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HOME & GARDEN
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.
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BOOKS
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."
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The Pitcher House was a line in the sand. If you drove north on Pacific Coast Highway, it was one of the first businesses in Hermosa Beach, located in an old, slightly run-down bank building, making the place seem historic and mysterious at the same time. It was a reminder that Hermosa used to be a working-class town and a warning that you had only a few more miles until you hit the tonier Manhattan Beach. In the late 1990s, the Pitcher House was full of middle-aged surfers who'd push through the bar's swinging doors and drink a few Buds while keeping their distance from the just-out-of-college crowd doing upside-down margaritas on the Strand, Hermosa's bright, main drag that was starting to look more and more like Manhattan.
FOOD
October 21, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
It's a story so revolting and so legendary that it has achieved near mythical status. One night in the 1960s, during a particularly heavy bout of drinking, Jim Morrison stood up and urinated on the long wooden bar at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood. Rock god status and titillating snug leather pants or not, Morrison was booted from the famous restaurant and bar. "Of course, this being Barney's, they wiped it off and put a plaque there," jokes Jim Ladd, the KLOS-FM DJ known for spinning raw, classic rock sans formulaic playlists for nearly 40 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2011
Playa Where: 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles When: Sunday to Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to midnight; and Thursday to Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: small plates, $7 to $16; larger plates, $18 to $26; sides, $6; desserts, $7 to $9. Full bar. Valet parking. Info: (323) 933-5300; http://www.playarivera.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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