May 29, 2013 |
Rick Vanderhook, Cal State Fullerton's baseball coach, has an in-your-face style and an edge - he doesn't mince words. Cody Decker, who played at UCLA when Vanderhook was a Bruins assistant, sums him up in two words: "Insane … genius. " Vanderhook also comes with a look - Philip Seymour Hoffman would nail the role - and is apt to wax poetic about Fullerton baseball with very little prompting: "We're middle-class American and there is nothing wrong with that," he said. And, later: "It's baseball.
May 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - WhatsApp is one of Silicon Valley's most buzzed-about companies, yet it actively avoids the spotlight, operating out of a small office in Mountain View, Calif., with no sign on the building entrance or on the office door. Unlike most start-ups eager for media attention, WhatsApp Inc. says it doesn't want or need it. Its popular mobile messaging app has spread so quickly by word of mouth that in just four years it has amassed hundreds of millions of users who collectively send as many as 18 billion messages a day. WhatsApp belongs to a new generation of messaging services that are revolutionizing 20-year-old text messaging technology and escalating the mobile messaging wars.
April 25, 2013 |
"Incredible Crew" ( Cartoon Network , Thursdays). This single-camera teenage sketch comedy, created by Nick Cannon, premiered the last of its 13 episodes in mid-April, but they continue in rotation, are highly re-watchable and deserve your attention, whether or not you fit the target demographic. This is one of the most imaginative shows the year has produced -- absurdist, energetic, silly and smart, with high production values and a cast of talented performers locked in with one another from the get-go.
March 28, 2013 |
A priceless collection of jewelry salvaged from the wreckage of the luxury liner Titanic has been added to "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Luxor in Las Vegas . The display, called " Jewels of Titanic " are to be shown through May 31. A selection of 15 pieces -- studded with diamonds, sapphires, pearls and even gold nuggets -- are featured. Among them is a platinum ring set with three European-cut diamonds. The centerpiece is a 2-carat, pear-shaped stone. The collection also showcases a charm necklace inscribed "This Be Your Lucky Star.
March 16, 2013
The violin of the Titanic bandleader, who played as he and bandmates went down with the ship, has been recovered, according to a British auction house. The instrument bears a message from the musician's sweetheart. "For Wallace, on the occasion of our engagement. From Maria. " Like the 1997 James Cameron movie, that story might spur a few tears. As the Agence France-Presse reports, auction house Henry Aldridge & Son says it has confirmed the violin is that of Wallace Hartley.
March 14, 2013 |
Top-seeded Long Beach State versus injury-ravaged Cal State Fullerton went just as you might expect a game with that billing would go. Fullerton's Titans were tenacious enough in Thursday night's opening round of the Big West Conference tournament. They just weren't deep enough. Long Beach withstood Fullerton's pluckiness and slow-it-down pace to emerge with a 75-66 victory at the Honda Center. "It was grind for us all game," Long Beach Coach Dan Monson said. The 49ers advance to Friday's 6:30 p.m. semifinal game against UC Irvine.
March 11, 2013 |
It's a clash worthy of a pair of almighty witches. The Walt Disney Co. struck it rich this past weekend with its "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful," selling $80.3 million in tickets domestically, which put it on track to become the most successful movie release of 2013 thus far. But far from capping a three-year, $235-million production effort, the movie is shaping up to be the first shot in a battle between Disney and its...
February 13, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. is buying out General Electric Co.'s stake in entertainment company NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion, and will take full control of a media conglomerate that includes the NBC network, Universal Studios theme parks, Universal Pictures film studio and cable channels USA Network, Bravo and MSNBC. The purchase comes two years after the Philadelphia cable TV operator acquired a 51% interest in the media company, leaving GE with a 49% stake. Comcast had an option to buy more of GE's interest beginning in July 2014.
February 7, 2013 |
The NFL has reinstated former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal, and the Tennessee Titans have added him to their coaching staff as senior assistant coach. "Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams' contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated," the league said in a statement. "The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams' forthcoming acknowledgment of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game.
January 21, 2013 |
Renee's Titan rallied to win the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes by three-quarters of a length as a 20-1 longshot on Monday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Renee's Titan ran 61/2 furlongs in 1:16.14 and paid $43.80, $7.80 and $4.20 while ending a six-race skid. Beholder, who the Eclipse Award as champion filly last weekend, wound up second in her 3-year-old debut. She returned $2.20 and $2.10, and Dawn's Charm was another nose back in third and paid $3.20 to show. Baze rallied Renee's Titan from six lengths behind at six furlongs despite losing his whip in the upper stretch.