CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 |
Investigators believe a Garden Grove man fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself Thursday morning in an apparent murder-suicide. Police received a 911 hang-up call from the home of the couple in the 1500 block of Sail Avenue at 4:16 a.m. A male relative of the couple then called the Garden Grove Police Department and said a family member may have shot his wife and then himself. When officers arrived at the home they found a 39-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man with gunshot wounds, police said.
December 23, 2013 |
Food and garden writer Debora Robertson's wonderful book, "Gifts From the Garden: 100 Gorgeous Homegrown Presents," offers an abundance of ideas created from the most basic of materials: garden bounty. There are purple hyacinths planted in teacups, jasmine-scented bath bombs, a pizza herb window box and soaps that can be made from marigolds, honey and oatmeal. For a last-minute gift that can be made in minutes -- the 50th and last installment of our Handmade Holidays gift guide -- Robertson suggests planting herbs or small flowers in any pretty tin cans you might have in the cupboard or recycling bin. (At ReForm School in Silver Lake recently, we spotted succulents planted in colorful El Pato hot sauce cans for $8.)
December 19, 2013 |
Darden Restaurants Inc. said it would separate itself from its Red Lobster business while halting expansion at Olive Garden and stopping acquisitions “for the foreseeable future.” Orlando, Fla.-based Darden has struggled recently along with the rest of the casual dining sector as price-conscious consumers moved into the cheaper fast-casual tier that includes chains such as Smashburger and Panera. Darden said the Red Lobster move may take the form of a tax-free spinoff to shareholders or an outright sale.
December 16, 2013 |
Kyle Anderson is headed home. Madison Square Garden, where the UCLA basketball team plays a nationally televised game Thursday night against eighth-ranked Duke, is less than a half-an-hour drive from his hometown of Fairview, N.J., and you know what that means. Yes, his cellphone has been buzzing with ticket requests from family and friends. He gets only four to distribute, though. "I don't know who to choose, so it's tough," he said before practice at Pauley Pavilion on Monday, "but I'm sure they'll make it work.
December 13, 2013 |
At a Garden Grove manufacturing plant, chemists confer over batches of lavender, parsley and other natural ingredients, testing them for strength and quality. Other tests ensure that the products are pure and pour well. Visitors might be excused for thinking the facility was crafting a fine wine or artisan beer. But at Earth Friendly Products, plants have a higher purpose: getting your house and clothing clean without hurting the environment. Earth Friendly Products makes dozens of natural cleaning products, including the best-selling Ecos laundry detergent, which is carried online, in supermarkets and at big-box stores such as Wal-Mart and Costco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2013 |
The 17-year-old high school senior lives in a neighborhood south of downtown where crime is still high, police sirens are ever-present, and fast-food joints line the block. She rarely leaves the area, never once having been to the beach with her family. But Maria Castro escaped her surroundings last summer and learned new ways to be healthy - physically and mentally. She did yoga and went to a beach in Santa Monica. She cooked organic food for war veterans in Escondido, connecting with their stories of violence and stress.
December 4, 2013 |
Madison Square Garden is home to the Knicks, Rangers, New York Liberty and now Billy Joel as the singer will be established as the first entertainment franchise for the venue. Joel and the Garden announced Tuesday that, starting in January, the singer will begin playing one show a month for as long as there is a demand. The open-ended run of shows is an unprecedented move for a major venue not inside a Las Vegas hotel. But the Garden tapping the Piano Man for such a venture isn't surprising.
December 3, 2013 |
Billy Joel is definitely still rock 'n' roll to the Madison Square Garden Co. -- so much so that the New York live entertainment venue is having him perform a show a month as long as he keeps selling tickets. That makes the singer-songwriter Madison Square Garden's first music "franchise," a designation previously shared only by sports teams. By making the Garden his home base, Joel joins the Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL) and Liberty (WNBA). The deal is off to a good start: The first four shows, starting in January, which were previously announced, are sold out. Becoming a franchise doesn't mean Joel will be required to return every month -- he can still go on tour.
December 3, 2013 |
In December, Southern California public gardens aren't so much about what's growing as what's glowing. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, the Living Desert in Palm Desert and the San Diego Botanic Garden open for nighttime lights or luminaria displays. And Scrooge drops in for weekends at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. Here's a list of holiday happenings at these gardens: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont: Follow the more than 1,000 candle-lighted luminarias along a loop trail in the garden at night on weekends leading up to Christmas.
November 29, 2013 |
In all the commotion about a Miami-area police force's allegedly mindless harassment of workers and patrons of a convenience store, one aspect that may have been overlooked is how the cops' behavior was fostered by a "zero tolerance" program. You may have heard about this case: as documented by the Miami Herald , the police in this suburb of Miami stopped and questioned one denizen of the convenience store 258 times in four years....