November 8, 2010 |
The Coliseum, Rose Bowl and Dodger Stadium are dumps. Staples Center, which replaced the North Hall of the Convention Center 11 years ago, has been a tremendous success. Even the Clippers draw big crowds. Now there is talk of the same people who built Staples Center building a NFL stadium attached to the Convention Center ? where the West Hall now sits. It makes so much sense. And, as an added bonus, it probably will force Frank McCourt out as Dodgers owner if his wife is unsuccessful in doing so. But more on that positive development in a moment.
HOME & GARDEN
October 26, 2009 |
Actor Larry Hagman and his wife, Maj , have listed their longtime mountaintop home in Ojai, a 43-acre spread befitting "Dallas' " J.R. Ewing, for $11 million. The nine-bedroom, 14 1/2 -bathroom Mediterranean-style estate was designed and built for the couple in 1992. Sitting behind iron gates, the 18,000-square-foot main house has an open floor plan with walls of sliding glass doors, painted murals, an indoor grotto-style spa and a retractable roof over a 40-foot saltwater lap pool in the grand room, which has accommodated parties of up to 200 people.
January 31, 2009
There are many elements that the sport of tennis must endure and one of those is the weather. When it is played outdoors it must be played outdoors without the use of a retractable roof should it get too hot. This is just pandering to the weakest player who cannot sustain the heat, as was the case for Serena Williams in her match against Svetlana Kuznetsova. A retractable roof's function should be utilized solely for inclement weather, specifically rain or snow. Interesting that the roof was utilized for the women's match, who play only two out of three sets, but not for the men, who play three out of five.
January 7, 2004 |
What next? No more strawberries and cream? The storied jewel of tennis tradition -- Wimbledon -- took a dramatic step into the future Tuesday when All England Club officials announced a solution to combat another British institution -- rain. A sliding roof will be built over Centre Court. Work on the project, which also includes a provision for increased Centre Court capacity to 15,000, will begin in 2006. Officials are hoping for completion in time for the 2009 championships.
July 18, 2010 |
Heaven may be a little closer in New York these days, especially in Manhattan, where hotels' rooftop bars are among the best places to enjoy summer. A few are restricted to guests, such as those at the Surrey, the Trump SoHo and the Thompson LES, but there are plenty of newer roof decks that are open for those who want their own little piece of the sky. Top of the Strand, the Strand Opened: December This 21st-floor lounge at the Strand has a retractable roof as well as cabanas and built-in banquettes with silk throw pillows.
June 28, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON, England -- The match began under the blue sky of a humid English late afternoon. It ended in the Twilight Zone. A kid from the Czech Republic who never even had qualified for Wimbledon before now, a kid who is ranked 100th, stunned the tennis world by defeating one of the game's all-time greats, Rafael Nadal. All that Lukas Rosol had in common with Nadal was his age, 26. But Rosol, hitting every shot, serve, forehand, backhand, as if he were intent on smashing the ball halfway to France, upset Spain's Nadal, 6-7 (9)