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May 12, 2010 | From Times staff and wire reports
Dustin Shuler, a Los Angeles artist whose most famous work was a sculpture of skewered automobiles in a suburban Chicago shopping plaza, has died. He was 61. Shuler died May 4 of pancreatic cancer at his Inglewood home, said his wife, Karen Zindler-Shuler. Installed in a parking lot in 1989, the 50- foot-high "Spindle" became something of a landmark in Berwyn, Ill., before it was dismantled nearly 20 years later to make way for a drugstore. When one of the shopping mall's owners asked for help spicing up the plaza, Shuler, who often made car-based art, proposed an idea that he had long contemplated.
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September 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Lexus has long been rumored to be developing a small crossover, and Toyota's luxury arm has revealed a first look at what it has in store. The automaker on Wednesday previewed the LF-NX, a compact crossover concept it will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show on Sept. 10.  The concept hints at a vehicle that Lexus hopes to use to get a slice of a fast-growing segment that includes the BMW X1, the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi's Q3, and even the Infiniti Q30 concept that will also debut in Frankfurt.  PHOTOS: The Lexus LF-NX concept Though the LF-NX concept wears uber-angular sheet metal and an extreme take on the spindle grille Lexus has been fitting to its lineup recently, expect a much more tame look when the production model rolls out in the future.  PHOTOS: Highlights of the 2013 Frankfurt show Lexus didn't divulge any details on just what exactly will move this vehicle, saying only that the concept has a new hybrid drive train “tuned for SUV performance.” This Lexus joins other Frankfurt world debuts such as the aforementioned Mercedes and Infiniti vehicles, as well as a Jaguar concept crossover, the Volvo Concept Coupe, and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid super car. The Frankfurt Auto Show press days will be Sept.
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BUSINESS
September 20, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If your radio dial has ever tripped across an easy-listening station promising all the best the adult-contemporary genre has to offer, congratulations. You have found the Lexus ES of the airwaves. Designed to please all and aggrieve none, this mid-size sedan from Toyota's luxury division has crooned its way into more than a million households since its debut in 1989. It's done so by playing it cool with reliably conservative comfort, docile performance and a solid value proposition.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If your radio dial has ever tripped across an easy-listening station promising all the best the adult-contemporary genre has to offer, congratulations. You have found the Lexus ES of the airwaves. Designed to please all and aggrieve none, this mid-size sedan from Toyota's luxury division has crooned its way into more than a million households since its debut in 1989. It's done so by playing it cool with reliably conservative comfort, docile performance and a solid value proposition.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2008 | Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writer
About 320,000 cribs made by Jardine Enterprises were recalled Tuesday because the wooden slats and spindles can break, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards to infants. Forty-two incidents have been reported, with four children becoming trapped in the space created by a broken slat or spindle. Two children had abrasions and bruising. "Our top message to parents is that babies should not be in this crib tonight or thereafter," said Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall with Taipei, Taiwan-based Jardine.
AUTOS
September 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Lexus has long been rumored to be developing a small crossover, and Toyota's luxury arm has revealed a first look at what it has in store. The automaker on Wednesday previewed the LF-NX, a compact crossover concept it will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show on Sept. 10.  The concept hints at a vehicle that Lexus hopes to use to get a slice of a fast-growing segment that includes the BMW X1, the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi's Q3, and even the Infiniti Q30 concept that will also debut in Frankfurt.  PHOTOS: The Lexus LF-NX concept Though the LF-NX concept wears uber-angular sheet metal and an extreme take on the spindle grille Lexus has been fitting to its lineup recently, expect a much more tame look when the production model rolls out in the future.  PHOTOS: Highlights of the 2013 Frankfurt show Lexus didn't divulge any details on just what exactly will move this vehicle, saying only that the concept has a new hybrid drive train “tuned for SUV performance.” This Lexus joins other Frankfurt world debuts such as the aforementioned Mercedes and Infiniti vehicles, as well as a Jaguar concept crossover, the Volvo Concept Coupe, and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid super car. The Frankfurt Auto Show press days will be Sept.
NEWS
January 10, 1985 | Associated Press
Goodby government green and hello pale peach. The familiar punch-card check used for the last 40 years to disburse Uncle Sam's wealth is being replaced, along with the ominous warning "Do not fold, spindle or mutilate" that was printed on each check. The Treasury Department announced today that it is beginning a two-year phase-out of the 600 million punch-card checks it issues annually to people on Social Security, welfare recipients, government employees and people getting income tax refunds.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1988 | Randy Lewis
Last week the Orange County Performing Arts Center played host to six days of performances by the Moscow Classical Ballet, most of whose members had never before appeared in the West. The company offered local balletomanes a fresh batch of talent from the motherland of high-flying, gymnastic ballet. I found the visit more intriguing, though, for the slant on Scripture and Christianity that figured heavily into two of the featured works.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
In person, Carolynne Edwards comes off as a calm, composed woman who couldn't be less interested in putting forth a flamboyant front. Even when leading her new band, Spindle, at Bogart's last weekend, she cut a demure figure in a conservative dress hemmed just above the knee, sensible shoes and dark, opaque stockings. Aside from a bobbed, neo-flapper hairdo that is her lone concession to fashion chic, she could be pegged as a grad student.
NEWS
December 12, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the current traveling exhibition at the Conejo Valley Art Museum, books and things bookish have been artfully, shamelessly altered. Which is not to say that the work here only celebrates bookishness. "Books and Bookends: Sculptural Approaches" is more about sculpture than literature, and about the will of artists to explore and unravel conventions. For purists who believe that a pipe is a pipe, an artwork is an artwork and a book is a book, the point of the exercise might be lost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2010 | From Times staff and wire reports
Dustin Shuler, a Los Angeles artist known for large-scale outdoor installations that included his most famous work, a sculpture of skewered automobiles in a suburban Chicago shopping plaza, has died. He was 61. Shuler died May 4 of pancreatic cancer at his Inglewood home, said his wife, Karen Zindler-Shuler. Installed in a parking lot in 1989, the 50- foot-high "Spindle" became something of a landmark in Berwyn, Ill., before it was dismantled nearly 20 years later to make way for a drugstore.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2008 | Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writer
About 320,000 cribs made by Jardine Enterprises were recalled Tuesday because the wooden slats and spindles can break, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards to infants. Forty-two incidents have been reported, with four children becoming trapped in the space created by a broken slat or spindle. Two children had abrasions and bruising. "Our top message to parents is that babies should not be in this crib tonight or thereafter," said Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall with Taipei, Taiwan-based Jardine.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
In person, Carolynne Edwards comes off as a calm, composed woman who couldn't be less interested in putting forth a flamboyant front. Even when leading her new band, Spindle, at Bogart's last weekend, she cut a demure figure in a conservative dress hemmed just above the knee, sensible shoes and dark, opaque stockings. Aside from a bobbed, neo-flapper hairdo that is her lone concession to fashion chic, she could be pegged as a grad student.
NEWS
December 12, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the current traveling exhibition at the Conejo Valley Art Museum, books and things bookish have been artfully, shamelessly altered. Which is not to say that the work here only celebrates bookishness. "Books and Bookends: Sculptural Approaches" is more about sculpture than literature, and about the will of artists to explore and unravel conventions. For purists who believe that a pipe is a pipe, an artwork is an artwork and a book is a book, the point of the exercise might be lost.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1988 | Randy Lewis
Last week the Orange County Performing Arts Center played host to six days of performances by the Moscow Classical Ballet, most of whose members had never before appeared in the West. The company offered local balletomanes a fresh batch of talent from the motherland of high-flying, gymnastic ballet. I found the visit more intriguing, though, for the slant on Scripture and Christianity that figured heavily into two of the featured works.
NEWS
January 11, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
The familiar stiff, green check that the federal government has been sending out for four decades to Social Security recipients, government employees and citizens who overpaid their income taxes is being phased out, the victim of today's technology.
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