December 22, 2009 |
'Tis the season to be jolly, so let's have a giggle or two over big-time college sports. What a joke. We'll dedicate our belly laughs to Joe McKnight's Land Rover, only the most recent chuckle. Yuk yuk. We can toss in Brian Kelly's coaching departure from Cincinnati to Notre Dame, leaving an undefeated team to play in a major bowl with a bad taste in its mouth. How about the rub-it-in play at the end of the USC-UCLA football game this year? Got a wound? Call in Pete Carroll's salt-pouring specialists.
March 25, 2009 |
Any figure skating coach can teach students how to land a jump or perform a spiral. Not every coach sees his job extending to providing life lessons that skaters will rely on long after they stop performing sit spins and triple flips. Tom Zakrajsek believes that to mold champions he must first mold character, and the accolades his students have won seem to validate his approach. The 45-year-old Ohio native guided three skaters onto the U.S.
March 22, 2009 |
When South Korea's World Baseball Classic team held its first workout last month, there was little need for introductions. Many of the players had competed with or against each other since grade school -- something that will happen when you grow up in a country that has fewer high school baseball programs than the city of Los Angeles. But while the Koreans were familiar with each other, everything they knew about Saturday's WBC opponent they learned from TV.
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December 29, 2008 |
When religion made news in California this year -- and it did frequently -- much of that news involved conflict. Religious leaders of various faiths squared off on Proposition 8, the successful statewide initiative to ban gay marriage. Rifts also continued in the Episcopal Church, largely prompted by differing views on the role of gays and lesbians in church life. But 2008 was also a time for new beginnings and of faiths coming together. As the year comes to a close, let's review a few of them.
November 23, 2008 |
The Don Bosco Communal Center looks much like any other social services agency building in any hardscrabble barrio anywhere in Latin America. But step inside and you may hear the opening notes of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 spilling from a second-floor rehearsal room filled with 15- and 16-year-old string players. Or youthful fingers plucking a traditional Venezuelan folk tune on a harp, accompanied by a soft percussive rattle.
November 14, 2008 |
Another day, another "Batman," another Batman cartoon. Hot on the heels of Cartoon Network's "The Batman," and somewhat less hot on the heels of "Batman: The Animated Series," "The New Batman Adventures" and "Batman Beyond" (not to mention a couple of "Justice League" animated series), comes CN's "Batman: The Brave and the Bold." (Warner Bros. Animation is the producing body; Cartoon Network is a Time/Warner company.
September 8, 2008 |
Government agencies should better coordinate their response to increased toxic emissions from Kilauea volcano, the Environmental Protection Agency's on-scene coordinator said. "There's a huge increase in the amount of a hazardous substance that's being released into the environment," said Janet Yocum of the EPA. "Not only does this affect the Big Island, it affects the entire state." The first eruption at Kilauea's crater since 1924 has brought an increase in volcanic gas emissions since March.
June 28, 2008 |
In "The Singing Office," ex-Spice Girl Melanie "Mel B" Brown (no longer Scary, now Nice) and goofy 'N Sync vet Joey Fatone invade ordinary workplaces to field teams of vocalists to compete in a choreographed sing-off. (Finalists split $50,000.
April 21, 2008 |
The idea that Hollywood has something to teach corporate America about good business practices might sound like the inspiration for a new comedy movie. But that's the quite serious premise behind Lights, Camera, InterAction. The Los Angeles firm turns groups of employees into production crew members for a day, imparting lessons in teamwork and creativity by having them make their own commercials.