August 24, 2012 |
Facebook unveiled plans and pictures Friday of its campus expansion, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. Los Angeles-based Gehry -- who has projects all over the world and is best known locally for Walt Disney Concert Hall -- designed the Facebook project as a large building with irregular outer walls. A mock-up of the campus shows the building to have an extensive rooftop garden. Inside, the building will be an empty space, in keeping with Facebook's tradition of having no offices: Everyone works out in the open on desks that can be quickly shuffled.
July 3, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON, England — Whoosh . Serena Williams heard it. Whomp. Williams heard that too. The sounds of Williams' massive service, still the best and biggest weapon in women's tennis, were amplified Tuesday. Williams beat defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 7-5, with the Centre Court roof closed on the rainy grounds of the All England Club. Kvitova, a 22-year-old Czech, had a forthright answer when asked whether Williams, 30, will win a fifth Wimbledon title.
June 17, 2012 |
Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" fame has listed his house in the Hollywood Hills at $1.995 million. Built in 1933 as a Spanish-style home with a red tile roof, the house was modernized by mid-century architect Hal Levitt, who used it as his personal residence for four decades starting in 1964. Large windows bring light into the vaulted-ceiling living room. The redesigned kitchen opens to a patio with a fire pit adjacent to the backyard pool. The 3,535-square-foot house features four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
May 29, 2012 |
ROME - A strong earthquake Tuesday devastated north-central Italy for the second time in less than two weeks, leaving at least 16 people dead, about 350 injured and 14,000 homeless. Seismologists said the worst of the dozens of shocks felt throughout the day in the Emilia-Romagna region came about 9 a.m. and registered a magnitude 5.8. The epicenter was about 25 miles northwest of Bologna, theU.S. Geological Surveyreported. Factories collapsed, roofs of homes caved in and, as with the magnitude 6 quake in the same area on May 20, historic towers and churches crumbled into massive piles of bricks.
May 27, 2012
This ultra-modern single-family home in the Atwater Village area is part of a 27-house small-lot development. The three-story, energy-efficient house features floor-to-ceiling windows, a rooftop terrace and loft-like living spaces. Location: 3244 W. Casitas Ave. #9, Los Angeles 90039 Asking price: $1.045 million Year built: 2011 House size: Two bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms, 2,319 square feet Lot size: 2,228 square feet Features: First-floor patio/garden, roof terrace with built-in barbecue and kitchen, solar panels, dual-pane windows, tankless water heaters, steel construction, two-car garage with dumbwaiter.
May 26, 2012 |
Ryan Braun's bizarre two-strike bunt attempt Tuesday came as the reigning National League most valuable player is getting a reputation as a prima donna. He has complained so much about the odd shadows at Miller Park with the roof open for day games that the Brewers now partially close it, which causes its own problems. The Giants were furious the left side of the infield was bathed in sunshine during a game last week, when a ball third baseman Joaquin Arias didn't see off the bat almost hit him in the head.
May 7, 2012 |
A 1928 Tudor once owned by Broadway star Mary Martin is on the market in Bel-Air at $10.5 million. Nicknamed the Peter Pan House for the role that the former resident is often associated, the two-story plus basement house sits on about an acre with a guesthouse and swimming pool. Features include leaded-glass windows, half-timbered details and a gabled roof. There is a library/study, a breakfast room, seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. Martin, who died in 1990 at 76, also was known for stage roles in "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music.
April 17, 2012 |
As Mitt Romney's campaign seeks to humanize him in the eyes of prospective voters, one issue beyond his policy stances or his stump statements continues to follow him - his treatment of the family dog Seamus during a family vacation in 1983. Criticism over Romney's decision to place Seamus in a dog carrier and strap him to the top of the family's car during a 12-hour drive to Canada has gone so far as to lead to the creation of a “super PAC” to raise awareness of the incident.
April 6, 2012 |
AREHA, Syria - Five times a day, for 15 years, the muezzin made the call to prayer from the mosque's minaret, which rose high above the roofs of the modest homes surrounding it. When soldiers, their tanks positioned throughout the city, asked him whether rebel fighters used the minaret, he told them, "I swear no one goes up there except for me. " But a few Sundays ago, when Areha was under near-constant bombardment, a shell slammed into...
March 28, 2012 |
With tourism on the rise in downtown Los Angeles, construction is set to begin on a $172-million Marriott hotel complex that has even bigger aspirations than when it was announced almost a year ago. Downtown's thriving hotel market can be seen in the long-anticipated development near the L.A. Live entertainment complex and Staples Center, which has grown by a floor and 15 additional rooms from the original plan. Now set to be 23 stories, the tower on Olympic Boulevard will house a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 218-room Residence Inn by Marriott under one roof when it opens in summer 2014.