Lawrence Marcus

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The red brigade

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There's only one real test for a cult wine. "It's the lack of rationality people will exhibit to obtain it," says Randy Clement, partner at Silver Lake Wine. If that's the case, Steve Elzer, senior…

Gin grows up

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Gin's got time on its side; it's been popular since the late 1600s. But now, to put it kindly, "it's at a low ebb," says Norman's sommelier Peter Birmingham. "It's been going steadily downhill for 40…

  • Film

Quite a wake-up call

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Chuck Lorre, creator of "Two and a Half Men," saw his show finally nommed after years as the top comedy on TV. "I don't think vindication is the word," he said. "I think gratitude is the word."

Say 'Ooh' Say 'Ahhh'

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No one can accuse the L.A. County Fire Dept. of failing in its patriotic duty. While all fireworks are banned in the city of Los Angeles, they're illegal only 357 days a year in L.A. County. The…

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