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May 9, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
Anyone who feels uncomfortable in France (Francophobes excluded) ought to read Polly Platt. Her books, "French or Foe?" and "Savoir Flair! 211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French," start with the premise that this is an excellent country but it takes some getting used to. Platt first made me aware I was doing everything wrong when I visited Paris. I would walk down the Champs Elysees smiling and greeting people, as if I were in St. Louis.
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SCIENCE
December 4, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Scientists have come upon two magic words capable of making consumers believe a plain old cup of coffee tastes better and should be more expensive: "eco-friendly. " In a series of experiments, researchers asked people to sample two identical cups of coffee brewed from the same batch of arabica beans using a "standard model coffee machine," according to a report published Wednesday by the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers told the study volunteers that one of the cups was made with "eco-friendly" coffee beans and the other was not. Over and over, people who said they cared about the environment gave the "eco-friendly" coffee higher marks.
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NEWS
July 28, 2005 | Merrill Balassone, Times Staff Writer
With a script in his hand, Jim Dale scrunches his face in a sneer and lets out a gurgling, brusque voice that transforms the 69-year-old British actor into the large, beefy, purple-faced Aunt Marge, a minor character in the "Harry Potter" series. He is reading from one of his favorite passages in the third book of the series to eager fans Tuesday evening at Storyopolis in Studio City.
NEWS
August 7, 2013 | By John Verive
Like any interest, hobby or obsession, craft beer has its own lingo, and navigating a tap list or communicating what your preferences are when ordering at L.A.'s craft-beer-focused establishments can be intimidating. Here are some terms to know that are growing in popularity among craft beer drinkers. Dry-hopped -- Most often seen in reference to hoppy IPAs, dry-hopping is a brewing technique in which additional hops are added during the final stages of the beer's fermentation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1991 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO and GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For partisans rooting against the biggest electric utility merger in history, they have become known as "those four magic words." Not adversely affect competition --The phrase hangs conspicuously in one of the only bills to address the proposed Southern California Edison-San Diego Gas & Electric merger and survive the Legislature.
NEWS
February 13, 1986
I loved your article about tailgaters (Other Views, Jan. 23) and the possibility of devastating deterrents. A friend recently shared with me a two-word phrase which, posted in one's back window, is guaranteed to keep following vehicles at their proper distance. The magic words: Student Driver. (Of course, the demolition ball would be a lot more satisfying.) DAWN HATTENBACH Santa Barbara
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2000
News of the Los Angeles MTA public art public discussion has drifted on the winds cross-country to Boston. John Holmstrom lamented (Letters, July 2) the lack of images of movie stars in the Hollywood area Metro stations. Well, Mr. Holmstrom, trundle on down to Union Station at the other end of the Red Line. There Bogart, Wayne, Monroe, Presley, Sinatra, Hayworth, Chaplin plus 300 more "beloved international stars" await you in my light sculpture called "ATRAIN." Some of them will even talk to you if you know where to speak the magic words.
NEWS
June 30, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Eric Garcetti was sworn in as mayor on June 28 in a private but “official” ceremony in Echo Park. So doesn't that mean he's mayor? Why not? Since when does somebody get sworn in to be some kind of public official and then still have time to wait around before taking office? He's getting sworn in again this evening just after 6 p.m., ceremonially but “unofficially.” Will he be mayor > then ? Nah. Not until midnight. Pull out your Los Angeles City Charter (you have one, right?
SPORTS
October 19, 2009
Key: Zach Miller scored the only touchdown on an 86-yard pass play -- the longest pass play for the Raiders in 25 years -- and the defense pressured quarterback Donovan McNabb all game and recorded six sacks. The Eagles became the first team in three years to not score a touchdown on the Raiders, and kicker David Akers missed field-goal attempts of 43 and 47 yards. Raiders said: "We went out and threw a fight on somebody and said, 'Enough. Let's play.' That's all you can say. There's no magic words or anything like that."
OPINION
November 12, 2010
We've got to hand it to the clever and hard-working lawyers at the state Fair Political Practices Commission. They dived into the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this year in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ? which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited sums to support or oppose candidates for office ? and emerged with new regulations that will force more big political advertisers to reveal to the public, earlier, who they are and where they got their money. There's a great potential benefit in this for voters.
NEWS
June 30, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Eric Garcetti was sworn in as mayor on June 28 in a private but “official” ceremony in Echo Park. So doesn't that mean he's mayor? Why not? Since when does somebody get sworn in to be some kind of public official and then still have time to wait around before taking office? He's getting sworn in again this evening just after 6 p.m., ceremonially but “unofficially.” Will he be mayor > then ? Nah. Not until midnight. Pull out your Los Angeles City Charter (you have one, right?
OPINION
October 2, 2011 | By Penn Jillette
Because I wrote a book with "Atheist" in the subtitle and I go on political TV shows to hawk that book, well-groomed meat puppets frequently ask me why politicians like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are saying bugnutty Christian stuff. I have an idea why these politicians have gone all religious, but I haven't found a way to explain it in a sound bite, which is why I'm writing this. I think the whole problem comes down to the word "Christian" and what it has come to mean in my lifetime.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2011 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): You do what you think the situation calls for, knowing what you know and using whatever resources are available to you at the time. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You have a tendency to discount your abilities and build up the abilities of another person. Put a stop to that today. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Brave people deal with problems. You should count yourself among the bravest because you rush after the thing that bothers you. Cancer (June 22-July 22)
SPORTS
February 15, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The Lakers just scored a slam dunk in the Latino market. On Monday the team announced a 20-year agreement with Time Warner Cable to create the nation's first Spanish-language regional sports network, with the Lakers as its centerpiece, starting with the 2012-13 season. The groundbreaking partnership is just the latest in a series of efforts by the Lakers and the NBA as they reach out to the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. "If you're not able to connect with [Latinos]
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2010
EVENTS Holiday Walk on Melrose Holiday shopping is made fun ? or at least aggressively festive ? during the third annual walk. The streets of West Hollywood along Melrose will be filled with live music, carolers, food trucks and entertainment as retailers including Alberta Ferretti, Arcade Boutique, Beckley, Bodhi Tree Bookshop, CoCo de Mer, Costella & Donola Co-op, Gallery Aryai, Helmut Lange, J Gerard Design Studio and Kitson extend their hours...
OPINION
November 12, 2010
We've got to hand it to the clever and hard-working lawyers at the state Fair Political Practices Commission. They dived into the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this year in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ? which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited sums to support or oppose candidates for office ? and emerged with new regulations that will force more big political advertisers to reveal to the public, earlier, who they are and where they got their money. There's a great potential benefit in this for voters.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2011 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): You do what you think the situation calls for, knowing what you know and using whatever resources are available to you at the time. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You have a tendency to discount your abilities and build up the abilities of another person. Put a stop to that today. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Brave people deal with problems. You should count yourself among the bravest because you rush after the thing that bothers you. Cancer (June 22-July 22)
SPORTS
September 14, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
Chances are former USC star Reggie Bush is/was not the only Heisman Trophy winner to have taken improper benefits while participating as an amateur athlete in college. That was going to be the indignation column, contemplated at one time, before there became nothing about Reggie Bush worthy of being contemplated. Now we say: There are other Heisman crooks out there … so what? The Bush bottom line becomes this: He was the first Heisman winner to get caught on scholarship, and Tuesday he paid the ultimate price by announcing he was forfeiting his 2005 trophy.
SPORTS
October 19, 2009
Key: Zach Miller scored the only touchdown on an 86-yard pass play -- the longest pass play for the Raiders in 25 years -- and the defense pressured quarterback Donovan McNabb all game and recorded six sacks. The Eagles became the first team in three years to not score a touchdown on the Raiders, and kicker David Akers missed field-goal attempts of 43 and 47 yards. Raiders said: "We went out and threw a fight on somebody and said, 'Enough. Let's play.' That's all you can say. There's no magic words or anything like that."
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