February 2, 2014 |
For decades, Toshiaki Toyoshima has followed the same ritual each morning at his downtown restaurant: He ties on his indigo happi - a short-sleeved Japanese chef's jacket - and dons a white cap before he begins cutting fish for nearly 500 customers who dine at Sushi Gen daily. But in January, Toyoshima's tradition-bound routine was upset. He had to add a step: A new law now forces him to snap on a pair of thin vinyl gloves before he can touch the fish. His gloved hands seem to move no less deftly as he stands behind mounds of tuna fillets glistening on his counter and slices the raw fish with a long knife.
January 29, 2014 |
A coffee shop on Hollywood Boulevard seemed a strange place to talk about Merle Haggard with country singer Suzy Bogguss, who's about to release her new tribute album to the Bard of Bakersfield, “Lucky.” But while she was briefly in town this week, we connected to talk about the latest project from a singer who first surfaced in 1989 with her album “Somewhere Between,” which drew its title from the Haggard song that also was her first...
January 27, 2014 |
California leads all states with 20 athletes on the U.S. Olympic team headed for the 2014 Sochi Games next month. The U.S. Olympic Committee finalized its roster on Monday, officially naming 230 athletes -- the largest delegation of any nation in the history of the Winter Games. That includes 125 men and 105 women, featuring slightly more than 100 returning Olympians. The Americans won the overall medal count with a total of 37 in Vancouver four years ago. "This year's team is an exceptional blend of youth and experience," said Alan Ashley, the U.S. chef de mission and USOC chief of sport performance.
January 27, 2014 |
Greg Whiteley's random access memories documentary, "Mitt," available on Netflix and being shown at a Pasadena theater, is a viewing experience both familiar and strange. As a private glimpse inside the swirl that began with the former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 2008 primary run to be the Republican presidential nominee (losing to John McCain) and concluding with his 2012 status as an also-ran, "Mitt" feels like the kind of behind-the-scenes campaign doc that's eager to clue us in on how candidates function day in and day out. There's Romney in hotel suites hashing out strategy with his family while cracking jokes, tidying the room, playfully arguing, weathering setbacks and staying optimistic in the face of defeat.
January 25, 2014 |
Let's first just lay this harsh fact on the table: Research tells us very clearly that a lot of us lie to benefit ourselves. We lie often, about things large and small. And even when we're caught, many of us cling to our mendacious ways: We either double down and stick to our story, or make a partial confession, acknowledging just a bit of the whopper we may have told. Why we humans depart so routinely from the social values we purport to embrace intrigues psychologists, and it's the subject of a provocative study out this week in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
HOME & GARDEN
January 25, 2014 |
Paul Lieberstein was ready for a change. In 2000, he purchased a two-bedroom, one-bath Crestwood Hills home that was clinging to a hillside and sold as a tear-down. But a decade later, he and his wife, Janine Poreba, were expecting their first child, and he knew it was time to expand. "We brought in some floors and painted, but it was hardly enough," he said. The process began after architect Peter Grueneisen moved in next door. "He was not initially interested, as he was too busy," said Lieberstein, an actor, writer and producer known for his role as Toby on "The Office.
January 22, 2014 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darren Collison limped out of the training room to his locker and plopped his weary body into a chair, his sprained left big toe now the biggest worry the Clippers have to face. Collison gutted through "some discomfort" for 29 minutes, 50 seconds during the Clippers' tough 95-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena. He was forced to sit the final 4:28 of the game, forced to watch the Clippers tie the score at 89-89 on a shot by Jamal Crawford (20 points)
January 20, 2014 |
RENTON, Wash. - No San Francisco? Check. No New England? Check. No hard feelings? Well ... There were ruffled feathers and bruised feelings from coast to coast Monday in the aftermath of the NFL's conference title games. In Seattle, the Seahawks were both celebrating their victory over the 49ers and dealing with the fallout in the wake of cornerback Richard Sherman's unseemly, chest-thumping outburst on national TV, moments after he made the game-saving play. In Foxborough, Mass., Patriots Coach Bill Belichick leveled a serious accusation against one of his former stars, Denver receiver Wes Welker, accusing him of dirty play in a hit that took out cornerback Aqib Talib in the Broncos' big win. Outside of New England, Sherman was all the talk.
January 19, 2014 |
The stock market has hit sky-scraping highs, the unemployment rate has dipped to a five-year low and any number of economic statistics - new car sales, home prices, consumer spending - point to a perked-up economy that is steadily growing. But one thing that has changed little is President Obama's job approval rating, which tumbled over the last year to the anemic 40% range and remains stuck near the low point of his administration. The chasm is striking, and a worrisome thing for Democrats already facing a tough election year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 |
The wind, the calendar and the drumbeat of earthquake anniversary stories have me on edge this week. I'm back to sleeping with a flashlight at hand, a pair of shoes next to the bed and a wad of cash tucked away. The gusts of wind that roar through the canyon and rattle my windows trigger long-buried flashbacks of terror. It's been 20 years since the Northridge earthquake jolted my block in Northridge. Official reports say the 6.7 temblor lasted less than 20 seconds. But ask anyone in my neighborhood and they'll tell you that must be wrong.