Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsSpotting
IN THE NEWS

Spotting

BUSINESS
June 3, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Testing a product on the kind of people who eventually will use it is hardly a new idea. But at Protype, a Sun Valley company that makes an office machine that is a cross between an electronic typewriter and a word processor, testing is done with a twist. The company tries out its equipment on what Stephen Kurtin, Protype president, diplomatically calls the "most ordinary" secretaries. To find them, Kurtin every so often asks a temporary help agency to send over a group of bad secretaries.
Advertisement
NEWS
January 28, 2009 | Randee Dawn
Joyful, choreographed dance numbers staged in crumbling Mumbai train stations are not how most American films end. Yet when just such a scene crops up in "Slumdog Millionaire," the moment is perfectly apt. Sure, it's a Bollywood-meets-Hollywood ending, and the train station is key to the film. But those familiar with Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy's oeuvre may note that dancing-amid-decrepitude is almost a given.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
TRAVEL
July 10, 2011
Question: On June 19, a relative staying at the Andaz West Hollywood called to ask my wife and me to pick her up. We were in church so my wife had turned off her cellphone. Finally our family member got through, but when she checked out, she was shocked to find she was charged about $200 for nine less-than-one-minute phone calls that went to our voicemail. English is her second language, and she didn't question the charge. Any advice as to how we should proceed? -- Paul Cross, Rancho Cucamonga Answer: Hold the phone.
TRAVEL
May 26, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: Can an employer cancel an employee's time off? In February, a friend of mine told his boss he was going to take off March 24-29. His boss said it was OK. The company does not provide paid vacation time, by the way. My friend bought a round-trip ticket. But two weeks before the trip, his boss told him he could not go and that if he did, he would be fired. Should my friend sue? Sam Schwiner San Francisco Answer: Your friend should not sue if he wants to keep his job, although he might want to evaluate whether he wants to work for someone who doesn't keep his word.
OPINION
July 30, 2009
When Californians voted to legitimize medical marijuana in 1996, they probably didn't realize they were stepping into a legal and regulatory minefield. Today, there are hundreds of medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives in Los Angeles, which are caught in quasi-legal limbo -- barely regulated, largely untaxed, sanctioned by the state but subject to raids by federal drug agents.
OPINION
July 6, 2009 | Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.
'Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to chew barbed wire in Flanders?" During the bitter winter of 1914-15, the first lord of the Admiralty posed this urgent question to Britain's prime minister. The eighth anniversary of 9/11, now fast approaching, invites attention to a similar question: Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to choke on the dust of Iraq and Afghanistan?
SPORTS
June 24, 2007 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Joe Saunders says the hotel room that the Angels put him in is nice, but he would love to be in a position to purchase some premium Orange County property. The 25-year-old left-hander has been with the Angels three times this season, only to be sent back to their triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City. Twice this month, including this weekend, Saunders has been called up for a spot start, only to be sent back down.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2008 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
"My mom is the third butt to the right in the sculpture," says Tiffany Koepp, 24. "I watched the unveiling on the local news. It was a big story at the time." Koepp is referring to the famous showgirls sculpture in front of the Riviera on the Strip that since 1997 has been a favorite backdrop for tourists' snaps. Nowadays, Koepp works as the company manager for "X Burlesque," the topless show her mom, Angela Stabile, has produced on the Strip since retiring from the stage.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|