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April 30, 2009 | Mikael Wood
"We got something," Taylor Hanson of Tinted Windows sang Tuesday night at the Troubadour, "Yeah, we got something." There's no denying that: A new supergroup featuring veterans of Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne and Hanson, Tinted Windows has a self-titled debut full of near-perfect power-pop songs, as well as a frontman who couldn't look better in his soccer-mom shag and tight white trousers. Yet more than anything else, Tinted Windows' first Los Angeles show emphasized what the band doesn't have -- namely, any collective sense of rock-star charisma.
August 2, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Michelle Stafford, a star of "The Young and the Restless," has listed her Los Feliz home for sale at $2,499,000. The Daytime Emmy-winning actress, who has a passion for restoring older homes, is finished with the 1933 Mediterranean revival estate and ready to move on to another project. The oversized rooms in the 4,533-square-foot house feature period details such as stained leaded-glass windows and decoratively painted ceiling beams. The entry rotunda is replicated in the lower level guest suite and leads to a terrace.
June 30, 2004 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
At least seven children nationwide have died since March 30 from strangulation or asphyxiation after their necks were caught by power windows. The rash of deaths has prompted safety advocates to increase pressure on Congress to enact measures that would require vehicles to have safer power-window switches. "We are devastated by these fatalities," says Janette Fennell, president of Kids and Cars, a consumer advocate group that has strenuously pushed for tougher vehicle safety.
October 4, 2009 | David Colker
Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 7 computer operating system hopes to pull off a major trick with memory. Not computer memory, but ours. It's supposed to make us forget Vista. The Vista operating system, which Windows 7 will officially replace later this month, had a terrible reputation almost from the time it debuted in 2007. Because of Vista's technical foibles, sluggish operation and inability to play nicely with some other programs, consumers and professionals shunned it in droves, refusing to update from Microsoft's old, reliable XP operating system.
September 8, 1990 | BETH COBB, Beth Cobb is a regular contributor to Home Design.
Thanks to paradise-perfect days, Californians just can't get enough of a view. For some, the ideal home is a cantilevered A-frame with a view of the Pacific. For others, it's a sprawling ranch model, where walls of glass look out on sun-dappled patios surrounded by flower-filled gardens. Whether your dream home is a chateau or a condo, chances are it features fascinating windows. But the trend is more mellow than modern, as Californians rediscover the charm of the old-fashioned bay window.
September 15, 2009 | DAN NEIL
It's official. Microsoft has no shame. None. They should just stop paying rent on that storage unit where they keep their shame because they, as I said, have none. The new TV ad campaign for Windows 7 (Crispin Porter & Bogusky) kicked off this week with a masterpiece of emotional manipulation that brings back Kylie, the precocious 4-year-old girl from the "I'm a PC" series. The slightly lispy Kylie -- who pronounces the product as "Windows Theben" -- is sitting at a table in front of a PC. "My name's Kylie, and I found these happy words all over my dad's computer.
July 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Considering that Steve Ballmer has been chief executive of Microsoft Corp. for more than a decade, it might sound strange to say this, but the company may finally be his. Whether that's for better or for worse remains to be seen. But in announcing a sweeping reorganization Thursday, Ballmer sought to distance Microsoft from its historic identity as the company that Bill Gates created. He emphasized that although the Windows operating system continues to be its bread-and-butter business, it's no longer how the Redmond, Wash., company wants to define itself.
December 7, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Irregularly shaped windows and openings add an unexpected bit of playfulness to this wooded retreat in Pacific Palisades. Built in the 1950s, the home was redesigned by local architect Josh Schweitzer, who is known for his imaginative work on restaurants and houses. Location: 16130 W. Northfield St., Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $3.325 million Year built: 1951 House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,494 square feet Lot size: 18,044 square feet Features: Open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, den/office, three fireplaces, walled courtyard with swimming pool, outdoor dining area, mature trees, stream About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
September 19, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Financial disaster can be a potent muse; the Great Depression inspired notable paintings and sculpture, music and literature. For artist Emily Kennerk, inspiration came, in an unnerving way, one day last year when she walked past a nearby sand-colored, red-roofed, two-story home. Kennerk and her miniature pinscher, Gus, had strolled by the house almost daily. The dark-haired kids who lived there often jumped off their Big Wheels to pet Gus. Then one afternoon Kennerk noticed the home's unlit windows and vacant driveway and, finally, an orange flier on the garage: "Notice to Tenants of the Property: Foreclosure proceedings against this property have started …" And so Kennerk began piecing together photos, video and installations to create the exhibit "America's #1 Foreclosed City: Las Vegas.
October 14, 2009 | Dan Fost
Microsoft Corp. is going back in time to promote its new Windows 7 operating system. Taking its inspiration from Texaco Star Theater, a Milton Berle-hosted 1950s variety show that was television's first big hit, the computer giant is teaming with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane to sponsor a 30-minute show to air on the Fox network next month. The show will run without commercials, and promises to feature "unique Windows 7-branded programming that blends seamlessly with show content."
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