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HEALTH
March 15, 2010 | By Karen Voight
In seated twists like this one, it's important to sit up tall and focus on lengthening your spine before you begin to twist. Done correctly, spinal twists increase circulation and build strength and flexibility in your back muscles. But you must be warmed up properly before you perform them. —Karen Voight Sit on the floor with both legs straight in front of you. Bend your left knee and place your left foot flat on the floor in front of your left sitting bone. Bend your left elbow and place it on the inside of your left knee with your fingertips pointing upward.
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SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
DALLAS  -- Danny Granger was the latest of the Clippers to go down, suffering a strained left hamstring in the fourth quarter that forced him from the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Granger said he will be reevaluated Friday and is listed as day to day. Granger was injured when Vince Carter came under him and forced the Clippers forward to twist his body. "He hit me and spun me sideways," Granger said. "I walked in the [locker room] and we tested it. It was strong, just some pain.
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HEALTH
September 13, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
To maintain flexibility in your hips and back, practice seated twists on the floor in a cross-legged position. If you have tight hips, sit on a firm yoga block or try sitting on a thick telephone book. Sit upright with your right leg crossed in front of your left leg. Move your knees closer together and your feet farther apart to get your calves to cross (instead of just crossing at the ankles). Inhale with your chest lifted and your shoulders relaxed. On an exhalation, place your left forearm to the outside of your right thigh and rotate your upper body to your right.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
What would you do for $500? For $15,000? For $250,000? That's the engine behind "Cheap Thrills," which begins as a simple "guy walks into a bar" story and snowballs into a mind-blowing little horror show. Directed with screw-tightening efficiency by E.L. Katz, from a savvy, wildly twisted script by Trent Haaga and David Chirchirillo, this nervy morality tale finds cautious, financially strapped family man Craig (Pat Healy) running into a former high school friend, the sketchy Vince (Ethan Embry)
HEALTH
October 12, 2009 | Karen Voight
A fun, new way to strengthen and stretch your core is to add a small kettle bell to your workout. This move is harder than it looks -- so don't be surprised if you can twist with only a small range of motion in the beginning. Your strength and flexibility will increase with practice. -- Karen Voight 1Stand upright, with your feet together, holding one kettle bell in front of your chest with both hands. Lift your elbows out to the sides at shoulder height, palms facing your chest.
HEALTH
November 1, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This twisting lunge can be done at a wall to help you feel more stable while you get into the correct position. Practice it on a regular basis to relieve lower back discomfort and to strengthen and stretch your legs and hips. Stand sideways near a flat wall with the outer edge of your right foot and right shoulder 3 to 4 inches away from the wall. Step back into a low lunge with your left leg. Bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle. Inhale, place your left fingertips on the floor under your left shoulder.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2000
Chubby Checker is still out there twisting, God bless him, but please don't use his self-aggrandizing quotes as musical history ("Chubby Checker Still Enjoys Twistin' the Night Away," by Jeff Simons, Sept. 2). "Since November 1959, the world has been dancing the style of Chubby Checker," he claims, and yet Chubby didn't record "The Twist" until June or July of 1960 and, as Simons pointed out, didn't introduce the twist to the "world" on Dick Clark's Saturday-night TV show until Aug. 6, 1960.
NEWS
October 20, 2010
Take a Mexican beer, add a lime and you know what you have? A recipe for "Mexican beer dermatitis. " So says a New York dermatologist in a recent issue of Archives of Dermatology. Read what he has to say here , as published in the Orlando Sentinel. Apparently, it's the lime juice that causes the skin irritation – if not washed off and if exposed to the sun. But "lime dermatitis on unwashed skin" or its technical name "phytophotodermatitis" doesn't quite have the same ring.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
I was going to refer to “It Is Done,” a play by Alex Goldberg currently running in a back room in Hollywood's Pig 'N Whistle restaurant, as “site-specific,” but then I Googled the term. Yes, “It Is Done” is set in a bar, but not the Pig 'N Whistle, nor the Mean Fiddler Bar & Grill in New York, where it premiered in 2011 -- just a nameless, deserted dive. Any bar would do. So according to Wikipedia, the proper term is “site-generic.” But that's terrible. So I propose “stage-free dinner theater.” You're welcome.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1992 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the current artistic recession, when a lot of small theater is small indeed, "The Beethovens," the boisterous, sprawling new play that swirls around the lives of Ludwig van and his kin, comes off as a huge dare at a small house like the Gene Dynarski Theatre. Like the composer himself, both director J.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“The Voice” is getting yet another dose of pop star power. NBC's hit singing competition show has recruited Coldplay's Chris Martin to serve as a mentor. Martin isn't jumping into one of the plush, red spinning-chairs occupied by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher or Shakira (who are subbing for Christina Aguilera and the recently departed Cee Lo Green). But he will serve as a key advisor, mentoring the artists on the superstar coaches' teams. Martin's new role will be seen during the series' latest format switch.
TRAVEL
March 14, 2014 | By Dan Blackburn
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah - I am seated on a narrow ledge waiting for the setting sun to add a golden glow to the famous Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. A tripod is wedged between my knees. There is not a lot of room here, and a misstep could result in a nasty fall. Far below, a lone hiker with a backpack walks by - just a small figure diminished by the large arch above him. Then, the light of the setting sun arrives. The red rock begins to glow, and everything else - the trail's 480 feet of elevation gain, the almost precarious perch and more - is swallowed up by the grandeur of the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The L.A. Marathon, being held Sunday morning, usually bring concerns about traffic and street closures. But this year, there is an added issue: The beginning of daylight saving time. Clocks should spin forward at 2 a.m. Sunday. Tracey Russell, the marathon's chief executive, told The Times' Rene Lynch Friday that marathon officials have been doing everything possible to get the word out to competitors: "Remember to set the clocks forward an hour. " RELATED: Hey L.A. Marathoners: Don't forget to change the clocks!
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Lorraine Ali
Hany Abu-Assad should be used to the tension by now. The Palestinian director has shot most of his films ("Paradise Now," "Rana's Wedding") in a region known far more for its conflict than its cinema, and his story lines often take place in between tangles of barbed wire and crowded checkpoints. But filming "Omar" on the West Bank and in his hometown of Nazareth almost proved too much - even for Abu-Assad. "At the end of the shoot, I told everybody, 'I'm not going to make another movie,'" said the director.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey's armbar streak is over. Her attention is now on the opponent's liver. Rousey successfully defended her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, delivering a left knee to challenger Sara McMann's stomach area, a notoriously painful liver shot that ended the bout by technical knockout 1 minute 6 seconds into the first round. "I knew if I zoned in on that one spot … ," Venice's Rousey (9-0) said after a victory that followed eight straight wins by armbar submission.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
Romanian new-wave director Calin Peter Netzer ("Medal of Honor") and screenwriter Razvan Radulescu ("The Death of Mr. Lazarescu") were bouncing around ideas for a film about a dysfunctional family when they began talking about their own relationships with their parents. "We discovered we both have some kind of domineering mother," said Netzer over the phone from his home in Bucharest. The result, "Child's Pose," which opens Friday, is an Oedipal tale in the guise of a psychological thriller about a domineering mother and her obsessive love for her now-adult son. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen "Child's Pose," which won the Golden Bear last year at the Berlin Film Festival and was Romania's Oscar submission for foreign language films, derives its title from the well-known yoga pose.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 1995 | SCOTT COLLINS
Fortune seldom smiles on "Twist of Fate," the new musical at the Tiffany Theater. Librettist Lissa Levin and composer Ron Abel collaborated on this slender tale of Dominique (Lisa Raggio), a Gypsy fortuneteller arrested for illegally plying her trade to an undercover cop. The love interest is Dominique's defense attorney, Michael (Dan Gerrity); conflict comes courtesy of her headstrong teenage daughter, Olivia (Tia Texada).
SPORTS
May 20, 2000
Tim Brown's article on Texas Ranger outfielder Chad Curtis was a beautiful, refreshing twist on our "Sports Heroes." I just hope that every mother and father of a young athlete read the article and explained to their kids the true nature of standing up for what you believe in. Like it or not, professional baseball players are role models. Young people would do well to emulate some of the principles that Chad Curtis stands for. CAL SANDERS San Clemente
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Michael Sam Sr. says his comments about his son being gay were taken out of context and don't represent his true beliefs. In a New York Times interview Tuesday, Sam was quoted as saying that “I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment. " He added: “I'm old school. I'm a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” And that Hall of Famer Deacon Jones “is turning over in his grave” at the idea of an openly gay man in the league. Sam's son, Michael Sam Jr., a star defensive player for Missouri, announced earlier this week that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay player to be in the NFL draft.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | Mike Bresnahan
Of course it had to happen like this. Steve Nash. Freak injury. Leaving a game in the third quarter. The latest piece of an incomprehensible Lakers puzzle was tossed off the table Sunday when Nash exited early in a 92-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Nash experienced nerve irritation in his left knee, the same place where he sustained a fracture last season. He later said the nerve was "on fire" when he was kneed by Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, but he stayed in the game for about four minutes.
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