November 5, 2013 |
It's not often that the so-called food cops have kind words for the fast-food industry, but there are a few of them in a new report on the offerings from restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC and Taco Bell -- and how they are marketed to kids. Analysts from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity - a leading proponent of efforts to remove sugary drinks from schools and impose a sin tax on sodas , among other initiatives - analyzed the menu offerings from 18 fast-food chains.
October 30, 2013 |
Los Angeles didn't get chosen as the location for the latest "Fast & Furious" movie, but it did land the spoof version of the popular car chasing franchise. The actual "Fast & Furious 7" has been filming in Atlanta to tap into Georgia's 30% tax credit, though some filming is expected to occur in L.A. But "SuperFast," a parody of Universal's "Fast and Furious" films, began filming in Vernon, south of downtown, last week. The independently produced movie comes from writer-directors Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg, known for the "Scary Movie" films and for parodies of "Twilight" with their satiric "Vampires Suck" and the historical epic "300" with their comical "Meet the Spartans.
October 30, 2013 |
Craving a burger off a fast-food dollar menu? Chances are that it now costs more than a buck. Customers are still reeling from McDonald's move last week to update its Dollar Menu, which for more than a decade offered burgers, fries and other items for less than a dollar apiece. The menu accounts for as much as 14% of the chain's overall U.S. sales. But soon, the list will morph into what's being called the Dollar Menu & More, which mixes the standard $1 items in with $2 goods and $5 shareable family meals designed to, as McDonald's puts it, "fill the need for choice, flexibility and other preferences.
October 28, 2013 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Patrick Roy, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as a rookie goaltender after the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in 1986, has so far been successful as a rookie NHL coach. Under him, the Colorado Avalanche has won four straight games and is 10-1-0, including 5-0-0 on the road. + One reason the San Jose Sharks (10-1-1) are thriving is because they've upped their tempo dramatically.
October 24, 2013 |
You really should get a flu shot. But if you get one at a drugstore, you might find yourself wondering whether they're playing fast and loose with people's insurance coverage so the company can score some extra cash. Paul Rubenstein, 39, has faced such a possibility for two years. The Mar Vista resident is insured by Anthem Blue Cross. His wife is insured by Health Net. Last year, they went to a local CVS store for flu shots. The pharmacy worker ran both their insurance cards through the computer and said that neither insurer was covering vaccinations.
October 23, 2013 |
Orlando took a big step toward joining Major League Soccer on Tuesday when the Orange County, Fla., board of supervisors approved a funding plan for construction of a downtown soccer-specific stadium. Orlando City SC, the USL Pro champion, will begin expedited negotiations toward becoming an MLS expansion franchise in time for the 2015 season. An expansion franchise has already been approved in New York for the 2015 season. "We'd like Orlando to be the next expansion franchise," MLS President Mark Abbott told the Orlando Sentinel.
October 21, 2013 |
About the only thing the Lakers achieved in seven seconds or less last season was making their coach regret saying his team should "easily" average 110-115 points per game when he took the job. "Yeah, well, I was on drugs back then," Mike D'Antoni said Monday with a chuckle, referring to the pain medication he was taking while recovering from knee surgery. "My knee was hurting. Vicodin was killing me. " The Lakers didn't exactly die a slow death on the court in a season that fell far short of expectations, averaging 102.2 points (sixth in the NBA)
October 18, 2013 |
Jonah Peretti, founder and chief executive of the wildly popular website BuzzFeed, is trying to choose his favorite online video. "'Drunk vs. Stoned' was pretty fun," he finally says, singling out a BuzzFeed video in which a staffer tests whether it's easier to function on alcohol or on marijuana by getting really drunk and, on a different night, getting really baked. The three-minute video, featuring side-by-side comparisons of dancing, ball catching, drawing and Lego building, has scored more than 3.1 million views since its debut two months ago. BuzzFeed itself is riding high these days.
October 15, 2013 |
More than half of families of fast food workers receive some sort of public assistance, costing the nation $7 billion a year, according to a new report distributed by a group that has been pushing for union representation and higher wages for fast food workers. Fast food workers earn an average of $8.69 an hour, and often work fewer than 40 hours a week, qualifying them for food stamps, Medicaid and tax credits, according to the report, written by economists at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
October 14, 2013 |
Pau Gasol attacked the Great Wall of China with enough fervor that he had to buy a souvenir T-shirt after sweating through what he wore while hiking. But the wall attacked back. Despite avoiding the sometimes thick and aggressive crowds, the Lakers didn't escape unscathed in their two hours Sunday at the wall. Chris Kaman crushed one of his fingers while tobogganing down a slippery concrete track. Yes. Kaman. Toboggan. Great Wall. His sled, essentially a wheeled cart with a brake, was rammed from behind by teammate Shawne Williams.