February 24, 2014 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suspected suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the Iranian consulate in an upmarket section of this northwestern city Monday evening, killing two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers and wounding 10 people, officials said. The latest violence to rock Peshawar came when the vehicle was stopped by soldiers outside the consulate in the University Town district, which houses offices of the United Nations and international aid agencies. The blast occurred outside tents belonging to members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps, who were guarding the consulate, officials said.
February 21, 2014 |
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to confirm Marcie Edwards, Mayor Eric Garcetti's pick to head the Department of Water and Power, on Friday. In many ways, Edwards seems to be the ideal candidate for the general manager's job. She's both an insider - having worked at the DWP for 24 years, starting as a clerk typist and rising to assistant general manager - and an outsider, because she subsequently ran Anaheim Public Utilities for 13 years. She has deep knowledge of the electricity and water business, as well as experience in the unique political environment of a city-owned utility.
February 15, 2014 |
Worries about job losses and uncertainty about the benefits of union membership contributed to Volkswagen workers in Tennessee rejecting the United Automobile Workers' bid to unionize a 1,500-worker facility, union advocates and other officials said in the wake of Friday night's results. “The UAW tried to promise significant wages, and I think that was shown as a simple, unfillable campaign promise,” Maury Nicely, an attorney involved with the anti-union effort, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
February 13, 2014 |
Eric Church's new album is called “The Outsiders,” but he sure didn't look like one during a visit this week to Hollywood. Sitting in a chauffeured SUV, the country singer watched as paparazzi snapped photos of his arrival Monday afternoon for a taping at “Jimmy Kimmel Live. " A bottle of his favorite whiskey awaited him in his dressing room, where a representative of the late-night show soon turned up bearing more gifts: a stack of mint-condition vinyl records by the likes of George Jones and Johnny Cash.
February 13, 2014 |
Alexander Payne is a born director. Not just thanks to his six feature film credits (including "Election," "About Schmidt" and the current Oscar nominee "Nebraska") but because even in a brief meeting he finds ways to assert control - over old misquotes, article angles and declining to put certain topics on the record that are off-message. He's probably smarter than you are and speaks with a thoughtful eloquence that doesn't quite hide that he knows it. Yet he wins Oscars for his scripts ("Sideways," "The Descendants")
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February 11, 2014 |
Two women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial for murder in the death of a 23-year-old woman who was beaten during an altercation outside a popular Santa Ana nightspot. The ruling followed a two-day hearing with attorneys dissecting the shaky and sometimes chaotic scene, captured on the cellphones of bystanders. Lawyers for Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, who are accused of killing Kim Pham on Jan. 18, said it was Pham who instigated the brawl by throwing the first punch, then jumping on a woman who had tumbled to the ground.
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February 10, 2014 |
A Santa Ana detective testified Monday that she posed as an inmate, going undercover into the jail cell of a defendant in a high-profile beating case after the woman refused to talk with police and demanded an attorney. Det. Patricia Navarro said she never identified herself to Vanesa Tapia Zavala when she secretly recorded their conversation in a jail cell, trying to get her to share details about the fight outside a downtown Santa Ana nightclub that left a recent college graduate comatose, and then dead days later.
February 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- Scott Sternberg presented his fall and winter 2014 menswear collection in a SoHo storefront here Sunday, but his inspiration came from the West Coast -- the Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, to be exact. The inspiration: Sternberg explained that the genesis of the idea came when he was using the Times building last year as the backdrop for an ad campaign photo shoot with Frank Ocean . "[We were going] around this enormous structure -- most of which is empty -- and we just fell in love with being in those rooms, and all the stories behind them.
February 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Los Angeles-based designer Scott Sternberg showed his Band of Outsiders women's collection Sunday afternoon during New York Fashion Week, in the raw space on Wooster Street in Soho that will be the location of the first Band of Outsiders boutique opening this summer. The look: Surrealism meets sportswear with lots of sweater knit dressing, fuzzy faux furs and painterly floral prints. The inspiration: Lee Miller, the famous '30s and '40s photojournalist and fashion model who was romantically involved with Man Ray and was his muse.
February 7, 2014 |
Playtime has just begun for "The Lego Movie," and film critics could scarcely be more delighted. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's new 3-D animated film about an ordinary Lego minifigure-turned-unlikely-hero is meeting with nearly unanimous positive reviews. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "'The Lego Movie' is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. " The film benefits from "a cast that knows precisely how to play with a good line," including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Will Arnett.