November 20, 2013

A realtor with Knack

Sharona Alperin “sold” her first home while still in her late teens. At the time, Alperin was several years away from gaining her Realtor’s license, and both the circumstances and the client were a bit unique.


Mark Lacter, a longtime L.A. business journalist, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a stroke on Nov. 13, his wife, Laura Levine, told LA Observed. He was 59. Lacter covered business in Southern California as an editor and reporter. A regular contributor to LA Observed, Los Angeles magazine and KPCC-FM’s “Morning Edition,” Lacter had previously worked as editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal and business editor for the L.A. Daily News.\n

Failing unusual at Hebrew charter schools

On a bright autumn morning, Hebrew songs and phrases fill the sun-drenched, freshly painted blue and white classrooms of New York’s Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

U.S. suckers on the loose

When I see the earnest and eager John Kerry globe-trotting the world in his sharp business suits trying to convince mullahs not to build a nuclear bomb, I can’t help but have these politically incorrect thoughts that are loaded with stereotypes.

Naftali Bennett still mulling religious reforms

Naftali Bennett doesn’t like to waste time. In the eight months since he took over three Israeli ministries — religious services, economy, and Diaspora and Jerusalem affairs — Bennett has pushed through legislation to give Israeli couples more freedom in choosing which rabbi officiates at their wedding, worked with coalition partner Yair Lapid to lop $11 billion off Israel’s budget and fast-tracked a resolution to the showdown over women’s prayer at the Western Wall.

Food trucks: Have kosher, will travel

Finding space to move inside the tiny kitchen of The Kosher Palate food truck is tough, but that hasn’t stopped owner Michele Grant from using it to cook up plenty of creative meals for her menu.

Singer Adam Levine named People’s sexiest man alive

Singer Adam Levine, the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning rock group Maroon 5 and a judge on the hit NBC singing show \”The Voice,\” was named People magazine\’s sexiest man alive, the magazine announced on Tuesday.

State assembly candidate playing the Jewish card?

Former Culver City Mayor Christopher Armenta, who is running for a California state Assembly seat, sent a mailer to local residents last week accusing his opponent’s father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, of using his influence to elect Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to the state Assembly by scheduling the upcoming special election on Dec. 3, during Chanukah.

A new ‘Magic’ for Mozart’s opera

Opera director Barrie Kosky didn’t like Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” when he first saw it at age 10. Mozart’s Singspiel — a genre of opera characterized by spoken dialogue, along with singing — was a big hit in 1791, and the composer himself goofed around on stage during some of the performances. Ideally, given its broad comedy and fantastical characters, the opera should be able to engage kids.

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