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October 3, 2010
I recommend this Santa Barbara bed-and-breakfast for its customer service, dedication and professionalism. I continue to love the quietness and peaceful atmosphere. The evening wines, pastries, cheeses, crackers, cakes and pies are excellent. Bath Street Inn, 1720 Bath St., Santa Barbara; (800) 549-2284, . Rooms from $135. Thomas Ashley Carson
April 26, 2014
The Xbalanque is a spectacular boutique hotel right on the beach in Roatán, Honduras. Snorkeling and scuba diving are available on the nearby reef. The hotel is furnished with art from around the world and is beautifully designed. This new hotel is a secret gem that is just being discovered. Xbalanque Resort, Tamarind Drive, West End, Roatán; Judy Gordon Los Angeles
February 12, 2012
If you go Latitude Eight Thai Grill, 11 W. Boston St., No. 5, Chandler, Ariz.; (480) 722-0560, . Chicken yellow curry $11. House of Tricks, 114 E. 7th St., Tempe, Ariz.; (480) 968-1114, . Main courses from $22. Tuck Shop, 2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix; (602) 364-2980, . Rito's, 907 N. 14th St., Phoenix; (602) 262-9842. Cibo, 603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix; (602)
April 25, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Far older than most of the regulars at his weekly South Bay swing-dancing class, the World War II veteran invariably shuffles in, sidles up to his instructor and unwittingly gives voice to a scientific truth: "I'm here for my anti-aging therapy and happiness treatment. " Dancing has long been lauded as a great physical workout, yet research has increasingly shown that social dancing, such as swing, a lively, improvisational style that requires rapid-fire decision-making in concert with a partner, is also beneficial to both mind and spirit.
June 28, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
CitySearch has gotten more than just a nip and a tuck for its 16th birthday. The site has been redesigned from top to bottom, inside and out. It is all about being more easily visually digestible, with prominent photographs and compact expert tips highlighting what's the best in your city, not lengthy everyman reviews. "The success of the review has, in essence, become its failure,” said Kara Nortman, senior vice president, consumer businesses at CityGrid Media. "The sheer volume of opinions being expressed by customers on review sites is deafening.
October 30, 2010 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Do you have some travel money to spare? is a straightforward "dashboard" of recommendations. What's hot: Destination inspiration is not a new concept for the travelsphere. But Wanderfly keeps the process incredibly simple, which makes it more inviting than the competition. Scroll below the flight and hotel recommendations to find great activity tips generated by online sites such as Yelp and Foursquare. I also liked the "Connect With Facebook" feature, which showed me which friends were in a city.
August 9, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
In the next year or so, the market for statins may get a further boost. The National Cholesterol Education Program, the group that drafted the 2001 and 2004 guidelines on statin use, is expected to update its treatment recommendations. In doing so, the group will decide whether to suggest the broad use of statins for healthy patients with high readings of a marker for inflammation called C-reactive protein. If the group does urge statins for these healthy individuals, at least 6.5 million new patients could sign up for long-term statin use. Dr. Sanjay Kaul, a cardiologist at USC and a coauthor of one of the recent studies critical of the large-scale JUPITER trial, on which such a recommendation would likely be based, says such an expansion would be a mistake.
January 4, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Federal regulators Monday issued seven safety recommendations ? six of them labeled urgent ? stemming from the explosion of a natural gas pipeline that killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes in the Bay Area community of San Bruno last September. The urgent recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board call on pipeline operators and regulators in California and the rest of the United States to find and correct any record-keeping deficiencies that could result in pipelines being operated at pressures higher than they were designed to bear.
December 3, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
A majority of members of the bipartisan deficit commission are expected to endorse the panel's final recommendations Friday morning, though likely fall short of the supermajority required to guarantee a vote in the Congress. The commission, created in February by President Obama to offer a blueprint for austerity measures and reforms with the goal of slashing the deficit in half this decade, released its final report Wednesday after months of deliberations of the 18 members. Of that number, it appeared 11 were set to endorse the plan, while five have publicly committed to rejecting the recommendations and others remained undecided.
July 20, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
An independent panel of doctors and health experts is recommending that health plans cover a variety of contraceptives for women without co-pays, setting the stage for another debate over the effect of the healthcare overhaul. The law that President Obama signed last year requires new health plans to cover a basic set of preventive health services without co-pays or deductibles for patients, a key provision of the new law that experts believe will encourage more Americans to get recommended immunizations, cancer screenings and other services.
April 22, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County supervisors have begun weighing recommendations to dramatically rework the safety net for tens of thousands of abused and neglected children, including what would be the most significant reorganization of county government since 2007. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection has said a linchpin of a proposed package of reforms is the creation of a new child welfare czar. The executive would have broad powers to move money and people across departmental lines to support a more unified and effective approach to the protection of children, the panel said.
April 19, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
A controversy-riddled water district involved in a federal corruption investigation is in danger of losing its insurance, a political black eye that could have implications for the agency and its 2 million customers. The Assn. of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority has recommended to its board that it drop the employment liability insurance for Central Basin Municipal Water District, citing the circus-like atmosphere at the agency. The authority insures hundreds of water districts across the state, and this would be only the second time in its 35-year history that it canceled coverage for a water district.
April 19, 2014
To top off your next trip to Nashville, I recommend Music City Tippler, a midtown Cheers-like pub, as a must visit. It offers a 100-year-old bar, music played on a 120-year-old barn wood stage and more, while featuring outstanding classic cocktails, craft beers and eclectic wines. Truly an upbeat time for all, and when I left later in the evening, everybody knew my name. Cheers! Music City Tippler, 1922 Adelicia St.; (615) 457-3406, . Pete Puzo Encino
April 18, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
You can sculpt your triceps and strengthen your core with one simple exercise: dip kicks, says fitness expert Lacey Stone, who uses it on her Extreme Bootcamp app for iPhone and iPad. What it does Supporting yourself on your arms in this move strengthens your triceps, while your core muscles are engaged and helping you stabilize. Your glutes also get a bit of work from the kicks. What to do Start out by sitting on your mat with bent legs and weight resting on slightly bent arms behind you, fingers facing your body.
April 15, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A nearly $1-billion contract to build a downtown subway that would close one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's rail network should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction, according to a Metro report published Tuesday. The recommendation comes even though the firms were not the lowest bidders. In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority analysis, staff members recommended awarding a $927-million joint contract to Skanska USA and Traylor Bros., two firms now building other regional rail projects.  The Downtown Regional Connector is a 1.9-mile, $1.46-billion underground link between rail lines that skirt opposite ends of L.A.'s downtown, one near Union Station and the other near Staples Center.
April 15, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
When three city officials were arrested trying to shake down a marijuana dispensary owner, Cudahy was branded a town where bribes were routine and elections were rigged. On Tuesday, state officials added one more indignity to Cudahy's battered reputation: a city with a staggering inability to keep an eye on public funds. In a damning audit, the state controller concluded that leaders in the working-class town used city-issued credit cards for excessive travel, meals and entertainment, mismanaged state funds and had virtually no internal controls to prevent the misuse of taxpayer dollars.
September 12, 2009 | Doug Smith
Though Metrolink has made many safety improvements, a year after the devastating Chatsworth crash, it is still far from completing three major recommendations from a panel of experts, officials reported Friday to the commuter rail's governing board. The public agency has not undertaken a thorough assessment of its management organization or completed a strategic plan, and its board of directors has not gone though a self-assessment of its performance, said Linda Bollinger, facilitator for the peer review panel set up in the wake of the Chatsworth crash that killed 25 and injured 135 one year ago. "Frankly, a lot of the one-shots that are the easy things -- filling positions -- have been done," said Peter Cannito, retired president of Metro-North Railroad in New York, who co-heads the panel.
January 15, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that he has forwarded recommendations to the Army for disciplinary action against supervisors of the accused Ft. Hood shooter. An official familiar with the investigation said Thursday that five to eight Army officers are expected to face discipline for failing to take action against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan over a series of behavioral and professional problems in the years leading up to the Nov. 5 rampage at the Army base in Texas. Gates declined to discuss specifics of the case against Hasan, citing the criminal investigation.
April 12, 2014
La Taverna di Moranda in Monticchiello, Italy, is our favorite restaurant in the Tuscany and Umbria region. After eating there for the first time, we made a reservation for a second night. When we returned two years later, we stayed nearby just to be near Monticchiello. We had the Florentine steak twice and the lamb twice. Both were amazing. The restaurant is very romantic; it looks like a wine cave. La Taverna di Moranda, 17 Via di Mezzo, Monticchiello; 011-39-0578-755145, Julian and Mary Cangelosi Tustin
April 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are like the Coke and Pepsi of U.S. maritime transportation. They seem similar, they dominate the competition but they have a long history of less-than-friendly rivalry. Now, an independent commission's proposal to merge the neighboring harbors is being met with skepticism. The L.A. 2020 Commission, made up of prominent business, labor and civic leaders, on Wednesday unveiled a series of recommendations that included merging the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
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