February 20, 2008 |
Sony Corp. has finally exorcised the ghost of Betamax. The Japanese company's Blu-ray format emerged the victor in the battle to set the standard for high-definition DVDs. Its victory over Toshiba Corp.'s rival HD DVD leaves behind its embarrassing loss to VHS in last century's battle for the home videocassette market. Toshiba announced Tuesday it was abandoning its next-generation high-definition disc format, saying it would no longer make and market players and recorders.
February 9, 2008 |
A day after John McCain appeared to have nailed down the Republican presidential nomination, Mike Huckabee clung Friday to the faint hope that he could snatch it away. He gamely pleaded for support at "Huckabee for President" rallies in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City, Kan. But for many who have watched Huckabee rise to the top tier of candidates only to see McCain emerge as the presumptive nominee, the question has become: Why keep going?
HOME & GARDEN
November 29, 2007 |
THIS weekend, MTV reality stars the Osbournes -- heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, wife and manager Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack -- will engage in that most Southern Californian tradition: the estate sale. Of course, this family has approached the sale more like a multimedia event: A public exhibition of more than 500 lots organized by Julien's Auctions and staged at the Gibson Guitar showroom in Beverly Hills ends today, followed by a sale Friday and Saturday, webcast live on www.
September 2, 2007 |
A 77-year-old mother of a firefighter saved her home by dousing it with buckets of water. A man battled flames threatening his hotel with wet towels. With any and all means, villagers and volunteers fought the flames that ravaged southern Greece for a week and claimed 64 lives.
May 28, 2007 |
Ready! Set! Swim? Not yet. After slicing and dicing the relative risk from pathogens lurking in the surf, there's one last possible source of germs to consider: beach sand. Although most research on beach pathogens has focused on microorganisms in the water, researchers are beginning to track bacteria in beach sand as well.
April 30, 2007 |
Fans entering General Motors Place on Sunday found rally towels on each seat, suitable for waving and creating a blizzard-like effect to support the home team. That's not unusual in itself. What's noteworthy is that Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the day that spurred Canucks fans to make the towels so popular.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2007 |
A fire that destroyed a two-story house Saturday was blamed on a smoldering dish towel tossed in the trash before the family left home, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the 4900 block of Felicia Drive about 10:20 a.m. and quelled the fire in about half an hour. The few items not singed were packed in boxes in the garage, officials said. Damage was estimated at more than $1 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2006 |
Delivering an election-year disappointment to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, legislative leaders gave up on two perennially contentious issues Tuesday: changing how voting districts are drawn and extending the time a lawmaker is allowed to serve in the Senate or Assembly. The lawmakers conceded that despite a pledge to relinquish the power to determine their district boundaries, they had failed to produce a plan that could be placed on the November ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2006 |
The makers of the cult favorite "Bumfights" videos have agreed not to make any more such videos and will pay damages to three men who said they were plied with alcohol and drugs to get them to perform dangerous and degrading stunts. The filmmakers agreed to those terms to settle a lawsuit by Rufus Hannah, Donald Brennan and Peter LaForte, who are featured in the videos.