CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2013 |
In more than two decades leading the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Cardinal Roger Mahony headlined immigration rallies, marched for worker rights and made national news by announcing he would defy a congressional bill he regarded as anti-immigrant. But the man who replaced him in 2011 - Archbishop Jose Gomez - has shied away from such attention-getting actions. Instead, he plans to take 60 conservative Catholic business leaders on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City this fall in hopes of winning them over on immigration reform.
December 23, 2012 |
In a sunny, wood-paneled, south-facing room on the second floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, visitors who've come to peruse the Flemish Madonnas and Constable landscapes, the cases of stately British silver and florid French porcelain, will happen upon something a little unusual over the next couple of months. It's not obvious at first. At the end of a hallway at the top of the staircase, a tall, slender sculpture appears framed in a window. It has a delicate and graceful mien, not dissimilar from those of the 18th century ladies in the portrait gallery downstairs.
December 20, 2012 |
"Look upon your work!" In "Skyfall," Javier Bardem as the vengeance-driven villain known as Silva demands this of spy chief M (Judi Dench) and James Bond (Daniel Craig) in a devilish baritone as he twists a dental mouthpiece dripping with saliva out of his jaw, to reveal the rotted tooth or two that remain in his head, while his face caves in and one eye bulges like Quasimodo's. And to think that some of us revere Bardem partly for his continental good looks. "Your work cannot come from your vanity," the actor, recognized last week with a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the performance, says via phone from London.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2012 |
With Los Angeles' mayoral primary less than 12 weeks away, the race is taking on a sharper focus after a weekend skirmish between City Controller Wendy Greuel and a rival who hopes to pull support from her political base among white voters in the San Fernando Valley. Of the eight candidates vying in the March 5th primary, Greuel is one of the best known. Yet one of her least-known adversaries, Republican Kevin James, is posing a potential threat to her quest for a spot in the May 21st runoff.
December 13, 2012
MUSIC This year's installment of Power 106 FM's annual Cali Christmas upends many of its recent traditions. The hip-hop and R&B round-table usually gets a few titans from its upper airplay ranks, some singles-toting newbies and an L.A. legend or two. But this year's lineup is a study in contrasts and shows how quickly generation gaps can emerge in the young and fast-moving Power 106 audience. Rick Ross, the rotund and resilient Miami kingpin, tops the bill with guest-verse staples Meek Mill and 2 Chainz in tow. The most exciting acts include Compton's Kendrick Lamar, whose lauded major-label debut, "good kid, m.A.A.d.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2012 |
The two candidates vying to head the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation as Los Angeles County's next district attorney are in many ways a study in opposites. Alan Jackson, 47, assistant head of the district attorney's major crimes unit, is a white, male Republican and a Texas-raised Air Force veteran who once dreamed of being a fighter pilot. He has a penchant for sports cars and a flair for the limelight. Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, 55, is a Democrat and would be the first woman and first African American to hold the office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2012 |
After three years of steady decline, hate crimes in Los Angeles County rose 15% last year, due in part to an increase in white supremacist and street gang incidents, officials will report Wednesday. The change is similar to a recent rise reported in Orange County but bucks a continuing decline statewide. The 489 hate crimes reported last year in Los Angeles County were still the second-lowest total in two decades - in 2001 the county saw a high of 1,031 - but county officials said they were still concerned about the increase.
October 22, 2012 |
The bad news for air travelers is that domestic fares have increased about 4.5% in 2012, bringing the average airline ticket to about $375. The good news is that the increase has been modest compared with 2011, when fares jumped 8.3%. Even better news, industry analysts predict air fares will rise even less in 2013. But before you pop the cork on the champagne, know that industry experts warn fares could still soar in the last two months of this year. In fact, Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest carrier of domestic passengers, raised domestic prices last week $4 to $10 per round trip, depending on the route.
October 15, 2012 |
- Pretrial hearings for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged top Al Qaeda terrorist operatives opened Monday with a ruling that the defendants cannot be forced to attend the legal proceedings at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision by Judge James L. Pohl came after Mohammed and his codefendants sat quietly and respectfully during the opening day of testimony at Guantanamo, sharply different from their courtroom protests during their arraignment last spring.
October 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Wednesday night's presidential debate will feature two candidates with very different strategic imperatives talking, to some extent, to different audiences. President Obama holds a small, but stubborn, lead in the race nationally, according to every major public poll. Of equal significance, Obama holds a larger lead in some key battleground states, particularly Ohio and Wisconsin, leaving Mitt Romney a perilously narrow potential path to a majority. Obama's strategic opportunity in the debate is to try to press home arguments that would help him nail down one or two more key states.