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How British baking champ Nadiya Hussain builds bridges, one cake at a time

Her father was a chef and owned an Indian restaurant, but growing up in England, Nadiya Hussain’s mum never baked and only used her oven for storage. So the bright young girl had to learn the basics of cooking at school. She was immediately drawn to the kitchen and Baking Studies became her favorite subject. Fast forward to 2015: As an amateur cook she won the “Great British Bake Off” show competition and since then her career has taken off: She’s risen higher than an angel food cake in a warm o...
Tags: Food, Books, England, Restaurants, Sport, Bbc, Things To Do, Soccer, Bangladesh, North America, Shakespeare, Penguin Random House, Elizabeth Ii, Joe, Strawberry, Southern California


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended July 25 is based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 2. The Paper Palace: Miranda Cowley Heller 3. The Cellist: Daniel Silva 4. Malibu Rising: Taylor Jenkins Reid 5. The Final Girl Support Group: Grady Hendrix 6. Falling: T.J. Ne...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Neil Gaiman, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, Ocean, Michael Wolff, Quentin Tarantino, Kazuo Ishiguro, Malibu, Southern California, Naomi Novik, Frank Herbert


Actress Mena Suvari writes of trauma and abuse in new memoir ‘The Great Peace’

Mena Suvari says she has no doubt that her soul-baring memoir “The Great Peace” was important, even necessary, for her to write. But that doesn’t mean she’s not terrified about what people will think when they read about the darkness and despair of her life. In films such as “American Pie” and “American Beauty,” Suvari found fame before she was out of her teens, but she writes she was living a double life — her life offscreen mired in toxic relationships, sexual abuse, and drugs to numb the pain...
Tags: Books, Movies, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, John, Kevin Spacey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Joe, Southern California, Burbank, Angela, Tyler, U S Virgin Islands, Mena Suvari


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, July 26-Aug. 2

  A view from the San Fernando Valley: The newly designed 106,000 square-foot Encino Courtyard has been completed at Ventura Boulevard at Andasol Avenue in Encino, CA. Six big-name tenants will open over the next few months, including Blaze Pizza, the Kebab Shop, Planet Fitness, Pressed, Shake Shack and Target. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of  meetings ...
Tags: Gardening, Charity, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Alaska, Community, Book Club, Local News, Voice, Ta Nehisi Coates, Burbank, Sun Valley, Emily, Los Angeles Police Department, Frances Hodgson Burnett


Why it’s so hard to get grass to grow in Southern California yards

Q: My house is on a slope, but the bottom will not grow grass no matter how much I water it. I put rolls of sod down and a week later it’s burned. What would you do? A: When new homes are constructed in California, the soil must be super-compacted to protect against earthquake damage. This is one reason it’s so difficult to garden – the soil lacks any natural structure or organic matter. We’ve seen builders install sod over this super-compacted concrete-like soil, and it looks good until escrow ...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


How Trader Joe’s unlikely story of success almost didn’t get told

Long before Trader Joe’s sold a buffet of fancy foreign cheeses, it had Brie. And Trader Joe’s had Brie first. The story of how the Southern California-based grocery chain cornered the market on gooey French cheese is just one of the tales told in Joe Coulombe’s business memoir, “Becoming Trader Joe: How I did Business My Way and Still Beat the Big Guys.” Coulombe, who grew up on an avocado farm in Del Mar, died in February 2020 at his Pasadena home at the age of 89. However, with author Patty C...
Tags: Europe, Books, Texas, California, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tokyo, Watson, Pasadena, Monrovia, Pronto, Joe, Southern California, Montrose


Why Matthew Specktor went ‘Crashing’ into the lives of Southern California’s creative people

Matthew Specktor, author of the novels “That Summertime Sound” and “American Dream Machine,” was working on a TV pilot when he realized he just wasn’t enjoying the process. But he knew what did sound appealing: Writing about other creative people, like the artist and writer Eve Babitz and a list that eventually included director Hal Ashby, singer-songwriter Warren Zevon and actress Tuesday Weld among them. “On a particularly depressing day when I was slogging along with the pilot, I thought, ‘I ...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, London, Instagram, California, Wikipedia, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Montrose, West Hollywood, Lucille Ball, Los Angeles California, Los Angeles Review of Books


A nursery full of unusual exotic plants you will want to take home with you

Whenever I visit Worldwide Exotics Nursery, I see something I’ve never seen before. It’s a nursery with lots of unusual selections and many of them appeal to the “I gotta have one” mentality of the incurable plant lover. Now that the pandemic is abating, however, much of the nursery’s stock has been depleted. Proprietor Shelley Jennings informed me that delayed beautification of our surroundings has led to a horticultural buying frenzy, especially where the kind of exotic fare she grows is conce...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, South Africa, Lowe, Rancho Palos Verdes, Euphorbia, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Home + Garden, Top Stories Breeze


Self-identified ‘incel’ charged with planning mass shooting

By Mark Hosenball | Reuters WASHINGTON – A man who identified himself as an “incel” – involuntary celibate – was arrested on Wednesday and charged with planning a mass shooting of women college students in Ohio and illegal possession of a machine gun, U.S. prosecutors said. Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, planned to shoot women at sororities, the U.S. Department of Justice said, without identifying the university. If convicted he could be imprisoned for life. It was not immediately known who...
Tags: Politics, Crime, News, Guns, Washington, Sport, Soccer, Courts, Ohio, University Of California, Justice Department, Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara, Reuters, U S Department of Justice, U S Army


Outgunned: Why California’s groundbreaking firearms law is failing

Two decades ago, California legislators added a new weapon to the state’s growing arsenal of gun-control measures, already among the toughest in the nation. Their motivation came from 2,000 miles away in a shaken Chicago suburb. It was there that a gunman opened fire in an engine factory where he’d worked for nearly 40 years. He killed four people and wounded four others before pulling the trigger on himself. It was soon revealed that some of the weapons he smuggled inside should have been earli...
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, California, Oregon, Office, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, New York Times, Sacramento County, Arizona, Bill, Department Of Justice


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller Lis for the sales week ended Sunday, July 18 is based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Malibu Rising: Taylor Jenkins Reid 2. Falling: T.J. Newman 3. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 4. The Cellist: Daniel Silva 5. Klara and the Sun: Kazuo Ishiguro 6. The Paper Palace: Miranda Cowley Helle...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Stephen King, America, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, Michael Wolff, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Lewis, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Green, Brit Bennett, Malibu


Watch live: 2 corpse flowers expected to bloom this week at the Huntington Library

SAN MARINO — Two corpse flowers are expected to bloom this week at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Stinkie grew 2.5 inches Sunday to 76.5 inches, and Green Boy 1.5 inches to 71.5 inches, according to Susan Turner-Lowe, The Huntington’s vice president for communications & marketing. Limited in-person viewing with masks required will begin Wednesday in the Conservatory, which is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and closed Tuesdays. Reservations are not requ...
Tags: Gardening, News, Youtube, Environment, California News, Sport, Soccer, United States, San Marino, HUNTINGTON, San Fernando Valley, Huntington Library, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN


Watch live: 2 corpse flowers expected to bloom at this week at the Huntington Library

SAN MARINO — Two corpse flowers are expected to bloom this week at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Stinkie grew 2.5 inches Sunday to 76.5 inches, and Green Boy 1.5 inches to 71.5 inches, according to Susan Turner-Lowe, The Huntington’s vice president for communications & marketing. Limited in-person viewing with masks required will begin Wednesday in the Conservatory, which is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and closed Tuesdays. Reservations are not requ...
Tags: Gardening, News, Youtube, Environment, California News, Sport, Soccer, United States, San Marino, HUNTINGTON, San Fernando Valley, Huntington Library, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN


15 free Comic-Con @Home panels to watch during the virtual comic convention July 23-25

With the in-person version of San Diego Comic-Con on pause for the pandemic, the annual celebration of popular culture arrives online again for a second Comic-Con @Home, which runs from Friday to Sunday, July 23-25, with a few early offerings on Wednesday and Thursday, July 21-22. We’ve scoured the program looking for old friends — Hello, Her Universe fashion show at 6 p.m. Friday. It’s also fun to make new discoveries, such as the promising Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1981 Week — Why’d It Have to ...
Tags: Apple, Books, Hbo, John Lewis, Movies, Melissa Mcbride, White House, Amc, Time, Ray Bradbury, Sport, Gotham, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, July 19-26

  San Fernando Valley Historical Society meets on July 22 outdoors at the Andres Pico Adobe in Mission Hills. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of  meetings in the San Fernando Valley.   Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for meetings. Currently, the group is also offering ...
Tags: Gardening, New York, Movies, Charity, Mike Malone, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Marissa, Book Club, Local News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Voice, Sherman


What to do with a fig tree with curling leaves and a plum tree with yellowing, disfigured leaves

Q: My fig tree is looking distressed lately. I have been watering it regularly, but the leaves are curled, drooping, and drying out. I also have a plum tree that is looking sad. All the new leaves are yellowing and curled up. That tree also has been watered regularly. What could be the problem? A: Your fig tree looks very sad indeed. One of your photos shows a split in the trunk, so this could be the source of the problem. Sometimes, when a tree receives a lot more water than usual, the cambium ...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Gophers, Los Angeles County, South Bay, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, Top Stories SGVT


How often should I water this plant? Some advice for that popular gardening question

I have a nectarine tree that is five years old and currently has fruit on it. How many times a week should I water it? – Donna Vanega, north El Monte When it comes to gardening and horticulture, there is no more frequently asked question than, “How often should I water?” There are so many factors at work when it comes to watering that it is impossible to provide a standard answer to this question. The best advice is simply not to water according to a fixed schedule, taking into account soil type...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Usda, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Glendale, University Of California, Southern California, Valley, South Bay, Burbank, Corona, San Fernando Valley, Tujunga


It took Chris Stuck 20 years to get published. Now he’s not holding back.

Chris Stuck’s debut short story collection, “Give My Love to the Savages” was a long time coming — two decades after getting his MFA in creative writing. Now that Stuck has finally made it at age 45, he is not holding back. The book’s first story tracks the life of a biracial man like Stuck from the first time he heard the N-word – in kindergarten – through decades of American racism that is sometimes casual, sometimes pointed, but always personal. Stuck follows that poignant and personal t...
Tags: Books, US, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Yale, David Bowie, Portland, Marilyn Monroe, Harry Potter, White, Black, Joyce Carol Oates, Southern California, Montrose, MFA


Enter the overgrown tunnel of plants into Montrose’s Lost Books, sister to LA’s Last Bookstore

There’s no sign. No phone number. No website. But if you venture in through the Instagram-ready tunnel of plants and greenery, you’ll emerge into the world of Lost Books. Located in Montrose in northeast Los Angeles County, the shop, which opened quietly in late June, is a sister to downtown L.A.’s Last Bookstore, the massive store and tourist spot known for its huge inventory and its own picture-perfect archway and book-related sculptures and photo spots. Related links A $10,000 gift cert...
Tags: Books, Instagram, California, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Yale, Marilyn Monroe, Joyce Carol Oates, Southern California, Montrose, Josh, Spencer, Los Angeles County, Tustin


1 officer killed, 3 wounded in standoff in Texas

Associated Press LEVELLAND, Texas — One officer was killed and three others were wounded Thursday when a police standoff in a small West Texas city erupted in gunfire. The incident involved a man reported as possibly armed shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday on a residential street in Levelland, about 30 miles west of Lubbock. The confrontation escalated quickly, gunfire erupted as the suspect barricaded himself inside a house, and a standoff ensued. Three of the wounded officers were taken to a Lubbo...
Tags: Texas, Crime, News, Guns, Sport, Soccer, Associated Press, Lubbock, West Texas, Bartlett, Levelland, Levelland Texas, National News, Lubbock County, Lubbock County Sheriff s Office, Josh Bartlett


Armed man detained after trying to drive into parking garage of Downtown LA federal building

LOS ANGELES — An armed man who attempted to enter the parking garage of the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday was taken into custody. The incident is under investigation by the Federal Protection Service, with assistance from the LAPD and FBI. https://t.co/vFUWPKCxWq — CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 14, 2021 The man was wearing body armor and was stopped in his white SUV by contracted security officers “who noticed a firearm inside the vehicle,” said Depar...
Tags: News, Guns, Colorado, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Biden, Department Of Homeland Security, Lapd, Public Safety, Higgs, Los Angeles Police Department, Downtown Los Angeles


Handgun sale ban to under 21-year-olds is unconstitutional, appeals court says

By Tierney Sneed | CNN Federal regulations setting a minimum age of 21 years old for purchasing handguns from licensed dealers violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The restrictions were deemed unconstitutional by a divided three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The majority opinion, written by Donald Trump-appointee Judge Julius N. Richardson, said the laws relegated “either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status.”...
Tags: Business, Florida, Politics, New York, News, Guns, Supreme Court, Congress, America, Barack Obama, Sport, Cnn, Soccer, Retail, Courts, Capitol Hill


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended July 11 is based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Malibu Rising: Taylor Jenkins Reid 2. Falling: T.J. Newman 3. The Paper Palace: Miranda Cowley Heller 4. Project Hail Mary: Andy Weir 5. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 6. Klara and the Sun: Kazuo Ishiguro 7....
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Los Angeles, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, Yale, Marilyn Monroe, Salem, Quentin Tarantino, William Golding, Coca Cola


Joyce Carol Oates talks Marilyn Monroe clones and more in ‘Night, Neon’ story collection

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” Or so goes the Internet-popular quote by Joyce Carol Oates, who the New Yorker called “American’s preeminent fiction writer,” author of nearly five dozen novels – not to mention her memoir, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays and essays. But be warned: To slip into the other’s skin in an Oates’ story often is to be brought into psychological disturbance ...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Greece, Obama, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Yale, New Jersey, Marilyn Monroe, Princeton, Coca Cola, Joyce Carol Oates, Southern California, Princeton University


Nearly 50 years after dropping out to live with J.D. Salinger, Joyce Maynard is a Yale student with a new novel

Joyce Maynard is 67 now and, in a sense, has come full circle. She returned to Yale University as a student in 2018 — she’s a junior now — after dropping out on the first day of her sophomore year in 1972. Back then, she left her scholarship and friends behind to move into a cabin in the New Hampshire woods with reclusive “Catcher in the Rye” novelist J.D. Salinger at his urging. He was 53. Salinger had sought her out shortly after she’d found national fame as a teen for writing a New York Times...
Tags: Books, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, New Hampshire, Yale, New York Times, Richard Thompson, Coca Cola, Vanity Fair, New York Times Magazine, Usc, Bay Area, Southern California


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, July 12-19

  A view from the San Fernando Valley: Alex Trebek’s family looks on as a sign is unveiled during a press conference outside the iconic Northridge Skateland which is targeted for conversion into the Trebek Center, a bridge-housing facility for the homeless and named after one of its main benefactor “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek. The center, on Parthenia Street, will be operated by the Hope of the Valley, a nonprofit targeting preventing, reducing and eliminating poverty, hunger and homelessne...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Gardening, New York, Charity, Sport, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Book Club, Local News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Voice, Sherman, Agatha Christie, Alex Trebek


FBI says ‘no reason to believe’ suspects with guns, ammo posed threat to MLB All-Star Game

The FBI said it has no reason to believe four people arrested with guns and ammunition in a hotel a block away from Coors Field on MLB All-Star Game weekend posed a threat to the game, but Denver police refused to rule out the possibility of a mass shooting plot during a Sunday news conference. Denver police on Friday seized weapons and a significant amount of narcotics from two rooms at The Maven Hotel at 1850 Wazee St., Denver police Chief Paul Pazen said Sunday. A source who spoke to The Post...
Tags: Facebook, News, Guns, Colorado, Sports, Cbi, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Mlb, Biden, Denver, Ricardo Rodriguez, Platt, Denver Post, Colorado Bureau of Investigation


Thriller novelist Karin Slaughter talks new book ‘False Witness,’ cooking with Coca-Cola

Author Karin Slaughter has staked out a distinct territory for her mysteries and thrillers, setting her 10-title Will Trent series in Atlanta and her seven-title Grant County series, five standalone novels and 10 novellas in Georgia. “I know there are other people writing mysteries set here, but I could probably take them in an arm-wrestling match,” she once told me. “The South is who I am.” Slaughter, 50. was born in Jonesboro, 18 miles from Atlanta, a town so small at the time that “if yo...
Tags: Books, Australia, La, Atlanta, Georgia, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Vancouver, Slaughter, Coca Cola, Usc, Southern California, Samsonite, Cathy


Why this ‘Mystery’ gardenia is blooming despite the heat and drought conditions

Nearly two decades ago, I planted a ‘Mystery’ gardenia. Today it is over six feet tall and currently covered with fragrant white blooms that reach up to five inches across when fully open. I have been thinking about this gardenia — which needs no more water than my California lilac (ceanothus) — as the local drought conditions intensify. Also blooming now are my six-foot-tall chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) with magnificent purple, spire-shaped inflorescences. It’s on a similarly sparse water r...
Tags: Gardening, Australia, California, China, Africa, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, South Africa, North America, South Carolina, Joe, Oceania, Southern California, Charleston South Carolina, Alexander Garden


Dana Spiotta’s ‘Wayward’ takes on a topic not often discussed in novels, and here’s why

Dana Spiotta’s latest novel “Wayward” is set just four years ago, in 2017, but the author said the upheavals of 2020 alone were drastic enough to make that recent time seem like historical fiction. “It was the pandemic and then the George Floyd murder and then the election,” she says by phone from Syracuse, New York. “I was very determined to make it just 2017 and true to that moment.” Falling somewhere between drama and dark comedy, “Wayward” shows a family unraveling against the backdrop of ge...
Tags: Books, California, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Bravo, Tokyo, James Taylor, Syracuse, Joni Mitchell, Sam, Usc, Southern California, Trump



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