CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 |
Jose Fernandez looked out his apartment window near MacArthur Park and admitted, in defeat, that he's grown accustomed to the view: Torn couches, dingy mattresses, broken dressers, dusty headboards. The procession of rejected furniture piles high and wide on the sidewalk, compliments of neighbors and whoever else decides to dump and run. "I've seen junk stay out there a week … sometimes a month," the 24-year-old said. "Everyone walks by and stares. No one does anything about it. " Hoping to put a stop to the rubbish, the city recently launched a $1-million cleanup effort aimed at Councilman Gil Cedillo's 1st District, including areas such as Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 |
The playground at Berendo Middle School, just west of downtown Los Angeles, looks more like the surface of an aircraft carrier than a playground. There's virtually nothing but blacktop for the roughly 1,300 students to play on - acres and acres of sun-baked tar that heats up in summer and gets slippery when it rains. And that's why there's so much enthusiasm for a beautification plan that aims to transform a corner of the campus into an oasis that would be enjoyed not just by students, but the whole community.
October 2, 2013 |
"Ironside," the Universal-produced TV series about a wheelchair-bound police detective that ran from 1967 to 1975 on NBC, has been chopped, channeled and reupholstered as "Ironside," a Universal-produced TV series about a wheelchair-bound police detective that premieres Wednesday on NBC. It will last I don't know how long. The cleverer Sherlocks among you will have already deduced what they have in common. One thing they do not have in common, naturally, is the late Raymond Burr, who starred in the first version as a San Francisco police chief-turned-special-consultant after being paralyzed by a sniper's bullet.
September 28, 2013 |
He used to be Captain America. But even superheroes can't stop the march of time so, at 34, Carlos Bocanegra has been forced to give up his U.S. national team shirt and the captain's armband he wore with distinction for nearly six years. Yet rather than sulking and whining and wallowing in the kind of self-pity that has seemingly become a character trait of top-flight soccer players, Bocanegra displayed the kind of selfless leadership that earned him the armband in the first place.
September 9, 2013 |
Rochelle had a really bad trip aboard a cruise ship, so what she should be asking about is travel insurance. But her question concerns customer service. Specifically, why is it sometimes so bad? Rochelle broke her back while on a cruise. Needless to say, the trip was ruined. Now that she's better, she'd like to give cruising another try. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Rochelle contacted the cruise line. She said she knew her accident wasn't the company's fault.
July 28, 2013 |
Here in the land of cars, parking spaces are scarce and sought-after. Nowhere is that more true than in the popular communities along the coast, where tension is common between the visitors drawn to the beach and the residents who live there. Malibu, in particular, is notorious as a place where some locals obscure public accessways to the beach and put up fake "No Parking" signs and orange traffic cones curbside to discourage visitors from parking. And Malibu's latest move is unlikely to dispel the "no trespassers" vibe that sometimes emanates from its shores: Volunteers are being empowered to hand out parking tickets with fines of $50 to $75 attached.