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February 26, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- The mayor of Paris has been deluged with checks for just a few cents each after complaining about damage that protesters opposed to a law legalizing same-sex marriage did to one of the French capital's most exclusive parks. Demonstrators opposed to "marriage for all" legislation must have guessed the chaos they would cause when they sent donations of just 10 cents to help settle the $132,000 bill for repairs to the lawns of the Champ-de-Mars near the Eiffel Tower. In fact, their petty cash protest looks set to cost Parisian taxpayers even more money, after Mayor Bertrand Delanoe revealed it could cost more to issue receipts for the money than the amount of cash he had received.
January 23, 2013
Do you have any suggestions for drought-tolerant, kid-friendly ground cover? We've read that dymondia works well to fill in space between pavers but haven't found any talk of how well this plant works as a grass substitute, spread across a yard. Can our kids walk barefoot? Will the dymondia attract bees? And will it flourish in an area that gets sun and shade? Julie Cho Irvine Many drought-tolerant, kid-friendly lawn alternatives thrive in Los Angeles and can save money and time in addition to water.
November 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A beachfront house in Malibu that was rented at different times this summer to Usher and Sean Combs is for sale at $16.75 million. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said singers Usher and Sean Combs paid $100,000 a month to lease this Malibu house. Although it rents for that amount, the terms of their leases were not disclosed. The Cape Cod-inspired two story, built in 1994 and sitting on more than half an acre, has 80 feet of beach frontage, a front lawn and gardens.
October 29, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Sandy prompted one area of agreement among congressional candidates: Time to lay down the lawn signs.   "We're so glad that so many of Tim's supporters have placed yard signs in their lawns -- but due to the potential for strong winds in this storm, the last thing we want is for yard signs to become projectiles," said the campaign manager for Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, who is locked in a tight campaign against Republican George...
October 22, 2012 | By David Lazarus
As a cat guy, I've always been baffled by the propensity of dog owners to just walk away from their pooch's leavings, especially when they happen to be on my lawn. Is it laziness? Thoughtlessness? Meanness? Well, if it's just too much hassle for dog owners to clean up after Rover, there's a new product called Doggie Doo Dissolver that aims to make things easier by, yes, dissolving those piles of left-behinds. Dog owners can walk away with a clear conscience. Here's a video of how it's supposed to work.
August 14, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Emmy-winning composer Trevor Morris has sold his place in the Cheviot Hills-Rancho Park vicinity and bought a house in Santa Monica for $1.59 million. The Santa Monica property includes a three-bedroom, 23/4-bathroom house, a swimming pool, a spa and a shaded lawn. The 2,400-square-foot house, built in 1940, features wood-beam ceilings, a library, French doors and a balcony. The town house Morris sold for $915,050 has a studio, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,107 square feet of living space.
July 18, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- When Kent Couch took off in his lawn chair last weekend and, hoisted by hundreds of balloons, pointed it toward Montana, he figured there was about a 90% chance he'd make it at least to Idaho. But that was before he and co-pilot Fareed Lafta ran into a terrifying series of thunderstorms that tossed them and their flimsy aluminum chairs around the sky like toys - and the two men focused mainly on how to safely reunite themselves with the ground. Scared? No time to be scared, the two men said in a telephone interview Wednesday from Bend, Ore., where Couch operates a gas station when he isn't piloting chairs.
July 14, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
It's a bird, it's a plane, it was two flying lawn chairs strapped to 350 helium balloons! In a soaring feat reminiscent of a certain Disney movie , a gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer lifted off in a homemade flying machine in central Oregon on Saturday -- only to be forced down again by storms moving through the area, according to a report from the Associated Press . The area saw heavy rain and hail as big as nickels, the...
June 20, 2012 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Robert J. Kelleher, who helped lead tennis into the modern open era while serving as president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Assn. and who later became a U.S. District Court judge based in Los Angeles, has died. He was 99. Kelleher, who was also captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1962 and 1963, died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home after a long illness, said his lifelong friend, former Mayor Richard Riordan. Before 1968, only players classified as amateurs were allowed to enter the major international tennis tournaments.
June 19, 2012
Re "Santa Monica curbs displays at city park," June 14 As an American, I cherish and defend our right to freely express our beliefs, whatever they may be, and I expect my government to ensure that we are able to do so without censor. But to set aside public park space for the sole purpose of erecting displays of either religious or atheist themes is not only impractical but wrong. Perhaps those who strongly desire to view the Nativity scenes could instead find some lawn space from among the dozens of Santa Monica churches or thousands of Christian property owners.
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