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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.
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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.
WORLD
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.
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)
NATIONAL
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.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
There's no question about what the ultimate accessory was this week at TED 2013 in Long Beach: Google Glass.  QUIZ: How much do you know about Google? In conference hotels, parties and at the conference itself, random people could be spotted wearing the ultimate must-have-but-incredibly-scarce gadget.  On Wednesday, Google's Sergey Brin took to the stage at TED 2013 wearing his pair to discuss his, ahem, vision for Google Glass. His appearance came on the day when applications were d ue in a contest to win the right to buy one of the $1,500 devices.
SPORTS
August 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In another sign that Kobe Bryant accepts that his NBA career is coming to an end, the Lakers' star confirmed the 2012 London Olympics would mark his last time pursuing a gold medal. "This is it," Bryant told reporters in London, according to a tweet from ESPN.com's Marc Stein . It's not surprising Bryant's already revealing he won't play in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janiero. Bryant has also recently admitted considering retiring after his two-year, $58-million deal with the Lakers expires after the 2013-14 season.
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