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April 27, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An irrigation ditch believed to have been dug in 1781, when Los Angeles was founded, has been discovered in Chinatown by two amateur archeologists on the site of a $40-million project to turn an abandoned railroad yard into an industrial park. Environmentalists say the discovery of a five-foot portion of the Zanja Madre irrigation system is historically significant because it carried water to the infant El Pueblo de la Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.
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May 4, 2001 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To Philip and Sandy Young, proprietors of a Chinatown printing shop, the mere mention of bringing nude dancing to their community is chilling. "It will destroy our community," Sandy Young said. "You never know what kind of people will come into Chinatown." Chinatown-watchers cannot remember the last time the community got as worked up or united as it has over a Nevada firm's effort to open what it calls an "upscale" erotic dance club in the 200 block of Alpine Street.
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June 26, 1988 | PENELOPE McMILLAN and Times Staff Writer
In the old days, after school Lilly Mu Lee would pick her way along dirt roads to reach her father's herb shop in Chinatown. Her father was "the herb doctor," and his place a local hangout. Elderly men sat there, reading Chinese-language newspapers, drinking tea or smoking their water pipes. When the girl came in, they tweaked her cheeks and always said her nose was "too flat." Lee remembered this as she sat amid the carved wood and gold decor of the Golden Dragon restaurant recently.
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November 14, 1990 | IRENE CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' long-vanished "Old Chinatown"--razed to make room for Union Station more than half a century ago--is revealing some of its secrets to urban archeologists now poring over a cache of artifacts unearthed during Metro Rail construction. The finds range from the ordinary to the exquisite: a portable cooking stove; porcelain tea cups, rice bowls and spittoons; a woman's high-laced leather shoe; rusted Chinese coins; gambling dominoes and opium pipe bowls.
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July 26, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the objections of environmentalists, an $80-million industrial park proposed for an abandoned railroad yard next to Chinatown got a major boost Tuesday night when the project was approved by the Central Area Planning Commission. The 4-1 vote by the new board, formed July 1 as part of a city reform of such agencies, means that construction could begin at the 47-acre parcel, dubbed the Cornfield, by the end of the year, project officials said.
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June 4, 1988 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
After several months of searching, community leaders in Chinatown have gingerly taken the first step toward establishing a long-sought cultural center in the historic neighborhood. In two votes this week, one by the "founding board of directors" for a center and a second Thursday night by a local community group, the leaders selected a tentative site and developer.
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May 5, 2006 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police raided a hotel Thursday on the outskirts of Chinatown, arresting eight suspects in an alleged crack cocaine ring that provided a stark look at how even homeless people with only pennies to their name can fuel a burgeoning drug trade.
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December 17, 1994 | PETER Y. HONG and BRETT MAHONEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The president of a Chinatown social club was shot and killed after the group's meeting Thursday night, according to police. Phillip Toy Lieu, 44, of Baldwin Park was leaving a meeting of the Hop Sing Tong, a private club that has been in Chinatown since 1876, when he was shot repeatedly in the head by another member about 9:30 p.m., police said.
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August 10, 1995
Chinatown has found a way to get the cash-strapped Los Angeles Police Department closer to the neighborhood: pay for it. A group of local business owners and residents is offering the LAPD a substation complete with lockers, fax machines, telephones and computers. "This is a premier example of the community working with the police," said Henry Leong, vice president of the Chinatown Public Safety Assn., which is offering its two-story building to police.
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February 11, 1990 | LINDA CHONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousands of onlookers lined the streets of Chinatown on Saturday to celebrate the Chinese New Year as groups of demonstrators stood among the crowd with banners to remind them of a float they would not see--a replica of the Goddess of Democracy. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce banned the 6-foot replica of the statue from entering the parade.
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