November 3, 2013
Mark Boster, photographer, deserves much praise for the lead photo on the Travel section cover with the story "Talk About Color" [Oct. 27], in which flamingos are reflected in the water where orange koi are also swimming. The orange, green, and black colors, with the huge flamingos seeming to melt into the water, make a great pre-Halloween image. Thank you, Mark Boster, thank you L.A. Times. Cherie Rouse Loma Linda Regarding Catharine Hamm's Oct. 27 More for Your Money column, "Playing Your Credit Cards Right": We were scheduled to depart for a 22-day trip to England and France on Monday, Sept.
November 2, 2013 |
As wild and wacky as the World Series was - Game 3 ending on an obstruction call at third base, Game 4 on a pickoff play at first . . . really? - the Boston Red Sox celebrating their third championship in 10 years won't be baseball's most indelible image of 2013. That honor belongs to the prince of pinstripes, the closer with class, and the last major league player to wear No. 42. This season's top 10 moments: Exit Sandman Mariano Rivera's farewell tour included on-field ceremonies and private gatherings with select fans, stadium and team employees throughout baseball.
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October 31, 2013 |
Bedtime comes early to Vintage Cerritos, an assisted living facility on the edge of Los Angeles County. The Thursday hoedown has ended, the lobby is quiet. Felix Vera stood in the doorway of his apartment. He recently moved here, and the simple décor says more about what he's lost than what he owns. He handed me a water-stained envelope filled with news clippings from his days with the Los Angeles Police Department. I promised to take good care of it. "The stories aren't the exact truth," he said.
October 30, 2013 |
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis offered his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. My favorite thing about our schedule is the opportunity to see new cities and play in new ballparks.
October 28, 2013 |
There was no shortage of recording of rock, pop and R&B music going on in New York in the 1960s, but as a recognizable music scene, New York definitely held a lower profile than those of Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Detroit, Memphis and a few others we might mention. That's an aspect of Lou Reed's influence that came to mind for Grammy Museum executive director Robert Santelli on Sunday after news of the death of the influential songwriter, singer and bandleader who first came to fame with the Velvet Underground broke and quickly reverberated through the music community.
October 27, 2013
I would like to endorse the call for a congressional hearing to change the way travel insurance is marketed ["What That Policy Covers," by Catharine Hamm, Oct. 6]. We foolishly bought travel insurance for a trip to Ireland in May. The insurance was marketed to cover discontinuance of the trip because of illness. A week before our departure, I developed severe shoulder pain and visited the ER. Tests revealed nothing, nor did my family doctor find anything a few days later. We left for Ireland and joined our tour group, but the pain returned, this time in my neck and more intense.
October 25, 2013 |
Not only has Brett Favre foreclosed on the idea that he might come back to the NFL, the retired star quarterback said he's now suffering memory loss. "I don't remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer," Favre said in an interview with WSPZ radio. "I don't remember that. I got a pretty good memory, and I have a tendency, like we all do, to say, 'Where are my glasses?' and they're on your head. "This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn't remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer, I think.
October 25, 2013 |
Their debut album entered the chart this month at No. 6. In England the record sold more copies than the latest by Justin Timberlake. Reviews have been nearly uniformly ecstatic, as has praise from fellow artists such as Katy Perry and Mumford & Sons. To the uninitiated, Haim's success might resemble the overnight variety. But the L.A. group - built around a trio of sisters - played its first show in 2007. Before that, the siblings performed in a band with their parents, doing Beatles and Prince covers at school functions and church fairs.
October 23, 2013 |
Elliott Smith needed a cigarette. The singer-songwriter was onstage at Largo on Fairfax Avenue not long after smoking had been banned in California bars. "He'd played about 10 songs and said, 'I'm going to go take a smoke break, does anyone want to join me?'" remembered Largo's longtime owner Mark Flanagan of the 1998 show. "He put his guitar down and walked out to the street. Then 60 people got up and gathered outside. People who didn't even smoke were smoking outside just to be near him. " Smith died 10 years ago this week in his Echo Park home.
October 19, 2013 |
When Kim Kardashian posted a steamy hot photo of herself this week on Twitter, it was as if the reality-TV starlet had swung back into her old, pre-Kanye West ways. Let's recap: Sexy swimsuit? Check. Sultry makeup? Double check. Showing off her, er, assets? Heck yes. OK, so maybe Kardashian was just showing off her post-pregnancy body? But it was a reminder of the Kardashian we used to know. Because the Kardashian we've grown accustomed to lately has definitely changed up her sartorial choices, makeup decisions and hair hues while she continues to date rapper West.