January 6, 2014 |
CHICAGO - A federal judge Monday stripped away a key element of Chicago's gun ordinance, ruling that it was unconstitutional to prohibit licensed gun stores from operating in the city. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang said Chicago had failed to persuade him that banning the sale of guns by licensed dealers was necessary to reduce gun violence that has plagued the city. The ruling also would make it legal for individuals to transfer ownership of firearms as gifts or in private sales as long as the recipients were over 18 and had state firearm owner identification cards.
December 31, 2013 |
Pascal Tessier, 17, had aspired to rise to the rank of Eagle Scout since he was in the sixth grade. "It shows to everyone that I'm a capable person - that I'm worth something," said Tessier, of Kensington, Md. He knew it would be an arduous process to achieve Scouting's highest honor: earn 21 merit badges, play a leadership role in the troop, complete a service project and undergo a board of review. Tessier also knew there was one requirement that he could never meet: being straight.
December 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Government regulators approved a sweeping new set of rules for the nation's biggest banks that ban them from the kind of ultra-high-risk trading that nearly collapsed the world's financial system. Despite a fierce lobbying effort to prevent the new measure, five of the nation's top regulatory agencies on Tuesday approved the final version of a key component of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law. The so-called Volcker rule, named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, prohibits banks from trading for their own profit rather than on behalf of customers.
December 5, 2013 |
Prohibition ended 80 years ago Thursday. The top headlines on the Los Angeles Times' front page conveyed the news: " Dry Era End Proclaimed on Utah's Ratification: Roosevelt Calls on Nation to Ban Bootlegger and Saloon's Return; Huge Liquor Imports Authorized" "Rum Flows in Quietly: Repeal Hailed in Sane Style" My favorite tidbit from the main story involves when and how President Franklin Roosevelt signed a proclamation about the...
October 13, 2013 |
Old World architectural details take center stage at this Spanish Colonial Revival-style house in the Little Holmby area of Westwood. Elaborate ironwork, carved and stenciled beams and colorful tile, as well as a Prohibition-era bar hidden behind panels, are among original features. Location: 10571 Wyton Drive, Los Angeles 90024 Asking price: $2.895 million Year built: 1932 House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,243 square feet Lot size: 10,649 square feet Features: Rotunda entry, French doors, wood-paneled library, breakfast room, vaulted ceilings, balcony, sleeping porch, outdoor dining loggia About the area: In the first half of the year, 42 single-family homes sold in the 90024 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.82 million, according to DataQuick.
September 30, 2013 |
Jazz babies and their beaus can relive the Roaring '20s in the Arizona Biltmore's Mystery Room, the newly re-created "secret" speak-easy in the resort's main building. The Arizona Biltmore opened in 1929 during Prohibition. But a desert resort with no hooch to satisfy the patrons' thirst? Unthinkable. The owners found a way with the Mystery Room, a.k.a. the Men's Smoker, up a staircase and hidden down a corridor. Here gentlemen could purchase a set-up for the bootleg liquor stashed in a cabinet that converted into a bookcase in case of a raid.