CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2012 |
Nearly everyone in Newport Beach thinks they need a new City Hall. Getting them to agree on where to put it is another story. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to locate a new civic center on a 12-acre site in Newport Center that was slated to become a park. The fiercely contested ballot initiative has led to more than $800,000 in campaign spending, an amount almost unheard of for a local issue in a city of its size, including donations of more than $600,000 alone from one restaurateur.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2012 |
As they celebrated the opening of downtown Los Angeles' new Grand Park on Thursday, local officials and civic leaders were already talking about the possibility of expanding the space and connecting it to other projects along Grand Avenue. The rectangular, 12-acre park, which stretches from the top of Bunker Hill to the base of City Hall, provides downtown with its first major green space, and officials hope it can become a new cultural hub for the region. For all the excitement about the park, officials said that they are aware of its limitations and that the current footprint should be only a first step.
April 26, 2012 |
In the days follwing the violence and destruction of April 1992, federal officials including Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan walked the newly burned-out Vermont Avenue corridor and promised to treat the area as an emerging market. In a way, they were true to their word: 20 years later, parts of South Los Angeles still have not emerged. Members of the Community Coalition led supporters through South Los Angeles neighborhoods on Satuday, in advance of the 20th anniversary of the violence, to remind them of what has been accomplished and what remains to be done.
September 18, 2011 |
Security forces opened fire Sunday on tens of thousands of demonstrators in Yemen's capital, Sana, killing at least 26 protesters in one of the bloodiest days of the 9-month-old rebellion against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Violence broke out when protesters marched from Sana University toward heavily guarded government buildings. Most demonstrators were peaceful, although some hurled stones and Molotov cocktails after snipers shot from rooftops and troops loyal to Saleh opened fire with high-caliber weapons.
July 23, 2011 |
The gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a youth camp on an island near Olso on Friday fired shots from two weapons for an hour and a half before surrendering to authorities, Norwegian police officials said Saturday. It took police 40 minutes to get on the island after Anders Behring Breivik began shooting, Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said at a news conference. He told reporters that police officials had responded as "quickly as possible" but there were problems getting boats to transport officials to Utoya Island, where the Worker's Youth League, the youth wing of Norway's Labor Party, was attending an annual gathering.
July 22, 2011 |
A horrific shooting rampage at a youth summer camp left at least 80 people dead as Norway reeled from apparently related terrorist attacks in a nation long known as the home of the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition to the shooting at a youth camp attended by hundreds on the island of Utoya, a massive bomb exploded in downtown Oslo, killing seven and injuring dozens. Police director Oystein Maeland told reporters early Saturday they had discovered many more victims after initially reporting the death toll at 10, the Associated Press reported.