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SPORTS
April 3, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Nike revealed its new NFL uniforms Tuesday. And unlike the somewhat unconventional looks of the company's college apparel, the pro football garments are sticking with a mostly traditional look ... with one exception. The Seattle Seahawks were the only team that requested a new look from Nike, which took over the NFL clothing license from Reebok on April 1. And, boy, did they ever get a new look. Anyone who thinks neon went out in the '80s with lip gloss and plastic bracelets may need to think again.
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NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
It's like your grandmother wanting to get an R-rated glamor-shot makeover. Not only do you definitely not want to see her all tarted up in a push-up bra and marabou-trimmed satin mules, you have to run out of the room hollering over the sound of her voice whenever she so much as mentions it. Same thing, aviation-wise, when it comes to Burbank airport, since 2003 called Bob Hope Airport. Before that it was the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, the neighborhood airport for the 818 area code and parts of the 626 and 323. Like your granny, it's 80-ish years old, and also like your granny, it has sacrificed uber-modernity for the sake of comfort and shabby charm, and that's the way we've liked it. At the Burbank airport, you don't expect first-class lounges with massages and lattes; you don't look for caviar snacks or Gucci boutiques.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 | By Debra Prinzing
Its exterior is classic California bungalow with beveled siding, wood-trimmed windows and a cheery gabled roof. But inside the Venice house, owners David and Jennifer Ritch live with clean lines, an open floor plan and modern furnishings. Can the two styles -- cottage and contemporary -- coexist? How can 1906 California architecture meld with the design preferences of its 2009 occupants? The Ritches asked themselves those questions when they decided not to demolish a 950-square-foot bungalow that the city of Los Angeles had already cited as a public eyesore.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After spending seven years in minor league baseball, former El Camino Real standout Tyler Kolodny became a tight end at Pierce College in the fall and now he has accepted a scholarship to the University of Memphis at the age of 25. It's already quite a story for Kolodny to change sports and succeed. But he's on his way. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Valley girl Dorfman (Sara Rue), a never-been-kissed accountant, pines over Jay (Johann Urb), a globe-trotting narcissist in this old-fashioned makeover movie set in Los Angeles' newly hipsterized downtown. When Jay accepts a weeklong assignment in Afghanistan, Dorfman squeals at the chance to house-sit his brand new loft. And unpack and decorate. And commute daily from the warehouse district to Encino. Everyone knows a Dorfman - a people-pleasing victim - and Brad Leong's comedy has some nicely miserable character beats watching Dorfman cower before her crush, her sleazebag brother (Jonathan Chase)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
After 10 years of contentious discussions, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission is expected to vote today on a $1.2-billion project designed to transform the San Pedro waterfront into a vibrant commercial district. The action would bring to a close a master-planning process that some in the seaside community thought would never end. But the struggles over what should arise along 400 acres available for development are just getting started. The project calls for replacing the ailing Ports O' Call Village tourist spot with up to 300,000 square feet of new restaurants and shops and a 75,000-square-foot conference center.
HOME & GARDEN
October 28, 2004
RE "Yes, That Is an Airstream in My Living Room" [Oct. 21]: I cannot imagine the anxiety writer Melissa Stephan had as they hammered away in her home. I often wonder during these types of makeover shows what happens if the residents really hate the changes. Laurie Wilcox Palm Desert
BUSINESS
January 7, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The Hotel Normandie, a mid-Los Angeles inn with a checkered past, is on the way to becoming respectable again as its new owners labor to restore its Jazz Age charms. It's a testament to how fortunes have improved in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods that investors are eager to spend millions of dollars restoring a beaten down building with a modest pedigree. The squat brick structure at Normandie Avenue and 6th Street drew attention in 2010 when its then-owner vowed to turn it into a "pot-tel" catering to medical marijuana smokers.
SPORTS
October 23, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Nearly two months after an ownership change the long-anticipated restructuring of the Chivas USA front office began late Tuesday with the appointment of Jose David to the team's presidency and the naming of Jose Luis Real as supervisor of soccer operations. Real is a longtime confidant of Jorge Vergara who, along with his wife, Angelica Fuentes, owns the Mexican League team Chivas de Guadalajara. In August, Vergara and Fuentes also became sole owners of Chivas USA after buying out former partners Antonio and Lorenzo Cua. Following the ownership change Vergara and Fuentes instituted a media blackout, refusing to talk about their plans for the long-struggling team they helped to found.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
They didn't tear up the ballpark to give it a fairly significant makeover as they did last year , but that doesn't mean the Dodgers ownership group wasn't at work this off-season. Now they're calling the changes “enhancements,” which is fine. Sitting in your seat at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers take on the Angels on Thursday, you won't notice any major alterations, but there are some there that will debut tonight: -- There are now seating areas of two rows each behind both bullpens.
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