September 25, 2013 |
Nearly a dozen of the largest Syrian rebel groups, including one linked to Al Qaeda, have formed an Islamic alliance that could serve as the basis for a future political bloc and have denounced the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition. The bloc explicitly called for sharia , or Islamic law, to be the sole source of legislation in Syria, which for decades has been governed under iron-fisted secularism by President Bashar Assad and his late father, Hafez Assad. Members of the alliance said Wednesday that an Islamic state represented the true wishes of the majority of Syrians, but added that it would not be forced upon people.
September 18, 2013 |
Seth MacFarlane may have plenty of reasons to count his millions , but he's had a pretty rough year of it in the media. Last winter he was pummeled for his boob-happy Oscar-hosting turn, which many critics found misogynistic and unfunny. And this week he's been getting dragged through it all over again with the premiere Tuesday night of his live-action Fox sitcom “Dads,” which, in an unfortunate parallel to the Oscars, has been called racist and unfunny. That's of considerable interest to moviedom.
September 14, 2013 |
It took three years, but Mexico finally got the man it wanted to manage its national team in World Cup qualifying. The question now is, is it too late? By the time Mexico got around to introducing Victor Manuel Vucetich as its coach Thursday, El Tri had sunk to its lowest point in decades. With only two October matches left in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Mexico is fifth in the six-team group. Only the top three countries automatically advance to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, leaving Mexico in danger of missing the tournament for the first time since 1990.
September 5, 2013 |
Matt Bomer has not been cast in the on-screen adaptation of the erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey"; however, he's still showing his support for the project and its recently announced cast despite fan ire regarding the casting decisions. Author E.L. James, who originally wrote the trilogy as a "Twilight" fan-fiction series, announced over Labor Day weekend that "Ben & Kate" actress Dakota Johnson, 23, and "Sons of Anarchy's" Charlie Hunnam, 33, would play the lead roles of college grad Anastasia Steele and her B&D-obsessed lover Christian Grey.
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August 31, 2013 |
When a pair of graduate students from little-known Brandman University dug out the salaries of top administrators at all 34 cities in Orange County and made them public, they were showered with praise. Cindy Smith and Janet Voshall testified before the state Legislature, were honored by the county board of supervisors and rode limousines to TV news shows. "I gave them an award because what they did was ethical, valid and honest," Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson said. "Anybody that would question whether that was a righteous thing to do, that would immediately put up a red flag that I should be worried about them.
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August 21, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Even as mediation continued over a sexual-harassment lawsuit that could lead to Mayor Bob Filner's resignation, another woman alleged Wednesday that he made unwanted sexual advances. Dianne York, president and chief executive of the Spa of La Jolla, told CNN the incident occurred after a meeting three months ago in his office at City Hall. She had met with Filner about a foreclosure. While pictures were being taken, York said, Filner placed his hand on her buttocks.
August 11, 2013 |
LUJAN, Argentina - Manu Peclat, a tourist from Brazil, had already fed vegetables to elephants, thrown fish to seals and posed for pictures with two white tigers. Now it was time for the bears. A zookeeper unlocked a gate and led Peclat and a few other visitors inside. After trading chunks of raw sweet potato for pesos, the keeper roused 3-year-old Gordo from his slumber. The brown bear languidly lumbered over. Peclat held out his hand and Gordo gently gobbled up the snacks.
August 8, 2013 |
Seldom have I been part of a more enthusiastic and vocal audience than the one at the Macha Theater for “Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes.” Either the house was papered with doting relatives (and the wine was spiked with horse tranquilizer?) or Brad T. Gottfred's play about young couples stumbling through the minefield of codependency taps a universal nerve. At rise, Mandy (the wonderfully off-kilter J.J. Nolan), a modern Ophelia with tear-smeared mascara, wakes Benny (John Weselcouch)
August 2, 2013
Re "Plumbers turn pipe dream into reality," Column, July 30 What a pleasure to read David Lazarus' article on plumbers Dave and Jim Schuelke deciding, after a routine leak inspection, to do a complete bathroom remodel for a woman caring for her disabled son and husband. I watched the YouTube video created by the Schuelkes showing the transformation of the bathroom. It was a lovely thing for them to do. Of course, my husband chuckled and said, "I wanted to know where the leak was coming from.
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August 2, 2013 |
As a child, L.A. Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez traveled back and forth across the border from his home in Monterrey, Mexico, to his uncle's in San Antonio, Texas. He made the trip so often that he hardly distinguished between Mexico and the United States. "It was easy to cross in those times," says Gomez, now 61, who became a citizen in his mid-40s. "I guess my first impression was that people could live in both countries at the same time. " When he talks about the border, he slips into the Spanish slang of his childhood.