March 4, 2011 |
Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's security forces launched a sustained assault against a rebel-controlled city near the capital Friday, and scores of civilians were killed in the fighting, witnesses said. The initiative to retake Zawiya, the city 25 miles west of Tripoli that was seized by rebels four days ago, reportedly claimed the life of a leading rebel commander as forces under the command of one of Kadafi's sons, Khamis Moammar Kadafi, unleashed mortars and machine-gun fire.
February 27, 2011 |
Mindy Benham knows how to pinch a penny. That's why the Costa Mesa resident does a lot of her shopping on the Internet. She particularly favors Amazon.com Inc. because the giant e-retailer doesn't collect California state sales taxes on her purchases. "There's something about Milwaukee, where I'm from, that people take pride in how little they pay for something," said Benham, a magazine art director, who recently bought a pair of eyeglasses and a sofa online. "I don't want to pay taxes on something if I don't have to pay taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2010 |
For the Trappist monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, life follows a pattern centuries old. They spend their days in the field and their nights in silence. They gather in prayer seven times daily, starting at 3:30 a.m. In many of their affairs, they are still guided by the 6th century Rule of St. Benedict ? but not one of its 73 chapters deals with their current travails. Benedict offers no words of wisdom on how the monks might find the funds to complete their most passionate pursuit: the resurrection of a medieval monastery from a jumble of stones William Randolph Hearst shipped over from Spain.
November 20, 2010 |
Capping a flurry of renewed violence in the Gaza Strip, Israeli jets Friday struck three Palestinian targets, including a deserted building and a tunnel that Israel says militants used to smuggle in weapons. At least six Palestinians, including two women and a child, were injured in the attacks, Palestinian hospital officials said. According to Israeli military officials, the airstrikes were in retaliation for some of the heaviest concentration of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza militants in months.
October 24, 2010 |
Like an old movie set, original Hollywood was dismantled ages ago, leaving what appears to be scant trace of its hallowed roots: The Hollywood Hotel (where Louis B. Mayer and a long list of silent movie stars stayed). The Hollywood Brown Derby (where Clark Gable reportedly proposed to Carole Lombard in booth No. 5). The Hollywood Canteen (where celebrity volunteers waited on tables and the millionth WWII serviceman guest got a kiss from Betty Grable). Unless, that is, you show up for a $10, 31/2-hour Saturday morning walking tour with Hollywood Heritage Inc., a 30-year-old preservationist group dedicated to saving Hollywood's vintage landmarks and helping vaguely nostalgic visitors notice that all, in fact, is not lost here.
September 18, 2010
Don't call them "roach coaches" anymore. If the county Board of Supervisors approves a proposal suggested by health officials to apply letter grades to lunch trucks, Angelenos will have to come up with a new nickname for the popular mobile eateries. "Spic-and-span vans?" "Bugless buggies?" "Hygiene machines?" OK, we'll work on that. Nomenclature aside, it's past time to apply the same successful grading system used to asses sanitary conditions at brick-and-mortar restaurants to mobile food vendors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2010 |
Each day around lunchtime, a caravan of food trucks converges on the Miracle Mile to help feed the neighborhood's white-collar workforce. Depending on who you are, the phenomenon is either mouth-watering or infuriating. For food truck lovers — and there are many in this city — Wilshire Boulevard near South Curson Avenue is a mecca, distinguished by the sheer number of upscale trucks it attracts. On Wednesday about 1 p.m., there were nearly a dozen. Across the street from the La Brea Tar Pits, the India Jones Chow Truck, Mrs. Beasley's Dessert Truck and Fishlips Sushi were all crowded into half a block.
April 26, 2010 |
Bobby Abreu is like trucks on the freeway. He is always there. He is as consistent as your neighbor's barking dog, only less noisy. He is a given. The Angels play a game, Abreu will be in right field. A day without No. 53 in the lineup is also known as a day off. Last season, Abreu played 150 games or more for the 12th consecutive season. The only others to have done that are Willie Mays, Billy Williams, Pete Rose and Cal Ripken. The only time Abreu would miss a day of work is for a death in the family.
March 7, 2010 |
Bombs and mortars pounded Baghdad Sunday morning, killing at least 27 people and wounding more than 40, as Iraqis dodged explosions to cast their votes. The first blasts echoed across the capital before 7 a.m. and continued until close to noon, casting a pall on the day Iraqis voted for their second four-year government since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. In western Anbar provinces, explosions jolted the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, but no casualties were reported. The Islamic State of Iraq, a radical umbrella group that includes Al Qaeda, had declared a curfew for election day and threatened death to all those who headed to the polls.
March 7, 2010 |
Dozens of mortar rounds thudded across Baghdad on Sunday morning and at least 12 people were killed as Iraqis went to the polls in an election testing the stability of the country's still-fragile democracy. Insurgents had vowed to disrupt the elections -- which they see as validating the Shiite-led government and the U.S. presence -- with violence in order to increase uncertainty over a looming U.S. troop drawdown and widen still jagged sectarian divisions. As the polls opened at 7 a.m., bombs began exploding and mortar rounds landing across the city.