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March 11, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
NHL general managers, meeting Tuesday in Florida, agreed to formally recommend three minor changes to the league's competition committee for consideration at its next meeting, in June. Although the general managers couldn't reach agreement on changing the length or general format of regular-season overtime - or on expanding the use of video replay - they decided to recommend three tweaks to existing rules. First, they will recommend that the hash marks on the faceoff circle be separated by two more feet, or from three feet to five feet, to create more separation between players on the wings.
March 8, 2014
A direct drive from politically blue Southern California to blue New York takes you through red Kansas and the curiously named town of Liberal. Don't miss it. Tour Dorothy's House & Land of Oz, a theme village, and the Mid-America Air Museum (including a tiny Air Force One that President Eisenhower piloted between Camp David and Washington, D.C.). Relax at Taste of China, where the $8.95 buffet would impress Angelenos and New Yorkers alike. Liberal Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1 Yellow Brick Road; (800)
March 1, 2014
In October we ended our cruise in Athens and had one day to see the highlights. Christos Kapsalis, our taxi driver, offered to show us the sights for four hours and then take us to our hotel. We reached a price that we thought was good, and we highly recommend his service. Christos Kapsalis; 011-30-697-681-7443, Sandra Lampert By email
February 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol has recommended a murder charge be filed against the owner of a "party bus" after a 24-year-old man fell out of it and died on the 101 Freeway last year in Studio City. The CHP submitted its traffic collision report for review last week in the incident in which Christopher "C.J. " Saraceno II lost his balance and fell down the steps of the 2001 Ford F-550. The L.A. County district attorney's office is considering filing criminal charges against Ayrapet Kasabyan, president of Hyros Corp., which operates Platinum Style Limousine Service.
February 22, 2014
Cafe Gitane, adjacent to the Jane Hotel in the West Village, offers pastries from four-star Balthazar Bakery, along with menu items such as herbed goat cheese with pomegranate syrup. It's a good place to nourish yourself before exploring the High Line, three blocks away. Open 7 a.m.-midnight Sundays-Thursdays, 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Cafe Gitane, 113 Jane St., (212) 255-4143, Ruth Kramer Ziony Los Angeles
February 21, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
Fitness trackers are all the rage. But how to choose one? First off, know what you're looking for. Fitness trackers and pedometers are great for walkers and runners but not as adept if, say, you're a swimmer or cyclist. And if you are not a gadget geek, save yourself the grief and go for a simple model. Shop around, read reviews and ask friends for recommendations. In the meantime, here are two of our go-to devices: The One: This model from Fitbit tracks steps, stairs, sleep and more.
February 20, 2014 | By Gary Hart and Norman Augustine
In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. "Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely over the next quarter-century," the Hart-Rudman Commission said. "In the face of this threat, our nation has no coherent or integrated governmental structures. " We added: "Congress should rationalize its current committee structure so that it best serves U.S. national security objectives.
February 15, 2014
On a recent girlfriends weekend, I had a wonderful experience at the chef's table at Root 246 in Solvang, Calif. For $88 each, we were treated to a multicourse chef-designed meal with wine (or beer) pairings. Chef Seth Nelson and his staff could not have been more welcoming. Dining in the kitchen was a fun first. The food and wine were excellent, and the experience was first rate. Root 246 , 420 Alisal Road, Solvang, Calif.; (805) 686-8681, . Jane Kimball Ladera Ranch
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