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January 26, 2010
Dear Amy: My husband is a home builder and can fix just about anything. What do I do with female friends who call and ask for free advice -- then when they have a big project, they hire a stranger who gives them a "better" price until the project starts (then they add in hidden fees)? This has happened twice with "good" friends who love to call until it is time to hire someone. It is hurtful to my husband and me, although I try not to mix friendship and business. We also have neighbors who call, ask for an estimate and then do the repair themselves, thus making the problem worse!
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BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is launching a live video chat service that connects people with personal trainers, contractors, music teachers and other experts who can teach them how to do stuff. Think Hangouts with an expert on the other end, say a yoga teacher or a math tutor. The idea is to get a helping hand when you need one, say if you want to learn to speak conversational French, remove a computer virus from your laptop, repair a hole in your wall or make Thanksgiving turkey stuffing.
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OPINION
February 29, 2004
Re "Balancing Lives Against Lucre," Commentary, Feb. 25: "Polls repeatedly show that Americans want the government to do more to protect health and the environment; nothing in law or economics proves they are wrong" -- other than the simple fact that Americans are unwilling to vote for anyone or anything that promises to actually do this. It costs money, after all. Pat Mauer Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Michael Connelly
I never wanted to be Raymond Chandler. I wanted to be Philip Marlowe. I never wanted to be Ross Macdonald. I wanted to be Lew Archer. Elmore Leonard was the only author I ever wanted to be. Leonard outsized his characters with his easy charm, sardonic humor and seen-it-all-before eyes. When it came to books, Elmore Leonard was the king of cool. Who wouldn't want to be him? I didn't know him well enough to call him Dutch. But I knew him. I loved his work and was inspired by it. We did some book gigs together over the years and I cherish the memories now that he's passed.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Samuel Adams brewer and founder Jim Koch says he hasn't forgotten how hard it was to start a small business. He's offering free coaching -- and perhaps some start-up funding -- to small Southern California food, beverage and craft brewing companies. The program, “Brewing the American Dream,” is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown's L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway. Business owners who want to attend can register in advance on this link . Those who attend can participate in up to six 20-minute coaching sessions with representatives from Boston Beer Co. and the Valley Economic Development Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1991
Senior citizens can receive free advice on Social Security and Medicare each month at the Orange Senior Center. Consultations with Steve Read, a representative from the Santa Ana Social Security office, will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Orange Senior Center is at 170 S. Olive St. For an appointment, call (714) 538-9633.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
High school students and their families can receive free advice about financial aid for college at 32 locations Saturday. The "Cash for College" workshops will walk families though the process of applying for aid, such as meeting the March 2 deadline for Cal Grants. Most of the sites -- at schools, churches and youth centers -- will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but several will close earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1998
Residents with legal questions can call Orange County Bar Assn. lawyers for free advice from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Lawyers will answer questions about bankruptcy, business and civil litigation, business transactions, collections, estate planning, criminal, family and employment law and other areas. The program is sponsored by the association and KOCE-TV Channel 50. To call in: (800) 278-5050.
MAGAZINE
June 17, 2007 | Dani Shear, Dani Shear is currently writing a pilot for Fox 21 and a three-act play about a parenting class.
Four years ago I was acting in a one-person show written by --well, my person. "Everybody has a story," a consultant advised, so my story was about traveling the country with a large dysfunctional family . . . the national tour of "Les Miserables." Six months, five theaters and $3,000 later I figured out that not everybody necessarily wanted to hear that story. But a show runner braved my show and asked me afterward if I'd thought about trying to write for television.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1986
After reading Fiona Lewis' article, "A Woman's Guide to Scriptwriting" (Sept. 28), I suggest her editor kiss her on the mouth and send her home to take journalism lessons. As for her superficial advice, forget it. The only thing her article succeeded in providing was a shining example of the adage, "When it comes to free advice you get exactly what you pay for." DEBORAH LEMON Gardena
BUSINESS
August 20, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The housing recovery and improving economy led Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home improvement retailer, to post better-than-expected second-quarter earnings, which jumped 17% over the same period last year.  The Atlanta-based company reported Tuesday that sales were $22.5 billion, up 9.5% over the same time period last year.  For the quarter ending Aug. 4, Home Depot posted an overall profit of $1.8 billion, or $1.24 per share....
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Samuel Adams brewer and founder Jim Koch says he hasn't forgotten how hard it was to start a small business. He's offering free coaching -- and perhaps some start-up funding -- to small Southern California food, beverage and craft brewing companies. The program, “Brewing the American Dream,” is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown's L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway. Business owners who want to attend can register in advance on this link . Those who attend can participate in up to six 20-minute coaching sessions with representatives from Boston Beer Co. and the Valley Economic Development Center.
SPORTS
May 25, 2012
Now that the Kings are back in the Stanley Cup playoffs, a little advice: "The curvature of the blade of the stick shall be restricted in such a way that the distance of a perpendicular line measured from a straight line drawn from any point at the heel to the end of the blade to the point of maximum curvature shall not exceed three-quarter of an inch (¾"). " NHL Rulebook, Rule 10.1. George Pisano Rancho Palos Verdes :: Well, at least AEG won't have to worry about any more same-day hustle-and-bustle scheduling conflicts at Staples Center between the Kings' upcoming Stanley Cup series and any remaining Lakers/Clippers playoff games this season.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Lonely Planet often has limited-time offers for free downloads of their travel guides and apps. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the travel guide company offers its Dublin City Guide app for free along with an excerpt from its new Ireland guidebook. The deal: The app usually costs $5.99. To get the app, folks with iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch can download the Lonely Planet Travel Guides from the iTunes store, open that app and select the Dublin guide. (Android and non-Apple tablet users are out of luck for this freebie.)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2010
Dear Amy: My husband is a home builder and can fix just about anything. What do I do with female friends who call and ask for free advice -- then when they have a big project, they hire a stranger who gives them a "better" price until the project starts (then they add in hidden fees)? This has happened twice with "good" friends who love to call until it is time to hire someone. It is hurtful to my husband and me, although I try not to mix friendship and business. We also have neighbors who call, ask for an estimate and then do the repair themselves, thus making the problem worse!
HEALTH
June 22, 2009 | Steve Dudley
Ten minutes into one of my favorite parts of church -- coffee hour -- I was sipping from my Styrofoam cup and enjoying the sugar buzz of a day-old doughnut when Paul snapped me out of my reverie. (Names have been changed.) "Hey, Steve, I've got this lump on my leg. Do you think it's serious?" Yep, I was being hit up for free medical advice again. "Gee, I don't know, Paul. Why don't you tell me about it?" "Well, it just showed up on my thigh. Do you think you could have a look at it?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1999 | Lesley Wright, (949) 574-4214
A counselor will offer free advice to parents next month on how to cope with tears, tantrums and other aggravations without getting angry. The seminar, sponsored by the Fullerton-based nonprofit Western Youth Services, also will cover how parents can avoid letting their adult issues affect how they respond to their children. Registration is required for the class, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. May 10 at the Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way. Reservations and information: (714) 990-7159.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1990
In reply to Ellen Goodman's column "Free Advice to a Tobacco King: Wise Up," Commentary, May 29: My husband smoked three packs per day and at age 58 had his first heart attack. Doctors warned him that smoking was elevating his blood pressure. They told him that if he continued smoking he would surely have another heart attack--perhaps fatal. He came home, sat down on the sofa and lit a cigarette. He said the doctors were just "alarmists." He passed away five days later. ADELENE R. CRAIG Ventura
OPINION
April 16, 2008
Re "Mayor focuses on crime," April 15 It's been years since I coached, but I have some free advice for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Your batting average will never improve if you continue to just swing for the fences. Villaraigosa has started so many wild initiatives that The Times would need to print a two-page table just to squeeze in the highlights. The travel commitments alone would stagger a normal man, including his campaign swings for Sen. Hillary Clinton. Stay around for a change and finish something.
MAGAZINE
June 17, 2007 | Dani Shear, Dani Shear is currently writing a pilot for Fox 21 and a three-act play about a parenting class.
Four years ago I was acting in a one-person show written by --well, my person. "Everybody has a story," a consultant advised, so my story was about traveling the country with a large dysfunctional family . . . the national tour of "Les Miserables." Six months, five theaters and $3,000 later I figured out that not everybody necessarily wanted to hear that story. But a show runner braved my show and asked me afterward if I'd thought about trying to write for television.
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