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February 3, 2007
RE "Dad Has Come to Save the Day," by Patrick Day, Jan. 31: If the 162,000 residents of the Santa Clarita Valley were still alive and available to fill in Nielsen diaries, they'd protest loudly that it was they, and not the inhabitants of Simi Valley, who were so famously nuked when "24" chose to annihilate Valencia. As for James Cromwell "lightening up" the plot: Apparently Day has forgotten his dramatic turn in "L.A. Confidential." "24" ain't "Babe," so don't expect the new season to wrap up with a winking Jimmy telling Kiefer, "That'll do."
January 19, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: We live in a condominium with 20 units. There are only four or five of us owners who serve on the board, and we've been doing it for more than 15 years because absolutely nobody else wants to help with anything. Owners keep telling us to hire a management company but they don't understand that even with a company there still has to be a board. The other problem is that we will be paying a lot for the services, and the dues will increase substantially. Presently, those of us who have been doing this for 15 years are really tired of it and don't think it's fair.
July 28, 1994 | Associated Press
Lightning struck a tram unloading passengers at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, slightly injuring four people. No one was hit directly by the lightning bolt that struck in the "Happy" parking lot near the ticket and transportation center. Seven people were stunned by the strike but three did not require treatment. Four people were treated at a hospital and released.
September 26, 2013 | By Karin Klein
“The Scarecrow,” a short animated video put out by Chipotle Mexican Grill, seems part Pixar, part Tim Burton, accompanied by a creepily melancholy version of the song “Pure Imagination” from the first Willy Wonka movie. At first it appears that the “pure imagination” is us kidding ourselves that our food is made of, you know, food, or something that we would recognize as food. A “100% beef-ish” product is extruded from a factory into children's lunches and the packages that shoppers put in their supermarket carts.
May 4, 1997
Canadian mutual fund investors enjoy more flexibility in bargaining than do their American counterparts. Sales charges up north have been negotiable since the early 1980s. "If you are a good negotiator, you can bring the load down," says John Kaszel, director of research for the Investment Funds Institute in Toronto. Brokers "within the same firm often will have their own fee schedules."
September 7, 1997
Neil Patrick Harris states that musicals of "mindless fluff [give] the theatrical medium a bad name" ("The Post-Whiz Kid Phase," by Jan Breslauer," Aug. 31). Silly me. I thought one goes to the theater to be entertained, but I guess I don't have the mature understanding he does of the "theatrical medium." I've seen "Rent." First and foremost, I was entertained. I apologize for taking the experience so lightly. MICHAEL BERMAN Hollywood
October 22, 2008 | Charlie Amter
Saints & Sinners lounge owner Bobby Green has turned the former under-attended Johnny's space on Sunset Boulevard into Stinkers, a truck stop-themed watering hole that opens early next month (most likely Nov. 7). Nearly 5,000 vintage aluminum beer cans (think Hamm's, Olympia, Ballantine's, etc.) line the walls. Throw in a few 1970s posters of Burt Reynolds, a chandelier made from 1970s beer can pull tabs and a hood from a 1978 Trans Am and you have the makings of a bar that Bo "Bandit" Darville would approve of. But the most talked about design feature at Stinkers will surely be the mechanized skunks that line the top of the bar. Green has the stuffed, backward-facing skunks rigged so that when a bartender pulls a cord, steam will come out of their respective backsides.
June 9, 2013 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Once the weather warms up, it's all too likely your glowing complexion will go from dewy to sweaty. But by switching up several key products in your makeup arsenal - reconsidering the weight of certain formulas as well as brightening your color palette - you can master an easy warm weather makeup routine without having to start from scratch. "It's important to change your makeup for a few key reasons," says celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh, who counts Ginnifer Goodwin and Jessica Paré as longtime clients.
November 10, 2012 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
If the Lakers rehire Phil Jackson, there will have to be one concession. They'll have to give him his old office back. Jim Buss has been in it since Jackson left after the 2011-12 season. Whatever. The solution to the Lakers' problem is right in Jerry Buss' backyard. He lives maybe a mile from Jackson, two multimillionaire brethren in need of one another again. For a third time. The Lakers officially contacted Phil Jackson to gauge his interest in their coaching vacancy. Nothing was offered, nothing was solved, but a lot was gained.
November 4, 2012 | By Claire Zulkey
In a strong episode hosted by comedian Louis C.K., “SNL” helped lighten the post-Sandy mood but without being too heavy-handed or comparing the storm to Sept. 11 (as Mayor Michael Bloomberg did, to some criticism, when attempting to keep the New York City marathon from being canceled). C.K. did address the seriousness of the storm damage, however, in a separate letter to his fans sent prior to the show. The cold open gently teased the mayor, played by Fred Armisen, as he addressed the city and pointed out that his ban on giant sugary sodas probably prevented the deaths of many obese New Yorkers who would have otherwise floated down the Hudson River.
October 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
FAIRFAX, Va. - President Obama's new companion on the campaign trail these days is Big Bird, star of every campaign speech since Mitt Romney vowed to kick the giant yellow Muppet off the dole. Don't worry, Obama facetiously assured a crowd here on Friday, Romney is onto this layabout and his friends at public broadcasting who are now "driving the deficits" of federal government. Romney wants to lighten the load on Wall Street, he went on, "but he's going to bring the hammer down on Sesame Street.
September 23, 2012
Re "El Monte lifeguards still in the deep end," Sept. 20 This was my impression of El Monte: It is the town where novelist James Ellroy's mother was murdered in 1958, and it was the subject of an amusing song by Llyn Foulkes and the Rubber Band in the 1970s. Comes now a young, exuberant crew of lifeguards who enjoy their jobs, doing absolutely no harm and entertaining more than 1.5 million people worldwide. You can't buy that kind of positive publicity. And Mayor Andre Quintero's response?
June 22, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
On NBC, viewers got a glimpse inside Mitt Romney's campaign bus on Thursday night and learned that he likes Cocoa Puffs. The night before on TBS, Romney's five sons yukked it up on Conan O'Brien's show, sharing tales of their dad's pranks. Romney, whose image as a stiff businessman has proven hard to shake, is on a new charm offensive. It's standard for presidential candidates to show the lighter side of what they're like in private, or at least try to, in the friendly realm of late-night talk shows, MTV or ABC's “The View.” For Romney, this is no laughing matter.
May 6, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: Many hotels, both in the U.S. and abroad, piously announce that they are helping to preserve the environment and reduce water usage by offering guests the option of not having towels and sheets changed daily. We are instructed to hang up the towels if we are willing to not have them changed. Many hotels do not provide sufficient towel racks, making it difficult to hang up the towels. If we do manage to hang up the towels, they are changed anyway. I routinely complain to the front desk, though I always sense that the staff has no idea and no interest in my complaint.
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