CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2011 |
The grill is sizzling by the time Clarita Trujillo of Tacos Clarita steps onto the sidewalk. She's got her apron on, her lips painted red, and she's ready to cook. " Orale, muchachos !" she tells a few boys who roll past on skateboards. "Behave yourself. Or what's your mom going to say? "Come here and taste my enchiladas. They're good for you. " Trujillo will talk to anyone along Huntington Drive in El Sereno — to Doña Ana, Doña Juanita and Doña Lupita, to the bakers, the shop owners and the street sweepers.
September 9, 2011 |
A major cyber-attack in Europe that apparently was launched from Iran has revealed significant vulnerabilities in the Internet security systems used to authenticate websites for banking, email and e-commerce around the world. The attack this summer wreaked havoc in the Netherlands, where the justice minister on Sunday warned the public that the only secure way to communicate with the Dutch government was with pen, paper and fax machine. The digital assault compromised a Dutch company called DigiNotar, which issues digital certificates, computer code that assures browsers that a website is what it appears to be. The certificates also encrypt communications between the user and the site so they can't be intercepted.
September 8, 2011 |
In Venice, Italy, friends who've met in the street will go off to drink un ombra , slang for a small glass of wine. That's the name of a new Italian restaurant that opened quietly a few months ago in Studio City. Chef-owner Michael J. Young is crazy enough about wine that he's taken courses at UCLA to learn more about it. He also picked up a lot about Italian wine working as sous chef under Angelo Auriana at Valentino way back when and with Celestino Drago at Drago Santa Monica.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2011 |
Investigators are refusing to return a purported Rembrandt drawing that was stolen from an auction at an upscale hotel and then recovered last month, citing questions about the authenticity and ownership of the piece. The artwork was reported stolen from an exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey on Aug. 13. Two days later, it was recovered when someone dropped it off at a priest's office at a church in Encino — an act whose motivation remains a mystery. The Times reported previously that there were questions about whether the small pen-and-ink drawing was really the work of the 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, as its owner, the Bay Area-based Linearis Institute, claimed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2011 |
A contentious hearing on Monday over a massive rock quarry proposed near Temecula drew hundreds of people and sparked a heated exchange between mining officials and representative of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The Riverside County Planning Commission adjourned the hearing about 8:15 p.m. after a 10-hour session that included a host of speakers from both sides of the debate. A vote is scheduled Aug. 31. Granite Construction of Watsonville has proposed a 414-acre rock quarry operation on a mountain that looms over Interstate 15, a peak the Pechanga say is within one of the most sacred sites for all Luiseno people.
August 11, 2011 |
Want to be authentic? Good luck! These days it takes deliberate effort, focus, even a long-term commitment to change. This might sound surprising to those of you who associate authenticity with just being yourself, but misconceptions about authenticity abound, not least among them the idea that it comes naturally to everyone. Then again, I'm referring not to the traditional definition of authenticity, but its expanded contemporary definition. Call it "aw, shucks authenticity. " Instead of "true to one's own personality, spirit or character" (Webster's words)
July 4, 2011 |
Kim Kardashian's butt is real. Some haters said it was fake. To prove them wrong, she had a doctor take X-rays to show that it was implant-free. Odd as it sounds, when a symbol of trumped-up celebrity has a part of her anatomy authenticated, it's a perfect expression of Americanness. So, on this Fourth of July, I'm adding Kim Kardashian's butt to the list of the things I celebrate. Americans have a complicated relationship with authenticity. We celebrate our national ability to reinvent our lives, to leave the past behind or get a makeover , but we simultaneously bemoan the absence of an authentic American culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2011 |
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is proposing that the city require BB-gun replicas of actual firearms to be brightly colored so that police officers don't mistake them for real weapons. The proposal, which the Los Angeles Police Commission will consider Tuesday, comes after two shootings involving officers and people with replica weapons, including one in which a teenager was wounded. Under the new rule, all such toys sold inLos Angeles would have the "entire exterior surface of the device white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink or bright purple.
May 29, 2011 |
In the brand-conscious world of networks, there's one cable outlet that needs a therapist — and maybe a referee, a lawyer and an urgent-care doctor. You don't need to consult the DSM-IV to learn that truTV exhibits a split personality. The more conventional side, the one that comes out during daylight hours, tends to be fairly straightforward and focuses mainly on live coverage of criminal and civil trials. But by late afternoon and into the dark hours of the night, the cable network notably transforms.