| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Today's front page of the L.A. Times brought sobering economic news:
- Boeing's shutting its Long Beach C-17 plant, and up to 3,000 people will lose their jobs.
- Unemployment in L.A. County still stands at 9.9%.
- The Federal Reserve says it is...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 7:17 AM
After the coffee. Before sending a check to Detroit.
The Skinny: Although I consider D.C. home, I was actually born and spent my early youth drinking pop (what you folks call soda) in Detroit and am saddened by Motor City's filing for bankruptcy. At...
| Mar 12, 2013
It was the sort of letter designed to get attention. "Final attempt to notify," it said on the outside.
Within, an official-looking "product warranty expiration notice" said that my Toyota's service contract "is expiring or has expired." It provided a...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 3:31 PM
It's perhaps not so surprising that a Bank of America customer discovered recurring payments on his credit card bill for a service he swears he never signed up for. This kind of thing happens a lot.
What is surprising is that BofA told the customer to...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 11:14 AM
Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos will be here next month. But it's OK to start salivating now.
Yes, the company that brought you a taco shell flavored with Doritos nacho cheese will soon roll out one crackling with zesty ranch flavor.
After selling more...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:27 AM
After the coffee. Before getting John Mellencamp's new CD. (Yes, I still buy CDs.)
The Skinny: I was all set to watch some pilots last night when I finally got home around 9, but instead I got caught up in "American Reunion" on HBO. It wasn't that bad a...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Sherry Tedeschi is an avid moviegoer, typically hitting a film a week, sometimes two or three.
The Beverly Hills resident usually patronizes the AMC Century City 15 multiplex so she can poke around the Westfield mall after the show. She buys packets of...