CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings. The law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but not implemented until May 2013, is intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun. Smith & Wesson joins gun maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. in halting the sales.
HOME & GARDEN
January 19, 2014 |
Interior designer Brian Gennett turns old book covers into striking mosaics for wall coverings, penny-tile surfaces and home décor objects that have been featured in Elle Decor magazine and are sold at Harbinger on La Cienega Boulevard. Let's cut right to it: Do people ever come at you for destroying perfectly good books? It's been mentioned to me jokingly, but, really, the books I am using are headed for the dump. There are bookstores that sell me covers that have fallen off books, and I also buy whole books at library and yard sales and the Goodwill and then recycle the paper pages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 |
As crazy as it sounds, you may one day get into your car and head to the coffee shop, to work, to the gym or the beach without ever putting your foot on the brake or the gas pedal. No, you're not going to have a chauffeur. Your car is going to drive itself. Impossible? Not at all. The design and production of self-driving cars has already begun. Google has a fleet of them cruising Bay Area roads, and in 2012 the company ran a demonstration in which a local resident got behind the wheel of a Prius, went to lunch and picked up his dry cleaning without having to touch the controls.
January 16, 2014 |
The costume designers announced as nominees for a 2014 Academy Award in costume design Thursday all earned their nods working on period films. Michael Wilkinson for the late '70s set “American Hustle,” William Chang Suk Ping for “The Grandmaster,” (which begins in 1936), Catherine Martin for “The Great Gatsby,” (set in the Roaring 20s), Michael O'Connor for “The Invisible Woman” (about Charles Dickens' mistress) and Patricia Norris for “12 Years a Slave” -- a movie based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup.
January 13, 2014 |
A blend of bioluminescent life forms and splashy audiovisual recreations of their eerie haunts in the darkest depths of the ocean has earned the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach an international design award. The $560,000 Wonders of the Deep exhibit, which opened in May, aims to draw public attention to the importance of protecting marine resources and introduce visitors to some of the cryptic creatures that thrive in submerged expanses, frigid darkness, crushing pressure and volcanic fissures.
HOME & GARDEN
January 10, 2014 |
When it comes to living in a small space, double duty is key. No inch can be wasted. Take a recent office I created inside a client's 1920s Los Angeles studio apartment. One main room held the bed, lounge chairs, dressers, bookcase and TV cabinet. Fitting in all these pieces of furniture was no small feat, and we were left no space for a desk - and all the things that go along with working from home. How did we create an office in the studio? The answer was the closet. The closet was largely vacant because a dressing area stored most of the client's clothes.
January 9, 2014 |
Federal investigators have come down with a case of coulrophobia and now have to explain how the fear of clowns and their fans is not a violation of the U.S. Constitution: The Insane Clown Posse, a hip-hop rap duo, and their fans, known as Juggalos, are suing the U.S. Justice Department for including them in a 2011 FBI report “as a loosely organized hybrid gang.” The government argued that some Juggalos have been involved in assaults and a...
January 8, 2014 |
"Her," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are among the nominees for the 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards. Nominated Wednesday for excellence in contemporary film were Suzy Benzinger for "Blue Jasmine," Casey Storm for "Her," Wendy Chuck for "Nebraska," Consolata Boyle for "Philomena" and Sarah Edwards for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. " Vying for excellence in period film are Patricia Norris for "12 Years a Slave," Michael Wilkinson for "American Hustle," Kurt & Bart for "Dallas Buyers Club," Catherine Martin for "The Great Gatsby," and Daniel Orlandi for "Saving Mr. Banks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 |
The White House on Wednesday will designate a swath of Los Angeles a "Promise Zone," a move intended to marshal millions of dollars in federal resources for pockets of poverty under a signature program of the Obama administration. Marking the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty, the White House will name five communities across the country to be targeted. L.A.'s Promise Zone stretches through Pico-Union, Westlake, Koreatown, East Hollywood and Hollywood, what Mayor Eric Garcetti called some of the "toughest, challenged areas" in the city.
January 6, 2014 |
At this time of year, a lot of Americans have vowed to develop more healthful habits. Unfortunately, most of those who have made weight loss resolutions will fail. But it won't be entirely their fault. Americans today live in a food swamp. We are constantly exposed to marketing and advertising designed to keep food on our minds and treats at our fingertips. If you go out to dinner, you will probably be served more food than you need and eat more than you should. At the market, you'll be encouraged to buy unhealthful foods.