December 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Senate leaders remain shy of a deal to avert the automatic tax increases due to take effect at midnight on New Year's Eve, despite conversations that continued overnight between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor Monday morning that “there are a number of issues in which the two sides are still apart” but that negotiations “are continuing as I speak.” “We really are running out of time,” he added, about 13 hours before the nation would go over the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Biden and McConnell, after trading phone calls Sunday afternoon, spoke again at 12:45 a.m. and again at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
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December 13, 2012 |
Robert Kim took his family to Wi Spa last Friday night so his wife could revisit the public bath culture she grew up with in Korea. Besides, his two sons, the older one anyway, love the children's playroom, equipped with video games, foosball and a slide. The Kims (the last name, he joked, of half the families in the cavernous jimjilbang ) ran into another father he knew from the Korean-English dual language school their kids attend in Porter Ranch. (More on the jimjilbang later.)
December 8, 2012 |
It has been the longest and most successful football season in school history, but unbeaten Harbor City Narbonne had never faced the dire situation it encountered on Saturday night in the CIF state regional Open Division championship bowl game. The Gauchos were getting rolled over by Corona Centennial on the ground and through the air. By halftime, they faced their largest deficit of the season, 27-8, and Centennial fans were probably planning their tailgate parties for next week's game against Concord De La Salle at the Home Depot Center.
December 3, 2012 |
Talks to end the six-day strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach intensified over the weekend, but with no resolution, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote a terse note to both sides. He wants round-the-clock bargaining with the help of a mediator. The strike has pitted the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit against some of the world's biggest shipping lines and terminal operators. It has shut down 10 of the 14 cargo container terminals at the nation's busiest seaport complex.
December 1, 2012 |
The sign at the northeast corner of 1st and San Pedro streets in downtown Los Angeles is deceiving. The pink and blue neon advertises a real estate agency, but swing open the glass door and you'll encounter a tribute to a bygone era. "Heirloom" is a fitting title for the year-old shop at the edge of L.A.'s Little Tokyo. The boutique deals in vintage Americana (so rare it's displayed on the walls like museum pieces), as well as retro re-creations. There are 80-year-old Stetson hats, complete with original boxes, and a university sweater from Princeton; vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle boots and modern reproductions of military-issue flak jackets.
October 30, 2012
Don't keep your favorite holiday cookie recipe all to yourself. Spread the love; there are a few days left to enter the 3rd annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Post your recipe along with a short essay explaining why this cookie is your family's favorite. You can find a link for entry on our website: latimes.com/food . We'll test and taste the top 50 vote-getters at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Pasadena to come up with the 10 best. The deadline for entries is Nov. 3, and the voting ends Nov. 12. So get your recipe in as soon as you can. Here's a recipe for one of last year's winning cookies: Hungarian Isler cookies, submitted by Monika Csaszni.
October 29, 2012 |
Seven Dodgers off their 2012 roster became free agents Monday. All seven - Bobby Abreu, Joe Blanton, Randy Choate, Adam Kennedy, Brandon League, Shane Victorino and Jamey Wright - could be gone, though the Dodgers are making efforts to bring back all three relievers. General Manager Ned Colletti told The Times' Dylan Hernandez last week he was optimistic the Dodgers would be able to re-sign League , who had a 2.30 ERA, six saves and a 2-1 record in 28 games with the Dodgers.
October 28, 2012 |
The Lakers were 0-8 in exhibition play, but Coach Mike Brown insists it's only a matter of time before players adjust to one another and his new Princeton offense. "Come January, in my opinion, I think this could be like a machine," he said. They averaged 18.6 turnovers per game while Kobe Bryant battled shoulder and foot injuries and Dwight Howard tested his surgically repaired back, but Brown won't fret about those turnovers, at least initially. "They're turnovers for the most part from guys trying to figure out the reads and hit guys that they think are open," he said.
October 28, 2012 |
A day after USC's national championship hopes died in the Arizona desert, Coach Lane Kiffin stood by his clock management and play-calling during a final drive that came up short. USC's 39-36 loss to Arizona dropped the Trojans from ninth to 17th in the Bowl Championship Series standings and from ninth to 18th in the Associated Press media poll. Despite five turnovers and 13 penalties, USC had a chance to tie the score and send the game into overtime. With 55 seconds left and no timeouts remaining, the Trojans got the ball at their 13-yard line but failed to move into field-goal range.
October 18, 2012 |
It's hard to imagine a hoop world minus a few pregame rituals. Really, NBA. The league is considering moving things along, in terms of pregame antics, and that could greatly curtail the creative instincts of the likes of LeBron James, almost the entire Thunder team and, closer to home, the lively Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard. How do you confine genius to 90 seconds? That's the timeline - teams would have 1½ minutes from the end of player introductions to tipoff.