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The Great Hotel Boomlet of 2015

Ely Portillo of the UPoR writes: Charlotte’s uptown apartment market is booming, and office towers are springing up. But it’s another sector – hotels – that’s quietly laying the groundwork for even more dramatic growth. The new hotels proposed and under construction would add about 1,900 rooms uptown and in surrounding neighborhoods, increasing the hotel […]

Actors Equity and the Future of American Theater

This week, the membership of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, voted to oust an incumbent president -- virtually unprecedented in the history of the organization. The ouster was the result of an organized revolt by actors in Los Angeles, who have been fighting Equity's efforts to gut LA's vibrant intimate theater scene. Show More Summary

Southland water importer OKs $350-million boost in lawn-removal rebates

Responding to a surge of interest in removing grass amid California's worsening drought, the Metropolitan Water District agreed Monday to spend an additional $350 million to help homeowners and businesses replace the turf.

Baseball: No. 19 seed Chavez reaches Division II championship game

San Fernando Chavez, 1-11 in the East Valley League this season and the No. 19 seed in the City Section Division II playoffs, advanced to the championship game at Dodger Stadium by knocking off Franklin, 4-1, on Tuesday night at the Urban Youth Academy.

Crews close to excavating ruptured section of oil pipeline

Investigators are nearing an important step in determining what caused an underground oil pipeline last week to rupture and release as much as  101,000 gallons of crude along the Santa Barbara County coast.

Sunburnt Knees, Hugs from Killer Mike, and Kendrick's Exclusions: Emily Nokes Reports Back from Sasquatch 2015

10 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Come for the Michael Bolton shirt, stay for the crucified piñata, the Jesus belt buckle, and the Rasta socks. Fine, I'll explain why I wasn't able to see Robert Plant and the Sensational Spaceships or whatever. Sunday evening, thereShow More Summary

A sampler of college commencement speeches

"Don't cave to the status quo. Don't trade happiness for deferred gratification. Don't give up adventure for safety and security. The safe is the enemy of the satisfying. Deferred gratification has a way of being deferred forever. And the status quo, 'business-as-usual,' 'the-way-things-have-always-been-done'...

Maybe You Shouldn't Have Sex 'til You Can Answer This Question

Bi-curious guy to gaggle of girls: He wakes up every morning, looks in the mirror and says, “I hope I don't have herpes.”Girl #1: Has he gotten tested?Bi-curious guy: No, he's too afraid.Girl #2: I would be too if I'd been around that much dirty snatch.Girl #1: Wouldn't you be able to tell if you […]

Supreme Court could deal California 'a one-two punch' on redistricting

In recent years, California voters have backed a series of changes to the state's elections system to reshape its political landscape. Now, potential upheaval is brewing again, this time from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former Macy's Plaza in DTLA getting makeover from roof down

Workmen torched a hole in the roof of the former Macy's Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday as part of an ambitious $180-million makeover aiming to transform the fortress-like mall into an outdoor plaza.

Windy City Ribfest Coming Over July Fourth Weekend

Windy City Ribfest will return to Uptown for the sixth consecutive year over the Independence Day weekend. Get ready for music and tasty food on Broadway between Leland and Lawrence, from Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th. The fest will be open noon to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9pm on Sunday. Show More Summary

Remains of Swedish exchange student missing since 1982 identified

A 33-year mystery over the disappearance of a Swedish exchange student in the Bay Area has finally ended, with the Alameda County coroner confirming bones found in a creek bed were those of Elisabeth Martinsson.

Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to solve his police and fire pension problem by paying less upfront, taking longer to pay off the debt and getting some of the money to cover what the city owes from a Chicago casino.

Day Around The Bay: Former 49er Ray McDonald Arrested Again In San Jose

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Rockets still face a big hole against Warriors

Somewhere, Chris Paul is slowly shaking his head, all too aware that the Houston Rockets are never quite out of it when you think they are.

I'm Not Following You; We're Riding the Bus Together

White girl, yelling to black friend: Heather! Come to the back of the bus and sit with me!Heather: I ain't no Rosa Parks!–Bus, Brooklyn

Briar Woods softball rolls past Tuscarora to repeat as Conference 14 champions

The tokens of Briar Woods’ recent run of success in softball are easy to spot. There’s the large blue pennant near the left-field foul pole commemorating the Falcons 2011 Virginia AA state title and the smaller banners that adorn the beige bricks behind the team’s third-base dugout and tick off All-Met selections and district titles by year. Read full article >>

Sasquatch Festival: 4 Days of Music, Heat, and Crowd-Friendly Mayhem

12 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Sleater-Kinney played to a sparse crowd. Brooklyn Benjestorf Four days of festival makes for a marathon, but I held up pretty well. (Especially since I'm 100 in festival years.) Follow my journey through the Gorge, as I take you along...Show More Summary

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