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December 5, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Those of you who take everything that the U.S. government says and does with a large grain of salt, be afraid, be very afraid, because the government has now made it official that the world will not end this month. In a blog post on its official portal, the U.S. government dismisses reports of the coming end of the world, predicted by the Mayan calendar this month. “Scary Rumors about the World Ending in 2012 Are Just Rumors,” the government reassures its citizens and presumably the rest of the world as well, because in the Marshall McLuhanesque sense, we are indeed all in this together.
November 30, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
This is no ordinary advent calendar. It's an advent calendar filled with gin -- 24 days of small bottles of gin, one to be enjoyed each day leading up to Dec. 24. The Gin Blog collaborated with booze retailer Master of Malt to come up with the Ginvent Calendar, 24 gins in 3-centiliter drams for "juniper crazy" fans of the spirit. Each gin is hidden behind an individual door, like a traditional advent calendar. Starting Saturday, those with Ginvent Calendars are asked to share their opinions about each gin on Twitter with @theginblog and @masterofmalt; a live tasting takes place at 5 p.m. GMT, or "gin o'clock.
November 27, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
In New York next month, Gustavo Dudamel will receive the award as musician of the year for 2013 from the publication Musical America. In Los Angeles he might well have been the bargain of the year for 2010. The recent filing of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's federal tax return for 2010-11 shows that Dudamel earned $985,363 in salary and benefits for 2010, his first full calendar year on the job. In comparison, at least 12 conductors and executives earned $1 million or more from nonprofit arts organizations in the United States that year.
November 16, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Bob Kramer spoke of the loss he is about to suffer, admitting he has a hole in his heart. He wasn't grieving a child or a parent, just a best friend. Kramer is director of a tennis tournament that will be no more. The Los Angeles men's tennis event that has been held each summer at UCLA since 1984 will be held next summer in Bogota, Colombia. That's a pretty long commute for loyal fans and ticket buyers around Westwood. For Kramer, and his sanctioning Southern California Tennis Assn., this is much more than just a business sale.
November 10, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Homework for boxing fans: Write down the name Leo Santa Cruz. Then start looking for his next fight. He is a Mexican-born resident of Los Angeles who, Saturday night at Staples Center, remained unbeaten in 23 fights. He beat a tough and game Victor Zaleta of El Paso in a bantamweight brawl that featured punchers appearing to carry considerable more weight and danger than the normal 118 pounders. Santa Cruz won with a straight right to the face in the eighth round. By then, Zaleta had taken quite a beating and seemed to go down, not just with the right to the face, but under the totality of punches.
November 9, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
In the wake of this week's passage of a state tax measure, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy said Friday he will ask the Board of Education to restore a full 180-day academic calendar and rescind all planned employee furlough days for the current school year. The success of Proposition 30 on Tuesday means that school district budgets across the state are protected from $5.4 billion in cuts that had been scheduled to take effect. Teachers union officials had called on the L.A. Unified School District to restore full pay for employees and to bring back a full school year.
October 9, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
Now that that the temperatures aren't so gnarly at the beach, you might want to head to Ventura on Saturday for the first Ventura Oysterfest to celebrate our favorite mollusks. According to the news release, the idea is to “show off the best of what's local: exceptional cuisine, great music, crated beers and outstanding local wines.” To provide the oysters, the organizers have called on oyster farms up and down the California coast. Those attending include the Jolly Oyster , Drakes Bay Oyster Co. , Tomales Bay Oyster Co. , Pickleweed Point Oyster Co . and Carlsbad Aquafarm . Plying the crowd with noshes will be Ventura County restaurants the Sidecar , Osteria Monte Grappa , Twenty88 Food & Drink , Ventura Meat Co. and more.
September 9, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
YUCATÁN PENINSULA, Mexico - What's the Mexican drug-war body count now? 47,000? Ever since the killings began to escalate in late 2006, I've been visiting the country less and choosing spots more carefully. But the Yucatán Peninsula was an easy call. One of the safest and most rewarding places in Mexico these days is the same steamy, lizard-ridden Maya stamping ground where ritual sacrifice was once business as usual, where the alleged apocalypse - the end of the Maya calendar - is barely 100 shopping days away.
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