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April 13, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Designer, retailer and Hollywood royalty Jennifer Nicholson, who once headlined Los Angeles Fashion Week and showed her collections in New York, has returned to fashion after a nearly five-year hiatus. Her new venture is Pearl Drop, a Venice boutique with a "boho goddess festival vibe," opened just in time to dress customers for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one of Nicholson's favorite springtime excursions. Located on Lincoln Boulevard in the up-and-coming retail area known as the Linc that's become an alternative to crowded Abbot Kinney, Pearl Drop showcases mostly California-based labels, plus pieces that Nicholson has designed herself under the Pearl Drop label.
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WORLD
April 1, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is moving a sea-based radar platform closer to North Korea to track possible missile launches, a Pentagon official said Monday, in the latest step meant to deter the North and reassure South Korea and Japan that the U.S. is committed to their defense. The sea-based X-band radar, a self-propelled system resembling an oil rig, is heading toward the Korean peninsula from Pearl Harbor, the official said. The John S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer capable of shooting down ballistic missiles, also is being sent to the region, said another Defense Department official.
WORLD
March 20, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A crackdown on Sunni Muslim militants in Karachi has netted a man wanted in connection with the kidnapping and slaying of American journalist Daniel Pearl, Pakistani authorities say. Qari Abdul Hayee was arrested Sunday during a raid in Karachi's University Road area. Police recently have been combing through Karachi neighborhoods in search of members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group suspected of being responsible for a series of suicide bombings and other terror attacks on Pakistan's minority Shiite Muslim community in the southern city of Quetta and Karachi.
WORLD
March 20, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A man arrested in Karachi on suspicion of helping in the 2002 kidnapping of American journalist Daniel Pearl once led the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's operations in Sindh province, authorities said. Authorities believe Qari Abdul Hayee, who was arrested this week in a police raid, was one of the Sunni militant group's facilitators in Pearl's abduction, Pakistani news reports said. Pearl, 38, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who grew up in Los Angeles, was abducted in January 2002 in Karachi and beheaded by his captors a month later.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Want a smooth way to sample the green life? The Pearl Hotel in San Diego offers guests an hour behind the wheel of an electric car while touring the city. The deal: The 23-room boutique hotel partners with car2go, a subsidiary of Daimler North America, to provide the electric wheels. Guests receive free registration (usually $35) and 60 free minutes of drive time as well as a 15% discount on food and drinks at the hotel's restaurant. When you make a reservation online, you will be offered a promotion code for the car2go deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Pearl Jam plans to release a new studio album later this year. Speaking to Rolling Stone , guitarist Mike McCready said the Seattle band is "working on demos right now" for the follow-up to 2009's "Backspacer," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for the rock album Grammy Award. Pearl Jam has "seven songs that are relatively completed," McCready said. "But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that [frontman] Eddie [Vedder] brings in, so we'll weed through those.
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February 16, 2013 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Guards accompany them when they travel. Crowds flock to them when they arrive. Johannes Vermeer's exquisite paintings of young women in gleaming domestic settings are the vigilantly watched and amply insured celebrities of the museum world, promising not only a glimpse of extraordinary beauty but big crowds as well. Now two of Vermeer's luminous women are making rare appearances in California. PHOTOS: Arts & culture by The Times "Girl With a Pearl Earring" from 1665, a popular painting even before the Tracy Chevalier novel and Scarlett Johansson movie of the same name, went on display last month at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Though it's one of the most obsessively bootlegged bands on the planet, Pearl Jam has played only sporadically in North America over the last few years, and that doesn't appear set to change in 2013: On Wednesday, the long-running Seattle group announced it will play two concerts in July -- neither one, we must report, in Los Angeles. On July 16, Pearl Jam is scheduled to perform at Canada's Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario; three days later the band will hit Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 19. Tickets for both shows -- referred to in a release as "An Evening with Pearl Jam," meaning no opening act -- are to go on sale Feb. 9. The only other dates on the band's itinerary at the moment are appearances at three South American festivals: Lollapalooza Brasil (in Sao Paulo on March 31)
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January 19, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Since Michelle Obama and her kitten heels first stepped onto the national stage five years ago, the keys to her personal dress code have remained remarkably consistent. Pearls, cardigans and brooches are all components of the first lady's look. Conservative relics of an old world Washington wardrobe? Not the way Obama interprets them, always adding her own twist. Here are a few of her most influential style signatures. - Booth Moore Pearls Obama breathed new life into the most traditional of heirloom accessories by choosing updated interpretations of the classic pearl necklace, which have included the edgy (tangled strands of blue-tone pearls by L.A.-based designer Tom Binns worn with a Marchesa gown to a state dinner in March)
NATIONAL
December 6, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
In just over seven minutes, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave voice to a nation's outrage, branding Dec. 7 as a “date which will live in infamy” for Japan's attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Within an hour, Congress had voted a declaration of war. As he and other presidents before have done in accordance with federal law, President Obama on Thursday proclaimed Dec. 7 as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. " "I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
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