September 28, 2012
Re "Putting a lid on L.A.'s pot dispensaries," Editorial, Sept. 24 The Times is right to call on the City Council to limit the number of marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles but not ban them outright. The Union for Medical Cannabis Patients has spent several years studying court decisions in this field and how they should be applied locally. We have shown the City Council and Planning Commission draft ordinances that would provide adequate regulation and survive any legal challenge.
August 17, 2012 |
Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi have several ambitions for Saturday's LA Craft Beer Crawl downtown. One is to improve upon the traditional drink order of heartbroken country stars: a shot and a beer, repeated as necessary. "A shot and a beer is a pretty well-known order, but the beer is always crappy," Beaune said. As professional beer sommeliers under the mantle of the Beer Chicks, this naturally wouldn't suffice. So at the crawl, they're hosting a panel on high-end beer and whiskey pairings to remedy that.
May 1, 2012 |
Desperate? Clever? Too little, too late? It's hard to know what to make of the news that Research in Motion, the company behind BlackBerry, has taken credit for the "WAKE UP!" "protest" that took place outside an Apple store in Sydney, Australia, last week. "We can confirm that the Australian 'Wake Up' campaign, which involves a series of experiential activities taking place across Sydney and Melbourne, was created by RIM Australia," the company told The Age. Even before it was revealed who was behind the "protest," caught on video by Australian video blogger Nate Burr and viewed around the world, it was clear that it was a marketing stunt.
April 17, 2012 |
CAIRO — They trundle like a lost parade, rolling metal cylinders through the dust beneath the broken cliffs rising above the City of the Dead. Mothers in sandaled feet hurry girls along to buy cheap propane cooking gas. Boys haul cylinders on slanted motorcycles, others balance them on their heads or fasten them to donkeys. The cylinders multiply, bobbing in the fortuneless air, which fills with ping and clatter and the angry whispers of waiting. "I have five sons. My husband is dead.
March 26, 2012 |
What would a world without free enterprise look like? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the answer is as close as your local theater, where the "The Hunger Games" shows the perils of big government. The dystopian future nation of Panem, in which the movie is set, highlights the dangers of a lack of free trade, innovation and competition, the business group said. That would be economic competition, not the fight-to-the-death contest that gives the blockbuster movie its name.
March 18, 2012 |
At a small table in a hotel restaurant where elderly men drank coffee and played speed chess, Abu Ismail's phone rang. He picked it up and squinted at the caller ID. "Allo," he said. "A 16? How many? $2,000? If it's clean, bring it, yes. " With that, Abu Ismail bought one M-16 assault rifle for the Syrian rebellion. For months, arms merchants such as Abu Ismail have been buying black-market weapons in Lebanon for the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar Assad.