February 13, 2013 |
Consumers are getting their first glimpse at what health insurance will look like in California as the state prepares to implement the federal healthcare law. On Wednesday, state officials will spell out the details on policies available next year to people buying their own coverage. In January 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or face a penalty. Federal law established four broad plans of coverage - Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze - whose benefits vary based on the level of out-of-pocket expenses that consumers are required to pay. A Platinum plan, the most expensive, would require policyholders to pay about 10% of the cost of care, while the Bronze plan, the least expensive, pegs the patient share at 40%. Document: Details of California's healthcare plans Now for the first time, California is laying out the specific co-pays and deductibles that many policyholders will face when going to see a doctor, get a lab test or visit an emergency room.
January 14, 2010 |
Of all the many jaw-droppingly dishy anecdotes in Peter Biskind's new biography, "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," I found myself especially astounded -- in a "what would a therapist make of this?" kind of way -- by the saga of Beatty's on-again, off-again early '60s affair with Natalie Wood. It was a soulful romance, even if Beatty wasn't exactly faithful, but the strangest events occurred after Beatty had moved on. The coda to the affair, according to Biskind, occurs in the mid-1960s, when Beatty began dating Maya Plisetskaya, the Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina who, inconveniently, was already married and didn't speak a word of English.
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March 15, 2010 |
Peter Graves, the rugged actor who starred in the hit TV series "Mission: Impossible" and whose career took a comic turn in the disaster spoof "Airplane!" has died. He was 83. Graves was found dead Sunday afternoon in front of his Pacific Palisades home from apparent natural causes, said Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department. Graves had just returned from brunch with his family to celebrate his upcoming 84th birthday. He collapsed on the driveway before he could reach his house, said Sandy Brokaw, his publicist.
April 10, 2010 |
When Peter and Benjamin Bratt were growing up in San Francisco, the city's Mission District was the soul of their compact universe. It was where their mother, a single parent, worked as a registered nurse and political organizer. It was where the boys and their siblings went to school and played in recreation centers. Named for the Spanish colonial Mission Dolores, it was a neighborhood of lowriders, Peruvian flute players, Native American and Latino activists, omnipresent street theater and vibrant murals that related the local history like "Aztec glyphs," Peter says.
August 9, 2005
With the passing of Peter Jennings on Sunday, the world has truly lost a giant of a broadcaster. Sadly, the airwaves will no longer carry his voice. Peter had a unique way of putting his viewers at ease during times of crises and was always a welcome nightly sight in our home because of his demeanor in presenting the news. Not enough can be said of the special talent he possessed in bringing us the news. So we say goodnight and goodbye, Peter. You will be sadly missed. PETE TOMAINO Laguna Hills
February 28, 2012 |
I've been to Disneyland hundreds of times over the last two decades and have been writing the Funland theme park blog for about four years now. As a result, people are always asking me how to do everything at Disneyland in a single day. The short answer is you probably can't. It can be a struggle for even hard-core fans with military assault-like strategies. The longer answer is there's lots of ways to maximize your time in the park and get on the most rides possible. PHOTOS: How to do Disneyland in a day So in honor of Disneyland's 24-hour Leap Day celebration , here are my seven tips for tackling Disneyland in a day: Tip 1: If you're trying to get the most out of your day at Disneyland , I always recommend arriving just before the park opens in the morning, staying until the park closes at night and taking a long break in the heat of the afternoon at your hotel pool or cocktail bar. It may sound like a long day, but you'll get more done in the first two hours and the last two hours of your day than if you spent 15 hours straight at the park.