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November 27, 2005
I enjoyed Jane Engle's comments on Song, the creative spinoff owned by Delta ["Song's Legacy Will Live On, Even as the Carrier Bids Adieu," Travel Insider, Nov. 20]. I must agree with her that Song crews are witty, also younger, more friendly and helpful. I have flown on Song, and it is very good. Not only the personal TV in your seatback but also the food, the music downloads and the atmosphere are great. I would rather fly on Song than many other competitors. Ted by United is also good, and its economy class is more spacious.
June 14, 2005
Regarding "To Protect and to Surf" [June 7]: I started paddling and surfing in Santa Monica in 1934 and continued to surf from San Onofre to Point Dume. My first board was a 14-foot-by-15-inch-wide balsa redwood; it was a big challenge to keep it from pearling. At 15, I bought an 11-foot balsa redwood plank and had pioneer surfer Lorrin "Whitey" Harrison shape it. My mother made me an early version of the wet suit out of a shower curtain. It helped with the winter wind, but didn't do much when you took a dive.
December 5, 2004
The question on everyone's mind at the opening of Los Angeles Opera's new production of "Vanessa" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last weekend wasn't about Samuel Barber's music. It was: What was that black box at the front of the stage? Normally, you might find a prompter's box there, a kind of phone booth where a person hides to assist singers with their lines and cues. But this box looked far too small for that. Even a child couldn't fit into it.
Tradition says caviar comes from sturgeon and the best comes from beluga sturgeon that swim Russia's salty Caspian Sea. But Carolyn Collins aims to turn such convention on its ear. Her products hail from the Great Lakes and other North American bodies of water. The roe--eggs still in the ovarian membrane--come from fish such as salmon, trout, freshwater sturgeon and whitefish.
August 18, 1991
Another North County affordable housing project in the works also deserves note for local innovation and for the multiple benefits it will provide. Last week the San Pasqual Indian band of Mission Indians unveiled a plan to lease reservation land for a 600-home project northeast of Escondido. The project, Lake Wohlford Highlands, will produce income and jobs for the reservation, and it will be a boon for home buyers squeezed out of the expensive San Diego County housing market.
February 10, 2001 | MAL FLORENCE
Bill Lyon of the Philadelphia Inquirer, writing on the "King of Statistics," Harvey Pollack, "who has crept to within a layup of age 80." "He is the Farmers Almanac, the encyclopedia, the atlas and the Rand McNally of numbers. You wouldn't recognize a box score now if it hadn't been for him. Not only has he developed systems and charts, he invented entire categories of statistics. "Most of those abbreviated hieroglyphics that allow you to re-create a game in your mind come from him. Rebounds?
October 24, 1987
A tag sale can be a great way to get rid of unwanted houseful items, from old toys in the attic to battered bargains in the basement. The tag sale can satisfy both yard sale and auction fans, according to a recent article in Country Living magazine, because it offers the possibility of picking up bargain antiques and rewards the aggressive early-bird shopper. At a tag sale, also called an estate sale, all sale items are tagged.
Call it a performance bazaar: the first public showcase of the international artists selected for the Asia Pacific Performance Exchange, an innovative collaborative project now in its second year at UCLA. However, innovation and collaboration weren't the focus of this free seven-part APEX sampler program, Friday at California Plaza downtown.
April 30, 2006
"MY husband and I have discovered a wonderful restaurant in Cambria called Wild Ginger Cafe. It is a little treasure, where the food is inventive, fresh, delicious and a little bit exotic. Chef Deborah Mok owns and runs the restaurant and uses only fresh ingredients from local farmers. Deborah was born in Singapore and offers a unique cuisine that is an interesting blend of California and Asia that keeps us coming back on every visit. " Open for lunch and dinner; closed Thursdays.
Richard C. Fildew, former Los Angeles Superior Court and Pasadena Municipal Court judge who devised innovative punishments such as having traffic offenders donate blood rather than pay fines or go to jail, has died. He was 87. Fildew died Sunday in his native Pasadena. In 1955, shortly after he was appointed to the Pasadena bench, Fildew demonstrated his singular approach to solving problems by offering the blood-donation penalty.
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