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October 16, 2011 | By Gustavo Arellano
The news was met with barely a whimper. Despite its long and prominent role as one of the chief arbiters of U.S. Mexican food tastes, when El Torito (or, more precisely, its Cypress-based parent company) declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, no one seemed to care. Why? Probably because today's Californians were too busy eating tacos de lengua and sipping horchata at the taqueria down the street. El Torito? If people thought about it at all these days, it was usually as that place they went for the company Christmas party.
October 14, 2011
In the future, what will our well-dressed, mean girl leaders have in common? A childhood filled with a lot of reality television. A revealing survey released this week from the Girl Scout Research Institute exposes the good, bad and ugly influences reality TV may be having on our impressionable female youth. The survey included 1,141 girls across the U.S. age 11 to 17 who were asked about their reality TV-watching habits as well as their opinions on relationships, self-confidence, self-image and success.
September 23, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
It may seem too good to be true, but Versace is launching an apparel line at fast-fashion retailer H&M in November. Missoni suede heels, with the luxe Italian fashion house's signature zigzag print, hit the shelves at discount giant Target. Even Vera Wang is designing diamond engagement rings for budget jeweler Zales. Unlikely pairings, perhaps, but shoppers are seeing more of these bargain-luxury combos these days as elite fashion designers increasingly go mass market. At a time when signals of economic distress abound, consumers are responding to the partnerships, turning the hype into huge sales.
August 17, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
In what could be turning into a nasty trend, French actor Gerard Depardieu reportedly urinated on the cabin floor of an airplane. A passenger interviewed on French radio said that Depardieu, who reportedly did the deed on a Paris-to-Dublin flight after being told by crew members to wait in his seat until after takeoff, appeared to have been drinking. This isn't the first time an alcohol-laced peeing incident has reportedly taken place on a plane, travel blogger Mary Forgione points out: Just this month, skier Sandy Vietze reportedly urinated on a young girl during a JetBlue flight.
July 15, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Four in 10 kids who get a diagnosis of either depression or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) end up getting both diagnoses sometime in their young lives. That means a lot will spend some part of their adolescence taking two psychiatric medications: methylphenidate (better known by its commercial name, Ritalin) and fluoxetine (better known as Prozac, the only of the new-generation antidepressants approved for kids as young as 8 years old). A new study conducted on rats suggests that taking that combination of drugs may change the adults they will become in ways that are distinctly troubling.
June 2, 2011
The Open Borders Festival takes its title literally (it's housed in a former Borders bookstore) and figuratively (it breaks down all sorts of genre barriers). Artists as varied as Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, avant-rapper Murs, stoner-rock titans Entrance Band and country-cute combo He's My Brother She's My Sister all play what may be the most eclectic local fest in the Southland. Borders Books & Music, 125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Saturday to July 30, various times.
June 7, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Save time and increase the intensity of your workouts by performing an upper body exercise and a lower body exercise at the same time. The combo move here will tighten and tone the fronts of your arms and the backs of your legs. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand over your right leg with your left leg pointed behind you. Lift your chest and pull your abs in toward your spine. Look straight ahead, and maintain your balance over your right leg as you contract your biceps (the muscles in the front of your arms)
December 17, 2009 | By Lisa Dillman
Quarterback and wide receiver. Yin and yang. Actually, Baron Davis and Chris Kaman are more like the guys on one of those ubiquitous political shows on cable TV, talking over each other and even yelling. And, yes, keeping it worth watching . . . for better or worse. On Wednesday night, it was for the better. Kaman and Davis combined for 36 points in the Clippers' 120-95 rout of the Timberwolves at the Target Center. Of course, there were many more dimensions to the 25-point victory.
November 1, 2009 | Andrew Gilbert
By day, Dr. Rupa Marya tends to critical-care patients at UC San Francisco, where she teaches intern physicians about communicating with people facing life and death decisions. By night, she sheds her last name, picks up a guitar and leads Rupa & the April Fishes, a rollicking world cabaret combo that has won an international following thanks largely to her poetically charged songs in Spanish, French and English. The band celebrates the release of its newest album, "Este Mundo," at the Mint on Friday, headlining a triple bill with the Chicano rockers Ollin and the flamenco hip-hop project Granada Doaba.
October 21, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
One has accounted for half his team's postseason wins. The other is responsible for more than a third of his team's runs. One set the tone in his team's two playoff series with dominating wins in the opening game. The other has hit home runs that erased deficits in three games his team came back to win. On their own, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and third baseman Alex Rodriguez can take over a game or a series. So when they're both playing at the top of their game at the same time, you get performances such as Tuesday, when Sabathia shut the Angels' bats down for eight innings while Rodriguez lighted their pitchers up, scoring three runs and driving in two in a 10-1 victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series that leaves the Yankees just a win short of the World Series.
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