April 28, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - White daffodils and violet daisies waxed aromatic from the crystal vase on the young couple's dining table. Friends had brought the flowers as a gesture of farewell, an all-too-common sentiment these days in the Syrian capital, where even some of the most resolute families are packing up and moving out. The exodus includes young, middle-class professionals born and raised in Damascus. Others are merchants, doctors, and teachers, the backbone of the capital's economy.
April 27, 2013 |
Call me old-fashioned, but I am not a fan of the current trend wherein bacon, avocado and other ingredients normally considered staples of savory cooking are used to make desserts, instead of, say, a BLT. The only exception to this rule, and it's an exception I make more than once, is olive oil. Although we normally think of olive oil as something to use to make a vinaigrette, sauté soffrito or season meat, when used in a dessert, the flavor of...
April 26, 2013 |
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Saturday night and could be back with the Dodgers next week, nearly a month sooner than expected. Even that's not soon enough for Ramirez, though. "It hasn't been easy, watching the games from the bench," he said after an extended round of batting and fielding drills Friday. "I like to be in there competing. I'm looking forward to being back. "I can't wait. " When Ramirez underwent surgery March 22 to repair a tendon in his right thumb, torn during the World Baseball Classic championship game, doctors predicted he would be sidelined two months.
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April 26, 2013 |
Dave Gold launched his 99 Cents Only Stores empire in Los Angeles at age 50 after mulling over the idea for over a decade. The thrifty entrepreneur took the dollar store concept and introduced it to middle-class and upscale neighborhoods. In the process, he created a chain that has become a mainstay for families squeezed during hard times or those who simply love a good bargain. Gold died Monday at his Mid-Wilshire home from an apparent heart attack, said his son, Jeff Gold. He was 80. Long before dollar stores dotted many street corners, Gold opened the first 99 Cents Only store in Los Angeles in 1982.
April 21, 2013
GERMANY Presentation Peter Wortsman will read from and discuss his new book, "Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray," which has been described as "the perfect guide to all aspects of life in Berlin - the best and the wurst of it. " When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. BICYCLING Presentation After four continents, 41 countries and almost 30,000 miles, Stephen Fabes, a British doctor, has reached California and will talk about his adventure on two wheels that took him from the mid-winter Alps to the blistering heat of the Syrian desert, and from the wilds of Africa to the magnificent peaks of the Andes.
April 20, 2013 |
A hot Friday afternoon in Long Beach played host to the qualifying round of the weekend's American Le Mans Series final. ALMS, as the race is known, is styled after the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, one of the oldest and most prestigious events in motorsports racing. ALMS is a series event, with 10 races of varying lengths held throughout the U.S. and Canada. What makes ALMS races so compelling is that spectators get to watch five different classes of cars compete on the track at the same time.