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November 20, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Crazy cat ladies, the law may soon be on your side. A Los Angeles city councilman is trying to change city code to allow residents to own five cats, up from three. Under current law, it is illegal to own more than three cats at a time. Those who wish to keep more must obtain a kennel permit. Councilman Paul Koretz says the current cap hurts efforts to get animals off the streets and out of shelters. "The most likely people to adopt additional cats are those who already have cats in their homes," Koretz said in a motion submitted to the council this month.
November 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communications Commission wants to encourage more foreign ownership of television and radio stations. Currently, there is a 25% cap on a foreign company or individual when it comes to owning a stake in a broadcast property. While the cap is not being loosened per se, the FCC said on Thursday that if an investment exceeded 25%, it could still be approved. "The ruling potentially removes obstacles to new capital investment, which will support small business, minority, and female broadcast ownership, and spur innovation," the FCC said in announcing that it was clarifying its foreign ownership policy.
November 12, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
All the amenities of modern medicine are available at a new West Los Angeles hospital. There's 24-hour emergency care, a team of surgeons, psychology and physical therapy units, MRI and CT machines, one of the top oncologists in the country. Medical assistants busily roam the halls, soothing patients' fears with smiles, kind words or gentle touches. But they have to watch out: The patients can bite. They're dogs, cats and other pets being treated at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, which at 42,000 square feet is the largest pet hospital west of the Mississippi River.
October 28, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Those who can afford to pay $500 to watch a newly released movie in their own home can now add another luxury perk: the ability to watch it on a giant Imax screen. Imax Corp. has agreed to pay about $2.5 million to acquire up to 20% stake in Prima Cinema Inc., the San Diego-area company that releases premium-priced movies into the home when they are released in theaters. Under the agreement, set to be announced Monday morning, Imax will use Prima's service for its luxury private theaters, which cost $2.5 million and have 20-foot-wide screens, enhacing the image and sound of the content through its digital re-mastering process.
October 7, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
ARROYO SECO, Mexico - To nationalistic Mexicans, it may sound like blasphemy. But Artemio Rosas doesn't care. He wants more gringos living in his tiny coastal pueblo. As it stands, a few hundred foreign surfers visit each winter to ride a strong north swell that moves across the smaller of Arroyo Seco's two pristine Pacific beaches. Rosas wants them to stay, buy land and build retirement and vacation homes on this obscure pocket of coast, two hours south of Puerto Vallarta. It would help his surf shop and would help him with his new gig as a real estate broker.
October 6, 2013 | Hector Becerra
With her Dodgers dogged by injuries, Emma Amaya made a stop before work at the Our Lady Queen of Angels church in downtown Los Angeles, where she lit a prayer candle for her boys in blue. The next day, as the team prepared for game one of their series against the Atlanta Braves, Amaya, 57, rushed to take her train to Glendale, listening to the telecast on her iPhone, where she picked up her car for an hour drive to El Monte. There, amid countless bobbleheads like Vinny and Sandy and Fernando, her anxieties washed away in the warm pulsating glow of her television set and a growing Dodgers lead.
September 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Remember when you had to jiggle an antenna on your TV set to get good reception for a UHF signal? Well, those days are long gone and the Federal Communications Commission thinks it is time to stop treating a UHF channel as a weak sister to a VHF channel. For those of you born after the days of rabbit ears, UHF stands for ultra high frequency and refers to channels above 13. A UHF signal was not as strong as a VHF signal. VHF stands for very high frequency and refers to channels 2 through 13. Why "ultra" was weaker than "very" when it seems that it should have been the other way around will just have to remain a mystery.
August 27, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
I have a confession to make: I am a homeowner. That's a dangerous thing to say. We homeowners are getting blamed for a lot of today's economic ills, and labeled dupes besides. It's said that we profiteer from an undeserved tax break. That our obsession with ownership drove the nation to make unwise policy choices during the last eight decades. That our 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are dinosaurs dependent on government subsidies. We're told that by treating our homes as piggy banks, we impoverished ourselves and our children.
July 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
In the early 1900s, Alexander Graham Bell intensively researched ways to lift humans heavenward on kite-like flying machines. Now comes the decidedly earthbound postscript. The detailed archive that the telephone's inventor kept of his much later experiments in flight - more than 950 photographs and 217 pages of laboratory journals, many in Bell's own hand - was pulled back from the auction block at a hotel in Westlake Village on Wednesday, shortly before it was to go under the gavel.
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