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July 31, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Colleagues at our downtown neighbor, the legal newspaper the Daily Journal, were just put on notice to spiff if up. A memo more detailed than a “Project Runway” challenge laid out an employee dress code in dos and don'ts -- mostly don'ts, by far, and most of them directed at women's styles. I can't imagine that any journalist at the Daily Journal ever pranced into the office in a bare midriff, so the reasons for such specifics elude me. The memo was as detailed as a FIDM class on the differences between capris, which are not acceptable, and crop or ankle pants, which are. Spaghetti-strap tops can be worn only with a sweater or jacket.
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BUSINESS
July 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Cher is back in the real estate news, this time using her trust to buy a home in the Beverly Crest area for $2,145,355. The two-story country English house, built in 1957, was once owned by another celebrity - actor Ed O'Neill and his wife, Catherine Rusoff. They sold the home in 2007. The gated home features wood-plank floors, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,089 square feet of living space. The master suite, which has canyon views, includes two fireplaces. A star architect to celebrities Cher, 67, gained fame as part of the 1960s duo Sonny and Cher.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
How far will people go to get a reservation at a hot restaurant? I have a friend who was so desperate to get into the French Laundry that he devised an elaborate plan. He learned that there were two online reservations available for the restaurant every night at midnight (as opposed to the bulk of them, which must be made by phone, starting at 8 a.m.). So two months before the night he wanted to eat (the earliest reservations for that seating came available), he stayed up late with the restaurant's reservations page open on his computer and an atomic clock sitting beside him. As soon as the atomic clock clicked over to 12:00:00, he clicked the reservations tab. It worked.
SPORTS
July 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The roster has been finalized for the Brewers' team made up of Southern California products for next month's Area Code Games in Long Beach. Among the players are pitchers Nathan Hadley (Loyola), Quinn Brodey (Loyola), Parker Joe Robinson (JSerra), Jacob Nix (Los Alamitos), Jeffrey Bain (San Marino), Bailey Falter (Chino Hills), Kyle Molnar (Aliso Niguel), Grant Hockin (Damien), Jonathan Olsen (Damien), Jack Flaherty (Harvard-Westlake), Tylor Megill (Los Alamitos) and Matt Campbell (Simi Valley)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars who led the U.S. Military Academy during a turbulent period in the 1970s when a cheating scandal rocked West Point months before he was forced to admit the first female cadets, has died. He was 87. Berry died July 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a retirement home in Kennett Square, Pa., said his daughter, Nan Berry Davenport. In 1974, Berry, at age 48, was named superintendent of West Point.
SPORTS
July 11, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There are 65 players left for a final tryout to make the Brewers team for the Area Code Games next month in Long Beach. The final tryout is July 16 at USC. Here's the link to list of the players still alive. Among the players are Marcus Wilson of Gardena Serra, Blake Rutherford of Chaminade, Chris Betts of Long Beach Wilson and Jack Flaherty of Harvard-Westlake. There's six pitchers on the list who are committed to national champion UCLA. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
BUSINESS
July 10, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
Many people in Los Angeles know that those bright yellow rectangular signs that pop up periodically in their neighborhoods mean a TV show or movie is being filmed nearby. What they may not know is that the production information on those signs is often misleading - a usually successful attempt to prevent rabid fans or ardent paparazzi from discovering that the nearby production is a big feature film or popular TV show. "The names are completely different to throw people off," said Lori Balton, a location manager and president of the Location Managers Guild of America.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Credit unions have been snatching customers from banks amid consumer frustration over rising fees and outrage over Wall Street's role in the financial crisis. Now banks are fighting back by trying to take away something vital to credit unions - their federal tax exemption. With fast-growing credit unions posing more formidable competition to banks, industry trade groups are pressing the White House and Congress to end a tax break that dates to the Great Depression.
OPINION
July 3, 2013 | By Yuri Vanetik
The May jobs report shows that the American economy added 175,000 positions. Positive employment growth is welcome news, of course. But May's gains weren't big enough to make a dent in the national joblessness rate, which actually ticked up to 7.6%. Meanwhile, revenue at most U.S. companies continues to grow as firms expand operations and accumulate capital. Yet this progress hasn't precipitated a proportional expansion in hiring. This lag has long been a source of frustration on Capitol Hill.
SCIENCE
June 26, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Researchers have unraveled the genetic code of a wild horse that loped across the frozen Yukon about 700,000 years ago, making it the oldest creature by far to reveal its DNA to modern science. Until recently, experts believed it was impossible to recover useful amounts of DNA from fossils that old. The previous record holder for oldest genome belonged to a polar bear that lived more than 110,000 years ago. The horse sequence, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, amounts to a dramatic increase in how far back scientists can peer into the biochemical history of advanced life.
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