June 1, 2013 |
After a dinner of pasta from Italy sauced with artichokes that had been grown here, then shipped to the East Coast for canning before being shipped back, and a salad with fennel from Mexico and lettuce from goodness-knows-where, my family and I sat down at our kitchen table to argue over a shopping list. We have agreed to purchase only local foods for the month of June, but were having second thoughts after I discovered the cost of a locally raised, pastured chicken - a steep $35. I guess we won't be eating much meat.
December 2, 2012 |
— These should be relatively quiet winter meetings for the Angels compared with last year, when they stunned baseball with their one-day, $317.5-million splurge on free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. "That was a splash for all time," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "I wouldn't think that to be a common event. " That doesn't mean the Angels aren't thinking big. They still hope to retain free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, though there has been heavy speculation that Greinke's price tag, which could exceed six years and $150 million, already has soared out of their range.
July 9, 2012 |
(Editor's note: Staff writer Mary MacVean tried out trainer Jackie Warner's diet and exercise plan from her recent book “10 Pounds in 10 Days.” Here's her experience.) Day 1 There are always new diet books out there. You've got to wonder: If we could make them work, would the publishing industry have to tighten its own belt a few notches? Failure is a staple of the diet industry. Still, when I saw Jackie Warner 's latest book, “10 Pounds in 10 Days,” I thought, “OK, why not?
March 28, 2010 |
In 2001, on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, President George W. Bush gave Pakistan's then-leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, a choice: He was either with us or against us. Musharraf chose to become an ally, but the question ever since has been whether that shotgun marriage can mature into a healthy adult relationship. At times, the prospect has seemed far from reach. The world's second-most-populous Muslim country is caught in a brutal internal struggle between extremism and moderation.
September 10, 2009 |
Speculation has already begun in Chicago and New York. The White Sox need a versatile defender who can lead off, the Cubs need more speed and on-base ability at the top of the order, the Yankees want a leadoff man to push Derek Jeter to the second spot. And Chone Figgins , the Angels third baseman and leadoff batter extraordinaire, is at the top of each team's winter shopping list. "It's always good to be wanted," said Figgins, who will become a free agent after the season.
July 15, 2009 |
Coupons and discounts will be the hottest styles for back-to-school shoppers this year. Summer is not even half over, but retailers throughout the Southland are gearing up for back-to-school season with new youth fashions, nifty office supplies and steep bargains. "All eyes are shifting to back-to-school -- it's the only catalyst where consumers have to go out and spend between now and the holiday shopping season," said Ken Perkins, president of research company Retail Metrics Inc.