November 29, 2013 |
The kids are all right, but now it's time for senior leadership. This year's Heisman Trophy race, in case you missed it, has become muddled. The bids of non-seniors Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty all got sacked last week in losses. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is the top player on the nation's No. 2-ranked team, but his Heisman candidacy has been impaired by an investigation into a possible sexual assault. The Florida state attorney may not make a decision about whether to charge Winston until after Heisman ballots are due, so what's a Heisman voter to do?
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November 26, 2013 |
Los Angeles County officials took steps Tuesday to speed up a $48-million plan to rebuild and modernize one of the county's probation camps for young offenders. Camp Kilpatrick, an aging 125-bed facility for juvenile offenders in Malibu, is slated to be torn down and reconstructed under a new design that probation officials said would allow them to implement a new "small group treatment" model. "I think when it's finished, Los Angeles will have a state-of-the-art facility, and people will be coming from across the nation to see how to do it right," said probation department Assistant Chief Don Meyer, who oversees the county's 13 probation camps and three juvenile halls.
November 25, 2013 |
Fashion designer Tom Ford may be as well known for his impeccably groomed looks as he is for his flawless tailoring. So it was no surprise when he introduced a line of eight men's grooming products this month or when he noted that the collection was inspired by his own personal skin care regimen. "I think I am one of the few male designers who could actually sell skin care, because I am 51, and, on a good day, I don't look 51," Ford told us, with a lack of modesty that somehow seemed justified for a guy whose name is a Jay Z song title ("Tom Ford" on the "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album)
November 24, 2013 |
TEHRAN - As world powers in Geneva negotiate the future of Iran's nuclear development program, Islamist hard-liners here continue to warn of a deceitful, perfidious West scheming to enfeeble the Islamic Republic. Yet in the trendy, smoke-filled cafes of this busy capital city, ritualistic denunciations of the United States are as passe as instant coffee among the mostly young, jeans-clad set. "In art, in fashion, in cinema and in our daily lifestyle, we copycat American culture," said Sarah, proprietor of a cozy cafe in the basement of a high-rise in northwest Tehran.
November 21, 2013 |
A first chance has given Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians a second wind. Arians was an interim coach last season when he led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs, then became the first fill-in to be named NFL coach of the year. Ten months ago, the Cardinals became the first NFL team to hire him as a head coach, and clearly he's invigorated. "There's no doubt about that," Arians, 61, said by phone Thursday. "The hours are still the same, but it doesn't feel the same. " Said his son, Jake: "When he was in Pittsburgh [as Steelers offensive coordinator]
November 19, 2013 |
The former Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, visited the Only Connect charity in London on Tuesday to meet with rehabilitated prisoners and at-risk youths. Besides making headlines for Catherine's recycling of another outfit (a brown Orla Kiely dress she wore in February 2012 while visiting an art class in Oxford, the Daily Mail pointed out ), the couple also shared a few details about their growing baby boy, Prince George, during the visit.
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November 18, 2013 |
Friends a nd family pay their final respects to Baldwin Park youth pastor Daniel Diaz during a funeral at Covina Assembly of God Church. Pomona police say Diaz, who had turned 33 a week earlier, was shot to death Nov. 11 by a lone gunman on foot at Park and Mayfair avenues. Diaz 's killing - just hours after about 200 people gathered for an anti-violence rally at Ganesha High School in Pomona - was the latest in what police a nd community leaders are calling the worst year of violence in the city's recent history.
November 15, 2013 |
The weight loss that follows a successful bariatric surgery makes most patients feel younger. But a new study suggests that following bariatric surgery, some patients show signs of being biologically younger, as well. At Stanford University, researchers looked for evidence of change in bariatric surgery patients by measuring their telomeres -- regions of repeating DNA sequences at the end of a chromosome that grow a little shorter with age and chronic illness. Telomeres are considered a biomarker of the aging process.
November 15, 2013 |
Cigarette use among middle school and high school students is on the decline, but public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are concerned about other ways that tobacco and nicotine use is rising among kids. Electronic cigarettes, hookahs and dissolvable tobacco were all more popular in 2012 than in 2011, according to data CDC researchers published this week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Cigar smoking has also become more prevalent among high school students.
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November 13, 2013 |
Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night in Pomona to mourn the loss of a beloved youth minister who was gunned down after leaving a birthday party. Daniel Diaz worked as a youth pastor at his parents' New Beginnings Community Church in Baldwin Park. He and a friend had taken three youths out to the movies Sunday night. The group had just dropped off a boy at his home near Park Avenue and Mayfair Street when the shooting occurred, friends said. “My son was an incredible young man and he helped a lot of people,” David Diaz said.