CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 |
Two men who shot and killed three people inside a Pico Rivera pizza parlor were sentenced to death Friday. Rudy Ruiz, 34, and John Perez, 47, were convicted in April of three counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in connection with the June 27, 2009, shooting at Falcone's Pizza. At the time of the shooting, the victims were holding a fundraiser for a two children who had lost a parent in a house fire. According to prosecutors, Ruiz and Perez, both gang members, mistakenly believed that the victims were members of a rival gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 |
Throughout the murder trial for the men accused of killing her son, Helen Dandini was regularly taunted by one of the defendants. Almost daily, Rudy Anthony Ruiz turned around in his chair, and from behind framed glasses, his eyes would meet hers. He'd crack a smile and chuckle at her. Once, he waved. But on Friday, as a judge prepared to send her son's killers to death row, it was Dandini's turn. "You can sit here and laugh as much as you want, yet we are the ones having the last laugh," said Dandini, addressing Ruiz and the court from a podium, her husband, Hank, at her side.
July 10, 2013 |
To know one California Pizza Kitchen restaurant is to know them all - the black-and-tan booths, low-pile carpeting and acrylic panels. Now, the 28-year-old mall staple known for a pervasive sense of sameness is undergoing what its CEO calls a "de-chaining," upgrading its image and menu to be more individual, relevant and attractive to foodies. The brand, known as CPK, is opening a prototype eatery Wednesday in the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, its first new location near its Los Angeles home base in five years.
July 9, 2013 |
California Pizza Kitchen, the 28-year-old Los Angeles casual dining chain known for its cookie-cutter mall eateries, is opening a prototype store Wednesday that executives are describing as “rustic,” “rough,” “organic” and “relaxed.” The new restaurant smack in the center of the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park -- the company's first area location in five years -- is part of an effort to “de-chain,” Chief Executive G.J....
June 23, 2013 |
Pizza and beer are a tasty pairing. A profitable one too. BJ's Restaurants Inc. specializes in deep-dish pizza and offers its own brand of craft-brewed beer, a combination that has helped it grow from a single restaurant in Santa Ana to 132 locations in 15 states. After its start in 1978, the Huntington Beach company grew slowly in Southern California. In 1996, it opened its first brewery - at its restaurant in Brea - and began selling beers that carried the BJ's name. That was also the year it went public.
May 25, 2013 |
Arthur Smith is one of Hollywood's busiest reality TV producers. The 53-year-old is running 14 shows this season, including the hits "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares. " Being around all that food all the time, as well as putting in long hours every week, makes it challenging to eat well and exercise regularly. That's why Smith sticks to a schedule and diet during his busiest months. Here, he talks about making time to stay healthy, his favorite workouts and what food he calls his "kryptonite.
May 18, 2013 |
Don't forget the napkins when you watch a DVD in Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Domino's has teamed up with 10 rental stores to use movie DVDs for an unusual marketing push. Users pop in a rented DVD like they would any other, and after they've watched the film and take the disc out, the DVD disc shows a picture of a pizza and emits the aroma of one of Domino's pies. The DVDs have thermal ink and flavored varnish to create the effect. When the DVD is played, both materials react to the DVD player's heat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 |
In exactly one week, Los Angeles will wake up with a newly elected mayor. The lucky leader of 4 million restless campers with cracked sidewalks could be Wendy Greuel, the business-suited Valley kid who worked for Mayor Tom Bradley and President Clinton and would be the first female mayor in city history. Or it could be Eric Garcetti, who seems to have done everything in his 42 years except pitch for the Dodgers and kayak to Borneo, and whose adopted daughter may one day celebrate both a bat mitzvah and a quinceañera . Last week, I wrote about a Greuel visit to Tolliver's barbershop in South Los Angeles, where she was relaxed and sharp in front of a crowd that thinks she's the one. Today I'll report on my outing with her opponent, who, like Greuel, helped create some of the city's problems but now promises to deliver peace and prosperity to one and all. L.A. ELECTIONS 2013: Sign up for our email newsletter When Garcetti walked into a Westwood Village pizza parlor late Monday night, he was not recognized until after he'd selected artichokes, olives, onions and peppers as toppings.
May 8, 2013 |
Welcome to the 21st century, where a compass can be used to find the nearest pizza place. Thanks to Pizza Compass , an app released Tuesday, iPhone users can now turn their smartphones into their own personal guides toward melted cheese, warm crust and delicious tomato sauce. The app, which costs $0.99, works like any other compass with a few differences. For starters, the arrow is actually a pizza slice and it doesn't point north -- it points toward the nearest pizza joint it can find.
May 3, 2013 |
Beware of pizza you can chip a tooth on. Four varieties of California Pizza Kitchen and DiGiorno frozen pizzas have been pulled from grocers' freezers after complaints of plastic fragments in the pies. These aren't bits of plastic wrap but clear, brittle, sharp-edged pieces of plastic, according to the Associated Press. As the Los Angeles Times' Ricardo Lopez reported earlier, it was a voluntary recall by Nestle USA . The products are CPK's crispy thin-crust white pizza and its limited-edition grilled chicken with Cabernet sauce.