May 7, 2001 |
Lineman Ernie Lopez has been rousted out of bed on countless cold, rainy nights. He's climbed 100-foot utility poles in heavy winds and grabbed live electrical lines with nothing but a pair of rubber gloves to protect him. But the hardest thing Lopez has done in 20 years at Southern California Edison is walk away from a darkened apartment building while residents pleaded for their heat. It happened in late January.
May 31, 2013 |
Moto Guzzi is Italy's oldest and most elegant motorcycle marque. In continuous operation at its Mandelo del Lario plant since 1921, and now owned by Aprilia and Vespa parent company Piaggio Group, the brand was invented by three young men who'd met during World War I in an Italian flying squadron -- hence the wings on the company's logo -- and went on to dominate the Italian motorcycle scene for decades to come. The Guzzi's signature V-twin, shaft-driven engine was the power plant that drove dozens of Isle of Man TT and MotoGP winners, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, after Guzzi became the first foreign motorcycle company selected for an American police motorcycle unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1991 |
It's the age of the customized commuter. At least, that's the vision of Rapid Transit District officials. In the latest move to encourage more drivers to leave their cars at home, the RTD announced Tuesday a computerized planning service that gives commuters a tailor-made schedule for taking the bus from home to work and back. "It's a whole new way of reaching out and touching someone," RTD spokesman James Smart said at a news conference Tuesday.
July 26, 1989 |
That envelope stuffed with discount coupons may be junk mail to you, but it's become a cost-effective way for a growing number of small businesses to get inside your home to peddle their products. It has also become a gold mine for Money Mailer, a Huntington Beach direct-mail firm that specializes in helping proprietors of small businesses band together to pitch their wares in one mailing. Money Mailer is one of a few national firms that specialize in what is called "cooperative" advertising.
April 14, 1985
I empathize with the Tognazzinis (Letters, March 24) in their experience with U.S. Customs. I have said several times that I am ashamed to go through customs because I buy so little (usually around $50 worth). I haven't had any problems; they just look a little doubtful, as when I returned from Loreto last year without buying anything. What must get a laugh from a lot of people is the question, "Are you bringing more than $10,000 in cash with you?" JACKIE WILLIAMS Huntington Park
HOME & GARDEN
April 25, 1992 |
Making lampshades is a likely craft to conquer for the do-it-yourselfer who has already stenciled walls, antiqued furniture and turned bedsheets into slipcovers. "You can make a shade for less than it costs to buy one, you can get the fabrics and colors that you want, and there's the satisfaction that you made it yourself," says Bea Rowe of Yonkers, N.Y.
March 7, 2013 |
Diane Shattuck filled a prescription in December for a generic antibiotic called doxycycline. With insurance, she paid $4.30 for 60 pills at a CVS store in Orange. She returned at the end of February to refill her prescription. This time, she was told her cost for the drug would be about $165. "It was bizarre," Shattuck, 73, told me. "And no one at CVS could explain why the price was so high. " Unfortunately, I won't be able to offer a clear-cut answer, either. But my effort to untangle Shattuck's situation cast a harsh light on the shadowy world of drug pricing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2005 |
Victor Andersen hasn't spent much time away from his anvil, forge and belt drive for 60 years. The century-old appliances are more than the tools of his trade. They are what give one of few remaining blacksmiths in the Southland a reason to wake up every morning just before 6 at his home in Orange. They encourage this 72-year-old grandfather to get to his shop in Tustin by 7 a.m. They are what keep him there seven days a week until at least 4 p.m.