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March 24, 2014 |
The trial for the man charged with killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon will split into two separate phases, with two different sets of jurors asked to decide the ultimate fate of the accused mass murderer, a judge ruled Monday. The first phase, the actual trial, would begin in June. If convicted, Scott Dekraai faces the death penalty for allegedly walking into Salon Meritage in October 2011 and opening fire, killing his ex-wife and seven others in the county's deadliest shooting.
March 6, 2014 |
If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to carry a water bottle there. Why? Because the Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban the sale of single-use bottles of water in city buildings and parks and at city-permitted events, making San Francisco the largest municipality in the country to phase out plastic water bottles. The ban will cover indoor events starting Oct. 1, and will be extended to all events by 2016. There would be exceptions for some sports outings, such as foot races, and planners could apply for waivers if they can't secure a water supply.
March 1, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Matt Kemp didn't run particularly fast or long Saturday, but that didn't matter to him. For the first time since he underwent an ankle operation four months ago, Kemp ran on something other than the anti-gravity treadmill. "I never thought running would be so fun," he said with a smile. The former All-Star was cleared to enter the next phase of his rehabilitation by his surgeon, who reviewed the results of a routine MRI exam Kemp underwent two days earlier. Kemp is hopeful he can play in the Cactus League, but in reality still has no idea when he'll be in a competitive game.
February 25, 2014 |
Beck made his name as a recycler, a smart, savvy searcher known for finding new value in old things. So it makes sense that the artist responsible for "Mellow Gold" and "Odelay," both high points of mid-'90s cut-and-paste pop, would eventually get around to recycling himself. That's more or less what Beck does on his latest album, "Morning Phase. " With the same downbeat acoustic vibe and many of the same players, the new record serves as a kind of spiritual sequel - a "companion piece," his camp calls it - to 2002's "Sea Change," on which the singer broke from his established collage aesthetic to offer up a dozen slow-and-low folk songs about the pain of heartache.
February 21, 2014 |
By the time that Beck Hansen finished his lush, melancholy new record, "Morning Phase," he had become so consumed by the process that he says he'd caused brain damage. "I've heard each song about six or seven thousand times, to the point where it's burned a hole, neurologically, in my auditory system," the 43-year-old songwriter, whose work over the last two decades has helped define modern Los Angeles with his expansive, all-consuming eardrums, said over dinner recently in Los Feliz.
February 21, 2014 |
The first homes in Playa Vista's final phase will open for sale this weekend as completion of the Westside master-planned community nears. Eventually, 2,800 new for-sale and rental units will rise in the second phase, injecting new inventory into the expensive Westside. Touted as an urban village, Playa Vista has been under construction for more than a decade. It now has roughly 3,100 housing units and 1.5 million square feet of commercial space. Saturday's opening marks the beginning of the end of development at Playa Vista, located on land once controlled by aviation mogul Howard Hughes.