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BUSINESS
February 4, 2011
Here are tips for avoiding new fees on your checking account: Read your mail. Notice of a new fee will show up first in an enclosure with your bank statement. Push back. A new fee often is a test of what you will tolerate. Call your bank and ask how to avoid it. How do you bank? Your bank may offer another account type that fits better with your pattern of transactions. Shop around. If you can't avoid fees at your current bank, consider moving. Credit unions, community banks and small regional banks are more likely to offer a better deal.
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SPORTS
April 10, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
Even when Pau Gasol scored those six points in the first quarter and took those five shots, it wasn't as though the Lakers were feeding the ball down low to their All-Star power forward. So perhaps, then, it should not have been a surprise that Gasol was not a force on offense during the Lakers' 93-86 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at the Rose Garden. But in many ways, Gasol and frontcourt mate Andrew Bynum were not overwhelming factors on defense either.
TRAVEL
June 19, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Not all beaches were created equal — nor were all beach bods. Get trendy fashion tips for your next romp in the sand while surfing the Web. Name: Beachtomato.com What it does : This online magazine combines fashion trends with information about beach destinations both popular and exotic. You'll be swept away by the island views as well as the interviews with fashion designers and beach industry professionals. What's hot: If you're focused solely on travel, go straight to the Places section and feast your eyes on photos and articles ranging from Beach of the Week to favorite beaches in far-flung places such as Mozambique and the Vendée, France.
SPORTS
April 18, 2011 | Mark Heisler
So much for the They're Just Waiting for the Playoffs Theory. For the two-time defending NBA champions, the postseason finally got here Sunday, along with the New Orleans Hornets and ... sauntering in a little while later, Laker-style ... the Lakers, themselves! In a stunner, which Coach Phil Jackson agreed it was ... or "a pleasant surprise," as even New Orleans' Monty Williams conceded it was ... the Hornets won, 109-100. Remember when everyone started fresh at 0-0?
BUSINESS
September 16, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Big banks pushed fewer U.S. households into foreclosure for the seventh consecutive month in August, a real estate firm reported, though repossessions of properties already ensnared in the process hit a record. The continued convergence of the two trends — fewer notices of default filed on homes but more properties sold at courthouse steps — indicates that major lenders are meting out foreclosures in a systematic way so as not to flood the housing market with a wave of steeply discounted properties, RealtyTrac said.
OPINION
December 29, 2010 | By Andrew Cohen
Perhaps the simplest thing to say about the law in 2010 is this: Never in America were so many judged by so few with such inconclusive results. As our population rose, and Americans filed 100 million or so lawsuits, the role of the courts somehow shrank in our lives. Dozens of federal judgeships remained empty throughout the year, the victim of partisan bickering on Capitol Hill. State judicial systems were wracked by budget cuts, which forced furloughs and court closures. And our prisons overflowed even though, by some accounts, we are opening on average a new one weekly.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2010
'Love & Other Drugs' MPAA rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material Running time: 1 hour, 53 minutes Playing: In general release
TRAVEL
May 28, 2011
For travelers who enjoy gracious hosts as well as lovely old houses, I recommend the Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast in Carthage, Mo. My 86-year-old sister and I enjoyed their Missouri hospitality, which included a generous library of books and movies. Breakfasts were delightful, as was the tea we enjoyed. The Branson music scene is only an hour and a half from Carthage. It's lovely country with lovely people. Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast, 1615 Grand Ave., Carthage; (888) 380-6786, http://www.grand-avenue.com . Weekday rates from $77. Rose Carnahan Whittier
BUSINESS
September 26, 2010
Address: 777 Bowcreek Drive, Diamond Bar 91765 Listed for: $599,000 Size: Five bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,483 square feet Lot size: 0.16 of an acre (7,148 square feet) Features: The two-story Spanish-style house, built in 1989, has vaulted ceilings, canyon views and a three-car garage. MLS ID: 10473557 Address: 24486 Deepsprings Drive, Diamond Bar 91765 Listed for: $489,000 Size: Three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,519 square feet Lot size: 0.22 of an acre (9,670 square feet)
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