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February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Raf Simons showed his most dynamic and commercial Dior collection yet on Friday at Paris Fashion Week, turning the focus away from the fantasy world of the red carpet, which the brand has virtually dominated in recent years, and toward the real world. OK, so maybe that incredible pink Astrakhan coat doesn't necessarily qualify as work attire, but still, overall, there was a sense that wearability and comfort were chief concerns in this collection. City lights were the inspiration according to the show notes, but it was more about the pace of the city.
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OPINION
February 27, 2014
Re "Sharing the road in Los Angeles," Editorial, Feb. 24 Recently a nearby road was restriped to accommodate bicyclists. I would not object to the "road diet" we have experienced if I thought that bicyclists would observe the same rules of the road that automobile drivers must obey. What I often see are cyclists running lights, failing to signal and driving through crosswalks. As a pedestrian, I have had to dodge bicyclists who used crosswalks as roads or failed to stop at regulated crosswalks while walkers were in them.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | Hugo Martin
Teen volleyball players, firefighters and female engineers are among the Los Angeles visitors who are expected to make 2014 one of the biggest years for the L.A. Convention Center in decades. The Convention Center has booked 29 conventions for 2014, surpassing the 22 conventions held at the facility last year. The events include 11 gatherings that are new to L.A. "Los Angeles is hot right now," said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The woman suspected of a shooting and stabbing rampage that left four people dead a tribal council meeting last week in Northern California is expected to appear in court Tuesday to face murder charges. Cherie Lash Rhoades, 44,  faces charges of murder, attempted murder and child endangerment after police say she was spotted fleeing the scene Thursday on foot with a knife still in her hand. Among the f our people killed were her brother, 19-year-old niece, 30-year-old nephew and the tribal administrator.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Ford
Few entrepreneurs have grasped as clearly as Richard Branson the importance of public relations in modern business. Over the past 25 years, the tycoon has assembled an empire by trading access to the likable image that he and his Virgin brand project in return for hard assets and stakes in enterprises. Behind the happy-go-lucky exterior is a carefully contrived pose. This portrays Branson - in fact a vastly rich, private-jet-toting tax exile - as a combination of hippie and buccaneer, a scrappy outsider taking on complacent and anticompetitive giants of big business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Two men who were repeatedly kicked out of Los Angeles City Council meetings for violating public comment rules won part of a free-speech lawsuit against the city last year. But a jury recently awarded them only a few dollars for their trouble. The meager awards are the latest turn in a long-running case that pitted the Venice Beach performers against council rules banning "personal, impertinent, unduly repetitive, slanderous or profane remarks. " Like many government bodies across the country, the council has often wrestled with how to regulate public comments and keep meetings orderly.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, his star power dimmed in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, is shirking the spotlight at a meeting of the National Governors Assn. in Washington this weekend, but his support among fellow Republicans appeared secure. The Republican dodged questions from reporters Saturday about the state Legislature's investigation of whether his administration was behind a traffic tie-up at the key Hudson River crossing. Critics say the traffic snarl was an act of political retribution against a local mayor who had not endorsed Christie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Phil Willon, Maura Dolan and Scott Gold
ALTURAS, Calif. - The afternoon at City Hall was winding to a close on Thursday when a woman splattered with blood began ringing the bell and screaming for help. She had come around the corner from a tribal meeting where police say a woman shot and killed four people, three of them her relatives. The suspect, Cherie Lash Rhoades, previously had been chairwoman of the small Northern Paiute tribe, but the meeting was being held to evict her and her son from the rancheria. "It's not every day that you see someone covered in blood screaming at the window at City Hall," said Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Garrick Utley, the longtime TV newsman who worked for NBC News, ABC News and CNN in his 50-year career, has died at age 74. Utley died after a long battle with cancer, according to the Associated Press, which first reported his death on Friday. He worked for NBC News for three decades, beginning as a researcher for "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" and then correspondent reporting on the Vietnam War. Later, he anchored the Sunday edition of the "NBC Nightly News," the Saturday edition of "Today" and moderated "Meet the Press" from 1989 to 1991.
WORLD
February 21, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- China on Friday urged the U.S. to cancel President Obama's planned meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House, saying the visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would "severely impair China-U.S. relations. " "Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within the internal affairs of China, which allow no foreign interference," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement. "The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the cloak of religion.
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