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E. Hamilton Lee, who was flying planes just 13 years after the Wright Brothers took flight at Kitty Hawk, celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday by flying as co-pilot on a DC-3 from Ontario to Van Nuys Airport. "Good, good, good," but "a little rough," said Lee, known in aviation circles as the dean of airline pilots, as he emerged from the plane, his trademark cigar dangling from his mouth. Lee, the first civilian pilot to fly the U.S.
April 16, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Wildflowers bloomed in a tiny garden - some red, purple and pink. Together, Jennifer Bonilla and Hailey Ordonez tended the patch in South Los Angeles, where the high schooler and the preschooler kept the flowers alive. Fourteen years separated the girls, but relatives noticed striking similarities - their coils of brown hair, their spunk. This week, not far from their garden, Hailey, 4, sat near burning candles, a crucifix and flowers as visitors looked at pictures of her aunt Jennifer.
Sheriff's Deputy Steven Elmore, 22, was working an afternoon shift at the central jail in November when a new inmate climbed a fence to the fourth floor and threatened to jump to his death. Screaming that his marriage and his life were falling apart, the man would not let anyone talk to him except for Elmore, who was on a landing above the fence. After nearly two hours of counseling, the deputy coaxed the inmate to climb down.
April 14, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
In so many ways, the paths of Dr. A. Richard Grossman and firefighters crossed. When firefighters pulled badly burned people out of the flames, they took them straight to Grossman, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients. When the firefighters themselves were burned on the job, they went to him too. On Sunday, hundreds of uniformed firefighters, nurses and former patients gathered beneath the burning flame of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Hollywood to honor the doctor's life.
December 23, 2013 | By David Ng
As the Vienna Philharmonic prepares for its annual New Year's Day concert that will be seen by television viewers around the world, the renowned orchestra has decided to withdraw honors that it bestowed upon several members of the Nazi Party during World War II. The orchestra had honored at least six high-ranking members of the Nazi Party with its so-called "rings of honor" and other awards. Orchestra leaders decided to posthumously revoke those awards in October, but the news was first reported Friday by Reuters . Among those party members whose awards were revoked are Baldur von Schirach, the Vienna governor from 1940 to 1945; Arthur Seyss-Inquart, an Adolf Hitler cabinet minister; and SS leader Albert Reitter.
January 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Although the Screen Actors Guild Awards don't start until 5 p.m.,  the guild has announced the winners of the honors for action performances by film and television stunt ensembles. The box office hit "Lone Survivor" received the award for film, and HBO's "Game of Thrones" was the recipient for television. PHOTOS: SAG nominations 2014: Nominee reactions The announcements were made by actors Scott Bakula and Shelley Fabares live on the "20th Annual SAG Awards Red Carpet Show" webcast and
January 7, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
KCET announced that "SoCal Connected" will air a special episode Monday in memory of Huell Howser, the longtime host of KCET's "California's Gold," "Visiting With Huell Howser," "California's Golden Parks" and "California's Green. " Cameraman Luis Fuerte, who worked with Howser for most of his career, and producer Phil Noyes will share their memories along with author and historian D.J. Waldie. KCET executives Al Jerome and Mary Mazur are also scheduled to appear. The special airs at 5:30 p.m. and repeats at 10. ALSO: Huell Howser dies at 67 Huell Howser: Career in pictures Huell Howser: On "California's Gold," he was main attraction
December 17, 2012 | By Susan King
Richard Gere, who earned a Golden Globe nomination last week for "Arbitrage," will receive the Chairman's Award at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on  Jan. 5. "Throughout his career Richard Gere has established himself as an accomplished actor and producer and yet still finds time to support crucial cultural and humanitarian causes," said festival chairman Harold Matzner in...
December 6, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style honored LVMH-owned Italian jewelry brand Bulgari at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, with actress Drew Barrymore presenting a Robert Graham-designed torso statuette to Nicola Bulgari and the city's mayor reading an official proclamation declaring Dec. 5, 2012, "Bulgari Day. " Bulgari, the 20th recipient of the award, will be commemorated with a permanent (but yet-to-be embedded) bronze sidewalk plaque bearing Nicola Bulgari's signature and the quote: "Style is an everlasting impression and jewelry is a passion that is passed through generations.
January 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ed Croson of West Hills Chaminade has been named the coach of the year by Croson guided Chaminade to a CIF state championship Division II bowl victory.  
April 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Palos Verdes has taken home multiple awards in the CIF Southern Section Academic Awards program for best team GPA. Awards were given out in 22 sports. Palos Verdes had the highest GPAs in baseball (3.59), boys' soccer (3.52) and girls' water polo. Corona del Mar, which won the state Division III bowl game in football, also won the team award with a GPA of 3.35. The big winner, though, was San Marcos, which won six team titles _ boys' basketball (3.75), boys' golf (3.77)
April 9, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier was named on Monday the most outstanding player of the NCAA tournament Final Four. He was joined on the team by Julius Randle of Kentucky and Connecticut's Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels . Meanwhile, though no teams from Los Angeles made it to this year's title game, the Southland did provide some of the talent. Connecticut second-year Coach Kevin Ollie claims North Texas as home but attended Crenshaw High. He starred at Connecticut and spent 13 years in the NBA before joining Jim Calhoun 's coaching staff.
April 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Longtime Van Nuys Grant Coach Howard Levine will receive a lifetime achievement award as part of the L.A. Classic All-Star Basketball Game that will be held on Saturday at East L.A. College. The event matches top players from the City Section. The Valley region plays the South region at 3:30 p.m., followed by East vs. the West at 5 p.m. Players from Chatsworth, Cleveland, El Camino Real and Cleveland are scheduled to play for the Valley Region. Admission is $10.  
April 3, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Whether Frederik Andersen will start a fourth consecutive game as the Ducks' goalie Friday versus the Nashville Predators is something Coach Bruce Boudreau kept to himself Thursday. But when asked whether Andersen belongs in the conversation about NHL rookie of the year, Boudreau was far more forthcoming. "I would love just to hear his name mentioned," Boudreau said of the 6-foot-4, 230-pound backup, who won all three of those starts for the Pacific-Division leaders while Jonas Hiller rested.
March 29, 2014 | By David Colker
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Ruth Ryon, who created the highly popular and enduring Hot Property column on celebrity real estate, died Friday at a hospice facility in Redondo Beach. She was 69. The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said her husband, George Ryon. For Angelenos, some of whom visit homes for sale even if they're not looking to buy, Ryon's column quickly became a guilty-pleasure must-read. The first column, which appeared Nov. 25, 1984, led with Johnny Carson buying a house in Malibu for $9.5 million, at the time the most ever paid in that area for a single-family home.
August 16, 2012 | By David Ng
The California African American Museum will bestow honors on actor Sidney Poitier and artist John Outterbridge at its annual gala this fall, museum officials said. Poitier and Outterbridge are to receive the museum's Lifetime Achievement Awards at a dinner on Oct. 6. Outterbridge is a Los Angeles-based artist who has focused on sculpture, assemblage and installations during his lengthy career. He served as the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center in L.A. from 1975 to 1992. His work was featured prominently in exhibitions during the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the recent survey of Southern California art organized by the Getty.
March 5, 2012 | By Gary Klein
The Pac-12Conference announced its all-conference, all-freshman and all-defensive teams Tuesday and no USC players were among the honorees . USC finished 1-17 in conference play and enters this week's Pac-12 tournament with a 6-25 record. "If you don't win, you don't get anything," USC Coach Kevin O'Neill said. "That's just the way it is. " Awards and all-conference teams are chosen through a vote of league coaches, who cannot vote for their own players. O'Neill said he thought sophomore guard Maurice Jones and Byron Wesley were worthy of recognition.
March 25, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Putting authors on currency is not a new thing. Benjamin Franklin, a founding father and author of “Poor Richard's Almanac,” is on the U.S. $100 bill, and in Chile the Nobel laureate and poet Gabriela Mistral graces the 5,000 peso bill, which is worth about $10. And Jane Austen will soon grace Britain's 10-pound note . But honoring a living writer on a bill or coin is relatively rare. Alice Munro, 82, who last year won the Nobel Prize for Literature, was actually at the ceremony on Monday in Victoria, Canada, (where she once owned a bookstore)
March 25, 2014 | By KTLA
Students at El Dorado High School in Placentia on Monday paid tribute to a 16-year-old boy who was fatally struck by an SUV while skateboarding over the weekend. Logan Wells, 16, was struck by an SUV on Bastanchury Road near Secretariat Way in Yorba Linda around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, investigators said. He later died at a hospital. Friends told KTLA-TV Wells was a typical teen who loved skateboarding and wearing Hawaiian shirts. As the school week began, Wells' classmates honored him by wearing Hawaiian shirts and bucket hats, another staple of his wardrobe.
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