March 24, 2012 |
Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Mexico on Friday, urging this nation's Catholics to resist the temptations of violent drug traffickers and calling for change in Cuba. This is Benedict's first voyage to the Spanish-speaking Americas; after three days in Mexico, he continues to Cuba, the first papal visit to the island nation since John Paul II's historic trip to Havana in 1998. Landing on a sun-drenched afternoon in Mexico's conservative and traditionally Catholic midsection, Benedict was greeted by President Felipe Calderon.
March 14, 2012 |
Reporting from New Orleans — Derek Fisher couldn't help but laugh. The ink had barely dried on Mike D'Antoni's resignation papers, but the Lakers guard was being asked about Phil Jackson . Could he see the former Lakers coach taking over the New York Knicks next season? "Recognizing how competitive he is, and how much he still loves the game itself and from his great memories of New York, from that standpoint I wouldn't be surprised," Fisher said. "But I would be surprised from a quality-of-life standpoint.
March 11, 2012
Set in the Hollywood Hills West community of Doheny Estates, this redesigned home captures Southern California's proverbial indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Walls and hand railings of glass, as well as outdoor living spaces, take advantage of expansive city views. Location: 1734 N. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $10.9 million Designer: Luca Colombo Previously sold: In 2008 for $2.8 million Year built: 1961 House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 5,600 square feet Lot size: 17,071 square feet Features: Two-story living room with wood ceiling, 10 skylights, three fireplaces, two temperature-controlled wine closets, media room, Miele kitchen appliances, custom aluminum doors, Philippe Starck fixtures, oak and terrazzo flooring, infinity pool, spa, two fire pits About the area: Last year, 135 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $1,550,000, according to DataQuick.
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March 8, 2012 |
The bullet trains that would someday streak through California at 220 mph are, in the vision of their most ardent supporters, more than just a transportation system. They are also a means to alter the state's social, residential and economic fabric. But those broader ambitions are triggering an increasingly strident ideological backlash to the massive project. The fast trains connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco would create new communities of high-density apartments and small homes around stations, reducing the suburbanization of California, rail advocates say. That new lifestyle would mean fewer cars and less gasoline consumption, lowering California's contribution to global warming.
March 6, 2012 |
Randy Underwood cringed at the mention of Mitt Romney's name. Underwood, who lives in this small town in rural Blount County, a religious-right stronghold in the rolling hills of northern Alabama, would prefer Romney over President Obama. But Romney's life in the rarefied world of the super wealthy is a long way from anything familiar to Underwood — or to anyone else shopping the other day at Oneonta's Hometown Market. "I'm just not sure he can understand what the common person needs," said Underwood, 52, a retired Birmingham police crime-scene investigator who was heading home with groceries in the back of his pickup.
February 26, 2012 |
Among new Internet-based real estate ventures to pop up in recent months is one that enables house hunters to simultaneously search for just about every lifestyle criteria imaginable. Another protects would-be tenants from unwittingly renting from a struggling owner in the midst of a foreclosure. SpatialMatch.com, an overlay technology that can be embedded on an agent's website or perhaps on an entire multiple listing service, enables buyers to pursue properties using any number of lifestyle criteria.
February 6, 2012 |
David Solie thought he was being a good son and a competent manager. But his strong-willed mother was having none of it. Carol Solie, 72, had been caring for herself, her 28-year-old son, Roger, who has Down syndrome, and the family home in Portland, Ore., since her husband died in 1989. From David Solie's vantage point in Calabasas, it was too much. So once a month, he would travel nearly 1,000 miles north to set things right. This son decreed that his mother should move someplace easier to navigate -- an assisted living complex, perhaps.
January 31, 2012 |
Peyton Manning would be missed all over Indianapolis were he to wind up with another NFL team. But no place would miss him more than the St. Elmo Steak House. For years Manning has been a regular at the restaurant, an institution in downtown Indianapolis for more than a century. He's also part-owner of Harry & Izzy's, the sister restaurant next door. It was at the St. Elmo, however, that Manning reviewed his rookie contract in 1998, polishing off a 24-ounce steak in the process.
January 2, 2012 |
Barbara Unsworth, Chino Hills My first small change was to participate in Jazzercise classes two or three times per week, purely for fun. The movement felt good, as did the positive social ambience. After six months or so, I noticed a slight change in the way my clothes fit. The next step was to purchase a scale to see what this change in my clothes was about. With pounds slowly but surely coming off, at the rate of about a pound per month, I became motivated to watch my food intake.
December 3, 2011 |
Brian Frons, the longtime president of ABC Daytime, is leaving the network amid its high-stakes transition from soap operas to lower-cost talk and lifestyle shows. In recent months, there have been rumblings about Frons' own future as ABC canceled two of its three long-running soap operas — "All My Children" and "One Life to Live. " Frons joined the network in 2002 to oversee soap operas and other daytime programming. But the once-lucrative soap opera genre has steadily lost viewers, and the shows no longer are profitable.