April 11, 2013
The budget proposal President Obama released Wednesday sticks close to the themes of increased public investment and middle-class growth that he sounded in his reelection campaign, but it includes one notable new feature. For the first time, Obama lays out the details of the "grand bargain" on deficit reduction he's been seeking in private talks with Republicans. It's not clear whether the change in strategy will produce a deal; Republicans and Democrats are far apart on many issues.
March 8, 2013 |
All-inclusive vacation giant Club Med wants you to be happy, or so it says in a new Happiness Sale that launched Thursday. The sale is good for stays through fall at its 50-plus locations worldwide, including premium resorts in Guilin, China , and Belek, Turkey . The deal: Club Med shows prices starting as low as $749 per person for a seven-night stay, but that's based on staying at its Sandpiper Bay resort in Florida. Still, there are savings to be had from the online check I did of several locations around the globe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - As California Republicans gathered here for their weekend convention, it was difficult to recall when the group that produced Ronald Reagan had slumped so low. The party hasn't elected a statewide candidate in seven years. It is awash in debt. GOP voter registration in the state is at less than 30% - a historic dip. GOP strategist Karl Rove had some blunt advice as the group debated how to claw its way back to political relevance. "My message is this: Get off your ass," Rove told nearly 500 delegates and guests at a sold-out convention luncheon in a hotel ballroom Saturday.
January 19, 2013 |
The Kings' minds must have been floating in the rafters with their Stanley Cup banner when the puck was dropped at Staples Center to launch their title defense, so removed was their game from the precise, defense-minded performances they routinely pulled off while bulldozing through the playoffs last spring. The only clean passes they completed Saturday occurred when they relayed the Cup from hand to hand during a pregame ceremony, the last time players would cradle the precious silver trophy before it went back up for grabs.
January 17, 2013 |
No surprise: Kobe Bryant made the All-Star team for the 15th time in 17 seasons. Surprise: Dwight Howard made it as a starter too. Plenty of NBA analysts questioned Howard's inclusion via fan voting. So did his own coach, in a way. "Well, when you're under .500 and you have two guys on the All-Star [team], that's kind of like, really?" Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Thursday. "I'm with them a little bit. But I understand it. His injury kept him down and he's coming back from his injury and he's played at the All-Star level the last two or three games, so he's coming on. " Howard was off to a slow start partly because of off-season surgery for a herniated disk in his back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2013 |
All nine members of the Legislature's black caucus are urging state officials to scrap parts of a deal that would allow USC to run the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The lawmakers, who said they support the idea of USC managing the Coliseum, where the school's football team plays, object to the inclusion of nearby parking lots they say should be turned into parks in the South Los Angeles neighborhood. USC demanded the parking lots as part of the management agreement. "Your role is not to be boosters for the USC football program," said the letter from the caucus to Robert Stein, chairman of the California Science Center board, which owns the parking lots and the land on which the Coliseum and several museums sit, collectively known as Exposition Park.