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Fri Aug 01, 2014

Obamacare health rates to rise 4%

Rates on individual Obamacare policies in California will rise by an average of 4.2 percent next year, showing that competition is keeping prices in check, the state exchange said Thursday. Peter Lee, executive director of the Covered California exchange, said that after years of double-digit premium increases, the Affordable Care Act is

Fri Aug 01, 2014

5 Things to Do: Sing along to Broadway, run for your life

SEE A PATSY CLINE MUSICAL Catch the final performances of “Always... Patsy Cline” staring Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The show, based on Cline’s life and music, will feature 22 of her most famous hit songs. Details: 8 p.m. Friday, continuing unti

Fri Aug 01, 2014

Sister-inventors find success after swimming with 'sharks'

Despite being ripped apart by investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” creators of Pasadena-based Zipit Bedding have managed to swim toward success. Founders and sisters Jennifer MacDonald and Hayley Carr presented their business concept – a reversible bedding system that combines sheets and a comforter into one zip-up uni

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Neverland Ranch being prepared for market, broker says

For sale: California estate once home to the King of Pop, named for the island of the Lost Boys. Spacious Tudor-style mansion ideal for entertaining. Chimpanzee not included. Neverland Ranch, the Los Olivos property where the late entertainer Michael Jackson lived, might soon get a new owner. Thomas Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital LLC

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Pavement plan is pocked by potholes, audit finds

Streets are poor or failing around Echo Park Lake, except for a little gap on Park Avenue that’s merely fair to poor. Wilshire Boulevard is patchy with spots in the same state. And nearly every street around Bel-Air Country Club and a whole network of roads where UCLA students live needs, or is close to needing, resurfacing, accordi

Thu Jul 31, 2014

JetSuite plane service ramps up offerings

JetSuite Inc., a charter jet service that offers private flights to busy corporate executives and wealthy globetrotters, wants to take a page out of Southwest Airlines’ book. It already is growing by offering lower fares and faster turnaround times in a market where customers often pay several thousands of dollars for a cushy l

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Nurses protest at Glendale hospital

GLENDALE – About 80 nurses dressed in cardinal red and armed with banners rallied at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale on Wednesday to protest working conditions they say compromise patient care. Nurses who work at the hospital and attended the protest say USC has failed to keep its promises to improve the hospital since its a

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Disturbing new trends in sex trafficking

The sex trafficking industry makes $32 billion a year: more than Nike, Starbucks and Google combined. A pimp sex trafficking underage girls can make $650,000 a year – tax free – by having as a few as four children in his care. And for many gangs, the sex trafficking businessis less risky than selling drugs. Th

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Kim Kardashian, an unlikely mobile video game hit

A Kim Kardashian smartphone game sounds like a joke waiting for a punchline. But Kardashian and the maker of “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” are laughing all the way to the bank. Glu Mobile, the company that developed the game, said the game generated $1.6 million in revenue during its first five days on the market in late June.

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Around L.A.: Rescue officials to develop protocols for lightning

Officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s lifeguard branch will meet with other first-responder teams and weather experts to develop beach-clearing protocols in the event of lightning. The meeting is a response to the electrocution of 20-year-old Nick Fagnano, who was struck by lightning while in the water Sunday at V

Thu Jul 31, 2014

The 'Lawn Dude' abides

Meet Lawn Dude. A recovering “wateraholic,” according to his Twitter profile, he still indulges in the wet stuff two times a week. Soon, you’ll see his spiky green hair shining bright on 25 digital billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoor across Orange and Los A

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Medzerian: Which conservation tips actually hold water?

What have you done to conserve water during our continuing drought? If you’re like most of us, not much. Water usage in Southern California has actually gone up since Gov. Jerry Brown asked us to cut back. The only person I know who’s really taken any action is my friend Maryanne, who replaced her backyard with artifi

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Festival honors birthplace of West Coast jazz for 19th year

The 19th annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival took place Saturday in South Central L.A. – and drew an enthusiastic crowd that didn’t just sit and listen but got up and danced. There was barbecued chicken and hot dogs, displays by local artists, and activities for kids, but the main attraction for community residents and visitor

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Long Beach's historic Southwind for sale

LONG BEACH – The big “S” on the iron gate at the front of a historic brick home has a regal, Southern estate kind of feel, and that may be apropos for its history. The home at 2701 E. First St. in the Bluff Park community of Long Beach was commissioned by A.C. Sellery, a surgeon from Toronto who moved here in 1906 and e

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Teen killed after suspected street race in North Hollywood

A driver possibly involved in a street race killed a 17-year-old pedestrian and seriously injured his brother Wednesday night in North Hollywood, police say. The deceased victim was later identified by police as Milton Marquez. The incident happened in the 7000 block of Whitsett Avenue at around 8 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Polic

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Cambodian Americans can't stop the music

Throughout its history, Cambodia has been ruled by royalty and rogues. It has seen unparalleled heights, like those symbolized by the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex, and unspeakable lows, such as when the genocidal Khmer Rouge was in power. Throughout it all, sometimes against all odds, art and music have endured. The Khmer Rouge, in

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Labor group dumps trash at L.A. bank

A coalition of city workers, residents and clergymen marked the reopening of negotiations between the city and its unions Wednesday by hauling trash that was clogging a residential alley in South Los Angeles to a big New York bank. Members of the Fix LA Coalition left about a dozen objects in front of the Bunker Hill office building

Thu Jul 31, 2014

These homeowners are landscaping by rebate

First of two parts Alan Dymond used to have a lawn in his front yard – partly because nearly everyone else did, too. Upkeep was becoming a pain in the neck, however, and the Studio City resident couldn’t stand wasting water a few times a week just to keep the grass green. “You grow up wi

Thu Jul 31, 2014

UCLA flood: Pipes ready for repairs, school raising money

Although some of the grounds are still wet, UCLA jump-started recovery efforts from this week’s flood by launching an online crowd funding campaign. The goal: to raise $1 million by Sept. 29 through UCLA Spark, a fundraising site like Kickstarter but specifically for the campus community. Within three hours of launching Thursday mor

Thu Jul 31, 2014

West Covina welcomes Del Taco to town

Whether it’s a breakfast burrito in the morning, a cheeseburger for lunch, tacos for dinner or chili cheddar fries at 3 a.m., West Covina’s newest eatery has it covered. Del Taco, a 24-hour American and Mexican fast-food chain, opened its first restaurant in West Covina at 2401 S. Azusa Ave. on July 19. The grand-openin

Thu Jul 31, 2014

An 'Affordable' Aston?

All the luxury brands are doing it. Mercedes with its CLA. BMW with its 2 Series. Even Aston Martin is angling for a bigger piece of the entry-level luxury pie, with its lowest-price, sub-$100,000 sports car, the V8 Vantage GT, available next month. When the British sports car maker first announced its $99,900 2015 V8 Vantage GT, two tho

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Del Mar again halts turf racing after another horse breaks down

The horror of last week’s fatal stretch of races returned to Del Mar racetrack. After a day of racing without incident Wednesday, a 4-year-old filly named Serious broke down in the seventh race Thursday. The injury to Serious was the latest in a rash of horse injuries and deaths at the San Diego County track. Eight horses h

Wed Jul 30, 2014

Slow going: UCLA water pipe repairs may take days

Jose Hernandez saved up cash for two years to buy his brand-new Nissan Versa nearly two weeks ago, but he wasn’t worried when a pipeline broke Tuesday near his office at UCLA. The marketing adviser for the student yearbook BruinLife and 2012 alumnus even went to check on his car, but the garage was dry. Within a hal

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