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June 1, 1997 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roly, the geriatric pygmy hippo, lives in a small slice of aging suburbia here at the edge of the Pacific Ocean--a concrete cage with peeling paint and postage-stamp swimming pool. Minnie and Tallulah loll listlessly on 160 square feet of concrete island surrounded by a moat and topped by a jungle gym, the closest thing to a jungle these middle-age chimps have ever seen. Secretive Thelma, meanwhile, finds an orangutan's needed privacy underneath a garbage can.
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June 17, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Maria Elena Fernandez, Martin Miller, Michael Ordoña and Yvonne Villarreal. PEAKING AGING GRACEFULLY: By grouping "Survivor" into heroes and villains, the show proved in its 20th season that aging is not a bad thing. Only its first season topped it in surprises and memorable moments. Could this be the year "The Amazing Race" gets beat?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1987
This is written to commend Zev Yaroslavsky's position on his moratorium on building permits in Sherman Oaks. I have been a resident homeowner in Sherman Oaks for 29 years. It is an ideal place to live and bring up children. It has excellent schools, shopping areas, religious institutions, etc. It is about time that we paid attention to the fine spirit of Mr. Yaroslavsky's moratorium. We must preserve our excellent homes and the many fine amenities that come with owning a home.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum
It has been nearly impossible lately to surf the radio without hearing Jay-Z rapping about his gritty-to-glamorous ascent in the big city as Alicia Keys swoons about the "concrete jungle where dreams are made of . . . " The song "Empire State of Mind" was the biggest hit at Yankee Stadium this fall, and then, just days before Jay-Z turned 40, it gave the rap legend his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 list. And if it wasn't already ubiquitous, its beat blaring from the radio in almost every corner store, last month Keys issued her own version on her new album and has been regularly performing this salute to the aspirations of native New Yorkers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1992
I was of the opinion that the Newport Back Bay was a protected wildlife and bird refuge, an oasis in a concrete jungle. I now find out that the Irvine Co. has plans to build a marina and pier! We do not need another marina; we do need the wetlands. I cannot believe that once again the people in power are willing to sell out to developers. This fight was started 25 years ago by Fran and Frank Robinson, and I thought (it) was won. Now the specter of a marina and pier has raised its ugly head again.
OPINION
February 12, 1989
Congratulations to the team of U.S. senators who are attempting to block construction of the road through the Amazon basin that the Japanese are funding ("Senators Vow to Fight Japanese-Funded Amazon Road," Feb. 4, Part I). Japan's lack of natural resources and desire for easy shipment of the supplies should not lead to the destruction of one of the earth's major sources of oxygen. Many animals indigenous to the jungles will be displaced. In addition, once the road opens, rare tropical animals will be in danger of extinction due to hunters' increased accessibility of the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2008
Last week, Out There visited Hawthorne, where community activist Viviana Franco has spent much of her adult life trying to build a park on a small, barren lot. After the City Council declined to sign off on Franco's request that City Hall commit to long-term maintenance of the park, her options narrowed considerably. Many readers were unhappy that Franco has been unable to gain traction. A sample of reader response: "Green space matters. When you are surrounded by a concrete jungle, you can appreciate a small serene park where you can go and feel safe and enjoy a little nature at its best."
NEWS
June 17, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Maria Elena Fernandez, Martin Miller, Michael Ordoña and Yvonne Villarreal. PEAKING AGING GRACEFULLY: By grouping "Survivor" into heroes and villains, the show proved in its 20th season that aging is not a bad thing. Only its first season topped it in surprises and memorable moments. Could this be the year "The Amazing Race" gets beat?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum
It has been nearly impossible lately to surf the radio without hearing Jay-Z rapping about his gritty-to-glamorous ascent in the big city as Alicia Keys swoons about the "concrete jungle where dreams are made of . . . " The song "Empire State of Mind" was the biggest hit at Yankee Stadium this fall, and then, just days before Jay-Z turned 40, it gave the rap legend his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 list. And if it wasn't already ubiquitous, its beat blaring from the radio in almost every corner store, last month Keys issued her own version on her new album and has been regularly performing this salute to the aspirations of native New Yorkers.
NEWS
June 4, 1989 | LESLIE SHEPHERD, Associated Press
Now England's second-largest city, Birmingham has been around for at least 900 years, but this year it is celebrating a centennial and a new beginning. It is marking its recovery from a severe recession, and it hopes people will forget what they thought about the city before and notice what is good about it now. In 1889 Queen Victoria, who had her own misgivings about the place, granted Birmingham its city charter. That is the reason for the centennial. But the city is using the occasion to bury a recession that wiped out more than 200,000 jobs and ravaged its traditional metals industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2008
Last week, Out There visited Hawthorne, where community activist Viviana Franco has spent much of her adult life trying to build a park on a small, barren lot. After the City Council declined to sign off on Franco's request that City Hall commit to long-term maintenance of the park, her options narrowed considerably. Many readers were unhappy that Franco has been unable to gain traction. A sample of reader response: "Green space matters. When you are surrounded by a concrete jungle, you can appreciate a small serene park where you can go and feel safe and enjoy a little nature at its best."
TRAVEL
August 24, 2008 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
For someone whose No. 1 fear is drowning, I'll admit: Silverwood Lake wasn't the most logical choice for a day trip. Nor was renting a 135-horsepower water rocket. But I believe the best way to confront a fear is to head right into it. I'm also a motorcyclist. So I combined my fear of water with a general enthusiasm for power sports and motored through my anxiety aboard a blazing yellow Sea-Doo. The 1.5 million Americans who ride these "personal watercraft," better known as Jet Skis, Sea-Doos and WaveRunners, probably don't share my fear.
MAGAZINE
March 12, 2006 | David A. Keeps, David A. Keeps is a Times staff writer. His weekly column, "The Scout," appears in The Times' Home section.
Bamboo Lane It is as much a part of his daily ritual as practicing the martial arts he teaches at the Aikido Center of Los Angeles. Every day at about 4 p.m. Kensho Furuya washes down the narrow loading dock of the 100-plus-year-old sugar warehouse that he has converted into his samurai dojo. He's also transformed the dock itself with bamboo architectural elements, river rocks and lush foliage.
NEWS
March 9, 2006 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
"DO you hear that?" Bob Shanman asks fervently as he leads a dozen bird-watchers toward a clump of shrubs in the Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve in Torrance. "That's them!" His followers, mostly middle-aged birding enthusiasts, rub the sleep out of their eyes as they traipse through one of Southern California's last vernal marshlands, a 50-acre enclosure of marshes and grasslands, ringed by urban sprawl.
NEWS
February 22, 2005 | Veronique de Turenne
To the singular sounds of San Francisco -- cable cars, foghorns, gridlocked drivers waxing poetic -- add the siren scream of a flock of wild parrots. Inhabitants of Telegraph Hill for at least a decade, the flock of cherry-headed conures flew under the radar until Mark Bittner, a resident of the Greenwich Steps on Telegraph Hill, became fascinated with them. He fed them, named them, studied them and, when some became ill, took them into his home and cared for them.
NEWS
June 28, 1999 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Braxton was approaching his teenage years, already trapped in a wretched environment of dropouts, drugs and truancy. The Baltimore youth had few friends, his grades were slipping, and his chances of escaping a future on the streets seemed bleak. But an African experience is helping Michael turn his life around.
NEWS
July 2, 1987 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
For years, the Los Angeles apartment community called "the Jungle" has been a place where a gram of cocaine could be bought as easily as a loaf of bread, where drug dealers provide curb-side service to motorists, where purse snatches, robberies and car thefts are commonplace. Some community leaders think that part of the problem is the name, the Jungle.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1999 | VALERIE J. NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pretend to drive a city bus, then take an actual ride on the subway. Admire a children's exhibition of Mexican art, then stroll over to Olvera Street. Play with the properties of water by floating a boat through miniature locks and dams, then discover the scenic fountains at the Water Court at California Plaza. Each combination of experiences is available at the Los Angeles Children's Museum and surrounding environs, but museum-goers often aren't aware of it.
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