Who is this ‘Nanna’?

first_imgBut we do have more questions: Did Lasorda, who has yet to pay for a meal in the past half century, actually pay for sex? Couldn’t he have said it happened because he slipped on a patch of ice in Utah? If Kobe Bryant bought his wife a new diamond ring when he got in trouble, what will Jo Lasorda get for all this embarrassment? What did Tommy think of Nanna’s performance? Lasorda’s lawyer threatened to sue but backed off since he said he is done helping promote the book by offering daily denials. What’s the spin: It’s wrong on so many levels. We’re talking about a culture that seems to continually push the line of demarcation for privacy, meaning the 79-year-old Lasorda could have gone more mainstream by shaving his head and checking into a rehab center. This old-school, pillow-talk stuff is so yesterday. What’s bizarre news to you has likely already been filed in our recycle bin. So here’s the convenient truth: We’re going green today, giving you one last posting of the past week’s hairy headlines before they end up in your compost pile: What’s the story: A former Hollywood madame is trying to turn a quick trick with a tawdry tell-all book, throwing all sorts of names under the bus. One of them is former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who supposedly paid $1,500 to meet up back in the ’90s with someone named “Nanna” for some afternoon delight before he went home for dinner. center_img What’s the story: According to several Internet reports, billionaire blogger Mark Cuban is seriously considering buying the Chicago Cubs from the Tribune Company for $625 million. “Mark is desperate to buy the Cubs,” an unnamed source said of Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, who in the past has been rebuffed in trying to purchase the Pittsburgh Pirates. “He wants this so bad.” What’s the spin: Eventually the Chicago Tribune, also owned by the Tribune company, tracked down Cuban and got him to say that the story was “not true … I have no idea where they got their info.” Too late. A post at www.ipetitions.com already has 800 signatures in support of a Cuban hostile takeover. And just to think: If he were to run the Cubs like he does his Mavs, the Wrigley Boys could be winning games 132-115 every day, even if the wind generated from the owner is blowing in. What’s the story: Guests at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue party on Valentine’s Day at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood were told they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. The virus was diagnosed in an employee of Wolfgang Puck Catering, which provided food for the bikinifest. The L.A. County Department of Public Health urged anyone who ate raw food at the foo-foo event to receive an immune globulin shot as soon as possible. What’s the spin: How would you know if you’ve come down with Hepatitis A? Oh, you’d know. Vomiting, diarrhea, darkened urine or jaundice. Which are the same symptoms your mom got after she went to the mailbox and found the SI Swimsuit Issue when you were off at junior high. What’s the story: A year after the book “Game of Shadows” leaked grand jury testimony to imply that San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds had been messing with human growth hormones, a paperback version has been issued with updated information. One of the facts the authors point out is how Bonds’ body parts have increased from the time he joined San Francisco in 1993 (when he was 28) until today. His jersey size has gone from 42 to 52; his cleats have blow up from 10 1/2 to 13; and his cap size has jumped from 7 1/4, even though he has shaved his head. What’s the spin: The guy plays for the Giants. What do you expect? Stay away from flaxseed oil if it bothers you that much. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Porsches Taycan covered 21281 miles in 24 hours at Nardo

first_img Porsche The reason why those figures, especially the average speed and temperature numbers, matter is that electric vehicles have historically had the problem of losing power and efficiency as their battery packs start to heat up with use. That the Taycan was able to maintain such high average speeds over such a long distance at such high ambient temperatures tells us a lot about the level of engineering that Porsche has put into the Taycan.This is part of why we’re so excited for the first all-electric Porsche, even more so than with other carmakers, because there are very few other organizations that have Porsche’s resources, engineering ability and bull-headed commitment to avoiding compromise.Porsche’s Taycan is slated to make its global debut on Sept. 4.  Share your voice 42 Photos Enlarge ImagePorsche’s electric Taycan managed to travel over 2,000 miles in 24 hours at the Nardo test track in Italy. Porsche Everything that Porsche builds has some kind of sporting pretenses as well as a serious commitment to build quality. To see if its first fully-battery electric vehicle, the Taycan, can live up to Porsche buyers’ expectations, the company decided to take it to the Nardo test track in Italy and run it until it broke.Except it didn’t break. Porsche announced on Monday that the Taycan ran for a nearly continuous 2,128.1 miles in 24 hours with breaks only for fast charging and driver changes and was able to maintain an average speed between 121 and 133 mph. And it was able to do that with track temperatures well above 120 degrees and ambient temperatures of up to 107 degrees. Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride 2020 BMW 745e xDrive review: A plush plug-in with power and presence 2 More From Roadshow Tags 2020 BMW M760i review: For both the driver and the driven Porsche Electric Cars Performance Cars Commentslast_img read more

Downtown Houston Flooding On Monday Mimicked Last Memorial Day

first_img– / 3Downtown got only about 6 inches of rain but more than twice that fell miles away in Northwest Houston along the White Oak  Bayou watershed.That water ended-up where the Bayou merges with Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston.Floodwaters topped street bridges near the University of Houston Downtown main campus.In the nearby Theater District, maintenance workers erected a four foot high metal floodgate across a loading dock that faces the bayou.Northwest of downtown in the Heights, just like what happened Memorial Day last year, White Oak Bayou Drive went underwater, inundating a few units and a few cars in a condo complex.The Katy Freeway at Taylor Street flooded, routing big trucks through otherwise quiet residential streets.Where Houston Avenue dives down under Memorial Drive, the underpass flooded.But unlike in past floods,  one of the newly installed flood warning gates came to life, it’s arm dropping down to block drivers, a yellow warning light came on to call attention to a “road closed” sign.The gate was installed last summer and the city hopes to someday have the automatic warning barriers at a total of 27 flood-prone underpasses. Sharelast_img read more

In Unofficial Vote Venezuelans Overwhelmingly Reject Constitutional Rewrite

first_img Share Federico Parra/AFP/Getty ImagesActivists celebrate Sunday in Caracas after voting in an opposition-organized referendum on President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the country’s constitution.Just two weeks before an election to decide the delegates who will rewrite Venezuela’s national constitution, opposition activists held a symbolic vote of their own on Sunday. In the nonbinding referendum, roughly 98 percent of voters rejected President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to replace the constitution.More than 7 million Venezuelans voted in the referendum, according to the local university administrators tasked with overseeing the vote. NPR’s Philip Reeves notes that number — which includes nearly 700,000 expatriots who voted overseas — constitutes about a third of Venezuela’s registered voters.“It’s a way to show how many people are actually against the government, and to give support to people that are actually doing the protests and have been arrested,” expat Andrea de Lima, who participated in South Florida, tells reporter Keyvan Antonio Heydari.Still, Maduro has vowed that Sunday’s referendum will do nothing to stall a July 30 election for delegates for a constituent assembly, which will be responsible for rewriting the country’s 18-year-old constitution. That rewrite would have the capacity to dissolve the National Assembly, an opposition-heavy body of lawmakers that has been a source of frustration for Maduro for years.It was an earlier attempt to dissolve this legislature — an attempt made by the Supreme Court, then quickly reversed in early April — that set off more than 100 days of unrest in Venezuela. The anti-government protests, and their clashes with government security forces, have seen nearly 100 people killed and more than 1,500 injured in the three and a half months that followed.The referendum Sunday was also marred by violence. A 61-year-old nurse was shot dead and three more were injured when men on motorbikes — described by the opposition as members of a “paramilitary” — opened fire on a polling place.Maduro has positioned his proposed constitutional rewrite as a solution to this continuing unrest, calling Sunday’s vote “a meaningless internal exercise.”But NPR’s Philip Reeves notes the unofficial referendum does send a message.“It clearly states that Maduro is as deeply unpopular as he has long been thought to be, and it shows, as the polls have suggested, that Venezuelans are overwhelmingly against the idea of establishing a constitutional assembly,” Philip reports.And NPR’s Greg Allen says that sentiment extends to Venezuelans living in the U.S. One expatriot, Mario Di Giovanni, tells Greg that while the vote isn’t official, the process is supported by Venezuela’s constitution.“So for us it’s binding,” Di Giovanni says, “and we are following the constitution. “Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The choice of mind

first_imgUnseen Passages, an art show that exhibits the works from the studios of two young and discerning women is on in the Capital that started off on 13 October. Delhi based artist Pallavi Singh’s series Desire to be Desired explores her observations of male vanity and the conditions that feed it. Punctuating the generation of the millennial is easier and faster access to information resulting in renewed socialisation and an increased interest in one’s self-image. Singh breaks away from the stereotype by focusing on the urban male to whom fashion and grooming are an important norm. A middle–aged potbellied bald man is her choice of protagonist, comically represented fussing over his physical appearance. The comment is intended to be both realistic and ironic, with Singh ensuring that the viewer steps aside from the work wearing a smile. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Soghra Khurasani’s from Baroda work is about freedom of thought and draws from a deep angst against unjust social and religious prescriptions. Her large-scale prints are compositions dominated by red: a colour that she feels expresses her rage and despair at the redundant injunctions imposed on common people. By morphing cells of blood into roses through valleys and volcanoes, her art posits the bittersweet moments. Khurasani’s current series Silent Landscapes reveals a resistance to violence and the telling impact of its trauma in rows, swirls and circles that inform the viewer of a never-ending cycle of repression and defiance.last_img read more