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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 23, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Tom Hanks, producer, director and A-list actor, has cast off a house in Pacific Palisades for $5.025 million. The Spanish-style villa, built in 1929, has an Old Hollywood ambiance. The interiors feature archways, frescoed ceilings, a library, a sky-lit kitchen, a sun room, a beauty salon, four bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms in 6,289 square feet of living space. The living room opens to a loggia and gardens. The property sits behind hedges and a tall wall on nearly a third of an acre.
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 19, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
This Napa farmhouse-style home, which takes its cues from 19th-century floor plans, sits on a corner lot in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section. White bead board brings a rural tone to the interiors as does the country kitchen's butcher-block counters and farmhouse sink. Location: 743 29th St., Manhattan Beach 90266 Asking price: $4.2 million Year built: 2013 House size: Five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,800 square feet Lot size: 8,382 square feet Features: Wraparound front porch, wood-burning stove, breakfast sun room, radiant floor heating, basement family room, covered porch, brick patio and paths, detached three-car garage, fruit trees, fenced raised-bed vegetable garden, flower gardens About the area: Last year, 398 single-family homes sold in the 90266 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.65 million, according to DataQuick.
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.
April 12, 2014 | By August Brown
INDIO - It wasn't yet 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Sahara Tent, but 16-year-old Niall Bauer had already met up with friends on the lawn in the massive, LED-flashing venue inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which began the first of two consecutive weekends on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club on Friday. "It's so much bigger than I expected," he said, a little wide-eyed behind his sunglasses. It was the Beverly Hills resident's first Coachella, and in many ways the festival that launched 15 years ago has been much bigger - and full of more rarified pleasures.
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.
April 11, 2014 | By Todd Martens and Mikael Wood
When the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival launched 15 years ago, creature comforts included any small slice of shade cast by the odd light pole, the occasional working toilet and maybe somewhere to sit other than the dusty desert floor. Today, there are $799 VIP passes that give you cocktail bar privileges, even though you'd have to pay extra for privileged parking. Well-heeled foodies can splurge on a $1,024 gourmet dining package. Shell out more, and you can skip the traffic - round-trip transportation is available via private jet. These pricey add-ons are emblematic of larger shifts for the event, which runs the next two weekends on the manicured grounds of Indio's Empire Polo Club.
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 (
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,
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.
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.
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