CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2013 |
I'm sorry I missed testimony today about the city of Bell paying for ex-mayor Oscar Hernandez to get hair plugs and forking over $10,000 more for former Councilman George Cole to attend weight-loss camp. On the other hand, I did get to L.A. County court in time to hear former city official Angela Spaccia say her pay was grossly bloated. "Were you being overpaid?" asked her attorney. Spaccia was hauling away more than $500,000 a year at one point, so she must have known that if she answered "no," the entire jury and two dozen more courtroom witnesses would have choked at the same time.
October 31, 2013 |
A genial "Hangover" for the AARP set, "Last Vegas" is roughly what you'd expect, or fear, but a little better. The four stars of the thing, born between 1937 and 1947, are Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The set-up: Lifelong Flatbush-born pals reunite for the bachelor party of the Douglas character, a Malibu slicko marrying a much younger woman. Old grudges reignite; new hijinks (bikini-contest judging, fistfights with twerps one-third their age) ensue; a tax attorney turned Vegas lounge singer (?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 |
Her name graces no labels, but millions wear Ruth Benerito creations daily. A government chemist, Benerito led a team that helped create wrinkle-resistant cotton - an innovation that spared homemakers hours of ironing and breathed new life into an industry smothered in rayon, polyester and other synthetics. Benerito, who was credited with 55 patents and more than 200 professional publications, died Oct. 5 at her home in Metairie, La., family members said. She was 97. Until Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, she had lived in the same house for 56 years, sharing it in her later years with an older sister.
September 11, 2013 |
It's getting easier for Baby Boomers to hide their years. Federal regulators for the first time have approved Botox injections to temporarily ease the appearance of crow's feet. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the drug, made by Irvine-based Allergan Inc., to treat wrinkles that form on the outside edge of the eyes. The decision comes 11 years after the FDA approved Botox for the temporary improvement of wrinkles between the eyebrows, known as frown lines.
August 6, 2013 |
Sarah Jessica Parker says she is not as into fashion as people expect her to be, but at age 48, she believes in "buying as many anti-aging creams as possible. " [Express] Still, she is on the cover of September's Harper's Bazaar wearing a Marc Jacobs dress, and inside she models looks by Oscar de la Renta, Gucci and Chanel. [Harper's Bazaar] Supermodel Elle McPherson married hotelier Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji. [Los Angeles Times] Susan Koger, founder of online vintage purveyor Modcloth , has launched a plus-size line.
June 25, 2013 |
Jamie Jamison still has the 1996 copy of Spin-Off magazine dedicated to cotton and color, the issue that inspired her to plant her own cotton. A member of the Southern California Handweavers' Guild , she already knew how to dye her own fabric for weaving. The logical next step was to plant some cotton seeds near the clothesline in her West L.A. backyard. She tried brown and green varieties but had her best luck with the white. The cotton took over its first location and had to be moved.