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September 11, 2010
Ideas to steal Some tips used in Priscilla Woolworth's home: Instead of using dryer sheets, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a wash cloth and toss it in with your drying laundry. Instead of using chemicals to unblock a plugged drain, pour a cup of baking powder down the drain followed by a half-cup of vinegar. Wait 10 minutes, then pour in boiling water from a teakettle. Instead of using a chemical furniture cleaner, dust your wooden pieces with a few drops of olive oil on a rag. Instead of using chemical weed killer on patios and driveways, pour boiling water onto the weed from a teakettle.
April 27, 2014 | By Laura W. Brill
Last year's Proposition 8 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court changed the lives of many same-sex couples and their families in California for the better. But the political fallout from that decision is also having a profound and worrisome effect on the state's initiative process. The reason has to do with the nature of the court's action. The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 itself. Rather, it decided an issue of standing, concluding that the initiative's backers had not been directly harmed by a lower-court ruling that the law was unconstitutional and that they therefore lacked standing to appeal that ruling.
September 21, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
If you ask Solar Decathlon director Richard King why the average person might want to swing by the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial competition when it opens in 12 days, he answers with a question of his own: "Where else can you see 20 houses so inspiring, side by side?" Indeed, on Sept. 23, 20 teams consisting of students from 30 schools as diverse as Stanford, El Paso Community College and the Vienna University of Technology begin assembling the most unusual housing tract to hit Orange County.
April 27, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Getting the strangers to open up wasn't easy. But Jesus Rodriguez, a high school senior, pressed on, clipboard and questionnaire in hand. He and about 15 other students spent Thursday evening at MacArthur Park, interviewing people about their lives, their well-being and the health of their neighborhood. Their responses will be the basis for an intricate art installation to be displayed at the park in the fall. For Rodriguez, 18, the exercise was eye-opening. He spent two hours approaching random men and women, some of them homeless.
October 14, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Wow! More than 175,000 submissions have been received by the congressional "super committee" on deficit reduction. Apparently,  Americans -- or quite a few of them, anyway -- have some ideas on how to trim $1.5 trillion from the nation's deficit. Friday is the deadline for formal submissions from House and Senate committees that want to weigh in. House Democrats offered their packet of ideas Thursday, while  committees in the Republican House have largely declined to submit formal recommendations.  So far, 28 recommendations have been offered.
April 19, 2012 | By Sharon Mizota
What better way to welcome spring than with lambs, flowers and fluffy white geese? Charlotta Westergren proffers them all in this intriguing but somewhat muddled exhibition at Patrick Painter. Saddled with the ponderous title, “SERE: Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape,” taken from a military training program, the show gestures toward many topics -- fecundity, Christianity, torture, war -- but never quite takes a satisfying bite out of any of them. Sheep, geese and dead game, rendered in Westergren's skillful hand, evoke Old Master still lifes, photorealism, and, with their flat backgrounds, Pop art. The lambs in particular give the lie to idealized notions of fertility and rebirth, with umbilical cords dangling and hindquarters splattered with excrement.
July 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
"What if we took 'Snakes on a Plane,' combined it with 'Jaws' and relocated the thing from an airliner to the Westside of Los Angeles?" Someone, somewhere uttered those words before coming up with the idea for "Sharknado. " Which makes us wonder how one can then take "Sharknado" and turn it into a feature film. Like: "What if we did 'Sharknado,' changed the threat and used a different portmanteau?" PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 With the SyFy Channel movie a Twitter hit , studio executives around Hollywood on Friday morning are calling meetings to figure out how they can get in on the action.
January 3, 2010 | By Barry Goldman
Ionce asked my Aunt Mary what her beliefs were on the subject of life after death. She said: "Whatever Jews believe, that's what I believe." Aunt Mary's view was that there were people whose job it was to consider such things. She was not such a person herself, but she was completely confident that the guys assigned that task were doing their job, and it was all written down in a book somewhere. If you were sufficiently interested, you could look it up. This view is in decline.
September 25, 2012 | By Dianne de Guzman
Furniture can often meld into the background the longer you have it around. In the case of my kitchen, one black bar table with four white chairs seemed like a good idea at one point. But now? Boring, boring, boring.  Impressed with Kyle Schuneman's simple mods , I was looking for a way to change up this white bar chair. A punch of dip-dyed color - painting just the tips of the chair legs - seemed like it would do the trick and brighten the room. But why stop at explaining the step-by-step of my project?
April 25, 2013 | By Marissa Gluck
That sound you hear is the past calling. And possibly the future. An enterprising group of USC students, artists and community leaders in Leimert Park have been looking to a relic, the pay phone, as a portal to the neighborhood's rich cultural history. The result was the Leimert Phone Co., a five-week design research lab led by USC professor Francois Bar, PhD candidates Benjamin Stokes and Karl Baumann, and Ben Caldwell, the owner of the local new media center Kaos Network. Three teams looked at the obsolete technology of the pay phone to explore how aging infrastructure could be repurposed.
April 26, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Want to get creative? Get up and go for a walk. People generate more creative ideas when they walk than when they sit, according to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. "Everyone always says going on a walk gives you new ideas, but nobody had ever proved it before," said Marily Oppezzo, a psychology professor at Santa Clara University and the lead author of the study . To test for creativity, Oppezzo asked volunteers (mostly college students)
April 23, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual Incognito benefit may be the most democratic of all Los Angeles art world soirees: 700 works for sale by emerging and famous artists alike, all 10 by 10 inches and exactly $350 - with the artists' identities hidden from view until after purchase. But that doesn't mean strategy isn't involved. The event, which turns 10 this year, has become a touchstone for collectors looking to find valuable works by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha.
April 23, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Stirred up by a series of Capitol scandals, four candidates for California secretary of state clashed at a forum Wednesday over who is best suited to restore voter faith in state government. Candidates Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Pete Peterson and Derek Cressman also challenged one another's ideas for reducing the corrupting influence of big money in state government. The event sponsor, the Sacramento Press Club, did not invite the three other candidates for the job . State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima)
April 20, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Before Mother's Day sneaks up on May 11, put some extra TLC into preparations to spoil that leading lady known as Mom with a gift that is as special as she is. Check out the ideas here, and then think about maintaining favorite child status by adding a spa certificate. The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Los Angeles, for instance, offers a Royal Tea treatment on May 11 with high tea at WP24 restaurant, a massage, manicure, pedicure, hairstyle and makeup application; $310. (Call [213] 763-4400 to book.)
April 18, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Here are some ideas for a more sustainable workout - for you and, perhaps, the planet. Walk. No equipment, no driving, no gym. If you're more ambitious, run. No more disposable water bottles. Or paper towels. Go old-school, with push-ups, jumping jacks and other exercises or yoga routines you can do at home. Try grown-up playgrounds. Some city parks have "fitness zones," with outdoor gym equipment. There's one set in La Cienega Park, at the corner of La Cienega and Olympic boulevards, with kids' equipment nearby.
April 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
When the city of Los Angeles established its "1% for the Arts" program more than two decades ago, the rationale was that commercial and municipal development takes a toll on the visual landscape of the city. To mitigate that, and to contribute to the artistic vitality of the city, developers were required to pay a fee equal to 1% of the construction value. That money was supposed to pay for art in public places. It was a smart idea to set up the Arts Development Fee Trust Fund. But it's dumb not to spend it. A recent audit by City Controller Ron Galperin found that $7.5 million was languishing in the portion of the fund that is bankrolled by developers and earmarked for public art projects, cultural events and performances.
June 15, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries, youngberries. This time of year the markets are full of almost every kind of berry you can think of. Though each has its own special flavor, you can use them pretty much interchangeably. How to choose: Look for berries that are vibrantly colored, taut and shiny. Dull or wrinkled skin can be a sign that berries are over the hill. Check the bottom of the basket as well to make sure there isn't leakage from damaged berries that may be hidden.
August 13, 2013 | By Shelby Grad
Inventor Elon Musk's concept for the Hyperloop - a mass-transit system that would move people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes - has captured the imagination of residents in a city known for horrible traffic. As The Times' Catherine Green, W.J. Hennigan and Ralph Vartabedian explained Tuesday morning: "Musk unveiled the design of his Hyperloop, a $6-billion high-speed transit system powered by solar energy. The line would travel along interstates 5 and 580 at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour and have the feel of an airliner, Musk said.
April 16, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous. " "Laughable. " Also, you concur that this bird will never fly. Not only would the plan need to be approved by California voters, Congress and the president would have to sign off, too. "Do you really think Democrats would ever allow anything to disrupt the 55-electoral-vote advantage they get every four years?" from California, reader Kurt wrote.
April 13, 2014 | Jen Leo
Here's a website that can help you keep tabs on travel deals for your favorite destinations around the globe. Name: What it does: It's a search tool for discovering travel deals, including airfare and hotels. What's hot: The site remembers your home airport, so even if you don't like what you see on your main dashboard of "favorite" destinations, additional travel inspiration is just a click away. On the left nav bar you'll find topic lists such as "most amazing beaches," "top honeymoon destinations," "foodie cities," "family & kid friendly cities" and more.
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