The title character in the Oscar-winning foreign language film "Tsotsi" (Miramax, 4 stars) is a predator in the shantytown jungle that grows outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. He awakens each day in his one-room shack, built atop another shack, with really only one thought on his mind - he must rob somebody.
That is how Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) survives. That is how he and his small band of teenage thugs get by. Sometimes they kill, too. There's no thought put into it, no overt decision. It is like breathing: They rob, they prey upon the weak and sometimes, inhale, they kill.
A new medical device is helping doctors diagnose cancerous lesions in
the lungs' periphery that they couldn't reach with traditional
bronchoscopy, according to a Peoria, Ill., pulmonologist.
SuperDimension Bronchus, this new diagnostic tool is described by its
Israeli manufacturer as a "global positioning system" for the lungs.
The device uses electromagnetic and imaging technology and a unique
steerable catheter to probe tiny vessels. This electromagnetic-guided
system provides doctors with 3-D images as the probe makes its way
through the lung's narrow passageways.
Why is it that many of us in the 50-and-over crowd are the worst-dressed people in America? Look around you. Take notes. Fashion stylist and costume designer Sherrie Mathieson did and felt she had to write a book about her fellow baby boomers and their lack of fashion sense.
Perhaps it is best to begin at the end, since the 1760 acid trip "The
Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" by the sly and bawdy
clergyman Laurence Sterne ends at the beginning, with the birth of
Sterne died in 1768, barely eight years after he'd
begun reaping his literary fortunes. It was David Garrick who wrote his
epitaph: "Shall Pride a heap of Sculptur'd Marble raise, / Some
unmourn'd, worthless titled Fool to praise? / And shall we not by one
poor Grave-stone learn / Where Humor, wit and Genius sleep with Sterne?"
This week brings three movies in which their main characters lead
debauched lives that ultimately result in their undoing and, in at
least two of their cases, tragically shortened lives. The third is pure
The movies are the darkly comic hit-man thriller "The
Matador," the wildly scandalous "The Libertine" and the morbidly
As Toyota, Honda and Nissan get serious about the subcompact car
segment, Hyundai is rolling with its third-generation Accent sedan and
a soon-to-be-released three-door hatchback.
These little cars
were once viewed as tin-can deathtraps in the land of 2 1/2-ton SUVs,
but $3-a-gallon gasoline has changed that for many drivers. And with
the revival in these cars, the automakers have substantially increased
the safety margin.
When it comes to pulling on your pants this summer, you'd better start
thinking skinny. Forget the flare of gauchos and those long, pleated
skirts. Now's the time to take a deep breath and suck it in for the
sake of one of the newest fashion trends that's sure to be around
through summer and into fall: the skinny silhouette of pants.
with jeans - one of the hottest looks and a classic fashion essential
found in almost everyone's closet. But don't speed up the treadmill
just yet. You don't have to be skinny to wear "skinny," according to
Caroline Calvin, senior vice president of Levi's global creative
design. "The skinny jean is about a look, not a waistline," she says.
When you get an invitation to a summer wedding, the heat is on. The
burning question? What am I going to wear? (No, not "do I really have
to go to this?" Of course you do!)
"You put away what you really
think and dress to repress. Er, respect," says Kimberly Bonnell, author
of "What to Wear: A Style Handbook" (St. Martin's Griffin; $12.95), and
an online style pro. After all, most couples getting married these days
are very tuned in to their guests' reluctance to attend a long,
drawn-out ceremony, so they're throwing some great parties to celebrate
their nuptials with family and friends.
The trouble with the romantic comedy "Failure to Launch" (Paramount, 3
stars) is that right away a sizable audience is alienated.
are the adult males who still live at home - they won't go see the
movie because they would have to pay for it. There are the parents of
the adult males who still live at home - they just won't find it funny.
There are the girlfriends of adult males who still live at home - they
just don't exist.
Carbon fiber, volcanic ash and Kevlar might seem odd ingredients for a
tire, but Goodyear has called on that recipe to improve grip and
handling in some of its tires.
Representatives from the tire
maker were in San Diego recently to run service employees and the media
through tests of two new tires, the Eagle ResponsEdge performance
touring tire and the Fortera TripleTred for minivans and SUVs.
Fast food: two simple, alliterative words that tend to conjure the alluring aroma and tasty promise of cheeseburgers and french fries in all their greasy glory. But fried foods at places like McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy's and In-N-Out Burger are not only contributing to America's obesity epidemic, they're also loaded with trans-fatty acids - trans fats, for short - which eventually clog arteries the way a towel plugs a toilet.
You may not consider yourself a follower of fashion trends, but chances are you do have something red, white and blue in your wardrobe. Our country's favorite colors wave in patriotic patterned T-shirts, star-speckled visors and flag-inspired flip-flops. And you don't have to wait until the Fourth of July to show off your stars and stripes - from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans are proud to wear our country's colors, not only on national holidays but any day in between.
A new ultrasound medical device promises a more efficient way to
provide extra screening of women at risk for breast cancer, according
to a physician testing the new device at OSF St. Francis Centers for
Breast Health in Peoria, Ill.
Dr. Jessica A. Guingrich, medical
director at the center, said trial of the device, the SomoVu, began
Q: We have a screened-in porch we would like to turn into a sort of semi-outdoor Great Room. I guess our main question is what kind of porch furniture, outdoor fabrics, and such make the most sense in an outdoor room like this?
A: You will be surprised at the options now brought to you by modern technology, such as, sunproof and rainproof fabrics with the softness you'd expect to find in a living room ( www.sunbrella.com); weather-resisting finishes you can apply yourself (like Scotchgard Mold & Mildew Block spray-on);
In a building at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego,
scientists are taking giant steps toward creating the world's first HIV
On June 5, the researchers unveiled a $2.2 million
machine called CrystalMation. The device, which can rapidly screen
protein molecules, will vastly accelerate the search for powerful
antibodies against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The announcement came on the 25th anniversary of the first medical
description of the condition later known as acquired immune deficiency
Two medical researchers at the University of Illinois College of
Medicine at Peoria are peering into the black box at a disaster scene.
They are searching for clues not to reconstruct the cause of a plane
crash, but for the elusive markers that pre-date diagnosis of a disease
shrouded with unknowns. Rheumatoid arthritis: no clear, direct cause;
no clear, direct treatment.