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NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In honor of the Beverly Hills centennial this year, interior designers Nina Petronzio, Tihany Design, Tom Ford Design, Ken Fulk and Forchielli Glynn each have designed a hotel suite that captures an era from the last century. The five participating hotels -- the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, the Montage Beverly Hills, the Beverly Hilton, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills and the Peninsula Beverly Hills -- all are familiar with luxury and high-end design. Inspired by celebrities and fashion, the rooms offer a history lesson as designers re-create moods from long ago while establishing a dialogue with the present.
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OPINION
January 28, 2014 | Doyle McManus
The rap against President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday was that his agenda, once ambitious and transformational, has suddenly turned modest. Instead of grand bargains and sweeping change, the president proposed holding a summit meeting on working families and extracting a promise from colleges to admit more low-income students - not exactly sweeping solutions to middle-class stagnation and college debt. What happened to the visionary politician who promised that his inauguration would mark the moment the rise of the oceans began to slow?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
It can feel like a lifetime ago that the world was transfixed by the Harding-Kerrigan figure-skating scandal -- you know, Tonya, Nancy and, of course, Gillooly, one-word signifiers for the bizarre winter soap opera that preceded the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Memories of that time come rushing back, though, on seeing Nanette Burstein's new documentary, "The Price of Gold," a thorough look at the tale of revenge and redemption from the dawn of the modern celebrity age. Burstein's film -- produced as part of ESPN's "30 for 30" series and airing Thursday night on the network -- aims to shed new light on the tabloid-friendly tale, which began 20 years ago this month.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A 1970s-era office building in the Westlake neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles that houses a branch of the L.A. Superior Court has sold for $50 million to prominent local real estate investor Jamison Services Inc. Jamison, one of the largest office landlords in Southern California, bought the building at 600 S. Commonwealth Ave. from a family trust managed by Comerica Bank. The 19-story building overlooking Lafayette Park in the Westlake neighborhood was completed in 1971 to house the Los Angeles offices of CNA Financial Corp., a Chicago insurance firm.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Hall of Fame shut its doors to the living last year. That was a metaphor, or so we were told. No breathing inductees, and down the slippery slope to irrelevance. Nonsense then, absurdity now. One year after the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America didn't elect anyone, the Hall of Fame is poised to welcome what might be the largest induction class in its 75-year history. Greg Maddux will be elected when the tally of the votes is announced Wednesday, and he will challenge Tom Seaver's record 98.84% of the ballots.
WORLD
January 7, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
Over cappuccino at a crowded conference on real estate in one of the world's last frontier markets, one investor turned to another and said breezily, "I'm here to get rich. " They had paid more than $2,000 each to attend panels with titles like "Futurescape in Myanmar" and "Opportunities in Hotels and Resorts. " The seminar's sponsors, which included a prominent local construction firm, handed out business cards and glossy brochures highlighting the shining new condos and shopping malls they hope to build.
SPORTS
January 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Until the fourth quarter Monday night, USC versus Texas in 2006 was considered the greatest college football game in the 16-year Bowl Championship Series era, maybe ever. Move over, Trojans and Longhorns, you have company. Eight years later, on the same Rose Bowl field, in the last BCS game ever, Florida State rallied from 18 points down to defeat Auburn, 34-31, before a worn-out crowd of 94,208. The winning score came with 13 seconds left, on a two-yard scoring pass from Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Emily Foxhall and Ryan Menezes
Southern California is used to the annual New Year's invasion of football fans for the Rose Bowl. But this year, the region -- and its economy -- got a rare double dip. As soon as supporters of Stanford and Michigan State went home after the Rose Bowl, Auburn and Florida State fans began rolling in for Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game at the same stadium. The college colors -- burnt orange and navy blue for Auburn and garnet and gold for Florida State -- were a common sight in recent days from the streets of Old Pasadena to the Balboa Island Ferry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Emily Foxhall and Ryan Menezes
Southern California is used to the annual New Year's invasion of football fans for the Rose Bowl. But this year, the region - and its economy - got a rare double dip. As soon as supporters of Stanford and Michigan State went home after the Rose Bowl, Auburn and Florida State fans began rolling in for Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game at the same stadium. The college colors - burnt orange and navy blue for Auburn and garnet and gold for Florida State - were a common sight in recent days, from the streets of Old Pasadena to the Balboa Island Ferry.
SPORTS
January 4, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
CHRIS CAPUANO , 35, starting pitcher Final 2013 stats: 4-7, 4.26 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, .295 opponent batting average, 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 24 games (20 starts). Contract status: Free agent after Dodgers bought out option for $1 million. The good: Had a 3.17 ERA on the road. Unscored upon in four relief appearances. Dodgers went 7-3 in his last 10 appearances (3.14 ERA). Always solid in the clubhouse. The bad: By the time he finally embraced coming out of the bullpen, the Dodgers had a surplus of pitchers and he failed to make their postseason roster.
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