| Mar 8, 2009
To those who didn't know her, Los Angeles County probation officer Mary Ridgway might have seemed miscast for her job. She was a woman in a field long dominated by men, who was fond of pink and purple outfits, jade jewelry, flower pins and floppy hats....
| Dec 8, 2009
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Marie Harris, a Pacoima community activist who was one of three San Fernando Valley residents who signed the paperwork that officially set in motion the Valley secession movement, died Dec. 2 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. She was 87.
| Sep 28, 2009
When Woodland Hills resident Amy Regenstreif was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, it was her elderly mother she worried about most.
The survival rate for Regenstreif's cancer, a rare form called leiomyosarcoma, was only five years and she worried that...
| Aug 30, 2007
Where it was hot and steamy in Southern California on Wednesday afternoon, it was really hot and steamy.
And where it was relatively cool and comfortable, it was pretty darn cool and comfortable for late August.
All told, Wednesday's weather yielded...
| Jul 9, 2008
Save money -- eat out.
It might sound counterintuitive, and it flies in the face of advice tossed out by penny-pinching "experts" -- but they don't know what we know: where to find the best dining deals in town.
Who says it's cheaper to eat in? We...
| Apr 23, 2008
Jurançon comes in two varieties, sweet or dry. But for spring and summer drinking, you want the dry, or sec. This offering from Clos Lapeyre is a lovely alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. It's a unique white, pale gold in color, with a novel...
| Dec 24, 2008
NV Roederer Estate Brut -- widely available, including at most Cost Plus World Market stores; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, www.winex.com; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, www.thewinecountry.com; and Du Vin Wine & Spirits,...
| Sep 20, 2008
LOUNGING ON a chaise beneath a Balinese umbrella in the backyard of Edward Sorano and Scott Ellis, you can imagine yourself on vacation at a tropical resort. Surrounded by tiki torches, Indonesian fabrics, gurgling fountains and tropical plants, you half-...
| Jan 21, 2009
Lovers of white Burgundy alert! Here's a lovely Puligny-Montrachet from the Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet for only about $30. A warm gold in color, the 2005 "Clos du Chateau" is crisp and cool, with accents of citrus, flowers and white pepper, and a...
| Jul 9, 2008
Greek wines aren't yet household names, nor are they widely available. But they are eminently affordable, as this selection suggests. Though the reds listed below are quite different from one another, the whites are similar enough -- each bearing, in...
| Aug 13, 2008
Finding the right rosé
Of THE dozen-and-a-half rosés I tasted for this article, here are the ones I liked the best, listed in alphabetical order. All of them will prove terrific drinking through the summer.
2007 St. André de Figuière "Cuvee Magali."...
| Sep 12, 2007
Despite the feeble dollar, in France it is still possible to ferret out wines with a terrific price-quality ratio, particularly if you turn away from Burgundy and Bordeaux. Côtes du Roussillon in the Languedoc region is one appellation where you can...