September 11, 2013 |
Fifty years ago this week, Porsche unknowingly changed the face of sports cars by introducing the 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now 820,000 copies later, the icon is still going strong. To track the evolution of the 911, we grabbed an early 1967 model and a 2013 Carrera 4S Cabriolet and tested each. PHOTOS: Porsche's 911 through the years We also brought our cameras along for our day in the early model, which we drove on some winding roads outside Carmel, Calif. Here's a video from that drive.
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September 10, 2013 |
Emmy-Award winning production designer Charles Lisanby, known for his lavish sets during the golden age of TV variety specials, died Aug. 23 in Los Angeles. He was 89. According to his longtime agent and manager, Bob Goodman, Lisanby had recently fallen. The cause of death, according to Morgan's Funeral Home, was sepsis. Lisanby created huge, meticulous sets for specials starring Barry Manilow, Diana Ross and many others, as well as for an Oscars show and ice show telecasts. But he was a cultured world traveler who drove his assistants and crews to distraction not only for his attention to detail but also for insisting on listening to opera broadcasts as they worked.
August 29, 2013 |
It is difficult to imagine that before 1950 the bridal industry did not exist. The growth of what is today a $70-billion dollar industry is reflected at the Pasadena Museum of History's exhibition “I Do! I Do! Part II.” August marked the opening of the second installment of the museum's survey of wedding fashion. While Part I exhibited the most beautiful dresses between 1850 and 1950, Part II presents dresses from roughly 1950 to the present, chosen for the way they define specific styles of the era. The exhibition follows themes throughout the decades, such as the influence of royalty and film, the growth of the bridal industry itself and more recently the progression of same-sex marriage.
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August 28, 2013 |
A tour bus pulled up outside of a sun-baked strip mall in Monterey Park and 30 sightseers stepped out. They had come to behold Wing Hop Fung, a sprawling tea and herb emporium that moved here several years ago from Chinatown to serve the growing population of Chinese immigrants living in the San Gabriel Valley. With its barrels of dried ginseng and jasmine tea tastings, the store exemplifies the area's "complete transformation" from a one-time white suburb, tour guide Richard Schave explained.
August 27, 2013 |
Though the post-racial world has yet to materialize, there's no denying this country has changed some over the last half a century, with an African American family living in the White House and a 30-foot-high statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Washington Mall. It was not far from that statue that King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, to a quarter of a million people, on the occasion of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
August 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- If walls could talk, even some of Washington's most inconspicuous buildings would have juicy tales of political history to share. But one - the Rosslyn, Va., parking garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met his crucial Watergate source “Deep Throat” - may soon be history itself. Real estate firm Monday Properties plans to tear down two office buildings in the Washington suburb of Rosslyn, one of which houses the parking garage that helped take down President Nixon, according to the Washington Business Times.
August 26, 2013 |
This post has been updated. Please see note at bottom for details. Those looking for evidence that the 10th annual FYF Fest had hit a Saturday afternoon peak found it during songwriter Ty Segall's set. As he and his band pushed a hard-strummed acoustic guitar-driven song, the crowd up front danced frantically. Suddenly, a pair of pants flew up from the pit, floated in the air, legs akimbo, then drifted back into the crowd. Up they flew again, and you had to wonder about the potentially trouser-less participant below.
August 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The budget ax has fallen on a CIA office that focused on declassifying historical materials, a move scholars say will mean fewer public disclosures about long-buried intelligence secrets and scandals. The Historical Collections Division, which has declassified documents on top Soviet spies, a secret CIA airline in the Vietnam War, the Cuban missile crisis and other major operations, has been disbanded. The office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests will take over the work.
August 18, 2013 |
Brenda Martinez of Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday became the first American woman to win a medal in the 800 at the world track and field championships, using a late kick to finish third at the Luzhniki Stadium track in Moscow on the final day of competition. According to USA Track and Field, the UC Riverside alumna was eighth at 200 meters and seventh at 400 meters but managed to find her way through traffic to make another of her late pushes toward the finish line. Martinez, who trains in Big Bear and is coached by Joe Vigil, finished in a personal-best 1 minute, 57.91 seconds, behind Eunice Sum of Kenya (1:57.38)
August 15, 2013
Of the many festivals putting down roots at L.A.'s State Historic Park in Chinatown, the H20 Fest might be the most curious. A melange of modern hip-hop and Latin music, this year sports headliner Pitbull alongside A Tribe Called Quest, Big Boi, La Santa Cecilia and scads more. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown. 3 p.m. Sat. $39.50-$95. ticketmaster.com .