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June 14, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Business is not so bubbly for sparkling wine makers. Climate change is bringing higher temperatures to regions like Champagne, France, where delicate vines are succumbing to heat. In interviews with wine publication Decanter, winemakers in France's Alsace area say warmer climate is changing the taste of their traditional wines, altering the smell, sugar and acidity. The changes have reconfigured the sparkling-wine map. Wine-growing regions such Chile, India and China are ramping up production of sparkling wine.
May 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Don't forget the napkins when you watch a DVD in Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Domino's has teamed up with 10 rental stores to use movie DVDs for an unusual marketing push. Users pop in a rented DVD like they would any other, and after they've watched the film and take the disc out, the DVD disc shows a picture of a pizza and emits the aroma of one of Domino's pies. The DVDs have thermal ink and flavored varnish to create the effect. When the DVD is played, both materials react to the DVD player's heat.
April 20, 2013 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
They call him Mr. Wonderful. But Kevin O'Leary was recently engaged in one of his less-than-wonderful rants, the kind familiar to anyone who loves to hate him on ABC's "Shark Tank. " "If I were the president of the United States, I would make unions illegal," O'Leary declared, between sips of Cabernet during a Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. "They no longer serve a functional purpose in democracy, in my view. "My problem with unions is they breed mediocrity," the 58-year-old former educational software mogul turned investor added, warming to his topic.
March 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A man charged with the cold-case murder of his San Marino landlady's adult son in the mid-1980s tried to sell an Oriental rug that appeared to have a bloodstain on it around the time the victim and his wife disappeared, witnesses testified Tuesday. Bettie Brown told the court that Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, whom she knew as Christopher Chichester, tried to sell the rug sometime in 1985 and that she told him there was a rust-colored spot that looked like blood. "He just rolled it up, rolled up the rug and left," Brown testified.
March 8, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Complaining about "rats the size of small dogs," debris that falls like thick snow and a pervasive, rancid odor, neighbors at a public hearing Friday protested a plan to expand a Sun Valley recycling operation into one of the largest waste-transfer facilities in the state. "Vermin run rampant," said Gary Aggas, president of the Sun Valley Neighborhood Council and one of many residents to testify before a city planning officer about the matter. "Dust blows through the neighborhood constantly....
March 1, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Though far from iconic, the hand-painted sign on the face of downtown music club the Smell has long held a place in the hearts of Los Angeles experimental rock fans. It reads, in big, bold letters, "No Age," and below it, "Weirdo Rippers. " Like the Silver Lake mural that Elliott Smith posed in front of for his album "Figure 8," the downtown sign resonates for a certain segment of the music population. Last week that work, known to many for its origins as the image on the cover of the L.A. experimental punk band No Age's debut album, "Weirdo Rippers," suddenly vanished, painted over in an apparent effort to clean up the building's facade.
February 5, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
British director Alexander Mackendrick made memorable films on both sides of the pond. In Britain, Mackendrick was one of the star directors at the famed Ealing Studios thanks to his sharp, inventive comedies such as 1949's "Whisky Galore" and 1951's "The Man in the White Suit," and his 1955 masterwork, "The Ladykillers," with Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. In Hollywood, Mackendrick is best known for the brilliant 1957 drama "Sweet Smell of Success" that starred Burt Lancaster as the ruthless gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker and Tony Curtis as the ambitious press agent Sidney Falco.
January 27, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
"Suspect," Robert Crais' 19th crime novel, which hit bookstores last week, introduces two new characters (and one new species) to the award-winning L.A. author's repertoire - LAPD cop Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie. The former TV writer, born in Louisiana, is perhaps best known for his 15 books featuring unorthodox detective Elvis Cole and his stone-faced partner, Joe Pike. "Suspect" is about an LAPD officer and an ex-military dog who both have PTSD, which makes them suspect.
January 8, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner passenger jet was found to be on fire 15 minutes after arriving at Boston's Logan International Airport from Tokyo, adding to the list of complications for the 17-month-old jet. The fire found smoldering Monday in the plane's underbelly after passengers had deplaned prompted the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to look into the incident. The Dreamliner program has had numerous problems over the years. The first large-passenger Dreamliner was delivered in September 2011, more than three years late because of design problems and supplier issues.
January 4, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
LA JOLLA - There's a political stink rising in this seaside community, blown ashore from the rocks of La Jolla Cove, where myriad seabirds and marine mammals roost, rest and leave behind what animals leave behind. The offal accumulation is offending noses at trendy restaurants, tourist haunts, and expensive condos perched on some of the most pricey real estate in the country. But finding a solution to the olfactory assault has proved elusive. Environmental regulations have thwarted proposals to cleanse the rocks with a non-toxic, biodegradable solution.
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