March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to continue his campaign to win hearts, minds and stomachs on Capitol Hill. Obama is scheduled to have lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, on Thursday. The scheduled meal at the White House follows a bipartisan dinner Wednesday night attended by a dozen Republican senators and the president. Obama arranged the dinner -- picking up the check at the luxury Jefferson Hotel, the White House said -- as part of a very public campaign to try to build goodwill with Republicans, particularly on matters related to the deficit.
March 2, 2013 |
On a cruise Don't eat lunch the day you board a cruise. A lengthy lunch usually is available as a buffet on the first day. Also, check out your dinner seating arrangements early on the first day as you tour the ship. If you are not happy with the assigned table location or time, change it immediately for the best chance of getting what you want. Donna Mollan Anderson Island, Wash. When packing for the return flight, keep in mind any objects that might attract the attention of security screeners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2013 |
At least eight California school districts have misappropriated millions of dollars in funding intended to pay for meals for low-income students - the biggest culprit being the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to a state Senate watchdog group. The California Department of Education has ordered districts to repay more than $170 million in misused funds to their student meal programs, the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes said in a report issued Wednesday.
February 4, 2013 |
Ben Affleck shared his tips for how to win an Oscar pool. Steven Spielberg hoisted an elaborate floral centerpiece off his table so he could better see his fellow lunch guests (including the youngest lead actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis). And 66-year-old uber-producer Frank Marshall ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") deejayed the whole affair. It was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' annual Oscar nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. For a few hours Monday, more than 100 contenders for the 85th Academy Awards sipped Champagne, rubbed elbows with fellow nominees and received a few tips on Oscar speech making, all without worrying about who would wind up winners and losers come Feb. 24. "It's my favorite day of the year," said Harvey Weinstein, the financier behind best picture nominees "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook.
January 29, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - State labor regulators have ordered an Inland Empire warehouse operator that handles goods for big-box retailers to pay $1.3 million in overtime, penalties and other compensation, accusing it of wage- and hour-law violations. State Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su issued citations Monday to Quetico, a warehouse and distribution company in Chino that receives and distributes shoes, apparel and electronic goods. The commissioner's investigation of two Quetico facilities, totaling half a million square feet, found that the company created restrictive procedures that shorted workers of their wages.
January 22, 2013 |
I just bought a big bunch of emerald spinach and those green leaves jump-started the memory of a pizza I had when I was in New York last. My friend Daniel Young of Young & Foodish , home of the London pop-ups Burger Monday, SpagWednesday and more, was in town and we could find only one morning -- late -- to meet. His idea was to check out a new coffee place downtown. I'm always ready to get caffeinated, but once I found the spot, it turned out to be less than compelling. Not even anyplace to sit. Now what?
January 17, 2013 |
There's a handmade quality to Maged Zaher's third volume of poetry, “Thank You for the Window Office” (Ugly Duckling: 74 pp., $15 paper), and not just because of the rough-hewn beauty of the book itself. No, the work here - one long, impressionistic poem about … well, really, about everything - seems piped directly from the inside of the poet's head as he lives and thinks his way through the moment, a moment defined by alienation, humor, politics and the indignities of a corporate culture that cares nothing for the soul.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - From my skimpy research on New Year's resolutions, I've learned that 40% of us make them, and about 90% end in failure. A dismal record of weak will. Yet, New Year's resolutions should be encouraged because they're vital to self-improvement. They reflect at least a brief recognition of personal flaws and the need for betterment. Therefore I'm proposing a few, mainly for Sacramento politicians. Never mind that I've tried this in previous years and mostly been ignored.
December 14, 2012 |
The Getty Center is hosting a four-course luncheon fashioned after the traditional Italian family meal style of dining on Sunday. Diners will feast on platters of Italian-inspired dishes made with locally sourced foods while sipping on Prosecco and leisurely listening to the sounds of Trecento music from Renaissance Florence. Sunday's menu features antipasti with cheese and cured meats accompanied by house-baked breads, lamb and pork sausage meatballs, braised short rib tagliata and, for dessert, a traditional Tuscan torta della Nonna made with vanilla and lemon zest.
HOME & GARDEN
December 8, 2012 |
After a breakup with a film and television editor, I decided that 2012 would be about being proactive and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I would attempt to go on 365 dates during a 12-month period - some of which would, I hoped, be amorous or affectionate. Others would be "documentary dates," in which I would get to know people's stories. I wanted to think about men for who they are, not what they are. I figured the 365 goal gives me an emotional safety net. If I was attracted to a guy but it wasn't mutual, I could move on. I'd be disappointed and frustrated, but at least I had a plan.