October 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Five years after the U.S. financial crisis helped cause a deep global recession, foreign leaders are worried that history is going to repeat itself. The fiscal impasse that has partially shut the federal government now threatens to trigger a U.S. default that would roil financial markets worldwide, leading an agitated China to suggest replacing the dollar as the international reserve currency. "As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White House and the Capitol Hill without striking a viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world," China's official state-run news agency, Xinhua, said in an English-language commentary Sunday.
October 13, 2013 |
After a decade of delays, a $100-million real estate development in the heart of Chinatown is getting underway as the changing neighborhood catches a wave of investment sweeping through downtown Los Angeles. Work began this month on the Blossom Plaza apartment and retail complex that will take over the space formerly occupied by Little Joe's, an Italian restaurant and bar that was once a beloved fixture on North Broadway. The eatery has been closed for 15 years, and its shabby-looking building and parking lot have long been considered a blight on the community's main thoroughfare.
October 13, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - State energy officials are scrambling to fill a large hole in California electricity supplies now that the San Onofre nuclear plant has been permanently closed by Southern California Edison Co. It's not just an energy problem; it could also become a political hot potato. Power blackouts helped fuel the recall of Gov. Gray Davis a decade ago, and Gov. Jerry Brown may be paying close attention as a result. California Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller recalled that Brown cornered him in August and bluntly warned him to "make sure the lights don't go out down there" in Southern California.
October 12, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- The most respected team members are the ones that hold themselves accountable for their mistakes. Don Mattingly did not do that Friday night. The players had to answer for the manager's mistake. That is no way for any manager to start the National League Championship Series, let alone one without a contract beyond this season. You should have heard the clipped responses from Adrian Gonzalez. Mattingly took his most consistent hitter out of Game 1 at Busch Stadium without a good reason.
October 12, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- If the Dodgers don't retain Don Mattingly as their manager next season, could they replace him with Tony La Russa? It doesn't sound like it, based on what La Russa said Saturday at a news conference before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. La Russa admitted Saturday that he missed parts of managing. “If I could only manage October, I would be back every year,” he said. “This is so much fun. But I don't miss the managing. I miss winning and losing.
October 11, 2013 |
Bill Weir, the co-host of "Nightline," is leaving for " another opportunity in the news business," said ABC News' president Ben Sherwood on Friday. He did not say where Weir is going. Weir, who has co-hosted "Nightline" since 2010, said on his Twitter account that he would be saying "goodbye" on Friday night's program. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Sherwood said that "Good Morning America" co-anchor Dan Harris will take over Weir's "Nightline" hosting duties, effective immediately.
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October 10, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's decision to replace his fire chief after a tumultuous 18 months for the emergency rescue agency underscores one of the biggest challenges facing his administration: Rebooting the city's aging technology to improve the delivery of vital services. Chief Brian Cummings, who announced his retirement Thursday, never fully recovered from his management team's admission in March of last year that highly touted 911 response times were inaccurate, making it appear that rescuers arrived faster than they actually did. Subsequent Times' investigations documented widespread delays in processing calls for help, routine failures to summon the closest medical rescuers from nearby jurisdictions and large disparities in getting rescuers to life-threatening emergencies in different areas of the city.
October 9, 2013 |
Target Chip Ganassi Racing said Wednesday it chose veteran IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani to replace the injured Dario Franchitti for the series' season finale Oct. 19 at Fontana. "As a driver you never want an opportunity like this to come under these circumstances, but I'm up for the challenge," Tagliani said in a statement. "I'm thinking of Dario as everyone else is, and wishing him a quick recovery," Tagliani said. Franchitti, 40, suffered two spinal fractures, a broken right ankle and a concussion Sunday when his car went airborne and crashed into a catch-fence at the end of a street race in Houston.
September 30, 2013 |
Did you know that Michiganders, in general, and Detroiters, in particular, are idle, good-for-nothing spendthrifts? Michael Kinsley thinks so. The New Republic's editor-at-large has written a snarky new column contemplating possible masterpiece sales from the Detroit Institute of Arts in the face of civic bankruptcy. The commentator likens the Motor City to the stately homes of England, which went into a "Downton Abbey" tailspin a century ago as Britain and the East India Co. began their inevitable rot. “There is a rich tradition of wastrels squandering the family fortune, then taking a few canvases to the pawnbroker's.” CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat There is also a rich tradition of know-nothings writing about art and museums.
September 27, 2013 |
Lindsay Lohan made a surprise appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday to weigh in on the rear-shaking twerking debate. While some other late night hosts were embroiled in "a rap feud," Lohan and Fallon introduced his recurring spoof called "Ew," a Teen Nick parody hosted by S-A-R-A (no H, because "H's are ew!"). Sara is actually Fallon, 39, decked out as an overly enthusiastic teenage girl with a blond wig, braces, nail polish and a purple dress. Joining Sara was her BFFFLFR -- best friend forever for life for realsies -- Stephanie Sullivan, who is really embattled actress Lohan in pigtails, a trucker hat and lots of pink lipstick.