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January 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
NASHVILLE - Reward for a statement win over another first-place team? Hop on a plane for a four-hour flight to Music City, de-board and report to the ice. That was Wednesday for the Ducks, and for good reason. "The first four trips we made back East, there was the same kind of travel and we just had stretches and light workouts at the team hotel," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And lost all four games. " Those failings in Colorado, Toronto, Florida and Dallas led to this strategy, and victories over Chicago and Detroit in December followed.
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BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | Roger Vincent
Designs for the long-anticipated Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria, the luxury chain's first new U.S. outpost west of Chicago, have been unveiled with a flourish by local hotelier Beny Alagem. The 12-story Waldorf Astoria will stand at the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards next to the Beverly Hilton hotel. It will be a flagship for the Hilton company's top hotel brand, said Christopher Nassetta, chief executive of Hilton Worldwide. "When we are done, this will be one of the great hotels in the world," he said.
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TRAVEL
October 8, 2006
ON a recent trip, we arrived at the LAX American Airlines terminal at 4 a.m. for a 7 a.m. flight. Because the trip involved international travel we could not use the electronic express line but were directed to a line already a few hundred strong waiting to check their baggage. Approximately 1 1/2 hours later we got to the counter to check in. We then had to take our luggage a couple of hundred yards away to hand over to the X-ray guys. This involved another 20- to 30-minute wait to hand over the bags.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
It is crazy how much mayhem is contained within the incredible precision of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel. " Ralph Fiennes as its concierge M. Gustave and Tony Revolori as its lobby boy Zero Moustafa lead a marvelous cast in this meticulously played parlor game. Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law are among the many. There is always great specificity in the way Anderson stacks the deck, but "Budapest" is the writer-director's grandest gambit yet, every word, every move, every stray hair in its prescribed place.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
U.S. flights delayed three hours or more have declined dramatically over the last year, with the latest report showing a drop from 82 flights in April 2009 to only four this April. Airline representatives say the industry has been working to reduce such delays for some time. But critics wonder. Passenger rights activists believe the decline has something to do with the new fines imposed by the Obama administration against airlines that leave passengers sitting on a tarmac for three hours or more.
TRAVEL
May 31, 1992
I enjoyed Jack Adler's article ("Prepaying for Airline Seats Can Help Save Time," May 17) and agree with his comments. However, I would add that a prepaid ticket means curbside check-in at many airports. It beats lugging baggage inside the terminal. LOU ELLEN TOMLINSON Los Angeles
TRAVEL
October 27, 1996
Finally I see an article regarding the infamous cost of the surfboard to Hawaii! ("Surfers, Cyclists Pay Penalty," Sept. 29) We travel to Kauai, Hawaii, at least once a year. The airline people at United always charge $50 for a surfboard under 10 feet in length. The sister airlines, like Aloha, vary depending on the mood of the check-in people. They have different rates! If a board is traveling inter-island and also traveling to California, it can cost at least $50 to Honolulu and another $50 between islands.
OPINION
June 19, 2006
Re "Are Long Security Lines at LAX Over?" June 15 The long lines at Los Angeles International Airport could be diminished substantially if security officials were able to pull off a big one: stop requiring passengers to drag their bags from check-in to so-called explosive detection machines. These monster machines malfunction often, and the screening process is very slow. As a frequent traveler, I have checked my bags at many other airports the old-fashioned way: Leave them with the check-in agent and that's that, no further line.
TRAVEL
September 10, 1989
This is in response to Peter Greenberg's article on frequent flier rewards. Check the classified ads daily and you will find rewards for sale even though the rules state they cannot be sold, transferred or bartered. The government should investigate this. It should also tax rewards just like a domestic ticket, at 8%. And tickets should be examined at check-in just like a passport and the passenger denied boarding if he isn't the person listed on the ticket. Maybe it will take a little longer to check in, but the next time Greenberg wants to use his 90,000 for a European vacation, the seats will be available.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
AMR Corp.'s American Airlines says it's putting more workers at airports to ease delays when it starts charging passengers for their first checked bag this month. The $15 fee, the first at a major U.S. airline, takes effect June 15. Other steps to ease congestion include erecting a checkpoint to screen travelers for oversize bags and dropping a $2 fee for curbside luggage check-in.
SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Officially, Hyun-Jin Ryu doesn't weigh any less than he did last year. The Dodgers still list his weight as 255 pounds. But his face doesn't look nearly as self-indulgent. His torso appears leaner. "I weigh significantly less than I did this time last year," Ryu said through interpreter Martin Kim. Ryu declined to specify how much less - "Only I know," he said with a smile - but the South Korean left-hander certainly looked lighter on his feet Sunday in the first workout of the spring for the Dodgers pitchers and catchers.
TRAVEL
January 25, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
The Bancroft Hotel has a great location across the street from UC Berkeley. It's a registered historical landmark but has been modernized and utilizes all organic linens and products and is certified as an environmentally green business. There is complimentary continental breakfast and convenient parking. It is 100% smoke-free. A delightful staff caters to your every need. Rooms from $139. Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way; (510) 549-1000, http://www.bancrofthotel.com Arlene Rosenblatt Santa Monica
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
NASHVILLE - Reward for a statement win over another first-place team? Hop on a plane for a four-hour flight to Music City, de-board and report to the ice. That was Wednesday for the Ducks, and for good reason. "The first four trips we made back East, there was the same kind of travel and we just had stretches and light workouts at the team hotel," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And lost all four games. " Those failings in Colorado, Toronto, Florida and Dallas led to this strategy, and victories over Chicago and Detroit in December followed.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Travelers who want to complete their applications for expedited airport security screening may do so beginning Wednesday in Glendale, Carson and Signal Hill, the Transportation Security Administration has announced. For $85, the TSA is offering travelers a chance to apply for its PreCheck program , which excuses fliers from having to remove their shoes, belt and jacket and allows them to keep their laptop and their liquids in their hand luggage. It does not exempt them from regulations regarding prohibited items.
OPINION
November 22, 2013 | By A.J. Langguth
Marguerite Oswald, at that moment the most notorious mother in America, was being dropped off at her Fort Worth home by FBI agents on the morning I met her 50 years ago this month. The bureau had taken Mrs. Oswald into protective custody after the Dallas Police Department arrested her son, Lee Harvey Oswald, and charged him with the murder of President John F. Kennedy. As a 30-year-old reporter for the New York Times, I had been sent from the Los Angeles bureau to interview Mrs. Oswald and glean any scrap of information about her son, who by that time had been shot and killed by Jack Ruby.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Showrooming: It's a retail phenomenon that brick-and-mortar chains have hustled to shut down, in which shoppers check out products in person before buying them online at a discount. It's a tactic that 100% of consumers have used at least occasionally, according to a new study released weeks before the key Black Friday shopping scrum. The survey, from e-retailing platform CommerceHub, is on the smaller side, with just 300 respondents. But 43% of those people said they showroom once or twice a year, nearly 29% said they do it six times a year, 22% said they do it once a month and about 6% said they do it once a week.
TRAVEL
March 19, 2006
THANKS to Jane Engle for trying to bring some sanity to the cost of rooms ["Neither Motel 6 nor the Ritz, These Hotels Meet You Halfway," Travel Insider, March 12] . We do not have unlimited funds and would rather eat well and sightsee than squander money on a fancy hotel room. We use affinity cards and join the various chains to accrue points and get better treatment at check-in and perhaps even on room prices. BILL GAVITT Riverside
TRAVEL
March 1, 1998
How does a regular 10-hour flight to Germany from LAX turn into an 18-hour drag? Simple--the Boeing 747 is five hours late arriving from Frankfurt, and we arrive three hours early as recommended for check-in. As the clerk hands us our boarding passes she adds in passing: Oh, by the way, you know we're running a few hours late! How should we know? Nothing is posted at the entrance, and once you arrive at the airport you're stuck anyway. Lesson: Call before you leave home and hope you get correct information about delays.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google released a new version of its app for the iPhone and the iPad on Tuesday, and it's filled with so many features that it's hard to figure out which are worthy of your attention. We checked out some of the features and here are our five favorites. 1. Improved image search When users tap on an image search result to enlarge the picture, they can now tap on the image with two fingers and drag them apart to zoom in further. Similarly, users can drag their two fingers toward each other to minimize the image and return to the results.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
At Wednesday's 10th birthday party for Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform the world premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels. " It's made up of 13 orchestral suites by the late L.A. rock star and composer, only parts of which surfaced in his 1971 "200 Motels" feature film and double-LP soundtrack album. Zappa, who died 20 years ago of cancer just short of 53, devoted much of his creative energy to humorous scoffing at most aspects of the human condition.
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