May 9, 2011 |
The trustee seeking money on behalf of Bernard Madoff's victims announced on Monday a $1-billion settlement with liquidators for three large "feeder funds," boosting payouts to the swindler's former customers. Irving Picard said the agreement reduces the claims that the Fairfield funds, which had been affiliated with Fairfield Greenwich Group, have against a fund he administers for former Madoff customers. The claims will be reduced to about $230 million from $1.2 billion, he said.
April 19, 2011 |
If mixing Red Bull and vodka seems like a way to imbibe while avoiding late-night drowsiness — well, it is, according to the headlines this week, but at a cost. College students who drank a cocktail of alcohol and energy drinks reported feeling twice as stimulated as those who drank alcohol alone, according to a new study from Northern Kentucky University. The caffeine overrides the drowsiness that kicks in after drinking alcohol. The danger here, says lead author Cecile Marczinksi, is that you don’t realize how drunk you’re getting.
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April 3, 2011 |
When Dodger Stadium opened 49 years ago, historian Kevin Starr observed, it was "state of the art," from its "column-free construction" and "unobstructed view of home plate from every seat" to its "escalators serving four levels" and "comfortable seats for fans. " There was just one problem, he noted: There were no drinking fountains. Well, actually there were two, one in each team's dugout. But, of course, the fans in the 56,000-seat ballpark were not allowed to get in line with the players when they needed a sip. One ticket-holder at the April 10, 1962, opener complained afterward to The Times that when she asked a Dodgers employee where she could get a drink of water, she was told she was welcome to use any of the taps in the ladies' rooms.
March 23, 2011 |
The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building on West Adams Boulevard is one of Los Angeles' too-often-overlooked historical and cultural treasures. It was designed in the late 1940s to house what was then the largest African American-owned business west of the Mississippi by one of the city's storied architects, Paul Williams, certainly the most important black American architect of his generation. The building is a wonderful example of his singular capacity to meld utility and livability with an approach to design that wrung every ounce of expressive elegance from whatever style he engaged ?
March 13, 2011 |
Question: I am traveling to London from LAX in May. For the first time, I want to carry on rather than check. Must I limit the liquids I am taking to a 1-quart plastic bag? How strict is the Transportation Security Administration on this topic for international flights? Susan J. Rainey, Riverside Answer: Yes, 1 quart. And very strict. "When you come through the passenger checkpoint, we aren't aware of where you're going," said Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the TSA. "You might be flying to [Washington's]
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February 4, 2011 |
Target Corp. has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a multiyear government investigation into the alleged dumping of hazardous waste by the retail chain, according to court documents filed this week. The settlement, pending final approval by a judge, is part of a bigger push by prosecutors throughout the state to crack down on environmental violations by big-box retailers and follows multimillion-dollar settlements in recent years with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Home Depot. Under the tentative agreement, the Minneapolis-based retail giant admits no wrongdoing but will pay about $3.4 million to the California attorney general's office.
February 3, 2011 |
Tonkotsu is the heart of the matter at Ramen Yamadaya, an unassuming little ramen shop in Torrance squeezed between a skate shop and the 405 Freeway. Proper tonkotsu broth is made by simmering pork bones for the better part of the day, and the result is a lush, intensified, liquefied pork. A good tonkotsu broth feels like a crushed velvet smoothie. Yamadaya's tonkotsu broth looks promising: cloudy, dense with porky particulate. A first sip doesn't disappoint, revealing a sensuous version of tonkotsu broth — almost fuzzy, like drinking a pork Snuggie.
February 3, 2011 |
A catalog of possible planets discovered far out in space includes more than 50 candidates that could possibly support life, NASA scientists said Wednesday. If, as expected, most of the planets are confirmed as real, the Kepler mission ? now finishing its second year ? would nearly triple the number of planets discovered over the last decade and a half. With 1,235 planetary candidates surrounding a collective 997 stars in an area 500 to 3,000 light-years away, the tally to date provides a wealth of data for scientists to sift through in search of Earth-like planets.
December 2, 2010 |
Litigation may be all that's left for New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. The unique, quarter-century partnership between the former General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. produced millions of cars at a sprawling factory in Fremont, Calif., but the joint effort fell apart last year in GM's bankruptcy. Toyota and NUMMI have both sued the automaker, called Motors Liquidation Co. in Bankruptcy Court, seeking millions of dollars in damages for abandoning sales of the Pontiac Vibe last year.
October 4, 2010 |
If you've ever had to dump out perfume, soda, moisturizer or toothpaste before boarding a plane, you'll be glad to hear that the head of the United Nation's civil aviation branch believes the restrictions on gels and liquids on airplanes will be lifted by 2013. But don't get too hopeful. Not long after the head of the International Civil Aviation Organization made the prediction, U.S. Secretary ofHomeland Security Janet Napolitano shot it down. "I think that's premature," she told the Associated Press.