HOME & GARDEN
August 10, 2013 |
If you search the hashtag #LAProblems on Twitter, you will find a litany of complaints: traffic, celebrities, gym woes. But for the design-conscious renter in L.A., landing high on that list is the air conditioner - that bulky beast hanging out of our window or gobbling up wall space in our living room. Air conditioners are a necessary evil in apartment life. We hate how they look, but we are completely at their mercy on a day with hot Santa Ana winds. Real-life problems can make for the most inventive solutions.
August 9, 2013 |
John Trager, curator of the desert collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, offers these five tips for growing cactus and succulents in containers: 1. Plant in a well-drained mix of 80% pumice and 20% compost. 2. Fertilize during the growing season, spring and summer. 3. Handle cactus carefully. Wear latex surgical gloves, which provide the dexterity you need without damaging the plant. If you have to handle larger specimens, use a piece of old carpeting or an old pair of pants.
August 9, 2013
Noel Carrillo was nervous this summer about his lack of health insurance. "I was a little bit scared because things happen all the time," said the 26-year-old Westwood resident. But now that he's headed to medical school at UCLA, help has arrived. Like millions of other students across the nation, he's covered by a university health plan. Insurance coverage for young adults has been in the news as provisions of the Affordable Care Act have begun to take effect, including the option of young adults' remaining on the parents' policies until age 26. In addition, there are federal regulations taking effect next year requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 |
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has received "lots and lots of tips from across the country" after an Amber Alert was issued throughout California for a kidnapped 16-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother. "We are following up on each and every one of them that seems to have merit," San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said. Authorities believe James Lee DiMaggio may be driving a blue Nissan Versa, California license plate 6WCU986, and may be en route to Canada or Texas with Hannah Anderson, 16. The body of Hannah's mother, 44-year-old Christine Anderson, along with the unidentified body of a child, were found Sunday evening in DiMaggio's burning home in the rural community of Boulevard in eastern San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 |
The man in the red coat and top hat strolling along Hollywood Boulevard had a few words of advice for the tourists from Texas. "When you get to Beverly Hills, it's Ro- day -o Drive," Gregg Donovan says. It's not some bull-riding event, so don't pronounce it that way, he tells them. Donovan should know. He spent 11 years as Beverly Hills' official greeter before being laid off as the recession deepened. These days he has traded Rodeo Drive for Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
July 25, 2013 |
It was quite something to see Prince William and his wife, Catherine, trot out their newborn son this week. I mean, they looked to all the world like regular parents, with William buckling the little one and his car seat into the back of the royal Range Rover, Kate beside the baby, and then William driving off. Just like the rest of us, right? Of course not. But it was charming to see the royal couple acting, if only for the cameras, like Will and Kate, nervous new parents.
July 24, 2013 |
When the first pictures emerged Tuesday of William and Kate carrying the newest member of the British royal family home from a hospital, some parents (including a number of staffers here at the Los Angeles Times) noticed something amiss: His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge did not appear to be restrained correctly in his car seat. The baby was wrapped in a blanket and strapped only loosely into his carrier -- two no-nos when it comes to car seat use. "I dislike it when I see negative scrutiny directed at any new parents because I think being a new parent is just plain difficult," wrote Melissa Lawrence, a mother of five who blogs at Cloudmom.com . "But the more I thought about this picture of the royal baby in his car seat, the more it bothered me ... why on Earth [wasn't he]
July 18, 2013 |
A British law firm admitted on Thursday that it was the source of the information that J.K. Rowling had secretly published a mystery novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling's response? She is "very angry. " She wasn't at first. Initially, she was somewhat wistful. "I hoped to keep this secret a little longer," she wrote on her website. " [B]eing Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.
July 18, 2013 |
Lena Dunham was en route to Silvercup Studios in Queens when she found out she'd been nominated -- twice -- for her work on the HBO comedy "Girls. " The 27-year-old phenom scored nods Thursday morning for both her performance as Hannah Horvath, the aimless Brooklynite she plays on the series, and for directing one of the season's most infamous episodes, "On All Fours. " We talked to her about what's ahead for Hannah, her love of network TV (especially "Scandal") and her real-life run-in with a Q-Tip.
July 16, 2013 |
Moving to a one-bedroom apartment from a three-bedroom house confirmed what designer Paula Smail said she long suspected: Decorating a small space is no different from decorating a larger space. "At the end of the day, your home needs to be a visual playground," Smail said. "Whatever works in a large space, works equally well in a small space as long as it is done well. " That can include using large furniture, painting walls dark colors and hanging lots of art salon-style.