March 25, 2014 |
Stocks were mixed Tuesday morning despite a better-than-expected consumer confidence report and some positive earnings news. At 9:35 a.m. PDT, the broad S&P 500 index was ahead 0.1%, the Dow was up 0.3% and the Nasdaq was down 0.2%. The early winners included McCormick & Co., the spice and seasoning company, which was up nearly 6% after the company reported earnings that beat analysts' estimates. Walgreen Co. was up 3% after the drug-store chain announced plans to close 76 stores, while fast-food chain Sonic jumped 9% after posting better-than-expected profit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 |
Spencer Davis was chatting up tourists on the Venice boardwalk when police officers pulled up in front of his display of plastic alien heads. Had Davis seen a man threatening people with a chain saw, they asked? "Not today," he quipped with a smile, assuming that the officers were joking. Then he turned around and saw police officers, their guns drawn, with a man holding a chain saw. "Just when you think you've seen it all…" Davis said. For all the gentrification, designer homes and tourist attractions, Venice is still that kind of place - where artists, the homeless, Silicon Beach hipsters, surfers, inline skaters and tourists come together along a circus-like boardwalk.
March 22, 2014
Re "Higher levy could pay for roads," March 19 No one likes to pay taxes. But the reality is that taxes are a government's primary source of revenue to pay for much-needed services. It is foolish to think that L.A. shouldn't raise its sales tax to repair roads until it cuts salaries and benefits for city workers. The repair and maintenance of sidewalks and streets is a duty of the city, which is required to pay any judgments rendered for a breach of that duty - like slip-and-fall injuries caused by buckled sidewalks.
March 22, 2014 |
In his new rapid-fire spelling-bee comedy, "Bad Words," Jason Bateman opens his mouth in more ways than one. When a young Indian boy is talking too much, his 40-year-old spelling-bee contestant, Guy Trilby, tells the boy to "point his curry hole" in another direction. When a chubby kids calls him a weirdo, he fires back, "Your chair called me for help. " Some of his vicious quips are funny; others less so. But the pleasures in "Bad Words" aren't the jokes themselves. It's the idea of the jokes - or, more specifically, the idea that someone can make jokes that others won't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 |
A 53-year-old male transient from Santa Monica was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a woman on a busy street in Glendale, police said. Michael Caudill is being held in lieu of $1-million bail, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The woman, who hasn't been identified by police, suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to her upper torso and was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said. Police received numerous 911 calls from witnesses about the stabbing just before 10:30 a.m. at San Fernando Road and Pacific Avenue.
March 19, 2014 |
The idea seemed crazy at first: More than 500 knitters from 25 countries, hunkered down in their far-flung corners of the world, feverishly crafting granny squares - 14,000 of them altogether. Then, on a bright morning last May, knitters here affixed metal grids of these cushy yarn squares to the exterior of the Craft & Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Boulevard, turning the building into a giant, multicolored tea cozy. The 2013 project, "CAFAM Granny Squared," was an urban installation from the knit graffiti collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.