February 3, 2014 |
Brett Favre appeared on Fox's Super Bowl pregame show via satellite -- from the future! Well, actually, it was just from his home in Mississippi during the present time, but it definitely seemed like something that was being beamed to us from maybe 2030 or so. That's because of his beard -- that gloriously bushy and gray beard that made the future Hall of Famer appear to be years beyond his relatively young age of 44. I'm not ragging on...
August 28, 2013 |
Heesook recently noticed something that you may have noticed as well. Sometimes when she buys a discounted item, she's charged sales tax at the undiscounted price. Sometimes she isn't. Her question: What's going on? I'm asked this a lot, often by people who have paid full freight on their sales tax after buying a deeply discounted smartphone. Sales taxes are tricky, and they can vary from state to state. But generally speaking, if the discount is offered by a retailer, you'll pay a lower tax. If it's offered by a manufacturer, you'll pay a higher tax. For more, check out today's Ask Laz video.
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February 12, 2013 |
One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's former high-level budget advisors says that city officials are using "fuzzy math" to overstate the size of the projected budget shortfall, even as they press voters for passage of a sales-tax hike in the March 5 election. Matt Szabo, who served until last summer as Villaraigosa's No. 2 policy aide, said a new financial report indicates the budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year is less than half the $216-million figure that has been used repeatedly by officials in recent months.
February 6, 2013 |
I had a spiral notebook on my lap open to a page with the names of the four City Council candidates for District 7, and as I was listening to Felipe Fuentes speak -- last Saturday at a candidates' forum in the wonderfully funky hillside community of Tujunga -- I drew a line through his name. Fuentes is an amiable guy and I like him, but I also have to give serious thought to which of the four candidates would best serve the city and the district on the council, and I have to make an endorsement recommendation to my colleagues on the Los Angeles Times editorial board, all of whom will weigh in with their own thoughts and comments before we pick whom to endorse.
December 18, 2012 |
With two weeks remaining, three NFL divisions remain up for grabs. The AFC North is undecided. Same goes for the NFC East and West. The fuzzy picture will come into better focus after this weekend's games, which include a handful of pivotal divisional matchups: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Washington at Philadelphia and San Francisco at Seattle. First, the Steelers. If they win their final two — home games against the Bengals and Cleveland Browns — they will secure a spot in the postseason.
August 30, 2012 |
Late last week, a San Jose jury awarded Apple Inc. $1.05 billion in damages for patent infringement, a huge win for Apple in its worldwide patent fight with smartphone manufacturers that, like Samsung, sell devices equipped with Google's Android operating system. The award, the third largest in the history of U.S. patent litigation, will likely cruise into first place next month when U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh decides what additional amount Apple should receive from Samsung based on the jury's finding that much of the infringement was "willful.