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April 15, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Most dips, spreads and cheeses taste better on a crusty piece of bread. During Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter, participants shared some serious spreads. And surprisingly, most of them were green. Here are the highlights: Susan Orlins claims her hummus is "the best homemade hummus. " Try her recipe and decide for yourself. There is also a recipe for " black on black " hummus from the blog BananaWonder.com made with black sesame tahini. Orly from the blog Yumivore.com shared a recipe for a vibrant green, spring pea and ricotta spread on crostini.
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NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
Got a minute? That's just enough time to meet “A Minute Away,” a new video feature at latimes.com/travel that's designed to give you a moment's peace, a brief cleansing of the brain and maybe a travel idea or two. Lots of showing, not so much telling. And not long enough to make you worry about getting caught by the boss. To start, we'll add a new one every Friday. These Minutes (see below the Video spot below the blog) will range widely, starting with Moscow in a snowstorm . Later: a cave in La Jolla; the reading room of the New York Public Library; a Peruvian mountaintop; a waterfall in Oregon.
SPORTS
March 29, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers center and champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar opened up in his blog at HuffingtonPost.com , sharing a number of personal regrets. In an entry entitled, "10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Turning Pro," Abdul-Jabbar compares dating as a youth to "Darth Vader approaching a bunny. " The logistics of dating were naturally complicated for Abdul-Jabbar at 7-foot-2. "I wish I'd been able to ignore the physical differences as I can now and just sit down, preferably on a shorter chair than them, and just talk to them about movies and books and history -- anything but basketball," he blogged.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tumblr this week gained its 100 millionth blog, a milestone for the social network, which has become very popular with teens and young adults. The New York-based social network keeps a counter on its "About" page that shows how many blogs exist on the site. That counter crossed the 100 million mark this week, and is now sitting at 100.1 million. Additionally, the counter shows that nearly 45 billion posts have been published on the social network. Tumblr lets users create a blog or multiple blogs, which they can customize by using themes or writing code.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Call me flabbergasted. Deliberately destroy six entire vintages of a fabled wine, and the Italian justice system metes out a measly four-year sentence? Two less than the prosecutor requested, actually. Sentenced was Andrea Di Gisi, a former employee of Gianfranco Soldera of Case Basse , a top Montalcino estate in southern Tuscany. Fired by Soldera, Di Gisi's motive allegedly was revenge. By entering the cellar of Case Basse at night and opening the valves of casks so that the wine gushed out onto the cellar floor, he effectively stole six years' work from his former boss.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kim Kardashian is taking this "mommy blog" thing pretty seriously, and the latest post in the pregnant star's mommy blog category is all about staying healthy. The reality TV star, who is pregnant with rapper Kanye West's baby, debuted the series of posts late February with a riveting piece on finding the perfect maternity jeans . Now, she's taking to the interwebs about a week after a miscarriage scare to talk about her new approach to healthful living while conveniently promoting Harley Pasternak's fitness book, "The Body Reset Diet.
IMAGE
March 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Justice Department employees in the Civil Rights Division's voting section have shown a "disappointing lack of professionalism" during the Bush and Obama administrations, according to an independent review that found a polarizing culture, with many staffers venting frustration in personal emails and blog posts filled with racial and other epithets. The department's inspector general's office is sending its findings, released Tuesday, to top Justice Department officials for possible discipline or other administrative action against three unidentified employees.
WORLD
March 12, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - For a 25-year-old computer whiz enlisted in a People's Liberation Army hacking unit, life was all about low pay, drudgery and social isolation. Nothing at all like the unkempt hackers of popular imagination, the young man wore a military uniform at work in Shanghai. He lived in a dorm where meals often consisted of instant ramen noodles. The workday ran from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., although hackers were often required to work late into the evening. With no money and little free time, he found solace on the Internet.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Ever feel the need to take off your top while forming a soyrizo loaf? Are you the kind of person who likes to take off their pants and get comfortable before baking a dairy-free cake? Do you prefer to eat your veggie lasagna without socks on? Then nude vegan cooking is for you. Three students named Greta, Jess and Luke from the United Kingdom  have started the blog NakedVeganCooking.com (warning: It's not safe for work). It's exactly what it sounds like. According to the blog, "We like to cook naked, for ourselves, our friends and lovers out of our huge, messy shared house in Manchester.
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