July 22, 2006
J.A. Adande writes that the government shouldn't go after Barry Bonds because they should be spending their time chasing terrorists and corporate crooks. And that Bonds "isn't a danger to me and you." Uh huh. And then Adande adds, "I also don't care whether Bonds skimped on taxes." Skimped? That's such a nice, harmless little word. Fact is, multimillionaire Bonds was carting tens of thousands of dollars away in a wheelbarrow, hiding his earnings from the government so he didn't have to pay taxes.
January 30, 2005
James GILDEN'S "When It's Time to Pay, Choose Plastic Over Paper" [Jan. 23] had good suggestions but failed in two areas. Payment in the local currency rather than by credit card can bring a substantial discount. Many moderate and budget hotels offer discounts of 10% or more when paying cash. This is a practical way to stretch the dollar. Furthermore, I found the suggestion of using "crisp new $1 bills" for tips to be provincial and self-centered. That seems to suggest that tip receivers would welcome the foreign currency.
January 24, 2010 |
The Power of Half One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back Kevin and Hannah Salwen Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 242 pp., $24 Give it up for the Salwen family. Inspired by 14-year-old Hannah, who had "become increasingly upset about the imbalance of opportunities in the world," the family sold their 6,500-square-foot Atlanta home and donated half of the profits from the sales price to alleviate poverty in two dozen villages in Ghana (a place they had never been)
April 7, 2013 |
When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan's colleagues. She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn't feel like having visitors, and she said so. Her colleague's response? "This isn't just about you. " "It's not?" Susan wondered. "My breast cancer is not about me? It's about you?" The same theme came up again when our friend Katie had a brain aneurysm. She was in intensive care for a long time and finally got out and into a step-down unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1999 |
The annals of child kidnapping are replete with heartbreaking tragedies, but probably none have been quite as bizarre as the crime that first mesmerized, then convulsed, Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. By the time it was over, it would involve not only an apparent abduction, but also impersonation, police coercion, false imprisonment, psychiatric abuse and--this being Los Angeles--a court fight that stretched on for more than a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1994 |
A former university professor was sentenced to 12 years in state prison Wednesday in a sexual molestation case sparked when photographs showing graphic abuse of a Newport Beach girl were found discarded on a Los Angeles street. Ronald Ruskjer, 44, a one-time faculty member at Loma Linda University's school of public health, wept and apologized during a 40-minute statement before a San Bernardino Superior Court judge.
February 28, 2012 |
I've been to Disneyland hundreds of times over the last two decades and have been writing the Funland theme park blog for about four years now. As a result, people are always asking me how to do everything at Disneyland in a single day. The short answer is you probably can't. It can be a struggle for even hard-core fans with military assault-like strategies. The longer answer is there's lots of ways to maximize your time in the park and get on the most rides possible. PHOTOS: How to do Disneyland in a day So in honor of Disneyland's 24-hour Leap Day celebration , here are my seven tips for tackling Disneyland in a day: Tip 1: If you're trying to get the most out of your day at Disneyland , I always recommend arriving just before the park opens in the morning, staying until the park closes at night and taking a long break in the heat of the afternoon at your hotel pool or cocktail bar. It may sound like a long day, but you'll get more done in the first two hours and the last two hours of your day than if you spent 15 hours straight at the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2003 |
Like many honor students with dreams of going to an Ivy League university, Burton Liao has been taking a test preparation course to boost his scores on college entrance exams. But unlike his classmates in the summer program, Liao has plenty of time left to learn SAT vocabulary words and score-boosting strategies before the big test day arrives. He's only 13 years old.