April 27, 2013 |
Michele and Russell Poland's credit was shot, but they managed to buy their suburban dream home anyway. After a business bankruptcy and a home foreclosure, they turned to a rare option in this era of tightfisted banking - a subprime loan. The Polands paid nearly $10,000 in upfront fees for the privilege of securing a mortgage at 10.9% interest. And they had to raid their retirement account for a 35% down payment. Most borrowers would balk at such stiff terms. But with prices rising, the Polands wanted to snag a four-bedroom home in Temecula near top-rated schools for their 5-year-old son. By later this year, they figure, they'll be able to refinance into a standard loan.
February 24, 2013 |
Your choices in San Francisco hotels are overwhelming. The prices can be too. So during our staff visit to the City by the Bay, we looked for reasonably priced hotels that had charm, location or both. We came back with 14 ideas on places to bed down. It's not a complete list, but it is eclectic, like the city itself. Mystic Hotel. This property, which opened in April, stands on a tunnel-adjacent block of Stockton Street that you'll never see on a picture postcard, yet it has style, as do the Burritt Tavern bar and restaurant downstairs.
November 5, 2009 |
A love for the horror films of the late 1970s and early 1980s fueled writer-director Ti West's precise re-creation of the period in his film "The House of the Devil." But he started with a very odd detail. "The first thing [production designer Jade Healy and I] planned on was using the Coke cups that say Coke really big on the side," he said. The memory of the Coke cups played large in West's self-professed photographic memory of the era, which he bolstered by making extensive lists of items he remembered from his youth.
March 23, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels can score in bunches, as they showed again Friday, when they amassed nine runs for the second straight game. The question is, will they have enough pitching to win high-scoring games? They didn't in Friday's 13-9 loss to Kansas City, when C.J. Wilson was rocked for eight runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, and they didn't in Thursday night's 10-9 loss to Texas, when Jerome Williams couldn't make it out of the second inning. The Angels have a 7.26 earned-run average in 25 spring games - a full run worse than any team in baseball - and of their five starters, only Joe Blanton has had a decent spring.
April 27, 2013 |
Former Dodgers and Angels are playing roles for teams all around the major leagues. Times staff writer Kevin Baxter ranks the teams and provides updates on them. (Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): 1. TEXAS Ex-Dodgers Adrian Beltre (four HRs), Derek Lowe (1-0 in five games) making contributions. (7) 2. ATLANTA Former Dodger Reed Johnson hitting .250 off the Braves' bench. (1) 3. ST. LOUIS Dodgers helped St. Louis to a title when they sent Rafael Furcal there in 2011.
December 6, 1992
Commendations to KCOP for airing National Geographic's "Superliners: Twilight of an Era" (Oct. 18). It covered a period when the only way to Europe was by sea. Frank Argall, Sherman Oaks