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May 7, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Prolific character actor James Whitmore appeared in countless films ("The Asphalt Jungle," "The Shawshank Redemption") and TV series ("The Twilight Zone") in his six -decade career, earning Oscar nominations for 1949's "Battleground" and 1975's "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" and winning an Emmy in 2000 for his guest appearance on ABC's "The Practice. " But according to his son, James Whitmore Jr., an actor and TV director ("NCIS," "The Good Wife") in his own right, theater was his father's true passion right up until he died in 2009 at age 87 of lung cancer.
May 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
President Obama recently groused that no U.S. airport ranked among the world's top 25 airports. If you're a regular traveler to Los Angeles, you may be even more disappointed to learn that Los Angeles International Airport didn't even make the top 100. Obama was referring to a ranking released in April - the Skytrax World Airport Awards - that is based on a survey of 12.1 million travelers around the world. Out of 395 airports worldwide, LAX ranked 109th overall and 24th among 50 airports in North America.
May 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Frontier Airlines announced that this summer it will become the third U.S.-based airline to charge passengers a fee to bring carry-on bags into the cabin. Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air already impose a carry-on fee. But Frontier added a twist. Passengers can avoid the fee ($25 if paid in advance, $100 at the gate) by booking the flight directly through the airline, at (There is also no charge if the bag fits under the seat.) By directing fliers to book with, the airline avoids the booking fees it pays when passengers buy tickets through travel sites such as or
May 4, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Always pack a flat rubber water-stopper for leaky bathtub and sink drains. I've needed it even in highly rated hotels. Bob Myers Lake Arrowhead When traveling with a child in diapers, prepare a grab-and-go package of diapers and wipes. Put three or four wipes in a snack-size plastic bag, then put that and one diaper in a quart-size bag. Place these single packages in a carry-on or diaper bag. For a diaper change, grab one pack and go. Save the leftover wipes in their bags for the return trip.
April 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
When it came to mass recognition in the United States, the late Latin music star Jenni Rivera used to say she wasn't Coca-Cola, and maybe she wasn't Pepsi either. But she wasn't going to let anyone tell her she wasn't at least akin to Fanta. The sentiment - more colorfully expressed in Rivera's words according to friend and manager Pete Salgado during a recent interview in Studio City - may partly explain why the Mexican regional superstar floated under the radar of most non-Spanish-language outlets before her death last year.
February 21, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (26-29) inched closer to .500 with a 113-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.  That's quite a turnaround after the Lakers were beaten soundly, 116-95, in Boston on Feb. 7. "It was definitely on my mind," Kobe Bryant said of the recent defeat. "They beat us pretty good up there. We certainly wanted to return the favor. " Bryant is expected to speak at the memorial service for Jerry Buss on Thursday. The Lakers owner died on Monday after a battle with an undisclosed form of cancer.
February 17, 2013
Go ahead - we dare you to read this list of travel tips and not clap your hand to your head and say, "Why didn't I think of that?" When we asked readers to contribute their best tips for travel, we were overwhelmed by the number and comsengen (a word we just coined that's short for "common sense genius") of the ideas. Do you always forget your phone charger in your hotel room? Do you wonder why, when your flight is canceled, you end up standing in long lines while others whisk off to their new flight?
January 29, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Lava Selo, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Before the first explosion, Laila and fellow architecture students at Aleppo University in Syria had gathered by chance in a stairwell, which shielded them from flying glass and shrapnel. In an instant, the less fortunate lay dead and injured amid the scattered debris. A second blast a few minutes later hit a dormitory across the street, causing more casualties. The twin explosions two weeks ago that killed more than 80 people and wounded 150 also left Laila determined to return to the university as exams and normal class schedules resumed Tuesday for the first time since the blasts.
January 22, 2013 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
During World War II, Nazis and Hungarian collaborators looted major artworks from the vast collection of Jewish banker Baron Mór Lipót Herzog. His great-grandson David de Csepel is on a quest to get them back. De Csepel first saw some of these paintings almost two decades ago in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, where Herzog had lived. Plaques identified works by El Greco and Zurbarán as "from the Herzog Collection. " "It was very strange seeing paintings that were stolen from my family hanging in the museum with my great-grandfather's name on these plaques - unsettling, to say the least," said De Csepel , a 46-year-old real estate developer who lives in Altadena.
January 21, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Domestic airfares have been climbing steadily since 2009, and there was no letup last year. But the uptick in ticket prices was not as steep as in the last few years. Domestic airfares increased 4.2% in 2012 compared with the previous year to an average of $427 per ticket, according to Airlines Reporting Corp., an Arlington, Va., company that completes the financial transactions between 16,000 travel agents and 187 airlines. The good news is that the fare increases have been shrinking.
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