December 16, 2008 |
Giggles and whispers ripple like a breeze through the darkened auditorium. The curtain slides open, and the inevitable scolding voice cries out -- the babushka, self-appointed custodian of child rearing and decorum. "Quiet, now, people paid good money . . ." Gulliver's ship tumbles dizzily onstage, held on sticks, tossed on glistening waves of chiffon. Soon he's shipwrecked, a hulking figure taken prisoner by the tiny Lilliputians.
November 3, 2008 |
In Latin, Rex means king. In Chicago, Grossman means oh, no! Yet there Rex Grossman was Sunday, coming off the bench to bring the Bears back from the brink of disaster. After quarterback Kyle Orton was carted off because of an ankle injury against Detroit, Grossman erased a 10-point deficit -- and secured a 27-23 victory -- with two touchdown drives in the second half.
HOME & GARDEN
November 1, 2008 |
A home of your own -- it's an American dream. Good houses make stable lives, and stable lives make good citizens. Thomas Jefferson despaired at the nation's ramshackle shanties, and for more than a century, presidents pushed for change. Technology and innovation -- supported by government, encouraged by educators and praised by preachers -- made the dream a reality. From the kitchen table of the American home came the soldiers who fought our wars and the families who healed their wounds.
September 23, 2008 |
NOTHING gets the comic juices flowing like a workplace revenge fantasy. In "9 to 5: The Musical," an eager-to-please adaptation of the fizzy 1980 pop-feminist film, three female employees, tired of banging their heads against a low-hanging glass ceiling, team up against the sort of sexist boss who deserves to run into Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer and Billie Jean King in a dark alley.
August 27, 2008 |
U.S. home prices continued to fall at a record pace through the first half of 2008, according to a major indicator released Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller U.S. national home price index fell 15.4% in the second quarter compared with the same period a year earlier. The decline was the largest in 20 years for the index, which covers the entire U.S. Los Angeles and Orange County home prices were down 25.3% in June from that month in 2007, the index showed. The L.A.-area drop was the fourth-worst among the 20 cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2008 |
Not long ago LA/Ontario International Airport was setting growth records. Airlines flocked to the Inland Empire airfield in what Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hailed as the "great first steps" to regionalizing air travel in Southern California. In a much publicized event last year, the mayor even helped welcome the start of an airline's service at Ontario by donning a safety vest and directing an ExpressJet plane to its gate.
July 1, 2008 |
Angelo R. Mozilo struggled last week to bid farewell to No. 1 home lender Countrywide Financial Corp., the company he led for 39 years only to see it toppled by misadventures in high-risk mortgages. The usually silk-smooth Mozilo garbled words and at one point knocked over his microphone at a special shareholder meeting. Looking grim and sounding resigned, he said the era of independent home lenders like Calabasas-based Countrywide was at an end.
May 15, 2008
Your characterization of Amoeba Music as Overrated (May 1) makes me wonder if all the Purell fumes have gone to your head. Only to The Guide would a "dizzying" selection be a bad thing. I, for one, hate it when I go there, and they actually have what I'm looking for! Loren Wright Cypress
May 4, 2008
Ralph Velasco of Newport Beach returned last month from an 11-day trip through South America that took in a lot of territory: Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. One of the highlights of the drive from Chile to Argentina was this slithering crossing of the Andes on Ruta 60. "There are 28 curves on this road," Velasco said in an e-mail, "and it's amazing to see 18-wheelers try to pass each other going up the hill. " His camera? A Nikon D70.