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Solar eclipse glasses in short supply

By John Keilman/Chicago TribuneNot long ago, it seemed to Melissa Larson that solar eclipse glasses were everywhere - at the Walmart, the Best Buy and all over the Internet. Surely she could take her time before she and her husband left for Southern Illinois to catch a prime view of this rare cosmic phenomenon.But a few weeks later, her confidence vanished. Store after store was sold out, and websites were demanding a pirate’s ransom for the glasses - if they had them at all.So Larson, of...

Think you know ‘Carmen’? Think again, as LA Opera stages an eye- and ear-opening experience

While the Dodgers were continuing their losing ways Saturday at Chavez Ravine, across the freeway at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion the Los Angeles Opera was hitting it out of the park with a marvelous season-opening performance of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.”The production stars Puerto Rican mezzo soprano Ana Maria Martinez as the fiery Gypsy temptress; Italian tenor Ricardo Massi (making his LA Opera debut) as Don José the man she ensnares in her web; and Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov as...

Mom and Dad Get Tattoos to Match Their Son's Cochlear Implants: 'We Got Our Ears On'

Headlines by Maya Chung3:50 PM EDT, September 12, 2017Playing Mom and Dad Get Tattoos to Match Their Son's Cochlear Implants: 'We Got Our Ears On' These Kentucky parents never want their son, who was born unable to hear, to feel left out.Hope Higgins and her husband, Jacob, first noticed something was wrong when their son Connor wasn’t making the normal baby sounds and rarely made eye contact when they spoke to him.Read: Blind...