CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 |
The "chef" hunkered over a batch of hash oil he was making in a kitchen in Redondo Beach, using a common but extremely dangerous method known as "open blasting. " The 26-year-old meticulously stirred and heated the marijuana extract into the highest clarity, slowly producing "butane honey oil" that would be as clear and pure as amber. This potent type of hash, also called "wax," has taken off in the marijuana market with the rise of electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.
February 4, 2014 |
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. said it is going to start cranking out the company's bestselling 737 jets at its highest production rate ever. The company, which assembles the single-aisle airliner in Renton, Wash., said it is going to build 737s at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month. That's up 33% from 31.5 planes a month since 2010. Mechanics will load initial parts into an automated assembly machine on Wednesday, which marks the start of the new rate, Boeing said. The first 737 built at the new rate is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 |
When I asked for a list of all the claims filed against the city of Los Angeles by people who have tripped and injured themselves on city sidewalks, I didn't realize I might throw my back out just lifting the document. OK, a slight exaggeration. But the list is 98 pages long, and since 2007 the city has paid out several million dollars annually. While a few of the cases involve potholes or crumbling playgrounds, this is primarily a pedestrian vs. pavement problem, with the pavement always winning.
January 30, 2014 |
More than 15 years after fabricating some 42 articles for the New Republic, Rolling Stone and other magazines, Stephen Glass was back in the news this week. On Monday, the California Supreme Court ruled that Glass, 41, does not have the moral character "critical to the practice of law. " He has been trying for a decade to overcome that hurdle. He's certainly qualified otherwise. Glass graduated from Georgetown Law School in 2000, passed bar exams in New York and California, and has worked for years as a paralegal at a Beverly Hills firm.
January 29, 2014 |
The project took five months of planning, 11 days to film and a specially rigged SUV to conceal six puppeteers. A crew of 100 people shot some scenes in Malibu, Pico Canyon, Stevenson Ranch, Playa del Rey and Universal City. This wasn't for a movie or television episode, but a Muppet commercial for Toyota that will air during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The 60-second "Joyride" advertisement - created by Saatchi & Saatchi LA for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. of Torrance - promotes the launch of the 2014 Toyota Highlander and the upcoming Disney movie "Muppets Most Wanted.
January 27, 2014 |
YANJI, China - After the North Korean coal mine where she worked stopped paying salaries, Park Kyung Ok tried her hand at business. Buttons and zippers, candy and dried squid, fabric, plastic tarpaulins, men's suits and cigarettes. "I sold just about everything," said Park, 44. But it wasn't until she started hawking methamphetamine in 2007, she said, that she was able to earn a living. Methamphetamine, known as orum, or "ice," is a rare commodity manufactured and sold in North Korea, where most factories sit idle, the equipment rusted or looted.
HOME & GARDEN
January 25, 2014 |
Paul Lieberstein was ready for a change. In 2000, he purchased a two-bedroom, one-bath Crestwood Hills home that was clinging to a hillside and sold as a tear-down. But a decade later, he and his wife, Janine Poreba, were expecting their first child, and he knew it was time to expand. "We brought in some floors and painted, but it was hardly enough," he said. The process began after architect Peter Grueneisen moved in next door. "He was not initially interested, as he was too busy," said Lieberstein, an actor, writer and producer known for his role as Toby on "The Office.
January 24, 2014 |
Every Grammy Awards telecast is a production nightmare: three-plus hours of multiple live music performances, unpredictable stage antics and rambling acceptance speeches. But this year's production, which airs Sunday night from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, may be the most challenging Grammys ever - and it has nothing to do with Kanye or Miley. Within 24 hours of the ceremony Sunday, the Grammy production team will embark on another major network TV special, this one recorded next-door at the L.A. Convention Center.
January 21, 2014 |
"The Wolf of Wall Street" director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio will both have the chance to claim their very own Academy Award for best picture at this year's ceremony. On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it had determined the four producers who will represent the film in its bid for the Oscars' top prize: Scorsese, DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 top nominees When the film was nominated for last Sunday's Producers Guild Awards, neither Scorsese nor DiCaprio was among the individual nominees.
January 19, 2014 |
"Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" tied for top honors at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night, beating front-runner "American Hustle" and throwing open one of the tightest Oscar races in years. "Gravity" producers Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman and "12 Years a Slave" producers Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner shared the Darryl F. Zanuck outstanding producer of theatrical motion picture prize. The tie is a first in this category in PGA history.