CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2012 |
In 1956, Terry "Tubesteak" Tracy, freshly fired from his job at a downtown insurance company, bid goodbye to the 9-to-5 life and headed for the Malibu shore, where he built himself a shack out of wood scraps and palm fronds and sailed into surfing history. He was, according to surfing historian Matt Warshaw, a decent surfer, but his ticket to glory wasn't what he did on a board: It was the aesthetic he embraced. Tracy, better known by the nickname "Tubesteak," was the personification of the rebellious surf subculture that emerged in California in the late 1950s.
August 16, 2012 |
Helen Gurley Brown, legendary editor of Cosmopolitan and doyenne of stiletto-heeled self-empowerment, died Monday at 90. The author of "Sex and the Single Girl," Brown was widely credited for revolutionizing the precepts of women's media, transforming a melange of recipes and homemaking tips into an unapologetic celebration of sexual, social and professional striving captured in cover lines like "Four Fab New Vibrators" and "Get Hit On All The Time....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2012 |
"Hello Mr. Lopez, I would very much like to meet with you. I think you will find that I have some pertinent things to say. " The email was from Dr. Arthur Rivin, 89, professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA. Rivin said he had been diagnosed in September 2009 with Alzheimer's disease, but then, something rare and amazing had happened. Using a program of therapy he developed himself, he claimed, he was now greatly improved. If I took the time to meet with him and hear all about it, Rivin suggested, together "we will do something big!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2012 |
On an unseasonably warm day in May 1997, Isaac Guillen marched in a stream of graduates to collect a diploma marking a new stage in his life: Juris Doctor. Beneath his gown were tattoos of barbed wire, reminding him of his violent younger days and the years he spent in juvenile lockup. This was the first time many of his friends and family had set foot on a college campus. Surrounded by a pearls and cashmere crowd, they cheered loudly for the triumph of one of their own. On stage at the UCLA commencement, a graduate crooned a Beatles tune: I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them Guillen, then 36, had struggled to escape a difficult past.
June 3, 2012
Air The Restless Shaper of the World William Bryant Logan W.W. Norton, $24.95 Step outside and feel the wind on your cheeks. Want to know more about the elusive element that musses hair and becomes a tornado? Logan's book is all you'll need. (August) Attention All Passengers The Airlines' Dangerous Descent - and How to Reclaim Our Skies William J. McGee Harper, $26.99 The author and consumer advocate's extensive firsthand research reveals how the airline industry's cost-cutting measures are creating unsafe and not-so-friendly skies.
May 19, 2012 |
Randy Jackson is known for providing measured critiques to aspiring singers on Fox's "American Idol," but in his private life, he's had to analyze something entirely different: After a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes nine years ago, the music industry veteran needed to reevaluate his diet and lifestyle. Jackson went from piling his plates high with fried food and counting riding in a golf cart as exercise to eating veggies with every meal and working out every day. He talked to us about how his diagnosis changed his life and how he hopes to help others.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.