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February 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An international student at UC Irvine led authorities on a pursuit Thursday night that at times reached 122 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol. Yuan Zhou, 18, was arrested around 9:15 p.m. after a CHP cruiser maneuvered to stop the car on  Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  The pursuit began around 8:30 p.m. when Zhou's BMW allegedly blazed by a patrol vehicle on the northbound 5 Freeway at Atlantic Boulevard in the Commerce area. WATCH: 9 crazy Southern California police car chases Zhou then transitioned to the westbound 10 Freeway and continued westbound, "weaving in and out of traffic, using the right shoulder to pass vehicles and driving at speeds up to 122 mph," according to a CHP news release.
February 19, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Anyone who thinks the U.S. space program is done with and permanently parked at the California Science Center in the form of the space shuttle Endeavour hasn't heard NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and aerospace engineer Camille Alleyne (yes, a rocket scientist) talk about the International Space Station. Which is what they were doing on a very earthbound mission this week in Los Angeles to promote NASA's involvement in the space station and the exhibit, “Destination: Station,” showcasing what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station.
February 17, 2014 | By Jackie Crosby
Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda Corp., owner of a line of upscale organic salon products, and game-changer in the world of beauty products who brought Earth-friendly production practices and products to market on a mass scale, has died. He was 72 and had pancreatic cancer. Rechelbacher, widely known by his first name, died Saturday at his home in Osceola, Wis., the company announced. In 1978, Rechelbacher launched Aveda Corp., with a staff of two and a goal of building a bridge between beauty and medicine.
February 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times photographer Barbara Davidson has been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the annual Pictures of the Year International competition. Davidson received first place honors for a portfolio of images from 2013 that depicted trauma surgeons at work, maximum-security inmates at Corcoran State Prison and an Afghan girl treated in the United States for severe burns, among other subjects. The Pictures of the Year announcement praised Davidson's "stunning images" and "strong balance of powerful aesthetic with solid journalistic content.
February 13, 2014 | By Tom Zoellner
Who doesn't love a train? Who cannot fail to be seduced by the most appealing vehicle in human history - the rail-induced sensuality of "Brief Encounter," the desperate heroism of engineer Casey Jones, the creative muscle of the Big Four railroad barons, the plucky fortitude of Thomas the Tank Engine and the Little Engine That Could, all wrapped up in gleaming, rocking steel, punctuated by a high, lonesome whistle? And yet California voters have been expressing morning-after regrets since they voted for Proposition 1A, which promised them a bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
February 9, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Maxim Lugovoi stands in the town square, dressed in a Lightning McQueen costume and holding a palette of colorful face paints. At 22, his job during these Olympics is to engage spectators, paint their home country's flag on their cheeks and make them feel welcome. "German? Austrian? Swiss?" he asks the rare passerby in English. "Come, come, come. I help you. I make you happy for this big day. " FRAMEWORK: View the best images from the Sochi Olympics Lugovoi pitches his face-painting services as if his very livelihood depends upon it - and in many ways it does.
February 8, 2014 | By Henry Chu
BERLIN - They stood an hour or more in four long lines, inching toward the ticket counters with agonizing slowness. This being Germany, they were orderly and polite. And this being the Berlin International Film Festival, they didn't mind the wait. It gave them time to thumb through the program, checking out obscure titles, circling ones that looked promising. A scruffy student searched for movies from the Balkans, while a retired engineer consulted an impressive grid drawn in his notebook of dates and show times, making sure that Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" (which he wanted to see)
February 5, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Are you Parker Sithole? The question served as the original title for "Of Good Report," which screens Thursday as the opening night film of the 22nd Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Set in the South African countryside, the film follows a troubled teacher named Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano), who begins an illicit relationship with the beautiful student Nolitha (Petronella Tshuma) - a relationship that takes a brutal turn and forces Parker to battle past demons. More subtly, the film noir explores the lies that people tell and the morals that they bend to justify actions, at any expense.
February 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In the dark economic times of 2009, Dan Whitmore decided to give up being a lawyer in downtown Los Angeles to sell antiquarian books. "People in the firm thought I was nuts," he says. Now he runs Whitmore Rare Books from his home in Altadena. At 33, he's one of the next generation of antiquarian booksellers - young people going against the digital tide to sell old books, the kind printed in ink on paper. "Right now, we have more younger members than we had 10 years ago," says John Thomson, president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Assn.
February 5, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
CBRE Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, reported an 11% jump in revenue during the fourth quarter, led in part by thriving property markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Profit was down from the same period in 2012, however, as the Los Angeles company wrote down $106.6 million primarily on the decreased value of its investment pools in Europe Southern California's housing recovery Fourth-quarter net income was $114.6 million, or 34 cents a share, down from $173 million, or 53 cents, a year earlier.
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