CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998
It seems that we have a simple choice here: Is it preferable to kill business (by banning smoking in bars) or to kill people (with secondhand smoke)? ANN CURTIS Torrance
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- One of San Diego's more infamous sex criminals, due to be released from prison after serving 25 years behind bars, will instead stand trial to determine if he remains a "sexual predator" and should be kept at a state mental hospital. That was the decision Thursday by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Louis Hanoian after a hearing involving convicted rapist Alvin Quarles, who had been set for release from prison. Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis and Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred are attempting to keep Quarles from being released.
February 3, 2012 |
To be a football fan in Los Angeles is by necessity to root for someone other than your hometown team. So wandering tribes of sunburned Bostonians and homesick New Yorkers need to find a friendly place to party this Super Bowl weekend, when the Giants play the Patriots in a rematch of their 2008 Super Bowl. No dog in this fight? Then any old watering hole will do. But if you want to re-create the bluster of your favorite Northeastern pigskin rivalry, a select number of spots across the Southland have you covered.
October 31, 2012 |
BARS PERSEVERE: If ever a New Yorker needed a drink , it'd be now. After Hurricane Sandy inundated the New York region, many businesses still face power outages. Some of the best bars in some of the hardest-hit areas are finding ways to open, including Julie Reiner's Clover Club in Brooklyn, Mother's Ruin in Nolita, and Dutch Kills in Long Island City. [Examiner.com] THE AFTERMATH: More of the bars and restaurants that have reopened in New York. [Grub Street] SURVIVAL SKILLS: Tips on food to keep or throw out after a power outage.
April 22, 2011 |
Celebrities spend a lot of time in bars and restaurants, and many of them seem compelled to eventually own one. Drawing a crowd is certainly easier with a big name attached, but why would a famous actor or musician want the hassle? Tax write-off? Vanity project? Most likely, hospitality is in the DNA of any great entertainer. "For people in the industry, a big part of the draw is working with creative minds, so an obvious perk is enjoying that off the clock. Think back to the Rat Pack — the idea of powerhouses in a protected space at a table for drinks and great food.
February 21, 2010
When Kenneth Hartman was 19, he came across a drifter in a Long Beach park and, for no particular reason, beat him to death. For that 1980 murder, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. There, Hartman proved himself to be the kind of aggressive, violent man society is relieved to have behind bars. He was big and pumped iron to get bigger; he did drugs; he got thrown into solitary; he fought, brutalized and stabbed his enemies. It's hard to say what's more remarkable: that he eventually turned away from all that, or that he is able to write about it with such clarity and grace.