| Nov 13, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The Cyrus Cylinder sits dramatically lighted behind glass at the center of a dimmed gallery at the Getty Villa. But the splendorous setting, including walls painted a deep royal blue, can't dispel the notion that this may be the homeliest object ever to...
| Nov 12, 2013
The Los Angeles Unified school board members were conspicuously courteous to the administration staff and to one another at last week's meeting, their first since the hullabaloo over Supt. John Deasy's resignation threat. The board and Deasy smoothed that...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Small business optimism plunged in October as companies reined in their hiring plans and lowered their expectations for the future during the partial government shutdown.
The National Federation of Independent Business said its optimism index fell to...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Amy Herzog's "4000 Miles" is a small drama that's confined to one room and focused on the relationship between two characters, an elderly grandmother and her neo-hippie grandson.
Yet the play, which is receiving an attentive production at South Coast...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:31 PM
"Alpha House" (Amazon). Yonder comes the first fruit of Amazon Studios' semi-innovative pilot derby, upon which I reported and opined at length last spring — see here, here and here — marking its arrival as a producer of original streaming...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 1:37 PM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Brand South Africa, the body charged with marketing the nation abroad, has had a tough month.
The International Monetary Fund on Oct. 1 downgraded its growth forecast for South Africa and called on the government to take...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 8:23 AM
WASHINGTON -- A leading barometer of consumer confidence tumbled this month to its lowest level this year as the partial federal government shutdown led to fears the economic recovery would slow down.
The consumer sentiment index from the University...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 4:04 PM
Republicans continued to criticize President Obama and Senate Democrats on Monday for refusing to negotiate over the partial government shutdown that the House GOP instigated last week. And so far, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has also...
| Oct 6, 2013
The world is far too familiar with the seemingly intractable problem: Jews and Palestinians who live in the same small stretch of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and, despite decades of trying to divide the land into two...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Going into Sunday's Emmy telecast, all eyes are on "Breaking Bad." It's picked up a slew of acting awards during its five-season run and is this year's odds-on favorite for drama series; as the show moves toward its Sept. 29 finale, its ratings have...
| Sep 22, 2013
They have become a defining characteristic of the roadside, wedged in among the malls and fast-food franchises, barracks-like rows of buildings with small garage doors, surrounded by a fence. A gated enclave for excess stuff.
There are 2.3 billion...