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February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The excellent new drama "In Bloom," Georgia's Oscar entry in the foreign-language category, has the heartbreak and hope of a country slipped inside a coming-of age-story of two 14-year-old girls. The 1990s, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, were a potent and chaotic time in Georgia, one that filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili remembers as shaping her attitudes about women's roles in an evolving society. She wrote her own childhood into Eka's (Lika Babluani) and Natia's (Mariam Bokeria)
January 16, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Flower lovers who prefer to buy locally grown blooms soon will have a free nationwide online directory to help them buy from florists, supermarkets, wedding planners and farmers who design with and sell U.S.-grown flowers. is the brainchild of garden and design writer Debra Prinzing , author of the book "Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets From the Garden, Meadow and Farm. " (Prinzing also is a Los Angeles Times contributor.) Prinzing said she was inspired to create the database after receiving repeated requests at her speaking engagements for sustainable florists.
December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Nancy Smith and her family were strolling around Echo Park Lake on Thursday when they noticed an odd, brown patch in the water. Smith visited the lake as recently as August and recalled that back then, its bright green lotus plants shot into the air. But on the day after Christmas, the wilted bed of bronze flowers before her drooped onto the water like a sea of broken miniature umbrellas. "I've walked around this park in the winter and I don't remember it ever quite looking like this," said Smith, 56, a lawyer from La Crescenta.
December 19, 2013
Kate Upton joined Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom (clad in a head-warming beanie), Jonah Hill, Joe Pesci and Fran Lebowitz at the after party for Tuesday night's Manhattan premiere of "The Wolf of Wall Street. " Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves also attended the premiere. [WWD] PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaigns vigorously for animal rights and against fur, but Monday in Detroit the organization joined with some other agencies and gave away 100 fur coats it has gathered from repentant consumers, distributing them to the needy (along with leather jackets, wool scarves and angora sweaters)
November 1, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr announced last week they had separated after three years of marriage, and "The Hobbit" actor is touching upon the results of their seemingly amicable split. "We love each other. We're a family," Bloom said on "Katie" in an interview airing Friday. "We're going to be in each other's lives for the rest of our lives. There's no question, for the sake of our son and everything else, we're going to support one another and love each other as parents to Flynn.
October 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Anthony LeBlanc believes the Phoenix area can be a sustainable hockey market, even though the many empty seats for the Coyotes' game against the Kings at Arena on Tuesday would seem a strong contradiction. LeBlanc is co-owner, president, chief executive and alternate governor of the Coyotes, a string of titles he assumed last summer when he and other investors banded together to purchase the franchise from the NHL for $170 million. He and fellow investor Daryl Jones had chased a deal to buy the Coyotes for four years but couldn't quite close it; with financier George Gosbee on board the IceArizona group completed the transaction in August.
October 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Orlando Bloom has listed his compound in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $4.5 million or for annual lease at $16,500 a month. Set behind wood gates, the house was the target four years ago of the so-called "Bling Ring" burglars, who focused on celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house, built in 1940, features a double walnut door entry, three fireplaces, a den/office, a library and 3,248 feet of living space. The wooded three-quarter acre lot has a swimming pool with spa and is equipped with security cameras.
September 2, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Fertilizer runoff has led to a global decline in sea grass meadows, which provide crucial habitat for fish. But thanks to sea otters, these meadows are flourishing in Elkhorn Slough, a major estuary in Monterey Bay, scientists say. Fertilizer from farms in Salinas flows into Elkhorn Slough, carrying phosphates and other nutrients that fuel the growth of algae on sea grass leaves. As the algae blooms, it shades the sea grass from the sunlight it needs to grow. In fact, nutrient levels are so high in Elkhorn Slough that scientists wouldn't expect sea grasses to survive there.
August 8, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
"If I Ever Get Out of Here," Eric Gansworth's first novel for young people, rings true with a sophisticated look at what it's like to be an outsider and what it takes to be a true friend. Lewis Blake has precious little going for him in school; he's smart, sure. But he's super skinny, essentially friendless, his family is dirt poor, and he's from the "rez" in an area that routinely treats his Tuscarora Reservation community with disdain - or worse. The friendship part starts to change with the arrival at school of George, an Air Force kid. Lewis and George share the same experiences many adolescent pals do: eagerness to learn about girls, sneaked beers, campouts.
July 31, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Wednesday nominated Federal Reserve Gov. Sarah Bloom Raskin to be deputy Treasury secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Raskin would be the first woman to serve in the department's No. 2 position. Her move also would open a second vacancy on the Fed's Board of Governors. Elizabeth Duke said recently she would step down from the seven-member board in August. Raskin would replace Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin, who recently announced he would step down at the end of August after serving since 2009.
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