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February 25, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
How I wish I could get up to San Francisco to attend a very special dinner at Spruce restaurant on March 31 featuring Jacques Selosse Champagnes with Champagne expert Peter Liem of subscription-only www.champagneguide.net expounding on the wines. Selosse Champagnes, now made by Anselme Selosse, are imported by the Rare Wine Co. in Sonoma. The only problem is great demand and small allocation, especially for the series of six lieu-dit bottlings that Selosse began making last year.
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the tallest office buildings in downtown Los Angeles has been acquired by a major Hollywood real estate investor, CIM Group, in an unusual portfolio sale that included a regional shopping center in Montclair, a high-rise in Anaheim and a hotel in Bakersfield. The crown jewel of the seven properties acquired by CIM Group is Two California Plaza, a prestigious but troubled skyscraper on Bunker Hill where gleaming office towers erected during the last building boom decades ago are having a tough time attracting tenants.
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SCIENCE
May 22, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Researchers reported Wednesday that they had sequenced the genome of the Norway spruce, a giant evergreen native to Europe that has also been planted widely in parts of North America. Published in the journal Nature, the catalog of the tree's DNA was notable for its length. The human genome is made up of about 3 billion pairs of DNA base letters, which store all the genetic information needed to make a person. The Norway spruce genome was nearly seven times longer, at 20 billion base pairs.
TRAVEL
October 20, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
HONOLULU - The giant sandbox known as Waikiki Beach, a sunny two-mile-long strip of paradise, welcomes 4.5 million tourists annually. There's only one problem: The sand that makes the beach famous has been slipping into the sea for years, leaving an ever-shrinking shore with vacationers crowded beach mat to beach mat at water's edge. The last few times I visited, I steered clear of the beach because it didn't seem like much fun. Too many people, too little space. So it pleased me to learn about a beach-widening plan that revolved around pumping sand from a couple of spots offshore to the beach.
NEWS
January 19, 1986
Cathy Wong, newly reelected president of the Beverly-Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, said the group hopes to produce a business directory in 1986. Wong, manager of Gill's Chinese Laundry, said the directory will promote "the new Beverly-Fairfax with its Old World cultures."
NEWS
April 27, 1986 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood's Walk of Fame, whose tawdry appearance has been an acute embarrassment to the city of Los Angeles, is about to receive a partial face lift. Beginning next month, 191 new flower planters, 88 benches and 27 trash receptacles will be placed on Hollywood Boulevard between Wilcox and Cherokee avenues, according to Councilman Michael Woo. Valley Crest Landscape Inc. has been awarded a $170,000 contract for the new street furniture.
NEWS
September 14, 2004 | John Nichols, Special to The Times
During THE LAST THREE years, I have climbed my mountain more than 50 times. It's my escape to a world devoid of human ingenuity. Between me and the pale moon overhead there is only air and the great distances of the universe, a fact that comforts me. I usually hike alone, and once above Gallegos Lake at 11,000 feet I almost never meet another person. This suits me well because in my dotage I have grown tired of the human gabble. The top of my mountain is bald, covered by rocks and tundra grasses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1992
So the Spruce Goose is moving to Oregon. Funny, one can almost see Howard Hughes at the controls, flying away from the rotting aerospace industry in Southern California. I guess it's really not so funny after all. JACK FARLEY San Pedro
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2008 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Allan Grant, a Life magazine photographer who got the last photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe weeks before her death and the first pictures of Marina Oswald just hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has died. He was 88. Grant died Feb. 1 of Parkinson's-related pneumonia at his home in Brentwood, according to his wife, Karin.
NEWS
December 14, 1997 | TARA WEINGARTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Christopher Radko strides into the elegantly understated lobby of the Hotel Bel-Air on his way to greeting a guest and stops short at the ornate Christmas tree. Cradling a hand-painted glass ornament of a Santa Claus holding a sack full of toys, he smiles and coos that it's one of his favorites. They all might as well be his favorites, though, since every snazzy bauble on the tree is one of his--a Christopher Radko holiday ornament.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
For 12 years, Eric Garcetti had the good fortune of representing Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Atwater Village on the City Council just as a dramatic revitalization of those neighborhoods was taking hold. On Tuesday, the new mayor, who campaigned on a pledge to spread urban revival across the rest of L.A., started outlining how he hoped to do it. Invoking Aristotle and Charles Dickens, Garcetti launched his Great Streets Initiative, a plan to turn the main thoroughfares of up to 40 neighborhoods into more lively and pedestrian-friendly destinations.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
After uninspiring sales in the first half of the year, retailers are hustling to salvage a back-to-school shopping season that has gotten off to a muted start. Parents, worried about the economy and pressed for time, plan to spend less money and do more school-related shopping online, recent surveys show. To chase elusive customers, many retailers are sprucing up their Web portals and offering special Internet deals. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is posting school uniforms on its online Classrooms by Wal-Mart database.
SCIENCE
May 22, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Researchers reported Wednesday that they had sequenced the genome of the Norway spruce, a giant evergreen native to Europe that has also been planted widely in parts of North America. Published in the journal Nature, the catalog of the tree's DNA was notable for its length. The human genome is made up of about 3 billion pairs of DNA base letters, which store all the genetic information needed to make a person. The Norway spruce genome was nearly seven times longer, at 20 billion base pairs.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Once it was a hostel for stewardesses and pilots , but now Honolulu's newest hotel is positioning itself as an alternative to Oahu 's beachfront, family-filled resorts. The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki is the newest property of boutique hotelier Joie de Vivre , the San Francisco-based company that operates more than 30 fiercely individual hotels, many in California. The Shoreline is its second property off the U.S. mainland, along with the Coconut Waikiki Hotel , about three blocks away.
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
How I wish I could get up to San Francisco to attend a very special dinner at Spruce restaurant on March 31 featuring Jacques Selosse Champagnes with Champagne expert Peter Liem of subscription-only www.champagneguide.net expounding on the wines. Selosse Champagnes, now made by Anselme Selosse, are imported by the Rare Wine Co. in Sonoma. The only problem is great demand and small allocation, especially for the series of six lieu-dit bottlings that Selosse began making last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In a Playa Vista aircraft hangar that turned out Army helicopters during the Vietnam War, an actor wearing a multicolored princess gown, tiara and wand waits for a crew of about 25 to finish lunch and resume filming. The building that once was part of Howard Hughes' sprawling Hercules complex, where the famous Spruce Goose was assembled during World War II, now provides a setting for another kind of American innovation - YouTube videos. The Google Inc. division has converted the 41,000-square-foot hangar into a state-of-the-art digital production facility that is believed to be one of the largest in Southern California devoted exclusively to content distributed online.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2012
Artemesia, a Craftsman featuring English Arts and Crafts interiors, was restored and updated over a 25-year span. At the heart of the Hollywood Hills home is the original Murray Harris pipe organ, which has been appraised at $1.1 million. Location: 5771 Valley Oak Drive, Los Angeles 90068 Asking price: $11.995 million Year built: 1913 House size: Seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 13,290 square feet Lot size: 1.8 acres Features: Six Batchelder-tile fireplaces, hand-blown art glass panels, coffered ceilings, mahogany details, billiard room, ballroom, two master suites, terrace, air conditioning, security system, gated, carriage house, gatehouse, rock waterfalls, aquatic gardens, native landscaping.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
I got back from Seattle dead tired from the flight. I know, I know, it's just 2½ hours, but I was seated in front of a family traveling with at least four screaming kids. (And I was unlucky enough to have been on the same flight with them going out as well!) I was starving. I set down my bags and pulled out the loaf of bread I'd bought at Sitka & Spruce , which my friend Roberta claimed was the best in the city. Must be, because the four of us devoured an entire loaf before dinner at her house.
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