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June 7, 1992 | THE SOCIAL CLIMES STAFF
Always on the lookout for anything that melds literary arts with calorie burning, our eye was drawn to a flyer touting "Writing Aerobics." Speedtyping to cardiovascular fitness? A new way to cut flabbiness from copy? Fat chance. These are workshops for motivating the blocked pen-pusher.
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February 23, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - The closing ceremony here was meant to celebrate the new face of Russia. And after a month of intense scrutiny over human rights violations, stray dogs, unfinished hotels and terrorism threats, that face looked largely relieved Sunday and perhaps a bit too exhausted to party. "We did it," Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 organizing committee chief executive, said at the ceremony. "We conquered the Olympic summit. And these Games will be with us forever - Olympics.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2010 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Tourists flock to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood for people like the poem guy, who sets up a folding chair and typewriter and composes on demand in exchange for a little cash. Then there's the edgy puppet guy and the countless street musicians who lounge on the sidewalk with a change cup nearby. But the birthplace of the "Summer of Love" has also become a magnet for homeless youths who have blocked merchants' doorways and intimidated passersby with aggressive taunts, unpredictable dogs and even a few assaults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Martha Groves
In a quainter age, before Lamborghinis and Ferraris with big horsepower under the hood ripped along Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Hills thoroughfare featured … actual horsepower. For four decades starting in 1924, riders in boots and jodhpurs clip-clopped on a bridle path that extended along the Rodeo median north of the city's commercial zone to Sunset Boulevard and then on Sunset between the city's eastern and western limits. Early photos show equestrians ambling under a rustic wooden archway reading "Ye Bridle Path from Beverly Hills to Sea and Mountains.
SPORTS
April 29, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Andrew Bynum recently said he wanted 10 assists in a game, a funny notion for a 7-footer who fantasized about someday getting a triple-double. He got one Sunday, and it had nothing to do with passing. Bynum represented the Lakers' complete command of the Denver Nuggets in a playoff opener, getting the Lakers' first postseason triple-double since Magic Johnson in the 1991 NBA Finals. Bynum had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and tied an NBA playoff record with 10 blocked shots as the Lakers cruised past Denver, 103-88, at Staples Center.
SPORTS
August 11, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
At 6 feet 9, 332 pounds, UCLA tackle Ed Blanton has been a fixture on the Bruin offensive line the last three years. But what Blanton hasn't been is a dominant force. When he's on top of his game, Blanton is difficult to deal with because of his size. However, when he struggles, he isn't a factor and that is something the fifth-year senior hopes to change.
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September 28, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
In an era when teams that win championships usually have a transfer or two on their roster, Lake Forest El Toro is trying to succeed the old-fashioned way - with kids who played together at the same park, the same cul-de-sac, even the same middle school. "It's a true family atmosphere," Coach Rob Frith said. "We are not a select all-star team. We are El Toro kids who grew up together, and it's satisfying. " Passing records are being obliterated by teenagers who've known each other since fourth grade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Damu Barnes, 32, bounced his 1-year-old daughter on his knee Saturday while keeping one eye on his son playing in the courtyard of Nickerson Gardens. Nearby, hundreds of hot dogs grilled on oversized barbecues, a gospel choir prepared to sing and about 200 of Barnes' neighbors gathered amid colorful balloons for the first Nickerson Gardens Community Family Block Party at the largest public housing project west of the Mississippi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
If you live in midtown Ventura, throw some chairs, blankets and a picnic lunch in the car and head over to the Midtown Super Block Party on Sept. 13. MacMillan Street, which runs in front of the old Washington School, will be blocked off between Main and San Nicholas streets until 4 p.m. for the neighborhood block party.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1996
A daylong entertainment event billed as "the largest gay and lesbian block party in L.A. history" on Oct. 5 will feature eclectic musical acts, stand-up comics and a crafts fair, as well as a giant yard sale and farmers' market. The free Gay & Lesbian Block Party, which will cover one square block in Hollywood, is being sponsored by Stadtlanders Pharmacy, a nationwide provider of pharmaceuticals for people with HIV.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Motorcyclists familiar with the annual pack ride known as Hollywood's Block Party were excited about this year's bash, and for good reason. The 2011 ride through New York City was "a zoo," according to an online post that included a photograph of hundreds of bikers roaring up an expressway, the Manhattan skyline visible in the distance. The 2012 ride, which involved a takeover of Times Square that was captured on video, was equally raucous. "Last year was crazy.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013
Grand Park is perfectly positioned for a bit of general civic pride — it's right at the foot of City Hall. KCRW-FM's Anthony Valadez will play tunes throughout the day for a Fourth of July Block Party, which will include a full slate of guest artists and poetry slams topped with a set by the buzzy and witty alt-Latin act La Santa Cecilia. 200 North Grand Ave., L.A. All day Thursday with performances starting at 2 p.m. Free. http://grandparkla.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took over downtown's Grand Park on Friday night for a boisterous block party that was largely about celebrating him. On a giant podium erected on the steps of City Hall, a group of elected officials stood and praised Villaraigosa, who steps down this month after serving two terms as mayor. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest called him a dear friend "who loves Los Angeles. " Former President Bill Clinton, a longtime political ally, said "he's a good-looking guy" who made the city safer and greener.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Bill Clinton will be in downtown Los Angeles Friday evening to send off Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and welcome Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti during a massive block party at Grand Park. The 42 nd president is scheduled to speak sometime between 6 and 7 p.m. followed by the outgoing mayor, famed Three Tenors opera singer Placido Domingo and Garcetti. Clinton endorsed Wendy Greuel during the mayoral campaign. Celebrate L.A. begins at 5 p.m. and ends after 9 p.m. City officials promise surprise concerts by Grammy-winning artists, along with Spanish and Native American musical performances.
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May 31, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Before Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office at the end of June, he's throwing an epic party - with celebrities, an ex-president and a price tag of $265,000. The public event, billed as "The Ultimate L.A. Block Party," hits downtown's Grand Park on Friday night, June 7. Former President Bill Clinton is on the guest list and mariachi legend Pepe Aguilar is slated to perform. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will emcee. The party marks the culmination of this year's "Heritage Month" celebrations, which honor ethnic and other groups, but will also serve as a goodbye to Villaraigosa, who must leave office because he has served the maximum two terms.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2013 | By August Brown
If you would like to extend your "spring break forever" into autumn, the lineup of this year's Mad Decent Block Party should do the trick. The dance-hall party monsters Major Lazer, synth-pop sugar rushers Matt & Kim and Twitter poet laureate Riff Raff ( one of the inspirations for James Franco's most esteemed role ) will headline the L.A. version of the roving mini-festival. The tour stops in the Southland on Sept. 14, but the location is still to be announced.  Other dates get sets from Baauer, Danny Brown, Skream and 3BallMTY.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1999 | MATT SURMAN
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is celebrating the opening of the Saticoy Community Resource Center with a block party and fiesta Saturday. Members of the force from the K-9, bomb, mounted and SWAT units will be there, along with a cadre of firetrucks and ambulances. The newly renovated center is staffed by volunteers and houses programs that include Ventura Adult Education, the Boys & Girls Club and a Sheriff's Department satellite office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1997 | ED BOND
Under her shade tree on Fullbright Avenue, Carole Ozanian handed out the prizes: The newest resident, Jeffrey Yohai, got a yard sign that reads "Daisies"; the resident who had lived there longest, Garnet Clark, got a small, ornate picture frame. "This is the first time we've ever done something like this," said Clark, who moved to the area 40 years ago, when orange groves still surrounded her home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Traffic was heavy in and around downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, but not for the reasons one might expect in a city known for freeways, angry drivers and bumper-to-bumper frustration. Organizers estimate about 100,000 bicyclists, pedestrians and skateboarders flooded much of Spring, Figueroa, West 7th and East 4th streets and beyond as part of the city's fifth CicLAvia festival, which bills itself as the city's biggest block party. More than nine miles of city streets stretching from Boyle Heights to MacArthur Park and from Chinatown to Exposition Park were closed to motor vehicles for five hours.
SPORTS
September 28, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
In an era when teams that win championships usually have a transfer or two on their roster, Lake Forest El Toro is trying to succeed the old-fashioned way - with kids who played together at the same park, the same cul-de-sac, even the same middle school. "It's a true family atmosphere," Coach Rob Frith said. "We are not a select all-star team. We are El Toro kids who grew up together, and it's satisfying. " Passing records are being obliterated by teenagers who've known each other since fourth grade.
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