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NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
A water-view home with a patch of grass just didn't float Misty Tosh's boat, but when the television producer came upon a 1980s three-story houseboat in Marina del Rey, she dove right in. “It was a giant hunk of slapped-together junk - dark and dank, chopped up into tiny rooms with ladders between the floors,” said Tosh, who bought it two years ago. “People thought I was nuts, but I saw the potential.” Sure, remodeling a houseboat has...
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SCIENCE
August 16, 2013 | By Amina Khan and Eryn Brown
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft may be down a couple wheels, but it's by no means out for the count, mission scientists said Thursday. As part of a time-honored tradition, the space agency is calling on scientists and engineers to submit ideas for new ways to prop up the telescope and pull more scientific discoveries out of its still-working instrument. Every mission NASA sends out into space has a limited lifetime - even the Voyager spacecraft, launched in the 1970s and still making news today . Some spacecraft end up malfunctioning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Redondo Beach will press forward with a planned $300-million makeover of its harbor and pier area, the first effort in years to reenergize the ailing waterfront district. The city will launch a lengthy environmental review of the proposed revitalization and extend its exclusive agreement with Centercal, the developer that hopes to bring a movie theater, boutique hotel and new restaurants and shops to the 15-acre waterfront. Since a crippling winter storm in 1988 and a failed redevelopment effort, crowds along the pier and the harbor-front have thinned.
SPORTS
July 31, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Fort Mora? UCLA's practice facility has undergone a face-lift. Spaulding Field, which received new field turf and natural grass last year, has been gussied up, with new paint on the sheds, new tarp on the fence and even a flagpole, which flies a UCLA football flag. Apparently, Coach Jim Mora has claimed this territory. The sheds are black (with blue doors), as is the tarp. There is more to it than aesthetics, though. The old tarp had UCLA's history -- an ancient one -- listing conference championships (last one 1998)
HEALTH
July 19, 2013 | Charles Fleming
For the last two years, Echo Park Lake has been hidden behind chain link and plastic tarp. Now, after a makeover, the fountains are flowing, the water is clear, the lotuses are back and people are using the park. The space is the urban gem its designers imagined more than a century ago, when nearby Angelino Heights was one of the city's premier addresses. 1. Start walking from the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue, and find your way to the wide paved pathway that circles the lake.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. is shaking up the leadership at its Turner Broadcasting unit. Phil Kent, chief executive of Turner Broadcasting since 2003, will give up that title at the beginning of next year to John Martin, Time Warner's chief financial officer. Kent will remain Turner's chairman until his contract expires at the end of next year. Turner, the parent of cable channels TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and TruTV, is Time Warner's biggest revenue and profit generator. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Martin's rise positions him as a potential successor to Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, whose contract with the media giant expires in about five years.
AUTOS
June 21, 2013 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
It's the Bel-Air buggy, the minivan of Malibu, the lorry of Laguna Beach. For years, the Range Rover has existed in a rarefied space where high-end luxury and off-road performance converge, to the delight of a moneyed class that rarely gets it dirty. Land Rover has long boasted that its full-size Range Rover sport utility vehicle has few peers. This is true. But that's less because of its strengths than a simple lack of competitors in the same size and price category. Far from being complacent with this distinction, Land Rover released a completely redesigned Range Rover for 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
The future looks muted for the vivid green bike lane that runs the length of Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to scrape the paint from the current bicycle lane and redo it with less paint and in a darker shade of green, capping a two-year controversy that pitted the local bike lobby against the muscle of Hollywood, which insisted the lane's color had made filming on Spring nearly impossible....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
What do you do when an old friend undergoes an expensive and major surgery, remains in seclusion for two years and now is stripping off most of the bandages? In the case of Echo Park Lake, hundreds of Angelenos turned out Saturday to celebrate and welcome back the beloved body of water and surrounding parklands after a $45-million, two-year renovation. They ambled down retopped pathways, photographed new beds of lotus plants, climbed playground equipment and marveled at the clarity of the lake water, which used to be a notoriously dark stew of toxic runoff.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
With ocean views selling at a pricey premium throughout Southern California, it can be dumbfounding to encounter a prominent downtown Santa Monica hotel that deliberately averts its gaze from the water. The boxy former Holiday Inn near the Third Street Promenade, however, is probably not long for this world. At the prompting of city officials, the owners have come up with a plan to raze the aging hotel and erect a three-tiered showplace that embraces the Pacific with outdoor terraces, a rooftop restaurant and sea vistas from every possible angle.
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