January 27, 2014 |
An astonishing article in the latest issue of Science (purchase required) documents how America's scientific patrimony--specifically, its fossil record--has come under the control of commercial interests. They're now marketing what are often scientifically significant finds to the highest bidder, often for use as home and office decor. The website of one firm cited by author Heather Pringle, Tucson-based GeoDecor , lists an inventory of fossil fish, "dinosauria," mammals, and plants. The article quotes one commercial fossil hawker as defending his business on traditional American cash-on-the-barrelhead terms: "If they don't like the free enterprise system," he says of the museums and researchers fuming about the trade in prehistoric artifacts, "don't participate in it, but don't demonize those that do. " Large fossils can go for millions of dollars.
September 19, 2012 |
The Los Angeles sports landscape was rattled Tuesday by news that the Anschutz Co. has put its AEG sports and entertainment empire up for sale. AEG owns stakes in the Staples Center, Kings, L.A. Galaxy and the Lakers in addition to being the driving force behind plans to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles with a proposed downtown stadium. So how will AEG's sale affect the Los Angeles sports scene? Times staff writers Bill Shaikin and Sam Farmer will tackle that question and many others in a Google+ Hangout scheduled to go live at 4 p.m. Pacific time.
September 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- The Madison Square Garden Co. may be a logical bidder for Staples Center, but would not likely win an auction for the sports and entertainment venue, an analyst said. Anschutz Entertainment Group -- which owns Staples Center along with the Kings hockey team and Galaxy soccer team, among other assets -- has been put up for sale by billionaire Philip Anschutz. MSG would be a logical bidder for the teams and the venue, said Laura Martin, an analyst at Needham & Co. Inc. With a market capitalization of $3.1 billion, MSG would be too small to purchase all of AEG, she added.
February 22, 2013 |
Hotel discounter Jetsetter has put a bunch of top New York City hotels on sale this spring. For example, rooms at the Thompson LES start at $195 a night, but not for very long. The deal: Jetsetter's New York on Sale offers a pretty low rate for this Lower East Side hotel that's close to the East Village and Soho. Check the Jetsetter online booking calendar to see the discount rates and receive another 10% off at checkout by using the promotion code "JET2NYC. " Note that this deal doesn't involve a voucher; the date you reserve is the date you get. When: The offer is good through Tuesday, for stays through April 15, based on availability.
January 18, 2013 |
Matt Bomer, who stars as the charming rascal Neil Caffrey on USA Network's "White Collar," is the inspiration behind a menswear collection that is to go on sale on gilt.com on Tuesday -- coinciding with the launch of the final six episodes of the series' sixth season. The "Caffrey Collection" was designed in collaboration with bespoke tailors Alton Lane. It includes bespoke suit packages ($2,000-$2,995), a three-shirt package ($425), ties, bowties and pocket squares ($29-$69). The sale, which will also include items from other menswear lines, is scheduled to begin on gilt.com at 9 a.m. (Pacific)
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February 19, 2014 |
The Beverly Hills City Council has joined its Los Angeles counterpart in voting to treat electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and to regulate their sale and use. "Smoking of any kind should be discouraged, especially for teenagers," Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch said in a statement. "By taking these steps, the city is sending a strong message to the community that we take the health of our citizens very seriously. " Calling them a potential health risk and a gateway to tobacco, the Los Angeles City Council voted in December to regulate the sales of e-cigarettes and other "vaping" devices.
July 12, 2013 |
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (today) for singer Darius Rucker's October concert at the Red Rock Resort. Rucker has made a splash in country music since his days as the lead singer of pop band Hootie & the Blowfish . In 2008, Rucker's single, “Don't Think I Don't Think About It” soared to the top of the country charts, making him the first African American with a No. 1 country song since Charley Pride in 1983. His latest album, last year's “True Believers,” reached No. 1 on Billboard's top country albums list.
January 10, 2014 |
Tennis champ Venus Williams has listed a home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $1.799 million. Set beyond a gated driveway, the midcentury post-and-beam house features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space. The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site. Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player.
September 6, 2013 |
Ski season is still months away, but Big Bear is making it easy for schussers and shredders to plan a winter vacation by putting its bundled lodge-and-lift packages on sale now. The packages include discounted accommodations at one of Big Bear 's participating lodges, such as the Hillcrest Lodge and Grey Squirrel Resort, combined with an all-day interchangeable lift ticket good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain . Also included...
October 4, 2012 |
"Star Wars" actor Hayden Christensen has listed a house in Studio City for sale at $2.65 million. Built in 1990, the modern-style house features a step-down living room, high ceilings, three fireplaces, five bedrooms and five bathrooms in its 6,302 square feet of living space. An elevator leads to the third-floor master suite, which has a fireplace and dual walk-in closets. The three-quarter-acre lot includes a saltwater swimming pool with spa, flat yard space, mature trees and a three-car garage.