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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.
April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu had another rough day at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander was charged with six runs and nine hits over five innings. Ryu is 0-2 with an 11.08 earned-run average at Dodger Stadium. On the road, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon collected two more hits, raising his average to .353. He also stole his 13th base, which leads the major leagues. Gordon put the Dodgers in front, 1-0, in the first inning when he scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.
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.
April 27, 2014 | By Tom Kington
For a pope who was elected when he was 76 and served for just five years, John XXIII has nevertheless come to be seen as one of the most influential popes of the 20th century. Viewed as a mere stopgap when he was elected in 1958 in the wake of the 20-year reign of Pius XII, John took the Vatican by surprise by calling the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Vatican II, as it came to be known, ushered in Masses in the vernacular instead of Latin, handed more power to bishops and launched a new outreach to other religions.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
April 26, 2014 | Chris Erskine
I'm nothing if not a futurist, so as we explore here the nuances of postmodern parenting, we look ahead to what kind of parents our own offspring will one day be: well-meaning pushovers or total tyrants? "I'm going to be such a Nazi," the daughter of a co-worker announces. "I'm going to be the perfect compromise of the two," predicts my older daughter, lovely and patient and - at 30 - eager to start a family of her own. Not even a mother yet, and you can spot my daughter's maternal instincts starting to kick in, softening her feisty, bossy-pants exterior.
April 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The Honda Fit was easily the best subcompact on the market - great fun to drive and a deft mix of efficiency, interior space and value. Then Honda discovered that fun doesn't sell. The newly redesigned 2015 Fit is still spacious, frugal and smartly engineered. But Honda - tired of seeing Fit sales lag behind those of the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent - has sucked out all the joy from the car's handling. PHOTOS: 2015 Honda Fit Honda's third generation of this four-door hatchback, marked as a 2015 model, started showing up in dealerships this month.
April 24, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
In a push to make toll lanes permanent fixtures on two of Los Angeles County's most congested freeways, local transportation officials approved a $1 monthly fee Thursday that will apply to all drivers with electronic tolling accounts, even carpoolers and infrequent users. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 8-3 vote signals a shift in the agency's approach to drivers who use the 25 miles of experimental toll lanes that link the South Bay and El Monte with downtown Los Angeles.
April 22, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Officials are warning commuters to avoid the northbound 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday between 10:30 a.m. and noon as funeral services are held for a motorcycle officer who died  several days after he was struck by an SUV. Chris Cortijo, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for nearly 27 years, was rear-ended April 5 by a Chevrolet Blazer while stopped on his motorcycle at a red light near Saticoy Street and...
April 22, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu
Wearable fitness trackers are in survival-of-the-fittest mode. Touted as the next big thing in technology, wearable tech has spawned a dizzying array of Internet-connected wristwatches and head-mounted devices. Leading the fledgling industry are fitness gadgets that count steps taken, calories burned and other measurements of activity. But in racing to meet the hype, many companies may have outpaced demand and rushed out products too soon. Nike said Monday that it plans to lay off a small number of employees who work on its line of FuelBand fitness accessories to "align resources with business priorities," signaling that the sporting equipment giant is scaling back its wearable hardware efforts.
April 22, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins and Kevin Baxter
RIO DE JANEIRO - In 50 days the best athletes in the world's most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer's sacred spiritual homes, for the game's most important tournament. It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the "beautiful game" that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners will marvel at shiny new stadiums and glide across the continent-sized country on upgraded infrastructure.
February 2, 1986 | JERRY HARKAVY, Associated Press Writer and Associated Press
When the "Big One" rumbles by on the Golden Road, other motorists usually just pull over and gawk. Half the length of a football field when fitted with a triple-trailer rig, this is the new King Kong of logging trucks. From the driver's seat 10 feet above the road, other vehicles look like toys, be they dump trucks hauling asphalt, converted school buses filled with white-water rafters or cars with motorboats and campers in tow.
March 25, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The woeful condition of California's road surfaces is costing drivers $13.9 billion a year in repairs and operating costs, according to a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Clark Barrineau, manager of state public relations for ASCE, said that the $13.9 billion figure came from an analysis done by TRIP, a national transportation research group. Barrineau said that the $13.9 billion represented what the state's drivers were paying for repairs and operation costs that they would not have incurred if they were driving on roads in good condition.
April 21, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Raul Ibanez's three-run triple in the eighth inning was the decisive blow, but it would not have been possible if not for Erick Aybar's clutch two-out, run-scoring hit to right field that pulled the Angels even, 1-1, and Chris Iannetta's walk that loaded the bases for Ibanez. AT THE PLATE: Aybar, who entered with a .175 average, also singled sharply to right field in the second and doubled to right in the fourth, the three-hit game lifting his average to .209.
April 20, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
Kauai's Na Pali Coast is too rugged for roads, but it can be admired by land, sea and air. For some travelers, it is the most compelling part of the North Shore. Land options: The Kalalau Trail begins in Haena State Park, next to Kee Beach, at the end of Kuhio Highway. It's 11 miles each way, muddy and steep. The path, full of rocks and wayward roots, climbs slopes, dips to the beach and crosses five valleys. If you want to hike six or more miles of it, you'll need enough food and gear to camp at least one night, perhaps two or three.
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