HOME & GARDEN
November 2, 2013 |
After 11 years of married life in Paris, my French husband and I divorced. I packed up our two kids and returned to my native California, to Los Angeles - a place I considered not so much a city as a motorized less-than. No cafe-lined grands boulevards where the chic could stroll and discuss philosophy, just plenty of strip malls filled with doughnut shops and nail salons where regulars carped about traffic and cellphone service. But my kids needed to keep up their French, and L.A. had not one but at least two French schools, so I anticipated the positives.
November 2, 2013 |
For most of the years since 1933, UCLA baseball players have peered into the stands at their home field and smiled at their usual assortment of fans. Moms, dads and girlfriends for sure. But many times, they also nod to disheveled retired Marines, ex-Navy officers with oak-leaf "scrambled eggs" on their caps and proud veterans still wearing camouflage. "When I was there in the '60s, watching us was an outlet for veterans," former Bruins first baseman Rick Ganulin recalled.
October 28, 2013 |
James Costos, the U.S. ambassador to Spain, was called on the Foreign Ministry carpet Monday to be informed of the Madrid government's anger over reports that U.S. intelligence spied on 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone. His counterpart in Paris, Ambassador Charles Rivkin, had his turn in the diplomatic hot seat a week earlier, when the French foreign minister summoned him to address similar reports of massive U.S. surveillance of French communications. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, upon hearing reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had been monitoring her personal cellphone calls as recently as 2010, went straight to the top, venting her ire directly to President Obama.
October 24, 2013 |
Human nature being what it is, people are going to have extramarital and intra-office affairs, and no amount of warning from friends, Scriptures or made-for-cable movies will prevent them. But anyone in a position of power to hire and fire is inviting more than just personal trouble when getting involved with an employee. That's especially true when the affair involves an elected official and an aide. Residents want to know that the staffers trying to solve their problems are being promoted or demoted based on their policy expertise, not because of their fling with the boss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 |
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said Tuesday that his extramarital relationship with a former aide was a "huge mistake" but added that he expects voters will judge him on his accomplishments. Huizar attended his first council meeting since his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy, filed a lawsuit accusing him of waging a campaign of sexual harassment and retaliation against her. Running for a third four-year term in the March 2015 election, Huizar has called Godoy's allegations false while also confirming he had an "occasional and consensual" relationship with her. PHOTOS: Political sex scandals "I made a huge mistake when it comes to the relationship I had with this woman," said Huizar, standing in a stairwell near the council chamber.
October 15, 2013 |
Rielle Hunter is sorry. Very, very sorry. Extremely, lots of, super sorry. And then some. Because that's how sorry you have to be when it's years after the fact? Hunter, infamous for her affair with then-presidential hopeful John Edwards, an affair that started in 2006 and was uncovered in 2007, has a book coming out, "In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me. " To mark the occasion she wrote an essay for Huffington Post admitting her regrets.