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June 9, 2012
During her research for "The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times," Arlie Russell Hochschild found ads for people who will take care of a loved one's grave or pose as a mom or grandma who can be "rented. " Here are a few other unusual professionals for hire: • The Nameologist: It can seem like a big deal to name a baby, and for parents worried about getting just the right moniker, a nameologist will step in. Are Mikes impatient? Stephanies lacking in self-confidence?
March 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
While other television executives have often viewed new technologies and platforms with fear and trepidation, Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney embraced them. Sweeney, who announced Tuesday that she is leaving Disney next January after 18 years to pursue a career in television directing, recognized before many other media executives that viewing habits were going to change rapidly in the 21st century. In 2005, Disney and ABC were the first to reach an agreement to sell TV shows via Apple's iTunes . At the time, there was fear that such a move could hurt ratings and upend the television business model, which is based primarily on revenue from advertising and rerun sales.
December 20, 2009 | By Lewis Segal >>>
Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, impatient dancers, choreographers, critics and audience members all hoped that a new breed of innovators would appear to transform theatrical dance the way that Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev radically renewed and updated classical ballet in the first decade of the 20th. We're still waiting. Where are the bold, young choreographers creating imperishable dances, the adventuresome composers and designers venturing off the middle of the road?
March 6, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Tuna, a Chiweenie with an overbite and more than 700,000 followers on Instagram, was there. So were Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Beethoven, Marley, Toto and several other dogs of renown. The canine A-list had gathered in Hollywood in February to celebrate one of their own. Yes, they had also come because their trainers were tossing bits of hot dog onto the red carpet, but really, the main attraction was Mr. Peabody, the hyper-intelligent, time-traveling beagle from the 1960s cartoon shorts "Peabody's Improbable History," who was getting his paw prints enshrined at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
November 3, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The Torrance Police Department unveiled a new forensics laboratory last week, filled with state-of-the-art equipment that officials said would expedite their analysis of evidence and better assist with investigations. Dozens of civic leaders, community members and law enforcement officials gathered at the Police Department to tour the new $1.5-million facility - a bright, gleaming space filled with cameras, computer screens and "CSI"-reminiscent machines with names such as the "fingerprint chamber.
March 7, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
To reinvent the madcap look of "Alice in Wonderland" for the 21st century, Tim Burton turned to longtime collaborator Colleen Atwood. The costume designer, nominated eight times in the Academy Awards, took time out from working in Venice on her next film, "The Tourist," to talk about how she re-dressed the characters (the cast is led by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway) in the early Victorian tale, starting with Alice and her famous blue frock. The new Alice is 19 years old, and she's not the typical frilly Disney character.
December 29, 2000
In spite of all the celebrations a year ago, we are just now entering the 21st century. Interestingly enough, on Jan. 1, 2001, the date itself gives us a clue, if one applies a bit of mathematical analysis: 01/01/01 looks like a binary number, which is the language of computers. The decimal equivalent of the binary number 010101 is 21. Coincidence? RAY UHLER Tustin
April 17, 2009 | Marc Lifsher and Martin Zimmerman
Two of Southern California's biggest insurance companies are joining forces to create the state's largest auto insurer, at the same time throwing a financial lifeline to troubled insurance giant American International Group Inc. AIG agreed to sell its 21st Century Insurance subsidiary for $1.9 billion to Farmers Insurance Group of Los Angeles, itself a unit of Zurich Financial Services of Switzerland.
June 12, 2011 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
As the sun rises over this lonely land, turning snowy Montana mountaintops a startling pink, the little school bus is already miles into its morning mission. For an hour and a half, the door swings open at the end of gravel driveways and country road intersections, gathering children one and two at a time until there are nine — the entire student body of Spring Creek School. Perched atop a hill, not far from where Gen. George Crook battled Crazy Horse in the 1876 Battle of the Rosebud, tiny Spring Creek is one of only 200 one-room public schoolhouses left in America.
July 21, 2010 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The allure of ants may escape most people, but Uncle Milton Industries Inc. has based decades of success on the creatures. The Westlake Village toy maker is famed for inventing the ant farm in 1956 as well as other playthings in the science-and-nature niche. Uncle Milton's Ant Farm is so popular and has spawned so many imitators that company President Frank Adler may be only half joking when he says: "We do supply the ants from a secret source; we'd tell you but then we'd have to kill you. ... Competition is always seeking out that information."
March 4, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday paid emotional tribute to “these brave Ukrainians” who stood up to autocracy -- some at the cost of their lives -- in the deadly culmination of a three-month rebellion that drove President Viktor Yanukovich into Russian exile. Picking his way through the piles of firewood, scrap metal, bricks and tires mounded on Independence Square and nearby thoroughfares, Kerry laid flowers at shrines to the dozens killed in the final days of the uprising that caused Yanukovich to flee after agreeing to a government of national unity and early elections.
March 4, 2014 | By David Horsey
Russia seems to have learned little in the 160 years since the Crimean War. Launching ships and sending armies to grab land may work in the short term, but there are always negative consequences that bring big regrets later. In 1853, Russia's man in charge was Czar Nicholas I, who hoped to take advantage of the weakening Ottoman Empire and expand Russian power and influence around the Black Sea and beyond. In 1853, using the pretext of protecting Orthodox Christians in the Ottoman-controlled Holy Land, Russia went to war and quickly destroyed the Ottoman fleet.
February 15, 2014
Re "His sights are set on governorship," Feb. 12 Apparently, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly - a Republican gubernatorial candidate - thinks we're still fighting the Redcoats, judging by his shooting at an image of a zombie dressed as an 18th century British soldier. We made peace with the British a long time ago. Our enemies today are unemployment, poverty, environmental damage and substance abuse. If Donnelly wishes to be governor, he needs to redirect his high horse and gallivant into the 21st century.
February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Outside Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the once and future home of "The Tonight Show," the smell of fresh paint and sawdust fills the air. Visitors to one of the last tapings of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" are led up a back staircase by an NBC page, winding carefully past dusty drop cloths and dumpsters piled with construction waste. FOR THE RECORD: Jimmy Fallon: A Feb. 16 article about new "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon said that the program was returning to the same NBC New York studio where it resided for its first 15 years before Johnny Carson took the show to Burbank.
February 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
If you're launching a new sport in this country and hope people will watch, there's one thing you definitely don't want: its biggest potential star to drop out just before the competition begins. And there's one thing you definitely do want: big wins from charismatic Americans. Slopestyle, the new sport that sounds like a rapper and looks like a mountainside version of your local mall parking lot, managed both at the Sochi Olympics. As NBC has tried to drum up interest in the new event, it has ridden ups and downs as steep and unpredictable as those in slopestyle itself.
February 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Media company 21st Century Fox's fiscal second-quarter profit dropped 12%, largely because big-ticket feature films landed with a thud at the box office and singing competitions on the Fox TV network have been hitting sour notes. Fox's once-formidable "American Idol" no longer is invincible. The softer "Idol" ratings, and thus lower ad sales, contributed to Fox executives warning Wall Street on Thursday that its full-year earnings would not be as robust as initially thought. Weakness at Los Angeles film studio 20th Century Fox has put an even bigger drag on the company's bottom line.
December 25, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Don't think that Gina Marie Lindsey is up in an ivory control tower. This week, the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports will be joining an estimated 2.6 million passengers in the Christmas/New Year's scrum at LAX, on her own holiday travels. In 2007, the woman who once ran Seattle's airport was appointed to run L.A.'s by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In October, Mayor Eric Garcetti decided to keep Lindsey on to, in her words, "continue to push this" - Los Angeles International Airport - forward.
November 11, 2013 | Wire reports
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he's appalled by Jonathan Martin 's allegations of daily harassment by teammates. Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday and that he has been in touch with the tackle through text messages. "I'd like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening," Ross said.
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