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ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
My mother taught me to begin any criticism with a compliment, so here it is: CBS' new comedy "We Are Men" lasts only half an hour and stars four likable performers, including Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn. Now for the criticism. "We Are Men" lasts an entire half-hour and stars four likable performers, including Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn. Television prides itself on allowing the writer to be king, and that is never more clear than when a show is far better cast than it is conceived.
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BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
A month after parting ways with its founder, suit retailer Men's Wearhouse Inc. is executing a new strategy, buying designer Joseph Abboud's brands for $97.5 million in cash. The purchase of JA Holding Inc., which is majority-owned by funds affiliated with J.W. Childs Associates, gives Men's Wearhouse Inc. exclusive labels to sell in its stores. The strategy is popular among retailers such as J.C. Penney and Macy's, which tout the unique brands as a point of differentiation from rivals.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2011 | By Emily Bryson York
Danny Meyer began doing most of the household grocery shopping when his fiancee started graduate school. Meyer goes to Whole Foods in Chicago for produce and specialty items, Jewel-Osco for staples and Trader Joe's when he needs to really stock up. He says he is not particularly brand-loyal and is susceptible to impulse buys. "I walk in and go with the flow of the store, going aisle by aisle," he said. "I like to walk through all the aisles even if I don't think I need anything there, because sometimes something will catch my eye. " Meyer, 35, is part of a growing contingent of men taking over grocery duty.
AUTOS
December 13, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Women now make up more than half of the U.S. population with driver's licenses and that has big implications for the auto industry and traffic safety, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. And that's not because of the old misconception that women are worse drivers than men, according to the university, which looked at driving data from 1963 through 2010. "Females are more likely than males to purchase smaller, safer and more fuel-efficient vehicles than males," said Michael Sivak, a transportation professor at the university.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2010 | By John Horn
As a wildly successful television producer, "ER's" John Wells has enough playing-around money to finance independent films, having traveled to the Sundance Film Festival with "One Hour Photo," "An American Crime" and "Savage Grace." But Wells also knows the personal toll -- a relative lost his job and then his home -- of the nation's economic collapse. With "The Company Men," Wells brings the two together. In his feature film directing debut, Wells has made a movie that starts where "Up in the Air" stops: "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner, follows highly paid executives caught in the unforgiving downsizing of a fictional Massachusetts shipbuilding firm -- the layoffs are designed to boost the company's stock price -- and how they try to manage without something to do between 9 and 5. Premiering at what will likely be a packed Sundance acquisition screening tonight, Wells' drama is not only an indictment of corporate greed (jobs at GTX may be slashed, but an extravagant new corporate headquarters and the Degas paintings for the $22-million-a-year chief executive are exempt)
NEWS
December 2, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Men think about sex, but not nearly as often as most people may believe, a study finds. They also think a lot about food and sleep, too. The study, published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of Sex Research , could debunk the stereotype that men are constantly thinking about sex. An often repeated statistic is that men think about sex once every seven seconds. Researchers from Ohio State University took a novel approach to logging how many times their study subjects, 283 male and female college students age 18 to 25, thought about sex--they gave them golf tally counters and asked them to click it whenever a thought related to sex entered their head.
NEWS
June 26, 1992 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
Whose responsibility is safe sex? We know the answer to that--in theory. But when it really comes down to it, between a man and a woman, who's going to make sure a condom is used? I have the luxury of pondering the question from the vantage point of a long, monogamous marriage. I don't have to worry about how to introduce the concept of protection without throwing cold water on passion or offending a new partner.
NEWS
December 19, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
How fast do you have to walk to stay ahead of the Grim Reaper? About 3 miles an hour. Australian researchers used the mythical character as a device to determine what walking speeds allow older men to outpace death. The results were published recently in the British Medical Journal's Christmas issue. They clocked walking speeds of 1,705 men from a mixed demographic pool and followed them for six to 21 years. The average walking speed was about 2.9 feet per second. Also, in that time there were 266 deaths among the participants.
NEWS
September 26, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Men who don't have children may be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, a study finds. The study, released Monday in the journal Human Reproduction , followed 137,903 male married or previously married AARP members for an average of about 10 years. At the beginning of the study, the participants, whose average age was about 63, had no history of heart disease, and 92% had fathered at least one child. Half had three or more children. During the course of the study, 3,082 men died due to cardiovascular causes.
NEWS
November 3, 1991
Until recently, scant research has been devoted to fathers' relationships with their children, although mothers' roles have received a great deal of attention. Encouraged by organizations such as the American Psychological Assn., more researchers--especially men--are exploring the relationships between men and their children, starting from before birth to old age.
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