June 18, 2013 |
Gay couples have a harder time finding a place to rent together than straight couples, according to the first national housing study on the issue. Released Tuesday, the report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that same-sex couples received fewer responses from rental agents than heterosexual couples when responding to online advertisements. Gay male couples have it more difficult than lesbian couples, according to the research. “We need to continue our efforts to ensure that everyone is treated the same when it comes to finding a home to call their own, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan said in news release announcing the study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2013 |
- They are two of the faces of this city's housing crisis. Cindy Zhao, 48, works two jobs to keep her dream of home ownership afloat. Like thousands here, she bought a flat in a tenancy-in-common - a share of a four-unit building that has left her family financially entangled with co-owners. The interest rate on their collective mortgage is more than double those available for solo loans, and if one fails to make a payment they all could face foreclosure. For years she and her husband have entered a lottery that allows 200 such units to be converted annually to condominiums.
June 10, 2013 |
The fifth season of HBO's vampire series "True Blood" maintained its spot atop the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while the action crime film "Gangster Squad" knocked off Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" to take the top spot in rentals. Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 1 for sales and June 2 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD & Blu-ray sales 1. "True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season" | Warner Bros. | Week 2 2. "The Last Stand" | Lionsgate | Week 2 3. "Dark Skies" | Anchor Bay/Starz | Week 1 4. "Parker" | Sony | Week 2 5. "Beautiful Creatures" | Warner Bros.
May 21, 2013 |
A judge has ruled that Airbnb, the popular online service that allows homeowners and apartment dwellers to offer their residences as temporary rentals, is illegal in New York City. The decision from the city's Environmental Control Board found that New Yorkers offering their dwellings on the website violate a state regulation designed to dissuade landlords from operating their buildings as illegal hotels. The law, approved in 2010 and enacted in 2011, prohibits apartment occupants from renting out their spaces for less than 29 days.
May 6, 2013
Quentin Tarantino's bloody slave revenge epic “Django Unchained” fought off gangsters, ghosts and a tsunami to hang on to the No. 1 spot in DVD sales and rentals -- for the second week running. Also, with “Jurassic Park 3-D” in theaters and “Jurassic Park 4” in pre-production, the 1994 release of “Jurassic Park” made a surprise reappearance on the rental chart -- in its 968th week. Here are the top titles for the week that ended April 27 for sales and April 28 for rentals, according to Rentrak.
April 24, 2013
The epic miniseries “The Bible” booked the top spot once again in DVD and Blu-ray sales last week, while the just-arriving “Life of Pi,” until now not available in all retail outlets, took the top rental spot. Here are the top-selling and renting discs for the weeks ending April 13 and 14, respectively, according to Rentrak. TOP 10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1. “The Bible (The Epic Miniseries)” | Fox | Week 2 2. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” | Warner Bros | Week 4 3. “Lincoln” | Disney | Week 3 4. “Les Miserables” | Universal | Week 4 5. “Wreck-It Ralph” | Disney | Week 6 6. “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers” | Disney | Week 2 7. “Life of Pi” | Fox | Week 5 8. “Rise of the Guardians” | Paramount | Week 5 9. “Parental Guidance” | Fox | Week 3 10. “Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season” | Warner Bros | Week 8 TOP 10 D VD & BLU-RAY RENTALS 1. “Life of Pi” | Fox | Week 5 2. “Zero Dark Thirty” | Sony | Week 4 3. “Lincoln” | Buena Vista/Disney | Week 3 4. “Argo” | | Warner Bros | Week 8 5. “Red Dawn” | MGM | Week 6 6. “Killing Them Softly” | Anchor Bay/Starz | Week 3 7. “Wreck-It Ralph” | Disney | | Week 6 8. “Rise Of The Guardians” | DreamWorks Week 5 9. “Skyfall” | Fox | Week 9 10. “The Collection” | Lionsgate | Week 3 ALSO : Zach Braff tries to Kickstart...
April 15, 2013
The History Channel's TV miniseries "The Bible" debuted at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while Oscar best picture winner "Argo" held on to the top rental spot. Here are the top selling and renting titles for the week ending April 6 and April 7, respectively. TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1. “The Bible” - Fox - Week 1 2. “Lincoln” - Disney - Week 2 3. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” - Warner Bros. - Week 3 4. “Les Miserables” - Universal - Week 3 5. “Wreck-It Ralph” - Disney - Week 5 6. “Parental Guidance” - Fox - Week 2 7. “Life of Pi” - Fox - Week 4 8. “Rise of the Guardians” - Paramount - Week 4 9. “Zero Dark Thirty” - Sony - Week 3 10. “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One -- Avengers” - Disney - Week 1 TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY RENTALS 1. “Argo” - Warner Bros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 |
The majestic landscape of Yosemite National Park - carved out of granite and shaped by powerful natural forces over the eons - is timeless and untouchable. Other attractions in the park … not so much. Some of Yosemite's much-loved amenities, including swimming pools, bike, horse and raft rentals, and an ice skating rink, would be jettisoned under a plan to restore the Merced River corridor to a more natural state. The Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan would reconfigure much of the Yosemite Valley by removing or relocating familiar concessions.