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August 1, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Back in the days when people explored the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet, they might have returned with commemorative state plates, meant more for displaying on kitchen walls than for serving supper. Now crafty Stella Anthony has transformed these vintage souvenir dinner dishes and some sweet midcentury graphic designs into cool kitchen clocks, priced from $18. Call (323) 513-3478 or e-mail her at saamzplace@sbcglobal .net. -- David A. Keeps
September 12, 2009 | Debra Prinzing
Satisfy your inner architect and set the dinner table with these platters, plates, mugs and linens embellished in blueprint-style patterns. The Floorplan collection's black-line drawings depict just about every type of urban abode available, from the post-college studio to the uptown penthouse. "Customers are putting them all together and having fun with them," says Sara Mills, who worked on the design team with Julie Gaines, owner of the Fishs Eddy housewares outlet in Manhattan. The stackable pieces are made of sturdy china and are safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher.
September 21, 1986 | Jack Miles
Disegno in Italian means "drawing," but an English speaker would not be entirely misled by the similarity of the word to the English design ; for, as Nicholas Turner explains in his introduction to this collection of drawings from the British Museum, disegno was for the Florentines "the animating force uniting the different arts."
April 19, 2010 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Honk if you love farmers. The California Department of Food and Agriculture is trying to rally public support for special license plates that tout a driver's support for the state's agricultural industry and would charge a premium fee for them. The bulk of those fees, which would be tacked onto a person's normal vehicle registration costs, would pay for statewide education and training programs aimed at secondary school kids interested in farm careers. The fees for plates with numbers randomly selected by the state Department of Motor Vehicles would cost $50 for the first year and $40 a year to renew.
July 9, 2010
California legislators who have proposed selling digital ads on car license plates to help close the state budget gap vow that, if they ever go ahead with the plan, they will take steps to ensure the "integrity" of the venture. Unfortunately, that would be impossible. In order to ensure an idea's integrity, it has to have integrity in the first place. It's true that the economy is dog-paddling, the state budget deficit is at $19 billion and counting, and no one is eager to pay extra taxes.
March 8, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
Anton Orlov held one of the glass plates to the light. The hand-colored image seemed to glow. Two soldiers in long brown coats, rifles over their shoulders, stood with their backs to the camera. A trolley rushed out of the frame. A small patch of sky held a delicate blue wash, and red banners with yellow letters hung from the sides of a building. Orlov swore he recognized the building. It had granite garlands above the windows and carved figures supporting the corbels beneath the balcony.
January 2, 2010 | By David H. Steinberg
Alunatic tries to blow up an airplane, so now my 2-year-old daughter can't sleep on her pillow. If this is how we respond as a nation to terror threats, then maybe the terrorists really are winning. Allow me to connect the dots. My family and I were in Aruba for the last two weeks. Then, as we started packing for our return flight, news spread across One Happy Island (yes, that is Aruba's official motto -- it's on the license plates) that another lunatic had tried to blow up a plane.
November 7, 1987
I read Bell's column on reforming auto insurance. I agree with her no-fault and state-backed liability coverage proposals. I would recommend a third improvement on the California insurance system, wherein license plates would be issued only upon the driver's demonstrating proof of having insurance. The system works well in Massachusetts; all cars have license plates, and all plates have been issued only after the owner has gotten his application stamped by his insurance carrier.
December 22, 1988 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
For more than 10 years, a sign atop Belisle's restaurant in Garden Grove has carried the assertion, "5 Out of 4 Eat Here." People who have never eaten there probably think the sign is a joke. But for the 33 years' worth of customers who have gorged themselves into shock at Belisle's, it's dead-on truth in advertising. Any four people sitting down to a full meal there had better have the appetite of at least one more person or they won't have a prayer of a chance of cleaning their plates.
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