September 8, 2013 |
Like many grocery shoppers, Michele Ricketts dreads long checkout lines. But lately, she's been breezing by the cash register at her neighborhood Ralphs even with the usual crowds at the store. "In the last month, I have noticed it was faster," said Ricketts, 27, an actress from the Miracle Mile. "I thought I was dreaming. " She wasn't. To shave precious minutes off wait times, Ralphs has been installing technology to measure foot traffic in nearly all of its supermarkets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 |
It's not every day someone chases you down with citizenship papers to prove her name. Then again, Annie Shin managed to live for 64 years without being accused of killing someone. You do what you have to do. “My name is Annie Shin!” she shouted in fractured English, waving her heavily creased documents for emphasis. Then, in case there was any confusion: “No Du! No Du!” That name - Du - might not ring a bell. It's been a long time since a woman named Soon Ja Du shot Latasha Harlins in a liquor store at 91st and Figueroa streets.
July 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Empty Budweiser beer cans, Arizona iced tea bottles and other debris litter the ground of a largely vacant strip mall in the Skyland neighborhood, an area federally designated as a "food desert" for its lack of grocery stores. Skyland is part of the District of Columbia's Ward 7, where a majority of residents are low-income African Americans and the unemployment rate is 13.9%. A few miles away, the affluent, mainly white Ward 3 has numerous grocery stores and a 2.1% jobless rate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 |
Real estate developer Casden West L.A. has agreed to chop down the size of its hotly contested commercial and residential project on the Westside, following two weeks of negotiations with neighborhood groups, a company official said Tuesday. With a City Council vote on the project set for Friday, Casden abandoned plans for both a supermarket and a Target, moves that are expected to dramatically decrease the amount of automobile traffic that the project generates. The reworked project, planned next to an Expo Line light rail station, will have just 15,000 square feet of commercial space, instead of the previously proposed 160,000, said company spokesman Brian Lewis.
June 12, 2013 |
When people ask me why I eat locally, at the top of my long-winded answer is that I believe local food can taste better. Locally grown produce is more likely to be fresher and small farmers generally focus on quality over quantity. Though I will be done with my 100-mile experiment at the end of this month, I will continue to buy some local produce for its far superior taste. As most would expect, the biggest taste differences are in fruits and vegetables. My family has not purchased fresh apricots in years because they are so sour, yet the apricots from my friend's garden and farmers markets have a deep and complex flavor.
June 12, 2013
Six films into "The Fast and Furious," Vin Diesel, The Rock, Sung Kang, Ludacris and Tyrese have crowded Paul Walker out of his own franchise. With "Vehicle 19," Walker takes the wheel. Only now, it's on the wrong side of the dashboard. The handsome but unassuming gearhead plays an American ex-con with so much bad luck that when he lands in left-lane oriented South Africa, the car company gives him the wrong rental - a screw-up that steers him straight into a deadly sex trafficking scandal starring the Johannesburg chief of police.