May 17, 2003 |
It's only seven little letters, with a hyphen thrown in just for the heck of it, but to people in the know, the phrase "pre-Code" signifies cinematic buried treasure of the most satisfying kind. They're a sign of the secret life of American films, of a time after sound fully arrived in 1930 but before the enforcement of the moralistic Production Code in 1934.
April 27, 2013 |
Michele and Russell Poland's credit was shot, but they managed to buy their suburban dream home anyway. After a business bankruptcy and a home foreclosure, they turned to a rare option in this era of tightfisted banking - a subprime loan. The Polands paid nearly $10,000 in upfront fees for the privilege of securing a mortgage at 10.9% interest. And they had to raid their retirement account for a 35% down payment. Most borrowers would balk at such stiff terms. But with prices rising, the Polands wanted to snag a four-bedroom home in Temecula near top-rated schools for their 5-year-old son. By later this year, they figure, they'll be able to refinance into a standard loan.
February 15, 2010
Google's plan to build an ultra-fast broadband service is so appealing, it defies credulity. The speed -- 1 gigabit per second -- is about 200 times faster than the fastest connections available in the U.S. today. Alas, for the vast majority of Internet users, Google's gambit is is too good to be true. The new fiber-optic lines will be deployed in only a handful of communities, reaching no more than half a million people. But the point for Google isn't to go head to head with the broadband services already offered by AT&T, Comcast and other phone and cable TV companies.
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November 27, 2001 |
Jean-Louis Palladin, the consummate chef's chef who modernized and enhanced French cooking in America and influenced a generation of foodies with innovative combinations of the freshest ingredients at his restaurant, Jean-Louis at the Watergate, has died. He was 55. Palladin died Sunday in McLean, Va., of lung cancer, a family spokeswoman said. The chef, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with the disease late last year.
June 24, 2009 |
From the moment restive medieval scribes began to jot their own thoughts and feelings into the spaces alongside the texts and chronicles they'd been assigned to copy, much that's most fascinating about Western history has seemed, at first, simply marginalia.
June 1, 2006 |
Chevron Corp. said it formed a biofuels unit to pursue commercial opportunities related to production and distribution of ethanol and biodiesel. The unit will operate within Chevron's technology ventures business, the San Ramon, Calif.-based company said. Chevron now produces about 300 million gallons of ethanol a year for use in gasoline blends.
September 9, 1987 |
Diagnostic Ventures Inc., a Newport Beach medical equipment leasing company, said it expects to report a loss of between $275,000 and $350,000 for the 12 months ended June 30 because of a change in its accounting methods. The company also said it is restating results for the first three quarters of its 1987 fiscal year. Previously, the company, which became publicly held last November, had reported a net profit of $230,586 on revenues of $6.2 million for the first nine months of the fiscal year.
March 8, 2000 |
Southern California is no longer an also-ran when it comes to venture capital--good news for entrepreneurs from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. All told, at least 19 venture capital firms now operate here, among them 10 newcomer firms described in this space in recent weeks. At least three more venture capital firms now forming expect to join the competition before midyear. The newcomer firms already have committed, or expect to commit, nearly $3.
April 13, 1996 |
Regular access to classic instrumental-rock acts is one of the unusual pluses of life in Orange County. Several times a year, local fans can catch Dick Dale as he returns to his old stamping grounds to joust like a gladiator who traded mace and sword for a Fender Stratocaster. And the Chantays, authors of "Pipeline," one of the most durably exciting songs ever composed by teenage Americans, remain musically vital more than 30 years on.
August 16, 2013 |
The gig: Michael Dubin, 35, is chief executive and co-founder of Dollar Shave Club, a subscription service that delivers razors and laughs. When Dubin released a YouTube video in March 2012 introducing his company, where members can get razors starting at $1 a month (plus $2 in shipping) delivered to their door, he had no idea the replenishable razor blades were going to be such a big hit. The goofy video went viral, orders poured in (12,000 in the first two days) and the company's website, DollarShaveClub, crashed in the first hour.