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November 19, 2010 | By Beverly Beyette, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Entering the Charlie Chaplin cottage, I stooped to avoid hitting my head. At 5 feet 8, I'm about 3 inches taller than Chaplin. (It's said the Little Tramp had the door made small so his guests would have to bow as they entered.) I was at the Charlie, an eccentric but charming West Hollywood hotel occupying a cluster of cottages where, it's also said, Gloria Swanson, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and other screen luminaries once lived. They are among the famous for whom the cottages are named.
October 9, 2010 | Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A gunman dressed in black and ranting incoherently fired on an elementary school playground in Carlsbad, Calif., at lunchtime Friday, slightly wounding two children before construction workers tackled him. The injured girls, both second-graders, suffered graze wounds in the arm, authorities said. They were airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital in nearby San Diego. Witnesses who saw them taken to the aircraft said they did not appear to be seriously injured and that one girl even waved to onlookers.
September 28, 2010
In a decade when some schools have banned the game of tag for its potential to cause physical and emotional damage, a recent study suggests the game may have an upside when it comes to fighting obesity. Scientists from Children's Hospital Boston and the University of Massachusetts recently tracked the energy expenditures and enjoyment levels of 28 third-graders as they played 30 common playground games. When the numbers were crunched, the "tag-type games" ranked highest in both calories burned and enjoyment, according to the study published last month in the Journal of Pediatrics.
August 8, 2010 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Rolling through Jackson Hole on the way into Grand Teton National Park for the first time, I spotted a boy on the cycle path alongside the road. His family was a few yards behind him, and the Tetons were off to his left, their ragged, snowy peaks jutting above the Snake River and miles of meadow. The boy was taking it all in, his helmeted head tilted back. His legs were pumping. And his arms were off the handlebars, thrown out in scarecrow fashion. He was the King of the World, astride a shiny bike instead of a doomed ocean liner.
May 22, 2010 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
The latest platinum earnings report from Goldman Sachs is one way to see the strength of Wall Street's rebound from the financial crisis. For another, just visit the Hamptons on Long Island's South Shore. On a recent sunny Saturday, a Bentley and a Ferrari were parked outside the East Hampton boutique of fashion designer and New York socialite Tory Burch. Inside, store manager Megan Ruddy was hustling between well-heeled customers examining $600 handbags and gold-buckled shoes.
April 4, 2010 | By Mike Anton
It doesn't take much to get someone to beat his fellow man silly. Just give him a weapon: A pillow. And provide motive and opportunity: International Pillow Fight Day. On Saturday, hundreds of people packing pillows descended on Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles -- one of some 150 cities worldwide where fights with soft bedding were expected to break out. The loosely coordinated events were part of the so-called urban playground movement...
January 26, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
Masatoshi Shimbo has always felt more than a bit paternal toward the changeling Roppongi district, the inner-city neighborhood where he grew up and his family made its real estate fortune. But Roppongi often breaks his heart, over the decades turning from a U.S. servicemen's haunt into a respectable business district and then back to disrepute -- the gentle women in kimonos giving way to mobsters and drug dealers. Good or bad, in this famously safe city, Roppongi stands out: elegant one block, seedy the next, a multicultural meeting spot known as Tokyo's most cosmopolitan dusk-to-dawn adult playground.
December 4, 2009
Harlow Gold Burlesque Where: Bordello, 901 E. 1st St., L.A. When: Sundays, doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m. Price: $10, $15 and $25 Contact: (213) 687-3766; advance tickets at www.harlowgold.event; group reservations at www.bunnyhopprod Devil's Playground Burlesque and Cabaret Where: Bordello, 901 E. 1st St., L.A. When: Dec. 12 and every second Saturday of the month Price: $13 Contact: www.courtneycruz.
December 4, 2009 | By Ramie Becker
On Sunday nights at Bordello, before the show begins, the red velvet curtains rise ever so slightly to tease the audience with a display of toned, garter-clad legs, just legs, sweeping back and forth across the stage floor in sync to "The Pink Panther Theme." This is "Harlow Gold," a glamorous and polished addition to the still-thriving neo-burlesque scene in L.A. With its cast of gorgeous dancers (many of whom were featured at Ivan Kane's now-defunct Forty Deuce club) and flirtatious numbers set to show tunes and pop songs, the new spectacle has been gaining buzz around town.
November 8, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
The line cooks had matching stickers pasted to their chef's jackets one Saturday night in mid-October, brave words for a bleak reality: "We are the future of Konocti." Sad-eyed housekeepers clutched instructions on how to apply for unemployment benefits and compared notes in soft Spanish about job prospects here in hard-knock Lake County: "Muy dificil." But leave it to the country music singer to get to the painful heart of the matter during what he called the possible "last concert ever" at Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa -- tony Northern California's rare blue-collar playground, which is set to close Tuesday.
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