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February 27, 2010
The eminent Italian architect Mario Bellini created the aptly named Dune tray, whose rippled appearance is something of an optical illusion: Between the smooth top and bottom, shatter-resistant polycarbonate is textured to give the material some depth and to produce a play of light. The small version, $83, is about 18 by 12 inches; the large one, $113, is about 22 by 15 inches. Neither comes with handles; that keeps the minimalist design intact but makes carrying the tray a little trickier.
April 4, 2014 | Mike Hiserman
A capacity crowd will be ready for some baseball as the Dodgers play their home opener Friday afternoon against the San Francisco Giants. Whether the Dodgers were ready for all of those fans will be determined by what happens before, during and after the game. Along with spending for the product on the field -- the richest collection of talent in baseball history -- the Dodgers have invested more than $150 million the last two seasons on the ballpark itself, upgrading the infrastructure and adding some fan-friendly features.
January 11, 1987
Once again, network shuffling has cost a potentially good series its life. "You Again?" was an enjoyable series with Jack Klugman and John Stamos as a smooth father-son combination. Too bad the networks seem to switch the time slots of shows repeatedly. Gary Traxler, North Hollywood
March 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Cesar Chavez, the man who became the face of disenfranchised California farmworkers, was many things: courageous, controversial, quietly charismatic, politically astute, singular in his focus. "Cesar Chavez" the movie, starring Michael Peña as the Mexican American activist and America Ferrera as his wife, Helen, could use more of those qualities. Chavez was loved, hated and feared, at times by friend and foe alike, for his impassioned fight to unionize immigrant pickers and pruners beginning in the late 1960s.
November 22, 1987
I love "Beauty and the Beast." Finally, a series that has class. And the three main actors help to make it that way. Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman have a natural chemistry and magic that lights up the TV screen. Also, Roy Dotrice is excellent as the beast's mentor and father. The dialogue (and acting) is smooth and well polished. The set designs of the underground city are great. Michelle DeForest, Los Alamitos
April 24, 1994
"A Baldwin Brothers Crib Sheet" was a hoot until I read the line about Stephen Baldwin--"hairless as a pre-adolescent" (Film Clips, April 3). What a snide, gratuitously negative way to describe a man with a smooth chest! The anonymous "Film Clips staff" reduces smoothness in men to a kind of arrested development, as if such men were stuck in puberty. Would you let this same limited standard of male beauty ostracize such "hairless" types as Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has the biggest smooth chest ever, or Tom Cruise, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Patrick Swayze, Michael Douglas, Gabriel Byrne, Don Johnson or good old Paul Newman?
January 12, 1997
Re "Capitol Gains," Jan. 8. James Bornemeier successfully captures the quintessential difference between the Valley's two freshmen congressmen. The one, James Rogan--a "smooth (why 'smooth' Mr. Bornemeier?) former judge," the other, Brad Sherman--a self-described "recovering nerd." Rogan, the former majority leader in the state Assembly, a family man, traveled cross-country in a rented van and chose an office with a historical aura (one of LBJ's). Not too politically correct, but a reflection of the man's sense of continuity.
June 18, 1987
Well, the Sunday issue of The Times (June 7) certainly made my week. Not only did you devote much of the first section to airline problems but also part of the Metro Section. I work for a major carrier and you sure zeroed in on all of the negative problems. Well, we carry thousands of travelers daily and on a pretty smooth operation. Since deregulation nearly everyone can afford to and does travel, and the standard line we hear is, "Isn't there anything cheaper?" Well, Joe Blow and his Mrs. are getting everything they want for practically nothing and if it gets any "cheaper" I won't be picking up a paycheck.
October 14, 2001
The Her World article on women pilots ("Women in the Cockpit Inspire Others to Make Their Dreams Take Flight," Sept. 2) reminded me of an incident several years ago. We were in Australia, flying between Canberra and Brisbane on a 70-passenger plane. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were women. When we landed, it was so smooth that I had to look out the window to affirm we were on the ground. Many of the women on board broke into applause while the men (my husband included) looked bewildered by the clapping.
June 17, 1988
I am outraged by the insensitivity of the courts and the father in the case of Katie Moses ("Unwed Father: The Other Side," by Beverly Beyette, June 8). It seems no one, except the adoptive parents, have considered how devastating it will be to this 7-year-old child to remove her from the only stable environment she ever knew. To think, as Edward McNamara does, that "Katie could make a slow transition, with professional help to smooth the way" is not only ludicrous, it's naive.
March 20, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is a great example of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon in an outstanding vintage. The grapes come from the famous Shea Vineyard in Yamhill County. The result is a Pinot with lovely dark-toned fruit, a pretty nose of rose petals and cherries, and a smooth, silky texture. And you don't need to know a thing about wine or Pinot Noir to appreciate its beauty. It's great with sautéed calf's liver, fried quail, a roast chicken or a pot pie. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon Price: $33 to $50 Style: Rich and full-bodied What it goes with: Calf's liver, quail, roast chicken, pot pie Where to find it: BestWinesOnline (888)
March 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Veronica Mars," the movie, is just so Veronica Mars. The teenage private eye from the 2004-07 TV series starring Kristen Bell has grown up. But like fans of the show, a.k.a. marshmallows, it is quickly clear that while Veronica may have left her life in Neptune, Calif., behind, she hasn't moved on. Director Rob Thomas, creator of the prime-time show, and series executive producer Diane Ruggiero, finally do what they refused to do when "Veronica Mars" was canceled in 2007 - deliver a script that ties up a lot of loose ends and opens up a new can of worms.
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
With a load of furniture for his daughter, John Barbieri of San Pedro headed north  on the 405 Freeway on Saturday morning for the first leg of a trip to San Luis Obispo. Traffic moved well past Los Angeles International Airport, and he decided to try going over Sepulveda Pass rather than take alternative routes that would cost him time and money. U-Haul, he said, charges by the mile for the trailer he was towing. Just before Sunset Boulevard it looked like Barbieri's luck had run out. His speed plummeted to 3 mph as five lanes of traffic started to merge into the two open lanes over the pass.
January 19, 2014 | By Jen Leo
There is no shortage of travel websites to make your life easier or your travels cheaper. But who has the time to keep track of all of them? Here's a short list of travel websites that are worth bookmarking and using for pre-trip research. All the Rooms : Would you rather stay in a four-star hotel or a private cottage with views and a hot tub? How about a B&B versus a budget-minded hostel? You might not think about all your options unless they were right in front of you. That's why the addition of All the Rooms to the accommodations booking game was so exciting last year.
January 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Proposition 98, which was approved by the voters in 1988 to ensure that California's schools were adequately funded, has not served the state or public education well. By requiring a set percentage of state revenue to go to public schools, it has inhibited the Legislature's ability to make sound budgeting decisions, and it has not saved schools during the worst budget years, when there are exemptions to the funding guarantee. The result has been that when the state is flush, schools embark on expensive and permanent new programs - higher teacher wages and retirement benefits, for example, or after-school activities - that become unaffordable during downturns.
January 15, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed rainy-day reserve is better than nothing, but it falls far short of what the state really needs to fix its cockeyed tax system. The governor is attempting to treat the symptoms of revenue instability rather than attacking the root cause of the ailment. At the root are two maladies: First, a politically convenient state income tax that leans too heavily on the rich, whose fortunes fluctuate wildly during times of boom and bust. Second, a very old sales tax too narrowly focused on retail goods rather than services.
February 13, 2010 | Sandy Banks
The old-timers seated on the patio at the Oki Dog remember when the neighborhood around Pico and La Brea was truly dangerous. Twenty years ago, gangbanging and crack-dealing meant "killings on every block," a fellow who calls himself "Smooth" recalled. Now, the area is quiet enough that Smooth, and the others who survived that era, can send their kids out on errands alone. That's why Smooth was shocked when Ronald Barron was shot to death Sunday night outside the Cottage Bar next door.
August 11, 2008 | Roy M. Wallack
Retired Huntington Beach firefighter Robert LaFever, 61, and his wife, Gaye, 57, a retired dental hygienist, wanted to stay fit with daily swimming and water running, but didn't like the heavily chlorinated water at the gym and didn't have the budget and backyard space for their own full-size pool. The solution? Last year they got a swim spa -- essentially an elongated hot tub with a current emanating from one end.
December 18, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It is not only the picking-and-rolling and alley-and-ooping that have made the Clippers the NBA's best imitation of the Flying Wallendas. It is also Mr. Poetry in Motion, Jamal Crawford. He is usually their sixth man, but he has played his way lots closer to the top than that in fan appeal. "I feel like I've really found a home here," Crawford says, and lights up with stories about running into fans at Subway and Starbucks and hanging out for a while for a chat.
November 13, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department soared through his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday with little of the usual partisan politics that have blocked many of the president's recent nominees. Jeh Johnson, a former top Defense Department lawyer, faced some pointed questions but almost no opposition from senators, who generally prefaced their questions with praise for him and his qualifications. "Fortunately for our nation, he is a strong leader and well prepared to face the challenges that will await him," said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.)
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