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August 8, 2009 | Home staff
Now that tree-stump stools and reclaimed-wood tables have filled furniture stores with an earnest, "organic modern" look, can we please have a little fun? Some clever designers have riffed on the trend. A sampling. . . . -- Home staff
March 30, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
In the name of civic progress, the Crenshaw corridor has lost a lot of trees. First, to clear the way for the space shuttle Endeavour's trek to the California Science Center, 71 mature magnolias and pines were chopped down in 2012 along an almost two-mile stretch in South Los Angeles. Now, with the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX subway line, residents are bracing for more. About 175 trees - a third of those remaining - are expected to be cut down along Crenshaw Boulevard during the light-rail project, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
August 14, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- When Ohio Sen. Rob Portman stood up at a rally here Tuesday and lauded Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, he was doing more than just walking the party line. He was joining a list of people whom Romney passed over for the job who have spoken out in the hours and the days since in support of his choice. Romney had a deep bench of GOP politicians that he considered before ultimately picking Ryan early this month and announcing his selection Saturday.
March 11, 2014 | By Jon Healey
Is Barack Obama the nation's first hipster president? Obama appeared Tuesday in an episode of "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," a recurring comedy sketch on the Funny or Die website. Maybe it was just good prep work by his aides, but Obama's grasp of the "Two Ferns" conceit - the mutual antagonism between host and guest - suggested that he was actually familiar with the cringe-worthy series. The president was on "Two Ferns" ostensibly to promote the Affordable Care Act and urge people to sign up for a health plan at, the new federal insurance-buying site.
April 16, 2011 | By Anthony Man, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  Donald Trump filled several roles Saturday: self promoter, crowd pleaser, economic analyst, and slashing critic of President Barack Obama. He didn’t do what many of the 2,500 to 3,000 people gathered to hear him at a tea party rally wanted, declare himself a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. But he drew cheers by dropping tantalizing hints. The crowd roared approval when he said he wasn’t quite ready to apply the signature line, “You’re fired,” from his reality TV show to Obama.
May 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
With a day of large rallies and the unveiling of his stump speech, President Obama on Saturday will acknowledge what has been obvious for months: He is in official campaign mode. In appearances at college campuses in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., Obama will outline his case for reelection and explain the new “Forward” campaign theme his team announced in recent days. People close to the plans say Obama isn't going for the vibe of his 2008 campaign, which he kicked off on a frigid day at the old state capitol in Springfield, Ill., more than five years ago. That event focused on the historic nature of Obama's candidacy and on soaring ambitions for the country.
August 13, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The soapbox at the Iowa State Fair has long been a tough place for politicians to talk to voters - it's where Mitt Romney famously told a protester that corporations are people as he was heckled by the crowd - but it's probably an even tougher place for a young congressman to speak on his first day solo as a vice presidential candidate. But that was the situation that Paul Ryan walked into Monday, as the newly minted candidate got his first taste of the ins and outs of participating in a national presidential campaign.
July 30, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Want to know how to tick off a funnyman quickly? Tell people not to take him seriously. Richard "Kinky" Friedman has staked out a career generating chuckles, guffaws and belly laughs. He started out singing often-outrageous songs in the 1970s fronting one of the few Jewish country music bands, Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys, then for the last two decades he's kept readers smiling with his one-liner-filled mystery novels starring himself as a wisecracking but reluctant hero.
May 20, 2005 | Thomas McGonigle, Special to The Times
Stump A Novel Niall Griffiths Graywolf Press: 228 pp., $15 paper * If Wales looms in your imagination it is probably because of Dylan Thomas' charming "A Child's Christmas in Wales," the best known work by a Welsh writer. There is also the faint possibility that David Jones' two masterpieces, "In Parenthesis" and "The Anathemata," introduced you to, among other things, the historical and linguistic complexity of Wales and the Welsh.
June 27, 2010 | By Thomas McGonigle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Three Fates A Novel Linda Lê Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti New Directions: 172 pp., $15.95 paper Linda Lê is an extraordinary writer of scintillating French prose. Born in South Vietnam in 1963, she came to Paris as an adolescent and is now Vietnamese in the same way that Nabokov was Russian, writing in her adopted language with a kind of desolate grace. Still largely unknown in America, she has published a dozen books in France, including the 1997 novel "The Three Fates," which has just come out in the U.S. in a translation precisely rendered by Mark Polizzotti.
November 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, last seen rocking the house with Taylor Swift at Wednesday's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, has listed his Hollywood Hills home at $2.275 million. The renovated contemporary three-bedroom house, with a recording studio, was built in 1969. It has a real “rock star” vibe with its floating-style staircase, concrete floors and open floor plan.  There's a corner study, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,509 square feet of living space. The custom-built studio is sound-proofed and has a separate guest entrance.
November 4, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Starfish up and down the West Coast are suffering from a strange disease known as "seastar wasting syndrome," and scientists are unsure why it is happening. Pockets of starfish decimation have been found from Southern California to Alaska. In some places the entire seastar population has been wiped out. (And before you get confused, seastar and starfish are two names for the same animal and I'll be using them interchangably.) PHOTOS: Weird sea creatures and strange fish The seastar wasting disease begins as a small sore somewhere along the seastar's body.
August 30, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities have not ruled out murder in the mysterious case of a woman who was fatally struck Thursday on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar. According to witnesses, a red car was being driven erratically when a woman either fell out, was pushed or jumped out of a passenger-side door and was hit by at least two other vehicles before her body came to a rest in the fast lane, said  Los Angeles Police Department  Lt. Paul Vernon. The driver of the car never stopped. “Every minute this person remains at large and unidentified, our suspicions lean toward malice, foul play and murder,” Vernon said.
July 3, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Looking ahead to the July 4th holiday, Jimmy Kimmel got into the patriotic spirit Tuesday night by welcoming to his show Arden Hayes, a 5-year-old whiz kid with encyclopedic knowledge of American presidents. Kimmel tried, but failed, to stump little Arden, who was not only able to correctly identify Chester A. Arthur and Warren G. Harding (“one of our worst presidents…he gambled away the White House china”) but also rightly pointed out that George Jefferson -- a.k.a.
June 11, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Tuesday that the bipartisan immigration bill now before the Senate is the “best chance we've had in years” to fix a broken system and provide a route to citizenship for millions of immigrants who do not have legal status but contribute to the country every day. Speaking in the East Room to an array of the measure's supporters, Obama said there's no reason Congress shouldn't take action by the end of...
May 23, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Differences over whether immigrants should be deported for failing to have health insurance or pay their healthcare bills have stalled a bipartisan group of House lawmakers, who blew past a self-imposed Thursday deadline as they pressed forward on a sweeping immigration overhaul. Negotiators emerged upbeat from a closed-door meeting in the Capitol and said they remained on track to produce a bill by June. That, in itself, was significant, after the group of eight was on the verge of breakup.
November 5, 1985 | from a Times Staff Writer
Politicians here have for 20 years won hearts--and votes--by pledging to demolish an ugly, unfinished stump of the elevated, double-deck Embarcadero Freeway along the city's waterfront. On Monday, the Board of Supervisors voted 8 to 2 to proceed with preliminary engineering on a project that would exchange the freeway for a tree-lined boulevard and better mass transit. The freeway was intended to link the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge with the Golden Gate Bridge.
May 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
D-Day for Iranian presidential race Tuesday, May 7 -- So many candidates, so few promising real change. More than a dozen Iranian lawmakers, former Cabinet ministers, revolutionary guardsmen and allies of Islamic leaders have thrown in their hats for the race to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And with Tuesday's deadline for declaring candidacies fast approaching, some of the more popular figures are still on the sidelines. Ahmadinejad can't run again because of Iran's  two-consecutive-term limit, but he is widely seen as backing a top aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.
April 20, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Former President Bill Clinton, stumping for Wendy Greuel in Los Angeles on Saturday, castigated the voter turnout in the mayoral primary as "ridiculous. " "We can't tolerate … the kind of low turnout you all have in these mayors' races," Clinton said of the 20.8% of registered voters who cast ballots in the March primary. "It's ridiculous. There are too many people in Los Angeles, of all ages, that have a big stake in the future. " The former president, who endorsed Greuel in March, lauded her resume as he spoke to scores of her supporters at Langer's Deli.
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