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February 13, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
The recalls of several Toyota models over the last month not only have sparked angst at Toyota dealerships but also have created headaches for car rental companies that offer the vehicles. The nation's largest rental companies have been rushing to pull thousands of recalled models off the road and assure renters that all the remaining cars are safe. But it hasn't been easy. After all, rental vehicles roll in and out at a fast pace all day long. So rounding up each recalled car, including those used for long-term rentals, has been a chore.
April 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Set at the end of a cul-de-sac behind glass gates, this newly built three-story contemporary in the Beverly Crest area makes the most of its site with expanses of glass bringing in canyon views. Retractable walls further the indoor-outdoor vibe, opening the house to a wall planted with succulents, an infinity pool and a spa. Location: 9852 San Circle, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $7.995 million Year built: 2014 House size: Seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 9,000 square feet Lot size: 17,651 square feet Features: High ceilings, open staircase, bar, den, office, kitchen island with breakfast bar, three indoor fireplaces, fire pit, covered patio, elevator, parking for six cars About the area: Last year, 369 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $3.425 million, according to DataQuick.
October 3, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Making a statement with color. 1970s nostalgia for Mary Tyler Moore and Cher. An appreciation of fine Italian craftsmanship, right down to the table linens. Those are just a few of the takeaways from Milan Fashion Week's display of style for next spring. At Jil Sander, designer Raf Simons' modern color story packed the week's biggest punch.?? Set to a soaring soundtrack from the film "Psycho," which Hitchcock famously shot in black and white because he thought it would be too scary in Technicolor, the models lighted up the runway in shades of electric blue, acid green, tomato red, shocking pink and traffic-cone orange.
April 7, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles-based models-turned-fashion-designers Anine Bing and Katheryn Rice both count Alessandra Ambrosio and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley among those stepping out in their clothes, and each captures a take on effortless West Coast style. But the similarities end there. Both designers "understand what the cool girls like, in a different way. But it's the same girl," says Jeannie Lee, owner of Satine boutique on West 3rd Street, which carries both lines. Hard rock Danish-born Bing's eponymous label (
July 10, 2011 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Over the last decade, vintage shopping in Los Angeles has largely lost its sense of humor. What was once a discount-centered exercise in fashion excavation has slowly morphed into a sometimes expensive high-fashion endeavor — where a no-name secondhand frock can easily cost three times as much as its H&M facsimile. Blame it on Hollywood's ongoing love affair with vintage, along with global, online-based competition for designer vintage. Outbidding a Saudi princess on Prada usually verges on the impossible, after all. But a growing number of local vintage hounds are putting the reason back into resale — by ditching the pricey overhead of bricks-and-mortar stores and rolling out racks of secondhand finery in their living rooms.
September 8, 1985
It's about time someone spoke out against violence, profanity and sexual abuse in the record industry. Back in the '50s I didn't like Elvis, and rock 'n' roll has gotten worse in the '80s. Performers of rock 'n' roll lead short, brutish lives. Performers of classical music are models in longevity and growing old gracefully--the difference between bad vibes and good vibes. JOAN SUTTER Hacienda Heights
January 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
How many Best Westerns does Las Vegas need? The number is apparently five, at least for now. The mid-range hotel chain in December took over and rebranded (sort of) the Casino Royale and Hotel on the Strip. The name lives on as Best Western Plus Casino Royale , and the sign and the cartoonish Victorian-style exterior haven't changed either.  If you've never been (I haven't), here's how Vegas Tripping describes the former low-roller casino: "Hidden in a little nook between Harrah's and the Venetian (we doubt Bond would ever show his face here)
April 7, 1996
I am compelled to write this response in the defense of the spirit of American capitalism. "Bottleneck Blues" (March 3) characterizes us as having " . . . not completely given up. . . ." This could not be more misleading, since we haven't given up at all and are, in fact, more encouraged than ever. Why shouldn't we be encouraged when we have demonstrated not only the project's viability for this community, but the viability of our marketing plan for our flagship Vibes beverages as well?
March 26, 2000
Re "Protecting the Land a Strong Suit," Ventura County Perspective, March 19. Hollywood has granted Ed Masry 15 minutes of fame and he's milking it for all it's worth. He rode into town on his high horse three years ago and decided Elois Zeanah was a victim of greedy developers out to silence her. What nonsense. Zeanah was a major league drama queen who grandstanded on the City Council and accused good people who disagreed with her of being on the take of developers (boo, hiss). She dished out insults to city staff and opposing council members, then carped about the bad vibes at council meetings.
June 24, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
"Traveling Man" (Home Box Office, Sunday at 9 p.m.) aspires to be the "All About Eve" of the industrial foam selling business. Ben Cluett (John Lithgow) is the veteran selling champ; Billy Fox (Jonathan Silverman) is the young hotshot who learns the ropes from Ben and then tries to surpass him. David Taylor's script sharply sets up the relationship between the two in their initial scenes together. But when the movie wanders away from the hard work of selling and from its focus on the two of them, it becomes diffuse and conventional.
March 31, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When UCLA opens spring football practice at the crack of dawn Tuesday - 7 a.m. - the Bruins can be thankful the sun has not set on quarterback Brett Hundley's college career. It makes things a little easier. "You think?" Coach Jim Mora said, laughing. Hundley's decision to put off the NFL draft for another year has UCLA gearing up for a Heisman Trophy campaign rather than a quarterback competition between Jerry Neuheisel and Asiantii Woulard. "Hundley For The Heisman" will be a well-used phrase around Westwood this year.
March 14, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Welcome to Borrego Springs, Calif., population 3,400, in the middle of nowhere (actually, about 150 miles southeast of L.A.). Throw away the smartphone; this is a place to unplug. This designated Dark Sky Community offers breathtaking views of the stars at night. The days aren't too shabby either, as my husband and I learned on a late February getaway. Be sure to stop at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (200 Palm Canyon Drive; [760] 767-4205,
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Imagine a Baja hoodie, the ultimate in surfer slouch wear, done in the softest sand-colored suede; a baseball cap rendered in sleek snakeskin; or a pair of sweatpants made of the most cush cashmere, paired with a designer T-shirt emblazoned with the low-brow term, "drug rug. " "Loose luxe" is how New York-based designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon describe the look of Baja East, their new unisex label launching this season. "When we were thinking about our product and our brand, we saw big potential in the men's department," Targon says.
February 8, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
Los Angeles' temperate climate means that it is manicure-pedicure season all year long. So it's no wonder that nail salons in Southern California are big business, peppering nearly every strip mall and street corner to rival the ubiquity of Starbucks. The nail industry in the U.S. reached $7.47 billion from 2012-13, according to Nails Magazine, and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative says there are around 1,900 nail salons in Los Angeles County. Most offer a quick mani/pedi for the palatable price of around $25; another $12 will often buy a 15-minute shoulder massage.
December 22, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
It's obvious when meeting designer Sage Machado for the first time that she is a force of nature. The multihyphenate clothing designer-perfumer-artist-entrepreneur closed her Los Angeles boutique of 20 years (whose customers included Julia Roberts, Madonna, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Alba) in April to focus on jewelry design, lifestyle consulting and "gem therapy. " Machado says she's been consulting with and making custom "healing jewelry" for clients for several years.
December 18, 2013 | By Robert Abele
For those considering a deep retreat from oppressive holiday cheer, there's Zach Clark's brittle indie confection "White Reindeer. " Anna Margaret Hollyman stars as Suzanne, a chipper real estate agent and devoted wife to her weatherman husband. Suzanne is in good spirits with her beloved yuletide season in full swing, until her spouse's sudden murder - with nearly a month to go before Christmas - sends her into a grief-stricken limbo. As Suzanne explores unearthed secrets about her husband, she seeks out and befriends a single-mom stripper (Laura Lemar-Goldsborough)
May 9, 2011
MUSIC Gutbucket Chamber Orchestra The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based jazz-prog-rock quartet makes its West Coast debut with an assist from select CalArts players. Eschewing the usual strings, this unique orchestral performance features woodwinds, vibes, keyboards, percussion, electronic sounds, noise instruments and more. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $20 general admission, $16 students. (213) 237-2800. The Low Anthem To record the follow-up to 2008's buzz-building "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin," this Rhode Island-based folk-rock outfit set up shop in a former pasta-sauce factory outside Providence; the group's goal was to capture an explicitly handcrafted vibe not much in vogue in these days of Pro Tools and Auto-Tune.
November 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA receiver Devin Lucien is never one to take the bland route when answering questions. With UCLA playing USC this week, Lucien was asked how much the result of the game would affect recruiting. "I wouldn't know," Lucien said. "I'm not the person to ask. Maybe you can ask [Shaquelle Evans], because he got recruited by both schools. UCLA was my only option in Los Angeles. " That response led to a question about whether getting ignored by USC would be on his mind going into Saturday's game at the Coliseum.
September 30, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Justin Timberlake was already pop royalty six months ago when he released "The 20/20 Experience," his first solo album since 2006 and the anchor for one of the most sustained promotional campaigns in recent memory. But that was before the record sold more than 2 million copies, more than any other this year, and before Timberlake played a string of sold-out stadium shows with Jay Z. And it was before Timberlake reenergized his loyal subjects by revealing that "20/20" was only the first half of a two-part project - yet another reason he fairly proclaimed himself "the king" onstage at this month's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
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