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September 6, 1992 | Associated Press
A tornado touched down Saturday night on the city's east side, destroying two homes and ripping roofs off some buildings, authorities said. Two people suffered minor injuries. Another tornado struck southwest of the city, and one also was reported near a town outside Topeka, National Weather Service officials said. There were no reports of damage or injuries from the other tornadoes.
July 30, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
It looks like David Letterman's feeling a little lonely in his old age. On Monday night's “Late Show,” the famously cranky comedian made an awkward attempt to strike up a bromance with Denzel Washington. “I know women want you,” Letterman said. “And I just want to be with you.” While we can hardly blame him for making such an eager overture - who wouldn't want to have Denzel on speed dial? - Letterman clearly caught the Oscar-winner off-guard. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times A pained look spread across Washington's face as his host continued: “I don't have famous friends and I'm looking for a famous friend.
June 2, 1990 | MARY HELEN BERG
The city's first new library in a dozen years opens its doors today on the east side of town. The Santiago Hills Branch, a 3,900-square-foot storefront, will serve the city's rapidly growing population in east Orange. The facility will have a staff of seven full- and part-time employees and will seat about 26 patrons. Last year, the city authorized spending about $298,000 for the project after a study showed that it was needed, said Karen Leo, library director.
May 11, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Taylor Mead, an underground cinema legend whose comic charm and sense of the surreal inspired Andy Warhol and other seminal figures in the alternative film world, died Wednesday in Denver. He was 88. A fixture of bohemian New York who was also a poet and artist, Mead was visiting family in Colorado when he had a stroke, said his niece, Priscilla Mead. Called "the Charlie Chaplin of the 1960s underground," Mead was an elfin figure with kewpie-doll eyes who appeared, by his count, in 130 films, starting with the 1960 art house classic "The Flower Thief.
May 3, 1992 | Ruben Martinez, Ruben Martinez is a staff writer for L.A. Weekly. His collection of essays and poetry, "The Other Side: Fault Lines, Guerrilla Saints and the True Heart of Rock 'n' Roll," will be published by Verso next month.
Can Latinos raised in Los Angeles in the '70s deny that the 'Brady Bunch' is just as potent a sign in their cultural topography as the Virgen de Guadalupe?" I ask as I look out at the mostly brown faces--brown like my own--staring back at me. The scene is a classroom in Bunche Hall at UCLA. I am a guest speaker in Prof. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda's class, Chicano Studies 125. "You're depoliticizing the issue of culture!"
This city is no longer one of the world's great seaports, but it is still a fine place to be a rat. Garbage--so teeming and pungent--is as much a part of Gotham as the resplendent neon of Times Square. Cellars, sidewalks and subway tracks are the dependably sumptuous tables for rodent buffets. Experts here have long presumed there is a rat for every person, but lately the rats seem to be gaining the numerical edge.
November 8, 2009 | By Henry Chu
Katrin Geissler remembers being 4 years old and on her way to ballet school when she first tried to peek through the wall. "You would just try to get a glimpse. . . . It was very strange, because as a child you had the wildest imaginings about what was on the other side. . . . "For me, the wall was just a reality. I knew about it even before I went to school. When I was little, my grandmother would take me to town and she would explain to me that this was the wall that divided the two cities.
May 19, 1991
Those real estate agents are at it again. Housing sales are slow in Sepulveda and what better way to increase sales than to rename a solvent community North Hills? I grew up in and have lived in Sepulveda for 30 years and this name change is a waste of time. Our local real estate agents want to make my parents and me wealthier on paper, but ignore the problems on the east side. My family is perfectly happy living on the west side of Sepulveda. As a homeowner, I would prefer the energies used on this name change campaign be directed to help those less fortunate on the east side.
February 21, 1985
The Group W Cable network will install new cable lines at 23 locations over the next two months. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic may be affected. The sites are: South side of Holloway Drive, between Palm and Hancock avenues (Feb. 18-28). North side of Sunset Boulevard, between Clark Boulevard and Horn Street (Feb. 22-March 5). Holloway, from Westmount Drive to West Knoll Drive (Feb. 21-28). North side of West Knoll, from Westmount to Santa Monica Boulevard (Feb. 21-28).
November 30, 2005
Re "Waxman Rethinks Tunneling Ban," Nov. 29 I am pleased that Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) is now rethinking a move he made 20 years ago that has resulted in absolute west-east gridlock on the Westside of Los Angeles. Often it is virtually impossible to traverse from Santa Monica to the east side of the 405 Freeway, resulting in missed social and business events as we sit in our vehicles with no alternative route. The Wilshire corridor is a vital transportation link to so many cultural, educational and business venues that we as an urban area must provide reasonable and reliable access if we are to become a livable city of the 21st century.
November 20, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
GM Chairman Dan Akerson loves this car - his hardtop-convertible "regal turquoise" '58 Corvette with dual headlamps and twin chrome trunk spears. But he's giving it all up - to help Habitat for Humanity and Detroit. That car represents "pure American ingenuity and creativity" for Akerson, who states simply in a news release: "I love the car. " But he has decided it is "better purposed" elsewhere. The car will go to the highest bidder in a Jan. 18 auction .   The money will go toward rehabilitating a section of Detroit's troubled east side.
September 27, 2012
MUSIC Having presented shows with the Robert Glasper Experiment and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the genre-skipping ArtDontSleep offers another night of jazz-oriented sounds guaranteed to keep you moving. Celebrating the music of James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and other vintage funk and soul innovators, "East Side Story" includes performances by Bilal, Meyer Hawthorne and violinist-bandleader Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, a musical gadfly who has collaborated with Flying Lotus and here performs in an ensemble that features Fanny Franklin and rising star saxophonist Kamasi Washington.
September 15, 2012 | By Joseph Serna and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A fast-moving brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass that snarled traffic across the Westside and sent jitters through Bel-Air canyon neighborhoods burned through the night Friday, forcing crews to prepare for a second day of battle in record-breaking heat. The Getty fire started in high brush on the east side of the 405 Freeway near Getty Center Drive during the afternoon rush hour and raced through 70 acres of hillside scrub toward the canyons of Bel-Air. It prompted the voluntary evacuation of the Getty Center, and brought an already congested traffic corridor to a standstill.
June 18, 2011 | Steven Zeitchik
Countless filmmakers pen love letters to New York and Paris. But when it comes to cinematic valentines, Los Angeles often seems like that reliable best gal pal who rarely gets to be the main squeeze. Sure, Quentin Tarantino often sets his violent comedies here, and Paul Thomas Anderson is attracted to some of the Southland's more isolated residential spaces. Frequently, though, the City of Angels feels more like a setting of convenience, rather than purpose. As the Los Angeles Film Festival swings into high gear this weekend downtown and continues through June 26, Angelenos will have multiple chances to see their city on screen from a fresh perspective.
August 6, 2010 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Twenty-five years ago, Demi Moore huddled in an empty room with billowing curtains for Joel Schumacher's "St. Elmo's Fire" and an iconic if cheeseball visual cue for spoiled-youth loneliness was born. In "Twelve," the director's latest dive into the indiscretions of adolescent brats, the possibilities are endless: a drug-addled teenage girl's hallucination that her stuffed bears are talking to her, a broodingly handsome drug dealer's mopey timeout in a street-construction hole or maybe that hair-trigger rich kid in the police interrogation room breaking down on a phone call from absent Daddy.
January 28, 2010 | By David Kelly
Hundreds of law enforcement officers took part in a massive sweep against the leadership of Riverside's most notorious gang Wednesday, making 50 arrests and confiscating armor-piercing bullets, assault rifles, knives and two caged rattlesnakes. "The weapons you see are a small sample of what is out there on the street," said Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach, standing by a table displaying guns, machetes and bullets at a Riverside news conference. "The gangs don't run the streets, the citizens do."
May 4, 1989 | From Times wire services
Ohio businessman Edward J. DeBartolo today gave the University of Notre Dame $33 million--the largest gift the school has ever received. The gift will underwrite a new academic quadrangle and its anchor buildings, a $16-million project to be known as the Edward J. DeBartolo Classroom Facility. Another $14 million will be used for the Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, named after DeBartolo's wife who died in 1987. The rest of the money will finance general development of the quadrangle, which will extend southward on the east side of North Notre Dame Avenue, the main entrance to the campus.
June 25, 1992
The public should be outraged at the latest piece of downtown artwork. It is in the quad of the recently completed federal building and courthouse on Temple Street on the east side of the Los Angeles Civic Center. The piece of art resembles the outline of four human forms standing and facing each other. They are made out of what appears to be sheet aluminum and standing at least 20 feet tall. The shocker is that they are full of holes similar to targets used at a shooting range, i.e., full of bullet holes.
January 13, 2010 | By Roger Vincent
The latest addition to the downtown Los Angeles skyline is expected to debut with a big splash -- make that a big flash -- tonight, when lights in the city's newest high-rise snap on for the first time. Owners of the 54-story Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott tower are rigging lights on the top 27 levels to flick on floor by floor in a rising wave to celebrate completion of the hotel, the last piece of the massive L.A. Live entertainment complex. The attention-grabbing stunt will cost about $100,000; by no means a pittance but still a fraction of the $2.5-billion overall cost of L.A. Live, which sits next to Staples Center and is already home to Nokia Theatre and other attractions.
January 3, 2010 | By Liesl Bradner
It's been a long-joked-about phenomenon that many Angelenos consider East Los Angeles any area east of La Brea Avenue and that some Westsiders seldom wander east of the 405. Poet and photographer Kevin McCollister has journeyed through most of those streets and captured the images in his book "East of West L.A." A few of the 55 photos include shots of Venice and the Santa Monica Pier, but "in my mind," said McCollister, "they qualify as East in spirit and are not the epitome of glam that is attached to the Westside."
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