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July 26, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
Fashion-savvy girls and celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan have lately been piling a mix of beaded bracelets, braided strings and gold bangles on their bird-bone wrists for a perfectly grungy look.
April 7, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Despite OK visual effects, a few chills and some newfangled movie monsters, writer-director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad's supernatural thriller "Jinn" often feels like half of an old grindhouse double bill. It's a watchable if rather convoluted effort. The titular jinn, according to Eastern mythology, are one of three races created "In the beginning…" (the other two are man and angels). Conveniently - for a horror film, anyway - the mysterious jinn are nothing if not flexible. These time- and shape-shifting beings can be good or bad, peaceful or violent, invisible or in your face (at times, they resemble upright fireplaces)
December 4, 1999
Be leery, Larry Stewart, of anyone offering to trade you a seven-foot stack of crisp one-dollar bills for a million dollars [Nov. 26]. A million new, crisp one dollar bills stacked atop one another would reach a height of over 364 feet. I hope I am not too late. STEPHEN HART Tustin
April 7, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Three men are in custody on suspicion of attempting to smuggle drugs into the country after authorities found their panga-style boat washed ashore Monday in Malibu and loaded with as much as a ton of marijuana, authorities said . The men, whose identities haven't been released, could make their first court appearances Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley wrote in an email Monday. Leo Carrillo State Park rangers found the 30-foot boat about 8 a.m. on a portion of the shore in unincorporated Malibu.
September 11, 1987 | LIBBY SLATE
When Robert Stack attended the opening-night performance of "La Boheme" Tuesday in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center, the 68-year-old actor was more than just another of the opening-night glitterati. Stack and his family are historically connected to the popular Puccini work that launched the second home-grown season of Los Angeles Music Center Opera: It was Stack's grandfather who was responsible for the United States premiere of "Boheme" 90 years ago next month in Los Angeles.
Fifteen years ago, Denise Bredfeldt was an undereducated malcontent at a down-and-out Missouri factory that rebuilt diesel engines. Then her boss did her the favor of eliminating her job. He tailored a different one for her and gave her a crash course in finance to demonstrate why her new task of rebuilding transmissions made the company much more money than her old one of building hydraulic valves and pumps. Bredfeldt was sold on the power of numbers. Today, she holds a college degree and is a manager with that same grubby company, Springfield ReManufacturing Corp.
June 11, 1998 | DENISE GELLENE
Advertiser: Drypers Agency: Suissa Miller Advertising, Los Angeles Challenge: In its first national TV campaign, tiny Drypers disposable diapers tries to position itself as a preferable alternative to Procter & Gamble's Pampers and Kimberly Clark's Huggies. The Ad: Three adorable babies wearing only diapers each sit on a stack of diapers representing the three rival brands. As an announcer lists the attributes of Drypers, the Drypers stack becomes taller, boosting the baby higher.
February 26, 2011 | By Mark Heisler
NEW YORK AT MIAMI: Sunday at 5 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. Rather than being enormous, this game is merely glamorous ? unless the Knicks show that their pretension of being contenders with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire is a legitimate aspiration. Of course, with only two other rotation holdovers ? Landry Fields and Toney Douglas ? the Knicks need time ? Assuming they're not just hype, which would be a bigger issue. Talk about your rising powers. This is like a CAA intramural game with the powerful agency's clients ?
November 5, 1995
As an organizational behavioral consultant, I was both interested and dismayed by "Opening the Books" (Oct. 29). I was encouraged to learn of another instance where creating a work environment characterized by open communication and valuing, empowering and incentivizing employees to contribute their full potential results in a company realizing dramatic improvements in productivity and profitability. I commend Jack Stack of Springfield ReManufacturing for his highly successful implementation.
December 8, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Officials began counting ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana. In courtyards throughout the capital, election officials put tape around plywood tables and began sorting ballots. Onlookers whooped as the stack for their choice grew taller.
April 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below. on Wednesday jumped into the crowded world of video-streaming devices by announcing the Fire TV, a $99 set-top box. The Amazon Fire TV will now go head to head against the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and four Roku devices. These devices allow users to stream video and audio content from the Internet onto TV sets with HDMI ports. Here's how the four company's stack up in various areas: Streaming capabilities When video-streaming devices first came out a few years ago, not all of them could stream video at 1080p HD, but that is no longer the case.
March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
How much does the prospect of a gold statue mean for a movie's box-office treasure trove?  This year's set of nominees for the best picture Oscar certainly doesn't have the same number of all-out hits as last year. The 2013 roster boasted six films that crossed the $100-million mark in North America, plus one that came close ("Zero Dark Thirty," with $96 million). The current crop has just four $100-million-plus-to-date movies.   It's common to try to tease out which movie got the biggest bounce in ticket sales from the nominations.
February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Lego Movie" is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. It is very tempting to use the movie's pounding pop anthem - "Everything Is Awesome" - to put this insane sensory experience into sound-bite perspective. But that is no doubt the piece de resistance of the filmmakers' master plan. Or in "Lego Movie" speak, the Piece of Resistance. So in solidarity with that sentiment, I'll resist.
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - With a hot sun bearing down, Gov. Chris Christie grasped a ceremonial shovel and dug into a patch of dirt where a new park would bloom in a blighted area of Newark. To his right, holding another shovel, was Bill Baroni, then Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - and now a central player in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has enveloped the New Jersey governor and his aides. Baroni was delivering a $9-million boost from his agency's coffers to buy land for the park.
January 16, 2014 | Michelle Maltais
When I was waddling through the L.A. Times newsroom last fall very pregnant, the issue that weighed most on me had little to do with my actual baby bump. It was whether I could afford to take all the time I needed to bond with and care for my daughter in her very early development and still support my family financially. When it comes to maternity leave, the U.S. is by no means a leader. That blessed time off from work when parents learn and stumble through all of those unbelievably unnatural "natural instincts" varies greatly from country to country . Canadians can get up to 50 weeks of leave at up to 45% of pay. The Danes and Serbs can take 52 weeks at full pay. The Swedes offer the most paid time off, 60 weeks at 80% of pay. (More in the infographic below.)
January 14, 2014 | By Nan Aron
Imagine the Dodgers have just won the pennant and are going to play the Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And there are new umpires, hired and paid by the Yankees. With rules like that, the Dodgers wouldn't stand much of a chance. Thanks to bad decisions by the Supreme Court and to unfair corporate practices, Americans are facing the same kinds of unfair rules. But this is no game. They may face those rules when they've been defrauded by a business or discriminated against by an employer.
May 14, 1988 | Keith Love
Dukakis and Jackson have agreed to debate on May 25 in San Francisco at public television station KQED. Dukakis' California communications coordinator, Pat Forciea, said: "There are a stack of other requests (for debates) but we have not agreed to others yet." Having chosen one debate in Northern California, the candidates are expected to agree to at least one debate in Southern California.
October 13, 2008
Re "Charles M. Runyon, 1922 - 2008," obituary, Oct. 9 Chucko the Clown figures in one of my earliest memories. As a young child, I was a fan of the show and was delighted when my parents arranged for me to be part of his studio audience. It was exciting to drive into Hollywood and go into a TV studio. Chucko's show was all about children's participation. Kids were assigned to one of three circus wagons and competed against each other in playful contests. The day I was on the show, the contest was stacking milk bottles.
December 26, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez
The crush of last-minute online shopping that stymied Christmas deliveries for thousands of people served as a harsh lesson to retailers and shippers: The ever-exploding number of Internet orders is making on-time distribution more difficult. Though cybershopping still is a small part of overall retail sales, companies eager to lure customers to the new frontier are adding to the pressure by touting same-day delivery options in many areas. But the difficulties that FedEx Corp.
December 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The holidays are packed tight with exuberant, noisy parties for work and family. Sometimes you need to give yourself the gift of a quiet dinner with friends. That's exactly the excuse you need to break out that bottle of wine (or several bottles) you've been saving for a special occasion. You could wait forever - and find the wine is over the hill. Or you could make your own occasion, a simple dinner to showcase the wine. Think of it as an evening spent in the company of a few good bottles - and a few good friends.
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