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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.
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HOME & GARDEN
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.
IMAGE
November 7, 2010 | By Steffie Nelson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For women, one of the fastest ways to get to know a new friend is to look through her closet. Sifting through the layers of silk, sequins, cotton and wool, one can learn about the new acquaintance's past, her obsessions, her quirks and the things shared in common. Los Angeles artist, photographer and fashion lover Jeana Sohn is inviting everyone to this intimate party, via a weekly feature on her blog. Though women posting photos of themselves and their outfits online has become ubiquitous in this Internet age, Closet Visit ups the ante, presenting elegant, at-home portraits of some of L.A.'s most creative, stylish women, such as handbag designer Clare Vivier and jeweler Kathryn Bentley, shot with their wardrobes.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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, tedstake.com. 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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Saturday marked the first night of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. During Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter, participants shared their recipes for Hanukkah fare. Here are the highlights: Samantha Ferraro from the blog the Little Ferraro Kitchen , one of the winners of our 2012 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off, shared her recipe for ruby red beet latkes with cumin, and the blog Mango and Tomato shared a recipe for tri-colored latkes made with potatoes, sweet potatoes and beets and served with horseradish cream.
SPORTS
February 8, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Around south New Jersey, there are plenty of people proud of their connection to Angels star Mike Trout - no matter how tenuous the relationship. For example, Vaughn Champion was a two-time all-conference pick and two-time team MVP at Absegami High in Galloway. But when visitors stop by the house, the first home video his dad pulls out is the one featuring Mike Trout. "We've shown it to quite a few people," Champion says. In it, Champion, then a freshman second baseman, fields Trout's one-hop smash to start a double play - the only ground-ball double play Trout hit into in four seasons at Millville High.
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