CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 |
The Proud Bird, the historic restaurant at LAX that has been a hangout for some of the nation's biggest aviation pioneers, will remain open for at least another year after its owner was able to secure a temporary new lease from Los Angeles World Airports. John Tallichet had announced the restaurant would close last month after an unsuccessful two-year effort to negotiate a new long-term lease. He had said he remained hopeful a last-minute deal could save the restaurant opened by his father, a bomber pilot during World War II. After an outpouring of community support, Tallichet pledged to keep the Proud Bird open until late December.
December 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The 113 th Congress looks to be a sure bet to go down as the most ineffective in history. Just 56 bills were signed into law so far in 2013, as the first session prepared to wrap up. For the first time in recent memory, the number of new laws didn't even come close to breaking triple digits. Even counting Tuesday's bipartisan budget compromise -- which conservative critics already are threatening to derail -- this Congress is so far behind its predecessors it will need to pass a flurry of laws next year to catch up. Last year's 112 th Congress currently holds the title as the most inactive, with 231 bills passed into law. Prior to that, 1995's 104 th Congress had the worst track record with 333 laws.
December 10, 2013 |
MONTREAL - The Kings exorcised decades' worth of demons Tuesday with a 6-0 victory over the Canadiens at the Bell Center, turning what was supposed to be a defensive battle between two of the NHL's top defensive teams into their first shutout of the Canadiens in franchise history and first win here in almost 14 years. Goaltender Martin Jones stopped 31 shots to improve to 3-0, again showing his poise by repelling seven shots during an early Montreal power play. Winger Tyler Toffoli - who was 7 years old when the Kings previously left Montreal with a triumph, on Dec. 11, 1999 - and center Anze Kopitar each contributed a goal and an assist as the Kings picked apart the Canadiens' defense with stunning ease.
December 7, 2013 |
In terms of mythology, it was Bonnie Parker who turned a small band of murderous thugs led by Clyde Barrow into the stuff of legend. Even as the Depression-era gang went on its murderous two-year crime spree, the idea of a female outlaw titillated a nation already prone to romanticizing criminals amid a failing economic system. When she and her lover died in a hail of gunfire, and photos of her posing with firearms and a getaway car were discovered, Bonnie became the pin-up girl for the hyper-sexualized archetype of the gun moll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 |
BERKELEY, Calif. - Plenty of communities have resisted the U.S. Postal Service's sweeping real estate sell-off, battling to keep open historic buildings that speak of bygone civic grandeur and to guarantee old-fashioned mail service for the public. Few have succeeded. But this is Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement and protracted protests over civil rights, Vietnam and more. So when the postal service announced plans to sell Berkeley's 1914 Second Renaissance Revival-style main post office, decorated in New Deal-era art and situated in the heart of the liberal city's Civic Center, the town rose up. Opponents staged a 33-day encampment on its steps, and the mayor and entire City Council joined forces to block the sale, with backing from U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland)
November 29, 2013 |
As a leading authority on the Beatles, researcher and author Mark Lewisohn is well aware that there have been far too many books written about the Fab Four. "In general terms and in biographical terms, I think the Beatles have been underserved by books," he said. Yet Lewisohn, 55, just contributed one more to the fray: the 944-page monster "Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1" (Crown Archetype, $40). So what's left to say after the hundreds of books, documentaries and fictionalized biographical dramas about the Beatles?
November 25, 2013 |
AMC is looking to the past and the future in the hopes of finding its next "Walking Dead" or "Breaking Bad. " The network announced on Monday it was ordering two new pilots: "Knifeman," set in 18th century London and "Galyntine," set in a post-apocalyptic future. "Knifeman," written by "Friday Night Lights" writers Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, follows the exploits of hard-living London doctor John Tattersal, who runs a surgical practice on the sly out of his home and isn't above a little grave-robbing to harvest organs for extra cash.
November 24, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - In his first public comments on the Geneva agreement Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal between the six western powers and Iran a "historic mistake" that makes the world a "much more dangerous place. " He added that Israel is not bound by it. Netanyahu said sanctions offered the "best chance for a peaceful solution" and that easing them in return for "cosmetic Iranian concessions" places Israel and other countries in danger. Israel has the "right and obligation to defend itself, by itself," Netanyahu told his Cabinet , emphasizing that Israel will not allow Iran to develop a military nuclear capability.
November 24, 2013 |
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Hondurans were voting for president Sunday, choosing from the most diverse slate of candidates in national history but in an election overshadowed by deadly violence and endemic poverty. Voters overwhelmingly said they hoped the next government would radically change the country, still reeling from the devastation of a military coup in 2009, although there was wide disagreement on how and who could best do it. Mayra Valladares, a 66-year-old homemaker, said she cast her ballot for the ruling National Party's Juan Orlando Hernandez because he would be toughest on crime.
November 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled his intent to make good on a threat to deploy the "nuclear option" by changing Senate filibuster rules, a move he said was necessary after Republicans continued to hold up presidential appointments without cause. According to aides, Reid will begin taking the steps Thursday to eliminate use of the filibuster on executive branch and certain judicial nominations. If he succeeds, such appointees could be confirmed by a simple majority vote, rather than the 60-vote threshold that has become the standard in recent years.