March 9, 2013 |
The snow machines were a welcome touch at Swedish House Mafia's Friday farewell set in Chinatown. On a night with miserable outdoor concert weather -- chilly temperatures, with just enough rain to turn the L.A. State Historic Park into a frigid mud slurry -- when the trio of DJs kicked on the midfield snowblowers, you could almost pretend that you were actually raving astride a Swedish fjord. Almost. “Serious respect to the girls who came out dressed in bikinis on this … warm spring night,” joked one of the Mafia members from atop a monolithic tiered stage at the park's north end. “That's the kind of friends we have.” If EDM artists and festivals have enjoyed a perpetual spring and summer in America over the last few years, the retirement of Swedish House Mafia might herald a changing season.
February 22, 2013 |
Question: I am a victim of the hard times. I had to move out of my apartment six months ago, and I have been living in a motel since then. I have been paying a monthly rent to the motel owner. About three weeks ago, the owner asked me to move to a different room, which I did. Then, last week the owner came to my new room and told me I had to be out of the room within 24 hours or he would call the police to arrest me. Can he do that? Answer: No, even though you are not living in a traditional apartment building.
August 14, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Coda: If you scorned a woman's daughter, the fury gets ratcheted up a notch. Thus unfolds the tale in western Washington state of Jacqueline Ray, 49, and her dead son-in-law. Ray, a resident of the quaint community of Gig Harbor, has been charged with first-degree murder in an alleged murder-for-hire plot in July. Ray's daughter had apparently fled to a motel with her children to escape from her husband, who Ray said had repeatedly beaten her. Also arrested and charged was Luis Rea Barker.
June 25, 2012 |
Sex, drugs and a cheap motel for $15 an hour: Who says L.A. doesn't know anything about culture? The Smith & Martin Company and needtheater have taken the stage directions of "Tape" seriously and staged Stephen Belber's cult three-hander in a room at the Western Plaza Motel on Wilton Place in Los Angeles, just below Santa Monica Boulevard. Enter Room 28 with a handful of other intrepid audience members and park yourself anywhere: On the beer-can-strewn rug or a lovely bedspread whose color spectrum resembles the curried vegetable dal at a Whole Foods hot buffet.
May 23, 2012 |
Motel 6 and Studio 6, the no-frills budget hotel chains that once offered rooms for $6 a night, are being sold by French parent Accor for $1.9 billion. The new owner, an affiliate of private equity firm Blackstone Group, already owns Hilton Worldwide. Blackstone said it plans to "accelerate the expansion of the franchise base" for Motel 6 and Studio 6. Accor will use proceeds from the sale to slash its debt and grow its luxury Sofitel and Novotel hotels in Asia, Latin America and Europe.
May 22, 2012 |
Motel 6 and Studio 6, the no-frills budget hotel chains that once offered rooms for $6 a night, are being sold by French parent Accor for $1.9 billion. Their new owner, an affiliate of private equity firm Blackstone Group, already owns Hilton Worldwide. Blackstone's Real Estate Partners VII fund said it plans to "accelerate the expansion of the franchise base" for Motel 6 and Studio 6. Accor said it will use proceeds from the sale to slash its debt and grow its luxury Sofitel and Novotel hotels in expanding markets such as Asia, Latin America and Europe.
April 25, 2012 |
"HOJO to Don Draper: Sorry about the pool, your next stay is on us. " That's the word from Howard Johnson after the "Mad Men" character had a motel meltdown on Sunday's episode of the AMC TV series. The getaway he planned with his young bride Megan to a fictional HoJo's in upstate New York went super sour after he arrived to find the pool was closed. "We've all been there," says the hotel's statement sent Tuesday. "You plan a weekend away only to check in to your hotel and find that a much desired amenity - the hotel pool - is closed.
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April 6, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The state's ethics watchdog agency on Thursday dismissed allegations against Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) that he misused campaign funds to pay for a motel stay in Orange County for personal benefit. The state Fair Political Practices Commission overruled its chief of enforcement, who argued that Norby lied when he claimed to have checked into a motel as part of a study of homelessness issues. "He listed the date of separation from his wife as the exact same date he checked into the motel," Gary Winuk, the commission's chief of enforcement, told the commission.
March 5, 2012 |
Hotel brands generally received low scores in a large survey of customer service experiences. Hampton Inn and Marriott were the only two out of 12 major hotel brands to receive "good" ratings in a study by Temkin Group, a customer service research firm. "Many of the hotel brands in our study aren't delivering the level of hospitality that consumers want," said Bruce Temkin, managing partner of Temkin Group. The research is based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers in January 2012.
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November 9, 2011 |
Inside a stuffy Cleveland classroom, Tim Boehnlein explained the mechanics of domestic violence and then posed a question. "So why do women stay?" he asked his class of would-be counselors. Ignorance, low self-esteem, lack of education, they speculated. No one really knew. PHOTOS: Survivors of abuse Except maybe the silent woman in back - the one fidgeting and looking at the floor. "I thought if I said something, it might frighten other people," she explained later.