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March 24, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
We think of Wilshire Boulevard as synonymous with Los Angeles - as our Main Street. But Wilshire has always stood apart from the city it slices through. It is denser and more urbane, its architecture more vertical. No, rather than act as a perfect symbol of Los Angeles, Wilshire has operated as a proving ground for new ideas about architecture, commerce, transportation and urbanism in Southern California. For nearly a century Wilshire has been L.A.'s boulevard of prototypes, a string of hypotheses 16 miles long.
March 20, 2013 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
DENVER - As the manhunt expanded Wednesday for the killer of Tom Clements, Colorado's top corrections official, shock and sadness spread across the nation for the loss of what many called a true innovator in how prisons should work. "What Tom brought was a completely different perspective," said a shaken Doug Wilson, Colorado's state public defender, who had frequently worked with Clements. "He wasn't a cop. He was a man who cared not only for those he worked with, but he treated inmates with respect and dignity.
March 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
There's close to 40 years' worth of symmetry on "Old Yellow Moon," the new album from longtime friends and country-rock trailblazers Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Though it's taken until now for them to make their first full album as duet partners, the singers started out as a couple of unknowns who came together in the vibrant music scene of 1970s Los Angeles. "At one point it was just me and Rodney - two lead singers and two rhythm guitar players - sitting on the floor working up things like 'Sweet Dreams' and all these country songs, waiting for the band to show up," Harris, 65, said recently over lunch in Los Angeles with Crowell.
February 26, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
TED organizers announced Tuesday that they have awarded the $1-million TED Prize for 2013 to Dr. Sugata Mitra .  Mitra is a physicist from India who over the last decade has been experimenting with using technology to create new systems to allow children without access to classrooms to learn on their own.  PHOTOS: 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Mitra began his work with what he called a "hole in the wall" experiment....
February 19, 2013 | By Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - As chief technology officer for President Obama's reelection effort, Harper Reed oversaw the development of projects such as Narwhal, an intricate platform that linked the campaign's myriad databases and allowed officials to plot strategy with new precision. The heady and exhausting 19-month gig convinced Reed, former technology officer for the online T-shirt retailer Threadless, that he should launch his own venture. "When you go from building T-shirts to software for a presidential campaign used by a cast of millions, it's pretty easy to think, 'OK, we can build something pretty big,'" Reed said.
February 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times correspondent Barbara Demick has received the Shorenstein Journalism Award for her "innovative and extraordinarily sensitive reporting on Northeast Asia over the past decade. " The award, given by Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, was established in 2002 to recognize journalism that helps Americans understand the complexities of Asia. It comes with a $10,000 cash prize. Demick, a Times correspondent since 2001 and chief of the paper's Beijing bureau since 2008, has reported on human trafficking, corruption and persecution of ethnic minorities in China and on famine and repression in North Korea.
February 4, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Samsung disclosed more details Monday of the company's planned Silicon Valley innovation center, including plans for increased venture capital investment in the U.S. The South Korean tech giant is making a big push to expand its Silicon Valley footprint on several fronts. One effort previously announced was a Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, or SSIC, located on the valley's famed Sand Hill Road, the epicenter of the region's venture capital industry. However, few details were previously available.  10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Young Sohn, Samsung's president and chief strategy officer, said the center has actually been open at least since August and would be a place where Samsung's nine product divisions can tap into Silicon Valley's innovation economy to help it continue to navigate the tremendous disruption occurring as the world moves into the post-PC era. "That's an opportunity for Samsung," Sohn said.
February 1, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The Justice Department says it's looking out for America's beer drinkers. Officials filed suit Thursday against Anheuser-Busch InBev, the maker of Budweiser, seeking to block its purchase of Mexican beer maker Grupo Modelo, arguing that retail prices of suds would rise if the $20.1-billion deal were finalized. Last summer, AB InBev, which had a 50% noncontrolling stake in Grupo Modelo, maker of Corona Extra, offered to buy the rest of the shares at a 30% premium and had expected the transaction to close early this year.
February 1, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
It was 20 years ago Friday that a bright-eyed, former NBA executive named Gary Bettman officially became the NHL's first commissioner. His self-proclaimed mission: to spread the little-known gospel of hockey and duplicate the boom the NBA experienced by stabilizing the NHL's economic underpinnings and making stars of its underappreciated players. "The fans don't want to read about labor negotiations," Bettman said during his first week on the job. "They want to read game stories and stories about people.
January 29, 2013
Cellphone users know that when they sign a contract with a mobile phone company, they're locked into that network for the duration of the deal. What they may not know is that their phone is digitally locked to that network forever. And as of this week, they may no longer have the legal right to unlock it, even after the contract has expired. It's just the latest example of how companies have stretched copyright law to deter competition and innovation, not protect the creators of copyrighted works.
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