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October 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Garden Grove man was charged Friday with trying to support Al Qaeda and making false statements on his passport, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, also known as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in Santa Ana federal court. He was detained at 7:30 a.m. Friday at a bus station in Orange County while headed to Mexico, officials said. He is charged in a federal indictment Friday with knowingly attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group.
October 7, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter planted its headquarters in a historic Art Deco building, bringing its fine-feathered aesthetic and tech riches to a blighted stretch of Market Street in San Francisco. The crown jewel of the design is the company's rooftop garden decked out with city views, greenery, outdoor couches and -- at one point last week -- Tom Hanks playing corn hole . Twitter spends about $100,000 a month renting the deck so that staffers can have exclusive use of the outdoor paradise, according to documents it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of its hotly anticipated initial public stock offering.
October 4, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A stolen urn containing the cremated remains of an 87-year-old Burbank woman was returned to her family this week after a gardener found it in the bushes outside an apartment building. The gardener reportedly found the stolen urn Monday in the 800 block of South 6th Street in Burbank - the same day Lois LaRocco's family reported her ashes had been taken from a minivan in Glendale, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. Police told the Glendale News-Press that investigators were unable to recover any fingerprints.
October 2, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Sandwiched between rows of homes in the fog-kissed Mission Terrace neighborhood, Little City Gardens provides salad greens and fresh-cut flowers to local restaurants from what was once a weedy vacant lot. Like many of California's urban agriculture practitioners, however, Caitlyn Galloway is plagued by a key uncertainty: She is on a month-to-month lease with a landlord who must recoup the lot's steep property taxes and may soon...
September 27, 2013 | By David Pierson
Walk past the signs for Krispy Kreme sloppy joes. Head toward the massive servings of curly fries. Turn left at the stall for chocolate-covered bacon. Out on the edge of the L.A. County fairgrounds in Pomona is a 1-acre space packed with Mother Nature's answer to extreme food. There you might find the Australian finger lime, a pickle-shaped green citrus whose pulp looks like golden caviar. Nearby is the Buddha's hand plant, whose tentacled fruit dangles from its spiny branches like a canary-colored octopus.
September 20, 2013 | Stephen Ceasar
The preschoolers walked in a single-file line across the blacktop playground to a macaroni-shaped garden bed of dirt. Then the students at Sixth Avenue Elementary School in central Los Angeles listened as they were taught to till the soil, spread it out and dig fingertip-sized holes. "First thing we're going to plant are collards," said Celeste Holley, who oversees the garden. She poured seeds into her palm, drawing "oohs!" from the children. Eighteen pairs of tiny hands caked with soil then shot up, vying to plant the first seed at the school's new garden.
September 12, 2013 | By Debra Prinzing
At swimwear designer Rod Beattie's house in Pasadena, pass through a courtyard dominated by a majestic tree believed to be more than 200 years old, and soon you'll find yourself inside a glass-walled living room, surrounded by 30 live oaks and stunning views that take in the Rose Bowl and the Arroyo Seco. LARGE-FORMAT PHOTO GALLERY: Rod Beattie's indoor-outdoor Pasadena retreat Nature plays a role in making each part of this home feel special. Virtually every room in the 2,000-square-foot residence has a door to the outside, where Beattie has created not one garden but rather a series of intimate vignettes - distinct deck and patio areas punctuated with artfully arranged container plants and furniture.
September 11, 2013 | By Anh Do
Facing a tense crowd, Garden Grove leaders announced Tuesday that they support keeping the hugely popular Tet Festival in their city but said its organizers must help make up $800,000 spent subsidizing the annual event. Council members said the Union of Vietnamese Students Assn., which organizes the festival, would need to submit financial audits for the event covering the last four years before its contract is renewed. "The truth of the matter is we're willing to negotiate," Mayor Bruce Broadwater told supporters of the celebration, which attracts more than 100,000 at the Lunar New Year and has been held at Garden Grove Park since 2002.
September 6, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
By now, you may be familiar with Central Coast volunteer vacations. You volunteer to go on vacation? Well, yes. As part of your trip, each day you will spend a few hours volunteering your time on various state park projects. Tasks include collecting seeds of endangered plants and removal of invasive vegetation, even caring for the remarkable gardens of Hearst Castle . The volunteer vacations blend this work with recreational outings along the majestic Central Coast, such as nature walks and kayaking.
September 5, 2013 | By J. Hoberman
A red Rose grows in Brooklyn, marries German refugee Albert (from a once-wealthy family but also a gung-ho Jewish communist like herself), and after some debate (a specialty), moves with him to the planned community of Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. There in this imagined socialist utopia, Rose Angrush Zimmer gives birth to daughter Miriam, who at the dawn of the '60s, will herself rebel. This, grossly simplified, is the tale of "Dissident Gardens," Jonathan Lethem's rich, grotesque and tender family saga, the latest, most pungent of his accounts of growing up absurd in New York City.
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