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December 6, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
The big jet looks forlornly out of place perched in the near-deserted suburban lot, as if it just skidded off a nearby airport runway or crash-landed minutes ago. But this plane has long been grounded, a retired icon of a bygone golden age of air travel. The 4-decade-old former Pan Am jet, the first commercial Boeing 747 ever built, could well be ensconced in an aviation museum, maybe next to the celebrated planes piloted by the Wright brothers or Charles Lindbergh. Instead, it sits on a lot 25 miles northeast of Seoul, far from its U.S. birthplace, an ignominious end to a storied career.
October 31, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Did Ms. Scarlet silence Mrs. Peacock with a knife to the throat? Or did Col. Mustard throttle Professor Plum with a silver-plated candlestick? Mystery buffs can map out, investigate and solve murder mysteries at a variety of hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, many of which have a few ghosts of their own rattling around within their historic halls. There's even a Murder Mystery Train: You can murder your significant other while traveling on Amtrak between Los Angeles and San Diego. Benbow Hotel & Resort, Garberville, Calif.
September 13, 2010 | By James S. Fell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The people in the Bowflex commercials sure are pretty. If you have any doubt that these models did not get their muscularly sculpted hairless physiques using a Bowflex and its patented Power Something Technology, then Google "Bowflex casting" and you'll find talent agencies looking for ultra-lean gym rats with colored contact lenses to hock this soon-to-be coat rack for three easy payments of way too much money. Allegedly, this "home gym" is a "total-body solution," as if your body were some kind of math problem in need of solving.
September 4, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
It seems as though actress Scarlett Johansson had no sooner sold her old place in the Hollywood Hills than she and her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, closed on a house in Los Feliz for $2.9 million. Built in the late '60s, the restored Buff & Hensman-designed Wong House has walls of glass looking out on the swimming pool, a walled garden off the master bedroom suite and views of downtown Los Angeles and the ocean. There are two bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,835 square feet of living space.
July 22, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Buff Cobb, who hosted the pioneering television talk show "Mike and Buff" in the early 1950s with Mike Wallace, who was then her husband, died July 12, her family announced. She was believed to be 83. Cobb, a former actress and theatrical producer, died at a nursing home in Lebanon, N.H. She was appearing with Tallulah Bankhead in a touring production of "Private Lives" when Wallace, then a relatively young newsman, interviewed her in 1949. "She was an actress and a bit of a glamorous figure to me," Wallace later said.
May 23, 2010 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's something almost every woman over the age of 14 knows: Putting on a bathing suit isn't as simple as just putting on a bathing suit. Even the perfectly sculpted among us know there is a lot of prep that must be done when you're going to expose that much skin. Otherwise, you'll be huddling under a beach towel or staying up to your neck in the pool, afraid to come out of the water. So here's our guide to what you can and can't expect to fix and how you can stop the bathing suit terrors from winning this summer.
April 20, 2010 | Walter Hamilton and Nathaniel Popper
The civil fraud charges filed by government regulators last week against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have put the investment bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission on opposite sides of a case that has all the makings of an epic legal showdown. But the adversaries share one thing in common — each is scrambling for its reputation. Goldman is trying to protect its standing among clients, who could be frightened away by any evidence that the company is cheating them.
March 21, 2010 | By David Zucchino
The proud lieutenant commander of the Smithfield Light Infantry of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is John M. Booker, a burly retired veterinarian with a trove of Civil War books and an abiding fascination with all things Confederate. Since 2006, Booker has devoted himself to erecting a statue of Joseph E. Johnston, the last Confederate general to mount an effective fight against Union forces. Johnston ultimately surrendered to Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman after the pivotal Battle of Bentonville, fought in March 1865 on a site a few miles from Booker's white-columned Greek Revival home.
March 15, 2010 | Gregory Rodriguez
There are pivotal moments in politics that shape our view of the democratic process. For some, the election of President Obama was such an event. For other, more sadistic, types, perhaps it was when Richard M. Nixon resigned. For me, however, it's the story former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa told last week about an alleged encounter -- the White House denies it happened -- between the troubled pol and the president's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. The way Massa tells it, he was scrubbing away in the showers of the congressional gym, "naked as a jaybird," when an equally nude Emanuel began "poking a finger" in his chest for not supporting the president's budget bill.
March 3, 2010
Hugh Hefner has a confession. "I think I opened the first Playboy Club because of 'Casablanca.' I wanted to have a place where people came to hang out as they did at Rick's," admits the pajama-clad founder of the Playboy empire. The Oscar-winning 1942 "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as the reunited lovers Rick and Ilsa, is the favorite film of Hefner, a serious movie buff. "It has everything -- not only Bogie's charismatic character, but lost love, redemption, patriotism, humor -- it had a great musical score.
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