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December 10, 2010 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Standing outside a bookstore on 8th Street a decade ago, novelist Susan Straight looked across the street and saw a vision of Los Angeles loneliness. Men clustered around a black door, surrounded by a wall of black tile. They filled the dark, narrow space inside, reeking of cheap liquor and hurt. "It was just the saddest place I'd ever seen," Straight told me as we stood outside the Golden Gopher bar this week. "There was this lingering melancholy all around this block. You could just smell the desperation of all these men. " These days the Golden Gopher is a hip hangout whose patrons include guys in suits.
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NEWS
February 4, 2001 | DICK LOCHTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two of Michael Connelly's relatively recent mysteries, "Trunk Music" and "Angels Flight," are clearly cover-tagged as Harry Bosch novels. That is, they feature the author's primary series character, the semi-depressed but always resourceful lone wolf LAPD detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. No such assertion is made on the jacket of "A Darkness More Than Night" (Little, Brown, $25.95, 421 pages), though Bosch is a prominent character throughout.
SPORTS
September 5, 1989 | BRIAN HEWITT, Times Staff Writer
Joe Phillips, saying he could "go play right now," ended a summer-long holdout Monday night by agreeing to terms with the Chargers. The only remaining unsigned Charger is running back Gary Anderson. Phillips, 26, started all 16 regular-season games for the Chargers last year on the defensive line. He led the team with 36 quarterback hits and added two sacks.
SPORTS
April 16, 1994
Chris Draft of Valencia High, The Times Orange County back of the year, is among 36 players on the North team roster for the 35th Orange County North-South All-Star Football Game. Draft, who signed a letter of intent to play football at Stanford, gained 1,338 yards rushing and scored 24 touchdowns to lead Valencia to the Orange League title and the semifinals of the Southern Section Division VI playoffs.
SPORTS
October 2, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It already had been a hard day's night for Valencia running back Chris Draft, and the first quarter wasn't even over yet. Most high school running backs would be satisfied with 115 yards total offense and three touchdowns in a game. But Friday night, Draft had done that with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
In 2008, several scared and hesitant young Cambodian girls stood before U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer to tell her what Michael Joseph Pepe had done to them. "Please don't allow this to happen again," one pleaded in a barely audible voice. "Thank you that you helped me find justice," another told her. Six years and a lengthy legal battle later, Fischer finally handed down a sentence Friday for the onetime U.S. Marine captain, convicted of sex acts with young girls in Cambodia: 210 years in prison, the statutory maximum, effectively a life sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
EBay magazine reports that someone paid $4,600 for this item at a recent auction of Elvis memorabilia: A $695 bill from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for "damage to Suite 850, including broken sofa, broken dining room chair, seven chipped/scratched dining room chairs and a broken leg on a drum table." Did Elvis knock the furniture over during a desperate search for the suite's mini-fridge? OK, I know what you're saying: Don't be cruel. * 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE CAREFUL, TRA L.A. LAW L.A.
NEWS
November 20, 2003 | Carolyn Patricia Scott, Times Staff Writer
There's one surefire way to give books some immediacy for children, author- illustrator Dolores Johnson believes -- have kids create their own. "Kids think that big people write books," Johnson says. "Sunday, they'll be writing their own books." Johnson's book creation workshop is one of the attractions at this weekend's "Ears Are Burning, Children Are Learning" program, the Sunday portion of which will take place at the California African American Museum near downtown L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Aimee Bender received rave reviews for "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt," her best-selling collection of quirky short stories that, according to Publishers Weekly, "take place at the intersection of fairy tale and everyday life, of hilarity and heartbreak." Now Bender, who sold her story collection two weeks before finishing UC Irvine's graduate program in writing, is back with an equally quirky first novel that is earning her more critical hosannas.
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