November 9, 2013
Question: When I moved to Northridge in 1951, every nursery carried flats of lippia, a cheap, tough, drought-resistant ground cover and lawn substitute. When I ordered it at a nursery, it took months to get, in spite of the fact that it is grown in Northern California, and it was expensive. Do you know why it has disappeared? Florence "Flip" Manne Sun Valley Answer: Florence, you are right -- getting rid of grass is a great goal. Traditional lawns take so many resources -- water, time, money, chemicals -- while contributing so little to the aesthetic of a property.
November 6, 2013 |
A big polluter could be blazing inside your kitchen, its blue flames glowing under your tea kettle or frying pan. A new study says cooking with a gas stove can expose you to unhealthy levels of air pollution. About two-thirds of Southern California households that use natural gas burners without proper ventilation breathe levels of air pollution so high that they would exceed federal health standards outdoors, scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found.
October 28, 2013 |
Is this Clippers guard Chris Paul's season to take over Los Angeles - namely, win an NBA championship and eclipse Kobe Bryant on the relevance level? In a city filled with stars, Paul's star has been shining bright enough for that question to be asked. But in the eyes of Byron Scott, who has a unique perspective because he grew up in Southern California, played for the Lakers and played with Bryant, and coached Paul, it would be a tall order for Paul to steal Bryant's star power in L.A. "No, this is still going to be a Lakers' town.
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October 18, 2013 |
A young girl was found not breathing in a stairwell of a smoke-filled West Los Angeles high-rise and was taken to a hospital with four other injured people, officials said Friday. The child, whose age and name were not released, was found on the 23rd-floor stairway of the 25-story building in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore. The girl was with two other people, but it was unclear whether they were related, he said.
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October 12, 2013 |
Her name graces no labels, but millions wear Ruth Benerito creations daily. A government chemist, Benerito led a team that helped create wrinkle-resistant cotton - an innovation that spared homemakers hours of ironing and breathed new life into an industry smothered in rayon, polyester and other synthetics. Benerito, who was credited with 55 patents and more than 200 professional publications, died Oct. 5 at her home in Metairie, La., family members said. She was 97. Until Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, she had lived in the same house for 56 years, sharing it in her later years with an older sister.
September 24, 2013 |
On Oct. 25, 1975, Elton John played the first of two sold-out concerts at Dodger Stadium for a combined audience of 110,000 people. The gigs helped establish John as one of the most theatrical pop stars in the world: a piano-pounding dynamo prowling the stage in a bedazzled Dodgers uniform. Last week, John was back in L.A., performing in a somewhat cozier, more decorous space: the 1,200-seat Bovard Auditorium at USC. The show paired the English superstar with students from the Thornton School of Music for stately renditions of hits like "Levon" and "Your Song," as well as a handful of thoughtful new tunes (including one about Oscar Wilde)