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August 1, 2010 | By Lew Sichelman
Even in the toughest times, price hikes are far more common in the new-home business than price cuts. But the smartest builders are far more sophisticated pricing strategists than you might think. Savvy builders raise their prices several times before they ever get to a grand opening, which is the event most buyers take as the signal that the builder is ready to start taking orders. "Price increases don't start when you have models," said William Becker, a veteran consultant who has been advising builders and developers for more than 40 years.
April 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - It can take Moscow residents two hours in dense traffic to drive the first 10 miles on the highway to St. Petersburg, in the direction of their country cottages surrounded by lakes and birch groves. Then the road's real limitations become apparent. The potholed two-lane route connecting Russia's two largest cities has never been upgraded into a proper highway. Anyone who cares to drive its entire 440-mile length - mostly truckers - will need at least 12 hours. But 5,600 miles away, the government spent more than $1 billion on less than a mile of bridge connecting Vladivostok with Russky Island, previously inhabited only by a military garrison so isolated that four soldiers starved to death in 1992.
October 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
SAN FRANCISCO -- With each passing day, it seems that President Obama has increasingly absorbed the impact of his weak debate showing against Mitt Romney. And as he's eager for his supporters to know that he knows it's time to step up his game. "I am pretty competitive, and I very much intend to win this election," he told a group of donors here Monday night. Part of that process is testing new lines playing off the debate. On Sunday night in Los Angeles, he played the humility card, admitting for the first time an inconsistent performance.
August 17, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
It would be premature to call Saturday night's Western Conference clash with Real Salt Lake a “must win” for the Galaxy, but Coach Bruce Arena and his players felt a sense of urgency heading into the game, which kicks off the final third of the regular season. Nine of the Galaxy's last 11 games are against Western Conference opponents, so the reigning champions wanted to send a strong message in their third and final meeting against the Royals (12-7-5), who arrived at StubHub Center with a league-best 41 points.
November 20, 2010
New team leader New York's Amare Stoudemire , telling teammates how they did it in Phoenix: "We don't have that sense of urgency. It's almost as if it doesn't matter. That's something I'm not used to. I try to instill the fact that we have to play with sense of urgency. " Knick tradition Pete Vecsey of the New York Post, on canceling a game against Orlando after debris containing asbestos fell in Madison Square Garden: "... After the success of Asbestos Night vs. the Magic, the Knicks have designated Dec. 15 vs. Boston as Mold Night and Dec. 17 [vs. Miami]
January 9, 2011 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Omnibus films, those multi-episode endeavors that string together the contributions of disparate talents, are uneven almost as a rule. But the jaggedness and nagging irresolution of 1978's " Germany in Autumn" — a collaboration among 11 filmmakers, most of them associated with the German New Wave of the period — points to a desperate sense of urgency about a prevailing mood of confusion. In the span of a chaotic few months that came to be known as the German Autumn (partly thanks to this film)
April 10, 2011 | Mark Heisler
Assuming the sun came up Monday in Lakerdom and there's anyone out there reading this … In the good news for the Lakers, they still have their health! Oh and they're back in the race! Unfortunately, it's the wrong race. A week after trailing No. 1 San Antonio by one game in the loss column, Sunday's 120-106 loss to Oklahoma City dropped the Lakers to one game in the loss column ahead of the No. 4 Thunder. Of course, maintain their legendary cool, even if the Lakers have lost five in a row, what's the problem?
October 24, 2009 | Chris Foster
UCLA plays Arizona on Saturday in a game in which the Bruins will either equal last season's victory total or continue their rock-in-a-deep pool descent. Times staff writer Chris Foster looks at some of the game's key issues and matchups. There was something in the air around Westwood this week and, after three consecutive losses, it didn't have a "relentlessly positive" feel. On Wednesday, Jayson Allmond, a fullback who is redshirting, became fodder for individual tackling drills.
July 8, 2011 | By Robert Abele
There are two kinds of extremes at play in the brutal, medieval action drama "Ironclad": sword-fighting gore of the splitting-a-human-in-half kind, and Paul Giamatti's snarly outrage as bloodthirsty 13th century English ruler King John. Huffing and puffing between scenes of grueling warfare is a muscular if cheesy tale of resistance heroism, made for teenage boys interested in "300"-style violence and chest-heaving martyrdom on a more rough-and-tumble scale. Director Jonathan English, working from a blunt script by himself, Erick Kastel and Stephen McDool, focuses on a band of rebel knights led by James Purefoy's stoic warrior and assembled by Baron Albany (Brian Cox)
July 5, 2003 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
England's KaitO and the Midwest's Koufax both have four members and names starting with the same letter. But their Spaceland sets Thursday offered much different twists on modern alt-pop craft, never sparking huge explosions but still starting the holiday weekend with a satisfying kick. Headliner KaitO played staccato, shouty new-wave punk that evoked an updated Elastica while fitting neatly alongside the current up-from-underground sounds of former tour mates Clinic and the Datsuns.
July 1, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Emily Foxhall and Christine Mai-Duc
Gay couples caught off guard by Friday's surprise announcement that same-sex marriage was once again legal in California headed to courthouses Monday morning to get their licenses. Outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa performed Southern California's first same-sex ceremony since 2008 on Friday evening, marrying two of the plaintiffs from a case the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on, paving the way for the change in law. But for most local gay couples, Monday was the first chance to tie the knot.
June 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
As the All-Star break approaches and some semblance of health approaches the Dodgers, they are getting less patient with underperforming players. The Dodgers moved out their third veteran player in three days prior to Sunday's game, when they designated reliever Matt Guerrier for assignment and recalled hard-throwing Chris Withrow from triple-A Albuquerque. That means since Friday, the suddenly very serious Dodgers have dispatched infielder Luis Cruz, reliever Peter Moylan and Guerrier, disappointments all. With Guerrier, however, the Dodgers actually will have to eat a bit of salary.
May 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - This week, the streets of midtown Manhattan will once again swarm with TV executives trying to woo ad buyers to their upcoming fall lineups with splashy presentations, star-packed cocktail parties and plentiful swag. But there's an air of urgency for the suits at the legacy networks - CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. They've been rocked by an ominous first: A basic cable program - AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead" - outperformed every scripted show on television this season in the advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
April 23, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Play harder and play better. Be more physical and smarter. Raise the level of play even higher. That's what Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro is asking of his team when it travels to Memphis to play the Grizzlies in the next two Western Conference playoff games. "If we grow in that direction," Del Negro said, "then our chances get better. " The Clippers won both games at Staples Center, and lead the Grizzlies in their best-of-seven series, 2-0. Now the Clippers will play Games 3 (Thursday night)
March 27, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
So now what? The Ducks had won 13 consecutive home games, topped by a gritty third-period rally to beat NHL points leader Chicago last week, only to lose their last three at home. They gave up five goals on Friday against Detroit and Monday against San Jose and fell behind 2-0 in the first 10 minutes of Sunday's game against Detroit and in the San Jose game. Now they start a four-game trip on Wednesday in San Jose. "One thing we have that others don't is the track record," Ducks veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray said Tuesday from the airport.
February 15, 2013 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
Urgency was the word for the day. UCLA needs to play with it against Stanford on Saturday at Maples Pavilion, and beyond. "This is a must-win game for us," freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad said. They all are, with significance reaching several levels for the Bruins. - UCLA is one game out of first in the Pac-12 Conference and is trying to win its fourth conference title under Coach Ben Howland. - The NCAA tournament is on the horizon, and the Bruins (18-7 overall, 8-4 Pac-12)
August 27, 2009 | Joe Flint
Can you have too much love? That's what VH1 is starting to wonder. The Viacom-owned cable network, whose top five shows this year all have the word "love" in the title, is reassessing its heavy reliance on dating and relationship shows. Although the network says it was already plotting a new direction, that shift has taken on greater urgency since one of its reality show participants, Ryan Jenkins, apparently killed himself after becoming the lead suspect in the murder of his former wife Jasmine Fiore.
August 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vivendi, France's biggest media company, may sell its 20% stake in NBC Universal, though there is "no urgency" to do so now, Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy said. "One day we think this shareholding will be sold," Levy said in a Bloomberg Television interview in Palaiseau, France. "There is no urgency. Every year we consider it a little bit, whether it makes sense."
January 14, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is preparing to ferry hundreds of additional French troops to the North African country of Mali, bolstering a rapidly evolving military campaign in the latest conflict with Al Qaeda affiliates. U.S. officials said they also were making plans to send drones or other surveillance aircraft and provide help with aerial refueling of French fighter jets, which bombed columns of Al Qaeda-allied militants in northern Mali for a fourth straight day Monday.
December 9, 2012 | Helene Elliott
If you believe the return of Steve Nash and Pau Gasol is going to make everything all right for the Lakers, here's some bad news: It won't. There's too much wrong for even Nash, as gifted as he is, to fix what ails the Lakers. And there's certainly too much out of kilter for them to rest their hopes on the return of Gasol, who has been memorable so far this season only for his struggles at both ends of the floor while battling tendinitis in his knees. Even Coach Mike D'Antoni acknowledged the Lakers can't count on Nash and Gasol to save them - and that was before the team's too-often-passive 117-110 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday in a home game jammed between a 1-2 trip and four more games back East.
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