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January 15, 2014 | By Susan Denley
What would Barbie wear on the beach? That question was the starting point for a group of 15 students at Otis College of Art and Design who took a class last fall taught by Los Angeles swimwear designer Rod Beattie in conjunction with the Mattel design team. Using Barbie and her Malibu Beach House as inspiration, the students were instructed to design swimwear for young women ages 18-24, all in pink. The fruits of their labors will be on display for a limited time beginning this weekend at Santa Monica Place . Saturday through Monday, guests can walk through the exhibit.
January 12, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
The gig: Chong Guk "C.G. " Kum is president and chief executive of Hanmi Financial Corp., the oldest bank based in L.A.'s Koreatown. Nearly 10% of Hanmi's loans were delinquent in 2010. But the bank has cut that to 1%, raised capital and in June it hired Kum, a veteran of mainstream community banks, to chart a course for growth. The mission, he says, is "to make Hanmi what it used to be: the premier Korean American bank. " First big deal: The bank entered into an agreement last month to buy Central Bancorp, a troubled Texas bank with Asian American clients.
January 12, 2014 | By Erika Hayasaki
The day before a 16-year-old friend of mine was murdered, she kissed the window of her white sedan, a birthday gift, leaving cranberry-colored stains on the glass. Then she gave me a hug goodbye. Her name was Sangeeta Lal, and the next morning, her ex-boyfriend shot her. It was April 19, 1995, the same day as the Oklahoma City bombings, and while the world media tuned in to the images of bloody babies and building carcasses left behind by the attack in Oklahoma, I found myself, 16 and a high school newspaper reporter, reporting on my community's own domestic terror.
January 5, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
This newly built marble-clad home at the Madison Club, a golf course community in La Quinta, offers an updated take on Midcentury Modern architecture. Strong horizontal lines, abundant floor-to-ceiling glass pocket doors and a sleeping porch pay homage to the style. Location: 81333 Peary Place, La Quinta 92253 Asking price: $8.495 million Architect: Trace Wilson House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 8,200 square feet Lot size: 0.72 of an acre Features: Office, glass wine room, home theater with seating for 15, game room, marble flooring, outdoor fireplace, bar, zero-edge swimming pool, dog shower, electric vehicle docking station in garage About the area: In the first half of last year, 698 single-family homes sold in the 92253 ZIP Code at a median price of $352,000, according to DataQuick.
January 5, 2014 | By Ken Van Vechten
Before the economy tanked, my favorite golf getaway spots were also the most expensive golf getaway spots in the land: Las Vegas, Hawaii, Scottsdale, Ariz. Prices have declined, but there still are many ways to drop $200 or more - in some instances way more - on a round of golf. Fear not. On a recent trip to one of those faves, the Hawaiian Islands, and Kauai in particular, my wife, Terri, and I took it upon ourselves to find good golf that is not expensive golf. We are pleased to report that, no, you don't have to sell your kids to play golf in Kauai.
December 21, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Lindsey Vonn, with boyfriend Tiger Woods watching from the finish area, could not complete a downhill run Saturday when her surgically repaired right knee "gave out" as she struggled to maintain her balance. The 2010 Olympic downhill champion, who tore two ligaments in the knee earlier this year, said she doesn't think she sustained any more damage during the World Cup event at Val d'Isere, France, but said she will have to be careful as she continues to prepare for the 2014 Sochi Games in February.
December 5, 2013 | By Michael Ordoña
For Paul Greengrass, the journey of "Captain Phillips" took him through unfamiliar waters in which he had to make himself at home. "For some reason with this one, I took a few days to find my way," the director says. "I remember feeling I was a bit inhibited with the material. I spoke to Chris Rouse, my editor, one night and said, 'I'm worried the stuff I'm doing is a bit boring.' He said, 'Oh, I thought it was a choice!' "So the next day I thought, 'We're going to go for it now,' and I started to really let rip. Tom came up to me a few hours later, 'That's more like it!
November 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
[Updated, 11:47 a.m. PST Nov. 25: The National Weather Service said Monday that a storm system was still on course to slam the East Coast and harry travelers, starting as soon as Tuesday. “Given the recent very cold weather, the onset of the precipitation may be in the form of light snow or a wintry mix east of the [Appalachian Mountains],” the National Weather Service said in a Monday briefing. “Widespread moderate to heavy rain is likely from Tuesday night into Wednesday, and this will likely cause travel issues for Thanksgiving travelers.” Heavy rains of 1 to 3 inches were expected across the South on Monday as the weather system advances northeast, meteorologists said.
November 17, 2013 | By Geoffrey Dean-Smith
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - It was just before 9 a.m. on a Monday as I stepped out of the luxurious, air-conditioned changing rooms of the Garden City Golf Club and onto the first tee. The temperature was already in the 90s and rising. But the heat didn't concern me as much as the design of this beast of a golf course. It runs 7,361 yards from the black tees, through narrow, winding fairways, between bunkers you could get lost in, with water everywhere and, finally, into huge undulating greens that look big enough to hold a game of five-a-side touch football.
November 11, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It sounds like an art project that could swiftly go awry: A dozen writer-directors -- NYU students -- collaborate to turn a book of poems into a feature film. What could make it be a success? James Franco, of course. Franco is the tireless movie star slash literary figure, a writer and director in his own right, who is ready to throw his megawatt smile behind the most improbable of projects. To which now can be added "Tar. " The independently produced "Tar" is based on the 1983 book of the same name by poet C.K. Williams.
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