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January 17, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
The courtyard patio at the classic California Spanish house was ringed by camellia bushes. In the living room, the fireplace boasted genuine Malibu tile and in the dining room, the original thin-planked oak floors gleamed. Listed for sale at $2.6 million, the immaculately maintained, three-bedroom home - a blend of traditional and modern stylings in one of Santa Monica's toniest neighborhoods - could go either way: to a family who falls in love with its character. Or to a builder, as a teardown.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
The courtyard patio at the classic California Spanish house was ringed by camellia bushes. In the living room, the fireplace boasted genuine Malibu tile and in the dining room, the original thin-planked oak floors gleamed. Listed for sale at $2.6 million, the immaculately maintained, three-bedroom home - a blend of traditional and modern stylings in one of Santa Monica's toniest neighborhoods - could go either way: to a family who falls in love with its character. Or to a builder, as a teardown.
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NEWS
August 7, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
Brooke Williamson, the young chef who reigned at Zax in Brentwood until recently, is back, this time at her own place. She and partner Nick Roberts, another Zax veteran, have taken over the old Van Gogh's Ear in Venice and turned in into Amuse Cafe. And what a sweet little spot it is. The funky two-story building on Main Street is a yellow as dazzling as the painter's sunflowers. Downstairs is the kitchen, with a handful of tables set out on the porch in front.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Charlotte Stoudt
Does anyone in Ireland have a happy childhood? From Frank McCourt to Martin McDonagh, the Emerald Isle seems to eat its young with alarming frequency. And according to ā€œSilent,ā€ the florid solo show written and performed by Pat Kinevane, now in its final weekend at the Odyssey Theatre, a lad's better off on the Bataan Death March than home sweet home. Barefoot, bald and dressed in torn black sweats, the striking Kinevane plays Tino, a homeless man whose cinema-crazed family named him after Rudolph Valentino.
HOME & GARDEN
April 4, 1998 | From Associated Press
Baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, rubbing alcohol and even cat litter will help rid a home of many odors. The best way to keep a house smelling fresh, however, is to keep it clean. Air rooms, closets and drawers regularly. Use disinfectants such as chlorine bleach to prevent mildew and old-garbage smell. Here are some tips on winning the battle against common household odors: * To rid books of musty odor, store them for a few days in a paper bag filled with crumpled newspaper.
NEWS
November 7, 1990 | Associated Press
Allen and Annette Clausen never thought much about the meaning of "home sweet home" until they found a 6-foot-long, 300-pound beehive oozing honey inside a wall of their new house. An additional 50 pounds of honeycomb were found above a ceiling panel. Honey was dripping down walls and spilling onto floors. Hundreds of bees killed by fumigators last month were under the kitchen stove and behind fireplace tiles. Some live bees have returned.
REAL ESTATE
March 14, 2004 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, have purchased a Westside home in a gated community for about $5 million. Witherspoon, star of the "Legally Blonde" films (2001, 2003) and "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), and Phillippe, who co-starred in Robert Altman's "Gosford Park" (2001) and appeared in the comedy "Igby Goes Down" (2002), bought a Spanish-style home with six bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms in slightly more than 7,000 square feet.
SPORTS
December 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Vince Young blew kisses and high-fived fans before pointing to a sign that read: "VY Wish You Were Here." The Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback couldn't have scripted a homecoming as sweet. Young ran for a 39-yard touchdown in overtime Sunday to give Tennessee a 26-20 win over the Houston Texans for a third straight comeback victory and fourth win in a row. Young said Titans owner Bud Adams approached him after the game and asked what he was thinking on the winning run.
SPORTS
September 6, 1995
Lights, whistle, action! After years of bureaucratic delays and conscientious fund-raising by boosters, the Westlake High football stadium is complete and ready for play. The Warriors will play host to Buena on Friday night at 7:30 in a nonleague opener. But first . . . the festivities. Included is an invitation-only dinner, picnic-style, on the field Thursday evening for about 250 folks.
NEWS
October 26, 1992 | JACK SMITH
We all know the laundry list of our city's dirty clothes: smog, litter, overcrowding, crime, drugs, drive-by shootings, poor schools, bad housing, poverty, the homeless. . . . There are others, but those are enough to give us a bad name. Not surprisingly, in the face of such blight, more persons are leaving the state than are coming in--reversing the trend of a century.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
When will the mantra "home, sweet home" shift to "home, smart home"? For decades from about the 1950s, many expected that it would happen in the 21st century. In fact, it was a preoccupation expressed in books, amusement park exhibits, TV shows and movies. The question of whether our homes -- the place where we lay our heads and charge our gadgets -- will get to move the tassel and graduate to the distinction of being "smart" was put to a group of 1,000 experts, observers, and critics.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actors Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have listed their house in Malibu for sale at $2.675 million. The recently renovated 2,300-square-foot house sits on 1.73 acres covered in native plants and fruit trees. The single-story home, built in the 1960s, features 100-year-old French oak floors, three bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. Custom-built sliding doors lead outside to multiple decks and sitting areas. There is a chicken coop and a small horse corral. Spelling, 38, played Donna Martin in "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990-2000)
OPINION
December 19, 2011 | Gregory Rodriguez
Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Although the wistful tune soothed homesick soldiers in such God-awful places as Guadalcanal more than half a century ago, and no doubt it still plays in Kandahar today, Berlin most likely wrote what he called "the best song that anybody's ever written" somewhere in the sunny Southwest, probably while sitting by a swanky hotel swimming...
TRAVEL
January 8, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Question: We are planning a trip to New York City next summer. Is there a list of bedbug-free hotels? How can we protect ourselves? S. Penza, Camarillo Answer: Bedbugs have become such an issue that several websites have sprung up to help travelers scope out hotels at their destination. Check out http://www.bedbugregistry.com and http://www.bedbugreports.com , and also look at TripAdvisor.com (search for "bed bugs" or "bedbugs"). You'll find some pretty harrowing tales of these little suckers and how they can leave people scratching their heads (and face and legs and ankles, which is where they often bite)
OPINION
August 29, 2010
As the bottom dropped out of the economy, The Times began publishing a series of "postcards" from the recession. Recently, we asked a handful of our correspondents for an update. Some have found light at the end of the tunnel; some are thankful to be stuck on hold; some are still in the dark. The one sure thing? There's no going back to the way things were before the collapse. Sweet home, and Alabama Kerry Madden A year ago I moved to Birmingham, Ala., to accept a full-time, tenure-track job as an assistant professor in creative writing — an offer I could not refuse in the midst of recession.
OPINION
November 18, 2009
Re "Breaking free of America's cult of homeownership," Opinion, Nov. 12 In addition to omitting the tax benefits that owning a home provides, Eric S. Belsky also ignored the other obvious, tangible piece of homeownership: emotion. There is a great deal of pride, stability, comfort and peace in knowing that the walls you paint or the garden you plant is yours. Yes, homeownership is a financial commitment and needs to be entered into responsibly. But Belsky's analysis is based only on numbers, and owning a home is a lot more than just making mortgage payments.
TRAVEL
November 23, 2008
My thanks to writer Jay Jones for a lovely tour through Chicago's historic Hyde Park district ["Obama's Main Street," Nov. 16]. It almost made me homesick for the city I called home for seven years. Dee Long Van Nuys
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