| Oct 29, 2013
| 7:06 AM
A Bakersfield zoo for native wildlife known as CALM was anything but for Ian Smith in 2010 when an escaped raccoon charged and attacked him in front of his 8-year-old autistic daughter.
The facility covered $75,000 in ensuing medical bills for the...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:34 PM
It’s well known that a spoonful of Sriracha, an Asian hot sauce made by Huy Fong Foods, can burn your mouth.
But in Irwindale, where the hot sauce’s production facilities are, residents are complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive.
The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website....
| Oct 28, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Asian American civil rights advocates are demanding an apology from Pottery Barn Kids, which has been selling two Halloween costumes -- a kimono and a sushi chef outfit -- that members say they find culturally "offensive."
"It's not that ethnic dress is...
| Oct 27, 2013
When she was hired five years ago at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares received a new perk with the job: an all-expenses-paid house to live in, with the expectation that it would be used for university functions.
| Oct 12, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Gretchen Hines schedules a weekly date with her husband, Jay, to make sure the couple has some time to reconnect.
And then there are those weeks when date night transforms into a trip to Walmart, complete with pouring rain, skinned knees, questions...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 2:29 PM
Los Angeles designer Cynthia Vincent celebrated 10 years of her fashion label Twelfth Street on Wednesday night, with a dinner at Goldie's on West Third Street.
The brand is known for its boho spirit -- tribal print maxi dresses and rompers, serape-...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 12:58 PM
The cool wisp of fall is on its way in to the Midwest and with it, Halloween. While many choose to celebrate All Hallows' Eve, not everyone takes the same approach to Halloween decorations. One certain thing, Chicago is ripe with places to shop for...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 5:20 PM
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| Sep 8, 2013
Re "No credibility, no trust," and "Credibility shouldn't be a factor," Opinion, Sept. 5
Benny Morris misconstrues President Obama's deliberative approach in seeking the appropriate response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons as a sign of...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 6:05 PM
Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design has decorated and redecorated her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice in a variety of themes during the last 15 years.
When she was going through "a dark phase," she painted the walls steel gray and...