May 10, 2011 |
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.
June 9, 2010 |
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.
March 23, 2009 |
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.
October 25, 2008 |
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.
September 21, 2008 |
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.
October 7, 2006 |
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.