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April 1, 2006
GREAT cover story on will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas ["Minding the Peas," by Geoff Boucher, March 29]. Just one clarification, please: The bus that is accompanying the Peas' tour, on which Will and the Peas are recording, is the nonprofit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The state-of-the-art mobile recording and multimedia studio travels throughout the country year-round visiting schools, community centers and other venues to provide free workshops...
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April 7, 2014 | David Lazarus
If you've eaten from a food truck or cart in Los Angeles County, chew on this: About 40% of the roughly 3,200 food trucks and carts cooking up meals in the area have never been inspected in the field by health officials since letter grades were introduced three years ago. And most of the remaining 60% have been checked out only once a year, even though official guidelines call for at least two annual field inspections. How do I know that? Because Angelo Bellomo, director of environmental health for the county Department of Public Health, told me so. He oversees inspections of all eateries, including mobile ones.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001
In "The Stork Now Delivers a Stark Reality" (Commentary, Jan. 2), James Pinkerton has outdone himself. He writes, "Only a racist would worry about the skin color of upcoming Americans" and then proceeds to write a column where he worries about just that. There is a flaw in his reasoning, however. If high-income and high-education people are destined to "de-evolve" by not reproducing enough, and if this bodes ill for America, how did all of them come to be? Shouldn't the dire consequences he forecasts be an ongoing problem?
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Cars cost a lot of money. With an average sales price of about $32,000, we know a new car is out of reach for many. The automakers know this too, which is why they continue to roll out bottom-rung cars for buyers on way-below-average budgets. The three least expensive cars on the market are the Nissan Versa at $12,800, the Chevrolet Spark at $12,995 and the Mitsubishi Mirage at $13,790. Prices are for the most basic cars with no options but do include destination charges. PHOTOS: The three cheapest cars on the market In that lowly range, their chief competition is a reliable used car - say, a 3-year-old Honda Civic or Mazda3, with low miles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2009
BUSINESS
January 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Pizza Hut has deployed a mobile ordering system that ratchets up the competition in the industry's battle to sell more pizzas using the latest technology. The unit of Yum Brands Inc. has introduced new cellphone services that let customers order from any of its 6,200 outlets nationwide via text message or the mobile Web. The top U.S. pizza delivery chains -- Domino's Pizza Inc., Pizza Hut and Papa John's International Inc. -- have invested in online and mobile ordering as a way to boost sales in one of the restaurant industry's most competitive segments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1996
Kudos for your Jan. 24 article describing the discrimination settlement by the owners of Santa Ana's Plaza Mobile Estates ("Settlement Is News at Mobile Home Park"). For many years, the owners and managers of our area's mobile parks have utilized weak laws and an increasingly apathetic state Department of Housing to intimidate and discriminate against people from all walks of life seeking residency within their parks. As an agent in a firm that has sold over 200 mobiles in the past few years, I have witnessed, first-hand, parks attempting to deny residency based upon race, age, sex, religion and sexual orientation.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2010 | By David Colker, Los Angeles Times
Think talking on a cellphone in public is anti-social? Just wait. Soon, folks might be staring at their phones as well as mumbling into them. Video chat on mobile phones has arrived. On Friday, the HTC Evo 4G — the first U.S. phone able to access the speed-enhanced 4G cell network — went on sale, with Sprint Nextel as its exclusive carrier. Tapping the 4G network enables the Evo to do faster Web browsing and downloads, in addition to higher-quality video streams and the aforementioned video chat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1993
We appreciate the article of Aug. 18 about a proposed rent stabilization ordinance for Calabasas Village Mobile Home Park, the only one in Calabasas. We are not considered a trailer park and our homes are called coaches. We are a five-star mobile home park. All the coaches located here are double-wide and quite spacious. We have more square footage in our home here than we did in our tract home in Canoga Park. We all have large investments in our homes, and because of excessive escalating space rents to a new buyer, we cannot sell unless the purchase price is lowered way below fair market prices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Riverside County businessman Stewart Hauptman's latest venture gives new meaning to the term "recreational drugs": selling medical marijuana from a souped-up RV parked outside a Norco clinic. He refurbished the motor home, installing display cases, several seats and other amenities. The Lakeview Collective-on-Wheels operated from a lot outside a clinic where people were being evaluated for medical marijuana use. "That way, when patients come out of the clinic, they are able to get the medicine right away," said Hauptman, a videographer-turned-cannabis-entrepreneur.
SCIENCE
March 10, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Many people agree that focusing on a smartphone or tablet is a bad idea when you're supposed to be driving a car, but what about when you're parenting a child? As mobile devices become increasingly absorbing and pervasive, social commentators and researchers worry what effects they're having on interactions between children and distracted caregivers. In a paper published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Boston researchers described what they called the first-ever investigation into the topic.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Old rivals AT&T and T-Mobile are fighting again to the benefit of their customers. Dallas-based AT&T over the weekend announced that it will offer customers its 2-gigabyte Mobile Share Value data plan for $15 less than it previously did. At that price, a customer with a single smartphone line can get unlimited talk and text along with the 2 GB of data for $65 per month. We're continuing the trend of offering more value to our new and existing customers," said David Christopher, AT&T Mobility chief marketing officer, in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In yet another move that probably will draw the ire of its wireless rivals, T-Mobile on Friday announced that it will soon double the amount of Internet data users can consume at high-speed 4G LTE at no extra cost. T-Mobile said customers on its $50 monthly Simple Choice plan will now get 1 gigabyte of 4G LTE data and tethering -- up from the 500 megabytes previously included. T-Mobile does not give overage charges, but users cannot surf at high speeds after they have exceeded their limits.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After kicking off a trade-in program specifically for loyal BlackBerry users, T-Mobile said it has experienced 15 times the amount of device trade-ins that it normally receives. But surprisingly, most of the customers are dumping their BlackBerry devices. An internal memo sent within T-Mobile indicates that 94% of customers participating in the BlackBerry trade-in program have switched to other types of devices, according to a report by TmoNews . VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor Those results are notable considering what led to T-Mobile launching the trade-in campaign in the first place.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | David Lazarus
There are a lot of really unfriendly consumer contracts out there. But the absurdly worded terms and conditions for AT&T Mobile Insurance, the company's coverage for wireless devices, take corporate meanness to a whole new level. Marianna Yarovskaya thought she was being smart when she recently purchased AT&T's insurance to safeguard the new iPhone 5S she bought before an overseas trip. "With AT&T Mobile Insurance," the company's website says, "you can protect your investment and get a replacement device quickly to keep you connected.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By August Brown
For experimental bands looking to broaden their horizons, there's no place like Joshua Tree. Turns out even English dance acts can find some magic in them hills.  Simian Mobile Disco, the longtime London electronica duo, has announced an intriguing new project that's half installation-art, half live album.  On April 26, the duo will commandeer Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, Calif., for a one-off performance that will be recorded for an...
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September 5, 2009
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July 21, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
After he was laid off last fall from his job driving a delivery truck, Ricardo Lara couldn't find another full-time position that would pay the bills. So he went into business for himself driving an ice cream truck. At first, he was making as much money peddling Heath bars, Bomb Pops and ice cream sandwiches as he did at his old job. But that didn't last. As the economy melted down, so did sales, despite his seven-day workweek plying the streets of South Los Angeles.
WORLD
March 2, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- Russian gunmen on the Crimean peninsula and the embattled new Ukrainian government in Kiev continued to escalate a dangerous confrontation Sunday, with both sides mobilizing armed forces and warning that the other was provoking war. Hundreds of armed Russians surrounded Kremlin military installations in Crimea, where Moscow leases Soviet-era bases from what is now independent Ukraine. The men, called up from retirement or inactive status with Russia's Black Sea fleet, sported black-and-orange ribbons celebrating the Soviet victory in World War II or red armbands identifying themselves as “volunteers of the autonomous republic of Crimea.” The motley reserves joined thousands of professional Russian troops activated by Moscow in Crimea over the past three days in a defiant challenge to the interim government that has taken power in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, since deposed ex-President Viktor Yanukovich fled on Feb. 21 and took refuge in Russia.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By James Barragán
Tia Smith clutched her new phone in one hand and a phone case in the other as she shopped at a West Hollywood Best Buy. She clicked away into her smartphone's tiny screen and searched for the case in other nearby stores. "I'm trying to buy this Otter phone case for my new phone," she said. "But I'm trying to see if Target or Wal-Mart has it for cheaper so they can honor the price match," she said, as she scrolled through Target's mobile site on her new phone. As more people turn to their smartphones and tablets when they're thinking about making a purchase, retailers and marketing companies are rushing to figure out ways to transform these mobile browsers into buyers.
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