January 13, 2014 |
I almost feel sorry for telemarketers. Almost. Last week, I solicited advice from readers about the best ways to get telemarketers to stop bugging you, especially robocallers like "Rachel from cardholder services," which the former head of the Federal Trade Commission branded "public enemy No. 1. " Judging from the avalanche of responses I received, I can say with confidence that many of you are not only fed up with these pests, you're more...
January 12, 2014 |
For decades, finding Spanish-language books in the U.S. was like tilting at windmills. Booksellers stocked few titles in the language of Cervantes, and those they carried came at a hefty premium. A paperback copy of "Don Quijote" in the original Spanish could easily cost triple the price of a deluxe hard-bound translation in English -- if it could be found at all. Retailers blamed the expense of importing books printed in Spain and Latin America. And U.S. publishers lost faith in the market after botched attempts to translate English-language bestsellers produced error-ridden Spanish versions that sold poorly.
January 11, 2014
In October, we took a 16-day guided tour of the UNESCO sites in Morocco with Around Morocco Tours. Lahcen Boujouija provided door-to-door service, knowledgeable guides for big cities, and never let a question go unanswered. He guided us to restaurants where we felt as if we were getting royal treatment. The people were welcoming everywhere. The Atlas Mountains were breathtaking, and the monkeys entertaining. The hotels even on the edge of the desert were top-notch. Tour prices vary depending on days of travel.
January 9, 2014
It may be winter in Southern California, but the beach is no less inviting. While at Dockweiler State Beach on Sunday, Brian McStotts used the interesting shape of curled tree branches, with the sunset as a colorful background, to make the above image. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes .com/ socalmoments for more on this photo series.
January 8, 2014 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement ahead of the upcoming election, and most of the readers who have sent letters reacting to the resignation have welcomed the news. As I've noted in the past, reader opinion (including that of one L.A. County supervisor ) late last year had turned decisively against the embattled sheriff, whose department is under a jail abuse investigation by federal authorities. After news broke that 18 former and current members of the department had been criminally charged as part of that investigation, I wrote that "if The Times' letter writers were solely responsible for picking the L.A. County sheriff, Lee Baca would probably be out of a job. " Now, with Baca bowing out, many readers are moving on to the question of what's next, although some are still unsparing in their criticism of the sheriff.
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January 6, 2014 |
Kelvin Cheng set up on the 4th Street bridge over the 110 Freeway on Saturday to make this long-exposure image of downtown L.A., dominated by the Westin Bonaventure hotel and U.S. Bank building in the center of the frame. The slow shutter speed causes moving objects to appear as streaks of light, which can be seen in the passing cars at the bottom of the frame and what appears to be two aircraft at the top. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google+ . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
January 5, 2014 |
New York theaters The theater piece was a reminder of my good old days in New York ["Spirits of Theater Stir," by Kelly Merritt, Dec. 22]. The Beacon was my neighborhood movie theater, changing double bills twice a week (before round-the-clock TV), and the Hudson, home of the NBC late show with Steve Allen (with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme making out in the balcony, and the "man on the street" interviews out the back entrance).Those were the days when theaters, refurbished or not, were always busy, and you could sit in the balcony for $4.80, where I saw Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Shirley Booth, Bert Lahr, Kim Stanley, Ethel Merman, Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin, Robert Preston and Yul Brynner, Zero Mostel, Gwen Verdon, Judy Holliday.
January 4, 2014 |
We were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and found a great spot that even our local friends didn't know about. We all raved about its empanadas, roasted chicken and sangria. Its ceviche was the best I have had outside of Peru. The servers made us all feel like regulars. Call for reservations if more than two, because there are only a few large tables and a few seats at the lovely bar. La Fusion, 475 Pine St., (415) 781-0894, http://www.lafusion-sf.com D. Kay Renick Ventura
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January 3, 2014 |
On Tuesday night, Robb Wilson shot this photo of people playing in the fountain at Grand Park's inaugural New Year's Eve celebration. The turnout was so huge that people were eventually turned away, he said. He used a Canon PowerShot A1100 IS. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.