GPS foils thieves grabbing luxury cars during test drives
CAR SCAM: Suspects are in custody for allegedly stealing luxury cars during test drives. Officials said they were foiled by a GPS theft-detection system. "When the salesman got out of the car, they took off," a detective told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, adding a Mercedes in the case was quickly found. An Audi was also taken.
THE NEW HOME: How the Irvine Co. lost the living room, embraced new home design and is riding out the recession: "Simply put, the Irvine Co.'s bet largely put the traditional living room -- you know, the room with furniture you never sit on -- into the design dumpster. This look, in turn, can help give residences a sense of openness that masks their somewhat modest square footage and townhouse footprint." (Orange County Register).
HEALTH PARADOX: Latinos tend to get less medical care than whites and blacks -- but tend to live longer. (Riverside Press-Enterprise)
PORK PROBLEMS: Rep. Jerry Lewis brings home the bacon for his Inland Empire district, but that could be threatened by a new push against earmarks by fellow Republicans. (San Bernardino Sun).
LOTS OF ICE: For a place with no snow, L.A. now has a lot of ice rinks. (L.A. Observed).
PINK ZONE: Forget the red zone. One resident has created a no-parking pink zone in Echo Park. (Eastsider L.A.)
-- Shelby Grad