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February 15, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Since 1946, the San Diego Museum of Art has owned an appealing vision of happy prosperity: Frans Hals' 1630s painting of a plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch merchant whose expression and body language exude confidence, security and bonhomie. In the early 1990s, on one of his infrequent visits to Los Angeles from Europe, Bernard Goodman asked his son, Simon, to take him to see it. Standing in front of the portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa, Bernard for the first time permitted a crack in what his son calls "the brick wall of silence" that had confronted him and his older brother, Nick, all their lives.
February 14, 2014 | By Kera Bolonik
B.J. Novak wrote for and costarred in NBC's hit series "The Office" for eight seasons, a quiet member of a hilariously brash ensemble, playing the smug Ryan Howard. So when he unleashed his literary debut, "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" (Alfred A. Knopf: 276 pp., $24.95), as part of a two-book, seven-figure deal with the literary stalwart publisher, there was no reason to think that Novak wasn't just another actor with writerly delusions. In fact, he was succumbing to his fate.
February 13, 2014 | By Karolina Waclawiak
In the story collection "Karate Chop," Dorthe Nors illuminates an ominous world of disconnected people trying to make sense of their dislocation. Among these micro-transmissions of self-preservation is the standout, "The Wadden Sea," in which a young girl takes off to a remote seaside town with her depressed mother. When the young narrator's grandmother comes to rescue them both, the young girl says, "I could tell she knew fear of life, and I could tell she knew it was a kind of fear that took in the whole of people's lives and could make them forsaken wherever in the world.
February 9, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- Scott Sternberg presented his fall and winter 2014 menswear collection in a SoHo storefront here Sunday, but his inspiration came from the West Coast -- the Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, to be exact. The inspiration:  Sternberg explained that the genesis of the idea came when he was using the Times building last year as the backdrop for an  ad campaign photo shoot with Frank Ocean . "[We were going] around this enormous structure -- most of which is empty -- and we just fell in love with being in those rooms, and all the stories behind them.
February 8, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - Adam Selman presented his sophmore women's collection on the 22 nd floor of a TriBeCa office tower here Thursday during New York Fashion Week, adding outerwear and layering pieces to his athletic-meets-the-street flavored eponymous label. The inspiration: Selman, who has created costumes for a laundry list of big-name performers (most notably Rihanna, with whom he collaborated for her line, River Island) looked to current events for his second collection. “There was this hiker who was hiking in the French Alps about four months ago,” Selman said backstage during the presentation, “and found a box [full of jewelry]
February 8, 2014 | By Jean Merl
More than a week after Rep. Henry A. Waxman touched off a political earthquake with his retirement announcement, aftershocks are rippling across his Westside-South Bay district. State Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance and former L.A. Controller Wendy Greuel, two Democrats who jumped in to vie for the seat shortly after Waxman said he wouldn't seek another term, have put together prestigious campaign teams and were racing to lock up endorsements. They've also been raising money. Attorney Barbara Mulvaney, another Democrat, joined the contest last week as a first-time candidate.
February 7, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - Designers Daniel Silver and Steven Cox sent their first full Duckie Brown women's collection down the runway here Thursday, showcasing it alongside the fall and winter 2014 menswear offerings in the Meatpacking District studio space where the label has staged its New York Fashion Week shows for the past several seasons. And it was anything but the Duckie for dudes tweaked for women. “Duckie Brown has always been inspired by heavy English tailoring and a sort of lad culture -- and womenswear,” Silver said before the show.
February 7, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Although U.S. intelligence officials have indicated since last summer that the National Security Agency was vacuuming up nearly every American telephone record for counter-terrorism investigations, officials acknowledged Friday that the spy agency collects data from less than a third of U.S. calls because it can't keep pace with cellphone usage. In a speech last month, President Obama called the bulk collection of telephone records the most controversial part of the debate over security and privacy sparked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaks of classified material.
February 5, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
On the rise since its launch in 2007, London-based fashion label Peter Pilotto, co-designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, is Target's latest design partner. The highly anticipated 70-piece collection ($14.99-$79.99) debuts this Sunday, Feb. 9, at most Target stores and ; also, for the very first time, select pieces will be sold by an outside retailer, , making the limited-edition collection accessible to an international audience. Fingers crossed that the computer crashes caused by previous Target designer launches don't morph into a global tech meltdown for frenzied fashion fans.
February 4, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Long Beach officials Tuesday evening were investigating how a trash truck ran over a man who was lying on a city beach. The victim was being treated Tuesday at a hospital, city officials said in a statement. His name and age were not released, nor were details on his condition. The victim was struck about 9 a.m. on the beach between 54th and 55th place by a "crew member conducting routine trash collection operations in a small truck," officials said. "The individual was reportedly lying on the ground.
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