlying medical conditions at the time of his suicide, chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey said. Los Angeles County coroner's officials released their final cause of death in the 68-year-old's suicide, finding that he died of multiple blunt-force injuries after leaping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Aug. 19. The director also had therapeutic levels of the sleep aid Lunestra and the anti-depressant Mirtazipine, also known as Remeron, in his system, according to results of toxicology tests.
October 14, 2012 |
Call it the H&M effect, or fast fashion. Americans are buying, and discarding, clothes more quickly than ever. On average, each of us throws 54 pounds of clothes and shoes into the trash each year. That adds up to about 9 million tons of shoes, jackets and other wearables that are sent into the waste stream annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Traditionally, the options for dealing with that waste have started with an R: Reduce, reuse or recycle. But a clutch of designers, some of them high-end, are pursuing a different tack.
October 5, 2012 |
The NHL on Thursday used its most potent hammer and ensured locked-out players will lose at least one paycheck when it canceled a segment of the regular-season schedule from the Oct. 11 openers through Oct. 24. The action was the next step following its postponement of training camp and cancellation of exhibition games. But players aren't paid during camp and were scheduled to get their first checks Oct. 15. That may be the first of many missed paydays because the league and the players' union have been unable to conduct sustained negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement.