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WORLD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
April 1, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
The Easter holiday put many of our Twitter #Weekendeats chat participants in the mood for spring. In addition to the baked hams, Peeps and Easter basket candy, spring fruits and vegetables seemed to dominate everyone's holiday tables. Here's a look at the highlights: Gerry from the blog FoodnessGracious.com shared a recipe for a beautiful roasted tomato and goat cheese galette , AZgrabaplate.com shared a recipe for asparagus and asiago frittata and theAdirondackChick.com shared a recipe for spicy chipotle roasted butternut squash with cilantro lime quinoa . Susan Orlins shared 12 recipes for vegetable dishes including a broccoli soup and glazed onions.
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.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Ever feel the need to take off your top while forming a soyrizo loaf? Are you the kind of person who likes to take off their pants and get comfortable before baking a dairy-free cake? Do you prefer to eat your veggie lasagna without socks on? Then nude vegan cooking is for you. Three students named Greta, Jess and Luke from the United Kingdom  have started the blog NakedVeganCooking.com (warning: It's not safe for work). It's exactly what it sounds like. According to the blog, "We like to cook naked, for ourselves, our friends and lovers out of our huge, messy shared house in Manchester.
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