March 30, 2013
Re "High-speed rail's strongest backers have concerns," March 27 It is time to put a bullet into California's bullet train. What is the justification, in the present difficult economy, to build a staggeringly expensive rail line that only a small percentage of the people will ever use and, according to this article, likely won't be a true high-speed system? The state should instead take a fraction of the $68 billion for this project and upgrade airports and highways. In the long term, California should invest in research to develop a cost-effective high-speed transportation system for the 21st century.
February 19, 2013 |
No art form is more sensitive to social media than television. Over the years, shows as disparate as "Grey's Anatomy," "Mad Men" and "The Colbert Report" widened and intensified their fan bases through Twitter, Facebook, network websites and YouTube, making devotion just as important as ratings in defining a show's success. But there can be a dark side to this intensity; a fan's feeling of ownership can erupt in vitriolic hysteria when a beloved character is killed or an episode doesn't deliver - the social-media furor over the first season finale of "The Killing" almost got the show canceled.
January 30, 2013 |
Traffic has been spiking for our 2010 photo gallery on Frank Gehry's Schnabel House, the Brentwood landmark whose owner set out to "take this gorgeous piece of art that happens to be a home" and give the 1980s design some 21st century technology -- all with Gehry's blessing. PHOTOS: Frank Gehry's Schnabel House Blame the flu that has hampered L.A. at Home all month, because we missed the news the first time around: As reported by our colleague Lauren Beale on Jan. 7, the Schnabel House has sold for $9.5 million -- thus explaining the sudden interest in our gallery and the appearance of Times photographer Lawrence K. Ho's pictures on other blogs (uncredited, ahem)
January 9, 2013 |
Thank you, GQ, for delivering a whole lot of Beyonce, just as we're prepping to see, well, a whole lot of Beyonce. The singer rocks her fabulous curves on the mag's February cover as the first of its 100 sexiest women of the 21st century. And we gotta ask, she had a baby? With that body? The 31-year-old's tiny, sporty crop top and red-and-black leopard-print panties cannot tell a lie (though of course retouching can fib a little). And yes, Rihanna set the bar high on the December GQ cover wearing less on the bottom, but Queen B doesn't have to share the spotlight with Channing Tatum and Ben Affleck.
January 9, 2013 |
What's the future of L.A.'s economy? That's a question that should be at the center of this year's mayoral campaign. Key to that discussion should be recognition that Los Angeles, despite all its economic problems, is an increasingly prominent home to the next generation of technology companies that will drive the digital revolution in the 21st century. Los Angeles' tech awakening is unfolding in a slice of territory - dubbed "Silicon Beach," which initially referred to Venice and Santa Monica and then expanded to Hollywood and downtown - where established giants such as Google and Apple have opened offices and where some 500 newcomer ventures have taken root.
January 1, 2013 |
It's just a parade, after all, a once-a-year parade, so in the grand scheme of things, the Tournament of Roses Parade doesn't matter - until it does. And it does. There's a paradox at the core of Pasadena's pretty street party. What began in 1890 as Pasadena's way of flaunting its midwinter pleasures became an internationally televised civic institution. Be careful what you wish for, and all that. PHOTOS: The Rose Parade through the years When the world began watching, this parade - more puritanical than Mardi Gras, more glamorous than Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons - turned into the face of all of Southern California, and thus it came not to be regarded as Pasadena's private shindig any more.
December 30, 2012
If a law enforcement agency wants to examine your snail mail or the contents of your computer hard drive, it must obtain a search warrant, which means it must convince a judge that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. But no warrant is required to obtain email or documents you have stored in a computer "cloud" so long as they are 180 days old. That would have changed under legislation recently approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee at the behest of its chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.)
December 27, 2012 |
Junior's Deli, which has been serving pastrami and other deli fare on L.A.'s Westside since 1959, will close at the end of the year. Employees, some of them multi-decade veterans of the business, learned Wednesday of the comfort food haven's impending shutdown, a casualty of a rent dispute over the 11,000-square-foot space. "It's catastrophic for me," said David Saul, who co-owns the business with his brother, John. "I'm at a loss. It's like I'm grieving a death. " The Sauls' father, Marvin, launched the delicatessen after a failed stint as a uranium miner in Utah.
December 25, 2012
Santa's not the only one who makes lists. As we reflect on 2012, we too have thoughts about who should look forward to a cheerful holiday morning and who deserves a lump of coal. Below, The Times' reflections on who's been naughty and who's been nice. Merry Christmas! NICE Duncan Hosie, a gay freshman at Princeton University, was more than nice. He was brave and decent. Hosie offered Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a lesson in civility when he respectfully questioned the justice about his inflammatory comments comparing homosexuality to bigamy, incest and bestiality.
December 23, 2012 |
A Possible Life A Novel in Five Parts Sebastian Faulks Henry Holt: 304 pp. $25 -- In the wake of bestselling, highly praised historical tales such as "Birdsong" and "Charlotte Gray," Sebastian Faulks has been hailed as one of those authors who straddles art and commerce -- which may be another way of saying he belongs to neither camp entirely. We should not be surprised, then, that his latest book, "A Possible Life," gravitates between poles of its own. At first blush, it is a collection of five longish short stories, self-containable, not obviously related, ranging in era from early 19th century France to futuristic Italy.