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September 29, 2012 | By Elena Krupp
One morning, about six months after I'd given birth to what became the best parting gift ever, my husband rolled over, looked at me and said, "I don't really want to do this anymore. " To my everlasting relief, before I could spew a tirade of "how dare yous," I heard myself sigh and say, "Me neither. " For ages after that exchange, I couldn't get over how life turned on a dime. What if he'd slept in that morning and I'd already started my day with the kids? Would he have rolled over, mumbled to himself, showered and stayed married?
September 11, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
TORONTO -- Bill Murray has spent the last couple of days at the Park Hyatt Hotel riding the tony establishment's one working elevator and wandering the halls, moving from one interview to the next, surprising people he randomly encounters, charming women, basically being the Bill Murray everyone imagines from his long career in film. "Everyone was looking at him. They all wanted something from him. And all he wanted to do was relax. " It's a quote, not about Murray, but a line concerning Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whom Murray plays in the new movie "Hyde Park on Hudson.
September 4, 2012
Ithappens. We have a blast spending money in the shops, restaurants and casinos (oh yes, the casinos) only to realize that our travel budget is shot. Sure, you can pull out the plastic, but in Vegas, you don't have to. In fact, Sin City is teeming with free stuff to do and see after you've played that last chip. FOUNTAINS OF THE BELLAGIO Grab a bench to view this stellar choreographed water show - consisting of more than 1,200 dancing fountains and a spectacular sound system - at the Bellagio.
June 14, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
A triumph of genial impudence over good sense and better taste, "Rock of Ages"is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. Blessed with unstoppable energy, an undeniably bawdy sense of fun and Tom Cruise in backless leather pants, it takes songs you may never have loved and turns them into a musical that's easy to enjoy. Those tunes, undying anthems like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," come courtesy of the 2009 musical tribute to 1980s rock that was nominated for five Tonys and is still playing on Broadway.
April 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — How does a 28-year-old make $400 million in 18 months? With the right idea at the right time in mobile apps for smartphones. Kevin Systrom won the start-up sweepstakes this week when Facebook Inc. said it would pay $1 billion in cash and stock for his photo-sharing app maker, which has a loyal following of 30 million users but never made a dime. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called Systrom to personally negotiate the deal for the social media giant, which is expected to fetch a valuation of $100 billion as soon as next month when it begins selling shares to the public.
January 9, 2012
My husband and I got a kick out of the My Turn article ["A Penny for Your Walks? Count on It. " Jan. 2]. We are daily outdoor walkers who have discovered the same incentive as Jack Russell. We have found everything from pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters on our 3-mile excursions to paper money including $1, $5, $10 and $20. It doesn't happen often, but it makes each walk an adventure. We think of the coins as pennies from heaven, dropped by my father-in-law who also walked and picked up coins before he passed away.
December 10, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Newt Gingrich maintains his record in the private sector did not include lobbying. But rival Ron Paul charged that he had personally profited from taxpayers' money in his work for Freddie Mac. "He was earning a lot of money from Freddie Mac while I was fighting over a decade to try to explain to people where the housing bubble was coming from,” Paul said during the GOP debate in Iowa. "I think you probably got some of our taxpayers' money. " Gingrich and Mitt Romney entered tonight's debate as arguably the two leading candidates.
November 1, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The rate of preterm births has been getting better overall, but the U.S. still gets a "C" grade on the March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card. The report, issued Tuesday, shows that the country's preterm birth rate has been decreasing since 2006, when it was 12.8%. In 2009 that rate was 12.2%, but still short of the March of Dimes' goal of 9.6% by 2020. Almost every state showed some improvement from 2006 to 2009, with 16 states receiving a grade of B (including California)
October 7, 2011 | By Robert Abele
In the oppressively ruminative indie "How I Got Lost," floundering sportswriter Jake (Jacob Fishel) and his cynically aggressive Wall Street buddy Andrew (Aaron Stanford) are twentysomethings in a perpetually floating angst a year after 9/11. Spurred by Andrew's belief that their life plans are at the root of their problems, the pair escape New York for seemingly no reason. But their stop in rural Ohio reveals a certain emotionally motivated determination on Andrew's part, while Jake's romantic woes over a mysterious beauty he left behind begin healing when he meets a single-mom waitress (Rosemarie DeWitt)
September 17, 2011 | By Debra Prinzing, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Kristan Cunningham wasn't too thrilled with the house-for-lease listing photos, but the address was near architectural greatness — Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House on the hillside above and his Hollyhock House visible in the distance. "This was the one property I was least interested in seeing, but once we went inside, I didn't make it farther than the living room," Cunningham says, describing how she was instantly taken by the interiors. Her partner of 15 years, Scott Jarrell, went upstairs.
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