November 22, 2010
At every auto show there are certain vehicles that generate a buzz (and a crowd). Many factors — newness, rarity, performance, looks, lavish features, revolutionary technology — can make a car a crowd puller. But at this year’s L.A. Auto Show, being sexy and green seems to be as important as being fast and expensive. We looked at a few of the models that have necks craning and cameras flashing at the L.A. Convention Center. BMW CONCEPT 6 SERIES COUPE This svelte four-seater is attracting an audience at the show because, though billed as a concept, it’s widely rumored to resemble the production third-generation 6 Series due in mid-2011 — and in this status-obsessed city, we all want to see what’ll be in our neighbors’ driveways next year.
March 27, 2009 |
A calculator can be the plaything of the damned. Allow me to demonstrate. Of the 12 million barrels of oil we import daily, the 6 million barrels we get from OPEC members are the most geopolitically dubious. That oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is refined into about 83 million gallons, or roughly one-fifth of our daily gas consumption of 390 million gallons, according to the Energy Information Administration.
December 2, 2008 |
A Lotus sports car featured in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" sold Monday for $166,000 in London. The white 1976 Lotus Esprit was sold on the telephone to a collector from Atlanta, who described himself as "a Lotus and James Bond aficionado," the Bonhams auction house said. The Esprit comes complete with a faux surface-to-air-missile button on the gearstick.
September 20, 2007 |
Irvine-based Allergan Inc. -- which is testing its beauty drug Botox as a tonic for overactive bladders -- plans to buy Esprit Pharma Inc. and its U.S. rights to a urinary incontinence drug. Allergan said Wednesday that it had agreed to pay $370 million in cash for Esprit, which sells the incontinence drug Sanctura under a U.S. license from Indevus Pharmaceuticals Inc. Esprit would be Allergan's first major purchase since 2005, when it acquired Inamed Corp.
April 1, 2007 |
New faces often indicate an upgrade. Yet with the Dodgers, improvement is just as likely to come from the familiar. Most of their names are the same, which in itself is a change. From the lineup through the coaches' office to the general manager's suite, there is stability where a year ago there was uncertainty.
July 25, 2006 |
In the burning haze of the missile strike, Qasim Chaalan thought he had died. But piece by piece, he noticed that he was still there, inside the ambulance. He could still feel his body. He opened his eyes, and discovered he could see. He and the other medics were lucky: They had survived the blow of an Israeli missile. Dazed and slow, one of the men fumbled for the radio and began, "We have an accident.... " He didn't finish the sentence.