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October 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Jonathan Ward, founder of ICON autos in Chatsworth, likes to take iconic utility vehicles and give it a new spin. The Toyota Land Cruiser . The Willys CJ3B . The Ford Bronco . On the latest project, the crew at ICON took on the 1965 Dodge crew cab. ICON unveiled a special one-off Power Wagon D200 Reformer at the Optima booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show Painted in glossy white with black accent, the truck has a new chassis and mechanical systems taken from a modern-day Dodge Ram 3500 series pickup.
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BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
One of the quirkiest trends in the auto industry is Ford's success at selling the massive Flex in California. This is an odd vehicle - kind of a 1950s' Woody meets a 1970s Ford Country Squire station wagon. The Flex, however, is the third-best-selling full-size sport-utility vehicle in California through September, according to a report from AutoCount, the car data division of Experian Co., and the California New Car Dealers Assn. The Flex, which starts at about $30,000, is counted in that category but really is an SUV-styled station wagon.
NATIONAL
August 31, 2012 | By Tina Susman
WESTWEGO, La. -- Thousands of people brought their cars to the Alario Center in this Jefferson Parish town Friday to pick up post-hurricane necessities being handed out by the Louisiana National Guard. Keith White brought his wagon. “They didn't want to let me in -- said only people in vehicles. I told 'em, 'This is my truck,'” White said as he held onto the hand-drawn wooden cart, which was loaded with enough to keep him, his wife, Sharon,  and their niece, Tina Penner, satisfied for another 24 hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2012 | Steve Lopez
On May 27, Vicente Vasquez was digging into the bed of Echo Park Lake with his backhoe when he scraped a solid object buried under 4 feet of muck. What could it be? During the city's months-long dredging and rebuilding of the lake, workers have found lots of old bottles and assorted junk, but nothing sexy or sensational. No bodies, no bones, no rusted weapons used in unsolved crimes. Vasquez cleared a space around his discovery and saw the outlines of the buried treasure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Mireya Ingham follows her favorite food trucks on Twitter so she knows when the movable feasts set up curbside in her East Hollywood neighborhood. But some recent foodie tweets are giving her heartburn: A state lawmaker wants to significantly limit where lunch wagons can operate, keeping them even farther from schools than marijuana dispensaries. That could put many of the mobile kitchens out of business just as the industry is surging with creativity. Dozens of colorfully painted trucks have hit the road throughout California, serving gourmet dishes to largely young epicures and becoming nearly as emblematic of the state as surfboards and convertibles.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Never underestimate the significance of doors. More specifically, the significance of sliding side doors on a type of vehicle that doesn't ordinarily have them. The ease of sliding doors was the reason that, after a week with the 2012 Mazda5 hatchback, my 8-year-old son declared the car his favorite of all the vehicles he's experienced me testing. And he's been driven in a Ferrari 458 Italia, Land Rover LR4 and a whole host of other truly stunning cars. Obvious cost benefits aside, the Mazda5 is designed for everyone inside the car, not just the driver.
SPORTS
April 28, 2011 | T.J. Simers
Let me just say there's no reason to keep reminding bill.plaschke @latimes.com that he was so misguided, so wrong, and if you will, a Lakers saboteur. If you want to email him, go ahead. But not me. But I would like to know why bill.plaschke@latimes.com didn't want the Lakers to win the championship this season. There's no way the Lakers can win it without Andrew Bynum. "I'm sure (bill.plaschke@latimes.com) wasn't the only one who thought Andrew should be traded," said Derek Fisher.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After a hand-stitched title card announces the year and place as 1845 Oregon, "Meek's Cutoff" shows the slow, laborious process of a small wagon train moving across open country. A river is crossed, water gathered, clothes wrung out, cookware scrubbed. Then, as one shot dissolves slowly into another, one barren landscape fading in from the last, the wagons and their guide seem to roll right across an expanse of open sky, an image at once rustic, fragile and mystical. "Meek's Cutoff" is by all technical definitions a western but also clearly something more.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
In 1953, singer India Adams was living with her first husband in New York when the beloved Vincente Minnelli musical "The Band Wagon" with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse opened at Radio City Music Hall. " Dorothy Kilgallen had in her column, 'the biggest news around Radio City Music Hall is who is singing for Cyd Charisse in "The Band Wagon"?' I wanted to phone her and say, 'I did it.' But I was afraid. So I didn't. " Back in the day of the big movie musicals, ghost singers were hired to supply the singing voices of many of the top stars, especially musical comedy stars whose specialty was dancing (including Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, Vera-Ellen, Leslie Caron and Charisse)
BUSINESS
January 13, 2011
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Base price: $30,960 Price as tested: $34,610 Powertrain: 2.4-liter, DOHC, 16-valve, inline four-cylinder with variable valve timing, five-speed automatic with paddle shifters, front-wheel drive Maximum horsepower: 201 at 7,000 rpm Maximum torque: 170 pound-feet at 4,300-4,500 rpm Wheelbase: 106.4 inches Overall length: 189.2 inches Curb weight: ...
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