The public sure is angry about the Black Friday creep into Thanksgiving day, with sales clerks and other store employees forced to leave family gatherings early or forgo them altogether in order to sell people goods that might be cheaper than they would be in a couple of weeks, or might not.
Only three news stories and no Column One. The rest is a garishly unattractive Disney ad for "Frozen."
During a half-hour stop this evening at the Beverly Hilton before heading up the canyon to Magic Johnson's home, President Obama met with the family of Gerardo Hernandez, the TSA officer who was killed during this month's shooting at LAX. The President also met with two TSA officers who were wounded.
It doesn't take a lot of effort to be a party guest. If you've simply shown up, you've done most of the work. As easy as that may seem, however, a shocking number of guests are still rude, inconsiderate and embarrassing. Sadly, even the most atrocious partygoer is rarely ever aware that they suck. Show More Summary
Joy to the world, deck the halls, light the candles, say every kind of prayer, attend our churches, synagogues, and all of our sacred places of worship, and on top of it all, give thanks that America was founded. Finally a new year is ushered in with celebrations as great, colorful and network saturated, as the fourth of July. Show More Summary
I don’t know which tagline to use for this post. ”Happy Honda Days” and “Helpful Honda Man” both apply here. In short starting Black Friday through Christmas the Honda Dealers are sponsoring a fun promotion. They’ll have guys in blue Honda shirts working the malls handing out free hot cocoa and coffee. They’ll be passing [...]
I can’t begin to tell you the fun I have at Press Days for the L.A. Auto Show. Yes, its a lot of work but a lot of fun is interspersed during it too. You get to meet some really interesting people from all over the world, both media and manufacturer types. The reveals are [...]
People will resort to drastic measures when they're desperate. When it comes to weight loss especially, there are some pretty crazy ideas out there. The thing is, once you hear enough people are doing this act of craziness, it doesn't seem as nutty anymore. Show More Summary
Dear Mr. Obama, Those of us who live and work in Los Angeles understand and appreciate your desire to visit our fair city. We like it here, too, and we know you have lots of pals to attend to like HRH Clooney. But if your ears were ringing...Show More Summary
The 48-page report from Connecticut’s state attorney on last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has been released, and it’s full of horrifying details.
Thanksgiving is the rare occasion when Americans of differing political backgrounds all come together around the table. Here, then, is a list of guidelines on how to win your political discussion, no matter what side you’re on:
Anyone who has lost a passport knows how much of a nightmare it is to get a replacement. So what would you do if you found someone's passport? You do your best to track down that person to give it back, right? At least that's what IShow More Summary
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz has proposed raising the number of cats that Los Angeles residents can have in their homes from three to five. I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, no, I’m already over the limit. What will I do with Grumbles, Bumbles, Mumbles and Mr. Mumbles?”
You probably think the dead have returned to their graves since Halloween ended nearly a month ago. Au contraire, my friends! The dearly departed are everywhere present in Play Dead, an extravagant horror show that puts most Halloween haunts to shame in its capacity to summon spirits from beyond. Am I speaking literally? Aye, there’s [...]
If you are a first generation U.S.-born Mexicano like me, you have probably come to realize that there are three things in this world Abuela does not tolerate: missing one of her telenovelas, missing out on some good chisme, and missing the opportunity to send amalcriado, desgraciado, pendejo (misbehaved person) to go to la chingada. Show More Summary
When Frank Capra was looking for a location to double for the paradise of Shangri-La for his 1937 film, "Lost Horizon," it was the Ojai Valley he chose. A mere 65 miles northwest of L.A., Ojai is known for the "Pink Moment," when the...Show More Summary
Pope Francis has released an “apostolic exhortation” that revisits some by now familiar themes of his pontificate. One is the need for a church that is “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets.” Another is that Christians should condemn the “economy of exclusion and inequality.”
This week, schoolchildren across the country will come home from elementary and preschool armed with cutout paper turkeys and stories excitedly recounted about the first Thanksgiving, all those years ago in Plymouth, Mass. At school,...Show More Summary
Is John F. Kerry the 21st century’s Neville Chamberlain? And is it true that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it?
The small group of reporters covering the president at particular events, in order to report them back to the larger group of White House reporters, is called the “pool.” The Times’ Kate Linthicum has been in the pool covering President Obama’s visit to Southern California, and herewith are the great liberties taken by me to edit her tidy prose reports into … a Beat poem.