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September 2, 2013 |
Drivers lucky enough to find a parking space along a popular commercial stretch of Los Angeles' Larchmont Boulevard will no longer have to search for a pay station and remember their space number. City officials this week removed 16 pay stations between 1st Street and Beverly Boulevard that drew complaints from unhappy motorists who struggled with the machines and said they were ticketed while waiting in line to pay. In place of the pay stations, street parking spots now have individual meters that officials say will simplify parking and eliminate accidental tickets.
September 2, 2013 |
John Force has known triumph and tragedy on the track, but now the drag-racing legend is having to battle back from a financial 1-2 punch. Two of Force's biggest sponsors, Ford and Castrol motor oil, recently announced separately that they plan to pull their support after the 2014 season, a major setback for his four-car team based in Yorba Linda. Both companies, in so many words, said they were looking for better returns on their marketing spending than they could earn where Force competes, in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series.
August 31, 2013 |
ROME - Pope Francis has taken a key step in reshuffling the Vatican's bureaucracy by replacing his much-criticized top aide with a career Vatican diplomat who has seen service on three continents. The Vatican said Saturday that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, currently nuncio in Venezuela, will take office as Vatican secretary of state, the pope's prime minister, on Oct. 15, replacing Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 78. Bertone, appointed in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI, had been due to step down, and the pope, by choosing Parolin as his replacement, will please Vatican diplomats who had complained that Bertone blocked their access and concentrated power in Rome in the hands of a group of handpicked prelates from his native Liguria.
August 30, 2013 |
Pixar Animation has removed the director of its 2014 film, "The Good Dinosaur," and not named a replacement, marking the fourth time in eight movies that the Emeryville studio has made a director change midstream. With the film's release date fast approaching and various creative choices unmade, Pixar executives decided to replace director Bob Peterson this summer, according to the studio's president, Ed Catmull. "All directors get really deep in their films," Catmull said this week.
August 28, 2013 |
This story has been updated. See details below. Ann Goldstein, a former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, resigned as director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Wednesday, intensifying speculation that she could be MOCA's next director. Since the departure in July of Jeffrey Deitch, Goldstein's name has been among those mentioned as a possible successor, given her history with the museum and her experience running a major art institution. A Los Angeles native, Goldstein began her museum career at MOCA, rising to senior curator over the course of 20 years.
August 19, 2013 |
There is one thing UCLA running back Jordon James won't accomplish this season. He won't become Johnathan Franklin. Franklin has yet to be placed entirely into the Bruins' history book. His presence is still felt in the program. Coach Jim Mora still fields questions about Franklin, who holds UCLA's season and career rushing records, and gives glowing endorsements as answers. "Johnathan had such great hands . . . " "Johnathan was so good inside the five . . . " "Johnathan did a great job taking care of the football . . . " Johnathan, Johnathan, Johnathan - it has that "Brady Bunch"-like cadence.
August 19, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Lying in an open pit near the heart of the city, the cylindrical mass of machinery looked like a spacecraft that had crash-landed. Or, as one architect described it, a dry-docked ocean liner. Or a skyscraper on its side. One person thought it resembled a giant coffin. But it was "Bertha," a 7,000-ton, 326-foot-long and 57-foot-tall drilling device, which is playing a central role in a project that will redefine Seattle's waterfront - and perhaps the city itself. The drill has embarked on a project to bore a 2-mile tunnel beneath the city's downtown and replace an unsightly, 60-year-old double-decker highway that courses along the waterfront, separating the high-rises of downtown from the majestic panorama of the Puget Sound.
August 17, 2013 |
Cabrera vs. Trout II In the great Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout most-valuable-player debate of 2012, the Trout loyalists most often cited Trout's dominance in WAR - the "wins above replacement" statistic that purports to distill production into one number. Lo and behold, the top two players in various WAR rankings this season are Cabrera and Trout, although neither player is an overwhelming leader. Cabrera won the MVP and triple crown last season, yet he is on pace to better his numbers in each of the triple crown categories this season.
August 17, 2013 |
The list of Mexican players who have gone to Europe and distinguished themselves in soccer's most challenging leagues is a short one. Two decades ago, Hugo Sanchez was in the middle of a run that saw him score 218 goals in 318 matches with Spain's Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. In seven seasons with Barcelona, Rafael Marquez won 12 titles - among them two UEFA Champions League crowns, making him the only Mexican player to win that honor. But that's pretty much it. Jared Borgetti, the leading scorer in Mexican national team history, made just 19 appearances in the English Premier League for Bolton.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - You may have seen two sets of news reports recently that didn't quite add up: First, President Obama called for the liquidation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country's largest providers of funds for home mortgages. Then, Fannie Mae announced its sixth straight quarterly profit and said it was sending $10.2 billion in dividends to the Treasury. Freddie Mac also reported a hefty profit - $5 billion over the previous three months - and said it is providing $4.4 billion in dividends to the government.