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March 12, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - For a 25-year-old computer whiz enlisted in a People's Liberation Army hacking unit, life was all about low pay, drudgery and social isolation. Nothing at all like the unkempt hackers of popular imagination, the young man wore a military uniform at work in Shanghai. He lived in a dorm where meals often consisted of instant ramen noodles. The workday ran from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., although hackers were often required to work late into the evening. With no money and little free time, he found solace on the Internet.
September 7, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
In a blog post written two weeks after detectives say an Orange County Internet advertising executive killed his partner and covered up his death last year, the man wrote about mistakes he'd made and about finding salvation and redemption through religion. Orange County prosecutors allege that Christopher Ryan Smith, a 32-year-old executive, was killed by Edward Younghoon Shin, 33, in their San Juan Capistrano office. Shin then used Smith's email account to contact Smith's family and tell incredible tales of a journey across Africa and paragliding near Johannesburg before disappearing as he traveled to the Congo and Rwanda.
September 2, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
The question has popped into the minds of most subway commuters, only to vanish amid the chaos of the workaday rush: "What if I just got off here?" But for Charles Usher, that idle thought launched an ambitious blog project to describe the intricacies of Seoul one subway stop at a time — all 477 of them. He wanted to pierce the prevailing urban sameness of his adopted hometown, areas dominated by high-rise apartments and chain outlets. On a recent Sunday, he headed out to the byzantine subway system dressed in a white shirt with a colorful koi fish on one shoulder, cargo shorts and pink sneakers.
August 15, 2009 | Craig Nakano
To showcase the work of lesser known architecture and interior design firms in Southern California -- and to feed readers' voracious appetites for house, condo and apartment profiles -- the Home section is launching a new blog feature called First Look. We will present new residential projects completed in the last year or so. Photos will be accompanied by explanations of the design challenges and solutions, written in the designers' own words. Your role? You're the critic, able to post comments and see the running conversation about the featured home.
June 27, 2009 | David Sarno
If you believe Lisa Marie Presley, Michael Jackson foresaw his own demise years ago. "He knew," wrote Presley, Jackson's wife from 1994 to 1996, in a revealing post on her MySpace blog Friday morning. The daughter of the late Elvis Presley, she has become a tragic link between two great music legends, whose untimely deaths shocked the world as much as their lives had captivated it.
October 13, 2009 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The headline on Ted Leonsis' blog about the Washington Capitals' loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday was short and sweet: "Yuck." The first paragraph was just as blunt. "That game looked like a game played between grown-ups and some spoiled teenagers," he wrote on his website, Leonsis pulls no punches. And since he owns the Capitals, who have become a powerhouse after years of wandering in the NHL wilderness, his honesty and openness carry great weight.
February 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Dr. Tomoko Kurokawa shares several passions: medicine, travel and food. She also writes compelling stories about her experiences and adventures on her blog, Tomostyle . The family practitioner who lives in Los Angeles and Tokyo brings a fresh perspective on travel to places most of us never go. Her medical missions have taken her to wartime Liberia and post- quake Haiti where food often was in short supply. And she has eaten things most of us would never try (more on that later)
July 19, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Thanks to the viral video of an attempted child abduction, a man is now under arrest and charged with attempted kidnapping and indecent assault. As the Los Angeles Times earlier reported, a man tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl off a south Philadelphia sidewalk on Tuesday as she was walking home from a nearby store with her 2-year-old brother. The incident was caught by a surveillance camera. The man approached the girl from behind and put his hand over her mouth, and then tried to cart her off.  The girl's little brother screamed -- louder than his sister had ever heard him -- the Associated Press reported from a Thursday news conference.  The girl credited her brother with stopping the attack.
August 6, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
This morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter got pretty fruity as people shared their photos and recipes of fruity desserts, drinks and snacks from over the weekend. Peaches and blueberries seemed to be favorites, making appearances in everything from salsa to pies. Here are some of the highlights: Daisy from the blog Daisy's World started things off with a kick with her boozy ice bellini pops and the blog Buttercream Blondie kept things shaking with peachy bourbon crumble cupcakes . Kristina of the blog Onblank made a simple fresh peach sauce to go with some waffles, and Emily Baker of the blog 'A Gilt Nutmeg' shared a beautiful white peach cream cheese tart . For the blueberry lovers, Carrie Fehr of the blog Kitchen Garden made blue corn blueberry pancakes . Diana Hossfeld of the blog Diana Takes a Bite shared a picture of her very first pie made with blueberries and peaches.
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