April 27, 2014
Re “The face of war,” April 24, and “Georgia gun bill signed,” April 24 Whew! I was so relieved to read that the young boy posing with the Kalashnikov rifle was from Syria. My first impression was that he hailed from the state of Georgia and was legally headed to a public place like a bar, church or government building. I reasoned he's much too young. But then I thought, well, we're shocked by the U.S. gun culture's seeming acceptance of guns in schools, so I surmised that it'll only be a matter of time before a caption under the picture of a boy like the one from Syria will read “The face of America.” Rick Conrad Oxnard As I stared at the photo on the front page of The Times of a young boy holding a rifle and an ice cream cone, I had only one thought: shame on us. If we're stupid enough to kill one another over religion, land or any other concocted reason, the least we could do is keep the children safe from harm.
April 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Are you on the home-buying sidelines this spring because you think you won't be able to qualify for a mortgage? Do you know what sort of FICO credit scores are being accepted by lenders at the moment - they're lower than they were a year ago - and whether yours could now be good enough? You may be part of the surprisingly large crowd of folks who fear the home-loan unknown. A new national consumer survey found that 56% of potential purchasers of homes say they're out of the market because they don't want to face the possibility of rejection by lenders.
April 27, 2014 |
Ever since Granada Hills Kennedy opened in 1971, it has been known to produce lots of baseball-playing brothers. Tagliaferri, Serr, Miranda, Avlas, Kane, Pinto, Ramirez, Sanchez, Bourne - they are just a few of the families that helped propel Kennedy to seven City Section championships. But no brother combination comes close to pulling off what Nick and Estevan Rodriguez did this month in a home game against Granada Hills. Batting third and fourth in the starting lineup, Nick, a senior shortstop, and Estevan, a junior first baseman, hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs.
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April 27, 2014 |
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chain-link fence at the windswept landscape - a broken runway, scrubby fields and green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing through the air over what was for decades a bustling military base. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the old U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Now the Vietnam veteran is leading the charge to transform a small piece of that land into a final resting place for Orange County's veterans.
April 26, 2014 |
Updated and edgy, this multi-story house sits behind gates in Hollywood Hills West. Described by the design firm as a "transitional take on a classic Mediterranean," the home retains such characteristic details as interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof. Location: 1427 Queens Road, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $3.698 million Year built: 1937 Remodel: Bravia Design House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,554 square feet Lot size: 5,882 square feet Features: Library, family room, breakfast area, kitchen island, hardwood floors, whole-house audio, terraces, outdoor living room with flat-screen TV, fountain-fed swimming pool About the area: Last year, 195 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
April 25, 2014 |
That C.J. Harris was the singer sent home on "American Idol" on Thursday night's elimination show was no surprise , probably even for him. Nor was it a shock that Jessica Meuse had been the one to keep him company in the bottom two -- before Ryan Seacrest sent her to safety. In fact, the evening's outcome was so predictable -- Harris, though he gives big-hearted performances, has been struggling to stay on pitch all season, and on Wednesday night, his performances had been especially underwhelming -- that none of the judges could do much more than sigh and shrug when Seacrest asked them about the two singers who were in danger of heading home.