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November 21, 2009
For wine lovers with a sense of humor and a taste for the modern, this bird decanter -- a new arrival at the Los Angeles store Fitzsu -- is a welcome change in the way one might aerate a favorite red. The profile suggests Scandinavian design, but the piece is actually mouth-blown glass from Italy. Think fun and functional: The low, wide bowl benefits younger vintages that need more room to breathe, and the shape of the piece allows for graceful handling and serving. Simply straddle your index and middle fingers around its leg and cradle the bowl in the palm of your hand, then pour.
April 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An albino variety of California kingsnake popular in the pet trade has infested the Canary Islands, decimating native bird, mammal and lizard species that have had no time to evolve evasive patterns in what was once a stable ecology northwest of Africa. Unchecked by natural predators, the kingsnake population has exploded, say U.S. Geological Survey biologists helping the Spanish archipelago attempt to control the highly adaptive and secretive predators. "The kingsnakes in question are from a species found in San Diego and bred in captivity," said Robert Fisher, a research biologist with the USGS.
July 12, 2010
Bann Restaurant Where: 623 S. Western Ave. (at Wilshire Boulevard), Los Angeles. When: Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Happy hour, 4 to 7 p.m. daily. Cost: Starters, $8 each or three for $21; starters for sharing, $10 to $21; barbecue items, $18 to $27; traditional entrees, $18 to $28; hot pots, $22; rice and noodle dishes, $5 to $18; soups and stews, $12 to $18; dessert, $6 to $8. Info: (213)
April 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence and her beau Nicholas Hoult are out and about, capturing the attention of photographers in London with their cuteness.  Except the Oscar-winning actress doesn't think being hounded by shutterbugs is oh-so-adorable. The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" star gave the finger to a legion of paparazzi following her and her costar as they finished up a date in London. The usually goofy 23-year-old was photographed flipping the bird and wearing a supremely disgruntled expression while sitting in the back of a pink cab Thursday, E!
January 31, 2010
IMPERIAL, CALIF. Salton Sea International Bird Festival When, where: Feb. 11-14, Imperial Valley College plus various field locations Highlights: See as many as 100 bird species a day at the Salton Sea and the Pacific Flyway. Events include a marsh bird symposium, expert-led tours, seminars, workshops and a learning area for children. Cost: $100 for all scheduled events, or $25 to $50 per event Info: www.newriverwetlands .com/saltonsea2010.
December 31, 2012 | By Scarlet Cheng
The wealthy and well-connected lives of the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg have drawn capacity crowds to Sunnylands , their estate in Rancho Mirage. Since we covered Sunnylands' opening to the public in March, more tours have been added thanks to high demand: An estimated 50,000 have come to the visitor center so far. Interest has been so strong for the guided tour through the vast, 1960s-Modern home designed by A. Quincy Jones and filled with custom furnishings by decorator William Haines, that the number of daily tours has been raised to 15 from 10. "Haines was known for pairing chinoiserie and classical lines with a Modernist sensibility," said Anne Rowe, director of collections and exhibitions.  "When Patrick Dragonette [the Los Angeles decorator and furniture dealer]
No two designers have done more to define Southern California style over the last decade than Juicy Couture's Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy. By transforming the sloppy sweat suit into a sexy uniform embraced by fashionistas including Madonna and Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, they ushered in an era of relaxed luxe that -- for better or worse -- has taken over the world.
March 4, 2010
The Bird and the Bee , the project of singer Inara George and Lily Allen's producer Greg Kurstin, makes exquisite dinner party music. That's not a slight. And the Bird and the Bee's second album, "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future," is liquid gold. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Friday. $20.
February 27, 1988
Now that the fangs have been drawn on the most dangerous jurist in the history of the California Supreme Court ("Rose Bird Reflects on Her Image on the Tube," by Steve Weinstein, Feb. 23), we find her for what she really is: merely boring. ROBERT CURLENDER Pasadena
January 13, 2000
Re "Rose Bird Eulogized for Compassion, Strength," Jan. 10: Rose Bird is well known for her principled opposition to the death penalty, which ultimately led to her ouster from the California Supreme Court. But she should be remembered as well for authoring the most significant farm labor law in this country. Before she wrote the controversial Agricultural Labor Relations Act, farm workers had no legal protection when they organized to bargain collectively. Violence and intimidation in the fields were commonplace; farm workers were among the most oppressed workers in our society.
April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A game developer has combined two of 2014's most addictive games - "Flappy Bird" and "2048" - into one addictive mashup called "Flappy48. " The free game challenges users to combine tiles into larger numbers, an element of "2048," while making sure they don't crash into columns that appear as the numbers fly through the screen, an element of "Flappy Bird. " "Flappy48" can be played on the Web on desktops and laptops. It requires the installation of the Unity Web Player. VIDEO: Unboxing the Tonino Lamborghini Antares smartphone Dan Moran, a game developer, created the game and released it earlier this week, according to his website and Twitter feed . Moran made the game in less than a day and said it was a tribute to both "Flappy Bird" and "2048.
April 22, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Humans and other primates aren't the only members of the animal kingdom who can watch total strangers interact and figure out who's in charge. Ravens can do it too, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications. Researchers at the University of Vienna said they had several reasons to suspect that ravens had the chops to understand the social hierarchy of unknown birds just by looking at them. For starters, ravens “are renowned for their relatively big brains,” they wrote.
April 13, 2014 | By Hannah Kuchler
Biz Stone is the other Twitter founder. Not the one who first came up with the idea, not the one with the original investment, but the founder famous for donning a nutty professor costume to introduce the messaging platform to the world in a comic video. In the torrid tale of Twitter's foundation - complete with betrayals and counter-betrayals - he was neither a back-stabber nor the back-stabbed. His new book from Grand Central Publishing, "Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind," offers a clue about why: He seems to be quite a nice guy. Management books written by nice guys do not abound.
April 11, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
You don't have to travel all the way to East Africa to go on safari. Grab your binoculars and camera and scan the 50-mile-long Carrizo Plain National Monument for its array of wildlife. Carrizo Plain, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and known as California's Serengeti, is the largest single native grassland remaining in the Golden State. It's home to the highest concentration of endangered species in California. Drive slowly on Soda Lake Road and search for herds of pronghorn antelope and Tule elk. The real challenge will be spotting rarer critters such as the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope ground squirrel and giant kangaroo rat. Don't ignore old fence posts either, favorite perches for raptors such as ferruginous and red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and American kestrels.
April 10, 2014 | By Monte Morin, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
It's a flu virus so deadly that scientists once halted research on the disease because governments feared it might be used by terrorists to stage a biological attack. Yet despite the fact that the H5N1 avian influenza has killed 60% of the 650 humans known to be infected since it was identified in Hong Kong 17 years ago, the “bird flu” virus has yet to evolve a means of spreading easily among people. Now Dutch researchers have found that the virus needs only five favorable gene mutations to become transmissible through coughing or sneezing, like regular flu viruses.
April 1, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Littlerock man was charged Tuesday with owning more than two dozen game birds altered for cockfighting after a property search was conducted last month by L.A. County sheriff's deputies. Inocencio Rodríguez Aguirre, 46, faces 28 misdemeanor counts of possession of a bird for fighting, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Daniel Rochmes. Deputies carrying a search warrant raided the property at East R4 on Feb. 27 based on a tip of possible cockfighting. They found about 150 game birds on the property, 28 of them in fighting trim.
October 15, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
David Myers plans to open Hinoki & the Bird in Century City in late December, with Kuniko Yagi as chef. Yagi also helmed the kitchen at Myers' erstwhile La Cienega restaurant Sona, and she returns with her and Myers' mutual California-Asian aesthetic, focusing on the flavors of Southeast Asia and Japan . Yagi, who will appear as a contestant on the next season of "Top Chef" debuting Nov. 7, says, " Hinoki is 'cedar tree' in Japanese, a...
March 27, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Less than a week after an oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel, environmentalists say there has been limited damage to nearby bird sanctuaries, but it is to soon to know whether there will be long-term problems to wildlife.  More than 200 birds have been fouled by oil from the spill, caused by a collision involving a fuel barge and a ship on Saturday, according to Richard Gibbons, conservation director of Houston Audubon. The birds are of a variety of species. “It's a terrible event,” Gibbons told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
March 19, 2014 | By Andrew Harmon
Over the last several months, a young brown pelican's obsessive preening regimen has dominated the view from my office window at the Northern California wildlife hospital where I work. We don't name the patients we care for - if animals could talk, I imagine the first thing they'd express is their dislike of anthropomorphism. But I can't stop thinking of him as Red, because of the colored temporary band on his right leg. Red's the closest thing I've had to a cubicle mate. He came to us in September with a severe injury to his left patagium (a fold of skin on the leading edge of the wing)
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