September 2, 2013 |
Despite working 18-hour days, including part time as a waitress at a strip club, Hope Arnold was on the verge of losing her Silver Lake home. Then she discovered Airbnb, a website that links vacationers seeking an alternative to hotels and homeowners with rooms to rent. Billing her place as an "artsy and rustic 1927 treehouse," she started renting out her master bedroom, while she slept in the den. It paid off. Arnold has made $39,000 on Airbnb in the last 12 months, and the site now accounts for as much as 70% of her monthly income.
August 23, 2013 |
CAIRO -- A week after Egypt witnessed its bloodiest days of unrest, protesters against the military-backed government came out across Cairo and other provinces Friday amid tension but relative calm. Cairo was under tight security with additional tanks deployed in the streets and Friday prayers banned at several mosques where protests denouncing the July 3 military coup were planned. The Anti-Coup Coalition, an alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and others groups that oppose the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, reported that one man was killed when “thugs and MoI" -- agents of the Ministry of Interior -- attacked a demonstration.
August 22, 2013 |
CAIRO - As supporters cheered former President Hosni Mubarak's release from prison, Egypt's military-backed government pressed ahead with its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, taking steps to ban religious movements from forming political parties and weaken the influence of Islamic law on the constitution. The release of Mubarak on Thursday suggested that remnants of the police state he built during his 30 years in power were resurfacing two years after the autocrat was ousted in the "Arab Spring" uprising.
August 21, 2013 |
GAZA CITY - The homemade YouTube video features four masked men in matching T-shirts, standing like soldiers as one reads a statement lambasting Hamas for killing civilians and calling for the overthrow of the Gaza Strip's Islamist government. They call their new Palestinian youth group Tamarod Gaza - using the Arabic word for "rebellion" - after the similarly named Egyptian protest movement that helped bring down Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and Hamas' mentor, the Muslim Brotherhood.
August 19, 2013 |
CAIRO - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on trial on murder-related charges in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in 2011, may be released from prison soon, after a judge set aside a corruption case against him. Mubarak faces another legal challenge, and there is also the possibility that prosecutors could file new cases against him to continue holding him. Nonetheless, the prospect of his release could incite fresh unrest at...
August 16, 2013 |
CAIRO - When the bodies began arriving, doctors cordoned off a small corner for the dead. But those killed in protests Friday quickly filled the space, and soon the entire left side of the Fatih mosque's prayer area was lined with corpses. "Martyr! Martyr!" yelled men, some of them crying, as they carried in another body. Amid the pandemonium, someone made the call for afternoon prayers, and another body was brought in. There was no time to pray. Wednesday was the deadliest day in Egypt's ongoing unrest, and many of those who came out in protest after midday prayers Friday said they were doing so because of the bloodshed earlier in the week.
August 16, 2013 |
The growing death toll from prescription drug overdoses reflects the increased use of powerful painkillers and psychotherapeutic drugs, many of which are addictive and toxic when misused. Since The Times' Scott Glover and Lisa Girion began highlighting the problem late last year, state lawmakers have responded by trying to plug the information gaps that enable patients and doctors to abuse the system. Those efforts are slowly yielding results, although not to the extent that's needed.
August 15, 2013 |
CAIRO -- The charred road leading to the Rabaa al Adawiya mosque was scattered with an overturned army truck, smoldering fires, bulldozers, prayer rugs and tense soldiers whose bayonets glistened in the sun near a battered mosaic of a long-ago pharaoh. A boy with a donkey cart sifted through the debris: syringe, book, bandages, wire mesh, a crumpled tent. Another boy trundled through the haze and stench, eyeing street sweepers and police. A shovel scraped and a woman sang with joy from an open window.
August 15, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Egyptian government building was attacked and set ablaze Thursday, allegedly by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, a day after security forces killed hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators while clearing two protest encampments. As a rally organized by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement passed in front of the Giza municipal building, protesters broke away from the march and tore down the gate, witnesses said. They threw Molotov cocktails into the two-story building and at government vehicles parked in the garage.
August 14, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Columns of smoke rose, gunfire rattled and scores of protesters were killed early Wednesday when security forces clashed with loyalists of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a bloody and chaotic military operation to crush two massive sit-ins. The streets of the capital echoed with bursts of tear gas and steady streams of automatic weapons fire as security forces backed by bulldozers and armored personnel carriers stormed pro-Morsi sit-ins at Cairo University and across the Nile outside the Rabaa al Adawiya mosque.