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HEALTH
November 17, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
If time is short and you want to start burning calories quickly, try the up and over. This uncomplicated cardio drill helps you work on your balance and turn a strength workout into a sweaty cardio circuit. Amy Dixon, personal trainer and head of group fitness at Equinox Santa Monica, uses it on her "Breathless Body, Vol. 2: The Edge" DVD and demonstrates it here. Add this cardio drill between strength exercises or anytime you have five minutes for a mini cardio workout. Why you should try it More cardio = less love handles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
In its heyday, World Famous VIP Records in Long Beach had a full-time disc jockey playing music for customers, and clerks learned their clients' tastes so well they knew what to put on as soon as customers walked in the store. Over the years, VIP became a family owned chain, with 14 locations across Los Angeles County, the Long Beach store eventually emerging as the flagship. Now owned by Kelvin Anderson, VIP in Long Beach midwifed the careers of some of America's best-known hip-hop stars.
NEWS
April 14, 2001
Exactly what are we to make of Soren Baker's assertion that the group OutKast "has constantly pushed hip-hop's stylistic envelope" by "including a harmonica" on one of its singles ("OutKast Proves It's No Johnny-Come-Lately," March 26)? Is it evidence of the genre's paucity of ideas (that such a move could be hailed as a bold creative stroke) or Baker's ignorance of pop music history? My guess is that, to justify hip-hop as a totally original music, Baker conveniently ignores all non-hip-hop antecedents in pop. Really, this this envelope was shredded years ago by Dylan, Lennon and Wonder, to say nothing of Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals.
TRAVEL
October 24, 2010
I have been to more than 50 countries, and I'd suggest readers do the double-decker hop on/hop off bus tours. We found these available in major cities — Paris, London, Rome, Copenhagen (even stopped at all cruise terminals). I even took one in San Francisco and found out all sorts of great info I never knew, despite living there 27 years. All buses have tour guides or headsets in all languages. Many include a river cruise. Great spot from which to take photos too. Prices usually $20 to $35 per day Loretta Ferraro Indian Wells
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012
Odd Future's ethic of rowdy, self-aware antagonism extends across genres and subcultures. The variety of its young misanthropic fans — skate rats, hip-hop heads, hipsters and some tweens who probably lied to their parents about their night-out plans — mirrors Odd Future's mashed-up style, with its rap-scene in-jokes and riffs on Internet troll culture. But its main event is a showcase for the charisma and skill that have kept Odd Future the most exciting hip-hop ensemble since Wu-Tang Clan stalked Staten Island's Shaolin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2008 | David Reyes
To encourage commuters to leave their cars in the driveway, free one-day bus passes are being offered during "Dump the Pump" week, beginning Monday. Passes are available on the Orange County Transportation Authority's website, www.octa.net. The free pass gives residents an opportunity to hop on a bus as an alternative to using their vehicles, said OCTA Chairman Chris Norby. -- David Reyes
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
May marks the beginning of moonlight tours at the Colosseum in Rome . From now through October, the Archaeological Heritage of Rome takes visitors on night tours to see the arena and the amphitheater as well as the underground rooms and passages where animals and gladiators awaited their fate. Illinois-based TourCrafters has designed a four-night Rome Midnight Dream package that includes the moonlight tour as well as admission to "Constantine 313 AD," an exhibition on display at the Colosseum until Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2012 | By Ernest Hardy, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The concert stage for the Operation Skid Row festival was set up on Gladys Avenue between 5th and 6th, in the heart of downtown L.A.'s homeless district. As a white SUV turned onto Gladys, a murmur rippled through the crowd, turning into a roar as the hip-hop legend, elder statesman and co-organizer of the event, Public Enemy's Chuck D, exited the vehicle. The goal of the free show Sunday was twofold: for hip-hop artists to perform gratis for skid row residents, and to spotlight the economic and political plight of L.A.'s homeless.
FOOD
February 9, 2012 | By Charles Perry, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's a little hard to remember that Americans once merely tolerated hops. Sierra Nevada was one of the pioneers in teaching us to enjoy the flavor, and a few years ago it produced this hoppy extreme, brewed with the fresh herb, harvested just 24 hours earlier. The effect is a startling burst of hop flavor, almost dank with heady, resinous aroma. It's a seasonal brew, so it will go out of stock, but good news: Sierra Nevada will produce another Harvest Lager (Southern Hemisphere) in about six months.
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