June 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court promises "equal justice under law" - the words carved into stone on its facade - and last week, the justices set out a new definition of equal justice that they see as suited to this time. On the last day of their term, they struck down a 1990s-era federal law that denied all legal recognition to the tens of thousands of same-sex couples who have been legally married in the last decade - a ruling that set off gay rights celebrations from the court's steps to the West Coast.
June 21, 2013 |
MONTREAL - On a warm fall day in a scruffy suburb of this Canadian city, some familiar sights appear. French-language road signs note estimated distances in kilometers. Beret-wearing soldiers stand guard. A restaurant offers a poutine special. And then, suddenly, some less familiar ones: large sections of the White House, built to scale and scattered across several neighborhoods of the city. The elegant South Portico, fronted by a lawn big enough for a couple of military helicopters.
June 20, 2013 |
Literary tourists traveling to New York have long been drawn to the Algonquin Hotel , the site of the famed Algonquin Roundtable. Full disclosure: "Literary tourists" include me -- I've been there more than once to have a martini in its lounge. The Algonquin was where a group of writers, wits and key literary figures met starting in 1919 to eat, argue and, of course, drink. Dorothy Parker, the petite poet with an acid pen and a hollow leg, was one of its stalwarts. So was Robert Benchley, one of his generation's most popular humorists; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edna Ferber; writer, editor and producer George S. Kaufman, winner of two Pulitzers; New York Times drama critic Alexander Woollcott; and Harold Ross, who, midway through the Roundtable's eight-year run, founded the New Yorker magazine.
June 19, 2013 |
Steve Wallace, one of the founding foodies in Southern California, has sold his namesake Westwood Boulevard wine store Wally's Wine & Spirits to business partner Christian Navarro and a group of investors that includes longtime customers Maurice, Paul and Armand Marciano, founders of the Guess fashion empire. Wallace started Wally's in 1968, as a liquor store -- well before the current passion for food and wine began. And as interest in the subjects grew, Wally's was at the forefront.
June 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has devoted decades to giving meaning to the Constitution's promise of equality for all before the law. Now, as the court heads into the final two weeks of this year's term, the justices may be about to close one chapter of that long story even as they open a new one. The court is set to decide whether to pull back on 1960s-era remedies for racial discrimination that critics say have outlived their need. One case tests a race-based affirmative action policy at the University of Texas that gives an advantage to black and Latino students.
June 14, 2013 |
The gig: Ken Kahan, 54, is founder and president of California Landmark, a real estate development company that has made its mark throughout the Los Angeles area by acquiring, rehabilitating and building new projects in both commercial and residential real estate. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, which is based in West Los Angeles. Kahan frequently finds himself on job sites, getting his hands dirty. "We don't call ourselves developers," Kahan said.
May 29, 2013 |
Santa Monica's landmark Valentino restaurant celebrated it's 40th birthday this winter with a couple months of festivities. But will it make 41? Maybe not. Owner Piero Selvaggio has put the restaurant up for sale. The price is high -- $4.9 million - but it is an attractive piece of real estate with a lot of restaurant history attached. “I have a big piece of real estate and it's not producing what it could produce,” says the 67-year-old Selvaggio. Plus, he says, he's ready for a new challenge.
May 18, 2013 |
Surprisingly, little has changed at the Eames House since 1949, when Charles and Ray Eames designed their Pacific Palisades home and studio as a model of affordable modern living. Most of the objects they lived with remain in place at the two-part, rectangular structure on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Charles died in 1978; his wife and professional partner passed away 10 years later. But they are remembered for their creative use of materials and innovative design of architecture, furniture and industrial products.
May 17, 2013 |
After months of controversy, the owner of St. John's Health Center said it plans to sell the landmark Santa Monica hospital to Catholic chain Providence Health & Services. The hospital has been at the center of an intense competition that featured bids from UCLA Health System, other Catholic hospital chains and Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. After weighing the offers, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System in Denver said Friday that it was entering exclusive negotiations with Providence, which owns St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and four other Southern California hospitals.
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May 11, 2013 |
After its two-year, $45-million makeover, Echo Park Lake will soon shed the green tarp-covered fence that lines its circumference, revealing to the public a similar-but-spruced-up version of the neighborhood's landmark. "Welcome to 29 acres of paradise," L.A. City Engineer Gary Moore said at a news conference Friday, where officials announced the lake would reopen June 15. Before it was refilled and restocked with plants, the lake was completely drained and cleaned. During the cleanup, Moore said, workers found two guns, one toilet, 20 Frisbees and a pay telephone.