June 24, 2010 |
I once knew a man who would order multiple meals and a diet soda. He was morbidly obese, a man of robust appetites and grand gestures (he often simply said, "I'll have the left-hand side of the menu") who died around his 50th birthday. But as tragic as he was, there was always something mildly hopeful — if also totally perverse — about the token nod toward "health" implied by those Tab colas. Sure, he was consuming 15,000 calories in one sitting, but his beverage choice allowed him to hold on to his last vestiges of dignity.
April 1, 2010 |
President Obama's decision to have Interior Secretary Ken Salazar open vast new areas of federal ocean waters to offshore oil drilling is no surprise. In his State of the Union address, the president explained that his vision for a clean energy future included offshore drilling, nuclear power and clean coal. Unfortunately, that's like advocating a healthy diet based on fast-food snacking, amphetamines and low-tar cigarettes. If the arguments you hear in the coming days for expanded drilling sound familiar, it's because they've been repeated for generations.
February 25, 2010
The Tar Pit Rating: Two stars Location 609 N. La Brea Ave. (between Beverly and Melrose), Los Angeles; (323) 965-1300; www.tarpitbar.com. Price Bar menu, $6 to $12; salads, $9 to $14; seafood, $9 to $17; meat and poultry, $14 to $17; pasta, $13 to $15; desserts, $7 to $9. Corkage fee, $12, waived with the purchase of a wine from the list. Details Open 5 p.m. to midnight. daily, bar stays open til 2 a.m. Full bar. Valet parking, $5. Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality.
February 18, 2010
Taking on heroin Re "A lethal business model targets Middle America," Feb. 14, "Black tar moves in, and death follows," Feb. 15, and "Xalisco's good life can mean death in the U.S.," Feb. 16 Reading your series made me more mad about what the drug pushers have done to our children here in the United States. I'm a father of a former drug addict who has been clean for more than six years. Almost everywhere I go, I hear of people who have had a relative or someone they know involved in drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2010 |
As a boy, Esteban Avila had only a skinny old horse and two pairs of pants, and he lived in a swampy neighborhood called The Toad. He felt stranded across a river from the rest of the world and wondered about life on the other side. He saw merchants pay bands to serenade them in the village plaza and dreamed of doing the same. He had a girlfriend but no hope of marrying her because her father was the village butcher and expected a good life for his daughter. Then Avila found an elixir and took it with him when, at 19, he went to the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2010 |
On a Monday in September 2007, Teddy Johnson went to his son's apartment. Adam Johnson, 22, was in his first year at Marshall University in Huntington. A history major, he played guitar, drums and bass, loved glam bands like the New York Dolls and hosted "The Oscillating Zoo," an eclectic rock show on the university radio station. Teddy hadn't heard from his son in three days. Letting himself into the apartment, he found Adam lying lifeless on his bed, in the same shirt he'd seen him wearing three days earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2010 |
Immigrants from an obscure corner of Mexico are changing heroin use in many parts of America. Farm boys from a tiny county that once depended on sugar cane have perfected an ingenious business model for selling a semi-processed form of Mexican heroin known as black tar. Using convenient delivery by car and aggressive marketing, they have moved into cities and small towns across the United States, often creating demand for heroin where there...
January 24, 2010 |
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan and Dubai — Under strong international pressure to reform Afghanistan's electoral system before holding another nationwide vote, the government of President Hamid Karzai today put off balloting for a new parliament until September. Afghan election officials and Karzai had previously said the voting would take place in May, but Western diplomats had made it clear that their governments would refuse to pick up the tab for any balloting that took place prior to "root-and-branch" electoral reforms.
January 5, 2010
Andrew Goudelock's long three-point shot tied the game with two seconds left in regulation, Donavan Monroe gave College of Charleston the lead for good with a three to start overtime and the Cougars beat No. 9 North Carolina, 82-79, Monday night. The Tar Heels (11-4) had trailed most of the game, but used a late run to take a 72-61 lead with four minutes to go. That's when Goudelock and the Cougars (8-6) got going. Goudelock scored the last eight points in regulation, including the fadeaway three from about 28 feet with 6-foot-10 Ed Davis in his face to make it 73-all.
January 4, 2010 |
It's been a long time coming, but Campanile's Mark Peel and Jay Perrin have finally opened their bar and supper club a few blocks north of their iconic place on La Brea Avenue. Named the Tar Pit, it is painted, outdoors, an appropriate dark brown. Inside is something altogether different: a drop-dead glamorous boîte with mirrored leather booths, dramatic Art Deco touches, and a bar where the bartender whips up nostalgia-based cocktails created by mixologist extraordinaire Audrey Saunders (Peju Club in New York)