December 24, 2007 |
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost ripping a CD. Online piracy is creating a modern-day twist on "The Christmas Song." Nat King Cole's recording of the holiday standard is among the most popular downloads on file-sharing networks this year. More than 1.2 million people were offering digital copies of Cole's version on file-sharing networks recently, according to BigChampagne, a Beverly Hills-based online media measurement firm.
July 26, 2001 |
By the time she saw the note at Toni & Guy hair salon in Mission Viejo--which casually advised her that a $2 energy surcharge would be added to her $55 haircut--Virginia Stout was already under her stylist's control: wet-headed with dead ends in need of some quality scissor time. "I should have just walked out," said Stout, a 36-year-old schoolteacher, with a huff. "I kept thinking, 'Is it really going to cost them $2 to use the hair dryer here?' But they had me right where they wanted me.
March 10, 2003 |
For the last 20 years, curators have been trying to persuade designer Philippe Starck to help stage a retrospective of his work. And the prolific, ubiquitous Starck -- who has become a global brand name by molding classic French armchairs into transparent plastic, revamping high-end destinations like L.A.'
August 5, 2004 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, once so popular as an administration spokesman for the Iraq war that President Bush dubbed him a "matinee idol," has reduced his public profile, trimming appearances as the war has turned from a positive for the Bush campaign into a potential liability. Critics, particularly on the left, have delighted in the shrinking Rumsfeld role. Now, supporters have weighed in as well, but not with delight.
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November 28, 1997 |
Josephine Chen was sitting in her 14th-floor office recently when she saw a burst of gray and white feathers float past her window. She shuddered, knowing that another pigeon had just been eaten by one of Glendale's resident peregrine falcons. The habits of the peregrine, a gull-sized bird that nests on building ledges as easily as on cliffs, may unsettle some like Chen, a building manager.
January 22, 1998 |
Dick Marconi is the co-owner of an automotive museum in Tustin and obviously knows the car thing inside out. So when he opened a sports bar and restaurant here, he named it Speedway and made it doubtless the raciest (as it were) in the state. The original plan called for the building to have the sleek lines of a race car, but city fathers apparently balked. What we have looks more like an ultramodern car dealership--so much for dreams--but it's still overwhelming.
May 17, 2001 |
On a recent Friday evening, about a thousand people stood in silence in the Empire Ballroom of Studio City's Sportsmen's Lodge while salsa promoter Albert Torres outlined his busy schedule of events for the following months. A few minutes later, Torres moderated a dazzling salsa-dancing contest, and the audience laughed approvingly at all his jokes.
August 29, 1999 |
My wife and I had our first child, a boy, this summer. I couldn't be happier. Really, I'm getting choked up just thinking about it . . . OK. Enough of that. Let's get to the point. Crikey! Are kids ever expensive. First, there are huge start-up costs--crib, changing table, bedding, stroller, car seats, rocking chair--the list never ends. Then I hear they want food and something to wash it down with. And we all know where those habits land us: up to our armpits in diapers.
July 17, 1991 |
From Beijing to Buenos Aires, wherever President Bush has jetted, at his side--like Don Quixote's Sancho Panza, only even better traveled--has been a short, stocky man. In frame after frame, he showed up in the pictures as the President stepped from Air Force One, walked along the red carpets and sat down with his foreign hosts in plush meeting rooms. Who is that man, and where is he today? He's White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu, and, yes, he's here in London.