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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014 | By Bob Pool
All that was missing Saturday were the searchlights as thousands filed through theater lobby doors to get a rare glimpse of the grand old movie palaces that line Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. "This is like discovering treasure in an old tomb," marveled Venice architect Peter Culley as he stepped from the opulent 2,000-seat Los Angeles Theatre, which opened in 1931. "This is the first time I've been here. We're really surprised because it doesn't give the impression of being this large from the street.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Samantha Schaefer
Ron Galloway, 63, stared at the smoldering remains of a guest house at the historic Singer mansion on Kregmont Drive, where he has lived for four years. Spanish-style arches were all that remained standing in front of piles of broken roof tiles and the smoking rubble of the property. The skeleton of his burned out 1978 Toyota MR2, tire rims melted on the ground, rested in the courtyard nearby as firefighters continued mopping up the area. “I lost everything, how am I going to survive?
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: Plus + Riding a 17-1 surge, the Ducks are only the fifth team in NHL history to win 17 or more games in an 18-game span. A good omen? The first two, the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens and 1981-82 New York Islanders, went on to win the Stanley Cup. The 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins didn't. Nor did the 2009-10 Washington Capitals, coached by current Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau. + The New York Rangers have won three in a row and eight of their last 11, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist seems to have worked through his early-season struggles.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - He called her "my panda" and "my baby. " She called him "papa panda sexy pants. " They had a three-year affair in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany and the United States, but they were hardly equals. She was a junior officer assigned to his staff. He was a one-star general. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair now stands accused of sexually assaulting the woman, a captain, who says he forced her to engage in oral sex after she tried to break off their affair. The general is also charged with threatening to kill the captain and her family, sexually harassing other female officers, abusing his government credit card, and possessing alcohol and pornography in a war zone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Overall crime in Los Angeles dropped for the 11th straight year in 2013, with many categories seeing the lowest per capita rates in decades, city officials said. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Monday that final LAPD statistics showed overall crime was down 5.2% across the city, with double-digit drops in violent crime, homicides, reported rapes and gang violence. Garcetti hailed the "extraordinary efforts" of the LAPD, community groups and city officials for numbers he called "a proud accomplishment.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Indoor malls may have a limited lifespan, according to Rick Caruso, owner of Southland centers including the Grove in the Fairfax district and the Americana at Brand in Glendale. In a Sunday keynote speech to some 4,000 people at the National Retail Federation's convention, Caruso said the industry is “on the verge of the rebirth of brick and mortar retail.” “I've come to the conclusion that within 10 to 15 years, the typical U.S. mall, unless completely reinvented, will be seen as a historical anachronism, a 60-year or so aberration that no longer meets the public's, the consumer's or the retailer's needs,” Caruso said at the New York City event.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
As school book fairs and children's library browsers can attest, there is no shortage of biographies aiming to educate young readers about the lives of historical figures, from George Washington to Jackie Robinson, Annie Oakley to Anne Frank, Helen Keller to Harry Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt to Elvis Presley. This month, several new picture books about famous thinkers and doers - bold breakers of boundaries and blazers of trails - will further crowd the shelves. The best of these deal forthrightly with their subjects' complexities and contradictions, acknowledging that even heroes make mistakes and suffer setbacks and that one can be inspired by someone's successes while acknowledging their failings.
TRAVEL
January 4, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
CHATHAM, England - Rope making? Eye rolling. But I was so wrong. I didn't come to Chatham, about 30 miles southeast of London, to find out how to make rope. I came in search of Trixie, Jenny and Chummy - or at least the hangouts of these characters and others in "Call the Midwife," another PBS series that, like "Downton Abbey," has garnered a following for the poetry in its soul. "Midwife" is set in downscale 1950s East London, and parts of the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, once an economic powerhouse from which the British Royal Navy's ships issued, stand in for some of the series' less-than-opulent locations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
MANZANAR, Calif. - Over the objections of critics, Los Angeles is moving ahead with plans to build a $680-million 200-megawatt solar energy plant within view of this desolate Eastern Sierra site that was a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Southern Owens Valley Solar Project would erect 1 million photovoltaic panels on 1,200 acres it owns roughly 6 miles south of Independence and...
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
The Sierra Club's Angeles Chapter is leading an active adventure -- expect to walk or hike three to five miles a day -- in Israel that includes snorkeling among the coral reefs of the Red Sea, floating in the Dead Sea, bird watching in the Hula Nature Reserve and hiking up Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also included are walking tours of the Old City of Jerusalem, Caesarea and Jaffa, the oldest port town in the world. In Jerusalem, the group will walk and learn about the places that are sacred to all three major religions as well as learn about other unique people in Israel, such as the Bedouin, the Druze and the Bahais.
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