CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 |
The U.S. Postal Service wanted to honor slain President John F. Kennedy, but first it needed Jackie Kennedy's stamp of approval. That's how a Los Angeles Times photo came to be chosen for the first commemorative postage stamp honoring the fallen president following his Nov. 22, 1963, assassination in Dallas. The 5-cent stamp issued on May 29, 1964, was based on a photo of then-Sen. Kennedy during a visit to the Santa Monica beachfront home of his brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford, by Times staff photographer William S. Murphy.
November 6, 2013 |
While Blockbuster's announcement that it will close its remaining retail stores may cause little weeping among those who long ago moved on to streaming and other types of those, you know, technology things, there's something a little sad about this final reminder that the video store has gone the way of the milk man and Nicolas Cage's career. Back in the day, there was something appealing, if not quite romantic, about browsing video store shelves late at night, spotting that new find because an overeducated/underemployed store staffer recommended it, or perhaps coming across that old Andy Garcia movie that reminds you of why you broke up with her in the first place.
October 26, 2013 |
The Clippers lost some of their defensive prowess in the last two exhibitions, Coach Doc Rivers said, but he wasn't overly concerned. "Defensively, I still think - like I've said before - I thought we've taken a little step backward," Rivers said after the Clippers gave up 110 points to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. "We've got to get that going again. " After taking Saturday off, the Clippers will practice Sunday and Monday in preparation for Tuesday's season opener against the Lakers in their designated home game at Staples Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 |
Authorities are investigating whether some of the drivers who struck a man who fell out of a "party bus" on the 101 Freeway over the weekend fled the scene. The 24-year-old man was killed after he fell out of the vehicle early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. After falling out of the party bus about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, "the passenger was subsequently struck by an unknown vehicle as well as multiple other vehicles," according to the CHP. Investigators are now determining, among other things, how the man was ejected from the vehicle and whether "some vehicles struck this individual and took off," CHP Officer Chris Baldonado said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 |
The response to a planned motorcade for a fallen Laguna Beach police officer Tuesday has taken his comrades by surprise, according to a briefing from a department captain. Longtime officer Jon Coutchie, 41, died late Saturday after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Coast Highway at Cleo Street. It was the first death in the line of duty of a member of the small police department since 1953. Coutchie's body is scheduled to be picked up at the Orange County coroner's office in Santa Ana about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.
September 15, 2013 |
For the last 18 years, Jakks Pacific Inc. has been a player in the ultra-competitive Southern California toy-making business, up against the likes of giant Mattel Inc. in El Segundo and others. But Jakks' roster of toys - including the Smurfs, Monsuno action figures and Winx Club fairy dolls - have not been pulling in the fun for investors. Sales have declined five straight years. In the most recent quarter, revenue fell 27% and the Malibu company lost $46.9 million compared with net income of $214,000 a year earlier.