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August 18, 2010 | By Ameet Sachdev
American Airlines, in the quest for more non-ticket revenue, on Wednesday began charging customers who want to sit in the first few rows of coach on domestic flights. Customers who pay the fee, which ranges from $19 to $39, will be among the first to board, giving them a chance to snag coveted overhead bins. As passengers carry on luggage to avoid baggage fees, overhead space has become harder to find. The fees vary based on the length of the flight. For example, a front of the cabin seat on a Chicago-to-Honolulu flight will cost $39. A seat on a flight to Boston from Chicago will cost $29. United Airlines also charges extra to reserve the first few rows of coach but its seats, called Economy Plus, offer more legroom.
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April 6, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Michael Milosh and Robin Hannibal of Rhye are believers in mystery at a moment of enforced accessibility. Last year, the L.A.-based pop-soul duo worked to create an air of uncertainty around its exquisite debut album, “Woman,” on which Milosh sings in a breathy, high-pitched croon that many took to be female; Rhye's infrequent concerts and photo shoots -- and its relatively low profile on social media -- allowed that fantasy to flourish.
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July 5, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton, Kate Mather and Emily Foxhall
A sheriff's helicopter surveyed a Simi Valley park Friday morning as authorities walked the grassy lawn littered with items left behind. Lawn chairs. Broken sunglasses. Barbecue grills. Flip flops. As people gathered near Rancho Santa Susana Community Park to retrieve their belongings and revisit the scene, many recalled the explosion at the Fourth of July fireworks display that sent the crowd running and left at least 28 people injured. Simi Valley resident Victor Morales, 40, said his brother Danny Morales, 42, was hit between the eyes.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler AND Benedict Cumberbatch. ... It was a full-on celebrity pileup at the presentation of Hugo Boss' Boss women's collection under the new direction of artistic director Jason Wu. The brand must have spent a fortune to get them all there. But it was a momentous occasion for the German luxury brand founded in 1923 that has been known throughout its history for men's more than women's wear. The inspiration : The designer was inspired by the German brand's modernist headquarters, which are apparently surrounded by lush gardens.
SPORTS
May 21, 2000
Front row after first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on May 28: Driver Avg. Speed 1. Greg Ray 223.471 2. Juan Montoya 223.372 3. Eliseo Salazar 223.231 * PARTIAL LINEUP, D9
SPORTS
December 12, 1992
Reporter I'd Most Like to See Fall from the Mezzanine: Gene Wojciechowski--but only if the USC band can play "Conquest" 57 times at his funeral. Note that I am taking the liberty of assuming the fall would kill him. BRENT SWANSON Visalia
SPORTS
June 26, 1999 | SHAV GLICK
To the surprise of practically no one, Jeff Gordon won the pole Friday for Sunday's Save Mart/Kragen 350 road race at Sears Point Raceway, racing his Chevrolet Monte Carlo around the hillside course at 98.519 mph. Not so expected, however, was the performance of rookie Tony Stewart, making the first road racing appearance of his Winston Cup career. In Joe Gibbs' Home Depot Pontiac, he posted a 98.277-mph lap to take the outside pole position.
SPORTS
June 25, 2000 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Brazilians Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves of Marlboro Team Penske swept the front row Saturday for the Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland, Ore. It's the first time Penske has taken both front-row spots since Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy did it in 1994 in Nazareth. Castroneves won the pole with a lap of 122.768 mph on the 1.969-mile, 12-turn Portland International Raceway road course. He was the fastest of seven drivers who surpassed the previous qualifying record of 121.
SPORTS
July 5, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Although Dale Earnhardt Inc. might not be a championship contender, it showed Friday it still can be a force at Daytona International Speedway. DEI swept the front row in qualifying for tonight's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 and ended up with three drivers in the top eight positions. Paul Menard won the pole when he covered the 2 1/2 -mile superspeedway with a fast lap of 185.916 mph in his Chevrolet, just ahead of teammate Mark Martin (185.870). Rookie Regan Smith was eighth.
SPORTS
May 15, 1988 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Rick Mears helped car owner Roger Penske celebrate his 20th anniversary at the Indianapolis 500 Saturday by smashing Indianapolis Motor Speedway qualifying records and leading an all-Penske front row for the May 29 race. Mears, a two-time 500 winner from Bakersfield, drove his yellow Pennzoil Penske-Chevrolet to a single-lap record of 220.453 m.p.h. and a four-lap record of 219.198 m.p.h. for the 10-mile time trial.
FOOD
February 7, 2014 | By Jenn Harris
Valentine's Day is one of the busiest times of the year for a restaurant. If all goes well, it can be an unforgettable meal a couple will remember for the rest of their lives. But with all that pressure to be perfect, things can go horribly wrong. There are countless rings to hide, requests for "the most romantic table" and fires to put out when couples decide to break up in the middle of the dining room. Oh those fires. Josie LeBalch, chef at Josie Restaurant and Next Door by Josie has seen her fair share of Valentine's Day proposals.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Kim Kardashian made her first formal public appearance since the birth of daughter North, sitting front row at Givenchy's Paris Fashion Week Show with Kanye West on Sunday and wearing an outfit styled by Carine Roitfeld. The couple was joined in the front row by Noomi Rapace, Lily Collins and Ciara.  [WWD] Follow Los Angeles Times' Fashion Critic Booth Moore's coverage of Paris Fashion Week on the fashion week page of our All the Rage blog. Emily Deschanel of “Bones” and Josh Radnor of “How I Met Your Mother” hosted the annual Rape Foundation Brunch in Beverly Hills on Sunday, honoring Judd Apatow, Albert Brooks and Eric McCormack as "three dads with plans to help educate other men about the importance of the cause," writes Ellen Olivier at Society News LA. [Society News LA]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
When Michael Jackson couldn't sleep while touring Europe in the mid-1990s, his Munich hotel room was converted to a surgical suite, outfitted to administer the powerful anesthetic propofol, his ex-wife testified Wednesday. Debbie Rowe told jurors Jackson always had difficulty sleeping, but while on his European tour, his sleep disorder “kicked in high gear.” Rowe and Jackson, who were married at the time, contacted Dr. Allan Metzger, the singer's internist. Metzger arranged for a German medical team to administer propofol to the singer for eight hours, Rowe said.
SPORTS
July 31, 2013 | Chris Erskine
So what's it like in the hyper-exclusive Lexus Dugout Club, hobnobbing with Tommy Baseball and the agents from CAA? Well, Lasorda's a lot more fun than the talent agents, but that's setting the bar pretty low. Let's just say this: The Dugout Club isn't everybody's cup of high-priced tea. But should you get the chance, should some wealthy uncle gift you with a couple of tickets, you might consider going. In fact, call off your wedding. Reschedule that appendectomy. For the Dugout Club is baseball's Magic Kingdom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Matt Hamilton and Emily Foxhall
An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people were gathered at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park to watch the show when, officials believe, at least one pyrotechnic prematurely exploded in a mortar, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other fireworks and launched them into the crowd of spectators. Simi Valley police initially said 28 people were injured, including 20 who were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Additional victims sought treatment on their own. Simi Valley Hospital treated 26 patients, 14 of whom came in by ambulance, according to hospital spokeswoman Alicia Gonzalez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Matt Hamilton and Emily Foxhall
At least 36 people were injured or treated at Simi Valley-area hospitals after a major malfunction at a fireworks display sent pyrotechnics shooting into a crowd of spectators. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people were gathered at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley Thursday to watch the show when, officials believe, at least one pyrotechnic prematurely exploded in a mortar, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other fireworks and launched them into the crowd of spectators.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2005 | Carmela Ciuraru, Special to The Times
Jerry Oppenheimer is no hagiographer. His unauthorized portraits -- of such celebrities as Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Jerry Seinfeld -- don't exactly cast a flattering light. His biographies are filled with juicy, scandalous tidbits, the stuff of which gossip is made. It's no wonder that many of his sources are the anonymous and the disgruntled. If some of the revelations he uncovers seem a bit familiar, well, that doesn't make them any less titillating.
SPORTS
February 10, 1992 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Junior Johnson, who won the second Daytona 500 as a driver in 1960, will have the front row all to himself as a car owner in next Sunday's 34th annual 500. Sterling Marlin and Bill Elliott, in Johnson's Ford Thunderbirds, took the first two qualifying positions during time trials Sunday that proved somewhat of a disappointment to speed freaks because of a strong wind that reduced anticipated speeds. Marlin, a second-generation driver from Columbia, Tenn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton, Kate Mather and Emily Foxhall
A sheriff's helicopter surveyed a Simi Valley park Friday morning as authorities walked the grassy lawn littered with items left behind. Lawn chairs. Broken sunglasses. Barbecue grills. Flip flops. As people gathered near Rancho Santa Susana Community Park to retrieve their belongings and revisit the scene, many recalled the explosion at the Fourth of July fireworks display that sent the crowd running and left at least 28 people injured. Simi Valley resident Victor Morales, 40, said his brother Danny Morales, 42, was hit between the eyes.
SPORTS
May 24, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Marco Andretti thinks he's poised to finally end the decades-long "Andretti Curse" at the Indianapolis 500. The 26-year-old Andretti qualified third, so he'll start Sunday's race in the front row, and he was among the quickest drivers again Friday on the final day of practice. "I just want to make sure I'm not getting overconfident, because I know how many elements can take you out of this race," Andretti said. But it "would be huge to be able to break" the curse.
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