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July 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Score one for Mayor Bob Filner in his continuing fight with City Atty. Jan Goldsmith - this time concerning Goldsmith's prosecution of a man who chalked protest messages on the sidewalk outside branches of Bank of America. Filner, who came of age politically as a civil rights activist in the 1960s, had called the legal case "stupid" and a waste of taxpayer money. Goldsmith had defended the case as a simple, and legally justifiable, prosecution of graffiti vandalism.
June 28, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
A novelist writes of a Brazilian mega-city where the rich soar in helicopters above the traffic and the squalor. A movie depicts rogue Rio de Janeiro cops who kill and extort money from terrified slum-dwellers. A hip-hopper in the peripheral neighborhoods of Sao Paulo raps about daily life in the periferia set to the funky rhythms of samba and U.S. soul. Although the popular outrage that has spilled across Brazil this month has taken some by surprise, the cultural warning signals have been visible for a while.
June 19, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Chris Brown isn't backing down from neighbors peeved over a mural in front of his Hollywood Hills home, according to reports. The singer has reportedly filed an appeal with the city of Los Angeles over a citation he received after his neighbors complained about the artwork and brightly colored monster characters painted around his Hollywood Hills pad, according to TMZ . The citation was issued over "unpermitted and excessive signage" on...
June 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Scary monsters adorning the outside of singer Chris Brown's Hollywood Hills home are his personal art and he isn't about to give up his 1st Amendment right to expression because of a city citation, his attorney said. Mark Geragos, the singer's attorney, has filed an appeal with the city of Los Angeles over a citation he received after his neighbors complained about the 8-feet-tall neon figures with bulging eyes and fangs on the walls of his designer home. The enforcement citation was issued last month over "unpermitted and excessive signage" on his home on leafy, narrow Rinconia Drive.
June 11, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Police on Tuesday were investigating graffiti containing threatening messages found on the walls of a Reseda high school for students with disabilities. A custodian found the graffiti at Diane S. Leichman High School around 6:30 a.m. Monday and notified Principal Giovanni Trivino, police said. Hate messages, including “Kill Obama?” had been scrawled in bright blue spray paint alongside pictures of bombs, swastikas and a star of David, according to Trivino. The messages were not aimed at the students, he said.
June 8, 2013 | By Jean Lenihan
On dance stages, the vision for ancient myths has been owned for decades by the ferocious Martha Graham. Her vocabulary of gut-sucking contractions and knotted spirals, along with her stark design tableaux, have defined that specific genre of epic grief and hard learnings. Yet Friday night, Amy “Catfox” Campion, an established hip-hop artist with solid choreography, music mixing and filmmaking skills, seized a piece of that sacred territory with the debut of “Illuminated Manuscript,” presented by her 12-member company Antics at the befitting, ziggurat-style Ford Amphitheatre.
June 1, 2013
Re "Giving a bad name to Chinese tourists," May 29 Just like the Chinese boy who scratched his name on an ancient Egyptian temple wall, people have been leaving graffiti on Egyptian monuments for quite some time now. In the early 6th century BC, some Greek and Carian mercenaries traveling up the Nile River in the service of the Pharaoh Psammetichus II left a long "Kilroy Was Here" memo scratched on one of the legs of the statue of Ramses...
May 28, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - “Ding Jinhao was here.” It was a banal declaration scratched by a teenager at a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple that has launched a round of soul-searching about bad behavior of Chinese tourists. The Chinese-language graffiti was discovered at Luxor this month by a Chinese tourist who posted a photograph on a microblog in which he deplored the conduct of his countrymen abroad. “I'm so embarrassed that I want to hide myself,” the microblogger wrote last week. Within days, Chinese had outed the vandal as a boy from Nanjing who had visited Egypt with his parents.
May 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In downtown Los Angeles, elevated pedestrian walkways - called pedways - slice the air between tall buildings on Bunker Hill, like a 1970s vision of a future metropolis. That's exactly what they were intended to be - the first phase of what would become a mechanized people mover. Those plans were abandoned long ago, but the existing 10 pedways have something of a cult following among the residents, office workers, bike messengers and high schoolers who traverse them. Yet as beloved as they are, the pedways are something of a stepchild when it comes to getting the resources and funds to erase graffiti and repair smashed lights and guard against future vandalism.
May 16, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Authorities are investigating racist graffiti found at Agoura High School, including a "hit list" targeting African American students, they said Thursday. Students found the hate messages in a boy's bathroom on campus Wednesday morning, KTLA-TV reported . It follows the discovery Sunday morning of racist messages scrawled on various school buildings, said L.A. County sheriff's Lt. Patrick Mathers of the Lost Hills station. Authorities believe the two incidents are connected, Mathers said.
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