February 23, 2013 |
Why is it a good idea to go to London in February? If you're not a frequent flier, can you still play the mileage game? And when is it a mistake to be focused on the price? Those are some of the questions that will be answered today and Sunday at the L.A. Times Travel Show at a panel titled “More For Your Money: Budget Tips for Savvy Travelers.” As moderator of the panel (and as a very budget-minded traveler), I'm lucky to have my dream team of bottom-line guys: John DiScala, a.k.a.
February 8, 2013 |
PennyMac Financial Services Inc., the 5-year-old mortgage company founded by former Countrywide Financial Corp. President Stanford L. Kurland, plans to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. PennyMac , which makes, buys, sells and services residential loans, intends to raise up to $287.5 million in a public offering, the Moorpark-based company said in a prospectus filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. ...
January 30, 2013 |
"I am 10 years older than I was a year ago. " We believe that's a line Abraham Lincoln said to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the end of "Lincoln. " Or it could be something "Lincoln" lead Daniel Day-Lewis wearily muttered during one of the endless Q&As he's done during a long campaign of an altogether different sort than the one fought for the Union. What can we say? The lines are blurring at this point, though we're still fairly confident that the great Day-Lewis will put his own stamp on history next month, becoming the first actor to win three Oscars for a lead performance.
January 7, 2013 |
The title of “Abraham Lincoln in Two Miles a Penny” refers to the legendary account of the 16th president of the United States walking six miles to return a three-cent overcharge to a customer. Writer-performer Ed Trotta's acclaimed one-man show about the Great Emancipator plies its modest wares to fairly engaging effect. After an aural prologue of historical events ending with a gun shot, Trotta enters from the lobby, looking eerily like Lincoln. His jovial greeting makes it immediately clear that this particular dead president knows the score: “I never thought I'd set foot in a theater again.” It turns out that Lincoln has received a dispensation “from belonging to the ages” to address 21st century audiences, primarily to dispel his “legend,” which “is sticking in my craw.” Opening at the Lincoln Memorial, Trotta's text merges biographical overview and self-assessment with the celebrated wit. Much of the material is familiar -- self-educated lawyer, his courtship of Mary Todd, the Cabinet of political rivals, Gettysburg, and so forth.
November 11, 2012 |
Within three weeks of its launch at Barneys in New York and Los Angeles in October, more than 30 jars of 3LAB's new Super Cream had sold - this despite its $875 price tag. Elsewhere in the beauty market, demand is soaring for a $560 Bee Venom Mask newly introduced to the U.S. from British brand Heaven Skin Care. And Carita's $600 Diamond Cream, the brand's signature product, was reformulated and relaunched this year because of customer demand. In what may be an indicator that consumer confidence is on the rebound, there is a resurgence in the market for high-end creams and serums - priced $125 and up - and, according to retailers, there's no shortage of people to buy them.
October 10, 2012 |
For the fourth day in the row, California broke the state's record on gasoline prices, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. The only good news, analysts said, was that the rise continued to lose momentum Tuesday. According to the AAA, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California reached $4.671. That was an increase of just 0.3 cent overnight. The AAA price averages use-sales receipts collected daily from more than 100,000 retail outlets. "It's not over yet," said fuel price specialist Bob van der Valk about the unusual surge that left gasoline prices 48.9 cents higher than they were a week ago. California had the highest prices for gas in the nation, by far. Second place went to Hawaii, whose average for a gallon of regular was 26.4 cents less.