August 20, 2013 |
It costs a lot of money to rent space for a store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills -- about $575 per square foot per year -- but Southern California's priciest retail real estate is a steal compared with those in other prominent cities such as Hong Kong and New York. Hong Kong is the world's most expensive city for shopkeepers by a pretty wide margin, according to CBRE Group Inc. Rents for prime property there averaged $4,328 per foot in the second quarter, a recent report by the real estate brokerage said.
August 15, 2013 |
Orson Scott Card, the “Ender's Game” novelist who ignited a firestorm over his comments about gay marriage, has written a paranoid essay comparing President Obama to Hitler in which he suggests Obama could be planning a coup to take over the United States. In a post on his Civilization Watch blog called “Unlikely Events,” Card lays out a conspiracy-laden rant saying Obama wants to take over the country via a national police force driving around in armored cars - “thugs who will do his bidding without any reference to law” - and that Michelle Obama will be anointed to succeed him until “the Constitution will have been amended to allow Presidents to run for reelection forever.” MORE: Orson Scott Card and Superman: Stoking fan rage Card prefaces his essay by saying that as a science-fiction writer his job is to “make impossible events seem not just possible but likely.
August 14, 2013 |
Prince William is opening up about fatherhood as he does his royal duties. At an appearance in Anglesey, where he has been stationed as an RAF pilot since 2009, the second in line to the British throne addressed a crowd at the island's annual agricultural show, according to BBC News . He also apologized that his wife, Catherine, and new son couldn't join him at the event. "I have to say that I thought Search and Rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding, but looking after a 3-week-old baby is up there!"
August 13, 2013 |
The two women of Deap Vally are really bummed out by the idea of a walk of shame. You know, the ritualistic morning skulk back home after hooking up with someone you probably won't call again. They're not torn up about the hookup part, though. It's the shame that seems dumb. "We always knew we wanted to write about that idea of a 'Walk of Shame,'" said drummer and co-vocalist Julie Edwards. "It always bugged me, that there's this neurosis that just turns on in your head afterwards.
July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House passed a measure Wednesday that resolves a dispute over how to set student loan rates, sending it to President Obama, who has said he would sign the legislation "right away. " The compromise proposal, which passed 392 to 31, bases rates on the market and, at least temporarily, will allow some recipients of new federal student loans to pay lower rates than last year. As the economy improves, however, rates will increase. But the bill also caps the rates and allows borrowers to lock in interest rates over the life of the loan.
July 24, 2013 |
Google Inc. is making a splash in the world of digital TV receivers with its tiny, $35 Chromecast device. The new Google gadget rivals the Apple TV and all Roku devices. However, each digital receiver has its benefits and downsides. Here's how the three gadgets compare. Content By far the most important part of any digital TV receiver is the amount of content it has access to and the quality of that content. If you look at numbers alone, then Roku is far and away the clear winner.
July 17, 2013 |
Johnny Manziel has been under intense scrutiny ever since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy last year. Every word, tweet, movement has been discussed, analyzed and, more often than not, criticized, sometimes justifiably. Remind you of a certain pop star of around the same age that also often seems to be doing the wrong thing in the eyes of the media? "I guess I feel like Justin Bieber or something," Manziel said in an appearance on ESPN at SEC media day. "I never thought it would really be that way. " In that interview as well as a news conference in front of hundreds of reporters, the Texas A&M quarterback got the chance to tell his side of some of the off-season stories surrounding him, including why he left the Manning family football camp early last weekend.
July 13, 2013 |
Electric car owners can get special discounts from utilities to charge their vehicles at home, but the amounts vary widely among power companies, according to a new study of charging costs. The study by Northeast Group calculated that Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers pay 53 cents per gallon of gas equivalent to charge at home, 40 cents cheaper than the average cost of discount programs nationwide. Southern California Edison customers choose from one of two discounted rate plans, depending on their usage habits, costing $1.11 or $1.24 per gallon equivalent.
July 11, 2013 |
The mud and slop into which big-time college athletics keeps descending never ceases to amaze. Tuesday's story in The Times about Steve Alford's financial situation at UCLA is merely more sewage on the sludge. Let us count the ways, remembering as we go that: •This is the school that has forever promoted and flaunted the principles of John Wooden. •Times have changed. Athletic finances and athletic egos have become inflated. •(Again) This is the school that has forever promoted and flaunted the principles of John Wooden.