November 12, 2013 |
Dramatically escalating the fight against heart attacks and strokes, the nation's cardiologists have rewritten the guidebook on how Americans should be treated with statins and unveiled a plan that could double the number of patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs to about 70 million. The new approach, presented Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Assn., represents a stark shift from the way doctors have prescribed the popular drugs for most of the last decade.
November 9, 2013 |
Hawthorn House Bed & Breakfast, in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland, is a lovely stop on a journey around the Ring of Kerry. Small and welcoming, all rooms are en suite and kept beautifully by hosts Noel and Mary O'Brien. Breakfasts are excellent, served in the cheery, sunny dining room. Kenmare itself is a treasure to be explored. Rooms from about $55 per person, double occupancy. Hawthorn House Bed & Breakfast, Shelbourne Street, Kenmare; http://www.hawthornhousekenmare.com Susan Goff Monrovia
November 3, 2013 |
Younes Farhat, owner of Zayan Travel, helped us map out a comprehensive two-week private tour of Morocco. Hafid was our driver and guide-at-large for the trip. We came to know him as a person, met his family, saw Morocco through his eyes and were introduced to people and places that transformed our long-held fantasy into a fantastical reality. Hafid, which means guardian, was true to his name. He watched over us, attended to our every wish and soon anticipated our needs. We cannot recommend more highly the Younes/Hafid team.
October 28, 2013 |
The dominance of Japanese automakers in Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability ratings is starting to fade, with two European automakers and one U.S. brand securing places in the top 10 of the 2013 rankings. Lexus - the luxury division of Toyota - scored the top spot this year, followed by Toyota and Acura. Audi - the luxury division of Volkswagen - came in fourth, followed by Mazda, Infiniti, Volvo, Honda and then the sole U.S. brand, the GMC division of General Motors. Subaru was 10th. But Consumer Reports didn't have all good news for Toyota.
October 28, 2013 |
The dominance of Japanese automakers in Consumer Reports' auto reliability ratings is starting to fade, with two European automakers and one U.S. brand placing in the top 10 this year. Lexus, Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury division, scored the top spot this year, followed by Toyota and Acura. Audi, the luxury division of Volkswagen, came in fourth, followed by Mazda, Infiniti, Volvo, Honda and then the sole U.S. brand, the GMC truck division of General Motors Co. Subaru placed 10th.
October 28, 2013 |
Consumer Reports dumped some its favorite vehicles -- Toyota's Camry, RAV4 and Prius V -- from its list of recommended cars Monday because the vehicles scored poorly in an insurance industry crash test. The influential magazine said it looked at the results of what is known as the small overlap crash test in making the decision to revoke its endorsement for the vehicles. The Camry is the bestselling passenger car in the United States, and the RAV4 is one of the most popular compact sport utilities.
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.