July 11, 2010 |
Customers toting pockets of quarters to a new laundromat next wash day might be in for a surprise. Many laundromats have switched to prepaid plastic cards — like gift cards — that operate the washers and dryers. Some new laundromats are providing free wireless Internet, flat-screen televisions and attendants who sell services and are ready to help out if anything goes wrong. It's part of a trend to spruce up an industry long touted as a collect-your-quarters-and-leave opportunity for investors.
February 7, 2010 |
It's probably accurate to assume that most civilized visitors to Los Angeles City Hall's third-floor rotunda do not try to climb the marble columns, balance on the historic light fixtures or lie on the ground directly under the enormous bronze chandelier for perspective's sake. But on a recent Saturday, Heidi Duckler and two of her dancers did exactly that, laying claim to the notion that if you can't fight City Hall, you might as well dance in it. During a first rehearsal for a new site-specific production by Duckler's Collage Dance Theatre, Marissa Labog and Roberto Lambaren experimented with rigorous horizontal and inverted balance poses between walls and columns that reflected formidable break-dancing skills while Duckler pointed out various Roman and Byzantine architectural details of the cavernous rotunda to a reporter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2007 |
Acclaimed author Luis J. Rodriguez and his wife, Maria, had a dream of bringing art and culture to a community long ignored by theaters and bookstores. So they took out a second mortgage on their San Fernando home and began renting what was once office space in a small strip mall. Thus was born Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural in Sylmar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2006 |
Police on Monday continued to search for a gunman who, without an apparent motive, fatally shot two men and wounded a pregnant woman as they sat in a car outside a North Hollywood laundromat. About 10:15 p.m. Sunday, John Cortez Alonzo and Alejandro Lopez Perez, both 19, were killed and Alonzo's 20-year-old girlfriend was injured when a gunman walked up to her parked BMW and fired at least six times, Los Angeles Police Det. Mike Coffey said.
July 31, 2006 |
One of Tom Benson's claims to fame, announced in 5-foot letters across his storefront, is that he owns the "World's Largest Laundromat," complete with 153 washers, 148 dryers and 15 flat-screen TVs. But that's not the claim that excites advocates of renewable energy. It's that, perched atop the airplane hangar-size facility in this working-class Chicago suburb, is one of the largest, most cost-effective solar systems in the country.
September 8, 2005 |
At the Sun Suites Hotel on Wednesday, manager Mike Williams was grateful for small favors. None of the 128 rooms had electricity, a foul smell wafted from a 6-foot-high mound of trash in the parking lot and there was structural damage, all as a result of Hurricane Katrina. But on Wednesday morning, the motel got water. It wasn't fit to drink -- authorities advised boiling it for an hour -- but at least when Williams turned the taps, water flowed.