November 3, 2013 |
Question: Our board directors found the lowest earthquake insurance premium is with a 20% deductible, costing our homeowner association about $20,000 annually; they voted against raising monthly dues to cover it. Our 20 units in a four-level, zero-lot-line Los Angeles complex average $650,000 per unit and the structural integrity of the building is at greater risk because of our subterranean parking. Directors argue we've got over $150,000 in reserves and around $350,000 in combined money market and certificate of deposit accounts.
September 17, 2013 |
You may, in the course of your travels, alight at New Bay Seafood, in a building that has been home to approximately a trillion Hong Kong-style restaurants since it began as Jumbo Seafood in the first San Gabriel Valley Chinese restaurant-boom in the early 1980s. And if you are familiar with the vaguely Southeast Asian Chiu Chow cooking popularized at nearby Newport Seafood, the trilingual menu, written in Chinese, Vietnamese and English, will hold few surprises: cubed filet mignon sauteed in a peppery brown sauce; snow pea leaves stir-fried with garlic; crunchy salt-and-pepper squid, and spicy basil leaf clams.
September 6, 2013 |
Audiotape of a casual phone conversation in the new documentary "Our Nixon" reveals a startling fact about President Nixon and his staff: that they were unfamiliar with the most popular television program in America at the time, "All in the Family. " In the call, White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman seemed to think the influential sitcom was a panel show, and Nixon thought it was a movie that villainized a "square hard hat" (Archie Bunker). Forty-one years after the Watergate scandal first broke, the seemingly prosaic detail about the Nixon White House's lack of pop culture awareness provides the kind of context that often gets lost when the first draft of history is written.
July 5, 2013 |
Parents whose little one is born the same day as the royal baby will have a souvenir to remind them of their coincidental good fortune: Britain's Royal Mint is giving away 2,013 commemorative coins to newborns entering the world on the same day. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - Prince William and the former Kate Middleton - are expecting their child in the middle of July. Though Kate may have slipped and given out the sex of the baby, the official story is that they've opted not to know the gender in advance.
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June 26, 2013 |
She was a mother of three, going to the market to pick up food for a neighbor. They were "stupid drunk," a witness would later tell police: loud, rowdy and obnoxious. And when they met by chance late at night on Dec. 29, 1998, the first words they uttered seemed to fit the season. "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year," the three men shouted from across the road. "Yeah, Merry Christmas. Happy New Year," she yelled back. The men's boisterous greeting, prosecutors say, was followed up with a grisly murder in which 43-year-old Penny Keprta of Long Beach was sexually assaulted, tortured and beaten to death.
June 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker was confirmed Tuesday as President Obama's secretary of Commerce in a 97-1 Senate vote. Pritzker, a Democratic mega-donor whose family founded the Hyatt Hotel chain, was the president's 2008 campaign finance chair and a 2012 campaign co-chair. Her nomination moved with relative ease in the Senate at a time when Republicans have objected to other choices Obama has made to fill out his second-term Cabinet. The nation has been without a full-time Commerce secretary since John Bryson resigned nearly a year ago after suffering a seizure that led to two hit-and-run accidents near his home in San Marino, Calif.