February 14, 2014 |
If the five-toed shoe and the kettle bell were among the biggest innovations in workout gear in recent years, how do you make them better? That's the question that inventors face every day as they try to improve the seemingly unimprovable. Below, find four valiant - and fairly successful - new takes on old fitness standbys. Split-toe running shoe TOPO ATHLETIC Run Trainer: Ultralight low-rise running shoe with a split-toe "Tabi" design that separates the big toe from the rest of the foot, theoretically allowing it to move independently and work as a key stabilizer, amplifying the foot's natural biomechanics.
January 28, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union will spotlight many issues, but more than anything may illuminate the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a “dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” in the United States as the “the defining challenge of our time.” His overriding goal, he has said in speeches and interviews, is to reverse the trend in which incomes for most Americans have stagnated since the late 1970s while the share going to the wealthiest has soared.
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January 23, 2014 |
The hundreds of cameras installed inside Los Angeles County jails in response to an inmate abuse scandal have been powerful tools in vetting allegations against jailers, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. For years, critics of the Sheriff's Department's jails pushed the agency to install cameras in the lockups since independent witnesses are rarely present when deputies use force. In 2011, after an onslaught of inmate abuse allegations, the department began installing hundreds of cameras.
January 10, 2014 |
It happens every year about this time. Well stuffed from great holiday feasts, full of the kind of hopeful ambition that a new calendar brings, millions of people resolve that this year, finally, is going to be the one when they learn to cook better. And so they run out and buy the hottest cookbook from some celebrity chef, try two recipes and quit in disgust. That's a shame because cooking for yourself - really cooking, not just throwing the occasional fancy dinner party - is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. It's pleasurable and it's healthful, and how many things can you say that about?
December 16, 2013 |
The death of Peter O'Toole at the age of 81 Sunday called to mind not only O'Toole's remarkable career but something less remarkable: his run of Oscar-nominated performances without actually ever winning one. No other movie actor had such a Lucci-like turn. Eight times O'Toole's name was called on nomination day, over a span of 44 years. Yet sitting in the theater on moviedom's biggest night, he never once was called up for a little golden man. (He did take home an honorary prize in 2003.)
December 16, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before arranging to have Aloe Blaac's "The Man" played every time I enter the office. The Skinny: Yes, my beloved Redskins lost again, but at least we went down fighting. Now about that "Homeland" season finale: Well, if you can't say anything nice... I don't want to spoil it for anyone but a Twitter pal noted that the climatic moment looked like it was right out of the camp classic "Zorro: The Gay Blade. " Monday's roundup includes the box office recap and a look at the holiday box office overall.