November 19, 2013 |
Lu has been receiving pitches for gas-line insurance for her home. She wants to know if it's worth it. Many homeowners receive such solicitations. Sometimes they look like they were sent by a utility. Sometimes they're more straightforward about being from a private company. The nuts and bolts are usually the same. You pay a monthly fee and you'll be covered in case there's any problem with your gas line. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions But there are catches.
August 13, 2013 |
During a quick trip to Maryland for a weekend wedding, I was in the nation's capital long enough to discover who it is that has caught the town's attention. It is not President Obama off on his golf vacation or any of the members of Congress scattered back to their home districts. No, the person of great interest is a Seattle billionaire named Jeff Bezos. Bezos, the founder and master of the Amazon.com online retail empire, has just agreed to purchase the Washington Post, and everyone from loyal subscribers to journalists with national reputations is speculating about what this surprising sale may mean for the city, for inside-the-beltway politics and for the future of traditional journalism.
June 24, 2013 |
Less than five weeks ago, Andre Ethier was under fire as his competitive spirit was questioned publicly by Don Mattingly . On Monday, Ethier was described in far more glowing terms by the Dodgers' manager - "savior," to be exact. "I can't imagine what we'd be trying to do here if we didn't have him playing some center," Mattingly said. Ethier has served as the Dodgers' primary center fielder since Matt Kemp was put on the disabled list May 30. He started there for the 18th time this season Monday, when the Dodgers opened a three-game series at home against the San Francisco Giants.
April 19, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was arrested and placed in police custody Friday, a day after commandos whisked him away from an Islamabad courthouse where he faces charges of illegally detaining dozens of judges while in power. Musharraf, who only a few weeks ago presented himself as a patriotic savior returning to his homeland from self-imposed exile, was being held at police headquarters at least until his next court appearance, which was expected within 48 hours.
April 8, 2013 |
LONDON - Indifference was not an option. In death as in life, at home and abroad, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was lionized and lambasted - sometimes both in the same breath - as news of her passing Monday spread across the world. Whether she was lauded as a savior or loathed as a destroyer, no one could deny the indelible imprint left on Britain by its first female prime minister, whose free-market revolution in the 1980s shook this country to its core. "We have lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton," said Prime Minister David Cameron, one of Thatcher's heirs as leader of the Conservative Party.
February 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- To his family, Ed Koch was "Uncle Eddie. " To New Yorkers, he was "hizzoner," the omnipresent three-term mayor who was remembered Monday as the man who lifted a grim city to glory but who always had time for his nieces, nephews, and a dizzying array of friends ranging from his Greenwich Village neighborhood to the White House. Koch died Friday at 88 of congestive heart failure, 23 years after leaving City Hall, but anyone who doubted his pull after so many years out of office had to look only at the faces inside Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.