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November 22, 2009 | By David Colker
To borrow a hackneyed radio commercial catchphrase, this year TV prices are insane. It's hard to believe that only four years ago, 42-inch LCD sets were going for $10,000. Now you can pick one up for $700, and that's with the capability to display images in 1080p, the highest resolution offered. As the holidays approach, prices might edge even lower. The average price for an LCD TV, in the 42- to 44-inch range, will be about $640 during the fourth quarter, research firm iSuppli predicts.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2009 | Diana Wagman, Wagman is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."
Acute mountain sickness affects people at high altitudes. Symptoms include dizziness, confusion and fatigue. In her 15th novel, "A Change in Altitude," Anita Shreve writes about it knowledgeably. Perhaps she was suffering from it as she wrote, because this novel is a mess. Shreve can be an excellent writer. It's easy to understand why her work appears on bestseller lists. Usually her prose is clear, her descriptions elegant and her plot twists surprising and original, enticing us to keep turning pages.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2009 | Kathy M. Kristof
Millions of Americans who are self-employed, working for small businesses or -- increasingly in this economy -- jobless, are facing the difficult and expensive task of buying health insurance on the open market. The options are dizzying, with premiums, deductibles and co-payments that vary widely among plans and costs that are not always obvious. People who are older may pay more, as may those who have children and women who are of child-bearing age.
WORLD
December 16, 2008 | Megan K. Stack, Stack is a Times staff writer.
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.
SPORTS
November 3, 2008 | SAM FARMER, Farmer is a Times staff writer.
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 | SAM WATTERS, Freelancer Sam Watters writes about American cultural history and is the author of "Houses of Los Angeles."
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2008 | Charles McNulty, Times Theater Critic
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.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2008 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
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.
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