February 26, 2014 |
Liam Neeson may be a one-man wrecking crew in winter action movies like 2009's "Taken" and new film "Non-Stop. " But he thinks his characters are cut from a different cloth than many cinematic superheroes. “I don't try and come across as a six-pack guy that's been in the gym seven hours a day,” he told The Times at the Westwood premiere for "Non-Stop" on Monday. “I just like to come across as someone real that these things happen to and he tries to do the best he can to get out of them.” In Jaume Collet-Serra's new film, which opens Friday, Neeson plays Bill Marks, an air marshal who must protect a packed plane after an unidentified person begins texting him threats that he will kill a new passenger every 20 minutes. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen Neeson, 61, said he is unsure why he resonates with viewers as a vigilante.
February 26, 2014 |
Work is underway on Metro @ Compton Senior Apartments, a $19.5-million housing community near several transit stops, including the light rail Metro Blue Line. The project is being developed by Meta Housing Corp. of Los Angeles, which specializes in building subsidized housing for families and senior citizens. Residents of Metro @ Compton must be 55 or older. The County of Los Angeles Housing Authority helped fund the 75-unit complex under construction at 302 N. Tamarin Ave. in Compton.
February 25, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The woman attacked in a San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass said she won't be intimidated into taking off the Internet-connected glasses. “I don't want people to see me without Google Glass now,” Sarah Slocum said in an interview. “Now that people know that this happened to me, I don't want them to think I am afraid to wear it. I don't want the people who verbally and physically attacked me and wronged me to have that.” Slocum, 34, who blogs about technology and works in technology marketing and public relations, is among the early testers of the device.
February 23, 2014 |
Question: When I moved my family into our apartment five years ago, the carpets were in very poor shape. They had obviously been installed there several years earlier. During the time we have lived there, the carpets have begun to show signs of wear in every room. In some spots, there is almost no carpet left. I have written to my property manager several times to ask that the carpets be repaired or replaced, but all I get in response are vague promises to "get to it" at some time in the future.
February 22, 2014 |
Ronda Rousey's armbar streak is over. Her attention is now on the opponent's liver. Rousey successfully defended her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, delivering a left knee to challenger Sara McMann's stomach area, a notoriously painful liver shot that ended the bout by technical knockout 1 minute 6 seconds into the first round. "I knew if I zoned in on that one spot … ," Venice's Rousey (9-0) said after a victory that followed eight straight wins by armbar submission.
February 21, 2014 |
"Five wins and a very light power reese know" sounds more like gibberish than a weather forecast. But that was the closed caption that hearing-impaired people got during a report from the WeatherNation channel last month. What the caption was supposed to say was, "high winds and a very light, powdery snow. " Closed captioning is designed to help the deaf and hearing-impaired enjoy television and receive important news and weather reports. Unfortunately, captions are often riddled with typos and incomplete sentences that leave viewers struggling to make sense of what is being said.
February 20, 2014 |
A deadly confrontation in the Ukrainian capital eased, at least temporarily, late Wednesday when the government announced that it had reached a truce with opposition protesters who continue to occupy a square in central Kiev. The truce announcement came after a tense day in which the government warned that it was launching an "anti-terrorist operation" and President Viktor Yanukovich replaced the armed forces chief, who reportedly had been reluctant to use the army against civilian protesters.
February 20, 2014 |
Island Air will cease service to Molokai on April 1, it was announced this week, but a competitor will begin offering flights to Molokai in mid-March. Island Air currently operates two daily roundtrips between Honolulu and Hoolehua. Starting March 11, Ohana , a subsidiary of Hawaiian Airlines , will begin providing three daily nonstops between the two airports. “Now that we are certain the island of Molokai will have adequate air service to match its needs, we have decided to redeploy our aircraft to another route that needs more capacity,” Island Air Chief Executive Paul Casey said in a statement.
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February 19, 2014 |
A 28-year-old man was arrested in Long Beach this week after a routine traffic stop led authorities to search his home, where they reported finding about 80 pounds of cocaine. Police said they stopped Hildefonso Angulo of Long Beach for a traffic violation Monday in the 6900 block of Atlantic Avenue. Angulo seemed “unusually nervous,” police said in a statement, and was found to be driving without a license. During a search of Angulo's car, police said they discovered “highly suspicious” packaging material.
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February 18, 2014 |
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to expand a network of one-stop centers that coordinate social services for homeless families. The supervisors agreed to allocate $10.3 million in local, state and federal money to create an integrated system of services for those families. Under the program, eight regional centers throughout the county will manage services for homeless families, rather than requiring them to travel to offices in downtown Los Angeles to get help. The money will come from combining three existing programs to serve the homeless.