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October 17, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
There is a thin line between fantasy and reality, and in parts of Oklahoma, that separation is porous indeed,  especially around Halloween. A family in Mustang has gone big-time, decorating the yard and driveway with ghosts and tombstones. But the piece de resistance was the fake corpse that appeared to be crushed under a garage door, and a second body later positioned in the driveway, seemingly crushed under a vehicle's wheel. The display was so realistic that someone called 911 to report the body under the door, and emergency personnel (who probably had better things to do)
October 4, 2013 | Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic
"All is Bright" - "All Is Bright" is a bit of holiday melancholy masquerading as black comedy. Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins star in this sweet, sad tale of thieves and other lost causes tangled up in a Brooklyn Christmas tree lot one very cold December. Love of the same good woman, Therese (Amy Landecker), has both trying to go almost straight, selling bootleg Christmas trees in the big city. The film is rather rough and seedy as holiday fables go, and quite often the ideas and characters are only half baked.
September 7, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
September is one of the most popular months to move, but busy renters may not feel as if they have the energy or time for DIY projects in a new home. I've pulled together five products that are easy ways to put a personal stamp on a new space. Whether you are moving now or simply refreshing the same ol' place, these quick fixes may give you the look you're after without leaving a permanent mark on your rental. 1. Cutting Edge Stencils: This company's “Geometric/Allover” stencils are a great way to update an old or cheap bookcase.
August 29, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to announce whether he will seek a fourth and final term next year, but there are signs that the 75-year-old governor is still just settling back in to the executive office. Brown, whose office is known for its spartan furnishings, eclectic collection of books and an oversized picnic table, has retrieved an old tchotchke from the bowels of the state parks' inventory of California artifacts.   The governor, who did not marry until he was 67, brought a bachelor's sensibility to his latest decorating flourish -- a 9-foot marlin caught by his father decades ago -- that now adorns the eastern wall of the lobby of the governor's Capitol office.
July 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Rx Boiler Room, a new restaurant with a steampunk vibe, is Chef Rick Moonen's latest offering on the Las Vegas Strip. Rx Boiler Room in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place , replaces the upstairs dining area at Moonen's RM Seafood . That space formerly featured a pricier, more upscale menu. Steampunk, a genre found in science-fiction books and movies, is reflected in the new restaurant's décor: It's reminiscent of the industrial revolution in Britain during the 19th century.
July 18, 2013
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars who led the U.S. Military Academy during a turbulent period in the 1970s when a cheating scandal rocked West Point months before he was forced to admit the first female cadets, has died. He was 87. Berry died July 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a retirement home in Kennett Square, Pa., said his daughter, Nan Berry Davenport. In 1974, Berry, at age 48, was named superintendent of West Point.
July 10, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
To know one California Pizza Kitchen restaurant is to know them all - the black-and-tan booths, low-pile carpeting and acrylic panels. Now, the 28-year-old mall staple known for a pervasive sense of sameness is undergoing what its CEO calls a "de-chaining," upgrading its image and menu to be more individual, relevant and attractive to foodies. The brand, known as CPK, is opening a prototype eatery Wednesday in the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, its first new location near its Los Angeles home base in five years.
June 8, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
Dorothy said, "There's no place like home. " I disagree. Every place can be home. Even that place with the bare walls, the wannabe DJ next door and the A/C unit older than your first car. I've lived in six apartments in seven years. From a studio with blue carpeting to an old Victorian with soaring ceilings, every one of those places I have made my home. That's the point of this new column and video series: to look at design through the eyes of the space-starved, budget-minded renter.
June 6, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
"Hannibal," the recently renewed NBC drama about psychiatrist-serial killer-cannibal Hannibal Lecter, may be as fiendishly gory as TV gets, but the interior decorating is undeniably elegant. Series creator Bryan Fuller , a partner in L.A. design store Fuller + Roberts , hired production designer Patti Podesta and set decorator Jaro Dick to bring Lecter's deadly lairs to life. PHOTOS: The delicious decorating of "Hannibal" Podesta, whose credits include "Cinema Verite," provided L.A. at Home with a detailed postmortem via email on the show's stylish and atmospheric interiors for this edited Q&A: What was your design brief, and what were your references?
June 3, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
An Orange County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for beating his boyfriend to death with a decorative rock in a plot to steal his car, money and electronics, prosecutors said. Jose Fuentes, 26, was found guilty by a jury in March of one felony count of murder, with sentencing enhancements for lying in wait and committing a robbery and burglary, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Fuentes, who was sentenced Friday, was also found guilty of robbery and burglary.
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