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December 11, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The chirping of birds and the whoops of children frolicking in the grassy hollow give the hilltop a sense of serenity now. It was different 40 years ago. There was a gurgling sound, a warning scream and finally a whooshing roar as death and destruction swept down a ridge into a Los Angeles neighborhood. The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963.
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October 15, 2012 | Ruben Vives
The environmental impact report on hydraulic fracturing at the Inglewood Oil Field was supposed to address key concerns raised by residents of the Baldwin Hills area. Instead, the report has deepened tensions between the oil field's owner, Plains Exploration & Production Co., and the community after the findings were released last week. The yearlong study -- conducted by an environmental consulting firm and paid for by the owner and operator of the oil field -- concluded that the controversial extraction method used at two wells did not affect the environment or health of those living nearby.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
Welcome to Stanley Bennett Clay's Baldwin Hills. In "Ritual" (at the Ebony Showcase Theatre through Sunday), Clay introduces audiences to the Becker family of Baldwin Hills, a black upper-middle-class foursome at war with each other and the pressures of modern-day assimilation. "Asians are having operations to make their eyes look more Anglo," said the show's writer-producer-director. "Hispanics are lightening their hair and blacks are getting the nose operation.
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July 23, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
Two African American men gunned down early Friday in the Baldwin Hills area were identified Sunday as Aric Lexing, 26, and Scott Grant, 40. They were sitting in Lexing's parked car at 3:30 a.m. when the suspects approached the vehicle in the 4000 block of Stevely Drive and fired multiple gunshots, said Lt. Mark Ziemba of the Los Angeles Police Department. The motive for the slayings was unknown. LAPD detectives asked anyone with information about the shootings to contact them at (213) 485-2417.
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December 26, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Shifting into four-wheel drive, conservationist Esther Feldman maneuvered her sport utility vehicle up a steep dirt road and around a closed gate to stop abruptly at the edge of a tangled overlook offering a panorama of Los Angeles. Here, the Baldwin Hills are punctuated by bobbing oil rigs and giant power lines. Commuter traffic snakes along La Cienega Boulevard below.
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February 15, 1996
A new computerized homework center has opened at the Baldwin Hills branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. The CBS Homework Center, the third in the city's library system, will provide students with tutoring and computers, library spokesman Robert Reagan said. Workstations have been set up at the Baldwin Hills library and computers have been loaded with software to help students with their studies, from programs that aid in math instruction to encyclopedias and databases, Reagan said.
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July 23, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
Two African American men gunned down early Friday in the Baldwin Hills area were identified Sunday as Aric Lexing, 26, and Scott Grant, 40. They were sitting in Lexing's parked car at 3:30 a.m. when the suspects approached the vehicle in the 4000 block of Stevely Drive and fired multiple gunshots, said Lt. Mark Ziemba of the Los Angeles Police Department. The motive for the slayings was unknown. LAPD detectives asked anyone with information about the shootings to contact them at (213) 485-2417.
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March 15, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hemmed in by warehouses, freeways and crowded neighborhoods, the fragmented bits of nature left in the Baldwin Hills might seem a doomed vestige of another era. But on Wednesday conservationists unveiled a dramatic proposal to tie those parcels together by turning a half-mile stretch of La Cienega Boulevard into a tunnel.
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January 16, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
We must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. . . . One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. Twenty-five years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uttered that phrase from the steps of the nation's Capitol, a homeless black man stood at a corner of King Boulevard in Los Angeles and pondered the minister's words. He met King once.
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July 9, 1995 | ERIN J. AUBRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
July 2, 1985, was a day Joe Gardner says he'll never forget. He was lounging around his Baldwin Hills home in the sweltering 100-degree heat, making a sandwich, when his wife suddenly appeared with an ashen face. "She said, 'Joe, there's smoke and fire everywhere,' " Gardner, president of the Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowner Assn., recalled Saturday. "I went into the back yard and saw nothing but smoke. I saw houses collapsing all around me."
REAL ESTATE
October 29, 2006 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
"Live in a dream world high above the city, yet minutes from downtown, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, the beaches." Residents say that ad, written in 1950 for Baldwin Hills Estates, still describes their community. Beginnings Development came to this farm land in 1950. Baldwin Hills Estates was subdivided into lots for homes touted as luxurious, refreshingly modern and centrally located with panoramic views overlooking the L.A. Basin.
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October 22, 2004 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
First they fought off a power plant. Then they defeated a garbage dump. Now people who have struggled for decades to transform a forlorn patch of hills and swamps into a park stretching from the Baldwin Hills to Culver City are preparing to take on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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December 11, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The chirping of birds and the whoops of children frolicking in the grassy hollow give the hilltop a sense of serenity now. It was different 40 years ago. There was a gurgling sound, a warning scream and finally a whooshing roar as death and destruction swept down a ridge into a Los Angeles neighborhood. The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963.
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November 16, 2003 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Health officials are touting a new trail that opened Saturday in the Baldwin Hills as a potential remedy for high rates of heart disease, stroke and diabetes in nearby minority communities. The trail was stitched together from several old paths in the Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area and offers sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin.
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February 27, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
If Charles Robinson is lucky this morning, he will be living in a postcard. If the weather cooperates, this week's rains will have washed every trace of smog from the air and a breeze will have chased away the storm clouds. And glistening before him in the crystal-clear sunshine will be a sharply defined downtown Los Angeles skyline, rising like a glittering gemstone set against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains in the distance.
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February 13, 2003 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police offered a $25,000 reward Wednesday for information related to the unsolved case of a Baldwin Hills construction worker killed in plain view of at least one witness. Charles Henry Yarbrough Jr., 28, was killed Aug. 20, 2001, in the 4000 block of Santo Tomas Drive in Baldwin Hills by a man with a handgun. The killer ran away. Shortly before the slaying, Yarbrough had received a call on his cellular phone and walked outside to meet a woman on the street, said LAPD Det.
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July 3, 1988 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Streets were blocked off and fire trucks were lined up end-to-end in Baldwin Hills Estates on Saturday. But this time there was no inferno of smoke and flame choking the hilltops and no hapless homeowners begging in vain for someone to save their homes. All that is a vivid but receding memory for homeowners who held a festive block party to celebrate the restoration of a neighborhood devastated by a arson-caused brush fire that took three lives and destroyed 48 homes on July 2 three years ago.
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January 13, 1999
A $25,000 reward was announced Tuesday for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of two men who killed a Baldwin Hills man last December while posing as utility workers. Det. L.J. Jones said that at 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 13, two men dressed in orange uniforms tricked Yosef Hollier, the brother of the victim, into opening the front security screen at their home in the 3400 block South of Cochran Avenue.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2003 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Expanding its reach into urban markets, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opened the doors of a new store Wednesday at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, taking the place of a Macy's that closed nearly four years ago. Eager customers, who lined up for the store's 7:30 a.m. opening, said the three-story Wal-Mart would be a welcome addition to an area that has long suffered from a lack of discount shopping.
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July 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
An oil company that hoped to build a power plant in the Baldwin Hills officially has dropped the plans in the face of major opposition. Stocker Resources has sent a letter to the Energy Commission saying it has "elected not to pursue this project." The 53-megawatt plant would have sat on land in the middle of a proposed 1,200 acres state park. The project's application was rescinded when Stocker's partner, La Jolla Energy Development, backed out on June 21.
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