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February 7, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Subtlety is largely lost in director Linda Alznauer's staging of Tom Stoppard's “The Real Thing” at Two Roads Theatre. The trouble begins with that slippery first scene, which we later learn is actually a scene from a play written by playwright/protagonist, Henry (Michael Robb.) This opener should be a bait-and-switch, with characters to convincingly real that it leaves the audience genuinely disoriented. However, Alznauer bungles the effect by having the performers mug broadly and play front, a style more appropriate to an outdoor drama in Chillicothe than to Stoppard's challenging rumination on the nature of human love.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Three north Orange County cities scrambled Monday to reopen roads and buildings following a magnitude 5.1 quake that snapped water lines, damaged chimneys and left a well-traveled thoroughfare covered in dirt and boulders. Still, as the workweek began and the extent of damage came into sharper focus, city officials said it appeared the cities along the Los Angeles County border had been lightly touched despite the size of the quake and the continuing aftershocks. The biggest concern was Carbon Canyon Road, which remained closed Monday as a result of a rock slide Friday, said Anna Cave, emergency preparedness coordinator in Brea.
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WORLD
July 15, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
Truckers with empty tanks or bellies stop here in this hamlet between Moscow and St. Petersburg, climb to the ground, stretch their legs and poke a cigarette between their lips. The drivers are worn out from grinding over the potholed, shoulder-less, often two-lane ribbon that is, improbably, Russia's main commercial thoroughfare. They haul the parts and pieces of a vast economy -- chicken legs, coils of rope, dinner plates -- over roads so jarring the cargo is often damaged before it arrives.
SPORTS
March 30, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Three referees and a technician huddled at the scorer's table late Sunday afternoon and determined, after a lengthy review, that next week's Final Four in North Texas was set. Utilizing information culled from hundreds of cameras set up at games around the country over two weeks, the NCAA confirmed the schools moving on as Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky. The NCAA also announced the MVEI (most valuable electronic instrument) of the Elite Eight was the replay monitor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Citing a recent study that said L.A.'s roads are the worst in the country , Rep. Janice Hahn on Tuesday called for Congress to find other ways to fully fund the nation's deteriorating network of roadways. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana has the highest percentage of roads in poor condition of any U.S. urban area, the analysis found. About 64% of roads in Southern California are in poor condition. Nationally, more than one-quarter of major roads are in substandard condition, according to a recent analysis of federal roadway data, which costs drivers about $80 billion annually.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell pleaded with residents to stay off the roads, get blankets and flashlights, and use common sense as Hurricane Sandy churns its way toward the East Coast. "If everybody is patient, is a good neighbor, we'll get through this," he said at a news conference. McDonnell said his greatest concern is keeping people off the roads during the height of the storm. Officials expect extensive flooding and downed trees blocking roads, and outages that cut power to traffic signals.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
The average age of autos on the road has reached a record high. The average age of the 240.5 million cars and light trucks being driven in the U.S. rose to 10.8 years last year from 10.4 in the year before, according to R.L. Polk & Co., an automotive market research firm. The aging fleet is a result of slow new vehicle sales since 2008 and the reluctance of consumers to invest in new cars, analysts said. Automakers say this has created a latent demand for new vehicles that is just beginning to translate into more robust sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1999
Robert W. Poole Jr. uses "we" seven times in his article, "The Price of Breaking up Gridlock," (Jan. 17). I do not want to pay another red cent for road maintenance that I am constitutionally guaranteed. So, take the gas tax money out of the general fund and spend it on the roads and highways. I know of four alternative routes to the 101 / 405 interchange: Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Sepulveda Boulevard and Topanga Canyon Boulevard (Highway 27). These heavily traveled roads all need maintenance, some widening.
TRAVEL
March 29, 1998
Regarding "Too Old to Rent an Auto?" (Travel Insider, March 8): I'm not worried about being too old to drive in Europe. I'm worried about driving at all. Having only been to Europe about half a dozen times, I wonder why anyone encourages sane, American drivers to take to the roads in Europe. European drivers are motivated only by aggression. Maybe I'll miss a few sights, but I'll take the train. DONALD J. SINEX Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2000
Barbara Waycott, in her letter Aug. 13 ("Growth and Development," Letters to the Valley Edition), called attention to the need for a highway between Chatsworth and Santa Clarita. Actually Gov. Jerry Brown removed the Chatsworth / Newhall highway from the state highway system. The Saugus to the Sea, Reseda to the Sea and Knudsen Parkway met a similar fate. It is incomprehensible to me that Simi / Santa Clarita and Chatsworth / Santa Clarita, all three large, have no direct connecting roads.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH -- As much as the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Penguins was about numbers -- highlighted by their seven-for-seven penalty-killing effort as they tied a franchise record with their eighth straight road win -- their success was equally about their attitude and being at their best when the situation seemed to be at its worst. In earning one-goal wins in Philadelphia, Washington and Pittsburgh in a four-day span and in holding NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby to one assist Thursday while blanking the league's most potent power play, the Kings turned apparent adversity into an advantage to win their fifth straight game and 13th in their last 16. They finished play against the East at 21-8-3, tying San Jose and St. Louis for the most wins by a West team against the East.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
NEW ORLEANS - When Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was asked Wednesday night about the chances of J.J. Redick returning to play with the team on this trip, Rivers left the assembled media confused with his answers. Redick was on the court shooting before the Clippers played the New Orleans Pelicans, but he still missed his 21st consecutive game because of a bulging disk in his back. Redick will be with the Clippers on the entire five-game trip and Rivers was asked if he would play.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
WASHINGTON - Every sign pointed to the Kings losing to the Capitals on Tuesday, and they could have trotted out the cliched but reasonable excuse of lacking energy at the end of a back-to-back sequence on the road, against a team desperate to make the playoffs. They didn't settle for a respectable defeat. If the Kings go far in the playoffs - and their 5-4 shootout victory made that seem distinctly possible - it will be because they've shown they're capable of blending poise, determination and scoring into a potent mix. BOX SCORE: Kings 5, Washington 4 (SO)
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 22-46; Magic 19-50 through Friday. Record vs. Magic: 0-1. Update: Pau Gasol had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists but the Lakers lost to Orlando two months ago, 114-105. Orlando owns the league's worst road record, an abysmal 4-32 going into Saturday's game at Utah. Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo has an outside shot at winning the league's rookie-of-the-year award.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Chris Foster
SAN DIEGO - Florida is still out there. This is where a young man's mind could wander. UCLA players have been snared in this trap before. The fourth-seeded Bruins are so close to Memphis that they can almost smell the cheeseburgers cooking at Graceland. All that stands in their way of a shot at top-ranked Florida in the NCAA South Regional semifinals is little ol' Stephen F. Austin. The TSA at LAX seems more of a travel obstacle than SFA. The Bruins have 100 NCAA tournament victories.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
It takes years to climb the mid-major success ladder and minutes for it to be pulled out from under you. Last year, Gonzaga finally got to the top rung when it entered the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Bulldogs rolled into the Salt Lake City sub-regional with legitimate national title aspirations, even though skeptics thought Gonzaga was overrated and didn't play in a tough enough conference to warrant all the fuss. The critics were only emboldened after Gonzaga was sent home on the first weekend by a scrappy, hungry, No. 9-seeded team with something to prove.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
Severe thunderstorms across western North Carolina dumped nearly a foot of rain Saturday, causing flash floods that trapped residents and washed out roads. Officials in Catawba County were called to about 10 swift-water rescues, Mark Pettit, assistant director of emergency services for Catawba County, said. He said some residents had become trapped in their homes or drove their cars into flooded areas. One person had to be rescued after he tried to help retrieve a vehicle swept into a creek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran
Skiers, snowboarders and others seeking a day of recreation on Southern California's snow-packed mountains ran into a mountain of delay as traffic, flooding and mudflows blocked just about every route to resorts. The Angeles Crest Highway north of La Cañada Flintridge remained closed Sunday because of mudflows and unsafe conditions from the week's storms, the California Highway Patrol reported. Meanwhile, a stretch of Highway 138 near Wrightwood was closed because of flooding, and more than 100 stranded cars blocked a section of Route 330 near Running Springs.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - Authorities said roads across Lebanon were reopened Wednesday following a tense evening of road-closing protests linked to the war in neighboring Syria. Clashes erupted late Tuesday between demonstrators and security forces as protesters used burning tires to block a number of roads throughout the country. The army fired warning shots and used tear gas to disperse protesters and several injures were reported, according to local media accounts. Fallout from the Syrian war has resulted in a wave of sectarian-fueled car bombings, gun battles and rocket and mortar strikes in Lebanon, causing profound instability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and sidewalks. Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic services.
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