April 22, 2014 |
At the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, the focus was on health, not chocolate, with exercise stations and healthy eating tips thanks to fitness-focused First Lady Michelle Obama. She even got the president, in shirtsleeves and khakis, to dunk some basketballs and play doubles tennis with the kids. [Los Angeles Times] Advocates for ethical fashion, including green clothing activist Livia Firth, are preparing for the first Fashion Revolution Day to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh on April 24. When the garment factory collapsed, more than 1,000 workers were killed, more than 2,500 injured.
April 16, 2014 |
Is the world ready for kid-sized Kate Spade cardigans and jaunty Jack Spade jackets for Junior? We're not sure those particular pieces will be in the merchandise mix when the GapKids collaboration with the Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade brands hits retail in November -- since no descriptions or images accompanied Wednesday's announcement of the coming limited-edition collection. Childrenswear will be a new category for the pair of Spades (the women's line, Kate Spade New York, started with handbags in 1993, the Jack Spade men's brand followed with satchel and carry-alls three years later; both now include full apparel and accessories collections)
April 15, 2014 |
I can't make it through a day without hearing about the jobs crisis. I hear it from my father, because how could anyone majoring in international studies make it in this job market? I hear it from my accounting professor at UC San Diego, who shamelessly attempts to convert us all into accountants willing to work ridiculous hours for somewhat decent pay. And I hear it from the news, telling us it's among the worst unemployment crises we've had. But we've already done everything we can: Interest rates are near zero and the government has tried various stimulus programs as well as provided unemployment benefits for those who are desperately searching, only to find a dried-up job pool.
April 12, 2014 |
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. The book was called "The Royal Road to Romance," and to a pre-adolescent boy with a fear of anything girlish, it sounded an awful lot like a bodice-ripper.
April 11, 2014 |
Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife and mother of his first two children, is engaged to be married again. Rowe has said "I will" to Marc Schaffel, TMZ reports, three weeks after he proposed. She'd initially declined, the site said Thursday, because she thought she had terminal cancer. After finding out Wednesday that her diagnosis was actually the auto-immune disease sarcoidosis, she changed her mind. No wedding date has been set yet, she said. The 55-year-old Palmdale resident met Schaffel when he was working for Jackson, according to ABC News , and their friendly relationship evolved over time.
April 11, 2014 |
If you're like most middle-class parents, you've probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children's lives to your less-wired childhood, ask yourself this: Do you let your 10-year-old roam the neighborhood on her bicycle as long as she's back by dinner? Are you comfortable, for hours at a time, not knowing your teenager's exact whereabouts?