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September 18, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
There are two dozen rules posted at the entrance to the new Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park in San Juan Capistrano - no treats, no children's toys and no spectators. And, as some city officials just learned, no flip-flops. "I wouldn't think twice about going into the dog park in my flip-flops," said Jenny Friess, vice chairwoman of the city's parks commission, who said she was unaware of the footwear prohibition until recently. "I don't think we need to really be telling people what to wear on their feet.
September 17, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Richard II," Shakespeare's history play about the fate of a king who talks a better game than he delivers, is given an entrancing stripped-down production at the Theatre @ Boston Court. Jessica Kubzansky, the theater's co-artistic director, has adapted and directed what she's calling "R II," a deft distillation of the drama that begins after Richard has been taken prisoner. Performed by an adroit cast of three, Kubzansky's version proceeds in flashbacks that are staged with laser-like precision, each scene offering another angle on this political object lesson.
September 6, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
While rising to chief technology officer for Magellan Navigation in the 1990s, Anatole Lokshin pioneered the use of the global positioning system in everyday life, bringing the satellite-based technology to boats, cars and eventually cellphones. Now, running a startup with his son, the Huntington Beach inventor wants to latch sophisticated motion sensors onto surfboards, skateboards, snowboards and regular clothing. Data collected by Lokshin's sensors could separate pros from posers in sports that typically emphasize imprecise metrics such as style points.
August 28, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Inside the North Hollywood prop house History for Hire, a technician clamps down a sheet of pearl finish plastic and cuts a strip to fasten around the wooden hoop of a Slingerland bass drum. Another worker is busy rebuilding a black Ludwig drum to precisely match the same set - right down to the manufacturer's keystone logo - used by the Four Seasons during a 1966 performance on the Ed Sullivan show. FOR THE RECORD: History for Hire: An article in the Aug. 28 Business section about North Hollywood prop house History for Hire included a photo caption that made a reference to the testing of Marshall amplifiers.
August 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Several guns and other equipment were stolen from a California Highway Patrol vehicle this week, officials confirmed Wednesday. The weapons were stolen while CHP officers conducted a training exercise Monday afternoon at Stevenson Ranch in Santa Clarita, said CHP spokesman Saul Gomez. The thief or thieves made off with two AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, two shotguns and two Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handguns, the Santa Clarita Valley News reported. A bulletproof vest, handcuff keys and an officer's ID badge were also taken.
August 21, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- European nations agreed Wednesday to suspend the export of any equipment to Egypt that its security forces could use to suppress opposition to the military-backed government, but they will continue to provide economic aid to the turmoil-ridden Arab nation. “We do believe that the recent operations of the security forces have been disproportionate,” said Cathy Ashton, the top diplomat of the European Union. But she called Egypt “a crucial partner” whose people deserved continued economic assistance, especially the “most vulnerable” residents and those trying to build civil society.
August 7, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
SEATTLE - On a narrow central Idaho highway coursing through thickets of ponderosa pines and along a winding river, members of the Nez Perce tribe made their stand. Hundreds gathered along U.S. Highway 12 on Monday and Tuesday and formed a human blockade in an attempt to stop a controversial megaload of equipment bound for the oil tar sands of Alberta, Canada - a load reportedly weighing about 644,000 pounds and stretching over 200 feet. They intended on continuing their protests Wednesday and Thursday nights.
August 2, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
Back when I was a kid going to the beach every weekend with my dad, I never thought of body surfing as a workout. It was just pure exhilaration - dog-paddling out there for hours, waiting for a good swell, then swimming like crazy for a couple of seconds to catch the wave and ride it at eyeball level, a human surfboard in a rush of sound and foam. Gear wasn't necessary, other than a fin or two. But when I rediscovered body surfing recently, I was surprised to find that gear for it had evolved and that it was a fantastic all-body workout - and just as much fun as ever.
July 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It turns out whoever made off with a van filled with equipment belonging to 1980s band A Flock of Seagulls didn't go so far away after all. Just days after security cameras at a Downey Comfort Inn showed a male suspect stealing the band's equipment van, police found the vehicle in nearby Santa Fe Springs, NBC reported . The band had performed over the weekend and left the van -- a white 1999 Ford E-350 -- parked at the Comfort Inn. The...
July 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The good news for British new wave band A Flock of Seagulls: The group's equipment van that was stolen early Sunday from its hotel in Downey has been located in Santa Fe Springs. The bad news: The $70,000 worth of musical instruments, sound equipment, stage clothing and other touring necessities that group members said they'd left in the van was nowhere in sight. The early '80s group best known for its 1982 hit “I Ran (So Far Away) was between gigs in Bellflower and Woodland Hills over the weekend when a thief, caught on hotel surveillance video, broke into the rented equipment van about 2 a.m. Sunday and drove off with it. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Also in the vehicle were computer hard drives containing sound files of lead singer Mike Score's solo album he'd been working on while the group has been touring the U.S. The van was found Tuesday night in Santa Fe Springs, City News Service reported.
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