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FOOD
February 16, 2005 | Cindy Dorn, Times Staff Writer
It seemed like a cool idea when hand-held blending wands for the home market were introduced in the '80s. Unfortunately, they didn't cast a spell on us: They were awkward to hold, and sometimes they didn't even make a smooth puree. But a good immersion blender is a dream -- you can puree right in the pot and they're handy for small-batch work. Fortunately, among today's new and improved models, some work terrifically.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Gripe all you want about the practices of the 90-odd (and we do mean odd) members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and their annual Bizarro World slate of Golden Globe nominations. We get it. But deep down, we admit we harbor a smidgen of affection for this crazy uncle of the awards season and its ability to look beyond the same old same-old in ways that frequently irritate, yes, but also occasionally make us smile with appreciation. What's to be gleaned from this years slate of noms?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1998 | RICK McGRATH, Rick McGrath is a farmer in Camarillo
In a Ventura County Perspective article headlined, "SOAR Leaders Focus on Forging Partnerships, Navigating Politics of Controlling Growth," Feb. 22, Steve Bennett states that he does not have the right to demand that his property be rezoned to allow him to build a McDonald's in his front yard. That is a property restriction he knew about when he bought residential property. "Same thing with these ag people," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2011 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): You'll give a personalized glimpse of your life to one who doesn't know you very well. You'll provide a very good reason for this person to want to know you better. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You're funny, and your wit will encourage others to be funny. You're good for the morale of a group, as long as you direct your humor in a harmless way. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Usually, you try to make your needs fit nicely into the matrix of everyone else's needs.
NEWS
September 6, 1990 | JANE HULSE
Cinderella's fairy godmother lifts her magic wand to transform the wretched maiden's broom into six white horses. But wait--that's not a wand. It's a banana she's drawn from a holster at her side. With her cowgirl hat and leather fringed vest, this fairy godmother looks like Annie Oakley. "Now bring me a pumpkin," the frontier fairy drawls, opening her little black book. "And some salt, cinnamon and chocolate. Oh no, no. That's my recipe for magic cake."
BUSINESS
May 10, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Long-suffering office landlord MPG Office Trust Inc. reported a first-quarter loss Monday as the Los Angeles company struggled with debt and a weak rental market. The real estate investment trust, which owns some of the region's best-known skyscrapers including the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, finished the quarter ended March 31 with a loss of $39.5 million, or 81 cents a share. MPG turned a profit of $18.6 million, or 38 cents, in the same period a year earlier.
SPORTS
June 26, 2001 | T.J. SIMERS
So I'm reading a story in my morning newspaper about this high-powered Disney muckety-muck who now oversees the Mighty Ducks and who declares, "There isn't this magic wand you can wave." I checked with Disneyland officials, who sell magic wands for $7.42 in the theme park, and if a high-powered Disney muckety-muck doesn't even know that, how can anyone expect him to fix what's wrong with the Angels and Ducks? Now if he's suggesting those magic wands that Disney sells to little kids for $7.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2010 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): You are generous with your attention, and you'll give it to the deserving and undeserving alike. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You love someone, but you don't love what he or she is doing. Luckily, you're able to separate the person from the action. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Be proud of your blisters and scars. They prove you got into the work of life and risked injury for what you wanted. Cancer (June 22-July 22): Don't feel that you must figure something out with your downtime.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1989 | CORRINE FLOCKEN
Like a magician's top hat, "Wand," a holiday musical closing this weekend at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, is full of surprises. Written and directed by Linda Ballew with music by Terence Alaric, "Wand" updates "The Magical Wand of Baledi," a feel-good fantasy brimming with colorful characters and hummable tunes that Ballew and Alaric premiered at NTAC last December.
NEWS
December 24, 2000 | SANDY BANKS
The message flashed across my computer screen last week, cutting through my thoughts of airline schedules and Christmas gifts and worries about whether I had enough warm clothes for my family's pending trip back East. "Hey, you," said the e-mail from my friend Ralph. "It's Christmas, and I can't help but think about that one so many years ago--one foot in front of the other, one minute at a time. Now, you're running full-stride into a happy life."
BUSINESS
May 10, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Long-suffering office landlord MPG Office Trust Inc. reported a first-quarter loss Monday as the Los Angeles company struggled with debt and a weak rental market. The real estate investment trust, which owns some of the region's best-known skyscrapers including the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, finished the quarter ended March 31 with a loss of $39.5 million, or 81 cents a share. MPG turned a profit of $18.6 million, or 38 cents, in the same period a year earlier.
SPORTS
June 9, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg -- Forget South Africa's talented midfielder Steven Pienaar, hulking defender Matthew Booth or strapping goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. The man who may give Mexico the most trouble in Friday's World Cup opener is a frail 91-year-old great-grandfather. Former South African President Nelson Mandela is expected to make a brief appearance at Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium, where he will greet players and fans before South Africa and Mexico kick off the first World Cup to be played on African soil.
HEALTH
March 23, 2009 | Chris Woolston
For all the trouble they cause, bacteria and viruses are actually very fragile. Shower them with a little bleach or Lysol and they'll die in apocalyptic waves. Make their homes too dry, too cold or too hot and they'll drop like microscopic flies. Ultraviolet light -- more specifically, short wavelength ultraviolet light, or UV-C -- kills germs too.
SPORTS
October 25, 2008 | T.J. SIMERS
I was having this discussion with Abby Cadabby, and frankly, it wasn't going well. Until the other day I had no idea who Abby Cadabby was, but now she's staying in my house, and while it's a fine Halloween costume for the granddaughter, I thought a fairy-in-training would be more helpful. I just wanted to borrow her magic wand for a day or two to get the best out of Joe Torre during the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. It's not as if she's using it for the good of mankind -- her father looking just the same as always while lying on the couch.
IMAGE
September 21, 2008 | Monica Corcoran
Cosmetic companies know that women expect more than a swath of pink from a tube of lipstick. Like NASA, the industry is always touting new technology and better formulas. With Hope or Hype, a new recurring beauty feature, we critique the next big thing at the beauty counter. When IT comes to mascara, women -- like magicians -- have long known what makeup companies have finally realized: It's all in the wand. The latest technology in lash enhancement has applicators that shake, rattle and roll.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Mozart's Mass in C Minor is a mess of unanswered questions. Musicologists wonder why the composer never finished it. The torso, which contains nearly an hour of performable music, outlines what would have been one of the grandest scaled Masses of Mozart's time, and a rebelliously operatic one at that. Officially, the score was a votive Mass for Mozart's wife, Constanze. Maybe she had been ill. Maybe Mozart wanted to celebrate the birth of their first child.
SPORTS
October 25, 2008 | T.J. SIMERS
I was having this discussion with Abby Cadabby, and frankly, it wasn't going well. Until the other day I had no idea who Abby Cadabby was, but now she's staying in my house, and while it's a fine Halloween costume for the granddaughter, I thought a fairy-in-training would be more helpful. I just wanted to borrow her magic wand for a day or two to get the best out of Joe Torre during the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. It's not as if she's using it for the good of mankind -- her father looking just the same as always while lying on the couch.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
There is much to say about Thomas Ades, the brilliant British composer who is spending some time with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But it sometimes seems that there has been too much said about this man who is also a conductor, pianist and festival director and is still only in his mid-30s. It's a dilemma.
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