May 11, 2012
Two new government studies show young people are still putting themselves at risk for skin cancer by getting sunburned and going to indoor tanning beds. One study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that half of those aged 18 to 29 had at least one sunburn it the past year, though they were increasingly using sunscreen, seeking shade and wearing protective clothing. The other study by the National Cancer Institute found 32 percent of those 18 to 21 were going to indoor tanning salons and 30 percent of those 22 to 25 were.
February 17, 2012
It appears Sen. Jamie Raskin, the Montgomery County senator who is sponsoring legislation that would ban minors from using commercial tanning beds, does not have much faith in American teenagers, their parents or the proprietors of tanning salons. Tanning booths are all timed for 10, 15, or 20 minutes depending on the chosen tanning booth and are set by the proprietor. There are even instructions for setting the bed for 2 to 3 minutes to enable one to work their way up to the longer times.
February 1, 2012
I came away from Wednesday's "State of the Ravens" news conference at The Castle with one thought: Don't you wish, Steve Bisciotti would open up a little? OK, I'm kidding. Who's better at these things than the Ravens' owner? He sits up there with Dick Cass and Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh for an hour and patiently answers every question. And here's the thing: Bisciotti doesn't just tell you what he thinks. He practically opens a vein and tells you what he's feeling, too. No wonder everyone in the NFL wants to play for him. Heck, if I didn't like what I did, I'd be firing off a resume to the big lug myself, begging him for a job. Or at least a ride on his yacht.
October 29, 2011
George Hamilton just wants a cup of coffee, that's all. But a small obstacle confounds the handsome, supernaturally tanned actor in his Tulsa, Okla., hotel room — the coffee maker. "This is a whole new experience for me," he says by phone. "I'm 72 years old. It's about time I learned how to do this. Hold on a minute. " Vague clanking sounds can be heard, for more than a minute. "It doesn't look like coffee," Hamilton says when he gets back on the line. "It's just sugar and milk and warm water.
September 14, 2011
AKA: Why Anderson should have just stuck with CNN. I'm beginning to question why exactly Anderson Cooper decided to do a daytime talk show (other than money). He's a respected journalist. Has been for awhile. But spray-tanning with Snooki for "Anderson"? Who's idea was this? It's perfectly fine to do something fun and irreverent, but this is a pretty lame attempt at filing space in a talk show. We all know Cooper's a pop culture junkie (NeNe Leakes: on speed dial!
March 29, 2011
It's the Year of the Tiger — not according to the Chinese lunar calendar, but in the world of publishing. "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua has made waves with an account of super-striving Chinese parenting. "The Tiger's Wife," a first novel by Tea Obreht, appeared on the cover of The New York Times Book Review this month. And now there's "A Tiger in the Kitchen," Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan's account of returning to her native Singapore to learn cooking, family history and a bit about herself.