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January 20, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
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 the last few years. Domestic airfares increased 4.2% in 2012 compared to the previous year, to an average of $427 per ticket, according to ARC Corp., a Virginia-based 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. In 2010, domestic airfares rose nearly 13% and climbed 8.5% in 2011, according to federal statistics.
January 14, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
In 1982, Sarah Jessica Parker, who 16 years later would play Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City," played a smart, suburban teenage outsider on Anne Beatts' paean to high school unpopularity, "Square Pegs. " And now Carrie Bradshaw is being played as a smart, suburban teenage outsider, in 1984, by AnnaSophia Robb, in a rather charming "Sex and the City" prequel, "The Carrie Diaries," premiering Monday on the CW. Apart from the hair (crinkly) and the height (short), Robb does not particularly resemble the young Parker, whom she is playing, in a sense, and whose features are delicate where Parker's are strong.
January 11, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - They were known simply as the San Francisco Twins. At 5-foot-1 and about 100 pounds apiece, the fashion enthusiasts were an integral part of the city fabric for four decades. With matching furs, hats and high-end purses, they completed each other's sentences, posed for countless tourist snapshots and modeled for the likes of Reebok, Joe Boxer and IBM. Now one is gone. Vivian Brown, 85, who had Alzheimer's, died in her sleep Wednesday, leaving behind Marian, who was eight minutes younger.
December 25, 2012 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Santa Claus is really up against it this Christmas. In conversation with parents at work and parties this holiday season, I was startled to learn that some of them are rethinking the holiday legend for their kids. And not for the usual religious and cultural reasons. A few want to spare their kids the Santa traumas they suffered: being bullied for believing, the betrayal when they found out the truth. With so many multicultural families, they don't see the point of clinging to an Anglo-centric Georgian legend.
December 16, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Anne Harnagel and Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
Your face says it all: You are starting to panic. Don't. If you're shopping for a traveler, you might just find the answer to your gift-giving conundrum in these pages. Our team of travelers has tested items large and small, pricey and affordable, and we want to share them with you so you can share them with others. This is by no means comprehensive, but it can start the old synapses firing. If you can't get said item in time for the big day, cut out the picture, tie it up with a bow and use it as an IOU. The true traveler will always have a use for it because there's always that next trip.
December 12, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - About a month ago, Lori Rebimbas stood inside the darkened ruins of her flooded house and wept. When the mother of two returned last week there were no tears. “I'm done crying,” she said. In the days and weeks after the storm , Rebimbas, 41, felt stranded. A Federal Emergency Management Agency inspector had deemed her home uninhabitable. Her two cars had flooded. Her family had nowhere to stay, and with many along the Jersey Shore scrambling for rentals , Rebimbas was afraid she would have to move and pull her two boys out of school in Point Pleasant.
November 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Last summer snow globes got a reprieve when the Transportation Security Administration relaxed the rule that banned the water-filled tchotchkes from carry-on luggage. But in the clear-eyed cold of winter, it's small comfort -- very small comfort -- as the holiday season approaches. Snow Globe Central of Denver points out the TSA allows only snow globes that appear to "contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size.)" But the most popular snow globes are bigger, and carry much more liquid.
November 20, 2012 | By Myscha Theriault
If you're traveling solo, maybe you can justify paying a bag fee to check your suitcase. But if you're a family of four and you're flying, say, on United from LAX to Washington's Dulles for the upcoming holidays, you'll pay $25 a bag for each family member's first bag, $35 for each person's second. If you're a family of heavy packers (or you have an infant who requires extra gear), those costs can add up quickly. Those fees don't do your wallet any good, but they do help the airlines: In 2012, revenue from ancillary fees (that includes bags)
November 16, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
Ford Motor Co. has a funny way of making a point. On their way from Detroit to Los Angeles for the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, Ford officials stuffed the company's new 1.0-liter engine into a carry-on and popped it into a TSA security-screening bin. “The engine block is small enough to fit in your luggage, or about the length of the iPad,” company spokeswoman Debra Hotaling said. Check out the picture above. The engine fits in the plastic bin that you drop your shoes and wallet into.
November 10, 2012
As far as language goes, words that describe what's in style at the moment tend to ebb and flow. "Groovy" has fallen by the wayside, and "rad" has become retro irony, uttered by hipsters in bars who might not have even been alive when the term peaked in the 1980s. But the word "cool" has persevered. Ansgar Kelly, a research professor in English at UCLA, said its staying power lies partly in the fact that it has roots in an entirely different meaning. "It is a real word," he said.
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