October 1, 2012 |
Actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have bought a country home in Ojai for $2.15 million. Once the site of the Ojai Foothills Hotel, the five-plus acre property centers on a 4,177-square-foot main house with high ceilings, four fireplaces, four bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms. There is solar power, a swimming pool with spa and a three-car garage. Krasinski, who turns 33 on Oct. 20, has starred on "The Office" since 2005. Blunt, 29, will star with Tom Cruise in the film "All You Need Is Kill.
September 21, 2012 |
The drought that descended on the United States this summer will translate into higher prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inevitability of this scenario introduces an old question that has become new: When weather strikes, what can curb food inflation? Recent suggestions cover a wide range of complicated approaches, from GPS-guided drip irrigation techniques to genetically engineered crops and from new federal biofuel standards to new farm insurance programs to new commodity-markets regulations.
September 1, 2012 |
Ballplayer: Pelotero Strand, $24.99 The rare sports documentary that's clear-eyed about the business side of athletics, "Ballplayer: Pelotero" looks into the way Major League Baseball and its system of scouts conspire to exploit the phenomenal pool of talent in the Dominican Republic. Directors Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jon Paley follow two teenage prodigies, Miguel Angel Sanó and Jean Carlos Batista, as they deal with trainers and agents - and rumors that seem designed to scare away competition and drive their price down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2012 |
A bill that that would restrict California law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement efforts passed the state Senate on Thursday. The Trust Act would prohibit police and sheriff's officials from detaining arrestees for possible deportation unless the suspects have previous convictions for a serious or violent felony. The measure is aimed at blunting federal immigration enforcement, in particular the Secure Communities program, under which fingerprints of arrestees are shared with immigration officials who issue hold orders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2012 |
George McKenna has been called many things in his long career as an educator: dictator, egomaniac, tyrant, insufferably old-school. He can be blunt, impatient and unyielding. But one thing he's never been called is a quitter. He has always relished a challenge. That's why I was surprised to learn that he is retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he spent most of the last 50 years trying to stir things up in struggling inner-city schools. His swan song was last week's graduation at beleaguered Fremont High, which had failed for more than a decade to meet federal standards for academic improvement.
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June 2, 2012 |
Taking the microphone during a recent hearing on his department's budget, L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich did not hold back. The City Council's budget committee was dealing with a $238-million deficit, and Trutanich's office had managed to avoid a new round of cuts. Still, Trutanich went on the offensive, saying years of furloughs and reductions had pushed lawyers in his office to the brink. Trutanich raised hackles when he warned the city could be overwhelmed by costly lawsuits and workers' compensation claims if his office isn't given more money in the future.
May 13, 2012 |
Julie Berebitsky's history of hanky-panky in U.S. offices over the last 150 years is an extraordinary achievement. To write about so much bottom-pinching, ogling and scandal without a single double entendre or levity of any sort must have taken considerable restraint. Instead, the history professor at the University of the South in Sewannee, Tenn., has chosen to present her treasure trove of saucy examples in such a relentlessly flat way that "Sex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power and Desire" is an effort to get through.
May 8, 2012 |
Nearly a third of the people who take antibiotics to cure an infection develop diarrhea when good bacteria in the intestines are killed off along with the bad. Some stop taking the drugs as a result, leading to problems such as failure to cure the infection or the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But data from a large number of clinical trials compiled in a survey by researchers at the Rand Corp. show that consuming probiotics (beneficial bacteria) reduces the incidence of diarrhea by 42%. Probiotics are found at varying levels in yogurt and are also available as dietary supplements in most stores.
April 28, 2012 |
A hostess escorted Emily Blunt to a private room in the commissary on the Universal Pictures lot, where a lone table had been set for a meal. The actress glanced around at the empty, window-less space and asked, "Might we be able to go out into the main dining room? I feel a bit cooped up in here. " As a team of handlers scurried to grant her request, one publicist whispered admiringly, "Wow, I've never had a star ask for less privacy. She's so cool, right?" Blunt, 29, seems to inspire this breathless sort of praise.
April 27, 2012 |
It may take half a decade for the couple in "The Five-Year Engagement"to make it to the altar, but the romantic comedy will quickly outrun the competition to the top of the box office this weekend. The movie starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is expected to debut with a solid sum of $18 million to $20 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The film about a troubled relationship is likely to perform far better than three other movies hitting theaters this weekend.