October 26, 2013
Home Hotel Buenos Aires is the first boutique hotel in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood of Buenos Aires and still its epicenter. We have stayed here for seven years in a row. It's small and intimate, with five-star service from a friendly staff. Have lunch in the English garden and watch the parade of fascinating people - both tourists and locals from the entertainment industry. Home Hotel Buenos Aires, 5860 Honduras, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires; (011) 54-11-4778-1008, http://www.homebuenosaires.com . Rooms from $150.
October 23, 2013 |
Former KPMG auditing partner Scott London should spend three years in prison on his insider-trading conviction for selling secret information about the accounting firm's clients to a stock-trading friend, the federal probation office in Los Angeles recommended. The tips to Encino jeweler Bryan Shaw resulted in nearly $1.3 million in profitable trades, prosecutors alleged. The probation office, in a confidential report, recommended the prison term, and the information was disclosed in court papers filed recently by London's attorney, Harland Braun.
October 19, 2013
The Rockwell, in tranquil South Kensington, a block-and-a-half from the Earl's Court Tube station, is a great base camp in London. It's ideally suited for shopping, and Hyde Park and the Victoria and Albert Museum are near. The staff is professional but friendly. The 40 rooms are bright and restful with nice en suite bathrooms. There is a restaurant-bar where in clement weather guests dine at tables under umbrellas on the spacious private terrace. A crackling fire burns year-round in the reception area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 |
A year after a citizens' commission handed down an extensive set of recommendations for preventing the abuse of jail inmates, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to pay for many of the reforms. The board unanimously voted to authorize $29.3 million for the first year of a three-year plan that includes hiring more managers to oversee deputies, expanding training and installing more video cameras in the jails. The changes are expected to cost $89.8 million over three years.
October 4, 2013 |
ROME -- Silvio Berlusconi's fading political career took another blow Friday when a committee in the Italian Senate recommended that he lose his seat in the upper house of Parliament after a conviction for tax fraud in August. The full Senate will now decide by Oct. 14 whether to oust the 77-year-old media mogul and former prime minister from his seat. Berlusconi's week got off to a bad start when he failed to bring down Italy's coalition government after dozens of lawmakers in his party threatened to desert him and back the government in a Senate confidence vote.
September 28, 2013
The Hotel Sultanhan in Istanbul's Old City is close to most of the important sites. The hotel is a surprise in an unassuming neighborhood. It has a wonderful roof-top restaurant and a helpful, English-speaking staff. Doubles from about $350. Hotel Sultanhan, 7 Piyer Loti Cad., Sultanahmet, Istanbul; (110) 90-212-516-32-32, http://www.hotelsultanhan.com Rosemary Simmons Pasadena
September 27, 2013 |
Airplane passengers might not have to stow away their tablets and smartphones during takeoffs and landings in the near future. A federal panel is expected to release recommendations Monday saying the use of some electronic devices is safe during takeoffs and landings. The proposal by a committee created in January by the Federal Aviation Administration may ease longtime restrictions that have frustrated airline travelers. Regardless of what the panel recommends, the use of cellphones to make calls or send messages will still be prohibited under U.S. law. The 28-member panel must find a balance between the demands of travelers who love tinkering with their electronic devices and flight attendants who worry that passengers will be too engaged with their gadgets to follow instructions.
September 24, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc. has just one question for Wall Street: How do you like me now? Shares of the social network, which had fallen from favor after its disastrous public debut last year, hit new highs Tuesday, even as U.S. stocks ended lower Tuesday for the fourth straight session. In recent weeks, Facebook shares have zipped past the initial public offering price of $38. Now they are flirting with $50 after another in a wave of buy recommendations from analysts and a report that the company may finally have gotten its foot in the door in China.
September 24, 2013 |
Why hasn't anyone on Wall Street gone to prison for the 2008 financial crisis? Perhaps because the FBI is recommending far fewer white-collar prosecutions. The FBI has recommended only 2,001 white-collar cases for criminal prosecution so far this fiscal year, on pace for a nearly 7% drop from last year, according to a report Tuesday by a research group affiliated with Syracuse University. It would be one of the lowest years on record and would extend a years-long trend, according to government data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
September 22, 2013
I cannot recommend more highly Meir Moore as a personal guide for travels throughout Israel. He kept our teens busy with outdoor sports while sneaking in all the historical spots. Meir Moore, email@example.com . $380 per day. Ada Brown Santa Monica