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March 4, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Marisa Gerber
E-cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to cancer-causing tobacco products that can wean heavy smokers off their habit. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces. The decision came after an impassioned and at times highly personal debate at the City Council that highlighted the backlash the smokeless cigarettes have generated as their popularity grows.
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March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The manager of a seaside restaurant in Santa Barbara described a chaotic scene after a huge wave crashed into, and broke through, a dining-room window Saturday, prompting screams from stunned patrons. The large wave hit the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf about 9:30 a.m., crashing through a window that was shattered, most likely by debris picked up from the damaged pier, floor manager Gerry Mora told The Times. Patrons were "mostly just shocked and stunned," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Patrons of the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara were "shocked and stunned" after a huge wave crashed into the restaurant Saturday, breaking a window and prompting employees to evacuate the dining room. Gerry Mora, a manager at the restaurant, told The Times he was concentrating on a waiting list that was building up at about 9:30 a.m. when he heard "screaming and shouting. " One of the servers ran from the back of the restaurant saying "the window's broke, the window's broke," Mora recalled.
TRAVEL
March 2, 2014
Thank you, Andrew Bender, for a wonderful article highlighting the vibrant community of Oklahoma City ["A Hip Second Life as Restaurants," Feb. 23]. I'm from there and really enjoyed the mention of places I've been and restaurants I've tried. I'm excited to have new places to visit when I head back later in the year. OKC is a wonderful city with wonderful people. I grow tired of the attitude I routinely run into of a place with no redeeming value. Yes, I live in L.A. now, but I miss my old city.
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February 23, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Do you just live in your neighborhood, or are you a local voyager? This app offers travel tips from locals who discover and rediscover their cities as if they were on a hunt for hidden treasure. Name: Localeur Available for: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch What it does: Provides ideas on art and culture, entertainment, fitness and outdoors, food and dining, neighborhoods, night life and shopping in Austin, Texas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City and San Francisco.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Kari Howard
Have you ever seen a music video with a story so compelling, so moving, you don't even really hear the song the first time you see it? That just happened to me with the video to “New York Morning,”  the new song by the British band Elbow. Like a five-minute documentary, it tells the story of Dennis and Lois, two of New York City's biggest music fans. They've seen it all, from the glory days of CBGB and the Ramones to Britpop bands like Happy Mondays (who even wrote a song about them )
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February 22, 2014 | By Andrew Bender
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma traces its contemporary history to pioneers who populated the prairies. Now, new urban pioneers are repopulating the capital, Oklahoma City, as restaurateurs re-imagine landmark buildings and create new communities around them. They could hardly have come at a better time: The local economy is booming, and Forbes ranks OKC as the nation's eighth-fastest-growing city, thanks to thriving oil, gas and wind-power sectors as well as fracking. I was here in September for a consulting job, and I extended my stay to find these restaurants with a previous life.
TRAVEL
February 21, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO OKLAHOMA CITY From LAX, American and United offer nonstop service to Oklahoma City, and American, United, Southwest, Delta and Frontier offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $506, including all taxes and fees. WHAT TO DO Bricktown Water Taxi, 111 S. Mickey Mantle Drive; (405) 234-8294, http://www.bricktownwatertaxi.com . Closed in colder months. WHERE TO EAT Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante and Bar, 1 Mickey Mantle Drive; (405)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I had breakfast at Republique on La Brea Avenue on Tuesday, and here's how the tab broke down: Cafe Americano - $3.25 Quiche - $5 Tax - 0.77 Surcharge Healthy LA - 0.25 The last item is the one creating a little controversy at the new high-end restaurant in the old Campanile space. The owners are adding a 3% fee to every bill, which they say will pay for healthcare insurance for all their employees, from hostesses and bartenders to dishwashers and potato peelers. "This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare.
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