Author: Happy

Whether it’s bears, coyotes or mountain lions, there is a sense in many of L.A.’s hillside communities that something four-legged and feral lurks just beyond the asphalt and attached garages.And on Canyon Crest Drive in Monrovia, the residents know that they live in bear country.Their street is frequented by California black bears coming down from the San Gabriel Mountains to scavenge for food. And one apparently has a particular craving: Oreos.On Saturday, the bear visited a property on the foothill cul-de-sac and left holding a package of the Nabisco cookies in its mouth, earning it the name “Oreo,” KTLA reported.Resident…

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Caleb Carr, the novelist and military historian who died of cancer Thursday at age 68, was best known for exploring the darker angels of human nature. His breakout novel, “The Alienist” (1994), helped pioneer the historical thriller as we know it, telling the grisly tale of a child psychiatrist tracking a killer of young male prostitutes in 1890s New York. His other books include a sequel, “The Angel of Darkness” (1997), and a historical study of terrorism and warfare, “Lessons of Terror” (2002).But when I had a late-night, hourlong conversation with Carr in late January, we mostly talked about our…

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‘that’s crazy’ “I really showed the world how to love yourself and not give a fuck to the point where these men in Colorado know who the fuck I am and put it on their cartoon,” singer says Lizzo reacted to a new South Park special that championed her attitude toward body positivity amid the outbreak of Ozempic and similar weight loss methods. “Guys, my worst fear has been actualized: I’ve been referenced in a South Park episode. I’m so scared,” Lizzo said on TikTok before doing a side-by-side live viewing of the South Park episode titled “The End of…

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Cheaper and greener batteries for electric cars and mobile phones could use our common element iron, rather than scarce, expensive ones, shows new research. A collaboration co-led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher is hoping to spark a green battery revolution by showing that iron instead of cobalt and nickel can be used as a cathode material in lithium-ion batteries. The findings, published in Science Advances, are important for multiple reasons, Oregon State’s David Ji notes. “We’ve transformed the reactivity of iron metal, the cheapest metal commodity,” he said. “Our electrode can offer a higher energy density than the…

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Memorial Day weekend ticket sales in North America are expected to total $125 million, down 40 percent from last year.Hollywood expected “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” to scorch the box office over the holiday weekend. Instead, the big-budget Warner Bros. prequel iced it over.“Furiosa,” which cost $168 million to make, not including tens of millions of dollars in marketing costs, collected an estimated $25.6 million in the United States and Canada from Thursday night to Sunday. Box office analysts expected the film to take in about $5.4 million on Monday, for a holiday-weekend total of $31 million.That would be the…

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Over four decades, he produced more than 150 events. Some dealers reported selling more in a weekend at a Smith fair than in a year in their galleries.Sanford L. Smith, an art lover and entrepreneur who created some of New York’s most prestigious art and design fairs, generating millions of dollars in sales and drawing attention to previously overlooked areas of art, died on Saturday at a senior living facility in Manhattan. He was 84.The cause was congestive heart failure, his wife, Jill Bokor, said.Mr. Smith didn’t invent the art fair, but he made his events essential stops for both…

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doctor’s orders “Further examination and consulting has led doctors to determine that Bruce should not perform for the next ten days” Bruce Springsteen has postponed at least four concerts on the E Street Band’s European tour — including last night’s show in Marseille, France — due to vocal issues. The rocker was scheduled to perform at Orange Vélodrome in Marseille on Saturday, but the gig was postponed at the last minute because of the vocal issues. citing “doctor’s direction.” However, “further examination and consulting has led doctors to determine that Bruce should not perform for the next ten days,” Springsteen’s…

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Students surprised with cash at graduation from UMass Dartmouth The commencement speaker at a Massachusetts university turned the gray rainy weather into a bright sunshiny day when he announced a surprise gift for every graduating student. Robert Hale Jr., the founder and CEO of Granite Telecommunications, accepted the UMass Dartmouth Chancellor’s Medal for his philanthropy work in the community—and, at the end of his speech, his generosity revealed itself once again. Hale began the commencement speech telling the crowd about his career, including losing $1 billion nearly overnight, and urged them not to let failure define them, using his own…

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His Moon Knight was a hit in the 1970s, 30 years after he began his career. Bloodshot, another popular superhero, followed two decades later.Don Perlin, a veteran comic book artist who, after decades in the industry, helped create the popular but nontraditional superheroes Moon Knight and Bloodshot, died on May 14 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 94.His death, in a nursing home, was confirmed by his stepson Leslie Blumenfeld.Mr. Perlin began working in the comic book industry in the late 1940s, but some of his greatest successes came later — first in the ’70s and later in the ’90s.In 1974,…

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Live Nation will have to prove it does not hold a monopoly over live events if it hopes to avoid a breakup with Ticketmaster, legal experts say. But in looking ahead at a possible years-long fight with the Department of Justice following their bombshell, 124-page lawsuit, the world’s largest concert promoter points to past antitrust cases as reasons to not be worried about the suit’s outcome.  Following a two-year investigation, the DOJ claims that Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, holds an illegal monopoly given the company’s 80 percent market share for primary ticket sales in the nation’s largest…

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