CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 |
Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. "God made us male and female," said Dobson, expressing distaste for California's groundbreaking new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and play on the sports teams of the gender they identify with.
May 13, 2012 |
Singer and actress Julie Andrews has listed the Brentwood house she owned with her late husband, director and screenwriter Blake Edwards , for $2.649 million. Less than a month after coming on the market, the tidy white home with gray shutters is already in escrow. The traditional-style house features a family room and living room with French doors opening to a fanciful garden that appears to be "practically perfect in every way" to borrow a phrase from "Mary Poppins. " The formal dining room has a cathedral ceiling and glass walls.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009 |
Personal trainer Bob Harper of "The Biggest Loser" has purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills at the slimmed-down price of $2.9 million. The single-story midcentury-style home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in about 2,600 square feet and sits on a cul-de-sac. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-plan living and dining room reveal canyon, city lights and ocean views beyond the swimming pool. There are also views from the master bedroom and the large windows in the kitchen, which opens to a breakfast bar. Harper has been the Blue Team leader on the NBC weight-loss show (2004-present)
August 8, 2010 |
Built in the wooded canyon area of Malibu's Serra Retreat, this home combines the appeal of a contemporary loft with the rustic exterior look of a Hamptons barn, using floor-to-ceiling sliding glass pocket doors in many rooms to create an indoor-outdoor environment. Designed by Los Angeles architect Michael Kovac, the house was built around a silk floss tree that shades the patio by the pool. The interior design was by Vanessa Alexander, who owns the home with her husband, Steve Alexander, a film producer.
October 1, 2010 |
Like Goldilocks searching for the perfect perch, Dong Yu tested one seat after another in the glitzy showroom. Some were too pricey, others too fussy. Then he found one that was just right. "You've got to try this," he shouted to his wife, to the delight of a fawning saleswoman. "This one's really comfortable. " The seat in question was a $400 toilet made by Japan-based Toto Ltd. Dong and his wife had just bought a 2,200-square-foot apartment in a tony section of China's capital and were prepared to splurge on a pair of eye-catching commodes.
June 21, 1989 |
A 16-year-old Oklahoma girl gave birth today in the bathroom of a Senate office building while the group she was with toured the Capitol. "Last I heard she was doing fine," Capitol Police spokesman Dan Nichols said. "She walked out of the bathroom carrying the baby." Nichols said the Blanchard, Okla., girl, whose name was not released, went into a bathroom on the ground floor of the Senate Dirksen office building about 8 a.m. and gave birth. The group's chaperon, Don Grabbe, and Debora Brooke, a Capitol Police sergeant, helped deliver the 4-pound, 5-ounce baby boy.
October 25, 2012 |
Writer-director David Trueba strips his characters bare, figuratively and literally, in the language-driven two-hander "Madrid, 1987," which uses a May-December pairing to explore a moment of intense transition for Spain. The actors give their characters a resonance beyond the symbolic, but the action doesn't quite transcend the stagy setup. That action, most of which transpires in a locked bathroom, takes place over 24 hours during a heat wave. Veteran columnist Miguel (José Sacristán)
June 28, 2009 |
A fusion of classic Venetian style and modern convenience can be found in Villa Allegra, a Hollywood Hills mansion with custom details including an oak-and-limestone-striped floor in the kitchen and laser-cut design work in the travertine tiles of the boudoir. Built by owner Richard Tuil, a designer and architect, the house was constructed in stages from 2003 to 2009. It is split into four levels, with the upper floor set up for entertaining.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1992 |
In a videotape played for jurors Tuesday, Maria del Rosio Alfaro told sheriff's investigators that she repeatedly stabbed a 9-year-old girl to death to eliminate her as a witness to a robbery. Prosecutors said Autumn Wallace was stabbed 50 times in the bathroom of the Anaheim home that she shared with her mother and older sister, neither of whom was at home during the attack on June 15, 1990.