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TRAVEL
February 6, 2011 | By Mark Vanhoenacker, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After an espresso or two has kicked jet lag into the long grass, I find no better place to plot a course in a city than at an independent bookstore cafe. Many operate more as cultural and community centers than as businesses, with late hours and a medium-sized town's worth of on-site readings, tastings and concerts out of any weather that may be annoying you. Check out their posters and bulletin boards for options farther afield. And ask the staff: Bookstore cafes usually have a nicotine-tinged finger or two on a city's pulse.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1991 | DENISE HAMILTON
When an earthquake hits, people turn to Caltech to answer the basic questions: How big was it? Where was the epicenter? How many aftershocks? But with the Sierra Madre Earthquake slamming into Pasadena on Friday, another question arises: What if The Big One hits Caltech? First of all, every building on the scientific institute's campus is reinforced to 1 1/2 times earthquake construction standards, said Bill Irwin, assistant director of the Caltech physical plant.
NEWS
November 1, 1990
California Lutheran University will offer students and the community the opportunity to meet two respected writers at the eighth annual Pulitzer Symposium on Monday and Tuesday in the auditorium. Featured lecturers will be poet Galway Kinnell and writer Shirley Ann Grau. Kinnell received a Pulitzer for poetry in 1983 for his work, "Selected Poems," and has won numerous other awards for works including "Body Rags," "Mortal Words" and "The Past."
SCIENCE
May 10, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- The ratio of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has surpassed 400 parts per million in an average daily reading at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory, the highest concentration of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas in millions of years. While several atmospheric readings in the Arctic have recently exceeded 400 ppm of carbon dioxide, the Mauna Loa daily average readings are considered the benchmark indicators of the Earth's atmospheric makeup. Climate scientists have calculated that the world needs to keep carbon dioxide emissions from crossing the 400-ppm threshold in order to avoid a rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)
OPINION
November 9, 2003 | Tony Perrottet, Tony Perrottet is the author of "Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists."
Los Angeles is a city awash with words. Just look at this week's roster of literary readings: There's Russell Banks reading today at the Canal Club in Venice, Orson Scott Card on Tuesday at Vroman's in Pasadena, Mark Salzman on Friday at UCLA, and Leo Braudy on Saturday at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. And that's just a tiny fraction of the total number of literary happenings around town -- poetry slams, book groups, recitals from works in progress, screenplay seminars. Should we be alarmed?
BOOKS
September 29, 1985 | KRISTIANA GREGORY
Youngsters usually feel right at home with anthropomorphic stories, so they won't question the owls here who go to Cub Scouts and rummage sales. This quiet story is reminiscent of Else Holmelund Minarik's classic "Little Bear" (Harper & Row) books. Little Owl, like Little Bear, is a timid explorer in his everyday world of birthdays, friends, play and mystery, always under the protection of his watchful and loving family.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
Consumer sentiment rebounded solidly early in February after a disappointing showing the previous two months, according to a survey released Friday. The monthly Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 76.3, up from 73.8 in January. Quiz: How much do you know about looming federal budget cuts? The readings in December and January were weighed down by Americans' concerns about the potential drag from the so-called fiscal cliff, which federal lawmakers averted with a last-minute deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 1989 | JAN HERMAN
Dissatisfied with what it perceives as "a scarcity of good community theater" in southern Orange County, a new troupe calling itself the Monday Night Alternative will launch a monthly series of free, radio-style theater readings next week in San Juan Capistrano. "There's just not enough theater around here," said co-founder B.J. Scott, who will stage the first reading on Monday: Paul Zindel's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." "So we're going to try to do something about that."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2011
BOOKS Lundi Gras The local literary journal Slake: Los Angeles will laisser les bons temps rouler with this Fat Monday celebration featuring art, music, readings, films and food. The program includes short films by Helen Hill and Robert Sobul, readings from Hank Cherry and other Slake contributors, work by local artists, traditional New Orleans jazz and funeral music, and grub from the Crazy Creole Cafe truck. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $10. http://www.
NEWS
September 27, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
West Hollywood gets bookish this Sunday with the 11th annual West Hollywood Book Fair . Set in and around the new West Hollywood public library, the event will have panels, readings, comics discussions, things for kids, and even some talk about e-books (that's where you'll find me). The immense lineup of authors who will be there includes film star Andrew McCarthy -- he's an award-winning travel writer who has just published a memoir, "The Longest Way Home. " There will be people to talk about darkness and crime -- many mystery writers, including T. Jefferson Parker, are on the bill.
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